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The Failed Photoblog

August 11, 2009

I tried coming up with a photoblog last night. It took me ages to try and figure out ways in which I could upload the pictures. I was told to upload the pictures to photobucket first and then use the links for the blog. And what happened was not surprising at all. I was not able to upload even a single picture on photobucket either, leave alone Orkut or Facebook. So then I tried out something else. I tried giving the links of the pictures on my Orkut album, for the blog. And going by the looks of things, that doesn’t work either. So that is the story of the failed photoblog. My sincere apologies to everyone. I will make up for it soon and will also rectify the very same blog as soon as I can.

So what makes the internet connection here so bad? Here is a bit of background info on that.

I got here to Manipal to be informed by my brother and his friends that the block in which I stay has the fastest LAN in any educational institute in the whole of Asia. I was really pleased about it. The real time download speed was about 6 mbps, which is far more than what I have ever used in the past. But as things always work, there was a catch. Facebook, Orkut, YouTube, etc. were all blocked. As were Torrents, that is. The only way to get around the blocks was to use proxy servers.

I first tried out to access Facebook. It sucked SO bad that I decided not to use Facebook at all till when I managed to get the real thing to work. Then, I tried getting a proxy called “Ultrasurf” which is supposed to work really well here. I was happy that it would finally let me access several sites that I were my lifelines. I was not even able to access gmail on my Mozilla Firefox! So I finally got Ultrasurf and decided to give it a try. After a few failed attempts, I was told that it does not work on certain computers with Windows Vista as the operating system. So I had two options. Either stop trying to access FB, Orkut, YouTube, etc. or get a new OS.

Before I could do either of them, there was talk of the LAN being disconnected for good. And it came true! The LAN was dropped and we were stuck with a lousy WiFi connection called ION. On the bright side, ION did not block anything apart from Torrents and porn. So Orkut, Facebook, YouTube, etc. were back again. But there was a downside. WiFi connections might usually not be so bad, but when you are in the second biggest hostel block in the whole of Asia, with just a couple of routers for the whole block, you sure are not going to be happy with the results. And that was just the case with me. The WiFi sucks big time, and I am having to put up with it.

It takes about 2-3 minutes just to sign into Facebook. I have not managed to sign into gtalk even once since the LAN got blocked. Accessing Orkut is a not as bad, but try uploading even a single picture and you will hate yourself for having tried. If Orkut and Facebook are so bad, do you think you can even manage to view a single video on YouTube? It took me over 10 minutes of waiting to be able to watch 10 seconds of a 30 second video on YouTube. After that, I gave up.

Owing to the fact that many of my friends kept asking me to upload pictures taken during my holiday to Rajasthan, and also the more recent pictures from Manipal, I thought I should not disappoint. So I tried uploading pictures on Facebook, only to be told that I did not have some Java plugin. I downloaded that(it took me well over an hour just to download the installation file) and installed the damned thing. Once I was done, I went back to Facebook to upload the pictures. Apparently, I still did not have the plugin, according to Facebook. I am guessing it was because the net sucked THAT bad. I tried uploading pictures on Orkut and the stupid thing would just not work! ION kept asking me for the password each time I tried to upload a picture, and the upload would just hang right there. So much for uploading pictures on social networking sites using ION!

That is when we come to my blog and photobucket. I manage to sign up on Photobucket, as per my friend’s recommendations, and then try uploading pictures. It is then the same old Orkut story all over again! The upload freezes as soon as it starts. ION promptly asks you for the password and jams everything! So that is when I tried experimenting a bit and gave the links to pictures from my Orkut album in my “photoblog.” And things went pretty much along expected lines. Nothing worked!

So what am I going to try now? I will try giving the links to my Facebook albums instead and hope for the best. If nothing else works, it is “goodbye ION” and “hello private connection!” I have had enough of this crap!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009 12:27 PM

    You over-do the “attention to detail” bit. lol

  2. Secret Smile permalink
    August 11, 2009 7:04 PM

    its just that there is some firewall installed, which prevents the pix from being uploaded…
    but yeah, i managed to upload the pix onto my orkut and facebook using a proxy that i have… i just worked by chance i guess… 🙂
    without it, my case was the same….it would get ready to upload,and when the upload process just began, the server would get reset…
    read the news stories below, and think again about airtel and stuff too… 🙂

  3. hiccupsi permalink
    August 12, 2009 12:38 AM

    Im guessing the whole no X-rated vids would completely devastate Dash lol

    wow what a mission with all the uploads.. or lack thereof….

    wish i could help u out but we actually have pretty good internet and HSDPA here in SA.. yes i know its a miracle….

    i think its time u get out of the 20th century and get a private connection…..x

  4. August 12, 2009 1:09 PM

    Don’t ask Sundar or Ani. Both know nuts about this. They are TATA users according to History.

    Upload using Picasa web albums directly from your laptop. Install Picasa 3 for better results. (Choose online uploading which minimises uploading time). When you are about to eat, start this process and when you’re back to room the uploading will be over, for say about 500 pictures. Directly use links there and upload pictures. Time and again, I repeat WP is cool and all that but sucks our brain out when it comes to simple issues like photos/videos. Complicates a very common thing which we need for a normal post as if it is trekking on the K2.

  5. August 12, 2009 1:22 PM

    I just got it!
    Use some software to cut down the photo’s size. Yours is 10 mpx nah?
    Make ’em 800X600 copies. Simple, and that is enough for e-publishing. All your images will get uploaded!

  6. Sand permalink
    September 8, 2009 6:56 PM

    I come across all kinds of mind-numbingly depressing blogs but your blog is really a breath of fresh air, mate. Kudos. Oh and bee tea double u, I am another unfortunate soul studying in that cowshed college which you were a part of sometime back. 🙂 Anyway cutting all the small talk, I’d like to be in touch with you man. The college is really trying to sucker punch me and I’m guessing that since you’re a person who has been here and done that, you’ll be able to sort me out and give me some useful survival tips. Cheers!

  7. November 17, 2009 12:34 AM

    I’d recommend Flickr instead of Photobucket. A whole lot easier to use and embed. There’s even an option where you upload to Flickr and it directly posts it to your blog. 🙂

  8. Aparna permalink
    December 7, 2009 5:04 PM

    Don’t use FB or Orkut… Agreed there are other free sites for photo-sharing/blogging. Would recommend to go for the pro account at Flickr ($25 per year) ! And btw, Mission FTII accomplished at my end.

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