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Dec 15, 2016, 11:23 PM
 
In addition to my 12 GB of files that I share between work and home... I use that feature for online posts, sigs, etc. So, is it back to imageshack for image hosting? imgur? google cloud?

https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Shar...er/td-p/197906
     
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Dec 15, 2016, 11:38 PM
 
WTF? That's one of the Dropbox features I use, e. g. when I want to host images for a forum post or send photos to friends and family. Why would Dropbox do that?
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Dec 16, 2016, 09:00 AM
 
They want you to share links instead, which results in a link landing you on a page with a comment interface for "team sharing" or some such. So, they want to be like Basecamp. Which for me, isn't useful at all. If they want to implement new features, they should find a way without breaking old features!
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 09:53 AM
 
Shit. I have 9 years of forum posts using DropBox-hosted images that are all about to disappear. That blows. I guess DropBox got tired of paying for bandwidth. Imgur figured it out much quicker and began blocking popular forums this year. There's no money to be made in free hosting for forum images. I guess I have my own website hosting now, maybe I'll have to start using that.
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 10:15 AM
 
Well, ****.
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 10:39 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
I guess DropBox got tired of paying for bandwidth. Imgur figured it out much quicker and began blocking popular forums this year. There's no money to be made in free hosting for forum images.
Yes, that is my read on situation as well. Dropbox is running the free sharing features off of money from the for-pay bigger dropboxes. It has been my suspicion for some time that the equation isn't quite working out for them. They started automatically uploading all photos from iPhones by default, which had the effect of filling up the free storage with things that were rarely accessed. The idea was probably to get people to start paying for more storage, but at least in my case they only offered expensive 1TB plans which were quite expensive.

It sucks though, I really use them at work.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 10:45 AM
 
Keeping it live as a paid feature was obviously one of their options. I wonder why they didn't take it.
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 10:52 AM
 
I would probably pay a modest fee to keep using it the way I have been, just for the convenience. I could FTP all my images up to my web host dreamhost, or put them in icloud somehow, but there's no desktop integration that makes it super useful. I put files I want to access from both work and home in that shared space, makes it easy to work on things here and there.
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 11:43 AM
 
Yep, I have 10GB of free storage so I haven't paid, but if they made the Public folder a paid feature I'd grumble a ton but pony up. Now I'll be looking for an alternative.
     
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Dec 16, 2016, 11:49 AM
 
Well that sucks big time.

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Dec 19, 2016, 12:40 PM
 
well this sucks.

I imagine a public folder is a bit of a security risk, rather than not have one.
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Dec 19, 2016, 12:52 PM
 
I suspect it's more of a bandwidth issue than security... but this is happening even for paid users.
     
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Dec 19, 2016, 01:20 PM
 
Though by no means ideal solutions to the myriad problems this is causing, I thought I'd pass along these two bits of info.

This doesn't take care of any previously linked images, but you can hotlink to an image on Dropbox. The sharing link Dropbox generates ends in "?dl=0". Change that to "?raw=1".

For photo sharing, they have an option to put photos in an album and then share the album. It's not very good, but it functions.
     
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Dec 19, 2016, 01:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
I suspect it's more of a bandwidth issue than security... but this is happening even for paid users.
Ah, yes bandwidth. Seems plentiful these days, but cost cutting is cost cutting.
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Dec 20, 2016, 03:25 AM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Ah, yes bandwidth. Seems plentiful these days, but cost cutting is cost cutting.
Bandwidth prices are going up. It was cheap for a long time, because there was a rush of putting down lots of fiber back in the late nineties and we have lived on that capacity for a long time, just adding more transceivers which is cheap. Now we are running out of fiber capacity, and prices are slowly ticking up.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jan 13, 2017, 04:34 AM
 
I wondered the same too, they had obviously the option of trying to turn it into a paid feature, but no, they just didn't. This still remains a puzzle to me!
     
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Mar 17, 2017, 11:30 AM
 
Dead. Everyone update your sigs.
     
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Mar 17, 2017, 12:03 PM
 
jerks.

thank you subego for the ?raw=1 suffix to fix. I doubt I'll go thru and fix all my images, but at least my sig is no longer 404.
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