pictures, not the bandwidth
Do not reference LoveHKFilm.com
to populate your webpages or forum signatures with pictures!
If you'd like, save the picture to your hard drive, upload
it to your own designated webspace, and reference that picture
instead. Do not use a www.lovehkfilm.com address
to reference the pictures. If this keeps up, the pictures
will be yanked off the site entirely.
Now, for the long version:
There are some people out there
who will undoubtedly be affected by the actions described
in this column - and will have absolutely no clue as to why
it's happening. Some people may even be angry at me for doing
what I'm doing. If so, I apologize for the inconvenience.
And, I stand by my opinions.
has lots of pictures. Lots. We mean tons of jpgs, gifs and
the like. They're all stored on folders on the web server
with names like:
Whenever somebody looks at a
page on the site, those pictures are called up and downloaded
to the reader's computer. That's a file transfer. A single
page could take like 30k of bandwidth. Some may even take
over 100k. It all depends on the page being downloaded.
This website has a bandwidth
cap. What that means is: after a certain amount of transfer,
I get charged money. The extra amount has been $10 to $12
in the past, and has only occurred in the past two months.
The cap is actually very large, and should handle all the
needs of the people who actually read this site.
But, it won't handle the needs
of people who don't.
Here's the problem: many people
out there populate their own personal web endeavors (personal
pages, forum signatures, etc.) with pictures from other sites.
Despite their actual webpage (the .htm file) being stored
on ezboard or www.asianavenue.com, they tell
those servers to go somewhere else whenever they wish for
a picture (the .jpg or .gif file) to be displayed.
This happens on LoveHKFilm.com
a lot. Everytime a picture gets called up from this site to
populate another person's page, my web host gets hit. And,
that number multiplies for each and every person that visits
that other person's page. There are some pictures on the site
which are downloaded hundreds of times a day. Multiply that
amount by the number of different pictures referenced and
you're talking thousands and thousands of transfers between
4k and 40k daily. And, none of those hits ever actually visit
a page on LoveHKFilm.com.
"So what?" you might
ask. "You get hits, don't you?"
Well, yeah I do. However, hits
mean nothing in today's Internet. It's not like I can use
the amount of "hits" I get to sign lucrative advertisement
contracts which help further the site. If I could then yeah,
I wouldn't care if my pictures got taken.
But, the Internet is not like
that. I don't care how many hits I get. I only care when people
who actually like Hong Kong Cinema look at the pages. This
site was created for them, and not to create a library of
images which people could use for themselves. And, please
is fan site which is run by fans for fans. It's not a commercial
enterprise that makes money. In fact, it costs us money.
Sure, we have a support link to www.aznfilms.com,
but that's mainly for a few review discs a month. So far this
month, this site has made $3.00 off the support link, which
isn't even enough for a Frappucino at Starbucks. The
bandwidth charges are estimated in the $30-$40 range, and
even more if traffic does not subside.
And the Webmaster (that's me)
IS POOR. I've been out of work since September 12th, 2001
(yes, that's the day after September 11th), when LaserLand
Home Theater in San Jose axed me for "financial reasons."
Since then, I've coasted off my savings, biding my time until
I could find a job worth getting. And, come February, I'll
actually be working fulltime once more.
Now, I don't own most of the
images that get posted on LoveHKFilm.com.
In fact, I've taken many from other sites myself. But, I've
downloaded those pictures to my hard drive and then uploaded
them to my server. Nobody else pays a price for the pictures
which get seen by LoveHKFilm.com's
readers. However, if you reference this site to populate your
own page, I will be shelling money out of my own pocket to
And no offense, but I really
don't want to do that.
Let me make this clear: I don't
care if this web site ever makes money. To be honest, I personally
don't expect it to. And if it did, I would gladly roll all
the profits right back into the site.
But still, I don't want to pay
to populate other peoples' sites. You are free to save pictures
to your own hard drive via a "right click" and "save
as". I more than welcome people taking pictures for their
own usage. Heck, if you contact
me I will be happy to e-mail you pictures. But, don't take
my bandwidth - because that costs money. And, it represents
a constant drain on LoveHKFilm.com's
I like having pictures on the site;
I feel it makes the site better. However, if this keeps up
I'll simply have to make LoveHKFilm.com
a text site only. All the pictures will be yanked and no new
ones will be posted.
There are some exceptions. Some
people are free to reference my images because they actually
take the time to say that they like the site. I've seen a
few pages (at AsianAvenue.com) that list LoveHKFilm.com
as one of their favorite sites. And, if you're one of those
sites, then you're free to reference that image from My
However, if you're not, then
I respectfully request that you stop referencing my webspace
to populate yours. If you appreciate this site, then please
respect the effort and money that goes into maintaining it.
- Kozo 10/21/2002