Jasc Image Robot

is a great little program I use for doing group conversions of graphics files.  Things like, jpg –> png format conversion, image watermarking and image cropping.

Image cropping is today’s quick topic.

Let’s take the example where I have screens of two monitors, and only want the left screen.

two monitors

If I want to save the left monitor image, I enter the values into the “Crop” option page, and Image Robot does the rest for me.

jasc-image-robot

And shortly afterwards, I have my left screen:
Tanya Fischer in Life On Mars

* it’s a darn pity Corel don’t sell Image Robot.

Update December 2015: A replacement for JASC Image Robot

Hotlinking Thieving Bastard

core77_milan_coffee1[3]_2

I was chuffed that someone linked to my “What coffee drink is that” post.  I first saw the chart at another blog, so I grabbed a copy of it.  My post wasn’t that great, but I liked the chart.  So did someone else.  They linked directly to the image on my server.

The thieving bastard.

2 reasons to direct link (hot link) to a image:

  1. save bandwidth on your server, as the web browser will load the image from someone elses server, and/or
  2. you’re a lazy bastard.

So what this meant was that every visitor to their website, was downloading the image from my website., and they didn’t know it.

It wasn’t that this thieving bastard couldn’t store the image on his blogger site.  He was just lazy.

I’ve decided to show this image to hotlink-ers:
hotlink-image

The technical jiggery-pokery is done by modifying .htaccess to block hotlinking.

Instructions to do that can be found here:
How to Embarrass RSS Scrapers Who Hotlink to Your Images

To search Google Images for thieving bastards, you use the following syntax:
inurl:<your site> -site:<your site>