December 18, 2003

I have discovered somebody stealing my bandwidth.

Yes - someone recently visited these pages - maybe arrived here from Google - and liked one of the pictures in my blog so much that he decided to steal it. Hey - I have no problem with that because I “stole” the picture in the first place too. But since this blog forms a work of “art” - then I don’t feel guilty about that. At least I had the decency of copying the picture to my own webserver.

Anyway - some guy called Jared - who appears to be an overseas student studying at London School of Economics on some typical-for-LSE loony-left-style undergraduate psychology course decided that instead of copying the picture onto his own webserver - he decides to simply “refer” to the picture so that it is served up by MY webserver - which means every page impression on HIS blog uses MY bandwidth. That’s not respectful.

Here is Jared - as featured in his MSN photo album:

Jared: Overseas student who is guilty of disrespectfully stealing my bandwidth!

So I have taken revenge - and I am feeling cool now. Check out Jared’s page to see what I’ve done.

I wonder how long it takes him to notice and act.

Anyway - I had a browse around his blog whilst I was there. Don’t you think he’s a bit cocky?


Just in case Jared corrects the problem - thereby leaving you wondering what I did in retribution - below is a copy of the image that he was “referring” to on my webserver instead of copying to onto his own webserver. The image is from a posting I made months ago:

The picture that Jared “stole” my bandwidth for.

And here is the picture I replaced it with as it appeared on his own web page:

This is the image I replaced it with.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Posted by jag at December 18, 2003 06:41 PM

oh you are just too evil-y cool for words lol, brilliant job on that!

Posted by: Jaina on December 18, 2003 09:35 PM

Cheers Jaina. Yeah - I’m feeling smug. He obviously hasn’t noticed yet.

Posted by: Jag on December 18, 2003 09:39 PM

Saw this earlier and since I am not a techie person couldn’t figure out how u did it. Nvr mind…reminded me of the poop story outside yr house only this time u have nailed the offender :)

Posted by: Ritu on December 19, 2003 03:04 AM

I wouldn’t want to mess with you.

How the hell did you find out? It must be pretty difficult…

Thanx for adding me, man.

Posted by: sat on December 19, 2003 06:39 AM

Ritu: yes - he is well and truly nailed! I am teaching him to behave decently and respectfully whilst in UK.

Basically: if you go to Jared’s page you wil notice that his website his being hosted on the “Xanga domain”. Now right-click on the UK flag in the top-left corner of his page - and then select “properties” - you can see that the URL of the UK flag image is also hosted in the Xanga domain. Now go to “hacked” image of mine on his page - and do a right-click properties on that: you will notice that the URL of the image is Route79 - in other instead of saving the image he liked so much onto his PC - and then uploading it to his Xanga domain - he is simply “linking” to the picture which is located in my Route79 domain. Which means that every time somebody loads his home page - that image is being served up by my webserver/host - which is NOT good netiquette. Of course, what he has probably failed to appreciate is that since the image that is being served is in MY total control - I can do anything I like with it! Anyway - I have noticed that many of the images in is blog are simply “referred” images rather than images that he uploaded to his Xanga account. He appears to have a bad habit that needs correcting! :-)

Sat: I spotted it because I do occasionally scan my webserver logs - and I spotted what looked like strange recurrent entry in the logs: where the browser was getting that particular image - but not any of the rest of the page that the image was originally in. This is a sure sign of someone wo is “image linking”.

Posted by: Jag on December 19, 2003 08:09 AM

well done! that’ll teach him…

Posted by: stephane on December 19, 2003 09:41 AM

Well done Jag! I’m sure he won’t mess around in future.. :))

Posted by: Chakra on December 19, 2003 10:15 AM

But dont we refer images a lot, for example, all the “thanks to” buttons etc. Sure, I accept that it is not good netiquette - I put up most of my images on my departmental computer facility login. But I am wondering where that will all go when I lose the account next year.

Posted by: sat on December 19, 2003 12:22 PM

Hey Jag, this is really cool! But Jared doesn’t seem to have noticed uptil now :)

Posted by: Anita on December 19, 2003 02:05 PM

Jag: Also let me know where I can email you. Needed some help from you…

Posted by: Anita on December 19, 2003 02:09 PM

Sat: yes - linking/referring to images like buttons and icons etc. is indeed a common practise where the person who is providing the button or icon is providing a “service” of some sort - e.g. search engines, ad banners etc. - but my image archive is not a service I am providing. At least I don’t think I’ve ever offered it as a service as such. I would be much happier if Jared simply copied the image - that way he wouldn’t be using my hosting facility and bandwidth (which I have paid for) to serve up his pages. The only “service” I am offering is for people to display my pages with the images and objects in the context of my pages.

Anita: Yes - he hasn’t noticed yet - perhaps I should chaneg the image to something more corrupting!

Anita: best to get me on

Posted by: Jag on December 19, 2003 04:58 PM

Nailed him alright. But I’m sure now more people are visiting his blog than ever before, because of you link, thereby pulling more off your server ;)
I have to admit, I have once or twice indulged in this sort of plagiarism. Now I’ll think twice!

Posted by: Anand on December 19, 2003 06:43 PM

Maybe you can check out the adventures of the Piratic Plogger

Posted by: Anand on December 19, 2003 06:48 PM

Hot image linking is a big crime in the blogging world. I have to watch my steps now.

Thanks for linking me. I think you missed the “e” in spelling my blog name. It should be “Aderemi” as opposed to “Adremi”. I just thought I let you know.

Posted by: Remi on December 20, 2003 12:10 AM

Hi Remi - oops - thanks for the spelling correction. Fixing it now ..

Posted by: Jag on December 20, 2003 10:23 AM

Sheer genius :-)

He has been owned!

Posted by: James on December 21, 2003 02:52 PM

Seen something similar at

He’s a little nastier than you though…

Posted by: James on December 22, 2003 07:15 PM

Hi James - yes that guy is nastier than I. Funny though! Anyway - it looks like Jared got the message - he seems to have removed the bandwidth-stealing picture! Heh heh - feeling good about that …

Posted by: Jag on December 22, 2003 08:27 PM

Now if we see him on the tube we can all laugh, point and jeer :-)

Posted by: James on December 23, 2003 06:33 AM
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