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Old July 10th 17, 03:17 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Bill Wright[_3_]
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I am helping with a closed user group on Facebook. We have pinned a page
to the head of the list that contains links to Dropbox files that are
for permanent reference. We don't want the whole darned contents of the
files displayed in Facebook because if they are pinned to top of the
list it will be a nuisance and if they aren't they will move down and be
forgotten.

Many of the 150 subscribers are elderly and/or daft and some complain
that they don't use Dropbox. I have assured them that they don't need
to; they just need to open the link. Can someone assure me that Dropbox
links can be opened without having loaded the Dropbox app?

Can anyone suggest any other way I can put a link on the Facebook page
that will simply open and won't involve Dropbox, and will work on every
sort of computer, old or new?

Here is a Dropbox link to try.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/n217f6fyod...6604a.jpg?dl=0

The link shows a screengrab from the programme 'Horizon: volcanoes in
space'. It was a fairly brief shot but during it the focus stayed the
same. Was this a mistake or are they just trying to be arty or what? I
think it's ridiculous.

Bill
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Old July 10th 17, 05:48 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Andy Burns[_12_]
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Bill Wright wrote:

Can anyone suggest any other way I can put a link on the Facebook page
that will simply open and won't involve Dropbox, and will work on every
sort of computer, old or new?


Purchase some web hosting, the modern way is to use a "bucket" on e.g.
Amazon Simple Storage Service.

You pay for the amount of storage space used plus the data transfer.

The storage is charged at the rate of $0.023 per GB per month, so your
152kB example file would cost you (0.000152 * 0.023 * 12 * 0.775611) =
£0.0000325384/year at current exchange rates.

The transfers are charged at the rate of $0.0000004 per request plus
$0.09 per GB, so for that example file ((0.0000004 + 0.09 * 0.000152) *
0.775611) = £0.0000109206 per view, so if it was viewed 38 thousand
times each month, it'd cost you nearly a fiver per year.

They'll even give you a number of those requests per month at a
Yorkshireman's favourite price.
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Old July 10th 17, 07:51 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On the other hand, disguise the dropbox links with one of the link
shortening sites and then carry on as before.
grin.
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Bill Wright wrote:

Can anyone suggest any other way I can put a link on the Facebook page
that will simply open and won't involve Dropbox, and will work on every
sort of computer, old or new?


Purchase some web hosting, the modern way is to use a "bucket" on e.g.
Amazon Simple Storage Service.

You pay for the amount of storage space used plus the data transfer.

The storage is charged at the rate of $0.023 per GB per month, so your
152kB example file would cost you (0.000152 * 0.023 * 12 * 0.775611) =
0.0000325384/year at current exchange rates.

The transfers are charged at the rate of $0.0000004 per request plus $0.09
per GB, so for that example file ((0.0000004 + 0.09 * 0.000152) *
0.775611) = 0.0000109206 per view, so if it was viewed 38 thousand times
each month, it'd cost you nearly a fiver per year.

They'll even give you a number of those requests per month at a
Yorkshireman's favourite price.



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Old July 10th 17, 08:51 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Andy Burns[_12_]
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Brian Gaff wrote:

On the other hand, disguise the dropbox links with one of the link
shortening sites and then carry on as before.


But then you'll still get a popup, trying to badger people into signing
up for a dropbox account, even though they don't need one, which Bill is
seeking to avoid, on the grounds that it confuses people.

You can tinker with the ?dl=1 or ?dl=0 suffixes, but using a free
service, dropbox can change their advert policy to suit themselves; if
you're paying for the hosting, you are in control.
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Old July 10th 17, 12:05 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On Monday, 10 July 2017 03:17:20 UTC+1, wrote:
Can anyone suggest any other way I can put a link on the Facebook page
that will simply open and won't involve Dropbox, and will work on every
sort of computer, old or new?


Save the file in Google Docs and create a "sharing" link.

Or abandon Facebook altogether and use Google Sites with a login-to-view password. (People can use their gmail account in Google Sites.)

Here is a Dropbox link to try.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/n217f6fyod...6604a.jpg?dl=0


Dropbox always seems to hang my browser.

Owain

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Old July 10th 17, 01:25 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Mark Carver[_2_]
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On 10/07/2017 03:17, Bill Wright wrote:

Here is a Dropbox link to try.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/n217f6fyod...6604a.jpg?dl=0

The link shows a screengrab from the programme 'Horizon: volcanoes in
space'. It was a fairly brief shot but during it the focus stayed the
same. Was this a mistake or are they just trying to be arty or what? I
think it's ridiculous.


There's more and more of this recently, mainly BBC News reports, where
for some reason they think it's kool to use a really shallow depth of
field and pull the subject into focus after they've satrted talking.
I've not seen anything as bad as that, (until now !)


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Old July 10th 17, 01:51 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Bill Wright[_3_]
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On 10/07/2017 05:48, Andy Burns wrote:
Bill Wright wrote:

Can anyone suggest any other way I can put a link on the Facebook page
that will simply open and won't involve Dropbox, and will work on every
sort of computer, old or new?


Purchase some web hosting, the modern way is to use a "bucket" on e.g.
Amazon Simple Storage Service.

You pay for the amount of storage space used plus the data transfer.

The storage is charged at the rate of $0.023 per GB per month, so your
152kB example file would cost you (0.000152 * 0.023 * 12 * 0.775611) =
£0.0000325384/year at current exchange rates.

The transfers are charged at the rate of $0.0000004 per request plus
$0.09 per GB, so for that example file ((0.0000004 + 0.09 * 0.000152) *
0.775611) = £0.0000109206 per view, so if it was viewed 38 thousand
times each month, it'd cost you nearly a fiver per year.


Thanks for that info.

It all seems very expensive though...

Bill
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Old July 10th 17, 02:04 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Bill Wright[_3_]
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On 10/07/2017 13:25, Mark Carver wrote:

There's more and more of this recently, mainly BBC News reports, where
for some reason they think it's kool to use a really shallow depth of
field and pull the subject into focus after they've satrted talking.
I've not seen anything as bad as that, (until now !)


Thing is Mark they didn't pull the subject into focus. The whole shot
was like that.

How do they achieve a shallow depth of field in bright sunshine? Neutral
density filters stacked in front of the lens?

Bill
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Old July 10th 17, 03:44 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:04:26 +0100, Bill Wright
wrote:

How do they achieve a shallow depth of field in bright sunshine? Neutral
density filters stacked in front of the lens?


Yes. Exactly that.
Some cameras have them in a filter wheel between the lens and the
image sensor, but they can be augmented by extra filters in front.

Rod.
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Old July 11th 17, 05:00 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Bill Wright[_3_]
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On 10/07/2017 15:44, Roderick Stewart wrote:
On Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:04:26 +0100, Bill Wright
wrote:

How do they achieve a shallow depth of field in bright sunshine? Neutral
density filters stacked in front of the lens?


Yes. Exactly that.
Some cameras have them in a filter wheel between the lens and the
image sensor, but they can be augmented by extra filters in front.

Rod.

Such ingenuity just to **** up the picture.

Bill
 




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