Fix a large number of images?

Discussion in 'Ask Baldy, Blame AceRph' started by Smackit, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    This horrible company know as Apple decided to destroy billions of bits of web linked content when they took MobileMe offline. I had several hundred photos linked in various threads and a few people PM'ed me wondering what happened to the pics.

    Is there a way to correct a couple hundred links found in many different threads? Here is an example link.

    hxxp://gallery.me.com/stupidexmacuser/100011/may_2010_h003/web.jpg

    The logic would require two steps.

    #1 Fix the server link
    FIND = hxxp://gallery.me.com/stupidexmacuser/
    REPLACE = hxxp://mynewwebserver.com/

    #2 Fix the stupid MobileMe link at the end.
    FIND = /web.jpg
    REPLACE = .jpg

    I can do this in a text editor quite easily, but with vBulletin, it looks like I have to hunt down and modify every single post I made.

    :becca

    Cheers!
    ChinaV
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  2. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    You only have ~250 posts. Guessing less than that with pictures. There's no general automated way to do this. Hell, Amazon S3 just added redirects after 5+ years. This is one of the reasons many geeks use their own photo hosting.
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  3. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    Yes, I was foolish to think that trusting the largest tech company in the world with a paid photo hosting service would last. I know 250 posts isn't a lot, but it's a lot of work to find the important images and re-link them.

    Thanks for the input.

    Cheers!
    ChinaV
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  4. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    I too feel your loss of my personal photo history. One would think the Apple folks & other computer companies would take into consideration our concerns about distroying OUR history, while they build their own.
    Using the MAC I do, but no longer suggest it to others who ask me about the products......so maybe someday they too will feel the sting of a loss, in their pocket book
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  5. chrome bandit

    chrome bandit Wide footed adventurer

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    Two other thoughts on this...here's the approach I would take...

    1) Go back and update just the posts over the past couple of years, as well as key trip reports. Let the older stuff go. Yah, it's painful. I assume you know how to find all posts you've written via the vBulletin profile tool.

    2) Update your sig to include a pointer to where all of your photos are now. So if anyone runs across a missing image and are really curious, they can look it up via your web site. Your option whether to include an editorial message around your photo migration.
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