And be sure to check out the other links I’ve come across previously.
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/Mediamax_thelinkup_screws_over_its_clients’;
The gallery is fixed in case anyone is interested. I really need to sit down and sort and caption those pictures. Maybe someday.
As a number of you know, I live off a fairly small disability check ever month. It’s just under eight hundred dollars. Most of it goes to paying rent as well as my insurance premiums. I also pay my ten bucks a month for my local calling only phone and buy some food with the left over. Maybe even occasionally ride the bus.
Every so often someone drops me an email offering me a tip for my online work. Since I have to report everything and get it nicked off my check, I tell folks that it’s usally not worth the effort. Unless, of course it’s some serious money that will make up for what gets subtracted from my check. I usually suggest sending a gift card for a national chain that’s local to me that either I can use or donate myself to one of the area organizations that help the homeless. Either that or I’ll suggest that they signup for the three days free USENET access and have them send me the account details so I can play catch up. Heck, some folks even pay for *.pdfs of the games that I used to play and send me those links.
The problem with that though is I usually do my internet work at one of the local university libraries. Since the complex I live in was built shortly after WW2 and we’re probably still using the same copper phone lines, DSL is not an option. Ditto for cable. Wouldn’t have the money anyway. I use a number of services like Adrive that allow me to store the files only and copy them over to a 2 gig flash drive that I picked up a few months ago. (Mind you, I was also coping over stuff I was working on so I wasn’t able to bring stuff home all of the time.)
One of those services that I use is Mediamax. If I remember right, they gave you 25 gigs of storage for free but only allowed you to download a single gig every month with their free account. You were also only able to download a file size of 10 megs. That was how they made money. Anything larger, you had to upgrade to a larger account.
I also use rapidshare. They give you 50 gigs of space for free. The problem with them is that they’ll delete anything that doesn’t get download after a three month time period. Since a lot of the data was actually watermarked with my name and email, I couldn’t allow others to download the files. So some went to rapidshare and some got uploaded to mediamax. I did play it safe though and anything really large got uploaded to rapidshare.
Just to throw this in, I recently discovered adrive and for the last few weeks, I’ve been combining the accounts and uploading everything to them. I recommend them highly.
Imagine my complete surprise when I received an email from Mediamax this afternoon (And in GMail’s spam folder as well. Guess they don’t think much of them either.) telling me that they’re rebranding their service as thelinkup.com (No, I’m not giving them a link) and how exciting the switch over will be. Of course they’ll be raising their rates for the paying clients.
Now here’s what bothers me:
Current non-paying users: If you are not currently a paying subscriber to MediaMax, you need to upgrade your account before April 25 to be included in the move. Otherwise, your account will be deleted and all your files will be lost.
That’s my account. One of the non-paying users. I received that email this morning, the 18th. (That is once I found it in my spam box. Very glad that I actually skim it before deleting.) I have seven days to grab my files. Gigs of them. Mind you again, they only give a gig free of downloads per month.
Of course, they actually announced this on the 8th on their blog. No where on their site have they mentioned the change over. When you’re logged in, and I log in every day to grab a few files, there’s no mention. In fact, I just checked and there’s still no mention anywhere of the changeover and the required upgrade on their site. I wonder why they’re being so quiet about the changes? Could they realize how upset they’re going to make folks when they discover their files have been deleted without notice? Heck, they turned off comments on their blog.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me. I have to figure out which files I am able to save and which files will get deleted.
Thanks a lot, Mediamax. Please rest assured that you’ve alienated me and, I’m sure, many others. I will not be using you new service and will encourage others not to as well.
[Please excuse any typos. Using the stand up dumb terminal. I can barely see the screen as well through the plastic cover that is kept over it.]
edit: Looks like someone over at Blogger.com took out some revenge on them.
Just a quick note to mention that ADrive now offers 50 gigs of free storage. You can’t stream from it or have them serve up images for websites but you can hand out public links for downloads. I’m in the process of copying over all of my files from Megaupload and Mediamax in an attempt to get everything in one place..
To go along with my two previous posts about Downloading Dragon Magazine and Downloading Dragon Magazine – Part #2, here’s a list of Dungeon Magazine to download. These aren’t mine and I didn’t gather them. I just found them.
The list is missing some issues. I’ll come back and post them later on when I find them.
Breakfast was cool. Had eggs, bacon, and biscuits. I think I was the only non-church person there so i had to introduce myself a number of times but I didn’t mind. I walk by the church twice every day when I head over to UNCC. Didn’t get any pictures as my batteries died with the other breakfast this morning under the bridge.
I finally got a chance to look over the most read posts for January. I probably should do some sort of Top Post widget in the sidebar. (edit: Done now.)
– Download Dragon Magazine and it’s Part #2 article.
– Mac Desktop Wallpapers
– 50 Things NOT to do at Hogwarts (And I feel bad about that as it’s not even mine.)
– Robot Chicken: Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin
– Download Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? (You can but not with those links.)
– Family Guy Videos – Rock Lobster
– Movable Type 4.1 gets released (*shrug* All I said was that it was released.)
– Crash on Volturnus – Chapter 1 (I really should go back and work on that. I liked writing that stuff.)
– Pairings (Another old Daria fanfiction piece that I had written way back when.)
– How to stop the irritating “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message
Way back when in the mid 80’s, I was reading a manga called Outlanders. It was written by Johji Manabe and produced by AIC for Tatsunoko Production
in Japan. It combined aspects of the Space Opera, Science Fantasy, fan
service, magical girlfriend and Harem genres within it’s story line. It
told the story of alien Princess Kahm and Tokyo News Photographer
Wakatsuki Tetsuya as they tried to save the earth from the invasion
forces led Kahm’s father, emperor of the interstellar Santovasku
Empire. The Santovasku used giant organic spaceships, or “Biomech,” and
they utilized both their advanced technology as well as their mastery
of sorcery in their assault on Earth.
The bad part was that I only found about a dozen of the comics in my
local shops and just a few of them from shops online. (And heck, they
were in the bargin bin. Cost more to ship the issues then to actually
A few days ago I found scanned copies of the entire run as well as the
two extra issues. If you’re interested in reading the series, you can
download them at the links below. Do note that there is some nudity
within the series.
And the extras: