Tim Dehring

Well, it took an hour to write, I thought it would take an hour to read!

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Fantastical 2 for Mac

Fantastical 2 for Mac →

The original Fantastical was only a menu bar app. With Fantastical 2, we’ve reinvented Fantastical and made it a full Mac application, without losing the benefits and convenience of the menu bar window.

I could regurgitate what’s listed on Flexibit’s website about what’s new with Fantastical 2, but there’s too much to list and it’s worth visiting their website to see for yourself.

My favorite feature? Fantastical 2 is now a full-size calendar app and not just an icon in the menubar.

You can get Fantastical for $39.99 on the Mac App Store; $10 off for a limited time.

*I am not one of the “Apple bloggers” that received a promo code.

Image credit: Flexibits
The Tell-Tale Heart

“Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed! – tear up the planks! here, here! – It is the beating of his hideous heart!”
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”

Image credit: Unknown
Dust Bowl

Please Excuse the Dust

Out of the blue, I decided to completely redo everything on this site.

I am currently importing old posts that I believe will be of use in the future, while sorting through others to determine if they’re worth keeping.

See something that isn’t working? Contact me and let me know.

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Images Of Pripyat After Chernobyl Accident In 1986

If you have time and want to see some incredibly haunting pictures of the town Pripyat in the Ukraine, I urge you to check out this photo set on Flickr. Abandoned hospitals, schools, and an amusement park make up the bulk of the images, but there’s a lot to go through and discover.

Image credit: Jacek Wojciechowski

How To Prevent Image Hotlinks

It’s not a matter of if, but when someone will steal your content.

Since my website isn’t all that popular, I never gave it much thought that anything I post would be copied and used on another website. What’s worse, the person that stole the content didn’t even change the URL of the image that was used for that post — they simply kept the image link in their post.

Sure, some of the content was changed, so that it wouldn’t look like an identical copy of my post. It bothered me for a bit, but then I remembered that more popular websites try to protect their images from being stolen by replacing the image with another that identifies it was stolen.

It took some trial and error, and some searching via Google, but below is what I have come up with to protect your images from being hotlinked.

Note: This won’t stop the thief from downloading the image then re-uploading it to their server, but it will stop them from stealing your bandwidth at the very least. And depending on how quick they are to catch it, you can have some real fun with it.

Open your .htaccess file, and add the following code:

# Hotlink Protection START #

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www.)?yoursite.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www.)?google.com [NC]
RewriteRule .(jpg|jpeg|gif|bmp|png|swf)$ /images/thief.jpe [L]

# Hotlink Protection END #

Save the file, and you’re all set. Now, you simply have to upload the image you want to display on the offending website and rename the extension to ‘.jpe’. If you keep it as .jpg, it won’t work, as you’ve set the command to detect that extension already. This worked for me and I haven’t had an issue at all. Just make sure that the directory on the last line is where you uploaded the image.

Want to try it out before you do any editing? No problem! Simply take this image URL of the Marblehead Lighthouse pic that I took last year and attempt to add it to your own site without having a copy of your own: https://timdehring.com/wp-content/uploads/marblehead_lighthouse_state_park_ohio_sm.jpg.

Once you add the image and save, you should now see a new image instead of the lighthouse. That’s exactly what others will see when my images are hotlinked, no matter what it is.

As for the theft of actual content? Well, that involves a plugin which I installed after the fact. Better late than never, I suppose.

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