Thursday, December 20, 2007

Here, listen to me rant about tech crap

Well, you'll hopefully notice that my banner is back to a decent resolution.
This is NOT due to any help from Blogger, though. Their same problem still exists. If you try uploading a graphic into your header, it will get shrunk. It will then be stretched back out again, making the resolution look as bad as if the picture had been colored by a first grader.
I posted my problem on Blogger's "help" site.
It got no answers from anyone.
I posted it AGAIN.
And it got one reply from a fellow blogger who said the same thing was happening to him. He couldn't get Blogger to fix the problem either, and had to resort to hosting his images via a third-party site.
A blogging friend had recommended that solution to me earlier as well.
I'd really hoped it wouldn't come to that.
I do have a Flickr account, but it's a hassle because the site frequently freezes or crashes my browser. Plus, Flicker ALSO shrinks the pictures when you upload them. You have to go back afterward and click on this thing and tell them that you wanted the bigger version. Then they give you the URL where the larger version is stored.
Then you click to change your header picture, and you select the "From the web" option, and paste the URL into that box.
That step made my browser crash once too.
If all goes well, you will eventually be able to save the larger picture as your new header.
It's a big headache and I hate it, but it works.
For someone like me, who enjoys changing banners often, this is really going to be a pain in the ass.


Square1 said...

Photobucket doesn't shrink your images, and they're free also. they did put a limit on size for a while, but I think they're users threw a riot and they went back to their normal parameters. I noticed the resolution on my banner sucks, but I thought that was perhaps due to a lack of a good graphics program to work with. I mean Paint isn't the most conducive to producing good graphics. (I want Corel back! Wah!) Maybe it was blogger though. I guess I will find out when I go to put my normal banner back up on Sunday.

Mr. Fabulous said...

Square1 speaks the truth. Photobucket rocks. Blogger sucks. That is all.

Travis said...

I'm glad I'm a tech idjit and don't try the fancy stuff. Blogging is fun and relaxing for me. When it gets to be a pain in the ass to do simple things, then I'll may have to find something else.

Mo said...

Sheeeeesh, that sounds like a lot of work, and I'm not sure I could even follow all your steps without my noggin exploding....
Why, after a year of Blogger "Beta" working with photo graphic headers, does it suddenly have a problem NOW?
Obviously, from the response you got from Google (nada) we'll never know.
Perhaps they're afraid to answer you because if they answer one of your questions, you'll get your foot in the techno door and will whomp them for the PR debacle...

Janna said...

Square1: I've heard good things about Photobucket so far. If I ever decide to leave Flickr, they're the ones I'd switch to.

Mr. Fab: Is that REALLY all?

Travis: I see your point!

Morgen: Accggh! Don't remind me about PR!!

crazy working mom said...

Wow, that went RIGHT over my head. It looks good to me. :)

Ahh...the wonderful world of Google...


Janna said...

CWM: Google can be very frustrating sometimes.