6th March 2014
Sincere apologies to everybody but I have had to take most of the site down for the moment until I have reduced in size and watermarked all the photos on posts and pages. This will lead to broken links and errors when trying to access previously saved bookmarks etc. I apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have everything restored within a few weeks.
After a spate of image thefts by facebook users I realised that my large, clear and non watermarked images were too much of a temptation for people to steal. After running my site for nearly four years I’d had very few images distributed elsewhere but the last few weeks saw a dramatic increase mainly down to a handful of facebook users. It seems that the facebook environment encourages image theft and facebook do not do enough to inform their users that posting other peoples images is actually copyright theft.
I take a great deal of time doing the technical posts which involves investing in equipment, spending money on hosting and blog services, spending hours cleaning and painting parts so they look nice for the photos, spending ages setting up the photos so that they are clear and well lit and taking considerable time to document the particular process or modification. I think I therefore have the right to ask that if people want to view these technical articles and view the photos they do so on my site.
The result of the growing theft problem is that technical blogs and websites like mine will simply close down or go private. I am certainly not prepared to go to all the effort to document and photograph the refurbishments when my work is blatantly stolen and distributed elsewhere.
Due to the increase in image theft where the pictures have been redistributed without an accompanying link to this site or a credit, I ask that no images are downloaded or distributed without my consent. Any cases of image theft will be reported to the website owners and their hosting services.
I am not a professional and any advice given in these pages is from my own personal experience and not always following approved or recommended methods and techniques and must be followed at your own risk.