Hey folks, time for some communication on The Sampler page. As some of you who have sent tracks within the last four months or so know, I've been ignoring the page. Busy with other stuff and down one computer in the household during that time due to an untimely motherboard death. It was my PLAY computer that died but a new behemoth has risen from those cold ashes, dear friends. Anyway, while I was ignoring the page, something happened. Our traffic went waaaay up. I have a 30GB/month bandwidth limit on this account (Stormweb out of Sarnia, Ontario -- they've been very good to me and have great basic service.) For the first couple years of the page, we never even came close to that kind of traffic. However, in 4 of the last 6 months we're over. When we go over, dear friends, I get a bill. Because my host is better at technical matters than accounting matters, they just caught up with me a couple weeks ago -- so the bill-receiving part of this equation is new, too. Suffice to say I'm not thrilled about the bills. It's nothing serious yet, but I'm going to do something about it. Right now I'm investigating my log file to see what's going on. I'm not sure, but I think there may be a couple of sites out there that are using our material for background noise or that are otherwise constantly linking to our page and downloading the same file over and over again. I've got some repeating URLs from xanga.com and singingfish.com that cause me to be suspicious. I'm new to this CSI angle to webifying so I'm a little slow figuring all this out. All I know right now is bandwidth went way up last October and has essentially stayed there. I'm trying to figure out why. Any ideas, web gurus out there? (Hey you web gurus, aside from this problem, do you have any ideas on how to minimize problems with the kind of page we're running? For example, to keep bandwidth down, I'd like people NOT to stream off the page. Download one time and let your harddrive do the work after that, not my server's hard drive. Is there a way I can do that programmatically? All I want is for us and our friends to have reasonable access to the material. I don't want people coming back over and over for the same thing and if someone's a bad guy I want to be able to identify them and lock them out.) Bottom line: it's possible the page may be closed temporarily in the coming days while I do stuff. It may also be the case that I have to ask contributors to limit themselves to two or three tracks. We'll have to wait and see. I'll do the analysis as to what's been going on and take appropriate steps after that. The log suggests we had 35,000 hits in March. I'd like to believe that's legitimate, but I don't. I think something's going on that we don't want going on. My gut tells me we're a community whose activity will fit easily onto my little slice of the web.