Images in this CNN Movie Review

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by ChrisCoaster, May 26, 2012.

  1. ChrisCoaster

    ChrisCoaster Guest

    In this review,

    instead of pictures I see white boxes with a small blue crossed out
    circle in one corner. I have "enabled" EVERYTHING in security -
    totally bareing my PC's souls so to speak, and I still get the white
    squares with blue crossed out circles.

    Anything I missed?
    ChrisCoaster, May 26, 2012
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  2. ChrisCoaster

    Paul Guest

    May 5, 1997

    Yeah, looks like it hasn't kept up with the times.

    How this works, is when a web site wants to "gut" a review, they
    remove the images. If people download the images, that takes quite
    a few bytes. Instead, they just leave the text on the web page
    (from 15 years ago), so the web page is still there. You can't look
    at the images though.

    The archived copy of the page I could find, is similarly damaged.

    Sorry, no images for you.

    You can turn the security on your browser back on. It's not
    the browsers fault.

    Paul, May 26, 2012
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  3. ChrisCoaster

    ckozicki Guest


    Thanks as usual Paul!!

    I also see the "blue circles" a LOT when viewing embedded in e-mails from my relatives. You know, those "Puppy too Cute to Ignore" items they pass along. I'm sure they're more recent than that review of the Mostow movie though.

    ckozicki, May 26, 2012
  4. ChrisCoaster

    Paul Guest

    There's a few possibilities.

    First, an email group would likely be the best place to ask. I
    don't use email that much, and don't have a broad base of experience
    with all the different email tools. (Some of the email tools I used
    at work, were proprietary and written by the staff at work, so it's
    not like you're going to have a question about one of those tools :) )

    Emails can have attachments. And those may be embedded in the message,
    in a multi-part format. If you were to take the email in raw form,
    you might see both text (as the main body of the message), plus
    multi-part additions to it, containing things like jpg files and the

    Or, an email could contain HTML, be like a web page, and have
    links in it, which point to a server. Microsoft does that for
    Windows Live email for example. If a relative wanted to send a
    cute puppy picture, it would end up being a link to a skydrive
    file or something similar. The email message itself would be
    a small download, and when you wanted to look at one of the
    image attachments in the message, that would cause a separate

    Sometimes, the security setting of the email tool, or even a
    security setting of some AV software, can prevent things from
    working as intended. Or if the attachment is a strange format
    (Apple Quicktime related), that could cause a display failure
    as well.

    If the "cute puppy" file ended in .scr (screensaver) or .exe (application),
    then to the software on your computer, that would look like a malware attack
    and get blocked.

    So it's all a matter of examining the email manually, seeing whether
    the cute puppy image is embedded, whether it has a funny file extension,
    or whether the images are in fact HTML links to a server somewhere. That
    may give some idea as to what went wrong.

    Paul, May 27, 2012
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    kelly Guest

    If the e-mail is copied and pasted to your e-mail form then the sender
    may have to leave the original (where he copied it from) e-mail "open"
    till your e-mail is sent, as the text ONLY may be sent with a "blank"
    space where the picture should be. I use the "Copy & Paste" way rather
    than the "Forward" method if there are e-mail lists from previous
    senders. If I don't leave a copied e-mail on my screen, only the text
    is sent. This sounds a bit disjointed, sorry, but I hope you catch my
    drift. :)
    kelly, May 27, 2012
  6. ChrisCoaster

    ckozicki Guest

    Makes sense. If a groups post here is very long and I need to parse it with my POV, I'll just copy & paste the thing and then imsert my talking points.

    To Paul, regretfully I left out that I see blue circles or small blue question marks where images should be on my iphone mail, where as they display correctly on my PC.

    ckozicki, May 28, 2012
  7. ChrisCoaster

    Paul Guest

    This article claims there is a setting to disable image
    download on an iPhone. You could go through the preferences
    and see if there is one that corresponds to what this person claims.

    This is sorta similar, but it's not clear why it is happening.

    Apparently iPhone doesn't support RTF (which is the output of
    Microsoft Word), but then a lot of email tools wouldn't be
    too happy with that.

    Paul, May 28, 2012
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