ObSrv bug fixed (empty feeds)

Over the last few weeks ObSrv was often returning empty feeds.

I’ve fixed this bug.

If there are any further problems, please let me know.

ObSrv – Appropriate Images Please

I’ve added a mandatory “Safe Search” filter to all images served up by ObSrv.

To most users, you won’t notice any difference, but the problem was that some people were using ObSrv to generate adult images, which got me in trouble with Google Adsense.

This is a business decision, not a moral one. Using ObSrv to generate adult images would get my Adsense account cancelled. No Adsense income = No ObSrv. Everyone would lose. So the simplest solution I could find was to block anything that didn’t pass the Google “Strict Safe Search” test.

If you find your image feeds aren’t generating images any more, please consider using less adult-related search terms.

ObSrv Performance Improvements

I’ve improved the load speed of the ObSrv home page. Sometimes it would take a long time to load.

I’ve also improved the speed of the image feeds. It still can be sluggish at times – that’s because it’s heavily used, but to counteract this, the Image Feed will ignore requests from the same computer if they come more frequently than about once every 3 or 4 seconds.

For most people this won’t be a problem, and the only time you really notice delays on the Image Feed is if you try and display it in your browser.

If site performance is still an issue for you, please let me know.