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I'm into digital photography and I'd like to know if this could be portraying my photos in a "less than favorable light"?
I just did some google searching on this topic and came across a site with a before-and-after example of a jpeg put thru AOL's compression.
YIKES! If this is true, then my AOL surfers have been looking at CRAP!
Can anyone say whether or not such results are really as striking as this website claims?
Even if the jpg is completely optimized, AOL will run it through a filter that can really mess up your image - Savings: none - quality: lost.
You can test it if you have an AOL account (or a friend with the account). Serve up your page, right click, properties...You'll see what I mean.
Now when are they switching to Mozilla?
The reason AOL does this is to conserve their bandwidth. All of their users access the internet through proxy servers. If several other AOL users have previously visited any web-site, AOL tries to conserve bandwidth by compressing the images, and cacheing them on their servers.