Re: imageshack or photobucket
I use both. Imageshack, you can't really go back and get your pictures again. It's like a one time deal. With Photobucket, you actually have your own storage space for editing uploaded picts, creating albums, etc. Imageshack is like a "fast" version of photobucket without all the editing stuff but does have the ability to import images into forums by using thumbnail view which is pretty neat.
*Fact: Microsoft Window's Blue Screen of Death vs Computerforums.org's White Screen of Death. Which is worse?