*corrupt outlook pst files
*multiple daily backups had to be tested and restored
*set up a weekly image backup - tested and restored
*fiddle with all the USB ports - matching USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 to make said backups faster
*order new USB hub, external hard drive and power strips
*buy a new vacuum cleaner (yes ours died) to have xlorp vacuum under the desk and behind the computer tower (dust!!)
then deal with (mainly driver problems)
*DVD player that won;t burn
*printers that won't print
*scanner that won't scan
all the while
*frantically testing DIY security cameras before the house next door gets torn down and rebuilt (with construction comes theft and break-ins).
*trying to create a front yard habitat for the feral cat living in a shed in the next door house about to be torn down. The shed protects her from coyotes at night and she will not enter our back yard due to another cat who has taken up residence
We're still not done with all of these so will continue to be elusive and non-resposnive
My new hard drive is fucking with me however. After install, it failed the Short Drive test. Then passed. Then failed. Then passed. The computer's extended service warranty expires in a few days, but the hard drive is warranted for another 30 days. So I will keep using Macrium Reflect to make system images.
The tech was helpful, also blew out 3 years worth of computer dust with my compressed air. To my horror, he gets rated on the entire service experience - from the moment I made the call to the support center to him installing the hard drive. And if he gets anything less than a 9 out of 10, his supervisors will call me to find out why. Since he did a good job I gave him 10, but the initial phone calls t the support center were not as good.
Did I say my mind is mush.....
Dr Who started up again on BBC and I like the new companion.
In any event, my hard drive failed the Short Disk Self Test so HP is sending me a new hard drive (with a human to arrive later in the week) to install it on Friday. My 3 year extended warranty dies in....7 days. I ran few of my own tests and found only 15 bad sectors on a 1.8 TB drive. Which makes me worry it is a software corruption and not necessarily just a bad hard drive. Which makes the system images I am laboriously making a bit less attractive. But trying to reinstall years of software with license keys that may or may not work...if I can find them. And if I can find the older versions of the software that go along with them.
The other risk is that when the tech shows up they will crack open the case look at ait and say: Holy Fuck!! and take it all back and I will really be without any computer for weeks. I am not kind to my computers. I know I will one day have to answer to the Great Computer In The Sky for my misdeeds.
In the meantime, don't email me anything important. Expect that I will have forgotten any and all commitments by the time I re-emerge. Feel free to ping me again when I give the all clear sign.
Edited: install HTTPS EVERYWHERE which can be found at eff.org. It won't magically replace missing security (like what is happening on Livejournal), but it will turn on security if it is available. Ex: Up until 2013, on Facebook you had the option to have secured browsing. Or not. HTTPS Everywhere will toggle it on for you in case you mess up your default security settings
Read more about HTTPS vs HTTP browsing
NO MATTER WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO: Install The EFF's HTTPS Everywhere extension for Chrome/Firefox (also Android).
From their FAQ:
Also, if you do backup your Livejournal blog or community to Dreamwidth, please consider buying a paid account.
I am testing a low RAM email client (eM Client) that can run continuously in the background of my desktop. I set up an IMAP account for yahoo mail, created a filter/rule that copies the email over to the IMAP version of my gmail account and puts it into a folder so I can read it on my phone. I am certain there are other more simpler workarounds, but the most important part of this message is to make certain you have found a way to download your Yahoo email, contacts and calendar and store it elsewhere as I am not certain how much longer yahoo will be viable.
PS. I am am paid subscriber to yahoo mail and they no longer have a support number to call. Or rather, I am still looking for it. They have not answered any support emails and the forum gets you canned responses.
PPS. Gmail allows you to import your contacts, emails and calendar from yahoo via POP, so if you can get POP to work, that is a good way to back up your entire yahoo account. Once imported you may have problems getting new emails, but it will be a start. Also, POP only imports items stored in your mail folder (inbox. IMAP allows you to access all folders.)
PPPS. Besides eM Client, you can try other free Desktop email apps like Thunderbird for IMAP. There may be other third party apps that work across desktops and phones.
The app is free and it called PG Offline You may need to contact the owner of the program Wilson for the most recent release for Yahoo Groups. You will need to contact him for info on how to download Facebook Groups. He has asked that we help spread the word about the program to fans interested in preserving their mailing lists.
The PG Offline not only allows you to download messages, but to also download Group Files and Photos. You do not have to be a list admin to download the emails/files - just a member of the mailing list
Export of the messages is limited - the most useful format for fan archiving is html digests.
Owner email: info @ personalgroupware.com
Last, I need this to be a site that will not blink at me storing fan related audio, video or document files. And one that is not run by one or two people - this needs to be reliable for the next 5 years.
Cost: I can afford up to $10 per month. I have a box.com account, but I am still uncomfortable storing fan related files in these amounts there. Plus, they charge $45 a month for their 500+GB accounts.
*Sleeping Cat Photo (in the sun)
*Sexy Text to Partner
*Used Google Voice to ask "What is 42" and "What is Skynet" and listened to ...IT?.... read from Wikipedia
*Asked for the locations of the nearest Starbucks and Shawarma
I am ready for 2016.
I cannot get any sound from the 2 most recent DVDs. The various DVD playing software (MPH-HC, VLC, even the included Windows Media Player) have been updated. They can all play DVDs created by the same DVD-Recorder yesterday with sound. The software programs can play all other files (even vob files) with sound. so I know they are not muted. And I rebooted several times.
The 2 most recent DVDs will play inxlorp 's laptop with sound (using the same software) and of course can be played on DVD machines with sound.
My first thought was codecs!!!, but I don't even know where to start when it is something that impacts so many different programs. VLC comes bundled with its own codecs, so I tried uninstalling and reinstalling MPH-HC and VLC with no luck. As a test I downloaded two other free DVD players - BlazeDVD abd KMPLayer and they too are having problems with just those two DVDs. But all the other machines in the house can play the DVDs.
edited: just to be safe I downloaded k-lite and also ran gspot - it says the proper codecs are installed.
edited: even weirder I checked the sound controls and the "speakers" show there is sound (the sound bar is moving up and down). I also updated the speaker drivers.
"Today's privacy debate will bemuse the denizens of 2025, contended Hal Varian, Google's chief economist.
"By 2025, the current debate about privacy will seem quaint and old-fashioned," he wrote in his survey comments.
"The benefits of cloud-based, personal, digital assistants will be so overwhelming that putting restrictions on these services will be out of the question. Of course, there will be people who choose not to use such services, but they will be a small minority," Varian continued.
"Everyone will expect to be tracked and monitored, since the advantages, in terms of convenience, safety, and services, will be so great," he added......
...The Internet of Things, which will allow everything from toasters to watches to spew data about their users, will exacerbate the tech assault on privacy.
"Every object will become a spy," said Privacy.me's Neivert.
The level of surveillance that exists now will seem pale once everything starts communicating with the Net.
"Once we start wearing the Internet and our appliances are connected to the Internet, the level of observation, data capture and surveillance is going to explode," Pew's Rainie said."
So now this fan has 'outed' herself with her real name, where she works etc. Luckily for everyone involved I cannot remember names, places or faces (ask one of my convention roommates who years later loves to tease me because I not only forgot her name, I forgot we ever had been roommates).
Fandom usually jumps into technologies, uses them, and then acts surprised when we realize that we have no clue what we're doing or how the use of the new tech has changed an aspect of our fandom culture. Right now a few authors are posting notices that you need permission to link to their fanworks in "public spaces". Or that they'd prefer their readers comment on their fic where it was originally posted. Each author gets to unilaterally define what is public with the expectation that every reader will follow because that is part of the "social contract". So for today Goodreads = public and is not a place to list or review fanfic. Tumblr is OK (for now) because it is not seen as a "public" space.*
It used to be easier to know what to expect of other fans but the moment we went online, the fannish social contract was voided due to sheer size and complexity of online interactions. Add the fact that new platforms and new ways of interacting keep coming out every 20 minutes and you have a hot conceptual mess filled with poorly understood expectations.
I know that when we went online in the 1990s few of us had any idea that fans would be publicly posting their porn fanfic** to open access websites (no. stop. think of the children!), displaying their explicit art where anyone could see (blush), and tweeting their love of RPS and knotting fic (OMGWTFBB!). By those standards, we have all breached the original fannish social contract of keeping fandom a "safe space" simply by interacting with one another in public and online. And I suspect that 20 years down the road, we will again struggle to recognize "fandom" as it continues to be reshaped by technology.
So I would rather see us practice mindfulness and awareness that the tools and platforms we use change us and our culture instead of snapping at one another because we've changed and that we no longer know what to expect from one another.
Because to be honest, I have no clue any more. And I'd be wary of anyone who claims otherwise.
*Keep in mind that most fans don't bother to turn off Google indexing on their tumblr blogs (or their LJ...or their DW..or their twitter or their.....). And even if they do, every time someone else reblogs your content, if *their blog* is searchable by Google it will still be "public".
**A few of us did have in inkling but we all kept it quiet because we did not want to scare our fellow fans with our crazy visions of the future filled with flying fans sporting jetpack keyboards and tinhats.
The Smart phones costs range from $100 to $150 and use Android. If you have an ATT compatible phone, you can use your own phone - they will send you a new SIM card for free. The cheapest monthly service ($15) has enough minutes and text messages for casual use (1-2 phone calls a day, 15 text messages a day). The data plan is very tiny, so if you are looking for daily 3G or 4G service, I'd suggest a larger data plan. of course Wifi is free. They use the ATT cell phone network so you get the same cell phone service.
We have been using the service for 2 months now and have had wonderful customer service calls. We bought a new smart phone ($100), used an older existing ATT phone (free), and transferred over our existing numbers without a hitch. We both share the same data plan because it is more cost efficient to have multiple phone lines on one account.
Oh, and why did I mention "older" above? If you are a member of AARP, you get a small discount.
Edited to add: Multiple types of smartphones are offered. consumer cellular offers 3 android "smartphones' that are only $100-150. You do not have to sign a contract nor will you be charged extra a month nor will you be charged a "balance" if you cancel. The final cost is really $100-150 total. Scroll down past the Iphone and the fancier android phone options. And as always, take the time to read the fine print and look around on the website because there are many options offered, far more than I can and will cover in this brief post.
Copying this from a mailing list announcement.
"Gmail has suddenly started seeing LJ notifications as spam.
You can set up a filter by clicking on the little gear icon under your sign-in name (top right) and selecting "settings", then "filters". Select "create a new filter" and put email@example.com in the "from" field, then choose "continue" at the bottom and check the box that says "never send to spam", then save or update.
Or you can just check the "not spam" box on any messages and hope gmail will catch on for the future, but I wouldn't count on it!
But I want to load the entire DVD to the cloud for my relatives so they too can enjoy the experience of grainy 8mm home movies. Would I have to build a web menu and then load the DVD files separately (the main move and the extras)? Or is there some way to upload the whole DVD and play it "as is" from the net.
Assume for this question that we do not want to convert the DVD files - leave them as MPEG2.
edited: I think what we' re looking for is some form of Media Center-like software that supports Internet streaming. I found info from 2007 here but need more updated info.
Person A: "Here are some b7 world wide web sites: http://hawks.ha.md.us/blake7/index.html
Person B (talking about using FTP to access the site - this is how most fans accessed files on other computers back then):
"I tried logging on to it using anonymous as login name, but it won't accept it. Any suggestions on how to get into the site?"
Person A:"This is not an ftp site, but a world wide web site. To 'get into' it, you will need a web browser, such as mosaic or lynx (sp?). I suggest you talk to your sysop, and ask if there are any on your machine."
The only good news is that it's easy to change, and it seems as though you can type in any characters you want (but you can't leave it blank)."
"...set up a higher minimum security level for your entries [friends locking] and/or limiting content on your Atom and RSS feed to 'title only' (http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/
Note that previously public entries will still show up on RSS feeds even after the post has been locked. Most RSS feeds go back 30 days, but some go back further.
LJ also allows you to limit the RSS feeds to just Subject Headers. More here and here
Some websites allow you to disable RSS feeds, but there are services that will allow you to create an RSS feed of any website so the disabling is easily circumvented. The same is true of RSS feed limits (subject headers only).
Here is an example of the RSS feed I use for blue pueblo tumblr: http://bluepueblotumblr-feed.dreamwidth.
Context: here and here
All that being said, I am using RSS feeds to follow a few tumblr accounts and am enjoying them. One word on RSS feeds - if you are using tumblr and want your content to be available only a week having readers use RSS feeds to keep up with your posts should work. If you want people to find older posts (say a rec list or vids) the RSS feed will carry only the latest content and won't have tags. The same in reverse for readers who use RSS feeds - the only way to find older content is to go to the tumblr account and try to use the navigation there.
Cross-posting is the way to go but tools are scarce. Here is discussion of a wordpress crosspost plugin
This tumblr to LJ crosspost tool looks promising: http://2livejournal.tumblr.com/ anyone tested it? edited: as someone reminded me, a cross-posting tool would defeat the purpose of using tumblr to avoid social interaction/social pressures/discussions. But I know that tumblr usage varies and people have different reasons/motivations for using the platform so I think the tool may be of interest to some.
Are there any other tumblr/lj/dw cross-posting methods in use?
Many of us noticed several months ago that LJ Archive had stopped working, but we didn't know what to do about it. Someone else didn't either, but she paid a developer to figure it out.
And now a fix is available. I downloaded it and installed it over my existing version and was able to properly synch both my posts and all the comments. And not only my own blog - LJ community owners - you can now resume using it to back both comments and entries.
Basically it all boils down to - Gmail is seperate from your Google Services account. They can be the same - but they don't have to be. Your Google Services account is the one you use to access all of Google's services. And it can be based on any email - or multiple emails - and none of them have to be Gmails.
x-posted to my journal