Still zero TV's in my home.. computer displays picked from the town dump and off of roadsides however...
70 posts • joined 13 Jul 2007
Still zero TV's in my home.. computer displays picked from the town dump and off of roadsides however...
Gah! Bad indeed.. if you had a half hour to kill and a VM you could have had some wild fun. I think the record I've managed to keep one of these asshats online trying to 'help' me with my Parallels VM was nearly 43 minutes. I use an ancient copy of Windows 95 to play the first version of Sim City on (yeah, I know) and it doesn't go online.. Imagine trying to get the thing to do so inside the VM, and me playing the 'daft older woman' who's computer is *just* used for online shopping and looking at pictures of the grandkids on facebook.. The best part is when they finally get around to asking how I connect to the internet, and when I tell them it is through a telephone line, you can hear the car crashing noises in their heads. "Um.. well I go online with a telephone modem.."
"Oh, miss.. do you have a different telephone that you can use?"
"Do you have a cell-phone?"
"No!" getting irritated sounding now. "I have a telephone on my desk, it has a dial." spins dial of desktop rotary to make clicking noises.
"I'm so sorry madam, we cannot help you."
"But what about the viruses in my computer? Will it destroy my computer?"
"I'm so sorry.."
"Can you put me through to a higher level support?" sounding panicked now.. and around it goes.
At the very last of it, after nearly three quarters of an hour, I finally got in the parting shot.. "You've just spent nearly 45 minutes trying to get into my computer.. so, before you go.. just one thing.. I HAVE A Macintosh and am running a PC virtually you scammer! Bwahahahah!"
Funny, the calls stopped and it's been several months now.
Ahhh. PBS is the worst. They've gotten big funding dollars from some of the worst corporate concerns for EVER. I gave up on their news reporting a long time ago.
Yup. Set up with Ghostery. make a note of the ads coming in that are slipping past ABP or uBlock, and add to the hosts list. Problem solved.
I run my browser with NoScript, uBLock and also have a monstrously edited hosts file and nothing gets through. I also haven't had a single site lock up on me in well over a year, which I credit to the hosts file.
Yup. Got a few unknown to anyone but me gmail accounts that I use as online storage for my digital art. I figure it will outlast my very life.
Yes. Also, and this is critical, never *ever* maintain your Music Library in the Default location in your Home folder.
If you move it to a secondary drive (or volume - partitions works perfectly) and change the settings in iTunes preferences to have it copy songs, but NOT organize the library, it doesn't move the files in any way, shape or form.
Unfortunate guy did not have the correct settings in the preferences - a common thing - and the effin' program ate his files.
NEVER leave your music in the default location however, as it stops the 'space-saving' measure in its tracks. I've used iTunes from the start - actually prior to it as I ran Casady and Greene's Sound Jam (which Apple bought and reworked into iTunes) on OS 8.1 and in 17 years haven't lost a single file to anything but my own stupidity.
SeaMonkey, Mr Dabbs.. SeaMonkey. It is a fork of FF based on the old Netscape Communicator suite and it runs quite snappy.
(I quit on Safari back when Panther 10.3 was the current OS - it was shite back then and I see nothing has happened to change that.)
Get it and run with uBlock Origin and NoScript and you're golden.
Safari is a total bag of dicks.. big floppy limp ones that stiffen at the most inopportune time and bone your system..
Oh wow! That is sweet. I use Seamonkey as my browser and ABP for whatever reason, (even though there's a Seamonkey version available) is not very robust. I'll add in my own list of blocked items to this gem and call it good! TYTYTYTYTY!
Oh, probably.. After all, even here in the States we know that British food is so nasty y'all went to India for take-out!
And they cannot re-edit a soundtrack (like was done with Life on Mars) for a global release?
Lazy, very lazy that and for sure it will only encourage torrents.
You know.. it's absolute bullshit that it is difficult to cancel a Comcast subscription. It's fucking *easy-peasy* but involves - HORROR! - walking in to a Comcast service/sales office and *physically* returning your rented kit.
I've cancelled service plenty of times - just return the equipment, get a receipt and ask for a print-out of the balance due, cut a check at the service desk and it's done.
People are fucking lazy, is all.
You make the assumption that because someone is western, they are automatically Christian. There are many that disrespect Jesus because they are atheist and do not need to believe in a deity to find meaning in their lives. There are also plenty of people in the west that are Christian and respect Christ - you just do not see it.
That is when you, and other consumers so afflicted by short-life CFL bulbs start mass mailing the dead ones to his office with notes attached, expressing your admiration for such a well written bill to be passed, one that had in effect no QA standards for the CFL technology it pushed, and was so carefully crafted as to allow such shoddy product into Australia.
Give him BIG KUDOS for that. Each and every time a bulb fails before it should.
Shame and keep shaming and throw the onus for disposal of the poor-quality bulbs upon his office. You've got to out dick the politicians - esp. ones that are buffoons.
> and lycos?
Lycos is up and down.. though the news feed, while sparse, is working.
Works just fine.
> What's it even for?
Getting results from flickr, and from Groups - the TWO properties it's tried, and failed, to kill.
Seriously, the idea that it's more than those two services is laughable.. they're the only ones making money and of course, the only ones driven by users content.. Funny how that goes, eh? (then again I use both on a regular basis and my group is now 11 years old..)
Ms. Pao IS correct, most of the Reddit users ARE uninterested in what happened.
But she's oblivious to the greatest problem with that attitude: It's the unpaid mods that bring content to the site and keep the various subreddits in order. ALL the content on the site is delivered by the mods and once they leave - the others who are passive users - the ones Ms. Pao says don't care - will leave, following the mods and that content to wherever they go.
This is the YahooGroups effect and why Yahoo hasn't been able, really, in well over 15 years to monetize the Groups in the same fashion as the rest of their properties.
Ah, the perils of using unpaid users to generate links and content. (I've already set up an account at voat.co)
Trevor_Pott Wrote: " ..I have a 13" notebook that is perfectly portable, weight-wise, and gives me 22 hours of compute off battery.. "
This one hit the monkey-bone, I'm in.
Okay, thanks for the tip!
Yeah, I have run into incompatible software issues with Macs. Apple churlishly makes it impossible to install an older OS on newer kit, and when I set up users that are digital artists, it's sometimes a hunt to find the correct model that will run with their ancient software. Had a guy recently want his system on a G5 rolled back to Tiger from 10.5 because of the classic environment not being supported on the latter OS. Needless to say the hoops I had to jump through to find video drivers for his *newer* card that would run under that older OS.. Not fun. I found a base set of drivers that allowed him to run the card with no controls, or get an older card, which he wasn't too keen on. Eventually went for dual boot.
I've tried to shoehorn YellowDog linux 3 onto a few powerbooks - apparently it's supposed to work on the RISC processors but I've not gotten it to work ever. Eh, Tiger's good enough on hardware a decade old which the primary function is a jukebox.
Will be mindful to run the Live distro first when I get ready to leap into the newest PC adventure.
That's actually good to read, thanks!
I've done some work recently in a Mac store and the new MacBooks came in and I just about died. They're not at all what I would have hoped they'd be and the one USB3 data/power port? What the fuck, Apple. Call me disappointed. I have an ancient 1.67ghz PowerBook G4 that I'd choose before that new frisbee. At least with the old klunker I can port video to a TV on S-Video and run a second monitor with a standard DVI cable and it's got an expansion slot and FireWire and dual USB ports. Yeah.. really unimpressed with the direction Apple is going - but then again, I take it everyone's headed this way.
So if the new ThinkPads come with all the retro hardware and I get one, I should also buy a retail version of whatever Windows is available and do a clean install to strip out the bloatware? Is the possibility of partitioning the drive and throwing a Linux volume on, workable? (I was thinking Mint - have run across it in one or two homes where the grandkids have set it up for their parents and grandparents to use and I had an easier time of navigating that than Windows.)
Okay gents.. I'm an Apple user and have a MacBook, but have dabbled with a few Acer laptops running Vista and in the next year, am planning on getting a Windows laptop - I troubleshoot networks and help seniors set up their homes for wireless, and am getting more PC users calling me - I really need to take my game up a notch as I got stuck trying to connect three PCs across a network and couldn't make heads or tails of the system Control Panels and figure it out for the life of me. My PC knowledge is dated, I should just re-learn Windows from scratch.. (the last PC I had ran Windows 95 so obviously I need something that is a bit more current.. ya think?)
Since you are all so keen on the ThinkPad, what is the biggest appeal? I'm honestly curious to find out, since other than Macs, I have rarely seen such a buzz over a machine.
(Paris, because I really want to know).
Not the one you were replying to, but he and I could be the same person.
I too do everything he does, and also hit some of the really dodgy porn sites as well - and as I have a budget speed internet connection I will go offline most nights if I am working on my graphics (this also allows husband to watch youtube with no lagging) and I run little snitch and one app called Private Eye that sees all traffic.. Mostly it's the things like Adobe and the Apple programs trying to get out for updates. Then again, I have specific uses for the different browsers - I use Chrome for the pornsites, (the videos play better for some reason) and Safari for Facebook - both are set to delete all data on close. Opera for ebay/Amazon or any shopping I'll do and a fork of Firefox called SeaMonkey for the general El Reg/Google/BBC news/Reddit surfing.
So far, I've managed, by keeping everything segregated by use, to not have issues. This on Snow Leopard no less. Perhaps I'm just lucky? Don't know, but I DO pay mind to where on the net I am and also what browser I am using.
What's astonishing to me is that anyone still uses Photobucket in the first place. Unless it's changed it's TOS since I quit using the service - there's a ton of better hosting sites available..
Second the Rampant Spaniel's remarks. Been on the same service for 15 years now - Comcast - and other than my wireless hopping onto the xfinitywifi after waking from sleep and dealing with that annoyance, I've not noticed a slow-down or interruption in any of the torrents, file-lockers, Tor browsing.. None of it that I use. I imagine that if I was pulling a file off of a public tracker like piratebay, I might see some throttling if I was grabbing a movie that was still in theaters, but I can't say for sure. There's plenty of other things I'd rather use my bandwidth for.
Meh, a made-up tempest in a teapot.
FYI, just as a technical note, Comcast quietly dropped the bandwidth limits about the time they started rolling out their dual-channel wireless routers and expanding the xfinitywifi network. Unbeknownst to most who lease one of these new devices, they are now subsidizing Comcast's wireless network through their electric bills.
SeaMonkey, my good man..SeaMonkey.
It's got WAY more control. Seriously, I gave it a try after Camino finally bit it and have never looked back.
@PhilW.. Hmm. American sci-fi is good?
Really? Stick around long enough at it all looks the same. Guys with blazing lasers, hot babes in tight spandex, flaming rockets and a handful of rinse and repeat storylines involving lost explorers, brave adventurers or alien visitors with a hidden, sinister agenda.
And then there's Dr. Who.. you've got living plastic shop dummies, deadly Christmas trees, Spitfires in outer space, flying sharks, Toclafane, werewolves and the Royals, Weeping Angels.. New New New New New New New New New New York, Cassandra (now THAT was a real stab at the vanity of cosmetic surgery seekers!) Witches.. it is at least COMPLETELY and utterly off its tits and way more interesting.
(I won't even get into Red Dwarf which rates as some of the funniest comedy - the third and fourth seasons esp. so - I've seen..)
The hard sci-fi like Star Trek (Of which the only ones worth a shit were ToS, ST:TNG and DS9) just has run it's ground for lack of *unique* ideas because it has to stay 'serious'.. It's also pure boredom at this point so it falls back on the explosions, spandex and all the other shit that makes the 16 Y.O. boys go 'schwing!!'
When was Dr. Who ever NOT a kids show?
As someone that's had a perfectly useable *vile* YahooGroup (four actually, with well over 2,000 members on my mailing lists) for the last - oh, 9 years.. you 'web 2.0' folks are missing the point: YahooGroups are a LISTSERV.
That's - Web 1.0 - for those of you with the inability to parse meaning in more than 140 characters.
It's not supposed to look good, it is supposed to work and be a platform for the archiving of USER-created content. Who needs that managerial light and functionally thin, bland white 'facebook-wannabe' bollocks?
Oh wait, that'd be the Short-attention span theater, ADD-afflicted 'look at MEEEEEEEE!!' twenty/thirty-something crowd.
Either way, I don't hold out hope that Yahoo isn't going to make a hash of it, they've got such a screaming inferiority complex about their service and pathetically play the 'keeping up with the facebook' crowd, they've lost sight that Groups don't NEED to be 'updated', when the bulk of the members *most* Groups have use their mail apps for access.
You want to know what's vile? Google Groups and the pathetic attempt at Groups that facebook put up. Boring white pages with banner photos. Cookie-cutter internet.
At least with Yahoo, the Groups could be set up so that interacting with them wasn't an invite to be cyber-stalked by advertisers across the interwebs. Well, it wasn't.. until this latest 'neo' coat-hanger abortion attempt.
Boo! Hisss! BOOO!!
I've been asking FOR YEARS for the ability AS AM AMERICAN, to pay for a TV license and get access to the iPlayer.
I don't watch American TV, if frankly, blows balls... sweaty, sticky, yeasty, man-balls.
Aye, am hearing that. Alas, I too was disappointed at the final call for Camino, but it was becoming obvious that it was on it's last legs about the time youtube stopped working for me. Hated that too, as it was faster to bring up pages on the various forms I inhabit than any other browser - still is, but if I want to stick to a handful of sites it still works well on - nope - too limited.
Have found that Seamonkey works good enough, OmniWeb started getting crash-prone on the Flash-enabled portals. Just don't care for Chrome enough to keep it and of course Safari on Snow Leopard is a huge bag of 'meh!'.. Adios Camino.
"This way thy could get rid of most pirated copies.."
Are you serious? Look at the patcher for CS5, it intercepts the activation from Adobe and also puts a white-list of ports on a modified hosts file that prevents the app from calling home yet *somehow* manages to get a valid key.
What witchcraft that is, I know not.
It may take a while for the code-head pirates to work it out, but they will. They ALWAYS do. This 'cloud' shift will only alienate users that can't pony up money every month..
Yes, and isn't it interesting that Adobe has such little respect for the numerous professional CS users that they shiv them in this fashion. God forbid someone makes art pay and Adobe doesn't get it's cut.
The arrogance of this is breathtaking. What raging cocks.
I don't have a twitter or facebook account and have yet to have it be an issue let alone even be asked about it. I suppose my standard answer would be 'I don't waste my valuable time or energy on such trivialities, I have too much to do.." and let any prospective employer work out that. If they won't hire based on that, then they're idiots and as such, one wouldn't want to work there in the first place.
Choices are always available, just that some are less onerous than others.
(Heck, I don't even have a cell phone - a iPhone, yes, but it's got no phone service.. Go figure)
How about a teeny round mirror right in front of the camera lens so they can watch themselves - or better yet, make the initial setup and ID using photos of someone out of a National Geographic, or a tabloid pic of a celebrity!
Oh, if the thing updates across a cloud, you *could' use someone else's face and possibly end up with their suggestions, no? Endless ways to fuck with it..
Getting off of facebook...
Remember, when you go for the kill of your account and start to remove the posts you've made, plan on doing it over a few weeks. Just quitting facebook doesn't get your information out and just abandoning it could see it used for anything. Give it time and go down your wall and pull off all your posts, then as you empty that queue, their servers will dig down and start to pull up older posts. Eventually, you'll get to posts you've made on *other* people's pages - and THAT is the stuff that keeps you perpetually in their system.
Get all of that deleted so when you log in you will have NO posts on your wall/timeline page.
At that point, start to 'unfriend' people. Do this dead last, as if you do it first, you'll not be able to delete posts you've made on their pages and you'll be stuck in facebook's system.
You know that you've done it correctly, if when you login after a month or so, FB is showing you random names of people that you do not know.
Took me six weeks to get all my data OFF of facebook.
Well could be as interesting to implement as the TSA scanners that see too much..
Seriously, the idea that a camera will be looking back at a user and only seeing a face (yeaaaaah, right!) is as honest as that line "I won't cum in your mouth, darling,.. really.." All it needs is one halfway decent hack and it's a peeping Tom's paradise.
This one will NEVER fly except perhaps with a certain.. ummm shall we say.. 'exhibitionistic' crowd.
Even better, read the history of the Islamic countries at the time of the Crusades, the Inquisitions and the Puritans..
This notion that the Moslem world 'suffered' at the hands of the Crusaders ignores that Islam's had a fairly unbroken trail of spilled blood - from the time of the Prophet right on through to today. Does anyone here believe there was a time that the Sunni and Shia ever got along? I haven't been able to find it - that schism was 100% political and they've been fighting over it since Day1.. But we don't *know* of the internal history of the countries and cultures and their own politics, so we can automatically assume the worst about the actions that came from the Crusaders..
I'm tired of this historical 'what about the past.." rubbish. Guess what.. It's PAST.
Let's deal with the here and now.
Grow up and quit trying to blame your 'parents' (the past) for the 'bad things' that seem to hold you down. Islam's got a problem and saying it's beyond ridicule or being criticized is a cowards way of not dealing with the flaws inherent in cultures that hide behind religious mantles.
Got my info off of FB well over a year ago. Goodness they didn't make it easy!
Had to start by shutting down all my friends, so nothing new could be added, then changing all my personal info to question marks.
Let that sit for a few days so those changes could be floated across all their servers. Got back in and started deleting posts. Two pages worth a day, with three of four days between for the system to again, make the changes across their servers, and to give it time to pull up everything it could find.
The best thing about that wall is that it is designed to show you all your comments on your page and the pages of those you've added ad friends as well. As you dig down and delete newer posts, it starts to scour through your friends' lists to find anything you've added and bring them up.
The trick was to just *wait* and let the data - my data - come to me.
Once I got to the point where I was deleting my comments on other people's pages, I knew I was close.
It's those comments you make on *other* people's pages that keeps you in their system.
Once I got everything, I logged out and waited a week to be certain. Sure enough it brought up a few more of the earliest posts I'd made to someone I hadn't even heard from in 4 years. Done.
Once every post was cleared out, I then deleted all my friends (you have to do this last, or you won't be able to get at and remove the posts you've left on their pages) and waited.
Two weeks later, I log in and it is showing me random names of people it *thinks* I might know, not one I actually do.
BINGO! I'm now completely OUT of the system, and maintain the account in my name solely to check on the status of my 'ghost-writer' account, which I use to comment on various sites with.
Have fun shilling my info to whomever you can, Mr. Zukerberg.
In all honesty, I did *just* that, in 2008, and somehow the security locks were set in perpetuity through one of the many layout changes: I couldn't open my account and make it public if I wanted to. I've thought about getting in touch with FB to get that straightened out.. but in hindsight maybe not.
Also very happy with using GIMP - for the price, it's unbeatable and I find it's got better color management - I get much warmer skin tones - which is very good for the fakes..
Huh.. I've been at the same apartment for twenty years, and jumped on cable internet in 1999 on a freebie promotional install from MediaOne.. the service was RoadRunner at that time.. which was all of 384k download and crash-a-rama - though that was the LANCity modems which were absolute crap. Then it was sold to AT&T broadband internet.. which crashed ALL the time, and that was due to AT&T being idiots. When Comcast snapped up ATTBI they invested heavily in the 'e-coast' and new cable everywhere, I ended up one telephone pole downstream from a node - WOOSH! - took me three years to get them to come out and set my connection straight, the upstream signal was literally shouting down my modem and I'd often lose sync.
They missed *completely* the fact that we'd been without teevee service for YEARS, and though we were paying for their unlisted 'basic metered', which was 6 bucks a month, (and netted us the 15 dollar multi-service discount, keeping the cable cheaper than it would be otherwise) we didn't actually have a telly in the house and therefore no signal splitters. Once we got that squared away (the cable guy going, "It's okay, you don't need to hide it, I don't care if you have a TV.." and me saying "No honestly, we don't have one.." Weird.) everything has been hunky-dory.
I've not had a single problem with Comcast, they keep trying to get me to take TV, though the last time they called, I managed to get a LOWER speed service, I'm now at the 6.2Mbit package they don't like to let anyone know about. It was that or jump on the FairPoint DSL, that is 3Mb down, for 1/3 the cost, also that the phone company building is four blocks away means that the copper outside my window is *unsplit* from the source. You just got to know how to approach Comcast. Be hardnosed. When you've options and don't subscribe to the TV or phone from them, they're pushovers.
Deb. (aka 'Gritz')
Ah! The crisislanding.appspot page. Yeah, know it well.
How is this news?
You can always vote with your wallets next time Hollywood - or whomever - wants your business, and just *refuse* to spend your hard-earned.
Let them know why you won't buy as well.
It is entirely THAT simple. Who's up for a pint, down the corner pub instead?
Ping? God no. Couldn't get that crap out of iTunes fast enough.
Now can we make the 'cover flow' indexing Go Away?
(ahem! How about a fangurl getting an icon or two? Paris doesn't cut it.. Maybe Peaches Geldof instead?.. oh, wait.. on second thought.. Hrmmm..)
PPC code ran on Intel CPU's with a translation framework called 'Rosetta', now gone in Lion - and probably the reason why I won't budge from Snow Leopard - that is, until some bright mind figures out a hack to get it working again.
The trick with youtube and Google+ is to NOT connect them to a Gmail account. Therein is where your identity is nailed like a butterfly on a collection board. I use Gmail as an online storage box for my digital art and no one has that address but me..
As fate would have it, I possess an ancient youtube cookie - several actually - gleaned from my living room computer, long-repurposed as a jukebox, which doesn't expire for another decade and believe me, I've backed them up and exported 'em across all the browsers I use.
Oh sure, youtube *wanted* me to connect my identity 'dots', months ago, so I don't understand the 'heads up' on that change now - seems a bit late - but I kept ignoring or closing the nag-pages and eventually it stopped and I'm on my merry with separate accounts *still*.
As far as the google network knows, I do not have a Gmail account.
When the majority of posts are meaningless. Ermmm. so far, Google+ is working exactly the same as facebook.. in that I'm already blocking posts from friends that blather all day about *nothing*..
I really, REALLY do not care at all for Web 2.0.
And for those of us who've been without *need* or even want to go mobile, this 'cloud' offers what?