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Am baaaaack!

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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Still have a lot of software installations and data shuffling to do, but I am back online again, dear fans.

Real new posts will have to wait a bit though I guess, even despite me having a short vacation.

Later more.

I missed having an internet connection of my own, lol.

For Lynnette

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

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Ok, there are several plugins available for comment preview in Wordpress.
Three got mentioned more often than others. All three are easy to install, it says: download files, upload plugin, activate in dashboard, bingo!

The one I’d have liked to have the most may not function automatically if you do not use the default template (Yay, I use default! :) ) or edited the default template (I edited it cos the default colours sucked! ;( ).
Ok, no worries, the plugin author explains what to do to make it work. Er. Maybe it’s just me, but the way he omits what he apparently considers obvious, I think he might have saved himself the effort of writing anything at all because his help seems to be based on the maxim: “Aw, you already know what to do anyway, right?”.
I think I did what he said, but comment preview refused to appear.
On the other hand, I don’t seem to be the only person who doesn’t get it to work, so maybe the plugin sucks and not the code editing attempt?

Ok, second choice. Hm, didn’t appear either. And no explanation what to do if that happens, cos you just download, upload, activate and use. Er. No?

That left me with plugin number 3.
I downloaded, uploaded, activated…. and voilà: comment preview.

Hope you’ll all have fun with it, and not just Lynnette. ;)

Please, hold the line…

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

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Friends, I’m suffering pc trouble at the moment. Don’t know when I will be back. Can’t stay online for more than a few minutes at a time. Wish me luck in locating the damaged software that a friend thinks must be the reason.
But….. I will be back!!!!!! *defiant stance*

A new dawn

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

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dawn

Ok, just in case I am attracting new readers here (*giggles* Well, a girl can dream, eh?) I’ll recap what I’ve been mentioning in my last post over at Blogger.

Well, actually, I’ll make this a longer story, I guess.

For quite some time now, people have been trying to invite me to get a Gmail account. I’ve always declined for the simple reason that people way more geeky than me said that these people do have a very valid point.

Well, yes, in a way, you’re selling most of your privacy rights the moment you go online, and the more you use the net, the more this is true. But I think this is the very reason why we should try to preserve what privacy and rights we have. I simply object to Google’s nosiness. I regularly delete my Google search cookies. And I will continue to decline Gmail invites.

And then Blogger gets eaten by Google. At first I was even willing to bow to the inevitable with time. I didn’t really read the detailed information on the “upgrade” then, so I wasn’t even aware that a Gmail account would be part of the “upgrade”. Anyway, the new Blogger was suffering major flaws, so I figured I’d better wait until they fixed that before upgrading. The test version became the real thing, and still Google Blogger blogs had downtimes at least twice a week. Sometimes it was impossible to comment on some of those blogs for several days, and not only for old Blogger users but at least in one case I am aware of for the blog owner himself!

Then came the day when I wanted to log in to my blog and was redirected to a page that required me to update to Google Blogger and create a Gmail account before proceeding. After some time I figured out that deleting all of my Blogger, Google Blogger and Google cookies enabled me to log in to old Blogger again. As I had been helping someone out with his Google Blogger blog, I thought Blogger might have become confused by the cookies set at that time, and that the problem was now solved.

But it turned out that it hadn’t. More and more often I had to go through the tedious “delete all Google/Blogger related cookies” with an added “clear history” routine to get access to my blog without upgrading. Also, I very often was unable to comment on Google Blogger blogs. The above mentioned routine works for that problem as well….. Most of the time.

I don’t like getting forced to do things, so I very quickly grew sick of this and decided to move my blog. WordPress seemed the obvious solution. I decided to move my blog to wordpress.com before realizing that this was not quite the right thing for me either, but to that later.

I was very relieved that I was still using old Blogger when working my way through WordPress’ “import” function. I see that has changed by now (although you have to get authorization from Google first…), but at the time WP could only import old Blogger blogs. OK:

  • Step 1: Log in to your Blogger account and make safety copies. Am I allowed to laugh?
  • Step 2: Log out of your Blogger account. Well, I didn’t even manage to log in this time, so that’s ok, yes?
  • Step 3: Log in here with your Blogger name and password. “Sorry, you cannot be logged in, please try again.” :shock: Oh, bugger…

Eventually I found out that clearing my history, deleting all Google/Blogger cookies and disabling cookies before embarking on step 3 did the trick.

Unfortunately wordpress.com only offers very limited space for its blogs and has this weird aversion to javascript. So here I am, using wordpress.org software on my very own rented server space! :D

Now I only needed to change the link to the new blog that I had left over at my Blogger blog. Right. Last Wednesday and Thursday I repeatedly deleted the evil cookies, cleared my history, even including restarting my computer…. to no avail. I kept getting redirected to the “upgrade or die” page.

Still, Google Google Blogger makes it sound as if the “upgrade” is just an option that Blogger users have, and not mandatory at all.

On Friday morning I was very surprised when I was able to log in and edit my post and the link. Well, some of you have already found it. :)

After this lengthy - and likely rather boring - explanation I officially bid you welcome to Melantrys’ new playground! :mrgreen: I hope you’ll have fun.

P.S.: It would be really cool if some of my faithful “fans” here who only allow registered Google/Blogger users to comment on their blogs might consider trying to allow “others” as well. For one thing, this would allow me to bid my Blogger account a final good-bye, and secondly, I am rather sure that sooner or later I will not be able to comment using my old Blogger account anymore. :(

… but can be merciful at times.

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

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Right.

Laugh at me, all ye geeks, but when the Maxtor diagnostics thing declared the HD dead it never crossed my mind to ask one of my “geeks” to tell me how to start that chkdsk thing from DOS again.

Well, I was advised to do so anyway, setting it to repair, and repair it did - quite a long list of repairs that was. The final diagnosis is that it has some bad sectors, but at least it seems that I have recovered all of my precious data - which I am even now transferring to my new supercool external 250GB drive. For a panic purchase it looks rather sexy. ;)

I’d like to thank all of my faithful readers (and possible new readers) for their concern about my HD and its data; really, I thought that was rather nice of you guys and gals.

That said, forward and onward to another topic in a new post.

Fate has a very wry sense of humour…

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

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… and if this were Discworld, I’d wonder what She still held in store for me. This being Roundworld, what happened on Thursday evening only leaves me miffed, unhappy and not daring to be hopeful.

What are the chances, dear readers, that a harddrive fails right after it has managed to download the latest episode of Lost and you settle down comfortably to watch it?

What are the chances of this happening four days after the warranty of said harddrive ran out?

And - I swear I am not making this up - what are the chances of the only file remaining accessible on that drive being a particular mp3 file?
A song by Donovan. (Anyone remember the 70’s?)
A song called “Atlantis”!

The continent of Atlantis was an island which lay before the
great flood
in the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean.
So great an area of land, that from her western shores
those beautiful sailors journeyed to the South and the North
Americas with ease,
in their ships with painted sails.
To the East Africa was a neighbour, across a short strait of sea
miles.
The great Egyptian age is but a remnant of The Atlantian
culture.
The antediluvian kings colonised the world
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
In all legends from all lands were from fair Atlantis.
Knowing her fate, Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the
Earth.
On board were the Twelve:
The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist,
The magician and the other so-called Gods of our legends.
Though Gods they were -
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice and let us sing and dance and ring in the new
Hail Atlantis!
(…)

That harddrive contained all files dear to me, including my photo collection.
A lot of it I have backed up on CD, and the concert pictures and videos I hadn’t yet backed up I can get back from someone else. But a few will remain lost.
In lack of space to put any possibly salvaged data on (I won’t be getting my hands on a new HD before Wednesday; I ordered one at the local electronics store; no more online computer hardware shopping for me…) I just ran the picture file half of a recovery program and did indeed get an unsorted mess of over 700 .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .txt and .mp3 files dumped onto my already laden original drive. The picture files I have absolutely no backup of don’t seem to be among them. Some .mp3 files are empty or incomplete; we’ll see what the other half of the recovery program can do once I have a drive to dump the data on.
The other odd thing is…. I removed “Atlantis” and put it on the original HD. After I had done that a “new” file popped into existence on the corrupted drive. I removed that as well, and another one popped up. It is shown as an empty folder (the content of which I don’t really need anyway), so I tried to delete it - which my comp refused to do, telling me that the folder wasn’t empty. (Yeah? So? That never kept you from deleting folders before, did it?) So there goes my “Hm, maybe I can coax more files into existence by moving every new one away” approach to the matter….

*sighs*

Me no happy.

If you hear a loud wailing noise reveberating around the world between Wednesday and Thursday that will be me. I do hope against hope though that I will have reason to cheer…. at least a little bit.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, friends.

The comments that blogger ate

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

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I suppose everyone noticed this weekend that at times some blogs were inaccessible and that a lot of comments didn’t stay on.
As they don’t seem to reappear now that things have been fixed again for a while I fear blogger indeed ate them.
We should be careful not to annoy the hungry monster, I fear.

Anyway, I let myself be notified of new comments, so I suppose I have all the lost data.

So here are the first 4 comments to the last post:

bbb said:

there isn’t a clawsong called that… you must mean “do what i say” ” :)

Friday, 2/03/2006 08:32:46 AM

David said:

Cool frosty pictures! Sorry you are still in the deep freeze. We may actually get some snow tomorrow, but it will probably melt by Sunday. I think you must be hoarding all our cold weather! :)

Glad you are feeling better about your off-topic discussion. I read some of that, but really didn’t know what was going on.

There was a big to do about the worm virus over here too. I wasn’t too concerned. I delete all spams and I have up to date Norton Internet Security installed. However, I thought I would do something additional anyway, even if it may have made no difference. Since the virus was targeting Feb 3, I changed the date in my computer’s time/date clock. I was thinking, maybe I can fool the virus. Who knows! :)

Friday, 2/03/2006 08:38:29 AM

Melantrys said:

Hm, and I was sure I wasn’t that drunk when finishing the post…

Unfortunately blogger’s acting up - at least over here - so editing will have to wait.
I read both of your comments on my comment notification on yahoo mail; blogger claims this post has no comments yet.

David, yes, you can fool the worm that way, but if your security stuff is up to date (and you don’t open sex mails ;) ) you should be fine.
After I had finally managed to update on Thursday I ran a scan, and my comp was free of any evildoers. :)

Saturday, 2/04/2006 09:41:04 AM

Frenzie said:

The manners of people on the internet can easily go beyond that which would normally be socially acceptable. A real pity.

Saturday, 2/04/2006 05:17:48 PM

It’s teh evil Opera bug!!!!

Monday, November 7th, 2005

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Seems like for some reason my posts are suddenly being eaten in the publishing process when I use Opera.
IE works just fine which surprises me a bit, because it didn’t work for Hassan. So of course I didn’t even try, except for just now in a “going through the motions” way because Blogger Support had asked me to in an email.

Ahhh, this is all so confusing! And weird.

And it’s definitely too late in the day now to write a real post with all the stuff that’s been sloshing through my brain.

Well, I suppose I’ll have a lot of time for that tomorrow.
I gather I’ll be off work early because all the customers will faint when I breathe on them.
My, was there a lot of garlic on that pizza!!!!

I’m working in a zoo….

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

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Was too busy yesterday to post but this is just too funny. Well, at least to me it is.

At the end of each work day the Warengruppenbericht (containing, among other things, the day’s earnings) has to be faxed to Central.
The regular fax machine is broken, so until it is fixed (erm, ok, until the boss manages to re-install it…..) we are using his own private rather ancient fax machine.
It has been explained to Şişko, and she has used it in the past already.
The boss left early on Friday, it was my afternoon off, but still… no worries. All the difficult comp work for the day had been finished by the boss.
So.
On Saturday morning I checked the fax machine for the meter of requests from other branches and the spam we keep getting. And what else did I find? A copy of the Warengruppenbericht….
Now.
To fax, you insert the paper, printed side up. Then you pick up the connected phone and dial the number of the fax machine you want to send it to. When it starts beeping and screeching into your ear, you press the large “Start/Testkopie” button on the fax machine, then hang up the phone.
If you totally forget this rather extensive activity with the phone and just press the “Start/Testkopie” button the fax does what the button’s name suggests - make a rather ugly copy on fax paper.

*smirks*

The fax machine also prints a regular sending report (and luckily it had done so early yesterday morning) or I might have been moved to just destroy the copy (nice person that I am) and fax the Warengruppenbericht. But the lack of faxing activity shows up on the report of course, and the boss would wonder at that. And my love for that colleague really doesn’t run so deep that I’d destroy that report as well; the boss would miss it.
So I faxed the thing, made a note on the copy saying that I had, stapled it to the report and put it on the boss’s desk for his reading pleasure when he’ll be back on Wednesday…

Also - Şişko never tiring of telling the boss how lazy I am and the like (not true!) - I immediately informed A. and S. of what she had done.
That brightened up our day a treat. :)

Still no sign of Orlando….

My apologies

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

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1. Hooray!

Seems that posting is the secret cure.
I posted, and my picture was gone.

2. I sincerely apologize for inconveniencing the people who comment on this here blog, few as they may be, but it seems now that each time I post I get an automated spam comment.
So please bear with the boring word verification thingy. It only wants to know if you are a person or not.

At this point I heave a blubbery sigh and say good-bye to my favourite search bot. Frenzie, it was sure nice having you here.