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Scribefire (Firefox Extension)

Scribefire is a useful tool for posting to your blog online.  I’d forgotten I had it/considered it to be new and therefore usable in a later version.
–Glenn
Do I need to add that I’m using it to publish this entry?  The link process actually looks more usable than the native one on WordPress, but looks quite a bit different. 

April 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Huh

My apologies for the title; I couldn’t resist*.  This is a rehash, because Mil Millington’s Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About actually started the whole deal, and was hysterically funny.  Yes, in fact, if nothing else I do expect you to follow the second link, or at least do the search on Google or whatever.  It is also a book.  The book is fictional.  The website is not, or not entirely.  I can assure you that both characters are well, characteristic of the breed.  I used to have an e-mail subscription to the site, so I assume Mil quit updating it.  I did communicate with him.  I think he might have been taken slightly aback by my bizarre sense of humor (nah, don’t ask).

The point is, too, that as the article actually points out “Tom Sawyer” used “this method” to plan out books.  “Mark Twain” (I’m sorry, I don’t remember his real name right off and I’m too lazy too research it) is more likely to be the subject, since Tom Sawyer was one of his characters, and he did write books based on the audience’s reaction to his travelling road show comedy gig.  We might just finally mention that the method itself wasn’t particularly new; it’s just that the writer was an American, and therefore automatically prejudiced (no matter the color involved–and the green dudes are really weird).

–Glenn

April 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

LAN chats and file transfers (freeware)

LAN chats and file transfers
This can be a frustrating subject, particularly when working with two operating systems. Or like I did when one wireless technology was going out and the other phasing in (which come to think of it has been the rule–sort of like Google and everything they produce being forever in beta, like Chrome). To do an actual physical file transfer on a working network somehow adds insult to injury. The program I am going to recommend is in no way recommended for business use. For one thing, I haven’t used it for long enough, and from all I can tell there’s no separate log-in procedure. It could be argued that log-in to the network obviates that, but drive-by and the whole mentality negates that comfortable and easy assumption.

What I’m talking about is BORG chat. Easy search results. Small file, couple of megabytes. XP and Vista compatible, which means it’s compatible to Windows 2000 and will be to Windows 7. If you have anything older you’re asking for trouble. You can’t run some of the programs necessary to ensure your safety–pardon me, the safety of your data; we have indeed become cybernetic citizens willy-nilly.

Or Home page: http://borgchat.softnews.ro/
if you want to get picky about it.
–Glenn

(I just had to add the “social networking” bit with all the mis-use of the term going on currently.)

April 18, 2009 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Alternate Browsers, Freeware, Orca

Orca bears a relationship to both Firefox and Google.  It’s had something like one security vulnerability in the last year, and it’s one of the least-used browsers, mainly because there are so many of them.  You could add that each and every one of them has its own little peculiarities, too.  Orca uses little RAM, is fast to load, and lacks a lot of the built-in supposed security features of (say) IE.  You can disable Pop-ups, Sounds, Videos, ActiveX, Scripts and Java Applets as usual; there are several tab options…and you can use some Mozilla add-ons.  It’s an attractive browser and a work-in-progress.  And I am thinking about switching away from Firefox now because it is targeting more and more attention from badware writers.

–Glenn

You can even import favorites and that sort of thing.  Perhaps I should have mentioned that.  As far as passwords go, I would not import that kind of file but build it from scratch, just in case.  However, I am actually certifiably paranoid (part of the PTSD package) so if you want you can discount that.

[I forgot to mention that I carefully posted that using Orca.  The rendering problems I reported on about 18 months ago were not at all evident, not just on the pages of WordPress.  That is a tremendous step forward, believe it or not.  I should have added too that disabling ActiveX and so on (which are not enabled by default, necessarily, on Orca) is very easy–and may end up with some web pages that can’t be navigated except by turning them on.  There are online gaming sites were some security controls aren’t even possible (I even play on one of them, and not as ‘oregonnerd’).]

April 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

The Debate Rages On…

How much evil does spam do?  My God, greenhouse effect.  Pretty soon it will be right up there with cow farts.

–Glenn

April 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Work at Home and Similar Schemes

Here is an example of very simple detective work.

This is from About.com: http://workathomemoms.about.com/od/writersandeditors/Writers_and_Editors.htm.

This is a “sponsored ad”–2nd one down when I looked, and I’m not fighting with image placeholders and the like.  http://work-at-home-grants.org/?t202id=3511&t202kw=

And here is the small print (make sure to enlarge it if necessary) : https://glpimi.orderlockbox.com/terms.html.  If you’re using WOT I’ve already marked it as a bad site.

About.com is in general a good site.  No one is perfect.  And absolutely no one can review all potential ads.

–Glenn

[links have been disabled on this; it’s a cut-and-paste sort of thing]

April 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Sometimes, guys…

the best thing to do is retreat.  The ladies do have mean swings.

–Glenn

P.S.  A lot of Whidbey Island is devoted to the military and its dependents.  Thus one of the tags.  (The Navy Air Field is called Ault Field.  Damned if I know why.)

April 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

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