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User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2017-06-29 01:46
Security: Public
Tags:computationally inclined, software: apple
Subject: Example of a perfect how-to or tutorial, with a hat-tip to Gizmodo

Since I've gone out of my way to pick apart a malware how-to on PCWorld that had too much text/too many steps just to reboot into Safe Mode (conversely, I think my version *still* leaves out selecting Safe Mode before Restart, so I might have gone a wee bit too minimal!, but I'll run through the steps again to make sure)* I figured I'd offer folks a contrast to show how much "fun!" a tutorial can be.

Mine are rarely "fun!"; my nerves get so wrecked getting things right there's not much left over for "fun!". So do as I say, not as I...anyway, Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo, who I ran across after my own how-to attempt (any title with the words "If You Dare" makes me wanna dare, so I looked even though I don't have Apple-anything to see if he'd get into installing it on Parallels - which shows how little I know about Apple/Mac/iOS) gets it right. Maybe I should try to hire him? After I win Lotto?

Though his style isn't mine, and I prefer mine for Reasons, you have to admit he hits the right notes, like this:

Until the software gets an official release, you can expect your phone to be a big pain in the arse, featuring all kinds of new adventures like crashing apps and awful battery life. So you should consider running the new software on a secondary device, in order to avoid ruining your day-to-day phone usage.

And this:

If all this sounds fine to you

I like this for a few reasons: a) he's not losing sleep wondering if you should. b) You're good with it? So is he! Which sounds kind of re-assuring.

And, finally:

Once you're all updated, have a blast. Impress your friends. Expect everything to crash! It will be annoying, but you'll feel so cool in your annoyance.

I loled.

His how-to is also quite short (maybe that's the difference between how much harder Windows is than Apple-anything? Windows isn't hard to use/tweak/take apart for me, but I doubt my ease with it is on par with much of the population's).

In fact, his how-to is so damn short if I quote much more maybe I'll get in trouble, so just go visit the link (and if you're an iOS user and try it let me know how it goes - though I am not, so I can't help it if it all goes south).

* Ran through the steps on my PC again after posting and nah, it's fine, it's just that the final Restart boots your computer directly into Safe Mode - there are no other options on that screen because it's just that easy...(but seriously, my nerves do get shot making sure of things like this).

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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2017-06-29 00:22
Security: Public
Tags:make a tag
Subject: I probably would've spent the 70s in a haze of Can't Even if it was as prudish then as it is now

Mind you, in the mid to late 70s I was anything from 7-10 years old.

I had shoulders.

Sometimes they were bare.

I didn't choose my clothes, my mom did. But I happened to like having shoulders, so this was no problem.

The teachers in my (small, well-to-do, perhaps slightly liberal) public school said nothing.

The kids said nothing. They bullied me (I was reed-thin and always sick, which doesn't go over well with bullies, believe you me) but not for that.

The neighbors said nothing.

Back then I did things like: walk for miles unattended, hang around a nearby train station because I liked watching people more than I liked watching trains, and wander through the woods either alone or with boys my own age. While I was a girl.

No one said a word. About my shoulders, nor any of the other stuff I did.

But shoulders? Are apparently a reason to be tortured.

Shoulders? Going off on them now is a thing.

So I guess I had a particularly amazing childhood, considering.

I'm not talking about my shoulders getting me tortured now, either - I'm talking about Ivanka Trump's. She wore this stunning, cheapo off-the-rack dress that showed off her shoulders.

They were bare.

It was too much for people to take.

She's caught almost nothing but hell for it, since (some praise, but mostly hell).

And I don't understand.

I refuse to say, "Well, at least it's not her bottom or breasts" because it's sexist to suggest those areas should not be shown off, too. That's the absurdity of this: we're going off on shoulders now? What's next? Ears?

In light of this, if my mom were here, we'd go shopping to buy up things with no shoulders and take our shoulderless selves out on future dining, shopping and sightseeing jaunts like, "Take that, shoulder sexists, we're a two-for-one. And you won't say a word, because we know how to carry ourselves".

I just. Cannot. Even. With this horseshit.

And I am kind of a prude - not when it comes to how to dress, more in other areas - so I really can't even.

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we are the innfolk
User: [personal profile] we_are_spc
Date: 2017-06-28 23:44
Security: Public
Tags:-fallon, bio-family, bio-life, bio-world, frustration station, updates
Subject: {Fallon} WTF this day

Shortened (sort of) version of family crap. )



And now I find out that one of my courses (My only on campus one) may well have been cancelled (Through my canvas site no less) and it's probably too late to tell VR not to get Open Door tickets, because they need to have the schedule in advance, and today (Mostly) has been frustrating as hell.

the only bright spot was someone taking me to the store and covering me for the food I couldn't afford on my Food Stamp card, and I about cried after he left because OMG I needed that. Also: Farmer's Market thing tomorrow-yea. I'm excited for that, too, because it's finally somewhere that isn't school or store. Or My friend's place. I like going there, don't get me wrong-but a change of pace is sometimes nice.

I'm still having a very hard time not wanting to retail therapy with my tips (I won't, but dam I just...would love to buy something just for me to let of some damn steam) because I have nothing else to do now that most of my school work for my 2 classes is done, and I still have enough energy, that while I was tired earlier...I'm not now. :( Although II'll probably try and sleep some-because riding with person to farm to pick up food to sell at market, then market itself might be a long day.

-Fallon~

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-28 11:31
Security: Public
Tags:fandom: disney, politics
Subject: (no subject)

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masquerading as a man with a reason
User: [personal profile] ysobel
Date: 2017-06-27 11:26
Security: Public
Tags:dreamscapes
Subject: (no subject)

One of my dreams last night involved me talking about how some German communities -- particularly the were-shifters -- came over to America to escape persecution, and brought their traditions with them.

Traditions like Thanksgiving meal (turkey and potatoes in particular).

And all this was happening around 1066.

::eyes brain in amusement::

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-27 13:38
Security: Public
Tags:short stories: mine
Subject: for [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (with a note of thanks to [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith)

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-27 12:06
Security: Public
Tags:novel: phaleron
Subject: (no subject)

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-27 11:03
Security: Public
Subject: BOOK DAY

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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2017-06-27 00:54
Security: Public
Tags:firefox, linkcatcher, politibitch, politibitch: donald trump, websites: amazon
Subject: Link'ems

Politics

Amazon

  • Amazon now offers reduced fee Prime membership - $5.99 per month for low income earners. "Normal" Prime membership is $99, which in theory would be $8.25 per month, but only if you paid $99 at sign-up to lock in the price, so many people actually pay what I did before "cheaper Prime" came along - $10.99 per month/$131.88 per year - the usual $99 plus a $32.88 Poor People's Poverty Tax.
  • Also check out four more ways to get Prime on the cheap.
  • Amazon ended unlimited cloud storage pretty much the same week I had to jump cloud storage services...*grinds teeth into dust*
  • For cord-cutting Prime members now there's Amazon TV (pick your poison. Yay?).
  • From the email I got, as Amazon has no explainer and Google has nothing indexed: "Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of a game-changing Prime exclusive benefit—Amazon Channels, the first truly a la carte TV service. You can create a lineup you love from over 100 channels, and only pay for the ones you want—no cable required. You get a 7-day free trial of all of our channels, and you can watch anywhere and cancel anytime."
  • About the above - I haven't signed up and will probably be unable to. I also don't know anyone who's signed up. Comcast controls most of the fiber in my area and with them it's cheaper to pay for a TV and Internet package (called the "Double Play") than to just have Internet, so that's mostly what's been stopping me. Will take reviews, though (preferably from people I already know)!

Firefox

  • The search for Goldilocks, indeed. The author says the latest version of Firefox (54) has e10s (multi-process/multi-threaded like Chrome but a max four processes), but it does not have this. I'm using it on an x64 machine with two processors/8GB of RAM, so I can definitively say it has no e10s.
  • Before posting, I found an updated article which says (emphasis mine): "Electrolysis still isn’t on for all users. “Roughly half of Firefox’s user population is using multiple content processes, but Mozilla will be expanding the number over the next few months based on extension compatibility, accessibility support work and other factors,” a Mozilla spokesperson told VentureBeat. To check if you’re in the Electrolysis group, type “about:support” into the URL bar and check to see if it says “1/1 (Enabled by default)” under the Multiprocess Windows line item."
  • While I'm on the topic of Mozilla doing what Mozilla does, and as I made [personal profile] solarbird aware of, standard Firefox add-ons are on their way out, ostensibly to make room for the e10s that they claim exist which for many of us, still don't. People aren't exactly keen on this.
  • Without add-ons as we know them, Firefox basically turns into Opera on Webkit. And though they're killing add-ons as we know them first, a complete browser engine re-write is also on the way. "firefox why u so", indeed!

Invention

  • With this, the author proves he can turn something as ho-hum as a relatively obscure invention into an epic tale that covers everything from original sin to the rise and fall of civilizations to the sad state of mankind's eternal economic Shangri-La. He's also - did I mention this - a great writer.

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2017-06-26 20:20
Security: Public
Mood:nostalgic nostalgic
Subject: It's time for the SG-1 Jack/Daniel Ficathon for 2017

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masquerading as a man with a reason
User: [personal profile] ysobel
Date: 2017-06-26 17:34
Security: Public
Tags:fop sucks
Subject: Request for prayers or whatever analog you prefer

Okay, so, uh. Most of you know that I have a condition called FOP -- Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. For anyone who doesn't: it’s a really fucking rare medical condition where the body creates bone in and around muscles and tendons, progressively immobilizing the body into a human statue. It is incurable and untreatable.

This is a highly relevant video:



The 11-year-old in that video, Erin, got sick in April with basically the common cold, but it landed her in ICU. Between the severe scoliosis that FOP causes (I have way milder curvature because I was older when I started losing mobility, 10 instead of Erin’s 3, and my progression was slower) and the bone locking up her rib cage and taking up space in her chest, her airway is severely compromised. She was intubated as a last-resort measure for keeping her alive.

For the last two months, she’s been bouncing between ICU and “regular” hospital. About a week ago, her parents and doctors were discussing long term care options -- either BiPAP and hope like hell she never gets sick again, or a permanent tracheotomy. The trach procedure, complicated by the restrictions of FOP, would have her in the hospital until at least September and probably longer.

Four hours ago, she stopped breathing.

She has been successfully (re-)intubated, but... it’s bad and scary and so fucking not fair she’s a fucking *kid*, she isn't even 12 yet, she shouldn't be in the fucking *hospital* for *months*, let alone almost fucking *dying*.

(and if I’m being honest, this is fucking scaring me, not just on her behalf. My airway isn’t as bad, but this could be in my future too, and in another universe it could have been my path.)

So. Please, if you pray or send positive vibes or whatever, please send some to Erin and her family.

(She also loves postcards -- address is here -- but mainly I just want positive energy out in the universe for her.)

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2017-06-26 16:11
Security: Public
Subject: Arrrrr

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-26 15:41
Security: Public
Tags:for sale, writing: prompt call
Subject: fiction for sale!

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-26 14:22
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Tags:crafting: doll
Subject: (no subject)

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User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-26 12:30
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Tags:crafting: doll, kitty
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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-26 01:11
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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-25 23:37
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Tags:crafting: doll
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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-25 21:02
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Tags:crafting: doll
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User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-25 19:54
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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-06-25 17:26
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Tags:crafting: doll
Subject: ow.

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