chomiji: Saiyuki's Hakkai with a pile of clean laundry and sparkles (Hakkai - fresh & clean)

So I'm loading my iPad Mini with favorite stories. Stories that are on AO3 are easy: I download them as ePub files and then I can open them in iBooks.

Stories that aren't on AO3 were a bit more challenging. But then I discovered Pocket. Pocket captures HTML files and puts them on your mobile device so you can look at them when you have no connectivity. I've downloaded four files, and it seems to work like a champ. One of the great things about it, from my point of view, is that it downloads them as clean HTML with minimal layout, graphics, etc.

One problem is, it uses whatever the HTML page title was. This is not always a good thing: if the LJ or DW entry with your story was titled something generic rather than the actual title of your story, then the Pocket copy will be titled that way too. And there's no way to edit the titles, although that seems to be something that lots of users are requesting, so maybe someday.

Anyway ... this ends my commercial for Pocket. We'll see how it pans out when I put, say, all 27 chapters of "Cupidity" on the Mini.

chomiji: Saiyuki's Hakkai with a pile of clean laundry and sparkles (Hakkai - fresh & clean)

Thanks everyone who commented on my post about trying to decide whether I could safely upgrade my 6-year-old iMac.

I proceeded unwisely but in the end, effectively, while comments were still coming in.

Cut for the rest )

ETA: And I just successfully set up the new printer/scanner that I got for Mothers Day and had been unable to use! Wheee!

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, smiling forcefully, with the caption I'm so happy I could just puke! (Hakkai - so happy (not!))

Part of the reason I am posting this is so that I have all this info in one place.

Cut for many technical details and whining )

Oy vey iz mir. Dammit.

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, smiling forcefully, with the caption I'm so happy I could just puke! (Hakkai - so happy (not!))

So I mentioned at one point that I had received a shiny new printer for Mother's Day. The box said it was compatible with Mac OSX 10.5, which was good, because I'm at 10.5.8, and I'm not sure I can upgrade any farther. (This is an oldish computer.)

It turns out that the HP installer program for the printer drivers requires ... 10.6.

Oh, Hewlett-Packard, you so crazy!

Anyway, The Young Lady worked over her old printer, which is usually just sitting here collecting dust unless we need to make copies (she has a newer, smaller printer that she took to college), and made it work, and then helped me install the drivers for it on my system. So now I can print and scan using that. (I had been printing with a little Inkjet, but I had no scanner.) So that's what she gave me for Mother's Day.

There remains this lovely new large printer (with scanning and duplex printing). Either the Mr. will take it (in which case maybe we will try to move his current one down here for me - it's newer than the one that the Young Lady just fixed up), or the Young Lady will take it to school with her: she has more room now than she had her freshie year, when we got her the little printer.

I should list my Inkjet on the neighborhood listserv - it still works, and likely someone can use it (maybe for another kid who's off to college in the fall).

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

"The FBI has uncovered a network of rogue DNS servers and has taken steps to disable it. The FBI is also undertaking an effort to identify and notify victims who have been impacted by the DNSChanger malware. One consequence of disabling the rogue DNS network is that victims who rely on the rogue DNS network for DNS service could lose access to DNS services ... ."

Basically, this malware gets into your system's DNS (domain name server) lookup tables and routes all your network access through their server. The idea was (I believe) that they could create a botnet this way. The FBI nabbed them and has kept the server up for a while, but they are taking it down Monday. So if you were hit with this malware, you won't be able to get online after that.

Check out this page on the FBI site for more, including links to pages that will check your system for you and how to check your system yourself, manually. (I did both for the netbook - I still need to do it on this box.)

https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS

And if you are really paranoid - not a bad thing in this case - don't use that link but just go to the FBI site directly by entering the URL (which is exactly what you think it is - remember, .gov) and use the news link on the front about this.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (kukaku-kaboom!)
    I think this is what our Helpless Desk uses.

From here. Go play - have fun!
chomiji: Chibi of Saiyuki's Hazel with a sad face and the caption Me haz no love (Hazel - no love!)

vierran45 reports that her usual spoiler code method no longer works in comments to a post. I tried mine in comments on her LJ - she was right. I want to try it here one more time before turning in a problem report to LJ Support.

ETA: It's all too true - it applies to styles at both P and SPAN level, and I would assume, to all such containers (in normal HTML, you can apply style to I and B, and of course there's DIV). vierran45 got it to work using a table. But that's so klutzy - it's a lot more code.

chomiji: Akari, the shaman from SDK ... more to her than you might imagine  (Akari - autumn colors)

I had a beneficent visitation ... oyceter dropped by and told me about ljdump. All I needed to do was edit the little config file in my text editor and then run the thing from Terminal. It was pretty fast, too! It backs up the entries, comments, and the Userpic picture info (but not the pictures themselves ... names, descriptions, and path names to the files on LJ's server). I checked the XML files for a few entries - yup, there they are!

chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, smiling forcefully, with the caption I'm so happy I could just puke! (Hakkai - so happy (not!))

If the servers go under tomorrow, I guess I'll just kiss my LJs goodbye. I've just spent a headachey 45 minutes attempting to find and/or download things that purport to do backups on Mac OS X (including the "platform independent" things), and have done several downloads, all of which are now in my trashcan because none of them looked anything like anything I've ever tried to make run on a Mac. And I *have* downloaded and used Mac shareware, thankyouverymuch. I think LJArchive download is just the Windows versions of that product, even though they are labeled platform-independent - heck, one of 'em is a blessed DLL file.

> sigh <

I do have backups of my stories and reviews, because I write them out ahead of time in a text editor. That includes a complete HTML-formatted version of the big new story.

ETA: I wonder if the action of thousands of backup clients crawling through LJ entries will bring the servers down tonight ... .

chomiji: Hotaru from Samurai Deeper Kyo, a little closer to Kyo's blade Tenrou than he'd like, with the caption Uh Oh Crap  (Hotaru-uh oh!)

So my older system no longer believes in the Intarwebs.

This happened at one point last week - when I try to connect using anything (browser, FTP, whatever), it says there is no such server. But after I re-seated the cable that connects it to the FIOS hub and restarted, it was fine. But now I've tried that 3 or 4 times, and it still can't find its way onto the Internet.

So I can't reply to e-mails I've already downloaded (I can write new ones, and reply to anything that's still in my online box), and to post anything I've been working on, I'll have to move it to this newer system. It's something I was going to have to do anyway, but I've let myself run out of time to do it at my own pace.

The e-mail is what I'm most worried about. I once tried exporting all my e-mail archives from the old Netscape it's in to the Mac's built-in e-mail, and it didn't work - it built the e-mail mailbox structure, but it was empty ... no messages.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (manji-badass)

Our IT specialist came by and gave my newer system more memory! w00t!

It's to be hoped that now, when I'm running the CMS, Outlook, and Photoshop at the same time, and the security scan kicks in automatically, my whole system won't grind to a halt - which it's been doing ever since I started using it in place of my sturdy old warhorse wot died of HD failure.

chomiji: Hotaru from Samurai Deeper Kyo, a little closer to Kyo's blade Tenrou than he'd like, with the caption Uh Oh Crap  (Hotaru-uh oh!)

My older system at the office? The one that I had set up just the way I like it? The one to which the speakers are attached? The one with the repository of Saiyuki art for making icons, not all of which is yet copied over to the external hard drive? The one from which I was supposed to switch eventually?

It seems to have suffered a hard drive crash .... .

So now all I have is the shiny new computer on the credenza, with the keyboard that feels like it came out of a bubblegum machine, and only the most necessary software.

I wants my old computer back, I does!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

So first off we have the ever-popular ...

Signs of Spring

I like spring. Spring works for me. Everything progresses. Things grow and bloom. Birds sing (and sometimes beat each others' brains out - boys!   > rolls eyes <) The days get longer (very important!).

On Saturday the weather was wonderful, soft and warmish, with that great after-a-rain feel, and we had a lovely row of little purple crocus growing along the side of the house.

The yesterday and today - meh. Cold again, and they're calling for snow on Wednesday.

But your days are numbered, Old Man Winter! Saw the writing on the wall this weekend, din'tcha? Nya hah hah!

Next up,

A Certain Sign (Symbol) in Saiyuki Reload

I'm going to be good and use LJ Cut in case this would be a spoiler for anyone. It's Saiyuki Reload vol. 4.

So here's the deal ... )

I shall not mention the Content Mismanagement System at all except to point out that it apparently retained too much memory this morning and had to be restarted. Let this be a warning to all of us ... keep your systems regular, folks ... wonder what the equivalent of oat bran is for a Solaris system?

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