pebblerocker: Vila from Blake's 7: I have a very low pain threshold (vila pain)
How do other people do bookmarks? I may have bookmarked so many things that Firefox can't cope any more and now it's very erratic whether I can make a new bookmark or not. My partner is no help because he only bookmarks things like the internet banking website and Youtube and the weather website, whereas I think bookmarks are for things I don't already know how to type in myself.

Of course all fanfic on AO3 is bookmarked inside AO3, but not all fic is on Ao3 and not all my bookmarks are fic. I often bookmark an article I read that seems likely to give me thinky thoughts later on, so I can come back to it and do some more learning and thinking. Sometimes that system doesn't work because the most unexpected things can make me thinky weeks later when my history isn't much help.

I had heard of people using Delicious for bookmarks; I thought it had been bought and shut down years ago, but apparently it still exists. Maybe that's worth a go. Or there's zillions of bookmark add-ons, but I don't know which are any good for my purposes. Someone tried to tell me how great Evernote was and I signed up, but it turns out you can only take 500 notes before it gets full, which makes it a very temporary usefulness.
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My mouse broke and I had to get a new one.

The new one pleases me greatly.

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pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
There are plenty of words I expect a spellchecker to underline; they haven't heard of a lot of foods I eat, like "tahini". Spellcheckers seem to have trouble with contractions other than the very most common, ones like "everything'd" freak them out. I expect spellcheckers on any computer other than mine to object to "travelled" or "fibre", but mine has strange quirks about recognising "online" as a word.

Now and then I come across a word that surprises me when the computer decides to underline it, because it's so obviously a word to me and I've never had it drawn to my attention that anyone would think otherwise. Tonight's disputed word is "earbashed". (Used about myself, of course. I'm aware that I have strong opinions and go on about them in certain circumstances.)
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Yuck. Basic programming concept FAIL. Web accessibility FAIL. I was going to sign up for Skype as new instant messenger of choice, because MSN messenger has gone somewhat downhill over the last decade and because you have to be on the IM network your friends use, so off I went to the Skype website to sign up. Filled in all my details (first and last name are required fields, I LIED), put in my desired user name -- "Username Pebblerocker not available." Right, I've never ever seen my username unavailable and am mightily annoyed by the scum-sucker who snagged it, but I'll just put Pebble instead since that's what gaming friends call me. Unticked the "Please spam my provided email address" box, made an attempt at the captcha, submitted the form: page reloads with the message "Please review the details you provided". Nothing obvious to show what's gone wrong; the "Enter username" text above the field is red instead of black, so I figure that must be what's wrong, but nothing's highlighted and there's no message next to it. Tried a variation on username, it appeared to be accepted, no "Username unavailable" message like the first time, so I deciphered the new captcha and tried again. Page reloads, same result. With nothing to go on, I tried a few other things and kept getting the same page reloading with the same "Please review details" message. Five or six bloody captchas I had to put in, none of which were real words. Eventually closed the tab in frustration; I may try getting Skype one day when I'm feeling really mentally resilient, but it's not going to happen tonight.

Obviously they have some way of checking whether a username's available before you submit the form, it rejected Pebblerocker straight off, but then it gave up checking for availability and gave up telling me anything was wrong and left me to guess. Bad design there. Very bad with the new captcha on every attempt. Very bad not having the problem area of the form highlighted so I could go straight to that and change the problem input. I have a lot of problems signing up for new services; there's a lot of very bad form design out there and there are heaps I've been completely unable to fill out because there IS NO ANSWER to the questions they're asking. Photobucket, for example: I was going to sign up for that and didn't because I couldn't answer which US state I live in. Going in with the intention of filling out sensible information that the service could plausibly require (username, password, email) takes a different mindset to going in and making shit up and lying about questions that don't even apply. Lying about my real name isn't the same thing; I consider that to be information nobody on the internet EVER has the right to know and if they ask for it they're going to get Pebblerocker Pebblerocker and they'll just have to suck on it.

Huh -- I wonder if my Skype thing was rejected because I didn't choose a gender? There was nothing to say that that was why it didn't go through or that it was a required field -- but there was nothing to say it wasn't.

As a person who just uses the damn internet from time to time I reckon I have a far better grasp of web accessibility and usability than anyone who actually gets paid to do it.
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I had a good Christmas, how about everyone else?

On Christmas Eve I played Castle Risk with the family. Much hilarity. I had Germany and made the first move of the game by invading Poland. "Get some new material," they says, "that's been done before." My sister was pleased to draw Great Britain (everyone wants that territory the same way we all want to be "the goodies"), but she had her opportunity to find out that the isles are vulnerable to invasion by sea as well as -- like Greece -- too fiddly to fit all your armies onto in the endgame. My small brother had Russia and won the game; we are discovering that Russia and France are the most easily defended territories and seem to have a definite advantage. A well-defended Moscow is tough to crack.

Christmas Day: we had a big water pistol battle. What a war-crazed violent family we are. Several presents from the boy and me gave joy to other people, and I was delighted with a funny-looking toy creature whom I will upload a photo of later on, and also with my brand-new laser mouse. Forward and back buttons, YES. So far I have not come across a single web page that requires the use of my tilt wheel.

Boxing Day: went for a bike ride, six of us pedalling along together. As most currently-experienced cyclist in the group I ended up at the back looking after the less confident and making sure nobody got lost, which meant that I missed out on seeing the spectacular crash when the leaders decided to fill in time waiting for us by playing silly buggers on the skateboard ramp.

Since then I have been engaged in extensive testing of the new mouse's gaming performance, drumming my arms off in Rock Band, and looking after tomatoes. I read recently that you can break off the tops of tomato plants so they don't get ridiculously huge and top-heavy. This may be the first year when my tomatoes don't end the season lying down.
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
I'm just trying to write and stupid computer keeps underlining words which is really distracting, and I keep on telling it, I tell it over and over I'm not American, I've told it so enough times that when a friend tried to use my computer to register a new hotmail.com email address it refused point blank to give him anything but a hotmail.co.uk one no matter what we did to it, but it's STILL having conniptions about "fibre".

*pants with rage*

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Oh horrors

Aug. 27th, 2009 03:24 pm
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
Last night there was a thunderstorm so I shut down the computer and turned all the gear off at the wall. Today when I switched it back on at the socket there was a loud pop and a flash from the area of the power supply. Half the power points in the house stopped working. That put me into a bit of a panic, I can tell you! But after resetting the circuit breakers everything seems fine: computer goes, music and TV equipment still working, no expensive circuit boards fried in the washing machine. Whew.

Backup time for saved games and my drawing scans folder, though.
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
I've been using the same plain old Microsoft optical mouse for five or six years, when I got this computer. It has finally begun to lose its click, so I'm in the market for a replacement.
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I'm looking through a few MP3s that I downloaded way back when I'd only just got the internet. One of them is of Ella Fitzgerald doing a fantastic scat version of Oh Lady Be Good. She's great. What a voice!

The thing is, how in the world did I manage to run a search for "scat" and bring up very good jazz music and nothing more? I want to reach back through time and shout at innocent 19-year-old self NOOOOOOO DON'T!!! or unplug the computer. But it wasn't even necessary.
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How can I disable the space bar behaving as a second "page down" key? It's the one key most likely to be lain on by a cat, and it's getting frustrating when I'm reading long pages. Leading experts (my personal geek) have tried and failed to answer this. It's built into Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera, so it seems there's no simple way of getting away from it.

Moving the cat off the desk has been tried repeatedly. Standing the keyboard up on its end beside the monitor is one solution, but rather inconvenient.

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