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Living Room / Re: [ImageShack hack] Blog hack? Please help!
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:41 AM »
Thank you mouser.
If you're sure this won't affect her blog (business blog!) then I won't wake her, I guess.
I've read people are losing their images entirely from this, gggrrrrrrr!!!!
Thanks again.

Living Room / [ImageShack hack] Blog hack? Please help!
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:17 AM »
Anybody know where I can find out what this means?
I found it on my little sister's blog, it doesn't look like anything she'd post.
If you just scroll down a bit, you can see this image.
If it's a hack, can they do any damage? Thanks for looking...

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: July 10, 2009, 12:18 AM »
Here in the U.S., when manual transmissions were more prevalent, it was mostly old people who drove automatics.
And, it is often old people who drive too slow.
So...maybe they're just old?

In any case, automatics could be spotted way in advance.
Maybe you could make it a point move as soon as you see one?

My sweet little baby - cute pose, huh? She didn't learn it from me...  :P
[Edit: GIANT photo removed - don't know how that happenned, sorry!]
[Edit: here she is.]

General Software Discussion / Re: WMP & lots of tiny .wav files
« on: July 09, 2009, 10:37 PM »
and those plugins are needed anyway...eventually for things on the net
If those that Curt pointed out don't help,
get VLC and check Mozilla plugin when installing.

Thanks cmpm, done. It looks interesting.
I'll play with it later - my TV is working today & The Office is on now  :D   :D   :D  !!!
I LOVE Steve Carrell!!!!!

General Software Discussion / Re: WMP & lots of tiny .wav files
« on: July 09, 2009, 10:29 PM »
Actually, I did it on purpose. They gave me a choice to install Quicktime without iTunes.
I don't avoid mp3s because I don't listen to music, I avoid them because it looks so complicated. So, I'll play around with it....

well, before you invest money on music from iTunes, I would definitely read up about it's pros & cons
and good luck  :)  - I mean with the whole music thing, not just itunes!
I have some music on computer now (after having avoided the whole mp3 thing till just this year)

Wow, I thought I was the only one (especially on this forum) who's been avoiding the music thing!!
 :)   I'm not alone!  :)
And yes, I will look for a chart with all (or most) of these types of media players and their pros and cons.
Thanks, tomos!

General Software Discussion / Re: WMP & lots of tiny .wav files
« on: July 09, 2009, 10:19 PM »
- no, the problem is the site, frenchassistent.

Thanks Curt, for verifying this for me.  :)  I'm going elsewhere to learn French.
The link you posted earlier for the discounted software looked interesting and I'm wondering if you've used it before?
Hmmm...time for a language software topic (if one does not already exist)!

I put the minivan in reverse, got out the crowbar

Thank God for people like you.
There are very few crimes that I feel are unforgivable - animal abuse is one of them.
You are AWESOME, y0himba!!

General Software Discussion / Re: WMP & lots of tiny .wav files
« on: July 09, 2009, 10:45 AM »
Too late!  ;D
Actually, I did it on purpose. They gave me a choice to install Quicktime without iTunes.
I don't avoid mp3s because I don't listen to music, I avoid them because it looks so complicated. So, I'll play around with it....
I'm thinking (hoping!) that by the time I master the "music on the computer" thing, all that will be left are mp3s. One file type, ahhhh... :D

General Software Discussion / Re: WMP & lots of tiny .wav files
« on: July 09, 2009, 10:01 AM »
Sarah, a third possibility is, that you *may* have missed to installed the proper plugins when you installed Firefox, because the sound files at frenchassistent will pop up in a new tab/window, they should not be downloaded. If so, go to https://addons.mozil...irefox/browse/type:7 , scroll down, and and get some.

Thanks Curt, you're correct...I didn't know which ones to install so I skipped that part when installing FF.
I've now downloaded and installed Real Player, Shockwave & Quicktime w/ iTunes.

Tomos & angel, thanks, but Quicktime opens in the same tab as the web page I'm working on, so I have to keep hitting the back button.
I've never seen anything do that in FF, I'll have to fix it somehow, later...

Or not. Perhaps I should just order a cd.
Maybe it will come with its own player or know how to run smoothly & I won't have to configure anything.
I'm getting ready to re-format my drive, anyway. Strange that I can do that, but configuring FF options / plug ins is daunting.
Thanks for the software / discount link.

General Software Discussion / WMP & lots of tiny .wav files
« on: July 08, 2009, 11:18 PM »
I'm trying to learn French on this web site.

This site has a TON of small .wav files (for example, one for each letter of the alphabet), & every time I click the 'sound' button, I'm downloading it.
I tried to see if I could change this in FF Download Manager, but I can't.

Do I really have to download .wav files just to hear the sounds? I just want to hear them, not keep them.

If I'm only using these lessons at home on my pc, does it matter which format I use? They give you a choice of .mp3 or .wav.
(I have never used an mp3 file!)

Also, I have JRiver Media Center, should I be using that, instead?

Any suggestions appreciated  :)

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: July 07, 2009, 10:57 PM »
This one will probably get objections and numerous reasons why it is necessary, but I really, really hate it anyway:

Developers - particularly those with a catalog of exactly ONE application - who insist on having their program listed under a company name in Program Files.


This really bothers me, too. It is mostly for this reason I forget I even have the program (unless I use it all the time).
Equally annoying is that when I install a program, setup asks which folder in Program Files I wish to install it in : I remove the company name so that it reads:

Program files\software name

and it creates its 'company name' folder and installs it there, anyway.
Why is there even an option, if it's just going to go wherever it's going to go, anyway?

Is Program Files not really the kind of folder they're talking about or something?
Windows does have some peculiar inconsistencies, so this wouldn't surprise me if this were the case.

And what is this: no file version, no date, no nothing in the details of the installation file. I keep all of my downloaded installation files (sometimes other users want versions of software no longer available & no one has a copy). It's a pain to have to make folders with dates or versions for each setup file.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: July 06, 2009, 05:11 PM »
People who seem to think that by turning on my blinker I am telling them to "Speed up"

ARGH!!!!!!!!!    :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash:

If you're turning, just take your foot off the gas pedal, so you can make a nice, calm, perfect turn.
 ;D   ;D   ;D
If you're trying to get over to another lane, well, that's a tough one.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 29, 2009, 10:21 PM »
People who - after (or during!) eating - lick and suck their fingers (especially if it's noisy).
What do they think napkins were invented for, anyway??
And no, even if they suck the tips of their fingers from pinkie to thumb really, really fast, it makes it no more innocent or any less annoying.
It's even worse if they're cooking. People always seem to do this when they're cooking at home.
I just watched someone do this over the weekend...then she unconsciously(?) wiped her just-licked fingers on the sofa as she was talking!!!!
I'm not even concerned about germs much here, just, everything about it is annoying.

And people wonder why I can't deal with roommates...gross.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 22, 2009, 02:55 PM »
Maybe it's time to change doctors?

You know, I didn't even think of that!
Thanks! :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 22, 2009, 11:05 AM »
U.S. doctors!!!
*Doctors who won't explain anything to you.
*Doctors who insist on blowing through a list of routine questions, but who don't give the patient time to ask any questions.
*Doctors who make patients live for weeks, or months with conditions that they wouldn't tolerate for a week.
*Doctors who are about to retire. Just do it, already. Go play a round of golf. Let someone young, with perhaps some interest in their job take over!!!
*Dermatologists (one after the other) who act like beauticians, not scientists - whose only interest is to sell expensive beauty treatments, while they send patients with real problems out the door with the same tired old prescriptions, day after day, year after year. (If you're not going to take any interest in actual skin conditions, take it off your list of services!!!!)
*Doctors who won't  prescribe a patient anything to make flying easier, because, "it's just too addictive". Come on!!!! Besides the fact that I don't have a history with this "substance", a person taking one Klonapin for a 5 hour flight and one on the way home maketh NOT a candidate for rehab!!
*Doctors who won't write prescriptions that could take patients out of pain, making them pay for the misdeeds of others.
*Doctors who say, "See you in 2 weeks/one month/two months. Bye, now!" but who won't talk to you sooner if your treatment makes something worse or doesn't work at all.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 22, 2009, 02:28 AM »
Surely it depends on the context?

eg. The Exorcist - Yes, it was split pea soup but was an integral part of the movie.

Wouldn't watch that sort of movie if u paid me!  :)

I wish I'd have had that much sense when the opportunity arose; but I was only 12.
I have never, ever been so scared in all my life, not by something that couldn't look me right in the eye. It scared me every night for a few good years afterwards, too.
It was so bad that the split pea soup scene didn't even faze me; it was an unbelievably horrifying movie, yet today kids clearly aren't bothered by it at all.
Very strange.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 21, 2009, 12:57 AM »
J-mac, this post is just great. I hope someone who does the data collecting you mentioned sees this.

Thankfully, my TV's broken, because I'm a certified, straight up emetophobe. Last time I witnessed it, I blacked out.
And, if I ever hit one of those self starting videos online with something like that, I don't know what I'll do.

THREE shows in one day? What shows were they? That is RUDE!

This world is becoming desensitized, & I think this horrific vomiting scene trend proves it. People are needing scenes like this to satisfy their perverse hunger for more and more super-stimulating and bizarre entertainment. Perhaps these people need to take up racecar driving or skydiving or some adrenalin-inducing hobby like that.

The sad truth is: They wouldn't be showing it if people weren't watching it. Gross.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 20, 2009, 05:55 PM »
I can't believe I didn't post this before, but I get seriously annoyed when I'm trying to type, and I"m making the same mistakes over and over and over...
It makes me feel like I cant learn or something.  :-\

I hate that. I know there are spell checkers, but I like to know that I can type fluently by myself.

And, I hate to see the words on the screen wrong in the same places so many times.  >:(

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 20, 2009, 05:49 PM »
I get so annoyed when:

People people get sloppy with mail subject lines, and type things in that don't reflect the actual conversation.
It's so nice to see the rare email conversation which is actually about the subject line.
When you look in your folders, everything's all neat and orderly.
That's how it was when I worked at IBM:
Subject: "Thinkpad S/N 12345ABCDE still in repair?" Now, that's an email that makes sense!

It makes it so hard to find anything!

And, I really don't care for having to depend on a global search to find something for me.
I know, I know...people rave about the ease and speed of global searches, but I want to be able to find things by myself, thank you,
in case something is making Outlook really slow unable to open (like, for instance, now).
And I know I'm asking the wrong crowd, but please, don't say it (well, maybe it's this, maybe it's that...) I need to be able to find my stuff without playing amateur techie all day!
And yes, I can find it on gmail in a global search (and did, a few days ago, while Outlook lagged), I'm not totally against it when it's practical - it's incredibly fast - but what if I have no connection?

I used to use only a certain email program that I knew would allow the user to change the actual email received, subject and body, until I found out Outlook did, too.  I was always editing subjects and content as well to make them consice and orderly  :D.
I guess I could still do that now in Outlook, perhaps I will.

Thanks Josh, this thread is fun... ;)

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 19, 2009, 06:32 PM »
2.  Those who correct, or just complain about, others' incorrect grammar. I have issues with commas, I know. Makes it scary to post anything. 
Who cares?????? If people aren't crying about one thing, then they're crying about another. Just post!

4.  When I make a phone call that is answered by a recording that begins with a long list of #s to choose from, that correspond to the alternatives they offer, none of which ever meet my needs. Afraid they will hang up on me, because they have so many times before, I pick one only to be greeted by another long list of #s I can press, etc., etc., etc.  Of course, my very favorites are the ones that say, "Tell me . . . Say something like . . . "  I have never, not even once, been understood. It must be my California coast accent. These calls always end with a happy, pleasant voice saying, "Good-bye."  The voice is NOT mine.

Try saying AGENT or OPERATOR or HELP at any time during these phone calls.
"Tell me . . . Say something like . . . " you don't happen to be talking about AT&T, do you? This is just too familiar.
In this case, you must speak loud, slow and with good enunciation in order for them to 'hear' you correctly.

Good luck :)

Never, ever open a suspected spam email unless you have your email client properly configured.
I don't really trust that I'll ever have an email client so properly configured that I'd feel safe, so I filter my mail manually before downloading it.
But, maybe I'm being silly. Are the consequences similar, no matter where I open the potentially harmful mail from, be it webmail or Outlook? Hmm...
1. Yes it's old but still valid - there is no reason to send HTML in an email.   Any sent to me usually end up deleted rather than read and I blame it on a message filter if someone asks  :P
I tried that for a while, and all it did was piss people off. Seriously.
Someday, when I'm working again, I'll probably (again) have little say in the matter.
But I looked at the links you posted anyway, & bookmarked them - you're right, these are still valid reasons to avoid HTML mail.

Thanks for all the help, and for the quick reply, 4wd...much appreciated.

I use gmail.

The sender's name is an obvious sign that they're a spammer.
But, I'm wondering where the spammer picked my friend's email address up.

Does anyone think maybe my gmail address book, or his, has been hacked?
Or worse, our Outlook address books?

I'm hesitant to open it, just to see what it says.
I've heard of worms that have the friend's address in the sender field, but not in the subject.

If this is a known phishing tactic, please forgive me.
I've never read phishing articles, I can spot a phishing email a mile away.


You should have kept a few leaves to show your tea dealer, they ought to be able to tell my looking, feeling, and smelling.

Or, maybe if you showed them the canister, that could help, too.
Even if they don't carry it, perhaps they'll know what it is, and can steer you in the right direction!  :)

(At least you've got it narrowed down to two sources.
I have a favorite cloth, but who knows where I got it. I'll never find another one like it, again.)

Also there is a recording of a presentation of the paper on YouTube -

I don't get it. It was slightly amusing for the first second or two (after the presentation started), but... What's the point?

I didn't want to say anything, I thought maybe I was missing something obvious.
I really don't get it. Maybe the laughter was just contagious?

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