Archive for the ‘Something’s Just Not Right, Here..’ Category

For the time being, I have removed the options to subscribe to my blog and also to follow my blog. These options are being abused by people signing up for Outlook.com email accounts. They are then subscribing to posts by email in order to get your real email address.  As soon as you post something new on your blog, your real email address is going to be sent to these “followers” and ”subscribers.” So, it’s like one is deliberately placing themselves on an email collection list for future spam. I’ve gotten probably 20 or so of these notifications from WordPress.com over the last few days. No doubt, my email will be flooded with spam within the next couple of weeks. Super.  The only option I know of at this point is to remove the follow options until either, A. WordPress devises a way to deal with this or B. This is just another spam thing to live with. *sigh*

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UPDATE: WordPress.com has been made aware of the issue and is working hard to remove fake subscribers.  Thanks, WordPress for being on top of this issue.

 

So, for any real people that want to subscribe, please be patient and hopefully the issue is resolved relatively quickly.

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So here lately I’ve been getting all kinds of notifications from my bloggo here that I’ve got oodles of new subscribers..I can’t help but feel a little scammy considering that, thanks to lack of funds for a new lappy, I haven’t been able to do any Linux reviews *sniff*

Thanks to any legit subscribers but if you’re just here for nefarious reasons, you should shuffle off to whatever rock you crawled out from under.  Thanks! Enjoy your subscription!

I’m having the hardest time trying out Gnome 3.14 (or 3.12 or 3.10 for that matter)  I thought it was time to give it another go as I used to be a HUGE fangirl of GNOME. Gnome 3 came out and I was so excited..then so horrified.  I’ve been DE hopping since then.  Finally, it looks like Gnome 3 is maturing enough for me to give it another shot but every distro I try it on: Fedora, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu Gnome etc., once it boots up into a Live environment (also on installed) the desktop ends up being a big steaming, garbled mess.  I can see where items are supposed to be, like login screen and panel items but they look like scrambled eggs.  Is this a Xorg issue? a driver issue? The fact that my Acer Aspire 5515 is too old to play with Gnome issue? Opinions welcome.

My old keyboard was some generic brand that I can’t even remember anymore but it felt great, low profile keys like a laptop, 2 usb ports built in. The only thing it didn’t do that I regretted was that the keys didn’t light up in the dark, thus allowing me better visibility during my late night design sessions. Alas, like all good things, it came to and end when a few of the buttons didn’t want to work anymore, particularly the space bar. So, I ordered the Ihome keyboard, which is meant as a drop in replacement for a Mac. It’s layout is that of Mac, but it is working so far just fine and it also has low profile keys, which are set up for Mac also, with the Option and Command, F14 and F15. One thing it’s not: silent. This keyboard is very very loud and if the key is not hit exactly in the center it may not process, so for long reach keys, such as my oft-used Delete, I may end up with a serious problem with this one too. I hope it grows on me because I’m just not all that willing to put up with a lack of spacebar while I type long enough to send this back. Wow it’s loud in here!

I finally make time to install Mageia 4 today and not only did the install fail, 3 times but it finally crapped out, taking my GRUB with it

Bug 12549 – Can not install Mageia from DVD, but good from USB flash.

Yeah well, I’m not voting for Opera now..Everything that made Opera great is now gone.

Which web browser is the best? – Opera Software.

Now that Amplify has been taken over, along with rival Clipmarks, I have been sorely pressed to find a replacement. Amplify was a necessary and extremely useful tool for cross posting various items I found to compliment my blog postings. They were acquired by Clipboard, which doesn’t allow for posting one’s clippings to one’s services, blogs, etc. which sucks! I therefore recommend Pixelpipe to step in where Amplify used to be. It’s not as comprehensive as Amplify was, but as far as I can tell, it’s a rare find to be able to cross post at all these days. As far as web clippings, I am making do with Shareaholic, but my links will only be shared one at a time, however they do support just about everyone. So how about you, dear reader? Any web clipping, cross posting combo you know of to replace Amplify and Clipmarks?