Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Tech Support Tips

1. We don't care what your "IT guy" said. It doesn't matter how smart he/she is.
2. If your computer is running slow, or has pop ups, or comes up with odd errors every so often, get that fixed before asking me to get our software running properly on your computer.

Thank you!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Musiq Soulchild - Don't Change

"If you find someone that you know you love, just love that person. God will see you through the rest of the way."

July 21-25, 2006

2Cr 2:6-8
This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Firefox Forgets Your Website Logins

I have had a problem with Firefox 3.0 and 3.5 where, upon closing and reopening the browser, I had to log back into all my sites, even though I had set them to stay logged in. Here is how to resolve the problem:

1. Close Firefox

2. Delete the cookies.sqlite and cookies.sqlitejournal from one of the following locations:
Vista/7: C:\Users\{your user folder}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{random characters}.default
XP/2000: C:\Documents and Settings\{your user folder}\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{random characters}.default
-You may need to show hidden files and folders. Here's how:
Vista/7: Click Organize>Folder and Search Options>View then select Show Hidden Files and Folders
XP: Click Tools>Folder Options>View then select Show Hidden Files and Folders

3. Launch Firefox and log back into your sites. Close out and relaunch to test. You're done!

4. Go to Start>My Computer (or Computer in Vista/7). Right click on the C: drive and choose Properties. Click the Tools tab and choose Check Now. If Vista, click Continue. Make sure the option for Automatically fix file system errors is selected, click Start. Select the option to Schedule the check for the next boot.

5. Restart the computer, then go back to step 2.

This is an SQLite issue, so don't expect Mozilla to fix this. They would have to add code into the browser to give you a button to read the information from, delete, and rebuild the Firefox SQLite database files. Sounds like an extension begging to be written, though.

Edit 11/7/09: If you continue to have to do these steps on Windows Vista or Windows 7 all the time, remove the AdBlock extension. This is what permanently solved the problem for me.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Planned Obsolescence

I just purchased a Samsung SCH-i730 smart phone with Windows Mobile 5. I am enjoying it very much. It is a couple of years behind the curve, but it does what I want, and most current Windows Mobile applications will work with it.
Today I ran across a really heated article about how, in the face of the iPhone, Windows Mobile just needs to die and go away. Now, there are merits to both sides of that argument. However, the current iPhone craze is little more than the iPhone being the winner of a popularity contest. It's cool, it does stuff, it looks neat. It is superior in some ways; but not to the point of sealing the fate of the competition.
Another area this issue arises is with digital cameras. My mom has a 3.2 megapixel Fuji digicam that still works wonderfully to this day. 3.2MP is enough to produce excellent 4x6 prints, and decent 8x10 prints as well. A 5MP is more than most people need... And yet, I'll never forget the words of a coworker some years back, to the effect that he wanted lots of "megapistols." LOL. Nevermind that 8, 9, 10, 11 MPs is overkill. Nevermind that 20+ different scene modes are also overkill. These are specs that SELL. So digicam manufacturers cram 10MPs on the same little electronic image sensor they've always used because they know it will sell, even though that level of pixel density makes any shot taken above ISO 200-400 poor quality.
We are stupid.

From Wikipedia:

Origins of planned obsolescence go back at least as far as 1932 with Bernard London's pamphlet Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence. However, the phrase was first popularized in 1954 by Brooks Stevens, an American industrial designer. Stevens was due to give a talk at an advertising conference in Minneapolis in 1954. Without giving it much thought, he used the term as the title of his talk.

From that point on, "planned obsolescence" became Stevens' catchphrase. By his definition, planned obsolescence was "Instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary."

Stevens' term was taken up by others, and his own definition was challenged. By the late 1950s, planned obsolescence had become a commonly used term for products designed to break easily or to quickly go out of style. In fact, the concept was so widely recognized that, in 1959, Volkswagen mocked it in a now-legendary advertising campaign. While acknowledging the widespread use of planned obsolescence among automobile manufacturers, Volkswagen pitched itself as an alternative. "We do not believe in planned obsolescence," the ads suggested. "We don't change a car for the sake of change."

In 1960, cultural critic Vance Packard published The Waste Makers, promoted as an exposé of "the systematic attempt of business to make us wasteful, debt-ridden, permanently discontented individuals."

Packard divided planned obsolescence into two sub categories: obsolescence of desirability and obsolescence of function. "Obsolescence of desirability", also called "psychological obsolescence", referred to marketers' attempts to wear out a product in the owner's mind. Packard quoted industrial designer George Nelson, who wrote: "Design... is an attempt to make a contribution through change. When no contribution is made or can be made, the only process available for giving the illusion of change is 'styling.'"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

KJVO Gail Anne Riplinger Won't Sell Her Book to James White

From the AOMin blog:

"So, do you think Mrs. Riplinger is overly confident of her new book? I am reminded of the fact that when I was writing the KJVO Controversy book in 1994, I would fax the portions about Riplinger to her for her comment and correction. One night, after the first page was sent, the fax hung up. She did not even want to receive what I was writing so as to check it for accuracy.
"The self-delusional proponents of conspiracy-driven KJV Onlyism, seen with the harshest clarity in Gail Riplinger, are a blight upon the church, to be sure. Many simple believers have been troubled by their wild-eyed fanaticism. But when they will not even allow you to BUY their books, well, that tells you a great deal about what fills their hearts."