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My demonized computer

My computer has a demon, it really has.

OK, it’s probably a daemon, but it’s a demonic daemon.

It takes control of my computer most mornings about 9:20, just when I’m trying to get some work done, and wastes about half-an hour every day.

What happens is that the hard disk starts churning, and the computer then takes an age to respond to anything. The only way to gain control again is to press and hold down the power button until the thing stops, and then reboot.

But this morning I decided to do it the long way. When I clicked a few times and there was no response, I checked, and sure enough, the disk activity light showed that the hard disk was churning. I’d been viewing a web page, and tried to close it, as I thought it might be trying to send me something long and expensive, like a video. When it took a long time to close, I realised what was happening.

09:23 – Decide to shut down
09:26 – clicked the Restart button
09:28 – htqtra08 closing, then computer closed down and time disappeared
09:36 – time reappeared on reboot
09:43 – Loading ZoneAlarm
09:45 – Reboot complete.

OK, so that is 22 minutes, but from the time the problem starts to the time I get back to where I was working and start working agan, it’s more like 30 minutes.

It’s possible to save 5-7 minutes by switching off with the power switch instead of going through the close-down but it’s still a long long time.

I’m running Windows XP, and if ever I have to replace this computer, I’ll probably be forced to use Vista, which to all accounts is worse.

One of the problems is that Windows never tells you what it’s doing half the time. Microsoft don’t see fit to tell you. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to see what program is running and misbehaving so one can close it down, and there’s nothing there. When you boot up, there are all kinds of “processes”, and I’ve read that you can speed things up by omitting some of them, but how do you know what they do and whether you need them or not? Microsoft doesn’t tell you.

There are other things Microsoft doesn’t tell you, or someone doesn’t tell you.

Some program, I don’t know which, underlines things it regard as spelling mistakes in some documents. But it underlines some spellings that are correct. So where is it, and can one adjust the settings and update it’s spelling dictionary?

There is another (or perhaps the same one) that “suggests” things to use to fill in fields on web pages. The trouble is, it “suggests” every typo I’ve ever made. What is this program, where can one find it, how can one adjust its settings and remove the typos?

Are there any fundis out there who can answer some of these questions?

Someone I know had a hard disk crash recently, and when her hardware had been repaired, she had a problem “revalidating” the Windows operating system. She tried every available method, but nothing worked.

Eventually a friend helped her by loading a pirate version of Windows XP on her computer. It was half the size, booted in half them time, and ran at about twice the speed. It was a stripped down version that was an improvement on the original.

Actually for most of my work I’d be quite happy to use MS DOS. The only trouble is that it hasn’t been updated and can’t handle modern hardware — disk drives, controllers, video cards etc.

People say use a better OS, like Linux, but I don’t know whether the programs I use most often would run under Linux. I have 20 years of work on my computer, if not more. I really don’t have time to start all over again and redo all that stuff.

So perhaps it’s time to exorcise my computer.

Blogger working again

Blogger started working again on Sunday afternoon, after having stopped working on Saturday afternoon. I assume that Google fixed the bug, because I didn’t make any changes at this end that could either have caused it or fixed it.

By the time it was working again I had already moved my family history blog over to WordPress, where a lot of people migrated about a year ago. That migration was caused when Google introduced a Beta version of Blogger, where lots of things that had previously worked stopped working, and it took 6-12 months before some of them started working again, and it appeared that Google was in no hurry to fix them. So when it stopped working yesterday, I wasn’t sure when it would start working again, if ever.

I’ll leave this blog where it is for now, and see what happens. But if I start getting any more “403 forbidden” errors, I’ll think about moving it again.

Have fascist Israeli Zionists hacked Blogger?

Normally I would regard this kind of suggestion as a way-out conspiracy theory, but the timing seems to suggest that the following comment may have some merit

The reason I checked was because a friend suggested to me that I might be under attack for voicing concern for the Palestinians. He was right. He too had apparently been targeted earlier and kicked off WordPress for violating policies. He had supported the Palestinians’ human rights (without being anti-Semitic). The political Zionists conflate their views with Jewishness, leaving anything that disagrees with their position outside Jewishness, which is a position designed by Machiavellians (liars) to appeal to the weak-minded. It’s akin to many in the U.S. who claim that to be anti-war is anti-American. Well, whether they like it or not, I’m a seven-generation-plus American (signifies with the American Indians) and I’m also anti-War!

The comment was sent to me after I said I could not read my Blogger blogs, or anyone else’s.

In the absence of any response from Google, it seems to have some merit.

Blogspot problems

Blogger problems persist, even though I have tried it with two different browsers and three different computers, I still get a “403 forbidden” message when I try to read any of my Blogger blogs of Blogspot.

I get the same message when I try to read any other blogs on Blogspot too.

I have already moved my family history blog to http://hayesgreene.wordpress.com/, and will move this one too if the problem persists.

In the mean time, I’m still blogging at Khanya blog.

End of the road for Blogger?

For more than a year now I’ve had a blog on Blogger and one on WordPress, and have posted about equally on both. I found it hard to decide which platform I preferred, but this just about clinches it.

Tried to log in to my Blogger blog a few minutes ago, and got this charming message:

We’re sorry…

… but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

If you’re continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser’s online support center.

If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google Web Search Help Center.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.

It seems that I can post, but the moment I try to read my posts, I get that message.

If that’s lasts any longer, you certainly won’t be seeing me much longer on Blogger.

And obviously, if I can’t read my blog, I can’t read or respond to comments, so if you would like to comment on this, please do so on my WordPress blog.

End of the road for Blogger?

For more than a year now I’ve had a blog on Blogger and one on WordPress, and have posted about equally on both. I found it hard to decide which platform I preferred, but this just about clinches it.

Tried to log in to my Blogger blog a few minutes ago, and got this charming message:

We’re sorry…

… but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

If you’re continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser’s online support center.

If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google Web Search Help Center.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.

It seems that I can post, but the moment I try to read my posts, I get that message.

If that’s lasts any longer, you certainly won’t be seeing me much longer on Blogger.

And obviously, if I can’t read my blog, I can’t read or respond to comments, so if you would like to comment on this, please do so on my WordPress blog.

Backtracking on secularisation? Archbishop of Canterbury and Sharia law

Father David MacGregor has linked together a number of reports in his Contact Online blog about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s views on introducing Sharia law into Britain, which has set a herd of cats among the pigeons.

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Moved to WordPress blog because of Blogger bugs

This post was actually posted at 6:00 pm, and should have appeared above the post above this, instead of below it. But Blogger has a bug that only allows it to post in the mornibng, and an ything posted after noon is moved 12 hours back.

Maybe they will fix this bug next year, or the year after, but until they do, read the rest of this post here.

End of the year

It’s four minutes to noon and the end of the year for Blogger, because at noon Blogger turns into a pumpkin, so there isn’t time to write a retrospect on the past year.

See you next year.

Blogger: now mornings only

It seems that Blogger is now “mornings only”.

If one posts after noon, the time of the post reverts to 12 hours earlier. If you have already posted a blog entry in the morning, the afternoon post appears after it, out of order.

For a while it was possible to correct this manually, for example by clicking on “Post Options” and entering the time as, say 18:15 instead of 06:15, but now if one does that it says one must enter the time as hh:mm. Never mind that 18:15 IS hh:mm — one simply cannot get the correct time stamp on a blog posting, so afternoon posts appear out of order in the blog, and also don’t show up on blog aggregators.

Yet another reason to switch to WordPress, I suppose.

WordPress versus Blogger

A few months ago it seemed that half the blogs in my blogroll were switching from Blogger to WordPress.

I could understand why, because when I switched to the much-hyped Blogger Beta, lots of features no longer worked. Nine months after it was announced that the “new” Blogger was introduced, and that it was now “fully-featured”, most of the features that didn’t work in the Beta version still don’t work, and a few more have got broken along the way.

As a result of that, I started an experimental WordPress blog, called Khanya, back in February, and now for the first time, it has passed this blog in the number of people reading it in a day.

Yesterday Khanya had 64 readers, and Notes from Underground had 47. Khanya was ranked 145 on Amatomu, while Notes from Underground was 167. That may just be a temporary thing, of course — Notes from Underground still has far more links to it from other blogs (according to Technorati), and so perhaps it wouldn’t be a good idea to move this blog to WordPress because it would break those links.

They also seem to have different sets of readers, according to StatCounter:

Khanya readers:

Num Perc. Country Name
drill down 197 43.20% United States United States
drill down 144 31.58% South Africa South Africa
drill down 33 7.24% United Kingdom United Kingdom
drill down 18 3.95% Australia Australia
drill down 14 3.07% Netherlands Netherlands
drill down 12 2.63% Canada Canada
drill down 7 1.54% Philippines Philippines
drill down 6 1.32% New Zealand New Zealand
drill down 5 1.10% Mauritius Mauritius
drill down 3 0.66% Greece Greece
drill down 2 0.44% Cyprus Cyprus
drill down 2 0.44% Unknown
drill down 2 0.44% Malaysia Malaysia
drill down 2 0.44% France France
drill down 1 0.22% Finland Finland
drill down 1 0.22% Iceland Iceland
drill down 1 0.22% Namibia Namibia
drill down 1 0.22% Spain Spain
drill down 1 0.22% Albania Albania
drill down 1 0.22% Romania Romania
drill down 1 0.22% Suriname Suriname
drill down 1 0.22% Chile Chile
drill down 1 0.22% Turkey Turkey

Notes from Underground readers:

Num Perc. Country Name
drill down 157 33.76% South Africa South Africa
drill down 150 32.26% United States United States
drill down 39 8.39% Canada Canada
drill down 26 5.59% United Kingdom United Kingdom
drill down 12 2.58% Thailand Thailand
drill down 11 2.37% Germany Germany
drill down 9 1.94% Australia Australia
drill down 7 1.51% France France
drill down 7 1.51% India India
drill down 5 1.08% Netherlands Netherlands
drill down 4 0.86% Philippines Philippines
drill down 4 0.86% Mauritius Mauritius
drill down 3 0.65% Barbados Barbados
drill down 3 0.65% Malaysia Malaysia
drill down 3 0.65% Unknown
drill down 3 0.65% Greece Greece
drill down 2 0.43% Switzerland Switzerland
drill down 2 0.43% Austria Austria
drill down 2 0.43% Russian Federation Russian Federation
drill down 1 0.22% Suriname Suriname
drill down 1 0.22% Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
drill down 1 0.22% Togo Togo
drill down 1 0.22% Poland Poland
drill down 1 0.22% Slovenia Slovenia
drill down 1 0.22% Lebanon Lebanon
drill down 1 0.22% Algeria Algeria
drill down 1 0.22% Hungary Hungary
drill down 1 0.22% Mexico Mexico
drill down 1 0.22% Chile Chile
drill down 1 0.22% United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
drill down 1 0.22% Argentina Argentina
drill down 1 0.22% Malta Malta
drill down 1 0.22% New Zealand New Zealand
drill down 1 0.22% Nigeria Nigeria
drill down 1 0.22% Ireland Ireland

So perhaps the time has come to move this blog to WordPress, as so many others have done.

I’m still not sure though. Most of the features of Blogger that no longer work were never part of WordPress anyway. And the Blogger template is still easier to edit than WordPress.

Blogger features I miss most:

1. Blog this!
2. Search all blogs
3. Click on interests, books, movies in user profile to find those with similar interests

Annoyances:

When you’re at the Dashboard, you can click “Dashboard” to get there when you’re already there, but when yuou’re at the blog, you have to click “Customise” to get a place where you can click to get to the Dashboard. This not only wastes time, it wastes bandwidth, having to load another page unnecessarily.

When you click “Link to this post”, the “Edit HTML” no longer works — you have to save the page and then edit it, loading two more pages in the process — wasing more time and bandwidth.

So I’m still in two minds about whether to switch. Perhaps when the next thing breaks in Blogger.

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