Portables!

Aug. 12th, 2008 06:54 pm
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I've got a big enough USB key now where I can install portable apps. Since I work on so many different computers, it's nice to be able to take my work with me, regardless of which one I use. The most notable is Thunderbird and Zoundry Raven. So now I won't wonder which computer I wrote what journal entry on or be stuck at one computer for my emails.

The one thing I discovered having to re-download all my email again is that I don't like the way gmail is set up. Having never gone into gmail to delete anything, I then had over 20,000 emails available for download. I went through and made filters for everything and deleted all but 8k of them, at which point, I was just tired of deleting. The problem with it is that in order to link Thunderbird with Gmail, you have to use IMAP. But if you use that, you'l lend up with the same structure as it does in gmail. I don't know how to make folders in gmail, only labels and when you're at the inbox and you're looking for one email, having to wade through all the one's you've labeled also is no fun. I don't know how to separate them. I like the way my folders are set up now in Thunderbird. I just wish that when I delete the one's on Thunderbird, it would delete the one's on gmail. It sadly, does not happen that way. Do you know of a better way?

But, I can't complain. I can check email on any computer now, not just the downstairs big fat laptop with additional monitor.

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As many of you know, I post these blog entries in both Wordpress and LiveJournal.  Wordpress has a great content management system.  Livejournal allows for ease of reading and posting. (I get more comments via livejournal than I do on the wordpress blog by far.)  What one lacks, the other excels at, so I've just gotten used to the idea of maintaining two blogs.

The problem with that is that there isn't a desktop blogger that can update both properly.Windows Live Writer allows me to add new categories in Wordpress without having to go into the dashboard.  It's got this great SmugMug plugin so I don't have to go to the smugmug.com website to get the links to my photos.  But it doesn't do Livejournal tags properly.  And Zoundry Raven doesn't update the categories list, much less allow you to make a new one.  But it does somehow manage to add livejournal tags properly.  And there aren't any plugins to add yet.  I'm like Goldilocks without the third option.

If Live Writer could just add the lj tags properly, I'd be all set.  Really, I would. 

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I decided yesterday to delete a bunch of programs that I never use. Most of it was games and extra stuff that HP makes you load. Their printer driver isn't so much a driver as it is bunch of programs that they want you to install. So I decided to get rid of a bunch of them yesterday. And as usual, because computers hate me, it decided it wouldn't have any of it. Suddenly a bunch of critical files were missing and so I decided to just wipe out the damned thing again and start clean (which is something I do every year anyway....except I think I did that already this year when my computer went in for repairs after it wouldn't run off battery power.)

Whenever I do this though, I always manage to forget to back up something or do it wrong. Which is what I did for the emails. I forgot to back up the profile.ini in thunderbird, so lost all those. Except for the fact that gmail never deletes anything and I ended up downloading all 8000+ emails again. And that's only for the main account. I didn't bother doing it for the other accounts as they are junk accounts. But the one good thing of downloading so many emails is that now they are all filtered and I can go back to the main account, filter those and delete all the one's from newsgroups and so forth.

I also forgot to back up all the blog entries that I'd typed in here (all three that is.) But those are easy to reconstruct as I've started writing them in a notebook first. I stare at a computer so much during the day, that I don't want to do it anymore in the evening. And my eyesight has gotten worse since I got this programming job. Let me tell you that the fonts on my computers are huge. I think I might have complained about this before, but I don't remember. So you're hearing it again. My eyes don't focus so well at night, so I've started to change over to my glasses earlier in the evenings. I would wear them all the time except for the fact that they are still heavy, even after paying extra for the extra thin lenses. Let me tell you folks, my vision is -10 in both eyes. All you people who think you are blind, if you beat my prescription, then you are really really blind.

All my important photos are uploaded to the smugmug site, so I don't have to worry about losing those. And as for my writing, I back that up everywhere I can, which means that I probably have 20 copies of the same clarion stories saved up on CDs somewhere. I can't bear to get rid of those in case one day I might go back and fix them proper. An unlikely notion, I know, but a girl can dream.

In the meantime, I've been trying to reconstruct the laptop back to where I like it. And I have no doubt that I'll be typing up the old blog entries and saving them up elsewhere besides Zoundry Raven, the new and improved beta. The only thing that bothers me about this build is that it uses technorati tags rather than the built in Wordpress and Livejournal tags. Once it does that, it will do everything that I want it to do. Except email updates to my readers. But that's a minor thing. Only Ecto does that, but I never got it to work and it formatted things all funny. I'm thinking the MAC version of that is probably 10 times better. But this is an HP. For gaming. Except that it can't play the new games anymore. But that's a post for another time. (about how I covet the high end desktops.)

Have a good weekend, everyone! I'll be heading to Baltimore for training on Monday, but I will be back on Wednesday and hopefully, I will be able to check email while I am there.

Oh, and I signed up for NaBloPoMo. Get ready for blogging every day in November!

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