Thur. July 23, 2020 – “I fell in love with her ______ ______”

Hot and raining, at some point today.  Hot now.

Yesterday was both too…

I did my auction pickup, and arranged for my auction drop off next Monday.  That’s a delay in when I wanted to get the stuff out of my place, but it works better for the auctioneer.  I’ve got more auction pickups today.  One of them is another fridge, that can be set so that top and bottom can be either fridge or freezer.  Pretty cool.  Might flip it.  Might keep it.  Haven’t decided.  Seems a bit like overkill.  But since there is no such thing*… I must be wrong.

Hurricane season is (maybe) offering us a glimpse of the future.  Gaylord or Gaspacho, or Gazprom, or something anyway is headed right for us.  Supposed to just be a warm up storm.  Just a bit of a reminder to replenish any supplies used up during the lockdown and top up the preps for the season.  Just a warm up, the real storms are yet to come.

Random thought, I miss having a calendar blotter on my desk.  I’ve got a couple of sheets of paper that I jot notes on, but I just realized that what I really want is the blotter I used to have.   I miss my old paper schedulers too.  I used to go through them every couple of years and remind myself what I accomplished.  Just moving the birthdays and anniversaries to the next year’s book forced a review of the year.  I spent some time going through my dad’s day books when I cleared out his desk.  I really don’t think anyone will be sifting through my google calendar to get a feel for the beginning of my marriage, or the first few vacations with my wife and kids.  I can’t imagine them sifting through terabytes of files named like img0056-2020-09-21-1941.jpg either.  Most likely none of it will even be readable.

Meanwhile, the march to war continues under the radar, until the smoke from burning espionage darkens the horizon.  THEN it seems sudden and reckless.   We see only the fin, rarely the shark, sometimes only the ripples in the water.  Sometimes we only feel the pressure wave as it passes by.  And sometimes, you’re bleeding out from your stump.  Bad times are coming.  Moderately bad times are already here.

Start building up your reserves.  Of what?  Everything.  Patience and stamina most of all.

Keep stacking.

 

nick

* Maxim 37. There is no ‘overkill.’ There is only ‘open fire’ and ‘I need to reload.’

 

Oh yeah, the title.  A song lyric I can’t get out of my head.  It probably isn’t what you think, but points to the first one to nail it…

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

56 thoughts on “Thur. July 23, 2020 – “I fell in love with her ______ ______””

  1. @Nick:

    re: Title. It’s a line from “I Saw Her Standing There”, by the Beatles.

    I remember reading, lo these many years ago, that it came from a situation in their early days, when they played many gigs, including at strip clubs, and apparently got quite an eyeful…

    G.


  2. No idea what I said. Between tunnel vision and spots in my vision I couldn’t read my paper.

    I was scheduled to speak at a city meeting on water rates. Because of the rude lowlife meth heads that showed up the mayor moved to terminate the meeting. I jumped up and informed the mayor and council that I was scheduled to speak, on the agenda, and to silence me would result in a complaint with the state on public meetings. The mayor backed down. That is when I noticed the news camera and reporter in the corner. I was the lead story on the news that evening.

    After that I spoke and the meeting was over I was asked to run for mayor by several people. I declined stating I did not want to have to deal with people like myself.

  3. Gonzalo is the earliest ever “G”-named storm since the satellite era of the 1960s, beating out Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24 amid the intense 2005 hurricane season, according to AccuWeather.

    Watch the weather geeks parse words to support the agenda. The Gulf has been in a historic low in terms of storm activity for most of the “satellite era”, and “recorded history” doesn’t go back much further than that in Florida, maybe another century or so.

    That said, 2005 was a busy storm year and included Katrina.


  4. I did not want to have to deal with people like myself.

    I would never join a club which would have me as a member!

  5. We could sure use a hurricane up here in north central, so ya’ll just wave it on past and sent it right up here to sit and flood us for a while, okie doke? 😉

    We moved to the Texas coast in 2003. We asked about hurricanes. The locals said nah, the last one we had was Carla in 1962. …. 3 months later, the eye of Hurricane Claudette went right over our house. We had stayed because it was not predicted to be a hurricane, only a tropical storm with winds up to 75mph. Coming from Midland, we said “75mph gusts? Pshaw, mere gentle breezes!” The storm was reclassified after the fact, and there is still debate about whether it was a category 1 or 2.

    That was when we first discovered the weather people cannot accurately predict storm paths before 24 hours out, and sometimes not even then. The storms of the next couple of years proved the point. After Katrina, when the mandatory evacuations started, they kept evacuating the entire Texas coast rather than having the ability to pinpoint only those towns in the path.

    We also learned then that in any disaster, no matter how good the authorities are, it takes 48 to 72 hours before anyone from outside can mobilize to get there to help. The Salvation Army is on the 48 hour side, the Red Cross on the week-to-10-days side. So what you have is what you’ve got. Our VFD and Game Wardens and neighbors were awesome! Unlike our neighbors who were flooded out or demolished or wthout water or cell phones, we still had water and our land line phone worked, so we could provide those resources to others. One neighbor lent us a spare generator for the first few days, then we drove to Victoria and bought one at Home Depot – one of many emergency shipments they received, stocked & purchased outside the store where a powerless checkout was set up accepting paper checks and cash.

    WRT the troubling postal delays for parcels and delays due to supply chain things, I need to look through my past year or two of online purchases and check stocks to be sure we have a good supply of everything we cannot buy locally that we use regularly. My recent orders from Walmart dot com have also had some delays but those seem to be on the supply side. Once actually shipped, they have been delivered by Fed Ex right on time.

  6. That was when we first discovered the weather people cannot accurately predict storm paths before 24 hours out, and sometimes not even then. The storms of the next couple of years proved the point.

    Anything you see today predicting Gonzalo will definitely hit Texas is wishful thinking on the part of the editors of that particular news outlet.

    Clear Channel would love to have another Labor Day Weekend gas shortage to cover like the one they helped create in Central Texas in 2017. The reemergence of GasBuddy.com as a WOAI newscast sponsor in the last few days is more worrying to me than the forecast tracks of any storm system currently in the Gulf/Atlantic.

    I sat for an hour in line waiting for gas in San Antonio on Labor Day weekend three years ago. The crowd in general took it in stride, and everyone was smiling/laughing about the situation … well, except Buc-ee’s management — their pumps were dry in New Braunfels. I don’t think the scenario would play out the same way this Summer.

  7. When I moved overseas, I had to seriously downsize, as in, I sold everything that didn’t fit in one of 10 small moving boxes. That included a pair of self-built speakers that (modesty here, no bias at all 🙂 ) sounded better than almost anything I’ve ever heard. Probably more luck than skill, though I did spent a long time trying to plan the audio behavior of the case. The only speakers that I had to admit sounded better were a pair of magnapan flat speakers.

    Because they were self-built, they had no sale value. So some kid down the block made a score at $50 for the pair. I hope he enjoyed them!

    – – – – –

    Final push on the house: the tile-layer is almost done (the entire house is tiled, so he’s been busy), the balcony railing are being installed, the plumber is plumbing, the electrical and internet connections are being made (though the power company is being weird, and not actually turning power on for another 11 days), door frames, outside terrace – its a busy little hive just now…

    – – – – –

    I had an employee work from home “half time” with full pay in 2018. Her performance went to crap.

    But you saw her performance?! That should have been the basis of firing her.

    I know you’re not a manager – you’re the main software engineer on your project. But still, this is what I really don’t understand about managers’ objections to working from home. If employees get their work done, who cares where it happened? If they don’t, they need counseled and ultimately fired – again, it doesn’t matter where they are located.

    Management in our school has decreed that we should all be in the office at least 50%. I have never been in the office 50%. I am completely ignoring the command. As long as my courses are well-prepared, my projects get done, my students get needed support, etc. – all rather easily checked – why should it matter where I’m sitting?

    – – – – –

    When I say they don’t realize what they’ve done, I mean they have revealed themselves and woken up the sleeping conservatives.

    @Jenny: That’s always the problem, somehow. The non-fanatics who really just want to get on with life. Getting involved in politics takes piles of time, and when you’re fighting against progressives, it frankly makes you think of the old saying “Never argue with an idiot. He’ll drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.”

    Fact – tested by me – you cannot actually die from testifying (though you may get tunnel vision, need to vomit, and experience temporary hearing loss)

    On the other hand, if you don’t do it, then the progressives get their way, as in “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Or, in this case, women.

    If you wrote that paper, you know what’s on it. Speaking spontaneously always comes across better than reading directly from your notes.

    Given the amount of uproar you have apparently created, it is not impossible that you can embarrass them into giving up the project. That should definitely be your goal. If the current mayor thinks he is on his way to a higher office, he doesn’t want a huge, public embarrassment on his record – and you may just be able to create one.

    Best of luck, and I admire you for doing this!

  8. @Geoff, NOT the Beatles. I really don’t like them.

    It’s two words, and 6 letters each, and one of the strangest lines ever written. Or not quite written as I can’t find the lyric in the song! The actual line is “It was because of her —— ——…” The line stuck in my head describes what happened but isn’t in the song. Jeez. Not only do I have an ear bug, but it’s WRONG.

    n

    (and the formatter for posts mangles the dashes I used for the letters and turns them into emdashes, not important really, although sometimes it drives me nuts with what it does to remove whitespace.)

  9. I suppose a “lessons learned” post is appropriate, but since we’re not actual done, it seems premature.

    Kids need “extras”- they need surprises, and they need well established comforts. Hillbilly donuts is a good example for my kids. They want the special treats. It surprises them, AND is familiar. I’ve also got a closet full of learning activities and they have been tapping that, hence my question about Bloxel….

    We haven’t been using anywhere near the level of PPE that I expected. We aren’t going out, so we don’t use them. I’ve got a mask in each vehicle and I leave it on the dash in the sun. I use it till it gets wet, or the straps break. I’m using gloves faster when I go out than I thought, because I change them, but still under budget on gloves.

    We’re having fun exploring our favorite movies and music with the kids.

    I’m really glad I’ve got a stock of art supplies and paints. I have resupplied on colored gel pens, mainly because they were there, and I got some actual canvases for painting, again, mostly because of opportunity but also because daughter specifically asked for them.

    Having a stock of ‘presents’ has worked well. Little surprises gifts lift the spirits, and having gifts ready for more serious milestones decreased anxiety dramatically.

    Sticking to one caliber ‘simplifies your personal logistics train’ but you better be dang sure there will BE a train. On the other hand, having choices means you can shoot whatever is available. During the last ammo panic, 40 cal handgun ammo was always on the shelf. I almost bought a couple of cheap 40s when they lost favor, just to have something that would shoot 40 if that was all that was available. Now I wish I had, but that opportunity is long gone.

    Training ammo need is somewhere between 10:1 and 10,000:1 vs shooting ammo, depending on how many battles you’ve been in. In other words, it’s more important to be able to continue training, than to singlehandedly wipe out a battalion. SO FAR, we’re not potting thousands of zombies on the fence line, but even taking a box to the range is a decision that needs consideration and to be thought out.

    If you’ve got extra rifles or handguns to “give out” do you also have the cleaning kit and 1000 rounds to give with it? If not, you need to ‘rebalance’ your portfolio.

    Trading works. Sourcing stuff in the ‘secondary’ market works. ‘Knowing a guy’ works. Personal relationships work. If your local toy store knows you and knows your kids, they’re gonna be a lot more willing to help you out than some random internet buyer. That pallet of ammo they got isn’t going on the website… Same goes for auto and tire repair, any of the trades, or finding the part you really need for a project.

    n

  10. Management in our school has decreed that we should all be in the office at least 50%. I have never been in the office 50%. I am completely ignoring the command. As long as my courses are well-prepared, my projects get done, my students get needed support, etc. – all rather easily checked – why should it matter where I’m sitting?

    When I worked for CGI, we had to spend at least 4 out of 5 week days on site in the office in a remote part of the Austin exurbs since the office was subsidized by various local, state, and Federal tax breaks in the interest of building the community, and the company was subject to periodic audits to verify where employees spent their time.

    Your school might be doing something similar. Access to faculty was always a problem when I was at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus, and all of the professors as well as most of the staff lived somewhere in Portland since it was hip/trendy with better microbrews and (probably, now) weed.


  11. Not only do I have an ear bug, but it’s WRONG.

    Human memory is shockingly malleable.

    I’ve been confronted with this, for example, by trolling through old emails looking for something, and coming across a mail I wrote describing something that had (just then) happened. My current “memories” have apparently mutated; I have to assume my description back then was more accurate.

    Of course, I’d settle for a halfway functioning memory. Being together with my wife for 30 years now, we have a lot of shared experiences. Too often, she will refer to some experience, and I will draw a complete blank. It’s really annoying, probably for both of us. No worries, it’s nothing new – I’ve always had a terrible memory. It just comes out more frequently because we’ve been together for a long time, plus I’m sure age doesn’t make it better…

  12. @Nick:

    After I posted, I realised about the two elided words. But never mind, it was an exercise in nostalgia. Early Beatles songs are better than their later output. And I’m also not (much of) a fan.

    G.

  13. Can we get search functionality added to this site? Every once in a while I am trying to remember something and then recall I wrote it on here but I can never find my comment. The search engines don’t index blog comments (they’ve flip-flopped on this over the years). There is no search box on this blog template that I can see. I can force one to appear by going to https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/search but it only searches posts not comments. A search function with the ability to search just posts or posts and comments would be awesome.

  14. One note from my Sam’s run yesterday which I forgot to add:

    – The Catholic primary school near my house is rolling in portables this week. I don’t know if it is for social distancing, expanded enrollment, or both, but, obviously, they’re planning for school to start on time next month. Ironically, the church/school complex is located in the heart of the H1B neighborhood.

  15. An earbug? I remeber some past ones dicussed here. Barry Manilow.
    You’re welcome.

  16. On my mix tape (disc) after the Sam Butera, comes Danke Shein… so I’ve got donkey shines running in my head today.

    @Chad, I have pretty good luck using the site specific search with google. We had a search tool for a while, but iirc it was the primary suspect for site slowdown issues and got the chop. Rick can chime in …

    n

  17. Got my Surface Laptop 3, I7, 16 gig. Remarkable speed increase over my Surface Laptop 1 with the I5. Going from 4 cores to 8 cores makes a big difference and the I-7 is probably faster than the I5. I suspect there were also speed increases in the SSD used in the device.

    Now comes the pain of reinstalling Office 2016, Visio 2013 and all the updates for those products. Must be 100+ updates to install. Windows has already been updated along with the firmware updates for the laptop and a firmware update for the Surface Dock 2.

    I also ordered the Surface travel hub with USB-C, USB-A, VGA, Ethernet and HDMI in a single dongle that attaches to the laptop via the USB-C connector.

    Nice laptop. Costco had it for $300.00 as I suspect that the Surface Laptop 4 will be released in two or three months.

  18. Re: Searching

    There is a built-in search widget/process with WP, but it only searches post and page content. It doesn’t search comments. (see below)

    There are several plugins that will enable better searching. But they all require ‘indexing’ the site, creating a separate search database that is used for searches. That requires a lot of site horsepower, not to mention that every new comment would require a new update of the search database. That would put a big load on the server resources here.

    The googles/bings/ducks (GBD) index this site, including comments. Sort of. Whether a particular comment for a particular day is indexed by the GBD search engines – when that happens, don’t know. So you can use the GBD to look for a comment. If the comment is recent, maybe it will be found; maybe not. An older comment might be more likely to be in the GBD search results.

    You can use the GBD to search just this site, by adding ‘site:ttgnet.com’ as part of the search string.

    I could add the basic search box widget to the sidebar. But it won’t search comments. Here’s what WP says about the basic search box widget (emphasis added):

    The Search widget/ block will return results from the titles and the bodies of your posts and pages, and from media titles, alt text, file names, and single image captions. It will not return results from widgets, comments, categories, gallery captions or other text, or tags.

    Also, note that the search results will display posts with the matching term in the post title in reverse-chronological order. Then, it will display posts with the matching term in the post body in reverse-chronological order. So for example, if you have just published a post about Michigan titled “This Weekend,” and you also have an older post titled “Michigan,” searching for ‘Michigan’ will display that older post, with Michigan in the title, at the top of the list.

    A quick look at add-in search plugins just find those that build a database, which will put a big load on the server here. And even using the basic search widget will only look in the posts or page content, not the comments.

    I think your best bet is to use the GBD with the ‘site’ parameter. It won’t be complete, especially for the most recent additions (comments), but might work OK with comments that are ‘older’. What that ‘older’ value is, I don’t know.

    There is the possibility to add a custom Google Search, but I don’t think it would be any better than using the ‘site’ parameter.

    Hope this helps.


  19. Nice laptop. Costco had it for $300.00 as I suspect that the Surface Laptop 4 will be released in two or three months.

    $300?? Can you pick me up a dozen? 😉

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  20. $300?? Can you pick me up a dozen?

    Nice catch. I was a little off when I left out “off”.

  21. What a day I’ve had. Some of you have probably picked up on the fact that the person I’ve been trying to get out of my house has been getting abusive. A lot of verbal/psychological, some physical. As I mentioned I was doing things to protect myself by changing passwords, getting cameras, etc. I was getting fearful of what she might do.

    She crossed a line last night, she got right in my face and threatened me (“I’ll take you down”) I walked away and documented it immediately in an email to family. She followed up her threat with an email, although not as intense, still threatening. I hemmed and hawed all night (these are not easy decisions) while watching the entrance to my room. It’s hard for a man to say he is in fear of a woman, physically.

    This morning I acted like I was going to work but went to the police and then the district court. Long story made short: restraining order by 1:30pm, person removed from my house by 3:00pm, locks changed at 3:30pm.

    Lots of details glossed over here, that’ll be for another day. There will be the inevitable counter strike (she’s vindictive), and a hearing in 2 weeks. Right now, though, I feel pretty good.

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  22. @JLP Wow. Hope it gets better from here. If you don’t already have exterior cameras (can’t remember if you’ve mentioned that before), I would bump that up near the top of the list.

  23. @JLP I feel for you – how relieved you must be – all for trying to do a good thing. Congratulations.

  24. As I mentioned I was doing things to protect myself by changing passwords, getting cameras, etc.

    Dunno how difficult and/or inconvenient it would be for you to set up and wear a body cam that transmits to remote storage in case your no-longer-wanted house guest decides to stage a home invasion/direct physical attack, but the idea might be worth consideration. Perhaps OGH could advise you.

    May your new-found solitude continue uninterrupted.


  25. person removed from my house by 3:00pm

    Excellent. Now watch for the retaliatory lawsuit, bad mouthing you to all her friends (if any), key marks on your vehicle. You have it documented that she is a problem. If she does anything to any of your property I suspect the law will be on your side.

    I read 300 I went to costco, errrrrrrr

    Yeh, well, my bad. At that price I would have purchased five of them. But the Costco physical store does not carry that particular model, at least not the one closest to me. I had to order online. I was supposed to get an activation code for Office 365 Family good for 15 months. Never got it. Called the concierge service and got bounced around twice. Costco is going to look into the issue and get back to me in 24 to 48 hours. Code was supposed to arrive via email and Costco had me searching my email 13.4 different ways. The activation code for McAfee (which I do not want) arrived with no problems. Value on that, according to the receipt, is $0.01. The cheap stuff arrives, the expensive stuff does not. I smell a rat.

  26. The activation code for McAfee (which I do not want) arrived with no problems.

    I wouldn’t even activate McAfee. Let the demo expire.


  27. I wouldn’t even activate McAfee. Let the demo expire.

    It was never installed on the device thus nothing to remove. If it were there I would trash it. With the current incarnations of W10 there is very little need for AV software if one does not visit questionable sites, reads email in text only, keeps the firewall on, and W10 updated. I do run Malwarebytes on my main desktop because it is basically free. I paid $14.00 for a lifetime version back in 2010. So far has worked out to $1.40 a year. A fairly good deal.

  28. I had an employee work from home “half time” with full pay in 2018. Her performance went to crap.

    But you saw her performance?! That should have been the basis of firing her.

    I know you’re not a manager – you’re the main software engineer on your project. But still, this is what I really don’t understand about managers’ objections to working from home. If employees get their work done, who cares where it happened? If they don’t, they need counseled and ultimately fired – again, it doesn’t matter where they are located.

    CEO and president. 8 employees at the moment. I am responsible for it all.

    I analyzed her performance in the retrospective. She fooled me at the time. The young man that I replaced her with closed all of the deals that she missed and got a bonus for his efforts.

  29. Dad and I went 4 wheeling in my new truck over at the port commission property that he is getting cleared at the south harbor in Port Lavaca, TX. I started in 2wd and promptly got stuck about 200 feet in. I turned the 4wd hi on and she promptly drove right out of the little ravine.

    I really appreciated the skid plates under my truck. They took a lot of hits on tree stumps. I avoided all of metal stuff that I could see. We were looking at all of the 50 ft wide burn piles of brush and trees that the bulldozer had put up. Maybe 20 of them. They are going to have to wait for a north wind to light them so the smoke goes to the ocean.

  30. This is both interesting and depressing.

    In one of the biggest password re-use studies of its kind, an analysis of more than one billion leaked credentials has discovered that one out of every 142 passwords is the classic “123456” string.

    The study, carried out last month by computer engineering student Ata Hakçıl, analyzed username and password combinations that leaked online after data breaches at various companies.

    —I’ll admit, I’ve got 3 cameras with that string.

    n

  31. I have been trying to post something but either the contents is deemed to be spam or now I have been tagged as a spammer…

  32. Hey Marcelo, I just checked the spam folder and the pending comments folder and they are both empty….

    No idea what might be happening, but there might be something bigger going on. Both of my comments over at Barbara’s blog got held for moderation, and I got the popup to approve the use of cookies. Since I’m an admin there, and have done the cookies thing before, it was strange….

    n

  33. It seems it was the contents. It was a comment quoting statements from Rick regarding “seeking” things in this location. (avoiding terms that could trigger policing).

    The request was something like the following. A one-liner with the stated command to obtain references to past submissions by viewers placed in the section I am now typing in would be very beneficial for illiterate command line visitors or even memory challenged contributors.

    Sigh…

  34. That got through. Pity, the other one was much easier to read. 🙂
    And now I know that the Spammer thing is by post and not by poster. That is a reasonable implementation.

  35. There is a new anti-spam comment blocker I just updated and activated (mine, so I know the code). I did a test, and was able to post when logged in, when not logged in, and when in an ‘incognito’ session. All comments posted correctly, and therefore I assumed that the plugin is now operating properly. And it is effective in blocking spam, assuming that you have not blocked client-side JavaScripts.

    So, @Marcelo, do you have a blocker for JavaScript running when you tried to enter a comment?

    The only other anti-comment-spam blocking on this place is Akismet, which just looks for comments that have a similar signature to their database of comment spam. If Akismet finds one, it places the comment in the ‘spam’ folder here where Nick and I can look at it.

    But there is no word-based blocking on comments being done.

    I’ll be interested in whether @Marcelo is blocking client-side scripting. Other comments are being posted OK, so it doesn’t appear to be a global problem (like the previous version of my plugin, which I had to de-activate until I got around to fixing the issue).

  36. @Nick – as for the ‘cookies’ thing – on Barbara’s place, the code that does that (part of requirements to alert to cookie and tracking of GDPR, and the CA equivalent), looks for a cookie value that says that you already acknowledged the GDPR stuff.

    If you have cleared cookies on a site, then you’ll get the cookie/GDPR notice again. You’ll also see the GDPR notice if you look at the site ‘incognito’ mode.

  37. I have AdBlockPlus and use mainly Vivaldi. All my other posts are going in OK. It must be word related.

    Another thought is that maybe I just got caught in the update process and that is the way that operates.

    I had never seen the spammer message before.

    I am ok with things as they are right now and think no more time should be wasted on a single instance of this issue. (I am editing this as well).

    THANKS both.

  38. @Marcelo

    Thanks for the info. If it was my plugin that did the blocking, you’d see a blank screen with the message ‘Error: Go away spammer!’ in a box.

    I am running uBlock Origin as my ad blocker, and using latest FireFox. (and this comment posted fine with uBlock Origin active).

    But I am not aware of any word-related blocking going on. If Akismet caught your comment, it would have been in the spam folder that Nick and I can access (admin screens). Nothing there.

  39. That is exactly what I saw. Twice. 🙂
    After that I refrained from sending that again. Wish I would have saved it to try and reproduce the problem.
    I will next time!

  40. @rick, the cookie thing and all comments being moderated at Barbara’s was a change. I never clear my cookies. I didn’t release my own comment in case Barbara instituted the change….

    n

  41. @nick – the new anti-comment-spambot-blocking plugin is installed, but not active on Barbara’s site. And I don’t think that I changed the comment moderation setting there.

    @marcello – if you can remember what you typed in that got blocked, send it to me – rhellewell at gmail dot com . – so I can test it. If not, no big deal.


  42. You can use the GBD to search just this site, by adding ‘site:ttgnet.com’ as part of the search string.

    It would be nice to have a reference to that command line in the Reply section so that the way to search for things in the past in this site can be remembered by illiterate command line viewers or memory challenged contributors without having to search for it.

    (I am trying to reproduce what my original post was like. If this gets through then the issue must have been related to the change and it must have been just bad luck with timing. No issues with posting before and no issue posting after.)

  43. @marcelo, Rick has previously mentioned that there can be a timing issue, if you post too quickly, ie, if you have your comment written in an external editor, and you just paste it in and hit “Post Comment”, you can get that spammer message.

    n

  44. Nick, I do not copy/paste. I always write my posts in the Reply area. I get reasonable spell-checking through the Browser.

    I am very convinced that the issue was just bad timing on my part with the change process.

    And just to document things properly I access this site several times a day with Edge Chromium, not Vivaldi. The tab that points to the daily page of the site is pinned and refreshed once a day. I open another tab daily with the comments and remove the previous comments tab after making sure I saw them all.

    I access a number of other sites using Vivaldi. Edge is catching up fast to Vivaldi but Vivaldi still has better configuration settings. With Vivaldi I set all my bars at the bottom except for the bookmarks and those are vertical on the left. 🙂

  45. Looks like tropical storm Hanna is now heading to Brownsville, TX. For those who don’t know, the tropical storms are actually the worst for flooding along the Gulf coast as they stall and turn into a water siphon from the Gulf of Mexico into the land.

  46. This is both interesting and depressing.

    In one of the biggest password re-use studies of its kind, an analysis of more than one billion leaked credentials has discovered that one out of every 142 passwords is the classic “123456” string.

    The study, carried out last month by computer engineering student Ata Hakçıl, analyzed username and password combinations that leaked online after data breaches at various companies.

    —I’ll admit, I’ve got 3 cameras with that string.

    I use the high strength version of 123456.

    12345678.

    And occasionally 3.141592654.

  47. Warning for the reluctant patchers for things coming from MS Windows Updates:
    MS is accelerating the distribution of the 2004 Feature Update.

    My Surface Pro 4 just received it and it was the last of my devices to get it. My SP3 got it last weekend and the process took a veeery long time to get the patch installed.

    2.73GB download preceded by preparation that may be a Restore Point process.

    You do not want to get caught in the middle of doing something. Better to check for Updates at your own leisure and do it then and there.


  48. My Surface Pro 4 just received it

    I tried to force the install of 2004 on my Surface laptop 3 and it failed. Nothing had been installed on the laptop other than W10.

  49. Lynn

    As engineer I am ashamed to, after 30 years of career or so, discuver I could use trascendentals as passwords, e2,71 and so on.
    Since I moved 8 times across the country I always used address, but, again, I am ashamed

    cxheers

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