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Some things can be fixed. Others,.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Some things can be fixed. Others,....
Been a mostly good couple of days of dragging this new computer back in time.

I've fixed the LJ profile-page (aka user-info aka interface) to get it back to The Way It Was- thanks to the kind efforts of fiddlingfrog in finding it. This is the unofficial blog entry which explains the how- and the mysterious missing question mark which, if you pretend it's there and click it anyway, gets you where you need to be.

The "switch back to old version" seems to be sticking, so that's good.


Speaking of sticking:

Overall, this new computer's going well for me, Windows 8 nonsense and all. I installed an app which removes the tiles and charms and other appy-crappy stuff from my sight, but once in awhile, I need to access something off the newer interface. This app doesn't have a switch between old-school desktop and new tiles (as Eleanor's Win 8 sorta does- but it has touchscreen, which makes that easier). So the only way to do it is to disable the app, load the program off the tile, and then do an old-school RUN command to get the start-menu fix back.  I swear someday I'm going back to a C:> prompt and Pong.

Meanwhile, I did notice some slowness at times- both in some programs loading and refreshing (doubtless because I'm using a ton of XP and earlier software in jerry-rigged compatibility formats), but also in just moving the cursor around. The touchpad seemed slow.  Finally, in my third week since purchase and almost second of full-time use, I noticed that the plastic protector sleeve was still stuck on top of the touchpad. Removing it has improved things considerably.  Later that day, I was back at Office Max and saw Rachel, our geek of the week/month/year for both of our recent purchases. I told her how I fixed this problem. "That's awesome," she deadpanned.


Then, in the middle of all this, Firefox decided that it, also, needed to default-update itself into something new and hideous.  In hindsight, I should've just gone with Chrome in the first instance on here, but FF makes it so easy to move everything- bookmarks, history, the works- from one computer to another without it going through a cloud.

Fortunately, Mozilla is less touchy about you changing your mind, and they've allowed an add-on called "Classic Theme Restorer" (see it here, or search for it within FF itself on the Tools>Add-ons screen) that puts some things back the way they were and allows you more customization of things that don't automatically change back.  I'm still flummoxed by the refresh icon being in the wrong place, but it beats not having one, which is what Firefox 29 thought was a good idea.  And they're already pimping the new June release that you can pre-test now! I'm guessing that comes with a full AI component you can name, and eventually date, yourself;)


Finally, there's this, which Ima not even gonna TRY to understand, much less fix:

Behold, a sliver of my Firefox bookmarks menu: this is the one for "court logins," where I keep electronic filing sites, some client-file contacts for bankruptcy, a handful of legal researchy websites, and, for reasons lost to history, my LJ link.  But that's not the weird one. One of these things is not like the other:


See it?

The one called "NYS Department of State Corporation and Business Entity Database," I swear until recently, had an icon to the left of Excelsior the Great Seal of this Great State (complete with the historic image of the White Settler stealing from the Native American). Yet now, on both computers I regularly use it has morphed into a cuppa Tim Horton's coffee. Is this a slam on Department of State civil service workers? Or is it just a subtle hint that dealing with state websites is double-double the trouble of anything else?

I got nuthin.

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bktheirregular From: bktheirregular Date: May 16th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a Firefox bug, I think - sometimes a bookmark gets stuck with the wrong icon. There's an intricate way of fixing it, I think, but heck if I can remember what that is...
symian From: symian Date: May 16th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
My new desktop has Windows 8. It's been a little bit of work getting used to it, but I figured it out without too much effort. Like hitting the windows key and R to run, S to search, and so on. I pinned most of what I used to my taskbar and the desktop.

People keep telling me it's so different from XP when it really isn't - that is, beyond the initial state. Once you configure it for what you want, it's almost the same look and feel.

greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: May 17th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that what it is? Granted, I wasn't exposed to the wonder of Tim Horton's till I was a little long in the tooth, but it looks like a can of Dr. Pepper to me.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: May 17th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope. I've loved me my 10-2-4 cold caffeine for half a lifetime longer than Timmy's, but that icon's got a roll-upable rim.
warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: May 17th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Initially thought it was cartoon of a bandit with mask over his mouth, which would go along with your white-settlers-stealing-from-the-natives concept, but when I enlarged it, it is indeed Timmy's logo. "We are the Canadian Borg. Please wait your turn to be assimilated. Resistance would be impolite. Pour l'assimilation en francais, appuiez sur le neuf maintenant."

Edited at 2014-05-17 08:44 pm (UTC)
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