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28 December 2011 @ 11:15 pm
Technological Questions for the Technologically Informative  
I have questions related to various things that we do with computers. (Not those things. Other things. Cleaner things. Or, okay, at least two of these are about things that are almost entirely clean.) I am hoping you all have answers.

Thank you! You are awesome! Yes, you.


About a month ago, I was sending yet another text to myself about a Fascinating Thing the Earthling Said, and it occurred to me that there was this newfangled crazy thing where I could post these things, instead of texting myself and then having to remember to copy them down when I got home. So I made a Twitter account (I am thefourthvine, for the two of you who are gripped by the idea of reading tweets about things someone else's child says), and although this is perhaps not the intended use for this thing (I hear you are supposed to follow? And also be followed? I don't know, okay? LEADERSHIP HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR ME.), I have been pleased.

But now I'm wondering - do tweets go away? Will I get to keep this handy record of things the earthling says forever? And if not, how do I do that export thing? (Worry not. I will export it to my DW, but privately, so no one ever has to see it but me. I just want to obsessively track all the adorable words that come from my child's mouth so I can re-read them in twelve years when he's telling me he hates me and I'm a fuckface. That seems like a reasonable use of my time.)


Is there any way to download a DW journal, like you can with LJ Archive? I like having offline copies, okay, just in case. I want to save all your comments on the earthling posts. I want to save the earthling posts themselves! I want to save my recs! I mean, what if the part of the country where the servers are located falls off? WHAT THEN? I will need an offline backup!


Oh my GOD people I just want to read my friends list with it looking like it always has, and read fan fiction in the, you know, basic comment page no-style style, and leave comments. Do I really have to pick just two? Isn't there some way to be able to do all three without making my computer hang?

Failing that, is there some readable style I can use for my friends page that will let me read fan fiction in the basic page style and leave comments? I am willing to change! But it turns out I can't stand reading fan fiction in friends-page style, and I do want to leave comments from time to time, and I cannot figure out how to make that happen. Someone please just tell me which things to click to fix everything. Please. I'm begging you. Surely there is a ticky box marked "Make It All Better"?

Offsite Backup

I have been using Mozy as my offsite backup for years and been pleased, but they've raised their prices so that they are roughly seven times what they used to be. That is, um, fairly painful for what amounts to catastrophe insurance.

Do any of you have any offsite backup services you use and like? (I am backing up a lot of data, for the record.) I'd like to at least price some other services before I grit my teeth and pay Mozy. And my computer is getting dicey, so I'd like to have my offsite backup back.

OK Cupid

What the fuck is up with OK Cupid? See, okay, I used to like taking stupid internet quizzes, in the Days of More Time, and at some point I clicked on the thing that says "Save your test results with an OK Cupid account!" At least, that's what it said back then. I sincerely hope that these days it says, "GET SOME NOOKIE with an OK Cupid account," since turns out that is what people actually do with them.

So, I filled out my profile, whatever, blah blah blah here are some words and clicks and stuff, and only realized it was actually a dating site some time later. Which, no problem. I am not on the market, and have not been on the market since I was a teenager and "online dating" meant "flirting over IRC," but I never uploaded a photo. Everyone knows if you don't upload a photo on a dating site, you are left alone forever. Right? Those are still the rules, right?

Because I last got a message on OK Cupid in 2008. I last visited OK Cupid in - 2008, probably. Or, at least, both these things were true until about a few months ago. Now I am getting all the messages. There is no reason for it. I still don't have a photo. My profile is not wicked hot or anything; in fact, I changed it after the first spate of messages to make it less hot (surely mentioning puke is a turnoff?), and it did not help at all. I am getting a bunch of blunderbuss messages from dudes who are married and looking for a piece on the side, which - WHY? My profile clearly states that I am not looking to boff anyone (else). And in fact I will never be looking to fuck someone who promises me "thoughtful loving and tenderlovingcare," because I am physically incapable of being aroused by anyone who thinks you can just randomly remove spaces to create new and exciting words. And then I am getting what is almost worse, which are these carefully crafted messages detailed to my interests. And then, of course, there's the random trolling.

I guess I could just delete the account. It's just, I want to know why. What changed? Do people get some kind of bonus credit now for messaging ancient grouchy married people? Is there a message lottery and I won? Shouldn't I have had to enter first? If you know, for the love of god, tell me.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
txscyntxscyn on December 29th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
the only one I suspect I know the answer too is the Ok Cupid, they have either been sold recently and so they are going through the files and posting you as a local member for other members thus provoking interest, or they are trying to attract new members, look like they are an active going concern to attract a buyer for the service.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
OMG whichever one it is it is ANNOYING. For serious. Dear married dudes: we may have a marital state in common, but, surprisingly, that does not make me interested in your cock. LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT.
Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: purity of Englishdramaturgca on December 29th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
"I am physically incapable of being aroused by anyone who thinks you can just randomly remove spaces to create new and exciting words"

This needs to be on an icon.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
If I could make icons, I would make you one that said that! But I do not have that capacity. Still. I'm with you in theory!
(no subject) - dramaturgca on December 30th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
Daegaerdaegaer on December 29th, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
Twitter posts stick around, as far as I know. But they can definitely be exported to LJ for added security, people do that all the time. Someone else will have to tell you how, though!
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Why does the internet not have large buttons labeled "Do exactly the thing I want RIGHT NOW"? Life would be better if it did. And they worked. *sulks*
But what if I'm a mermaid?deepbluemermaid on December 29th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Oh, God, the LJ redesign. It left me unable to post comments to my journal - or to anyone else's, no matter whether I used style=mine, format=light, or their own journal style. The 'add a comment' button was always grayed out (in Firefox, but oddly not in Chrome).

In my search for answers, I found that a suggestion that one of the Greasemonkey scripts for Firefox was causing this widespread problem. Perhaps ironically, it was the one designed to block Facebook and Twitter reposting of LJ content!

Disabling that script gave me back the ability to comment; I can still read posts in my own style, which is the most basic and uncluttered one imaginable; and my flist looks just the same. I'm still not happy with the changes, but LJ is now functional again for me.

If that script isn't the magic bullet, try disabling any Greasemonkey scripts relating to LJ and then re-enabling them one by one.
starfishchick on December 29th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
I have some friends complaining about this, so thank you for sharing this possible fix!!
(no subject) - loriel_eris on December 29th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
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tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
YAY. Also, I am here to meet your adorable kid sayings needs! Well, okay, actually, the earthling will be meeting the need. I am merely the amanuensis. But I hold the power! Until he learns to type.
lizzy_someone on December 29th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
Sadly, I have no answers for you; I have only two remarks to make, which are 1) OMG EARTHLING TWITTER MUST FOLLOW *knows nothing about Twitter* and 2) the story of your OK Cupid woes makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
1. I promise you, I know less about Twitter than you do. Mollusks know less about Twitter than I do. (I hear the trending hashtag among octopuses right now is #loloctopusRULES!)

2. I'm glad! If it has to annoy me, I want it to amuse someone else. (Actually, this could be one of the cornerstones of my philosophy, were I ever to bother writing it down.)
jeanniewaljeanniewal on December 29th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Off to follow you on twitter :)
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Woo! I am not following anyone yet, because I have not entirely figured out how that works. (Amount of time it took me to realize I should read my friends page on LJ, or in fact that such a page existed: six months. My social networking learning curve has a few divots.)
is that a fact or a weapon: your body is not a worddisprove on December 29th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Re livejournal: You could try this userstyle of mine. I just tweaked a few things, but it makes the default comment pages infinitely more readable to me.

But now I'm wondering - do tweets go away? Will I get to keep this handy record of things the earthling says forever?

I really couldn't say whether it's wise to rely on Twitter to keep one's data, but for what's it's worth, the Library of Congress has announced last year that it was going to archive every single public tweet ever posted. So yeah, from the earthling's mouth to your tweet feed, straight to the history books for posterity!
zirasilverakira on December 30th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh my god, THANK YOU. You have in actual fact made my life a MILLION times better with that userstyle.
(no subject) - disprove on January 2nd, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
macey muse: math!macey_muse on December 29th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
WRT tweets, the twitter API lets you pull 3200 tweets into the past - after that, your tweets vanish, but, from a summer working with local government twitter accounts, it's almost impossible to get to that many tweets. I'm sure there're tools to let you pull your tweet history, and if there aren't, I could write a script for that in a couple of hours.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
I have managed 9 tweets in one month. At this rate, it will take me 30 years to amass 3200 tweets, assuming the earthling continues to say cute stuff at roughly the same rate (and I don't spend a lot of time @replying). That does take the time pressure off a bit. (Although I still may be coming back to you about that script.)
That villainous abominable misleader of youth: anna actually runs the buy moremosca on December 29th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
I am grudgingly accepting that Mozy is worth it despite the price hike: it's the only service that's truly secure from hacks, and it's gotten me through the Year of Hard Drive Failures. My parents use Carbonite and like it, but the service is geared more toward, you know, parents - people with a little less technical knowledge or need for sophistication. Carbonite is also, IIRC, at least as expensive as Mozy. Every other service is hackable. The price hikes, as far as I can tell, are because when these services started up, the server space they were using had minimal value - they were renting it from others for a song - but now their landlords, so to speak, have raised the rent on them.

There is a way to suspend your account on OK Cupid without deleting it; I did so when it was clear that my future lay in long-term monogamy. What I remember is, when I tried to delete the account, it offered me the option of suspending/silencing the account instead, and I took it.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 30th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
If Carbonite is truly unlimited, it would be significantly cheaper than Mozy for me (since I am backing up about 300 gigs). But I liiiiiike Mozy. But it costs a motherfucking FORTUNE now.

(no subject) - mosca on December 30th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - beck_liz on December 30th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mosca on December 30th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lacking in glittertawg on December 29th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
From what I understand twitter does archive your tweets, but I have heard from some twitter-addicts that it's not easy to find a specific tweet again. It involves a lot of scrolling. Anyway, I'm off to follow you on twitter :)
pslasherpslasher on December 29th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
You can back up your tweets to pinboard, where they can be tagged with something like 'earthling' or whatever else applies. Setting up the import to pinboard is easy and it will pull your whole timeline automatically. You do have to give pinboard your password, though.
blah blah blah: belleunusualdemoness on December 30th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I didn't realize that lj had disabled the no-style comment page when they redid the comments system. :/ Reading fanfic on anything else is unpleasant.

...although I just checked my flist and most people seem to be using this script. I've noticed it on most fanfic now, too.
macadamanaity on December 30th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
OK, No.
http://ok-no.tumblr.com/ (i.e. the upside to crazy messages on OK Cupid is posting them publicly)
lknomadlknomad on December 30th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
How is it that you can simply say..."I am on Twitter" and voila you get 100 followers???

This of course means you now have to follow 100 people in return...