Just Thinkin has moved.

So it’s been WordPress.com and 130 posts or so and now it’s time to move into my own WordPress install. Kinda’ like moving from an apartment into your first home which means all the problems of ownership (except at the server end of things) are now mine but on the other hand…I can fix them as well.

It also makes me free to mess things up as I see fit thus giving me badly needed training on what not to do when configuring my own blog site and for any readers I might have, a whole lot of laughs.

So for awhile I’ll put the first part of a new post here with a link to the new site and after the new site’s rank is back up I’ll stop doing that as well. This post will always be at the top.

Meanwhile, here’s the link to the new home of “Just Thinkin”:

http://just-thinkin.net

All past post have already been transferred over but like in any move some things get left behind and as such, all the previous comments seem to have evaporated into thin virtual air. Such is life. Plenty of time for more comments on this, that, and the other thing.

Many thanks to WordPress.com for hosting this small portion of my life.

See ya’ at the new site.

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Sneak Peek!

Hello all.

I’ve got a secret…

If you want to know what it is…

Take a look over here (don’t fret now, it’s safe enough).

It’s not quite ready yet but I think it’s pretty cool.

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A note to MSN

After being told for the umpteenth time that I needed to download Internet Explorer 6 in order to view this video yada…yada…yada when attempting to view an MSN news video from the MSN.com front page I finally banged into MSN Video support and wrote them a (mostly) polite blue blazer on the fact they need to stop telling users they have to do something when they actually don’t. MSN puts that default “download” page there on purpose so it will be triggered by any user agent string that doesn’t specifically state it’s IE XX knocking at their door.

Anyway, seeing that I was as long winded like I usually am, I thought I’d turn that note to MSN Video support into a post. So…just for fun….

To whom it may concern and all that, (ok, I really didn’t put that part in) 

I use Firefox as my primary browser. I use it as my primary browser because I need a browser that has the capability of being tailored to my specific needs and frankly, I just prefer the present day Firefox over IE 7.0 (which I have been beta testing since the first preview release). IE 7.0 is an excellent browser and good work done by all so far but firefox suits me better, plain and simple.

I have been a user of MS products since the early days of DOS and through all the Windows products up to XP PRO SP2 and my respect for the company increased a notch or two when they made Windows Live Mail fully compatible with Firefox in fact I believe all of the Live services are now compatible as well. I understand that I have to use IE 7.0 to use MS update and that’s fine but there is absolutely no reason that I or any other user that prefers Firefox or Opera should be forced to use IE just in order to watch an MSN news Video (not mad, just making a simple statement) and suggesting a user download an obsolete browser (IE 6.0 SP1) that should only be installed on a pre-SP2 load of XP is just an outright insult to the user’s intelligence and makes an otherwise fine service and site (MSN) look very bad indeed.

It’s past time to change especially when the other MS services and sites are opening their doors to everyone so come on MSN, get with it. I’d like to think you’re better than that!

As always,

Kirk M

I really don’t believe my little note to MSN Video support is going to amount to a hill of beans but the sentiment is true enough. Especially when I can view any MSN news video from any of the other locations outside of MSN itself that uses those particular videos. Firefox is setup to view embedded WMP videos and also to trigger WMP 11 (in my case) when viewing is more appropriate in WMP alone rather than within the browser itself. Sorry MSN, but it’s pretty obvious that you’re barring those using another browser who wish to use your site simply because they are not using Internet Explorer.

Any opinions?

 

Firefox 2 theme updated

Which fox to use I say.

I have a number of foxes that reside on my desktop these days. Somehow I just can’t get away from my past of which beta testing was one of my favorite things to do. I no longer do that type of testing professionally but there are more than enough ways to satisfy my craving that exist in the good ol’ virtual world and one of them is the up and coming Firefox 2 release (sometime in October I believe).

Hence my different foxes.

Along with the current 1.5.0.7 release I also have Firefox 2 beta 2 set as my default browser and the latest Bon Echo 2 beta 2 nightlies as well for keeping tabs on new developments in the browser on a daily basis each one with it’s own separate profile. Having the “nightlies” on board allows me the enjoyment of watching my current FX2 B2 extensions and themes work and not work, send feedback, get updated and work again, then Bon echo is updated the next day and things may work or not work again etc, etc. Such fun.

While banging around the Internet this am after installing the latest nightly update into Bon Echo I noticed something different about the highly complained about, not-so-great-looking default theme for FX2 (FX means Firefox). It looked better! Actually it looks a lot like the MacFox theme that is available on the Mozilla add-on site.

Now, I don’t really know how long this new theme has been part of the Bon Echo 2 nightlies since I have been running a different theme (I didn’t like the new default theme either) but this new update is a very acceptable change for the better so I thought I would do a couple of “snippets” and show you the difference.

Original theme

Original FX2 theme.jpg

Updated Theme

Updated FX2 theme.jpg

Now, if they’ll only put my Email button back in (!!), I’ll be happy.

Now of course, for those of you who are using IE, thias post is completely redundent.


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A new PFF build

I just wanted to see if the new 1.3 alpha 3 build of the Performancing extension I received from Jed Brown would crash Firefox 2 beta 1 like version 1.2 did. So far so good but it’s only been up for a short while. I’ll really pound on it later this weekend and see how she sits.

So far, after I wrote up the post in the editor I then set up all the settings under the settings button and then chose my publishing options. What’s the big deal with this? These operations in the previous version caused Firefox 2 beta 1 to crash and burn and as of right now the browser, apparently, “ain’t payin’ no attention” to what I’m doing which is very good indeed.

I’ll just have to pound on it this weekend.

This is one of my very favorite extensions ya’ know.

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Flock and Photobucket

I had tried out the first version of the Flock “social” browser as a another possible way to make posting to my blogs a bit more convenient and of course to give myself just another way to experiment with blogging altogether but gave it up to wait for a more developed version and here it is.

The fact that it hasn’t crashed in the last hour is the first plus.

I downloaded this particular version (.7) from Photobucket where I store my images to use with the Performancing blog editor extension for Firefox which is the one I use most of the time and since Flock is based on the Firefox browser and this version has been written to specifically work with PhotoBucket (and Flickr I believe) I just had to give it a try.

It took no time at all to set up my WordPress account Just Thinkin and my PhotoBucket account and when all was ready I dragged the IE-eating Firefox logo off my hard drive and plopped onto the editor, the photo uploader window came up and with a couple of mouse clicks from me, uploaded the photo to PhotoBucket and a few seconds later it appeared in the editor. The whole process took about 30 seconds which includes me hunting around my desktop for the little fox image.

Now I’ve actually only been playing around with Flock for the last 45 minutes so I have a lot to learn yet for instance: How to download my existing posts so I can bring them up for a possible edit or how to delete an existing post using Flock but all in good time.

Oh… and memory use is much improved also. The browser’s been up about one hour now and the editor for about 30 minutes and I’m pushing around 52 megs usage which is similar to what I see for Firefox 1.5.04 (I currently use Firefox 2 beta 1 as my main browser which uses even less memory in the long run).

So far I like what I see.

Whether I continue to use Flock or not remains to be seen. I have no problem admitting to the fact that I’m an older guy (gonna see fifty all too soon) and the virtual “social” scene is still a little stand offish to me plus the fact that they all seem to be 20 to 30 years younger than I am (Horrors!) and I especially need to know that I can control all these interacting accounts to my satisfaction.

Older computer techs like myself tend to be a bit more paranoid when it comes to privacy than the younger set who mostly grew up with computers and the even youger ones who (almost) are growing older with “social” type networks and such. People like me however, got our knocks during the “bad old days” of the PC (and later with a brand new thing called the “World Wide Web”) and we definately did not grow up with computers. In fact, I was 26 when the first PC from IBM hit the streets and it was another 8 years until I bought my first one (Windows 3.1 and DOS 6.0). 3 years later I hooked my first dial-up account (with a whoppin’ 9600 baud modem) and I have been off and running ever since.

It’s a lot of fun so far and it’s been quite a long time since the world of the PC and the Internet has offered up anything that peaked my interest and nowadays it’s a veritable playground and Flock is yet another part of it.

Hmmm, inline spell checking would be a nice touch but all in good time.

Wonder what the next ten years will bring?

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