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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Saturday, June 19th, 2010 12:19 pm

AT&T called today to follow up on my less-than-satisfied exit survey. They're going to send someone to replace the modem/router/gateway device. I don't think this will help.

The good: they acknowledged the problem persists, they explicitly acknowledged that I'm correct that the available information suggests it's not a configuration issue or an issue with my personal equipment.

The bad: I sincerely doubt replacing this device will work either, though I guess we'll see. [My bet is still on a configuration issue with one/some of the devices internal to AT&T's network. I also still suspect this is the same as the intermittent DW->AT&T email problem.]

Connection is good today, and was good yesterday, but I expect it'll go away again in the next few days.

Also, while my appointment for the modem repair is sometime this evening in the 4-9 range, I've seen an AT&T van driving around through the parking lot for the last hour or so. They just went by again for the third time. They seem to be looking for something.

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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Thursday, June 17th, 2010 11:10 am

I've found a proxy designed to get around restrictive work/school firewalls which will let me access Dreamwidth, though it's still irritating. I really want this fixed, though, and it's going to be a source of distraction until it is.

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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Thursday, June 17th, 2010 10:20 am

Dreamwidth connection is working again today. WTF?

Read more... )

I don't know how much I can do to diagnose while it's working correctly, but I surely don't trust that the problem won't resume sometime in the next couple of days.

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marcmagus: (regexp)
Thursday, March 25th, 2010 11:38 am

I discovered a new feature on Dreamwidth yesterday that I think is pretty cool. When a user messes up the tags in their post [usually by typoing an angle bracket, in my experience], there's that "Invalid markup . . . unrecoverable . . . raw data below" thing.

Dreamwidth hides that all behind a cut so it doesn't spew all over your reading list, but you can still click to try to read the entry through the raw.

This is just another entry about how Dreamwidth's active development is going toward making nice features that improve user experience. I really appreciate that.

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Thursday, December 10th, 2009 03:56 pm

When did Dreamwidth sneak the "Quote" button into the comment editor?

I'm still not all that big on application-in-your-browser type stuff, but this gets points for making a tool that directly addresses a common task one might want to perform and makes it easier for the user. Go Dreamwidth devteam.

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marcmagus: Me as "The Enforcer" at a RHPS pre-show (Enforcer)
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 04:24 pm

LJ's comment notification is broken and seems to be getting worse, not better, as time passes. If they don't fix it soon, I may turn off comments at LJ and direct everybody to Dreamwidth [something I've been considering anyway to consolidate discussion].

If I did so, I hope the comment count and direct link to mode=reply would suffice to not be too much of a pain for people to comment.

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 12:40 pm

I've said a few times that the reason I'm at Dreamwidth and expect in the long-run to migrate as much as possible to Dreamwidth is that they seem to be doing a lot of things right that LiveJournal and most other things I've encountered does wrong.

The first of these was splitting "friends" into "access" and "subscription", so you can track the entries of somebody without giving them trust permission to your private entries, or give somebody trust permission to view your private entries without having to see all of their entries.

Now they've released the alpha version of one of the other huge things I've been claiming for years these sites need: reading filters. It's a paid user only feature, which is a little disappointing, but they say you'll be able to filter on tags! I hope this will begin the death of "I have these filters, let me know if you want on/off them" stuff that, while it serves a valuable purpose, has always felt like a horrid hack of a misuse of technology because the proper technology didn't exist. Instead, I hope to see "I regularly use the following tags; feel free to filter any out you don't want to see."

I don't really have enough readership that I expect this to be terribly relevant, but I'd like to set an example. I try to tag all of my content appropriately, but I know I can be a bit haphazard about it. I am officially soliciting suggestions for tags which I may not have thought of but should use. I would also welcome suggestions for past posts I've made which should be tagged differently.

Current Tags )

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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (dice)
Monday, August 31st, 2009 12:19 pm

This morning as I was lying in bed trying to wake up, I was thinking about a poll I kind of wanted to post here, but which I couldn't because, of course, that's a paid account feature on both Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.

Much to my surprise, I was just going through my email Inbox and discovered that someone has given me a month's paid time at Dreamwidth. Thank you, anonymous benefactor!

Of course, in the intervening couple of hours, I'd forgotten what I wanted to poll people about. Maybe it will come back to me.

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Monday, July 13th, 2009 09:59 am

Dreamwidth has finally rolled out an option to customize the footer which appears when you crosspost with comments disabled. Testing out my customization to demonstrate it does what I want it to.

The word "comment" should function as a direct link to post a comment for those who want it.

Feedback would be highly welcome.

[Edit: fixing link in footer]

[Edit 2: copying code for small font size from original.]

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marcmagus: (regexp)
Monday, June 29th, 2009 04:30 pm

Thanks to a comment and link from [livejournal.com profile] pw201, the script maintainer, on my last post about the script, I've gotten the LJ New Comments GreaseMonkey script working correctly in Opera, and, further, working correctly in Opera with DreamWidth as well!

First, for full functionality in Opera using LiveJournal:

If you want to get DreamWidth working as well, you'll have to do a bit of extra work. Mair gave me the clue, that you need to get the GM emulation to set the correct domain in its cookies so the data can be retrieved again. Here are patches to both scripts to enable this. (I really need to get someplace to stick this sort of thing.)

For DreamWidth:

  • Patch Mair's patched aagmfunctions.js with my patch (below) to provide API for setting a cookie domain.
  • Patch LJ New Comments 1.3 with my patch (below) to use the domain API.
  • Turn on the hidden '&nc=xx' feature at DreamWidth by visiting http://www.dreamwidth.org/settings/?tag=comment.

Comments/suggestions welcome.

Patches )

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 05:39 pm

Dreamwidth has just given me another two (2) invite codes.

Same deal again, first two people who respond to this post over at Dreamwidth who I can identify as real people I know get the codes. I'll edit the post with the number of remaining codes so people don't waste time asking for what I don't have. [Although if somebody needs a code when I don't have any, I'd be happy to put in a request.]

I have zero (0) codes remaining.

[Those went quick.]

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Monday, May 18th, 2009 03:02 pm

Following the suggestion in response to my support request, I've made a quick patch to JLJ and am posting this test post to see if it works correctly.

A correct fix would probably require taking a look at the API documentation for the &ver= field and taking a look at JLJ; I suspect that said setting should only be set if the current locale is a Unicode locale, rather than always turning it on as I currently am, but I'd want to know how it's defined to be sure.

Anyway, here's the test text again, using the full toolchain with patched jlj; hopefully for the last time.


The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


If it works, I'll be crossposting to LJ to confirm correct encoding there.

Edit: Confirmed, I can edit this entry and crosspost it.

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 11:12 pm

I have two (2) invite codes [all gone] for Dreamwidth, which I'd be happy to share with any of my friends who is interested.

I'll give them to the first two respondents who are people I actually know [just in case...]. I'm turning off comments on the LJ crosspost of this just to reduce ambiguity; if you're [likely] reading on LJ and want a code, please click through and leave a comment using OpenID.

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:42 pm
At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.
The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


Test 7 removes vim from the toolchain again.
Posted using jlj+nano in xterm with $LANG=en_US.utf8 and $LC_ALL=en_US.utf8
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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:39 pm
[Note: I accidentally passed Test V through Markdown; I can't edit it to note that in the test itself.]


At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.
The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


Test 6 removes rxvt-unicode from the toolchain.
Posted using jlj+vim in xterm with $LANG=en_US.utf8 and $LC_ALL=en_US.utf8
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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:36 pm

At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.

The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


Test 5 removes vim from the toolchain.

Posted using jlj+nano in rxvt-unicode with $LANG=en_US.utf8 and $LC_ALL=en_US.utf8

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:32 pm
At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.
The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly in the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


Test 4 removes screen and Markdown from the toolchain.
Posted using jlj+vim in rxvt-unicode with $LANG=en_US.utf8 and $LC_ALL=en_US.utf8
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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:29 pm
At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.
The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly in the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


Test 3 removes Markdown from the toolchain.
Posted using jlj+vim with no processing in screen in rxvt-unicode with $LANG=en_US.utf8 and $LC_ALL=en_US.utf8
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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:27 pm

At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.

The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly in the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


This second test is using the full toolchain but removing the extended character from the post subject, to test my recent pet theory that this may be involved.

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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:22 pm

At the request of Dreamwidth support, I'm making a batch of posts to try to narrow down the possible source of the encoding problem I encountered last week.

The problem was presumably due to an extended character in either the name "Métro Bis" or the dessert "Crème Brulèe", possibly in the name "Métro Bis" being present in the post title.


This first test is using my normal toolchain to confirm that I can make a test post which reproduces the problem. After this will be a series of posts eliminating one aspect or another to see if the source of the problem can be narrowed down.

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