Saturday Open Thread: Discontinued, Old and New
All my favorite soup mixes are out of business. First Aunt Patsy's and now Bean Cuisine. Today I'm trying to replicate the Bean Cuisine Thick as Fog Pea Soup from scratch. So far, so good, but I hate when things get discontinued.
In the new department, Facebook will be announcing its offering of e-mail through the domain FB.com on Monday. The reason: to compete with G-mail. Sunday, AOL is expected to launch their new e-mail, Project Phoenix, through phoenix.aol.com.I'm sticking with G-mail and AOL. FB is just so privacy invasive and they add things to your page you don't want and can't get rid of. Like chat with a photo gallery of your friends -- and events. I still prefer the AOL program to the web-based email, and I don't like having all my e-mails stored in "the cloud" but times change and we are forced to change with them. [More..]
And some things get more difficult. I spent hours this week testing programs that let you download online music videos to your hard drive so you can upload them to your iPod. Lots of places let you convert You Tube videos, but the live performances from TV are not so easy. This one's not bad for a freebie, but for one concert I was downloading, all it would record was the front end 30 second commercial. So I bought this program and am going to finish testing it out today while my soup cooks. The first time I downloaded it disabled my internet connection connection by installing some new adapter. I finally got that fixed but am still a little apprehensive about it.
And I finally got my last tech snafu fixed. IPro, the e-discovery program the U.S. Attorney's office here uses to provide discovery, finally figured out what the bug was.
As commenters szielinski and steviez314 suggested, it was a Lead Tools dll file that was causing the problem. Seems everyone uses Lead Tools, from scanners to other imaging programs, and when you install a new device it sometimes moves critical dll files to another folder. IPro set up a webex conference where they took control of my computer and moved the files to the right place. They also had me download a program called Dependency Walker that shows the files being moved so if they move the wrong one they can see what they did and change it back. And now everything works perfectly.
Other things I did this past few weeks instead of blogging much: I switched gyms from one downtown near my office to one closer to where I live, started working out with my new trainer (weights) and restarted pilates training. It's definitely more convenient and I actually go three or four times a week instead of just thinking about going.
So, is anyone going to try out FB email? And what are some of your favorite things that have gone by the wayside and frustrated you while trying to find something equivalent?
If you'd rather discuss politics or something else, feel free. I'm headed back to my soup and trying to get a concert recorded onto my iPod. Then it's back to draft 14 of an 18 page brief I've been writing all week that's due Monday. Hopefully it won't take 25 drafts. This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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