So in the last few weeks (perhaps more like months), a majority of the people on my Reading List have...( fled the premises, or else have... )
Using the word "presto" in my last post? Reminded me I have a post to make about Opera. Back in the spring (yes, I'm slow to get around to things, am I not?) Opera released a browser with built in VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology baked right in. The way I've seen it explained is that it's a network within a network. Your ISP (say, Comcast, my ISP) can see you connect to the Internet, but once you hop on your VPN, Comcast cannot see anything else you do. Pretty neat, huh?
The actual VPN technology has been buggier than my garden but it works, truly, it works (the latest release seems to have fixed making surfing via VPN a global/sticky setting - checking the box for that didn't used to make it global so you had to open a New Private Window every time - and with SurfEasy, Opera's VPN provider, going in and out of service intermittently, and with new Private Tabs telling you to enable VPN after you already did, which was probably the most mind-bending bug of them all) so if you've had any issues, try the latest version.
Here's Opera's original blog post about it; the download link is in the first paragraph (choose Opera Developer, the button to the right on the download page, not Beta, to the left). The rendering engine is, of course, still open source WebKit, not Opera's Presto, but I'll forever associate Opera with Presto - which btw, sucks (like Internet Exploder's Trident, minus the exploding, but definitely plus much of the same hideous page rendering, so I won't be missing it much) so there's that.
Sometime in the last few years Firefox took away the ability to wrap long lines when you view source or any plaintext file. So there you are, scrolling left to right, line by ridiculously long line, going nuts because it's really hard to read code or absorb anything anybody says with all this distracting scrolling to do.
In the Olden Days (my God, maybe waaaaay back in 2014?) you'd hit the Menu Bar for something like View-->Page Style-->Wrap long lines but no, having that menu option made it way too easy for us, so now the option no longer exists, and Firefox, by default, still does not wrap long lines.
To wrap long lines without the option: type about: config into the address bar. And yes, of course you want to void your warranty! Just kidding. Check No on that. Then type "wrap" without quotes into the search box until you see plain_text.wrap_long_lines and view_source.wrap_long_lines in the results view. Double-click each entry (these are Boolean values but you don't need to know what that means, because it really doesn't matter) and set them to true. Presto, long lines will wrap now, whew.
Tested/works with clean-installed Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update (Build 14393). Untested in other varieties and combinations; untested on Windows Insider preview builds.
- Open Microsoft Edge (the blue "e" with the funny mohawk on your taskbar)
- Click the menu icon (the three little dark or light dots, depending on whether you use Edge with a light or dark theme) located to the right of your web address/search bar
- Scroll to the bottom and click Settings; this will open a new menu
- Scroll to bottom of this menu and click View Advanced Settings; this will open another menu
- Scroll this menu until you see the words Optimize taskbar web search results for screenreaders. Click the slider to On.
I don't know why anyone would want to use IE, but my Google searches indicate some people want to. Other people, conversely, are having trouble figuring out why Cortana is using IE11 instead of Edge, so checking (and, if needed, unchecking) this particular setting may solve it for them. Nothing else does - not Windows 10 in-place upgrades, Cortana reinstalls, nor any other steps I've seen mentioned.
Microsoft did a weird thing back in April or May; they decided you can set your default search engine to whatever you want, so say, you can still set your default browser to Google Chrome or Firefox, but web searches can no longer be diverted to any browser but Edge. (To be clear: web addresses typed into Cortana - for example: https://aol.com - will open in any browser you set as your default; web searches can only be opened in Edge.)
Well, the screenreader setting above actually hacks this prohibition to pieces (
both web addresses and web searches* open happily in IE11), so now I'm wondering how to duplicate it only to divert web searches to Firefox.
It's probably some stupid-easy thing. Almost everything in Windows is. I actually found a file with Cortana's URL parameters set to Bing (there are probably many more like it, and it was an XUL file, so probably not the right one to be working on), opened it in Notepad++ and started editing, but upon trying to save changes discovered Windows file protection on Cortana, which led to error messages (Notepad asking if I'd like to run as admin, then telling me to check the file wasn't open in another program - of course it wasn't) only to discover disabling Spot Verifier in services.msc doesn't free up the file and global file protection cannot be turned off.
By then it was almost 4 in the morning and, like, I've got things to do, but if I ever get back to it I'll probably figure it out in Safe Mode (yep, that's right, Windows: heeeeeeere's Johnny!!!) or else figure out that it's probably not...figure-outable...I have a feeling the end result will be a bit of both: I'll figure out exactly what to do, then be unable to do it because getting around file protection will simply short-curcuit Cortana, or whatever.
*Upon further inspection I find typed-in web addresses still open in your default browser, so this is works for redirecting web searches only.
1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes.
2. Have you ever smoked? Still do. I'm made out of nicotine, caffeine, and pure wtfuckery.
3. Do you own a gun? Does it matter?
4. What is your favorite flavor? Chocolate.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, I get annoyed over spending less time being seen than waiting before, during and after any actual care.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? That they're seriously bad for you. I like Boar's Head and Sabrett, regardless. The latter's hard to find here (FL; they were so ubiquitous up in NY) and the former's a bit pricey.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life.
8. What do you prefer to drink? Alcohol: wine. Non-alcohol: coffee. Sweet: lemonade. I'm all about the acids.
9. Do you do push-ups? Ha ha, right. I hate all formal exercise (prefer walking and dancing) and pushups the most.
10. What’s your favorite piece of Jewelry? It was stolen about 16 years ago, a gold Claddaugh ring something like this. The person who stole it (I knew who it was but was unable to use the law to get my stuff back) took my entire jewelry collection and being me, I got so pissed off about it I never bought good jewelry again.
11. Favorite hobby? I'd still say writing but cooking's gaining ground. I'm also into gardening again but I'm getting so good at it I can't keep myself as occupied with growing things as I did in the past. They're like, "Hey, we've got this, OK, so bug off.".
12. Do you have ADD? Did you see that? Oh, uh, hmmm...what was the question?
13. What’s the one thing you hate? Wait, there are people? Who hate just one thing? Can I meet them?
14. Middle name? *glances at blog URL*
15. Name three thoughts at this moment. 1) My ankle hurts (it's butting up against a table leg as I write this. I really should move the damn thing but the leg it's attached to is folded over the other one so this would require serious effort). 2) I need to fart. 3) This is a tiresome question.
17. Current worry? *hums chorus to Gin and Juice*...that if I don't finish the turnover job I started two days ago I won't get the next one (assuming it goes to me and not the other employee, who tends to take whatever I don't - and vice versa. The great thing about my current work is there's no set schedule. The bad thing about my current work is there's no set schedule, and I'm a procrastinator who gets that last minute *rush* from doing absolutely everything - except breathing - at the last possible minute, and it's been raining and I hate going out in the rain).
18. Current hate right now? How many times and ways are you going to ask me this? Do you like to be asked repeat questions? I repeat, do you like to be asked repeat questions?
19. Favorite place to be? Home.
20. How do you ring in the new year? Often by writing about it. It's the most annoying, dangerous and completely overrated night of the year.
21. Where would you like to go? *hums the chorus to Kokomo*. No, seriously, I want to tour the entire song.
22. Name three people to complete this? No, no, I won't.
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, brown suede uppers with spotted fur trim and inners, an open back, and thick rubber tread. I always own exactly this pair of slippers, though I'm on at least my fifth pair in as many years (mostly because I ruin them walking around outside instead of putting normal shoes on).
24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? I'm not. Ha ha, this is not as bad as it sounds. Red - but it's a tank top with spaghetti straps, which I don't think of as a "shirt".
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No, I like cotton. The thicker/smoother the better.
26. Can you whistle? No, but I can chirp like Chewbacca.
27. Favorite Color? Not a one-part question. Clothes: brown. House: all neutrals with some red (downstairs) and blue (upstairs). In general: red and burgundy.
28. Would you be a pirate? No, I would be a Viking. Pirates these days are really some fucking assholes.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't. I'm more inclined to assemble a blog post in there than to sing, for some reason.
30. Favorite girls name? I don't really have one. I'm kind of captivated by the name "Ree" lately, but can't think of any real-life application.
31. Favorite boys name? I don't really have one. I'm sort of beside myself that I've named someone Bowie (in this case, my new kitten) but I'm even more beside myself that Other Person named a sibling of his we adopted a few weeks ago "Pip" and that I call him by cheering, "PIP PIP HOORAY!"
32. What’s in your pocket right now? Blissfully, nothing. I hate having stuff in my pockets.
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Question 31.
34. Best toy as a child? My own imagination.
35. Worst injury? A crushed finger, followed by a more recently acquired (~2 years ago) crushed foot. I'll take my injuries straight with no chaser.
36. Where would you love to live? There are so many beautiful places in the US (and in FL alone) it might take time to decide. Based on weather alone, I'd move north. Based on being by the water alone, I'd stay somewhere in FL or move to a coastal island.
37. How many TV’s do you have in your house? Four. One is currently working only as a computer monitor, not a TV. Another is for sale. You don't want it, trust me. Huge. Glass. Tube. *rolls eyes*
38. Who's your loudest friend? I don't like loud people. I can get loud enough myself.
39. How many dogs do you have? Other Person wants one, but we now have four cats, so out of the question for the time being, given space/time/cleaning/financial considerations.
40. Does someone trust you? I certainly hope so? *blanches*
41. What book are you reading at the moment? An unauthorized biography of Eminem, which should really surprise no one.
42. What’s your favorite candy? Lindt Dark Chocolate With a Touch of Sea Salt (yes, the name's quite a mouthful, but so is this chocolate). I've bought two bars a week for years. What price, sanity?
43. What’s your favorite sports team? Don't have one.
44. What song do you want played at your funeral? What funeral? Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...
Is now instructing you "Second Amendment people" to hop to it - get out those guns and kill Hillary Clinton. So I'll just jump right to my own call to non-action: This guy is an animal and if you vote for him, you're crazy, and I don't want to know you. Period. No one will ever justify his words or calls to action (sharpest dog whistles ever, yo) to me.
He's a danger to national security and at this point to Ms. Clinton's life (in normal, non-political circumstances this one call to action alone would be enough to warrant her getting an actual order of protection against the guy) and anyone who tries to justify his even being a candidate for election - a bizarre enough circumstance in itself - is either a nitwit who is somehow missing all the blatant lies, hatred, racism, misogyny and xenophobia that he's acting (and if somehow elected, will run the country) upon or else agrees with him on all of it. I don't want to know you, either way.
I think in the interest of national security and the public's right to know he should submit to a DNA test to see how closely related he is to Hitler. Not if. Simply "how closely".
It was my plan before this news came out to keep submitting link lists on him because he's always stirring up an even more outrageous drama than the one he stirred up the day before but after him saying this I don't see a point to it. There's no one supporting him who he can turn off by saying or doing anything - no matter how stupid, outrageous, morally or ethically wrong it might be. In fact, I've come to believe that the morally and ethically wrong aspects of his speech, thought patterns and his entire campaign are exactly what attract the great majority of his sometimes quite unhinged supporters to begin with.
Anyone who dislikes his behavior is never going to vote for him, anyway. I'm done saying another word to the rest of you.
While I'm all for the synergies presented by Verizon owning both companies, I am - I realized after writing about it - *not* in favor of a) AOL being completely absorbed by Yahoo nor b) the opposite happening.
As I just got done bitching about under lock, if either thing occurs it means something like this fiasco might be the end result, which means I might have to blog again.
And noooooo, noooooo, noooooo. I don't want to.
ETA, minutes later: googled around and found The Verizon Yahoo purchase, explained. It seems Yahoo's the one shutting down about half of its "verticals" (aka, mostly their "websites") not AOL, which jibes with my thinking: AOL still has a vibrant sort of thing going on in some cases, traffic-wise, while Yahoo does not. Which also finally solves the riddle of Yahoo shutting down Messenger. Of course! Because now everyone can just use AIM. I knew something weird was behind that. I just never guessed what.
This is the better of the two folds for me because it means I won't have to blog. Historically I don't help people with losing their Yahoo stuff and have no reason to start now.
And with that, the consummation of the union I've pined away for for 10 freaking years (synergies, man; all the synergies) is well underway. Wedded bliss, at long last!
Like many marriages, this one was arranged by the groom's dad (Verizon, the proud adoptive parent of AOL) after the would-be-bride (the regal and perpetually purple-attired Queen Yahooniti) freaked out about it, saying, "I will NEVER marry you! Stop telling me I've got male! I don't want it!!!"
Finally her parents were like, "Money, bitches. Show us the money, and you can have our daughter; otherwise she will never be yours". So they showed it - $4.8 billion pieces of it, to be precise, one handsome dowry, indeed - which even includes Tim Armstrong, who the Queen's secretly been crushing on for years.
And the Yahoonitis were pleased.
But then there's Marissa. What will become of her? At least until the transition completes, her and Timmy are coworkers again (co-CEOS, I guess? Stranger things have happened), which might make me titter under normal circumstances, but from what I've heard they get on rather well, or at least did over at Google...the synergies, man.
I'm just basking in the warm glow of all these synergies.