I started another Dulaan hat. Big whoop.
As little as 10 years ago I was the computer guru around our house. My husband, while a genius at electronics and fixing things in general, had never taken much interest in the inner workings of computers, either hardware or software. If a power supply or a fan needed to be replaced he was the go-to guy around here; if the task were installing a second HD or updating software, I was in charge.
Boy, have things changed. Smokey is a lot more fluent with the hardware now – his desktop computer currently lies open on the floor behind me, awaiting the new motherboard he ordered for it (the old one apparently got fried during an electrical storm, despite the surge protector/odds against it happening/yadda yadda). But the big change, one that everyone with a teenager has probably seen, is that #2 son is now the go-to guy for pretty much everything electronic except the actual electronics, and he’s not exactly behind the curve on those, either.
Should I download the latest version of iTunes? Ask Matthew.
I can’t make this frickin’ [fill in the blank] work! Ask Matthew.
How do I start a blog? Ask Matthew.
So yesterday I was trying to figure out how to use Bloglines when the boy came home from work. (Sound and light guy at a nearby professional theater, natch.) I asked him something about BL and amazingly he didn’t know anything about them. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I had downloaded the latest version of Opera and updated to IE 7.0, both of which offer built-in feeds. He also recommended that I ditch IE and switch to using Opera, saying he really likes their latest version.
Now, I had finally gotten Bloglines to work and was well into subscribing to my favorite blogs when he entered the scene. After his advice and downloading both browsers, I stopped messing with Bloglines and started using the automatic feed feature of Opera. Have any of you used it? Because I have some issues.
Once I subscribe to a blog, I can’t figure out how to Unsubscribe to it. I had the same problem with Bloglines. Ha! I just figured it out: Feeds | Manage feeds | (select a feed) | Delete. Boy, that was a tough one, huh?
2. Opera doesn’t seem to be able to handle comments on Blogger. Twice today I have tried to comment on a blog post, and both times – after typing the whole damned comment and clicking either “Preview” or “Submit” – I got a little screen saying Blogger couldn’t find the blog I was looking for. After the second time, I opened said blog in IE, wrote the comment (I had ctrl-A’d and ctrl-C’d my comment so I wouldn’t lose it altogether; aren’t I the clever one?), and previewed/posted it with no problem. I guess I will have to subscribe to Blogger feeds in IE and the rest in Opera. Not exactly zipless, but oh, well. Remind me why this is better than Bloglines, please.
3. In Bloglines, when I begin the process to subscribe to a new blog, it lets me preview the different feeds (RSS1, RSS2, atom, whatever). I like that feature because it seems that some feed formats will show the photos and some will not. This preview feature is not present in Opera, as far as I can tell. Remind me again why this is better than Bloglines, please.
4. Lest you think I am trashing Opera, I am not. I like the feeling of NOT using a Microsoft product. It also has a nifty feature that puts an icon at the far right in the address bar whenever I am viewing a site that offers a feed. Click that icon to start the subscription process. Nifty, like I said.
5. IE 7.0 has a nice clean, streamlined toolbar setup at the top of the screen, but I haven’t used it enough yet to make an informed judgment. (My first impression was that it was so streamlined as to be completely useless, but I may be wrong.) I may never use it enough to make that judgment, though, because the &$%*$ browser insists on telling me EVERY SINGLE TIME I OPEN IT
(that’s the screen it opens with) and ON EVERY FRICKIN’ SCREEN THEREAFTER that “Your current security setting put your computer at risk. Click here to change your security settings.” Dammit, I LIKE MY SECURITY SETTINGS! If I wanted to change them I will do so in my own sweet time. There seems to be absolutely no way to turn off this cursed warning. Could it be that the Microsoft behemoth has decided that the way to correct the security flaws that seem to be inherent
in every stinkin’ program they write in certain programs is to hound the user until they are sick up and fed change the security settings to whatever it is that MicroGodKingEmperorOfTheUniverseSoft has decided they should be?
7. The so-called “information bar” that appears between the toolbars and the actual website screen has always annoyed me. In IE 6.0 I got rid of it easily and never missed it. In IE 7.0, they say in the so-called “Help” section, “Can I turn off the Information bar? Yes, you can, but we don't recommend it. If you do want to turn it off, you have to turn it off for each type of message.” Do they tell you how? Only to turn it off for pop-up blocking. Nothing about the security warning thing, so it is always there, annoying me at every screen.
8. And another thing I just discovered. In IE 6.0, Typepad offered the choice of viewing a post in progress either as text with the uploaded images or as html. In Opera all I get is the html version. That may be turn out to be a good thing; it certainly forces me to learn
their version of more html. Can anyone tell me how to make the print larger in the final post? There was a drop-down list in the no-longer-available view of the editing screen, but no such animal in the html-only screen. (Or I may have found the answer myself. I wrote the post in Word and saved it there in a .txt file. From what I have now read in the Typepad Knowledge Base, if I had saved it in .rtf format, I would see the editing window I was used to. I'll try that next time. Live and learn.)
I had originally been planning a post in which I asked for help in getting things onto my sidebar in Typepad, but I seem to have spent all my energy and time in venting. Sheesh.