Well, this was more fun than I remembered it. So I think I’ll continue it. What is your platform of choice? WordPress or Blogger? I guess mine is WordPress, though it is filled with stuff that frustrates hatred out of me. Such as how limited your controls are on your own page, unless you spend a lot of money. Damn my ulcers. I keep on biting them when I yawn. Especially the one down to the left. Then it hurts and I wanna swear. But I don’t, because I know it’s no use. Even I can’t hear me. I listen to Dylan. “The Times They Are A-Changin'”, as you may have figured from the last post. “With God On Our Side” now. It’s quite a marvelous album. I like it a lot, though I do tend to listen to his electric period rather than his utter folk period. It is just much more interesting about the studio productions in the electric stuff. The acoustic was just him. And it’s not very hard to understand how to make the sounds. Maybe some overlaying. But it’s really all acoustic. Guitar. Harmonica. Vocals. No processed sound other than perhaps some compression here and there. Pop-filter. Etc.
Now I’m going to bed. But that doesn’t mean I won’t write anymore. I have WordPress on my cell phone. Does anyone say “cell phone” anymore?
And they are. I tell you now, they are. At least from my perspective, they are. Change is in the air and in life. And I am sick.
Seriously, I am. I have the flu or something. Annoying as can be, as I had plans for this week other than just staying at home and going to work. Oh, by the way, I’ve got a job now! It’s as a temporary for whichever post office needs me in my area. So it’s a day-to-day work.
And I’ve gotten some sores in my mouth. Ulcers, I guess its called. One at the bottom left and one at the top right. So I feel like a disco dancer with my tongue watching out for the two of them.
I haven’t been much active as Sonic Lizzz lately. No, that’s wrong. I haven’t been active lately as anything, really. No Twitter within any language, any account or any device. No blogs. No writing. Period. I’ve been busy dealing with my own shit. I’ve started a new job, and I’m working on the side as well with my own projects. And when I sit here in the end on my computer, I feel less compelled and tempted into writing or doing anything productive. In any case, I’ll research. Maybe I don’t take the time to live as much now.
But I did bake a cake tonight, so I guess life is being lived whether I work or not. I will go on and be myself. It seems no cage can hold me completely down. Only limit my height.
I like my guitar.
I cannot remember the last time I felt this lonely. Usually when I’m not able to talk too much with Emma, I can at least get in touch with some long lost friend to talk to, but it doesn’t feel like it tonight. And it feels like “loneliness” has become, or rather, always has been, a central word in my life. I don’t feel too bad about it though, but I have a hard time today with finding out what MY purpose here is. And I haven’t been able to kill that train of thought today either.
That’s probably why I’m here again. I feel better writing in English about hard things. Or loneliness, despite feeling more alone in the English world than in the Norwegian. It just feels closer to my heart to talk and think and express myself in English, rather than in Norwegian.
I woke up later than I thought I did today. It bugs me when I think it’s earlier than it is. Sometimes also when it’s later than it is. Just because then I can’t perhaps start the day already as I thought I could anyway.
I wanted to write. I probably got up quite a lot faster than I would because I wanted to write. And because I had to pee, in all honesty. I brought my slim netbook with me to the bathroom, and found out I could station it here till tonight. Unless I have company. Then I have to remove it. I won’t be sitting around, writing a lot when in company. I never do. It’s not that I don’t have the option, but most of the time I try, I just can’t. I can’t figure out what to write, damn less how to. In addition to bringing the computer downstairs with me, I brought my iPhone, its charger and “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac. I’m trying to read it lately, but it seems it’s going quite slowly. 10 pages in more than one week is quite slowly. But there’s something about it that attracts me as well. And inspires me to write too. So I want to write lately.
Now I should get up and do something of the day. Good day.
I sort of stumbled upon this when I was visiting WordPress today and I think it’s quite the informative post, so I thought I’d try to “reblog” it. Never tried before, so I’m not sure how it looks, but do read through this thing.
While texting was technically invented in the early nineties, it only started to gain widespread popularity in the last six years (or so). For five out of those six years, I was perched high atop my soapbox, proclaiming that texting would be the death of all meaningful human interaction. If someone had handed me a megaphone, I would have shouted, “Why don’t you people ever talk to each other anymore?!”
As a writer, I also saw texting as a personal affront to the written word. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure were all scrapped in favor of the English language’s newborn bastardized son – the short message service (SMS), also called text speak; a language full of acronyms, abbreviations, and numerical inserts. So, it seemed texting was not only replacing our meaningful face-to-face interactions and phone calls, it was also responsible for creating an entire generation of crappy writers.
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No, despair no more, because I have come up with the perfect solution on how you can let your DSi (and its alikes) go online, playing with other people, AND keep a highly secured internet (such as WPA, WPA2 or both put together).
For those unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, let me tell you what the main problem here is. The problem is that Nintendo has for some reason only allowed their handheld game devices in the series of Nintendo DS, only hook up to an open or WEP-secured router. With the DSi, they did allow you to connect to a WPA-secured one as well, but not for gaming, only for usage of the web browser and such activities. The thing is, most people enjoy playing against other people or together with other people. Interaction is fun, or at least fun to be accessible. But as I have indirectly pointed out: WEP is a much weaker security system than all the other options (except open, of course). Therefore, most people will not set the security to this setting, and so Nintendo is losing tons of potential online gamers.
Until today. Because after having looked for another problem with my router yesterday, I figured out how to solve the problem. And it’s so simple, many people out there will now think “Why didn’t I think of THAT?!”.
This is what you need to do: Make an isolated guest network with WEP settings. And that’s it! Since it’s isolated, it won’t allow anyone to access your main options from it, they have to be connected to your main SSID and go from there. And your main SSID is of course then secured as highly as possible.
I’m not sure if this works for all routers, but it certainly does with Netgear. So I hope this helped someone else as well out of a pickle, because it sure helped me.
So has the day come. The day many of you, at least those of you who’s found my name by looking at Linux sites and alike, would never think would come in my case. Yes, today is the day I became an owner of an iPhone. The 4S version.
Now, many of you then ask “Why?”. A lot of people have asked me just this already. Why would I, a happy Android user who keeps posting about Linux – Ubuntu, Linux Mint and JoliOS in particular – choose to go with an iPhone now?
My last phone was a Samsung Galaxy 551. I got it because I wanted Android and I wanted keyboard, but not the little ones that came with Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro or whatever their names are. To begin with, I was quite happy, but eventually, I had questions and problems and it turned out one thing: It wasn’t easy to get the help I needed. It also eventually turned out, that it doesn’t matter how much external memory you can add to one of these phones, it WILL EAT UP your internal memory no matter what and then make you beg of it to be able to install a single new app on it.
Android may very well have been based upon the idea and concept of Linux to begin with, but it has moved away from it. Far away from it. It is not free and is not open source. It has just become another mobile OS with some slight features that are closer related to Linux than OSX. After all, UNIX is where all of these really originate from.
Now, I know what people may comment to something I said earlier in this post. I could just try to root my Android phone and then I can do all sorts of things with it. And I did. And that was really the beginning to a very rapid process to hard bricking my phone. I tried installing a new ROM on it and did a backup and bang, it turned black. And, as I said earlier, it was problematic to find help in a situation with my phone, so I had to latch on to some very tight straws. It didn’t help (yet), and so I had to make peace with the fact of that I had to get myself a new phone.
A week later or so, I ordered myself an iPhone 4S. I had been investigating quite a lot, trying to find the perfect phone, but in the end, I had to realize that there was actually not ONE perfect phone for me. There were several. A BlackBerry with Norwegian keys would be perfect for me. An Android with loads of internal memory and a built-in keyboard would be perfect for me. I even wondered if I should get myself a Windows Phone. But I ended up with iPhone. Why? It doesn’t have a keyboard, it isn’t Android, it’s Apple, which I have seemed to be quite a lot against. So why?
The fact is, I’ve been distorting my own view. You see, my original view is to have an open mind about all platforms. Try to be open to what is the best, and I have failed. This, I believe, has come from me seeing Apple as the most money-draining capitalistic company which delivers OS systems that are just better looking than what you get for free for more money than a complete Windows 7 computer (which you can run both Linux and Windows on). That, and the fact of that I’m a huge Beatles-fan, so Beatles being against Apple MAY have had SOME effect on me as well.
But now I have to realize it. Siri is fun. iPhone is quite fun, and it’s the biggest community out there. Because it’s the only phone that is being sold in billions of copies in the same version. Sure, there are variations such as iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but they are all just based on top of the previous model. This makes it easy to find thousands of others who has experienced the same problems which you may have seen. It also makes it easy to find out what to stay away from and what to try. And of course, you get loads of fun accessories.
Now, there is one open thread here (which I can think of) that I have yet not answered. And I will answer it now. What about the keyboard? I am still not willing to 100% compromise with having to deal with touch only. Therefore I have ordered this off of eBay: A wireless keyboard for the iPhone 4/4S which is available in black and white and which connects through Bluetooth.
iPhone Siri IS fun!
Today, I was searching my Android phone’s Market, to find out if there was a client of Pidgin released for it. It wasn’t, but when searching, I came across something called a “Linux Installer” from Galoula. This seems interesting, but I’m not sure whether my phone (with its tiny internal memory card) can run this, both because of the tine internal memory card it has and because I’m not sure if this is meant for the Market version for phones, and not exclusively to 4.0 tablets or something.
Does anyone know anything about this?
Interview is in about three hours time! GOT TO GET READY!!!!!
Why can’t I stop crying (when you can)..
I really would like to know what it’s like to be able to just forget the whole night before upon waking up the day afterwards. It must be so soothing and good…