I have been using Akismet for spam protection for a little over a year now. It has been pretty good.
It has just missed some spam over the last couple of days. Obviously, somebody has tweaked their spambot. The thing is, anything not caught by the spam filter is sent to Friendfeed and God knows where else. My apologies if you have been subjected to random characters on my behalf. I do what I can to reduce the signal-to-noise ratio.
And so, I have switched spam prevention. I now use Mollom for my spam prevention needs. I am kinda excited about this, as the same awesome guy who wrote this very blog software that I use here is responsible for Mollom.
Anyway, if you are wanting to comment on this post, or maybe one a little older, you will be subject to the Mollom policy before I have spelled it out for you here. Sorry. If you already have an account on this site you will not be affected at all. Let's hear it for old friends.
Here's hoping the Internet can continue to be usable by humans.
The point of this post is mostly to assure my lonely reader that I am in fact alive, and doing well. I have been busy taking care of the things I am supposed to do.
The fact that I get paid to do these things is not the focus. If money were the object I could do much better. I am hoping that will change. But money is not the important thing. I wish it were not an issue at all.
Back when I was much younger, I played the saxophone in the band. I was never the great musical talent, but I held my own. I really enjoyed jammin' in the rehearsals. Live performances brought a rush you have to experience to understand.
I almost feel as if I am approaching a live performance now.
It's probably just a little sad, the way I rely on Firefox. It is my interface to the rest of the planet, and over the years I have collected links and bookmarklets and lots of neat things. It's like my own personal Swiss army Knife for the web. I could probably recover in time if I lost it all and had to start over. Let's hope I never have to.
I have kept the same install of Firefox going for at least 4 years over quite a few computers. I have only used Windows 98 and XP, but I see no reason why you can't adapt this to your own OS.
There are two folders to be backed up in my fast and dirty backup of Firefox. The first, and easiest to find, is in C:\Program Files. There should be a folder there called Mozilla Firefox. Right click on that folder and select copy. Right click again and hit paste. After a second or two you should have a brand new folder named Copy of Mozilla Firefox.
Now for the tricky part.
The folder you are now looking for may be in different locations depending on your setup. It is most definitely somewhere in C:\Documents and Settings\. In my case, it is located in C:\Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data with (username) being the name you log into Windows with. The folder you are looking for is named Mozilla.
Do exactly the same copy/paste operation as you did before. It is important this time that you do not have Firefox running while you do this. If you get the error message, simply rename your new folder 'bad Copy of Mozilla' and come back later.
Now let's say you have a brand spanking new computer and a familiar install of Firefox. Go ahead and install a fresh new Firefox in the usual way. Then, rename the two folders you just made to something like 'new Mozilla Firefox' and 'new Mozilla'. Put the folders you backed up on a thumbdrive or whatnot, transfer them over to the proper place, and rename them to 'Mozilla Firefox' and 'Mozilla'.
There may be more efficient ways to do it, but this has not failed me yet.
One day later, and my new Windows install is barely indistinguishable from the way it was before. Well, there is that one thing about the potentially corrupted mbr,
I was not able to boot a working instance of Linux. This is due only to the fact that I tend to buy computers without built in CD ROMs. It would be nice if the manufactures supported backwards compatibility, but hey I understand, you gotta pay to play. Everything is a tradeoff, and I chose traveling light.
This is a special note to all who wrote in and asked if I backed up my data. Perhaps that is a fair question. There may be great numbers who do not understand that FORMAT DISK means you will lose everything. It may be too much to ask for you to remember that I am not one of those. Just for the record, I am not fond of starting over from scratch. Even better, my business requires I keep track of stuff. Yeah, I BACKED IT ALL UP.
So, Windows XP it is. I am not ashamed of going with the path of least resistance. I have work to do tomorrow. I expect to get it done with a minimum of hassle, despite the reformat.
Things have calmed down here a bit, any projects left unfinished have been pending long enough that a few more hours won't be noticed, and I am about to find out if my new laptop will be running Windows or Kubuntu.
I have all my files backed up to my external hard drive, and am even typing this on the older backup computer. The deciding factor will be if the target laptop will boot off my external DVD drive. If not, then Windows will be re-installed.
I am quite comfortable with reinstalling Windows and I feel like I can have everything running well in a very short time. I am less confident with Linux but I should be able to run all but a couple of my favorite programs. If I can get my printer to work then I will be happy.
One of the programs I rely on is proprietary and Windows only. I need it to update one of the websites I maintain. I feel lucky to have a backup computer to run it on.
Here goes nothing!