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Patience is a Virtue That Keeps on Giving

Posted by gottabkd on Monday, April 30, 2007

You all know the saying “when it rains its pours”. It usually refers to the fact that when things go wrong, everything goes wrong. Yet there are things that happen which are beyond your control. The weather is a good example of this and apparently cyberspace is another. Especially if you allow other’s to have control.

Take WordPress.com for example. Here we blog for free, host for free, use the forums/support for free. A great deal if you ask me as it affords me the luxury of allowing someone else “take care of it all” while letting me to just go with the flow. That is till something gets broke.

Today I signed into my site only to discover that it looks…. um different. Like I just got here or something. Ugly is what I call it. So now my patience frustration kicks in. So I go to the forums to “check out the situation”. I find lot’s of other people in the same boat as me. Whew… feeling not so bad now and patience is begining to form. I find multiple threads that, upon reading further, indicate the “bug” has been fixed. Yet I look at my site and wonder.

This is when patience, or at least a reminder of patience kicks in. Since I know this is all free for me, the volunteers in the forums work for free, and WordPress.com works hard to ensure there is little downtime, while offering some great tools for the average blogger, patience is the biggest virtue one can maintain when one is not in control.

But on a frustrating level, when they say the “bug has been fixed” and my site still looks well, crappy I mean abby normal, I wonder what the heck is going on? One tries their best to follow the links, post a comment or two, send in feedback (even when it’s not working right) and get on with the day. But frustration often continues to remind one that patience is truly a virtue that one needs to exercise in a situation like this, even if it is the last thing on your mind.

But here’s the issue:
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Test Your Dirty IQ. A Play on Words.

Posted by gottabkd on Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How is your mind orientated? Check it out here.

If this is posted correctly, just highlight the space in-between the brackets to get the correct answers.

1. When I go in I might cause pain. I cause you to spit and ask you not to swallow. I can fill your hole. What am I?(dentist)

2. A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you are bored. The best man always has me first.   What am I?(ring)

3. I am spread before I am eaten. Your tongue gets me off. People sometimes like to lick my nuts. What am I?(peanut butter)

4. I go in hard I come out soft. You often blow me hard. What am I? (chewing gum)

5. All day long it’s in and out. I discharge loads from my shaft. Both men and women go down on me. What am I?   (elevator)

6. I come in many sizes. When I am not well, I drip. When you blow me it feels good. What am I?  (nose)

7. If I miss you I hit bush. It is my job to stuff your box. When I come it’s news. What am I? (newspaper )

8. I offer you protection. I get the finger ten times. You use your fingers to get me off. What am I? (gloves)

9. I assist an erection. Sometimes big ball hang from me. I am called a big swinger. What am I? (crane)

10. I’m at least 6 inches long. I leave a foamy lubricant when engaged in my job. What am I?     (toothbrush)

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If Only We Were All So Flexible.

Posted by gottabkd on Sunday, April 22, 2007

After watching this video, I have a few questions.

They are:

How long did it take her to learn this?
How does one learn this?
Can anyone learn this?
And what does it feel like to be that flexible? You know, on the body?

 Answer: I will never know, I am too inflexible to find out…. LOL 😉

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A Fatal Exception Has Occurred! Digital Journal Goes Down. Yikes!

Posted by gottabkd on Saturday, April 21, 2007

Back-up, Back-up, Back-up!!! In the world of technology we all know this to be true. Whether or not we actually implement it, even though we know we should, when the servers go down it can have a major effect on a business.

Digital Journal, a social news site that pays it’s users to report the news, has been unavailable since midnight Thursday. If you’ve tried to access the site, you were probably greeted by this message:

Digital Journal is down.
We are probably aware of it.

Ooooops!

Update 11:55 pm: The site has this message now:

“Digital Journal has a tech headache

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties and are working to resolve them
We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Double ooooops!

In the world of technology, up-time with your servers is a major concern for anyone who hosts websites. But when your servers go down, it can have a major affect on your business. WordPress knows this and does a very good job of keeping it’s sites, both the free ones and the paid ones up and running. You can read some of the news here and view some pictures here.

Digital Journal is used and viewed by many people, whether they are writing articles for the site or just getting a daily dose of the news, visitor to the site do so regularly, almost obsessively “to get their DJ fix”. It’s almost like… a day without Digital Journal, is a day without…. well…. the news of course.

As a concerned person and an avid reader of Digital Journal, I was a little worried for my friends at DJ. We all know that equipment fails sometimes, but being part of the DJ community, and with all the weird stuff going on in the world lately, I wanted to know that my friends were safe and sound, working hard on whatever the issues are. So I decided to send the Editor-in-Chief, Christopher Hogg and email to ensure it was a hardware issue and not some other God-forbidden catastrophe.

His reply:

“We have a data recovery team working on a few failed hard drives, but it takes quite a bit of time to swap drives and bring everything up again — we’ve been working non-stop since about midnight on Thursday.

Unfortunately, DJ will be down probably for most of the day today (we’re hoping to have it up by late tonight but it depends when our data gets recovered fully). We’re at the mercy of getting new parts and implementing all of the backups, etc. so I apologize for the inconvenience. The nature of technology these days is that we can only move as fast as it takes new parts to arrive and data to be recovered.

Thanks for your patience.”

Whew!!! The folks are OK and as any committed team can be, they are working hard to restore their servers. I must admit I was relieved to know they were OK. I feel like they are a part of the family, friends and family. I know that may sound weird to some of you, but even the people blogging here at WordPress , know what that means. When you frequent the forums, leave comments, and talk to other users, you make a connection…. even if it’s only in cyberspace; relationships are formed, friends are made and bonds are cemented. That’s the same at Digital Journal. It’s more than a news site, it’s a community of users who come together for the purpose of reporting the news. You can’t help but get to know them and form a bond.

But for me, this could not have come at a better time. People get so addicted to “working the internet”…. blogging or looking for the latest news to report, that it is easy to forget there’s a whole world out there..(I really need a laptop).. especially when working from home…. LOL…. The temperature here in Toronto, has gone from a measly 5 degrees… with snow and rain two days ago, to a very sunny, very bright, very balmy *cough* hot 19 degrees…at least that’s what the weather pixie (on the left) indicates. It’s supposed to get to 22 degrees and will stay up there till late next week. Yahoo!

Wow…. what happened to spring? I guess it’s over! As long as the sun is shining…. I really don’t care what the temp is. So I’m outta here… for now….

Edit: Oh yeah… when your typing away, don’t forget to save your work on a regular basis. Or get some really good software that automatically does it for you…. Like BlogDesk. When things go wrong… a fatal exception will happen… as it did just now. THANKFULLY BlogDesk saved my work when just that very thing happened. I’ll tell… I was a little panicked while my desktop rebooted. But all is well. Thanks BlogDesk 😉 You Rock!

Good luck to my friends at Digital Journal. Hope you come back online soon 🙂

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