Daily Archives: May 1, 2012

The empty box

Just a few things to mention here. If you are actually following this blog, you may – or may not – have noticed this box in the sidebar; Just above the box/widget listing Recent Posts. This box lists the top 5 most “liked” posts here on The Parsons’ Rant. You also may have noticed that – at the time of this writing – the box is empty. This is most likely due to one of three reasons:

  1. This feature is a relatively new one on this blog site
  2. No one knows how to “like” my posts
  3. No one likes any of my posts

The "like" button

I am going to assume that it’s most likely # 2 and show you how to “like” my posts if you are so disposed. Way down at the end of each post, there is a heart-shaped button above my signature that allows you to indicate – anonymously – that this particular post has found favour with you. (See the picture at left.) This is not an ego thing and you don’t have to “like” anything if you don’t want to but this is a way of giving me feedback on the subject matter and whether I’m talking about the right things. Maybe the next time you stop by, the box won’t be quite as empty.

Finally, I have noticed an issue with my photo galleries. I realise that they are not the greatest bits of photography but they have stopped loading on to the page. The text comes up and the little wheel beneath turns and turns but nothing ever happens.  (See the image below) I do not know if this has been going on a while or is a recent development. I would say that it’s due to internet traffic but other pages and posts with static images seem to load their photos just fine. Maybe it’s due to a collision between 2 or more plugins. Maybe the most recent update to the gallery plug-in is at fault. Rest assured that I will sort this problem out and you will be able to see my mediocre photography again in short order.  Problem Sorted! Thanks to Dalton at madebyraygun.com! This outfit makes the Portfolio Slideshow Pro plugin that powers our galleries.

The photo gallery itself never completely loads

I’ve done a lot of TechnoRants© lately and little or no reporting on what I’ve been reading. For those of you who just walked in, I’ve done quite a bit of reading over the past year as research for my Great American Novel which will most likely never be published. Some of the reading has included Young Adult Fiction even though the novel is supposed to be adult fiction with a small “a”.

Derrolyn Anderson’s series, Marina’s Tales is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the past years. Her characters are well crafted and very believable – or at least as believable as any character in a Young Adult fantasy novel can be. There are four books in the series and I am slowly reading what I understand to be the last one. My slow pace is due to my not wanting it all to be over with. Nonetheless, the series does need to end at some point. The main locale is a small town on the California coast outside of San Francisco and is now on my list of places to see some day.

In theory, Derrolyn could continue the series for at least several more books but that, I feel, would drain the life out of the locale and possible plots. No, I see the story arc coming to a conclusion and it is better to go out on a high note than to run things into the ground – or ocean in this case. I will miss Marina when the series is over and that is probably the greatest compliment you can pay to an author.

We’ve all done it. Installed this worthless application, that game we just had to try, a few pesky tool bars that slipped under the radar and before we know it our PCs are running as slow as can be. Dr. Data remembers one client who could never get his PC to shut down because so many games and gunk had been added – and never removed – over the years.

A good many games and applications – including free-ware – come with their own uninstallers. This is a big help in getting rid – when we remember to – of outdated, unneeded and unwanted software but there is a catch; these uninstallers often leave bits and pieces behind. This means that even though the software application is long gone, there may be one or more DLL’s (Dynamic Load Library) still being loaded at start-up. Your system has enough to deal with in loading stuff for the applications that you do want without loading old baggage from days of yore. (“Days of Yore” is a technical term in computing for anything from 6 months ago or later.)

But wait! There’s more! Let’s say that you’re moving from version 1.x of some game or utility to the new and improved version 2.0. The installer may say that it’s uninstalling 1.x before installing 2.0 but it doesn’t get rid of all of the bits from that earlier version. Even worse, version 2.0 is installed along side of version 1.x which means that you now have two versions on your system instead of one. What to do?

TechRepublic lists Five Uninstallers That Really Work on its blog for April 27, 2012. Some of these – like the venerable Revo Uninstaller – are free or have a freeware version while some others do cost a bit. Dr. Data has used Revo quite a bit in the past but the TechRepublic post has clued him into the fact that “Your Uninstaller” found significantly more software than Revo did. All of these uninstallers include additional tools for Windows that may or may not be exactly what you need. Nonetheless, all of the uninstallers are good and worth a look.

One final word; Always be sure of what you’re uninstalling.

If you need assistance, Call Dr. Data – He’s here to help!

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