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Changing Fonts

The first day of a brand new year, 2019, today and a strange thing happened to one of my websites. The fonts changed.

I use a program called Artisteer to produce the template that creates the design of the website. The fonts and many other details are saved in a form called a Cascading Style Sheet (CCS). There is apparently a trigger buried or has been hacked into the CCS. This first day of 2019, the script style text fonts in one site changed to Russian or Cyrillic fonts.

Actually, the site displayed a normal Arial style font, but the page was created with a […] Continue reading » Changing Fonts

POBOX Has Gone Berserk

I have been using an email service called pobox.com for four years. It is a purchased service that I began to use to provide a “collection point” for the dozens of email accounts I use with my many websites. It also provided a great email filtering service.

I use a process where I direct all my accounts to their one email address that I use to send (SMTP) and read all the mail from all the accounts at one location.

They use various commercial filtering services which I have noticed add a HUGE amount of header information to all emails. There is a whole […] Continue reading » POBOX Has Gone Berserk

Blognasium is a goner.

He failed an update and when several attempts to restore from the total backup I made (just before the update) also failed, I decided to pull the plug on life support.

Maintaining Blognasium was way more effort and cost than it was worth. It started as an exercise in playing with a cloud based website (Amazon Web Service) and the StackIdeas share-site software. It was a successful experiment and I learned a lot. But with only myself and my two adult children as very occasional visitors, it was unnecessary cost and effort.

I am downsizing the number of websites I support and already dropped my special 3D […] Continue reading » Blognasium is a goner.

Spelling and Saving

I generally use MS Word to compose blogs and other documents. That’s because I have it.

I also have MS WordPad which is free and a part of then WIN10 OS package. The problem for my general use of WordPad is that it does not include a spellchecker. I only use WordPad to read programming or system text files that contain simple formatting. Because text files for programming contain many unusual words and abbreviations, a spell checker can be very annoying. WordPad is perfect for that use.

A spell checker makes me feel secure as I am not publishing simple spelling errors. That’s a crutch, I know. I don’t […] Continue reading » Spelling and Saving

Spoofing Myself

I have been writing about the move of all my websites from one Internet Service Provider (ISP) to another. It wasn’t just an owner and name change. All my website software and all the support software systems that support them, were physically (electronically) moved from servers in one location to servers in a totally different part of the USA.

What that produced was two totally functional installations of all my 15 or so websites in two separate locations. The old files were copied and not erased. This is good practice in case of errors, but created some confusion.

Many of my websites are programmed to send emails announcements when […] Continue reading » Spoofing Myself