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03/10/12

  07:23:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 287 words  
Categories: General, Quicken/TurboTax

Doing my Taxes for 2011

So, again this year, I bought TurboTax Premier 2011 as a download from Amazon.com. But, then on February 15th, my Windows 7 computer crashed. Or rather it auto updated and wouldn't boot. After a couple weeks of various attempts to fix it, I've written it off. Hopefully, my backups were good...and I'll eventually get around to rebuilding that.

In the meantime, I fired up my XP VM...installed Quicken Premier 2012 and recovered a backup of my Quicken data..and had been continuing to use that. So with likelihood of getting Windows 7 running in my home again anytime soon, being low. I reinstalled the recently purchased TurboTax Premier 2011 into the VM debated when I would make a start.

After the initial update, it noted that on or before March 8th, there would be another update. So I decided I would defer to then. I had intended to pop on to HRIS sometime before then to check something, but I didn't remember that I needed to do it until after I took the system down for planned weekend upgrades. As it was, there wasn't anything I needed from it anyways.

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03/01/12

  09:01:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 133 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

March is Essential Tremor Awareness Month

Link: http://www.essentialtremor.org/National-Essential-Tremor-Awareness-Month

In late December 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives officially designated the month of March as National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. We invite you to get involved in helping us raise awareness in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. With 10 million Americans alone affected by this life-altering condition and a general lack of public understanding, we need your help to spread the word.

What is Essential Tremor?
Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment. Learn more about ET.

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02/05/12

02/04/12

  07:22:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 284 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Travel, Storage

Dropbox offers up to 5GB of free space to anyone willing to go beta -- Engadget

Link: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/03/dropbox-beta-5gb-free-space/

I was just wishing, I had a little bit more space in my dropbox....when I came across this.

This is also gives me the excuse to play around with my new camera lens. An smc Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL.

Wonder if I should still take both lenses with me when I go to Gally?

It does make we wish to add an smc Pentax 70mm f/2.4 DA Limited to my setup as well…. Also wonder if there’s a Pentax K-01 in my future....

Additional note about my new lens....I added the usual filter to it, a B+W 49mm Clear UV Haze and some what unusual, a hood.... 49MM metal lens hood for Pentax.

After which, I learned that a 58mm cap fits the end of the hood nicely....so I bought a Promaster SystemPRO White Balance Lens Cap - 58mm.

But, this then means that the Camera Buckle Lens Cap Holder; for 62, 49 and 40.5mm Lens Cap Sizes that I had gotten wasn't sufficient anymore. Though it never really was, given that one side is blocked with on my strap...so I guess it really worked out that I needed to add another one of Camera Buckle Lens Cap Holder; for 67, 58 and 52mm Lens Cap Sizes to my strap as well.

62mm is the cap size of my Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 lens....which is now the other lens that I'm debating if I should bring on my trip....

Meanwhile...I'm wonder where one finds a lens chamois these days.... Think I at least have a recent lenspen somewhere. Also I discovered that the online storage part of my Eye-Fi cards aren't working....probably has to do with the great password reset at DreamHost.

http://db.tt/8sC6ZtO <-- Bonus .5GB signup link.

02/01/12

  06:59:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 276 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

Restless Leg Syndrome Awareness Week

Link: http://www.sleepassociation.org/index.php?p=rlsawarenessweek

According to the American Sleep Association, this week February 1-7 is Restless Leg Syndrome Awareness week. Or, Willis-Ekbom Disease...which is the corrected name of the condition.

OTOH, according to the RLS Foundation...the awareness week is September 16-22?

Anyways....I've probably had Willis-Ekbom for years....I remember the weird something crawling under my skin sensations back into childhood, and I recall being told that I was a kicker in bed. I used to tuck the sheets in extra tight all around me, in an effort to control things....these days I don't do that anymore, but I need to have the weight of my comforter on top of me to sleep.

I also had a peculiar problem where the area around my feet would wear out faster on my sheets than anywhere else. One year, I put off checking for a long time, and eventually wore through the heated mattress pad underneath. That was a cold winter, with no working mattress pad.

Was annoying, because it is one of the few mattress pads out there that doesn't have the cord connection on the top surface of the pad...where my constant moving feet are going to keep bumping into it all night.

Then last year, I saw a new doctor, and before I said anything, he asked if I was on anything for my RLS. Now I'm on Ropinirole (Requip). I'm using a heated mattress pad that has the cord connection point on the surface, but it doesn't bother me as much and I things seem better. Though sometimes things still do shift. Also, the dose is mainly to treat the condition at night, I still have the sensations in the day time....

01/30/12

  08:33:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 218 words  
Categories: General, Digital Photography, b2evolution

A website is born

Link: http://thechens.ws

Well, I did it. I built the replacement site to http://www.chen-online.net. The site is at http://thechens.ws

The Chen's Web Site

Stumbled on the domain name, by chance....just typing Chen variations that might work as a new site, and .ws (web site) &#59;&#68; was offered as an available suggestion. After mulling it over for a while...and then finding 'cause to move lhaven.net, I threw in the order for the new domain while I was at it.

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01/23/12

  11:39:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 250 words  
Categories: General, Healthcare

Rare Disease Day 2012

Link: http://rarediseaseday.us/

Somehow slipped my mind that this year would be a leap year.

Guess that makes it appropriate that Rare Disease Day will be on February 29th this year.

About Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day is an international advocacy day to bring widespread recognition of rare diseases as a global health challenge. The day is celebrated on the last day of February every year and this year will be observed February 29, 2012. Learn more about the History of Rare Disease Day, Past Successes or the Goals and Plans for this year.

Anyone can be involved in Rare Disease Day and there are many suggested activities. The day has been established as a grassroots advocacy day and we encourage everyone to participate in some way.

This website focuses on Rare Disease Day activities in the U.S. To learn what’s happening around the world, go to the global Rare Disease Day website at rarediseaseday.org.

What is a Rare Disease?

In the U.S., a rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 people. This definition comes from the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 and is slightly different from the definition used in Europe. There are nearly 7,000 rare diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans. In other words, as many as one in ten Americans are suffering from a rare disease.

Besides dealing with their specific medical problems, people with rare diseases struggle to get a proper diagnosis, find information, and get treatment. The rarity of their conditions makes medical research more difficult. For 2012, our focus is solidarity.

01/22/12

  04:49:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1 words  
Categories: General

Technorati Update

  04:08:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 179 words  
Categories: b2evolution

b2evolution 4.x reporting to central antispam blacklist

Link: http://b2evolution.net/about/terms.html#antispam

After the upgrade from 3.3.3 to 4.1.2, I was troubled that I wasn't seeing submission responses for reporting spam to b2evolution's central antispam blacklist.

I finally dug into the code this morning...and figured out the problem...here's my quick fix:

PHP

--- antispam.ctrl.php.orig   2012-01-22 12:00:01.000000000 -0800
+++ antispam.ctrl.php   2012-01-22 11:54:59.000000000 -0800
@@ -121,+121,11 @@
          $Messages->addsprintfT_('Deleted %d comments matching &laquo;%s&raquo;.'), $rhtmlspecialchars($keyword) ), 'success' );
       }
 
+      if( $report )
+      { // Report this keyword as abuse:
+         antispam_report_abuse$keyword );
+      }
+
       if( $blacklist_locally )
       { // Local blacklist:
          if( antispam_create$keyword ) )
@@ -138,11 +143,@@
          }
       }
 
-      if( $report )
-      { // Report this keyword as abuse:
-         antispam_report_abuse$keyword );
-      }
-
       param'request''string''' );
       if( $display_mode == 'js' && $request != 'checkban' )
       {

This is because in the "blacklist_locally" section it says:

// We have EXITed already at this point!!

I suppose the alternative is that local backlist and reporting are mutually exclusive, so don't blacklist locally if you want to report? Though the interface should reflect this.

Though this behavior change seems related to antispam action can be via a javascript popup in some areas.

Wonder if this is why the amount of data coming from the antispam blacklist each week dropped off a lot in the last year or so....while the amount of spam has been ever increasing....

01/16/12

  05:18:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 417 words  
Categories: b2evolution

Blog Software Update to 4.1.2

Link: http://b2evolution.net/news/2011/11/05/b2evolution-4-1-2-stable

So, following the upgrade of my other b2evolution site from 3.3.3 to 4.1.2, and having the burst of wakefulness when I should be going to bed...I decided to start updating this site to 4.1.2.

I think I was almost done, except for updating my custom skin...but I forgot. If that's all I had left or if there was something else. But, I uploaded what I had done. And, figured I'd get some sleep and switch over in the morning....

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Well, I switched in the morning...and it didn't go as well.

I had forgotten to update my skin, plus not all parts of the site (only one), was actually using my custom skin. The rest was pointed at the former custom-custom skin. Which had been updated when I overlaid 4.1.2...so it wasn't right. I switched everything else over...and that kind of go things working.

But, I wanted my customizations to the current custom skin....so I noted the diffs, and applied them to the new skin. Some of it worked, some of it didn't...the rest of it was just a mess.

Turns out some of the div classes/ids had changed, so my dynamic elements couldn't find the elements it needed to make things work. At least it didn't blow up. Also the css changed...so I had to figure out how to remake the tweaks I had done before. The stock custom skin is a fixed width skin, while my custom skin is a variable width skin. So, there were css elements that don't work in a non-fixed situation.

Now that I had upgraded, I wanted to check out some new-ish plugins. Main two, reCaptcha & socialbuttons. The old captcha image plugin had broke a long time ago...and I don't know why I didn't replace it. I turned off the broken parts at least.... Don't know how well the new reCaptcha works or doesn't work... registered users are exempted &#59;&#68; Hmm, I seem to have fewer smilies, I only added back in the ones that I had added...didn't diff to see what had changed between 3.3.3 & 4.1.2....perhaps I need to now.

But, next up was the socialbuttons plugin....that required a bit more work to get working .. you can read about it here.

Meanwhile, now that the twitter plugin is working, wonder if I should turn off twitterfeed? The new b2evolution, does a sort of url shortening, but its internal...doesn't use my Yourls service, like twitterfeed does.

And, it seems notification is or something core is broken.... because I'm getting emails from cron_exec.php

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