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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

eBay Best Seller Award

The Award

Not an official award, but wanted to give kudos and special mention to RBGameHunter on eBay for all of his help in getting me up and running.

The Situation

Ten months after my last move, I decided it was time to pull out my Atari 800 and get her up and running again after about, well, spending 24 years in boxes. To my disbelief I could not find it... anywhere. Hmmm!?

The Background

In my growing years, I'd learned to hang on to things in the thought I may need it or it may come in useful some day. Not having a lot of money growing up, you learned to make due with what you had. Over the years, I got better at not doing this (as much), but still held on to a lot of things I grew up with. During my last move, I tried minifying my 'collection' a bit by throwing out some boxes containing stuff I hadn't touched in decades. One of these was a fairly large box with some very dated wires and cables. What I'd forgotten was, under all those old wires and cables, sat my original Atari 800 and its XF551 drive.

The Rescue

I discarded my disbelief and set to buy a replacement -- online I went to eBay. After eyeing several Atari 800 systems, I queried, does it "have" to be an 800? I looked at other variations, and the 800XL appeared to be an excellent replacement. Still dubious, as I eyed an 800XL with the Buy It Now option, I submitted a question to the owner in hopes I was on a good track. I was shortly set at ease as the owner of RBGameHunter on eBay answered my initial pre-purchase question thoroughly, after which, came a multitude of followup questions for which each and every one was put to sleep. Reassurance was through the roof. I've never had an eBay seller go to such extents to help with a purchase.

In my book, it is very rare to find a seller who actually cares about what they're selling as much as they care about who they're selling it to. Customer Service at its finest!

The Finale

Now that I'm getting my Atari legs back under me, it's time I get to seeing what's on all these other 5-1/4" floppies I've got in my box. However, this may keep me going through September 'cause I've got about 50 of them, all of which are double sided (most by way of notching the disk with a hole punch).

Keep up the great work, Robert! You've got a very satisfied and guaranteed repeat customer.


My new Atari 800XL with 1050 drive ... Success!


Two things up front that I love about the 800XL over my original 800:
  1. BASIC is built-in (no need for the BASIC cartridge you see in the image).
  2. It hooks up directly to my 24" flatscreen monitor. No more need for my bulky 13-channel TV with rabbit ears and the screw-on adapter! (Which was also a victim of my last move.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dedicated IP and SSL

Got my first SSL Certificate installed on my new dedicated IP for my personal site at kdcinfo.com. I've still got some work to do, such as converting all internal references from http:// to https:// (or // rather), then I'll need to convert the entire site to be secure (https://), likely via htaccess.

My purpose for doing this was two-fold:

1. Supporting the "HTTPS Everywhere" endeavor.

2. So my Facebook app, Guess-Right-Guess will run again... it stopped working due to Facebook's response:
Secure browsing is not supported
This application does not yet support secure browsing (HTTPS).
...and, well, now it is, and now it does.

I'm also looking to convert some of my more recent app-little-cations to Facebook as well, so this will help them as well.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mobile E-Mail Apps (July 2014)

After getting my first 'mobile' phone a month back - yes, I finally made the jump into the current decade - I figured I'd see what reading my personal e-mail would be like. Below are my findings based on trying out each of the four e-mail applications provided by my web host.

All findings were based solely on my Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 using Chrome 36.0.1985.128

RoundCube - 0.9.5
Good for deleting e-mail after e-mail, one after another, click, click, click.
Setting: Preferences -> Displaying Messages -> After message delete/move display the next message
Note: Could not change settings in mobile.
From main mail list - Just highlight one, then click delete, delete, delete.
Also after this setting is made, when viewing an e-mail, deleting it will move you to the next.
Difficult to read e-mail (see note below).
Landscape - Message section of screen was vertically squished
Portrait - Message section of screen was horizontally squished
Note: This was better after changing the User Interface Skin, but prefer the default skin for desktop version.
Setting: Preferences -> User Interface -> Interface skin: Classic
From main mail list - Cannot move to other folders (you can drag, but they don't drop).

SquirrelMail - 1.4.22
Decent for reading mail.
Good for deleting mail groups of e-mail - check, check, check, delete.
Good for moving mail to other folders - check, check, select folder, move.
Con: When page refreshes (which is after any mail action is taken) the screen rezooms back out (if you had zoomed in).
Acts just like desktop version with no mobile quirks.

@Mail - 1.05
From main mail list - Could not find a way read e-mails. Double-clicking adjusts zoom. Clicking "Read Mail", even after selecting an e-mail, refreshes the page.
From main mail list - Could not find a way to delete mails.

Horde - 3.3.13
Only has mobile (text-only) version (not necessarily a bad thing).
Initial main mail list is chronilogically reversed (latest mail is at bottom). You can reverse sort date by clicking # at the top of the list, but expect screen to rezoom.
Can only delete mail while reading it. Cannot delete from main mail list.

Conclusion -
For me, although I've grown to prefer RoundCube over Squirrelmail for my desktop mail reading, despite the potential frustration with rezooming, I'll likely be using SquirrelMail for my traveling e-mail mass delete/reading activities.

Side Note: Regarding my desktop preference for RoundCube, I do go back to SquirrelMail when I want to do a global folder search through e-mails. SquirrelMail allows you to search across all mail folders for your search criteria. I also miss all the message highlighting I had setup in SquirrelMail. But Roundcube's interface just has something over SquirrelMail which I find more suitable for my daily mail activities. Plus, in Roundcube, if your inbox is selected, the browser shows the number of unread mails in the browser's tab, so you can check for new mail even when the browser is minimized.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Form-a-Form Online Service

With regards to my form-a-form online service <kdcinfo.com/db/form-a-form/>:

Due to people forgetting they signed up for this service as a subscription, and my getting chargebacks (for $1.95 no less), despite it being non-refundable, and despite the contract they signed with the PayPal subscription service, I have discontinued this service until I can find a better method for providing this service.

Please thank both PayPal for not protecting the seller and honoring their contracts, as well as people who don't understand what a subscription is.

If you have questions or suggestions with regards to this, please feel free to comment either here, or on the form-a-form main page.

Thank you and sincerely,
Keith D Commiskey