Quickie: About a year ago there was a cool [livejournal.com profile] lj_nifty[1] post about easily adding feeds to an LJ friends page using Firefox. I linkspammed it but the walkthrough I meant to write never happened. Today, [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker has written such a walkthrough and made it seem even easier:
1) open a tab and type about:config in the address bar.
2) type ContentHandlers in the filter box.
3) Choose one of the feeds you don't use (Yahoo, for instance).
4) Replace the Title with "Livejournal"
5) Replace the uri with http://www.livejournal.com/syn?url=%s
6) Shut down Firefox and restart.
7) Done!
Combine that with the screenshot on the Nifty post and that, Firefox and a paid account is all you really need. This has of course prompted me to finally getting around to doing that in the config file for this laptop, really ought to start cataloguing all my little hacks and tricks for whenever I switch machines semi-permanently.

On that subject, can anyone remember what you change to turn off that annoying "taking too long to respond" error page and replace it with the pop-up error box that doesn't lose the content you have managed to load? (Our wireless is being a bit flaky on occasions, most annoying).
[1][livejournal.com profile] lj_nifty is a fairly quiet comm for sharing little tricks and tweaks to make LJ work better, normally fairly user-friendly.
I am, as I'm sure is well, a remarkably modest man. I would, for example, never dream of having a category tag for my journal called 'showing off', for that would be vulgar. And that the most popular item under discussion in the most recent [livejournal.com profile] news post, and being linked to and discussed all over the site is my idea is, of course, something that merely provokes a modest smile.

For I am a humble and modest man. Right?

So, I'd like a favour from you, my friends and readers. )

Oh, you can send PMs to each other on site now, and select who can send them to you. You might want to go turn on e-notifcation of them, it defaults to off. And for those of you that hate the message centre, the direct link to just your inbox is right here. *cough*A certain person has a message waiting*cough*
How great am I? You don't know? Things to cheer you up on the train home, a notification in your inbox from [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica entitled DRUM ROLL:
This suggestion has been planned for implementation. Please watch the [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases community for updates.
I knew what post it was before I opened it, but it was nice to be sure. So that's two fixes from one suggestion.

I'm still of the opinion that the concerns about trolls editing comments are missplaced, but those that run LJ abuse disagreed--we've come up with a way to get around the problem. I reserve the right to bitch about them messing up MY idea with poor implementation, but, y'know. I rock!

ETA: Changelog entry detailing how it works:
Bullet point summary of implementation--paid users only apparently )

Oh, had a great night out, met [livejournal.com profile] nhw in the Melton Mowbray and talked SF geekery and politics with a bunch of people, was rather nice. Time to sleep now methinks.
Reasons to read [livejournal.com profile] the_lj_herald #XXVII
the_lj_herald: News Flash: upcoming changes and staff changes:
Users will be be able to filter their entries according to their security settings by appending security/friends, security/public, security/friends or security/group:customgroupname to their journal URLs. Style System 1 users will see filtered pages in the style that is used to display their tag pages and not in their own styles. This new feature may or may not be available to all users.
Expanded on by the volunteer who wrote the code, [livejournal.com profile] ciaran_h in the comments:
As the maker of the security filtering patch, I'd like to give you a bit more info...

You'll actually be able to filter by adding /security/public, /security/friends, /security/private, or /security/group:customgroupname to the URL, in the same way as you can something similar with tags.

more explanation )
Has to be said, especially as I'm planning on re-exporting soon, theis'll be a great feature, finding all your locked posts quickly will be very useful.

Reminder: The Herald is run by a bunch of non-staff anonymously (I think I can name one of the eds, but I'm not going to), and tracks a huge number of sources to round up any significant announcements in a nice friendly format. Definitely worth reading, especiallyif you don't follow any other LJ comms.
Those of you using the usericon replacement code I mentioned here may find this comment (and the follow on thread) by the always helpful [livejournal.com profile] burr86 of use:
Aha. Modify your code -- every time there's a "padding" statement, make it "padding: (whatever) !important"? Now that I dig into it, we added a little padding next to the lj user icon, and your CSS is conflicting with ours.
I've got ma Daleks back--I'm updating my previous post now.
Email from Tom Steinberg of MySociety. They've been adding a few things to various sites. Including TheyWorkForYou.

Added a lot more of those entitled to speak in the House of Lords. Of course, some of those people only speak once or twice a year. This one might be considered a must have:
[info]hm_queen
takhisis is sick. This I know. She linked to a story. On verywrongslash. It was to do with the new moderator who volunteered to help out in a bit...

ETA: Um, yeah, silly new LJ toy, explained here.

I have no idea why it chose that sort of randomness. If more show up, it's because I got error messages, and there appears to be a delay anyway...

Actually, some good stuff in that release, it's worth going to turn of virtual gifts as well (because I don't want a virtual can of pepsi thankee kindly):
http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/
I've now got 34 userpics allowed. They've introduced a loyalty scheme, the longer you have a paid account, the more you have. Oh, there's another silly gift scheme; my usual "give it to charity" request applies if anyone was tempted.

Weird; why does getting more userpics cheer me up? I didn't care for them at all for ages, I only used 3 and was happy. Now I have 34, and 15 blatently wasn't enough. This may tempt me to keep the paid account next August. They may have to do a bit more though.

So, I get to choose more do I? Really ought to get around to sorting out how to insert text properly with the GIMP.
The Pub Philospher (who I recommend as an enjoyable read):
Not many people know that Valentine's dayRead more... ) Wallenstein made a fortune from selling his cards across America and a new tradition was born.
Worth reading the rest as well. Meanwhile, back in LJ land, [livejournal.com profile] rho, who I found after she linked to something I wrote, is having a poetry day:
Roses are fluorescent green
I hear people sneering
At my failures in
Genetic engineering
Did I mention I'm a cynical bastard most of the year anyway? What, exactly, were you expecting today?

Oh yeah, the LJ gifts thing? Agree with [livejournal.com profile] rho; if you know me well enough to want to give me a virtual gift, then Amnesty are here and Internation Red Cross/Crescent/Crystalthingy is there. Just tell me, I'll be happy. Or just give me money, I'm skint. But virtual flowers in my U-info? Some like it (I sent some, $1 to cheer a friend up is something I can just afford at current exchange rates), but me? Nope. If someone gets $10 gifts in two weeks, they get 2 months paid time, which usually costs them $5. Nice way to expand the business model Danga/SixApart. I'll pass, thanks. Someone let me know when there's an opt-out live?
Or, alternately, you're now the proud user of a proper 'blog' with your own unique (sub)domain. LJ are giving some bollux due to a vulnerability in, um, FireFox, but that's not relevent. Why is this really important? Pagerank and Google.

What they've done to your username and links )

Implication? Well, us LJers have a tendency to link to each other a lot, which means that when we do from now on, the person we link to has their pagerank with Google go up. It's a perpetuating circle over time.

So, anyone want to propose our first Google Bomb? For an example, try jelly bellied flag flapper; that one was set up less than a week ago, they can filter through in 2 or 3 days.

Update:

More on googlebombing and how it works )

So, do me a favour, exercise in silliness. Copy this into a post or onto any web pages you may have access to:
<a href="http://matgb.livejournal.com/77989.html" title="Google bomb">Google Bomb</a>
and, if you've got some spare links in your links list, put the link (http://matgb.livejournal.com/77989.html) in there titled 'google bomb'?

Just a thought exercise, there are some pretty weighty sites up the top there...
I noticed this morning while browsing livejournal using Opera Mini on my mobile (well, free GPRS roaming, might as well install a proper browser, right? - [livejournal.com profile] mapp? It's great).

I thought it was a browser thing, but it's now on all my feeds; they've changed the feed icon from that old radio dish into one the same as Firefox's live bookmark icon. [livejournal.com profile] nolittleengland for example.

Pretty. As I'm mentioning feeds, again (I've got 156 of them now!), how about this post on [livejournal.com profile] thesharpener, written by [livejournal.com profile] jarndyce about everyone's favourite nasty Thomas Hobbes? Meestor Blair is quoting him. Approvingly. That's wrong. And for Exeter residents, [livejournal.com profile] mp_bradshaw_exe is your MP. Watch the bastard, he's not impressed me much since I voted for him in '01.

So, if you've got a java enabled mobile phone, search the mobile web for Opera Browser, and then you can go anywhere you can with a normal PC. How cool is that?
Must read [livejournal.com profile] boingboing_feed more often.
/\/0 7R35P455!/\/6 )


Both from another Worthy contest. Lots of pics on that page, takes awhile to load for us dial-uppers...

I've been making new filters and adding more blogfeeds (again). I really do like the LJ syndication features, RSS readers take an age to load feeds on dial up.
I was trawling LJ maintenence, and someone linked to this:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml

The top half is all the recent comments on your journal, but the bottom half is all the comments you yourself have made, all in one simple place. Useful when notify emails aren't working due to LJ's server switchover.

Oh look, 6.19am. Methinks I'm going to be dead at work today, and then collapse this evening. Short of nuclear war, don't ring/text me tonight? Thanks muchly.
Hmm. First, I said I'd never get one. Then, I made one with the intention of mostly using the account for commenting. Then, I got a bit carried away and started posting regularly, using it to arrange weekends away, meeting up with people and even, at times, following the news.

I discovered LF-feeds and filtered friends page views, I kept on adding people, and even started adding people I didn't know who interested me. Even more weirdly, people started adding me who I didn't know, they actually find me interesting! Weird.

I've got back in contact with old friends I haven't seen for years, I've crossed the country on the strength of something I've heard about on here, I've even had a brief fling with someone I mostly communicated with via LJ. And I've paid for my account, and regularly add more RSS feed accounts using the paid features.

Obsessed? Moi? I think not. Only, um, it's getting to the point where I'm talking my friends into setting up LJs so I can keep in touch with them, it's just so much easier. Obsessed? Um, maybe.

Essentially, LJ isn't cool because of what you post, or what people comment on your journal. It's cool because of the friends page. I can spend entire evenings just trawling LJ. I'll be honest, that sometimes scares me. Fun though.

So, my journal is over a year old. It's got me back involved in politics, it prompted me to set up a 'proper' weblog, and it's created a huge source of time sinking procrastination. It's even got me laid. I think the last part is the scariest bit...
List seven songs... )
Tag 7 people to keep doing it? Ok, I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] stonefox84 and [livejournal.com profile] johnwordsworth. Who's from Bude. So it's only fair to tag [livejournal.com profile] susannah_banana, what with her being a famous DJ and all (Hi Suze!). So, having tagged a DJ, how about a club promoter? [livejournal.com profile] ollyb. Meh, bored with explanations. [livejournal.com profile] nadriel, [livejournal.com profile] tiredstars, [livejournal.com profile] faeriecween, [livejournal.com profile] aliennurai and, um, [livejournal.com profile] lithium_doll, but only because she keeps proclaiming she's not a goth so I want to know what she does like...

The value of my blog(s)... )
It measures how many blogs link to your blog, but only those that ping www.weblogs.com, which I think is only paid accounts on LJ. A mention of a named lj user (like [livejournal.com profile] matgb) links to the /users/username not the username.livejournal so you don't get links to there. But still, tis suitably silly.

Oh, happy birthday today to [livejournal.com profile] daweaver, tomorrow to [livejournal.com profile] _mindrape_ and the day after to [livejournal.com profile] rx_ritalin. On that, can a non-paid user tell me what they get when they go to My LJ Portal? Sheer curiosity.
So, Lj sets up a facility so you can, if you chose, list what school or university you went to. Not a bad plan, I like it. So do lots of other people.

Some people though, don't get the point. Did any of these people really study at Hogwarts? And I really doubt this lot are from the Unseen University.

I despair at times. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking for the links...
Sunday, Vs and Exeter )

Work was OK today, the owner/company founder is visiting tomorrow, so the MD dropped a few hints that I really ought to tidy my desk. Um, he sort of had a point; paperwork that's been there since June? Oops.

Wargaming at Rob's, the usual Monday night... )

Overall, I'm in a good mood; not sure about Deitmar's visit tomorrow; he's the owner of FTi Touristik, the parent company of LAL group, which owns TLC. Except for the small point that his first company was TLC, everything else he built on top. Be good to meet him I guess.

Anyway; this post brought to you by the LJ email gateway, not that I'm checking out the new functions or anything...
I just rang work, the first kids are in the air already, so it's looking like I can have my normal day off and travel up to Exeter. Happy me.

All I have to do now is have a shower, eat food, get dressed, get in the car and drive up. I have, um, 75 minutes to do all the above except the driving if I'm to be there on time. Hmm, maybe ought to get started? Nah, kettle's just boiled, and Just a Minute is on the radio.

In other news, the beauty of a paid account is the creation of new RSS feeds; and in doing so finding existing ones I didn't know about. I don't think I've got that carried away... [livejournal.com profile] independentnews, [livejournal.com profile] independentcomm, [livejournal.com profile] indybooks, [livejournal.com profile] indyeducation, [livejournal.com profile] indyfilm, [livejournal.com profile] nosemonkey, [livejournal.com profile] perfectcouk, [livejournal.com profile] chickenyoghurt.

I especially recommend Nosemonkey's Europhobia and Chicken Yoghurt. Plus, I can probably dump the Grauniad feed now I've got all the Independent ones. All are in one of my public filters.
Well, I was bored, ran out of things to browse, read every news story that looked interesting, used my first ever Slashdot mod points, so decided to play around with my LJ settings.

Look: [livejournal.com profile] matgb

What I've done with my journal )

Can people say if they have problems with it and if so which browser they use? It's an error in an LJ approved layout, so I'll need to harass them to fix it, but it would be good to know; alternately, it might just be my crappy PC acting up.
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)

British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

Likes comments. Especially likes links. Loves to know where people came from and what they were looking for. Mostly posts everything publicly. Sometimes doesn't. Hi.

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