Sunday, February 17, 2008

1and1 no longer support FP extensions

We got an email, well, 3 of them, on Fri about mid-day saying that they would no longer support MS Frontpage extensions and after 4 days (a weekend and national holiday included) the extensions would be removed from the servers. We spend a whole day searching for a local copy of Dreamweaver, called friends in other states trying to get someone to overnight it to us....yipes, 3 days now...still searching...finally buy it on the phone from a place in FL for almost 100 dollars cheaper ($309) and add on overnight shipping at extra cost...best we could do.

I just got off the phone w/ 1and1....they told me to re-read my email letter carefully, and note that the only functionality that would not be working after the specified date is the stuff listed at the bottom of the letter. (which does includes forms).

They said, in the States , shared borders and includes (SSI) will continue to work. Not sure outside of the states.

I was in a huge panic as we have about 25 FP sites and all navigation plus more is in includes and or shared borders. Monday is a holiday in the states and they gave me 4 days which included a weekend and a holiday...bummer...no way to treat customers, they could have given us a months notice.
Meanwhile I have ordered Dreamweaver...I dont want MS to leave me in a lurch again.

I am posting this here in hopes that others around the world that are in the same boat will see the extra info the 1and1 tech gal gave me tonight. It was my 4th phone call to 1&1 about this shocking news but tonight was the first time I got this additional info.

L. W.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Helps put things into a new perspective

This article on CNN totally brought me to tears. I skip most news articles but this one's title caught my eye.
Disabled Iraqi children get wheelchairs, big smiles

Beautiful day here, Rain was forecast a few days back. One lone Mexican is working on my house today. I said hey to him. It is Sat. s the total crew works on weekends, sometimes, no one and today, just him.

Terrible news on Friday morning...the web host of about 20 of my sites, some mine, some for others, is deleting all MS Frontpage 'extensions' in 4 days, the email said. This means loss of functionality of all the sites which were built using FP's mini- behind the scenes programs that provide navigation and other shared functions. I wont bore y'all w/ the details, but let me tell you it is both a mental and physical scramble to figure out what to do and how to go about it and how to get my hands on the needed software in warp time.

I called all over the neighboring cities and no one has on hand what we decided (we think ) need. $400 program. Just ordered it on phone. Won't arrive till Tues it looks like, even w/ overnight shipping. Huge mess for us and absolutely freaking unbelievable that 1and1.com would do this to its loyal customers. Give 4 days warning and two of the days are weekend and the last day is a national (why? ) postal and bank and school holiday. I am putting the name of the company here twice, in hopes that they see the results of their unbelievable decision in some google-bombs.

www.1and1.com has done a terrible rotten thing

Thursday, February 14, 2008

HVD


Happy Valentines Day from me to all my readers, faithful or otherwise.
I did not get any valentines in the mail to anyone this year...just no time for it. I may send Summertine greetings instead later on.
OK, that t of the way....

I just got this email from my bro Stephen who is an engineer at large manufacturing plant in Mississippi. He says:

This is a true incident that happened to me today on the production floor.

There is a woman working here that is originally from the Ukraine. She has lived in the states for several years.

She approached me today smiling.

She said, “I was bored this weekend, so I learned the capital of every state.”

I said, “Fantastic. OK well then what is the capital of Missouri?”

She said, “m.”

I looked at her funny and said, “m? I don’t think so.”

She said, “I know it is because I learned them all this weekend while I was bored, I told you.”

I said, “Then what is the capital of Mississippi?”

She laughed and said, “m. The same as Missouri.” while laughing at me.

I said, “Is it not Jackson?”

She said, “No, it is m as well.”

She walked away proud of herself and it took me a few minutes to figure what just happened.
Pretty funny...huh ?

Beautiful weather (if chilly) here. Sunny skies and high is about 60 degrees. Men working on new house. See www.ConcreteCottage.com for latest photos and new videos.

My Scrapbook site has a ton of visitors today and yesterday...as many as 140 at once. Heather counted at as many as 14,000 downloads of one printable valentine !!! See what a great contribution Heather and I make to universal "Love One Another" ! We might get nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize dontchathink ? And maybe a Academy Oscar video award too, now that i think of it.


Gotta run, tons to do today.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Bye Bye to my Sweet Daddy

I used my laptop on the plane to jot some notes to add to this blog when I got to it, which is now so I will paste it in below.

Progress on my house continues. We are suppose to have 3 sunny days in the 70's so they may work thru the weekend, don't know. The workers missed several days due to gloomy weather and of course Tuesday which is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY here. School is out, streets closed off for parades, even the state highway for a while. Mardi Gras is a BIG DEAL here in case you were not aware. I missed it being in Memphis, where no one but me even mentioned it. I wore some little gold fleur-de-leis earrings to Daddy's just to see if anyone noticed and commented about Mardi Gras. They didn't.

Funeral notes: Several church going close friends who attended the very formal service, .... who happen to also be active Christians thought the funeral sermon was a little long. They mentioned getting 'restless'. Of course I would never tell Momma that as she was delighted with it. They also thought the preacher's emphasis on Momma and Daddy's three dead grandchildren was a little over the top in terms of making a sad occasion as sad as possible. Momma told preacher and former pastor of her's , Ronnie Stephens, to "Preach the Gospel" so he made sure that he did. For about 40 min.

They also expressed frustration in not having any opportunity to see or speak to any family members. Understandable as plenty of people went to a lot of trouble to come to the funeral, and plenty from out of town too. I asked momma way back when , couple months ago, when she told me how she wanted the funeral to be handled, "What about the close friends who want to see you?" she said "Tell them to show up at the house in a couple of weeks and bring food then"...

Motorcycles are roaring outside. My next door neighbors are here from out of town in full force. Some older guys, nice guys from around B'ham mostly, who own the house next to me on Hardwood. I went out to say hi. Told them I thought it was thundering :o)

OK now--plane text pasted in:

Blogging from up on high. I'm in the air, flying back from Memphis to Mobile after Daddy's funeral. Momma had planned out the funeral some time in advance. It was just the way she wanted it but not necessarily what we children would have planned. No visitation either before or after the service, one rather formal hymn, and long on sermon. It was fortunate and unexpected that Momma's and Daddy's favorite and former pastor was in Memphis from his home in Budapest. He did the funeral which just 'made Momma's day'....

The rain and tornadoes held off so it was nice and warm and dry at graveside where only immediate family was there at Memorial Park. Momma and Daddy had gone ahead and bought a couple of plots up front near Brewer and Harry's Dad's graves.

Cary, my sister from Knoxville had flown in to Memphis a day or two before Daddy died. When his breathing became very shallow the skilled nursing dept called in the paramedics and ambulance. etc to take Daddy to the hospital but Cary stopped them from doing that. No matter how many 'do not resuscitate' and 'no feeding tube' orders you give or sign off on, if you are not on site when the time comes, they are gonna ignore your wishes. It happened twice, once in hospital and at The Village. Anyway, when Momma and Cary woke up the next morning, Daddy had died in the night. Poor Daddy was so bad off the last few months, worse all the time, so it is a real blessing that he went like this.

I am sitting next to, or maybe we are in the same seat, hard to tell, very small place, a black girl with a bad cold. But she is being considerate and facing her window for all the cold related activity and most of the flight.

I feel lucky to be on this plane. When I went over to the Village library to print my boarding pass, I discovered that my NWA reservation had evaporated. It took me a while to locate a phone number, and I had to jump thru phone hoops till I started pressing zero repeatedly and a human answered. Coming to Memphis, I drove for aN HOUR And half to Mobile and was in thick traffic when I got a call from NWA that said my flight out was canceled. I spent the day at Mobile airport. They put me on a flight out about 4:30. I tried to get them to give me some FF miles and the best I could do was getting a voucher for $10 at the airport snackbar. They were out of onions, so no hamberger or hot dog for me. They wouldn't let me get aq magazine, so I got a 25 cent bag of hot and spicy cheks-mix for $3.00 of it and two Baby Ruth's with the rest. I took those to Momma for a surprise. I sat at a snack bar table for a couple hours re-doing my address book that I brought along just in case there was an occasion such as this. It is full of outdated 20 yr old entries.Or was.

I asked the NW voice this morning that if a outbound flight is monkeyed with due to cancellation, etc..if the return flight reservation was auto-canceled and she said no, but could offer no explanation for mine being deleted. She said Shit Happens...no, not really :o) But anyway, I'll remember in future to ck in at desk and reconfirm return flight reservations if my outbound is ever canceled again.

There were tornado sirens most of all late yesterday aft in Memphis area and a slew of real tornadoes really did tear up some stuff, kill people and do a bunch of horrible damage.

Here is another tip....on this flight, just now, I found out that the male stewardess did not make w/ refreshments to the rear of the plane and he apologized on the microphone. But...I had hot steaming coffee in row two....so ask for front of plane seat on a tiny hot dog plane.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mississippi Legislaters Want to Erradicate FAT


Mississippi Pols Seek To Ban Fats
New bill would make it illegal for restaurants to serve the obese

FEBRUARY 1--Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282, a copy of which you'll find below, is the brainchild of three members of the state's House of Representatives, Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows. The bill, which is likely dead on arrival, proposes that the state's Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with Mississippi's Council on Obesity. It does not detail what penalties an eatery would face if its grub was served to someone with an excessive body mass index.

Wonder if the waitresses will do the Special K pinch to determine BMI. Or if they will have hula-hoops in various sizes for measuring girth based on age or height.

I guess this means the Subways and McDonalds inside Wal-Marts might face a huge loss of business or pay up.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Memphis Bound

My Daddy died last night. I'll be heading to Memphis and it looks like by car. I've ck'd all he flights, even did Priceline where I don't get to specify a time or route but the only offer was too close to full price and about 3 times what driving costs. But worse, if I had agreed to there price I might have had to go thru Detroit or something and leave at 6 a.m. (which as we all know means leaving G.S. for P'cola about 3:30 a.m., no thanks). If Priceline had accepted my offer , which was what I paid to fly in December, then I'd have clicked the --OK button, and hoped for the best, but they didn't.

Luckily, Cary is in Memphis already. She flew in on Thurs or Fri and had planned to stay a few days. Momma pretty much already has all the funeral details figured out ahead of time, but she and Cary don't know when Lisa and Henry get back from Costa Rica, and haven't called the church yet, so don't know if funeral will be Mon or Tues.

The carpenters are outside hammering like crazy. They are putting the top decking on the floor joists. Sunny but chilly day. Should warm up to about 70 I'd say in mid-day which is great for all the Mardi Gras parades. There are tons between now and Fat Tuesday, which I won't be here for.
Last year, I rode on the Chamber float on Mardi Gras day. There was a parade last night and they'll be all day on Tues, plus Wayne Toups and his band are playing at a free concert (dance?) in Orange Beach, compliments of the Chamber. The big snafu down here is somebody scheduled voting day on Mardi Gras day. Big mess. The kids are out of school, streets are closed and parades are everywhere. Voting has had to be moved all around from the usual places and no one will have voting on their minds anyway. They did some kind of early voting thing on account of it, but I don't remember the details.

Well, gotta clean house, pack, etc..

Poor Daddy was so reduced to a mindless skeleton almost so his passing is a blessing. Good thing Cary was around to stop them sending him to hospital when his breathing got so shallow. The Village had already called the ambulance but seems Cary intervened. Doesn't matter how many 'do not resuscitate" and 'no feeding tubes' papers you sign, seems if you are not on site then there is a good chance it is gonna happen anyway.

I'll post photos of how it looks from up on top floor of house on www.ConcreteCottage.com later today.