I Call It: Sucksimation:Master

The Animation:Master program from Hash is certainly a powerful animation suite. It has a good layout, OK modeling tools, and lots of shortcuts. What it doesn’t have is decent undo functionality. Every little change like selecting or deselecting a point, changing views, and rotating the display all get entered into the history under that little left-pointing arrow; it makes for some pretty frustrating moments when you make a mistake. And the problem could be much lessened if they’d just put a menu in the button, like Microsoft Word’s undo/redo or the back and forward buttons of just about every major…

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Sessions, too?!

Man, the IT department at Augsburg College really doesn’t want anything to happen on their servers. You can see in previous postings the functions they have disabled, but I just tried storing data in a PHP session, and unless I set the variable within the current program file the session had no permanence. They must have set session.gc_maxlifetime to ‘0’ and session.gc_probability to ‘100’, meaning sessions can’t be saved. Either that, or they compiled PHP without sessions (using the –disable-session option). Harrumph. I really need to find a host that didn’t cripple PHP when they installed it.

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More Blocked/Unavailable PHP Functions

I just tried to use the crypt() function in PHP to secure some passwords for my website, with no luck. For some reason, that function is unavailable. Plus I can’t use .htaccess files to control directories, or use PHP to modify/upload files. My current host is really restricitve. I wonder if, even after getting the PEAR DB module (which has been superseded by some other module I don’t remember the name of), I’d be able to connect to a database on, say, my dad’s server, or a friend’s. Considering the security at my server’s location, probably not.

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Gmail’s Down

Gmail went down a little over half an hour ago. I was signed in at the time, and I checked the status of Gmail when my Gmail Manager extension in Firefox displayed an error. Sure ‘nough, I couldn’t access anything in Gmail. All attempts to load Gmail were met with error code 767, which I couldn’t find any information on anywhere. I submitted a lockout report to Google after trying all the alternate URLs I could think of. Nothing works. I’m stuck with no email. Great. Update 8:48 PM: Gmail is back up again. Why can’t we have a stable…

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Overzealous IT Departments…

…can be a real problem. I’m enrolled in 3-D Animation this quarter at school, and I’m using one of their laptops for classwork. Which means I have a Limited user account. Which means I can’t install (most) software. Which effectively means I can’t take the course, since the Animation:Master software required for the course has an annoying requirement of its own: an Administrator account for installation. All I can do is sit and wait for my school’s IT guy to tell me how to install the stupid software on their stupid computer. Maybe they’ll think twice about locking people out…

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Study Day?!

I walked to orchestra rehearsal as usual today. I carried my violin the whole way, like always. Only to find that I didn’t need it. That’s right, the conductor declared a study day, because of some test going on. I didn’t know what test, wasn’t told, and certainly wasn’t involved. And I didn’t have anything to study, of course, so why was I there? Because I always am. What a waste of time! I did get to clean cellos and sort band uniforms, though. That was interesting, but I’d rather have worked on Beethoven’s Fifth…

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The Propaganda War

I’ve known about so-called “bots” on the MSN (now Windows Live) instant messaging network since, well, I signed up. I recently (several weeks ago, actually) set up a hack to Google Talk that would allow me to use that program with the AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! networks. Which means I can talk to the bots again. And that means they can see me. One in particular, called “Spleak” (no link for you, ad-pushers!) is supposedly a virtual person that you can talk to. I have one word that can describe it: unsophisticated. Say anything more complex than a sentence fragment…

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To Whomever at Apex Learning Cares:

Apex Learning: It has come to my attention that your AP Macroeconomics course switches presentation formats in Unit 7. Please, please correct this. Not only is the change irritating, the “new” style is much less usable than the “old” style (Units 1-6). ================ I should send that to them. They’ve changed formats for their presentations. The old ones, used in Units 1-6, were great, with forward/backward buttons for skipping through content, great for review. The “new” ones don’t. Argh! And as I’ve mentioned before, the volume levels are continuing to decrease; I am now at full volume and can barely…

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Wonderful Features, Apex. Not! (Part 2)

As a continuation of “” I post this: Seventh, Apex has used two different narrators for their AP Macroeconomics course. A man and a woman, who alternate units. The man was usually audible, but is no longer in the last unit. The woman, too, was audible, but has been very very quiet the last couple units she did. And the narrator in the AP Biology course is perfectly audible, at the same system volume level. Sounds like some Flash files need to be adjusted…

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Microsoft Dumbernet Explorer

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer program has never had good standards support. Not for CSS, at any rate. Now I find that the new version, IE7, has little better support than IE6, or even IE5. The cause? Badly written CSS parsers and just plain ignorance. Microsoft has had many opportunities to update IE with the new standards, but hasn’t. IE7 was years in the making, and its support is almost worse than IE6.A new website I am developing works perfectly in Mozilla Firefox versions 1.5 and 2.0, but breaks something horrible in IE 6 and 7. The code, validated by the W3C,…

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