Have reinstalled XP a couple of more times. One of these times it will be perfect...
Still having problems wrapping my brain about the whole administrator versus user thing, and why it frelling matters on a single user machine. I don't plan to share my machine, so why should I set up a separate account for me that I would just give admin privileges to anyway? On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be any way to make the administrator account part of the domain, whereas a user account with admin privileges can be. The Administrator account can still see the domain, so I don't know if it makes a big difference. Feh.
Went over to MapQuest last night, and discovered that they've removed two features that I liked, one of which I used a lot. The big one is that they've removed the option for displaying a bigger map than the default. There used to be a button atop the zoom controls that would display a map that was actually large enough to be useful. It's gone, and the underlying functionality seems to be gone, too, as a couple of stored maps I had don't work anymore. I used the feature almost everytime I used the site, so I am very dismayed at this development. The other thing that's missing is the option to show an aerial photo of the area in the map. This was more neat than useful, but I liked the feature a lot.
They have a feedback mechanism, so I used it to enquire what happened. Here's their reply:
Dear MapQuest visitor,
Thank you for your email.
This feature is not currently available on the MapQuest Web site. No additional information is available at this time. We will add your comments to include this feature to our suggestion box. These suggestions are used to evaluate future improvements to the MapQuest Web site.
Please contact GlobeXplorer, our vendor for this feature. You may call them at 1-800-417-7808 and ask for their sales department, or visit them on the web at www.globexplorer.com.
We appreciate your comments about the recent changes to the MapQuest consumer Web site at www.mapquest.com. We will forwarded these comments to the Web site producers. Thank you for your patronage of MapQuest, and keeping us posted on your experience.
They feel that the removal of the large map is an "improvement." I presume the GlobeXplorer thing has to do with the aerial photos, but I wouldn't know, because their web site refuses to operate unless you are using Internet Explorer 5.0 or better. You can get to the home page, but any pages after that refuse to load in Mozilla. Morons! They also have a feedback form, so I will be letting them no my opinion of their site after I calm down some.
Normally I don't get involved in fannish kerfuffles, because I am a big believer in the theory that "It's just a TV show." It just ain't worth getting aggravated about. However, today I am cranky, so when I read this statement in another LJ,
"People aren't comfortable with slash and watch this show?"
it raised my hackles. I never heard of slash until I started hanging out with the Buffistas, and I had no problem enjoying the show in question, or any of the other fannish shows. To be honest, the emphasis on slash in a lot of show threads actually tends to drive me away from discussion, because most of the time I just don't see it, and I don't find it interesting. So, still not comfortable with slash, and yet I still watch the show and enjoy it. Imagine that.
It's goddamned cold outside. Yesterday at lunch, it was pleasant, sunny, temps above freezing. By the time I left work, the temperature had dropped twenty degrees, and the wind was howling, with gusts that were pushing my truck all over the road. Feh. Ready for spring any time now...