spiritchrysalis: (pebkac! (help desk / IT))
As I may have mentioned elsewhere, I have regularly been receiving alerts about possible links to malware on my friends page. Malware from [sweepstakes*and*contests*info(dot)com, asterisks added to not replicate the original address], to be specific. This time it appeared right at the top, and with a little finagling, I was able to see who has posted since I last checked and didn't receive the malware alert on that page. Those users/journals are:

[livejournal.com profile] davis_square (posts by by [livejournal.com profile] miss_chance and [livejournal.com profile] closetalker11)
[livejournal.com profile] mindways (whose posts I've seen recently and don't seem to be triggering the alert, so likely not him)
[livejournal.com profile] _dragonwolf_
[livejournal.com profile] akiko
[livejournal.com profile] audioboy
[livejournal.com profile] drwex

At present, my suspicion is that it's the Davis Square LJ or, more likely, one of the two posters on it. I'm pretty sure I've seen posts from DragonWolf and AudioBoy without issue, and less sure about Dr. Wex and Akiko.

Just FYI.
spiritchrysalis: (RigelThessaly)
As of a handful of days ago -- oddly enough, since about when my Google+ account was suspended, but I don't think the two events are related -- I've been experiencing an odd GChat bug.

No matter what I do, my GChat status lists me as Busy to other people, with absolutely no status message. I can try to change it to any number of statuses in the Available or Busy category, either custom or provided, and it doesn't change what other users see. The only time I'm now listed as available is when my iPhone app IM+ overrides my status and lists me as Available on my phone.

This happens regardless of what machine I'm on, what OS I'm using (as far as I can tell), or what browser I'm using.

The closest thing I've found to a comparable bug is this:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Talk/thread?tid=4f2c52fc3f08b397&hl=en

That has more to do with being stuck in Available mode, however. A few days ago I found a thread about being stuck in Busy mode which I can no longer find (and didn't save, sadly) which seemed to indicate that updating one's version of Java would help, leading a Mac user to say that they couldn't use that fix as Apple has its own version of Java. Even so, I've cleared the cache from my browsers and made sure I'm not logged in elsewhere, and it doesn't seem to help.

Anyone have any ideas?
spiritchrysalis: (RigelThessaly)
(Signal boosting.)

Seems one of the updates LiveJournal recently included is a list of your city and country in any post/comment/community that has IP logging turned on . . . including all retroactive submissions to LiveJournal.

http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/67287.html -- A mention of the original feature.
http://scrollgirl.dreamwidth.org/802150.html -- An explanation as to why this could be troublesome for some, including being able to narrow it down to a much smaller location.
http://helens78.dreamwidth.org/1077748.html -- A specific mention of the city/country listing as being retroactive.

I'm not saying that this information wasn't more or less available before. I'm saying that it's now effectively being handed to us, rather than giving us the tools to (relatively easily) find it ourselves.

Displeased.
spiritchrysalis: (pebkac! (help desk / IT))
Reinstalling my IM client didn't fix the problems I thought it would. In addition, my laptop has been having issues with the desktop mini-quitting and having to redraw the files and locations. I've trashed the prefs file and am starting over, so hopefully the problem is fixed.

If I haven't responded to an IM at all or a particular piece of information, please ping me again. I swear I'm not ignoring you. Thanks!
spiritchrysalis: (LainCurled)
Something seems to be up with my IM client on my laptop. I'm going to try to uninstall and reinstall it today, but if you've sent me an IM and I've not responded, that may be why. Hopefully that'll be resolved today.

(This may explain why I was becoming paranoid about having done something socially unpleasant . . . not everyone was getting my IMs!)

Addendum: I've reinstalled. IM on!
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
This was brought to my attention through [livejournal.com profile] jadasc. Thank you.

A recent LJ exploit, described here, may have changed the security of your topmost LJ post and released the e-mail address associated with this account to the attacker. LiveJournal seems to think it's pretty mild, all things considered, but you should check your post anyway.

It happened to me. Whee!

Oh good.

Aug. 6th, 2009 12:01 pm
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
For peoples' reference, the error I receive when trying to post to Facebook is, "Transport error (#502) while retrieving data from endpoint `/ajax/inline_comments.php': Unknown HTTP error #502."

Huh.
spiritchrysalis: (wanttodie)
For a moment, Twitter and LiveJournal were down, and Facebook wasn't letting me send Wall updates.

I thought to myself, "I should tell people! . . . oh . . . wait . . ."
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
If everything goes well, our house will be switching from Comcast to RCN tomorrow afternoon. As of then, all e-mail that goes to my Comcast address won't reach me. The best address to reach me will be at GMail.
spiritchrysalis: A facial image of Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena: sad, pained, and resigned. (Torment)
All of the mail in my GMail work account is gone, save 10 messages in the Trash.

My chats are still around.

I followed the step-by-step help, with no luck. (I don't forward.)

I looked at account details, and didn't see any suspicious activity as far back as I could see, but it only showed the several times today I tried to access it.

Ack.

Ideas?

Addendum: Similarly, a whole slew of e-mails in my personal account were in the Trash for no good reason . . . but only a random assortment???
spiritchrysalis: (Default)
So! Comcast vs. RCN. If you're a local Boston user, what do you think? We're looking at a TV/phone/Internet bundle?

I've heard two negative reviews of RCN so far, one local and one in NY. I'd love to hear more information in the next day so we can make our decision tomorrow.

(Additional note that Blue Rose has had or heard bad experiences about RCN.)
spiritchrysalis: (RigelThessaly)
My phone seems more or less unable to find its wireless grid at the moment. (This seems to be a change from this evening, when I made multiple calls.) I've been trying to call the number necessary to update the tower listing on the phone but, well, no ability to find the wireless grid = no ability to update tower information.

So I'm not sure how long I'll be without a cellphone. It might resolve itself on the T; it does sometimes do that after losing a connection underground and regaining it. If so, I'll be uncontactable when I'm out of the house. Sorry about that.

I'll post again when I know more about the phone.
spiritchrysalis: (RigelThessaly)
Late last week, I bought myself a Playstation 3 60gb (so that it would have the "PS2 inside" and be handling PS2 games without software emulation, and PS games at all). Stock of this item is almost nonexistent; it's not being made by Playstation anymore, and most stores are simply sold out of this model.

So I did what I always would have done when I worked at Circles. I found a company offering a brand new, factory sealed version of the item, checked their Better Business Bureau rating, and purchased from them.

This company was VPC Computers, Inc. in Anaheim, CA. Maybe it should have tipped me off that they had a Yahoo! Online Store, but they had a good BBB rating, so I trusted that.

(I'm currently on hold with the BBB in Anaheim, by the way.)

Their website took me all the way through the purchasing process, going so far as to offer me an order confirmation to print, which I did, and a tracking number. But I never received e-mail confirmation of my purchase despite them clearly having my e-mail address correct. I called today make sure the order went through as the website claimed it did.

I spoke to a sales representative who claimed his name was Ali Khalaj. Before even checking my order number, he told me there was no possible way I had bought a PS3 60gb from them because they hadn't had any in stock in at least the past week. Unlike most Customer Service or Sales representatives, he also sounded unabashedly unapologetic about this happening, mostly because (he claims -- and may be telling the truth, I don't know yet) I haven't been charged. According to him, they run every credit card purchase manually, and since the order didn't go through, the card wasn't charged.

Now, if I haven't been charged, it makes the situation a good deal better. But still. They offer items on their website that they don't always have, and will run you through the entire purchasing process including taking your credit card information and offering you an order number and printable order confirmation without ever contacting you to let you know the item isn't in stock and you won't be receiving it. And when I pointed out that this wasn't good business practice, his response was, "We're not a good business!" Throughout the phone call he seemed completely nonplussed as to why I would be upset if I wasn't charged, said that sending an order confirmation is not confirmation of purchase. And when I went so far as to say that I wasn't even looking for compensation at this point (since it was clear they wouldn't offer it and would claim I didn't deserve it anyway since I never spent a penny), just someone to get on the phone and tell me they were really very sorry this happened and to reassure me that they'd look into a way to contact people via e-mail when the item was sold out, he said the people who could do that were "unavahlabale" (just like the item was 'unavahlable') but that they would take my contact information and have someone call me back. When I asked roughly when, or who, they wouldn't supply that. There's no way they were going to call me. If they wouldn't contact me when the item was out of stock, why would they contact me about this?

I've called the BBB, and they think this is a valid misrepresentation case. But I still want my friends to know about this. Don't buy from these guys. They don't care whether you know if you've bought something or not, and you mean nothing to them unless you've given them your money.

Addendum: In case others are wondering, I found a new PS3 60gb on Amazon from a seller called the Peoples Books. They have a 96% satisfaction rating with 547 reviews in the past year, and over 2800 reviews during the lifetime of the business. I think it'll be ok. And it's ending up basically the same price!

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