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  1. Janet H

    And we're back - Techist Updates and Account Help

    About Xenforo - There are some fundamental differences between vBulletin (old platform) and our new platform you need be aware of. Conversations versus Private Messages: XenForo Conversations are different than vBulletin Private Messages. vBulletin PMs are all individual messages, even though...
  2. Janet H

    And we're back - Techist Updates and Account Help

    Change the view and find Help - Links in footer The default view of the site is light blue but a dark view is available. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look in the left corner to find the style chooser - icon is a paintbrush Links to rules, Privacy and TOS are in the lower right corner
  3. Janet H

    And we're back - Techist Updates and Account Help

    A few days ago Techist was closed and merged with computerforums.org . The forum software was updated to a new platform; Xenforo Version 2 Lots of change! The site looks different but most basic forum functions are the same although buttons and switches are located in some new places. Login...
  4. Janet H

    Forum Update/OFFLINE July 28-29

    Not by default although there may be a plugin that would provide this function... researching.
  5. Janet H

    Forum Update/OFFLINE July 28-29

    Next Tuesday and Wednesday the forum will be offline as we move to a new platform and integrate members and content from ComputerForums.org into Techist.com. We began this process a few years back but stopped when the landscape of forum software changed. Our current platform is an ancient...
  6. Janet H

    Forum Update/OFFLINE July 28-29

    Next Tuesday and Wednesday the forum will be offline as we move to a new platform and integrate members and content from ComputerForums.org into Techist. We began this process a few years back but stopped when the landscape of forum software changed. Our current platform is an ancient...
  7. Janet H

    Whats happening with the Forums.

    Yes. We are moving to XF. I'll post up a new thread about the details. It's a complex move and won't be without some bumps but it's a good step and we MUST leave our aging platform behind. :cool:
  8. Janet H

    paypal as payment option for my website.

    https://stripe.com/ Do some reading. They can process credit cards, handle transfers etc. My own experience with both paypal and stripe is that stripe more secure and more configurable.
  9. Janet H

    Forum update this week - SSL

    This week you will see a small change in the address bar of your browser as we move to an all SSL platform. (more reading here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS) For a long while now the forum login pages (where password info is passed) have been secure (httpS) but as noted by many, the rest...
  10. Janet H

    Forum update this week - SSL

    This week you will see a small change in the address bar of your browser as we move to an all SSL platform. (more reading here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS) For a long while now the forum login pages (where password info is passed) have been secure (httpS) but as noted by many, the rest...
  11. Janet H

    Unable to access threads after Firefox updates

    I'm sorry you're having trouble. You might try purging your cookies and cache and seeing if that solves the issue. Windows 10/chrome here seem to be fine.
  12. Janet H

    Roll call

    Here ... Getting ready for Halloween
  13. Janet H

    Seizure watch

    Such a thing exists. https://www.empatica.com/ https://smart-monitor.com/ There is also an app for ios (watch) https://www.epilepsy.com/article/2018/2/new-seizure-alerting-application-available-apple-watch
  14. Janet H

    Did you know that USPS deliver on Sunday?

    If you like you can also get a pic of the package as delivered from amazon ;) https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202132680
  15. Janet H

    Account login Security change

    I wanted to let you know that in the next day or so you may see a small change to the site login screen. This is being done as we add an extra layer of security to usernames and passwords. The login pages, registration page and pages where you might update your account login info will be behind...
  16. Janet H

    Account login Security Change

    I wanted to let you know that in the next day or so you may see a small change to the site login screen. This is being done as we add an extra layer of security to usernames and passwords. The login pages, registration page and pages where you might update your account login info will be behind...
  17. Janet H

    Anyone left?

    Still here as well ;)
  18. Janet H

    Got ddosed at home, what should I do?

    Good luck with that... The simplest and cheapest way to deal with this is to file a complaint with the guys isp as it's likely that their terms of service prohibit malicious use of their bandwidth. They may be willing to intervene. Router resets, IP bans and simpler solution may provide some...
  19. Janet H

    Random Chit Chat

    It's actually still in the works although there was a delay to be sure. We've begun test migrations and I'll post an update when we're ready to go for it. :flowers:
  20. Janet H

    Site Merger with Techist

    Yes - despite this project going slowly it is still in the works. We have done a few test imports and are working to address bugs with that process.
  21. Janet H

    FB has banned my current account...

    I think they have a new algorithm to do this... I got a notice about this a couple of weeks ago demanding the same info - funny thing is that my FB account has my real name.
  22. Janet H

    Potentially the longest thread in history...

    Re: Hi ya Janet H ermm... no thanks. Sounds awesome - maybe with a glass of merlot ;)
  23. Janet H

    Https://cf

    No.... We recently made some security changes and this is why you are seeing a change.
  24. Janet H

    Potentially the longest thread in history...

    Re: Hi ya Janet H I'm here. Did you bring me chocolate? Dark please... ;)
  25. Janet H

    Site updates and Mobile App Changes Today

    Over the next couple of days we are going to be making some changes to the site to improve security and stability and you may see some slow page loads as systems update. App users in particular may have trouble connecting until service providers and app installations update. There are some...
  26. Janet H

    Site updates and Mobile App Changes Today

    Over the next couple of days we are going to be making some changes to the site to improve security and stability and you may see some slow page loads as systems update. App users in particular may have trouble connecting until service providers and app installations update. There are some...
  27. Janet H

    Happy turkey day!

    I use this as well - fabulous and frees up the oven for pies ;)
  28. Janet H

    Few tips about building backlinks

    +1 Placing/using deliberate backlinks (as suggested in post 1) is the definition of spam. Spam sucks.
  29. Janet H

    Happy turkey day!

    and... doing dishes. Lots of dishes.... :rolleyes:
  30. Janet H

    Whats this all about?

    Maybe you need to add more quarters?? ;)
  31. Janet H

    Andy and Janet

    Ads are served up by google based on a variety of parameters.. past viewing history, page content and geo location are just a few. If you think one is bad or serving malware we need to contact google about it and need info to do it. The url of the ad or problem image and a screenshot. Please...
  32. Janet H

    Forum Outage Wednesday Oct 7th 10 PM

    We are going to be doing some server maintenance on Wednesday October 7th and expect to be offline for about an hour beginning about 10 PM Eastern time. Thanks for understanding. :)
  33. Janet H

    Forum Downtime Wednesday Oct 7th 10 PM

    Hi Folks - We are going to be doing some server maintenance on Wednesday October 7th and expect to be offline for about an hour beginning about 10 PM Eastern time. Thanks for understanding. :flowers:
  34. Janet H

    "Social Knowledge" communities UI problem

    lolol - good find. It's probably been that way for quite a while. We'll get it fixed.
  35. Janet H

    Jammin on my guitar

    I mostly play steel string acoustic and have a little band that plays around. The classical stuff is what I do to keep my fingers in shape and improve technique. It's hard to play cleanly, imo and I need all the help I can get :o
  36. Janet H

    What You've Just Bought!

    Re: The What You've just Bought thread! I just got a nice new platform for my dog to play on.
  37. Janet H

    Jammin on my guitar

    Nicely done - somehow I missed this thread earlier. I play a bit as well but not electric. Here's a clip...
  38. Janet H

    Thoughts about a Merger!!

    There are some differences between the two sites as noted but I think they are complementary. CF is a bit friendlier - social and Techist is a bit tech heavier. CF would benefit from the elevated tech talk and techist could use a little more social angle. If the two sites were identical there...
  39. Janet H

    Calendar

    Should be fixed now...
  40. Janet H

    Printing emails

    When you click on print your print job usually comes up in a new window. Look at the printer options. You can select which pages to print....
  41. Janet H

    Site Merger with Techist

    If you do some googling regarding the saga of vBulletin you will discover the reasons. The saga is long and sad. Here's a good primer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VBulletin 3.8 is a stable build and works. version 4.x was by all accounts a disaster and the jury is still out on vB5. vB 5 is...
  42. Janet H

    Site Merger with Techist

    It is possible but another option might be to change the limitation over at TF. In that case post counts would go up ;)
  43. Janet H

    Site Merger with Techist

    Vbulletin has a quirk... when you make posts your counter increments upward but if one is removed or two posts merged (leaving one) the counter does not go down. It is extremely likely when the sites are merged that the post counters will be updated. That is, your actual number of posts will be...
  44. Janet H

    The future of Tech-Forums

    A few answers to earlier questions.. All accounts will be moved to the single new site. Where are are duplicate registrations with the same e-mail address, they will be merged. We may need to build a tool to allow a member choice about which ID to retain. Where there is some question about...
  45. Janet H

    What You've Just Bought!

    Re: The What You've just Bought thread! New phone here last week. It turns out that you can't actually drive over a phone (twice) and expect it to hold up. Note to self: don't put phone on bumper while hitching up camper.... At any rate I got a screaming deal on a Sony Z3 which I like quite...
  46. Janet H

    The future of Tech-Forums

    The other site, ComputerForums.org is just getting used to the idea..... going slowly here ;)
  47. Janet H

    Will you upgrade to Win 10?

    Poll answer = no. Next question; How do I get the !@#$% icon out of my system tray w/o disabling all further notices that use the same code?
  48. Janet H

    Site Merger with Techist

    That there was no official notice here may be my oversight. The site team was in the loop quite some time ago as was the team over at Tech-Forums. We posted for members there sometime ago as well, I thought that a similar post had gone up here. Tech Forums folks are also still getting used...
  49. Janet H

    Purge visitor messages?

    These have been removed.
  50. Janet H

    Site Merger with Techist

    It is the case that the two communities will be merged and the goal is to have a more vibrant site with a wider range of topics as well as some new features. Tech Forums has historically been more hardware related than CF and so the two sites should be a good fit. Over the years, site teams...
  51. Janet H

    Someone got 1000 posts....

    Cool beans - that's a lot of posting :)
  52. Janet H

    The future of Tech-Forums

    Forums are about community participation, imo. Updating threads and posting interesting content are the very reason for the existence of a forum as opposed to a bloggy news platform. The site team role is a supporting one in this regard. Forums are interactive - they run on the energy...
  53. Janet H

    Random Username Generator

    Try this one - pretty cool Grab a cool username - random username generator two spins and I got: quizelement and juggleboudin Both have possibilities...
  54. Janet H

    An IBM Thinkpad in 2015!

    I am a thinkpad user and have had a whole series of them over the years. My current laptop is a ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Can't say enough good....
  55. Janet H

    Google Plus

    My guess is that you have some settings misconfigured within the hangouts/google plus. Start a new chat and then look for the settings icon (looks like a gear). Then check your mic and camera settings - often depending on your device you have several options available.
  56. Janet H

    Miffed!

    Or... overtime ? I would contact them about this and see what can be done. The decision was probably made by a big city bean counter who cannot imagine that internet access can be a real challenge for some. You are essentially being marginalised as an employee. You either pay yourself...
  57. Janet H

    This is a pigsty

    Please check your account settings. It looks like you have selected hybrid viewing mode which mixes up content when the quick reply option is used. Linear is a better and more accurate viewing method. The posts in that thread are actually in chronological order when you have linear selected.
  58. Janet H

    New Mobile browsing option | Mobile skin

    We have a new browsing option to view the site while on mobile devices. As you know the forum has a mobile app that you can download and use for mobile browsing but we now have a second option as well, with no download needed. The forum has a new mobile view that you can select or unselect...
  59. Janet H

    New Mobile browsing option | Mobile skin

    We have a new browsing option to view the site while on mobile devices. As you know the forum has a mobile app that you can download and use for mobile browsing but we now have a second option as well, with no download needed. The forum has a new mobile view that you can select or unselect...
  60. Janet H

    [spoiler] tags. This is for help...

    Interesting factoid - some years ago dropping links in white text was a spammer favorite ploy and the reason that links are always underlined in some color other than the background. We still see this used occasionally for trolly posts - totally passive aggressive. It's still possible to hide...
  61. Janet H

    Why is the minimum character limit there?

    Re: Why is the minium charector limit even there? +1 ten characters
  62. Janet H

    Why is the minimum character limit there?

    Re: Why is the minium charector limit even there? LOLOL - best example, ever :lol: Interesting topic. And as noted we don't all agree about the need for the restriction. But this was one of the same reason we initially built the thanks tool - to avoid threads full of +1 type comments. I am...
  63. Janet H

    How will local authorities and Government benefit from updating operating system and technology?

    Not sure about scanners specifically but I worked for a city for a while and found the biggest problem was that you could only use software loaded on their server and were forbidden to load software on your local machine. The software they had was limited. I was responsible for their...
  64. Janet H

    My turn to be on the injured list

    Did it come with a bell? :D
  65. Janet H

    Early Xmas gift

    Hunkering down with startrek over the holidays sounds perfect! Thanks for the suggestion :)
  66. Janet H

    What Are You Currently Listening to?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI1JmsCSVnk&feature=youtu.be&list=LLs_uDYq0WFa6FG4bmyfoe_A
  67. Janet H

    Pesky adverts

    If you are logged in you should not be seeing adverts....
  68. Janet H

    Christmas Avatars

    The red cap is up now in the header ;)
  69. Janet H

    Skype alternatives?

    Google hangouts work well for video calls. You can also set up a google phone number which is especially helpful for overseas calls where band width may be limited - free. If you want IM try google talk which is rolled into hangouts now.
  70. Janet H

    Tech-Forums.net Advertisments.

    afaik we have no ads running when are logged in although some display if you are not logged in. You might consider running malwarebytes on your system and see if you have some adware clogging up the works...
  71. Janet H

    Birthday is not showing up on site...

    You might check your privacy settings ?
  72. Janet H

    Cynthias new picture...

    Google can keep you cool ;) http://www.slugterra.com/
  73. Janet H

    Login Troubles

    Yes. Thanks.
  74. Janet H

    Login Troubles

    Are you having login issues as well?
  75. Janet H

    Login Troubles

    Are you still having a problem with this? we had an addressing glitch over the weekend but I believe it is resolved...
  76. Janet H

    Log In Issues

    ^ this should fix the issues.
  77. Janet H

    Ok, so this might get me into trouble...

    Interesting reading here: https://www.avforums.com/threads/vbulletin-review-how-internet-brands-have-killed-off-vbulletin.1855705/ https://theadminzone.com/threads/vbulletin-5-connect-a-facebook-forum-hybrid-or-frankenstein.97533/ https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.vbulletin.com
  78. Janet H

    Ok, so this might get me into trouble...

    There's a lot of flux right now in what platforms are available for forums. There are a couple of fairly new platforms coming down the pike that deserve a good look. IPB and in particular XenForo. Most developers have a favorite... This board is on the latest STABLE version of vBulletin and...
  79. Janet H

    Log in issues today

    We use cookies to keep you logged in at page changes. My guess is that they are being purged and you get logged out.
  80. Janet H

    Log in issues today

    Yes - that was my experience as well.
  81. Janet H

    Log in issues today

    I wanted to let you know that we had a server glitch today that caused some folks to receive an wrong password notice when they tried to login. It should be resolved now. It was entirely a goof on our part and you should be able to login now. I apologize for any inconvenience. If you are using...
  82. Janet H

    Log in issues today

    I wanted to let you know that we had a server glitch today that caused some folks to receive an wrong password notice when they tried to login. It should be resolved now. It was entirely a goof on our part and you should be able to login now. I apologize for any inconvenience. If you are using...
  83. Janet H

    Interview the person below you

    A: I think it's good thing. With the shut down and/or defunding of some other high visibility accelerators, we've lost important platforms for knowledge expansion. Really, really short sighted, imo... Q: If someone dropped a perfectly good, rocket hot laptop out of a 2nd story window and you...
  84. Janet H

    Kaspersky = Scareware

    um... it might be true but this specific page is not news - it's client solicitation, imo.
  85. Janet H

    Help me in choosing shared hosting

    Well... yeah it is. When the board has spammy links google downgrades our ranking and we attract fewer readers. When we have spammy links regular members are annoyed and stop logging in. If someone wants to post links to their FOR PROFIT biz, we consider that advertising. Advertising should...
  86. Janet H

    Feedback on website

    You need to use a color blindness simulator to check your site. here is one but there are many more: Colorblind Web Page Filter I agree with many - lose the livid green ;)
  87. Janet H

    Slow boards?

    Sorry for the slow downs to day. Our data center is experiencing trouble (for hours now) and some folks have slow loads, others have no service - refreshing may help as you may hit another connection as they reroute traffic.
  88. Janet H

    USB Protection on the go

    Good question! You can buy a Flash drive with a write protection switch. Get one with a physical switch and be sure check the switch position before connecting to an unknown machine. here's one manufacturer, but there are more: Kanguru SS3? USB3.0 Flash Drive With Physical Write Protect...
  89. Janet H

    Non active members on tech-forums.net

    We don't remove inactive accounts in general and storage space is a non-issue. We've had members return after many years and dumping their accounts is .. well.. sort of unfriendly. That said, I've changed up the member list display a bit to make it more useful. While you can use the advanced...
  90. Janet H

    Big Cash For Old Retro Phones

    I have a closet full of old phones - maybe I can raise some dough. I've had a bunch -but two favorites that stand out are a MicroTAC 650, An Ericsson T28 and my all time favorite phone, a PEBL (unlocked, international version) LOVED that phone! Decent phone - small, and so totally touchable...
  91. Janet H

    Forum downtime later today (Thursday)

    We are going to be doing a some server work later today and the board may be unavailable for 10 or 15 minutes. The ETA on this is 7:30 - 8:30 Eastern time. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.
  92. Janet H

    Forum downtime later today (Thursday)

    We are going to be doing a some server work later today and the board may be unavailable for 10 or 15 minutes. The ETA on this is 7:30 - 8:30 Eastern time. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.
  93. Janet H

    Pathology Report

    Awesome news!
  94. Janet H

    Thread read still show as unread

    I'm not seeing this... Can you try emptying your cache and see if it resolves? If not we'll need to start some trouble shooting.
  95. Janet H

    May we have saved responses

    With most browsers you can use the back arrow to recover content that you put in the reply editor ;)
  96. Janet H

    Issues posting pics

    really? here's a large one...
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