"There is no doubt that our nation's security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities."

Arlen Specter

Monday, February 6, 2017

Maybe it's fixed, maybe it isn't.

There are some indications that whatever was happening at Google to mess me up are no longer in place.

I don't know for sure that the blog is fixed, but the email account is no longer sending me messages from myself that I have never seen before. Maybe that is a good sign.

I've reactivated the interaction functions.  I still have comment moderation on, and I still have this set so that anyone can comment, including anonymously.  I have to keep the anonymous function for folks like Jana, Troy, Captain Crunch et al who don't want a google account. Lately, I can't say I disagree with them on that issue.  I'd dump blogger and go with another blog program, but I just don't want to have to go through learning a new program.

So we'll see how it works. Several people have mentioned to me that this may not have been an accident. I just don't know. I rather doubt anyone would go to the trouble of messing with my blog, there aren't that many people that read it. But these days, it's easy to be paranoid.



Just to be sure everybody understands, when I was talking about not having to be nice to people I don't like, because I am retired, I was talking about the people in my old company, before I retired. Apparently I gave someone the impression that I meant "everybody."  The only facet of that today is the fact that I don't publish comments which are clearly intended to be obnoxious, or which attack other people who comment here. There's nothing egalitarian about my blog and I don't have to publish comments from anybody I don't want to. (Here I go again, being the hateful old codger I guess.)

ANYWAY: If I publish your comments it means I like you and I respect you, even if I don't agree with you. If I don't publish a comment, I think that person is a  jackass and don't want them on my blog. 99.9% of the comments I don't publish are clearly originated by Trolls.

 Sometimes, I lose comments. I lost a bunch of  them this weekend. So, if you write a comment, and don't see it posted, let me know at philipnolan1953@gmail.com

Hope the blog is squared away again.  I'd hate to have to start a new one and abandon this one. And if I did, and the problems were not accidental, they'd just start up again on my new blog.....




33 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. You got through with no trouble, Tim. That's a good sign.

      Delete
  2. the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. RY RY RY RY RY RY

      I also remember the phrase from middle school typing class. a pangram. Also used in cryptology as a test vector for hash and encryption algorithms to verify their implementation and to ensure alphabetic character set compatibility.

      Coming through loud and clear on this end.

      Delete
  3. I understand it's technology, but these issues seem to happen to a fair number of folks on a regular basis. I find it discouraging that there seems to be a "man behind the curtain" somewhere who is judging everyone else's stuff/thoughts/concerns. So much for a free society. Another reason why I don't have a blog, although I can frequently think of stuff I would like to ramble on about.
    Glad you are back on track. I don't comment often here, but I read frequently :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suz, it would be nice if you did do a blog. I enjoy reading other people's thoughts and concerns. I've made a lot of good friends through blogging, and learned a great deal. Of course, I have made a lot of enemies too, but as long as they don't find my location, and launch a ground attack in numbers greater than 60 ( I only keep three AK-47 magazines loaded , and only 20 rounds in each of those) I don't suppose the not so nice folks represent much of a downside. ;-)

      Google and Facebook are renowned for kicking people off their systems if they don't express slavish deference to the left. Most conservative bloggers are like me. I use the sardine defense. There are so many conservative bloggers, many of whom command big audiences, that the small fry like me aren't worth fooling with. So I hope, anyway

      Delete
  4. You know, thats one of the things I admire about you - you can disagree with someone but still respect them. Too many people are quick to discount those who disagree with them. Intelligent, rational, articulate, diasgreement is a great thing...it's too bad so many people jump straight to ad hominem attacks and the like.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A good exchange of ideas keeps a blog from getting dreary. In all the time I've been blogging, there's only one fellow I quit talking to. He was a great guy most of the time, but if he posted late at night, he could be really rude and unpleasant. I just quit going there, although he had a good blog, and that solved that problem.

      Back a few years ago when I tried to engage some European wing nuts in conversation, I found out the folly of that effort. I was warned beforehand by several other people who blog that they knew these individuals (or this individual) and I was about to make a big mistake. I went ahead and it was a big mistake. I never really figured out if it was multiple people, because I was told that the different nom'de plumes who were attacking me and everybody else on the blog were all used by one British guy. I know this is at least partially true because he later emailed me and mocked me for falling for some of his "characters." The whole thing was depressing and I don't talk with "trolls" at all anymore. That was a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

      Delete
  5. I hope your blog doesn't give you more troubles. I sometimes have times where blogger is a pain in my ass. It happens. I don't think anyone would mess with it. If anything they could totally duplicate your blog, then it could get shut down because blogger wouldn't know who the original creator would be. That happened to me once. YIKES it was scary! I don't know that one person could control your comments. Technical glitches happen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some bad things can happen, that's for sure. My youngest brother had somebody hack his email account, and they sent a really vulgar, disgusting message to everybody in his email address book that looked like it came from him. You can imagine how embarrassing that was. One thing that unnerved me a bit this weekend was I started getting emails from harryflashman. They were mostly just characters, like something got mixed up in transmission. That has stopped now. I changed the password on the account, thanks to advice from Greg, and now the blog is working and the email is working. But I have had things get messed up when Blogger was doing some upgrade or other, and those resolved themselves too. Like you, I don't think this was anything caused intentionally by malevolent individuals, but I guess I will never know.

      If somebody gets the password to your account, they can change all your settings, post comments that look like they came from you, anything you can do they can do. That's pretty frightening. I think I am going to start changing my passwords periodically. I haven't been doing that.

      Delete
    2. I change my passwords if anything like that happens too. I also see where the email is coming from. For Example: I sometimes get emails from the "IRS", "Paypal" or something else, but when I view the email it's not IRS's or Paypal's. They just want me to click to get my information to rip me off. It's usually a yahoo address that isn't legit.

      Delete
    3. Almost all the spam I get is as you describe, it says it's from FECEX or whatever but when you look at the email address it's some bogus thing. I am going to change my password more frequently and just keep a book with the changes in it. I have been lazy and careless about that.

      Delete
  6. Glad you are not shutting things down here. I think a bunch of us would miss you if you did. As for problems regarding comments and messages it may be an issue with the fact that you are using both a computer and a tablet to access your blog and Gmail accounts and they may respond differently to each device. I would not discount someone trying to be a jerk and messing with you, but it could simply be the different browsers in your different devices are conflicting with the pages you are accessing. I know on occasion will loose an email I am working on, right in mid sentence and will find it in the oddest places under sent, drafts, deleted or "all" within the Gmail page. Some times not at all and it just disappears in to the ether. Hope it is all sorted out now. Hang in there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do use the Kindle (android) and the computer (windows 8.1) on the blog, and I guess there's plenty of potential for conflicts. I will just use the kindle to check in but will only use the computer to actually work on the blog. That makes good sense. The Kindle is almost impossible to use for anything on the blog except reading comments, because it's so hard to peck out words with a stylus one letter at a time on the Kindle.

      It seems to be working ok now. But every time I get on I hold my breath....

      Delete
  7. Really enjoy your blog, and glad that all is well again. I especially liked your "sardine defense" comment today. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, Hilogene. The sardine defense is the one you use to console yourself when you have no other defense! There are so many of us, the big fish can't eat us all...

      Delete
  8. I am glad you are back. I somehow killed my computer and it has taken the local tech almost a week to put it right again. He uses different programs than me and so now I am trying to figure out how to run them and where he put some stuff. I kept track of you with my kindle fire....didn't realize i could do so much with it until I was forced to use it instead of my computer. I would miss you very much if you left, Harry

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If this blog was so messed up I couldn't use it, I would probably just start another one and take up there. Of course, if the problems weren't some kind of technical glitch, that would be an exercise in futility.

      I like my little Kindle for reading books, and because I can subscribe to several of my magazines on it, and keep the issues without having them stack up in the house.

      I don't like having to learn how to use new programs. That's why I haven't gotten a better computer with Windows whatever it is now.

      Delete
    2. FWIW, I had no choice but to buy a new laptop when my last one died last fall. Got an HP with windows 10 for about 250$ at Best Buy. I was reluctant to try the new technology but had no choice at that point. I must admit it seems to work quite well and have not had any major glitches since. Transition was easy and the learning curve was minimal coming from Windows 8.

      Delete
    3. that's good to know. I have been looking for a new laptop with a DVD drive for some time. I spent most of "Black Friday" trying to buy one on line. But every time, after I laboriously filled out the order and did all the credit card stuff, as soon as I hit the process order button, the web page at Best Buy, or Amazon, or whoever I happened to be working on at the moment, would come up and say that product was out of stock for on line sales, and they recommended "computer X" which invariably cost three or four hundred dollars more than the one I tried to buy.

      It's good to hear that the new windows will be easy to transition to, because I know I will have to do it eventually. I just hate having to learn all new things about computers, I don't do that much with them.

      Delete
  9. Welcome back.

    I'm knocked all kattywhumpus with the flu, so I might not be posting much.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry. I know the flu is running rampant. Georgia has declared an "epidemic" condition. For whatever that's worth.....

      Delete
  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Glad things are working out okay for now:)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Everybody with a good technical knowing can hack your computer and can so also find your home in the wild.You are not protected at all and probably you are surveyed.
    Jack

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jack, that's kind of a dismal prognosis. I suppose it depends on what I mean by protected. AVG has been good about catching the tatty little viruses that I pick up from time to time. I suppose somebody with some expertise could hack the computer, but why would they bother? I saw that movie "Snowden" and even before that, I knew Uncle Sugar was reading the mail and listening to phone conversations. I don't like it but since there's nothing I can do about it, I don't obsess on it. As for finding me, I've been blogging for years, and it has happened at least twice that I know of. Once it was a friend, and he did it by looking at things in the pictures I posted. I'm more careful these days about that. The other time was a bunch of not so nice people in England, who got mad at me because I was positive about Israel and waded into a big blow up on an Israeli blog that these guys caused. They got my phone number, I have no idea how, and called me at all hours of the night. I got a new phone number , unlisted, and they never bothered me again. I don't know how they found me. But even if they had cashed in the deposits on their beer bottles and come over here to make good on their threats, they would have just wound up enriching the soil in the gully near my house.

      Now, my thought is that most of the trolls I get are pimply adolescents who don't represent a threat, or sociologically depraved individuals who never leave their mom's basement. They don't worry me much either.

      I am certainly "surveyed" by the pot chopper which flies over my meadow ever so often. They can't believe that in the middle of the deep forest, there could be a man made clearing not planted in the nefarious weed.

      To tell the truth, the worst experience I have had with being located just involved my approximate location, i.e. the Blue Ridge Mountains. I used to go by this guy's blog, and it was interesting. He lived in the great plains. One day he emailed me and told me he was pulling his pop up trailer to my meadow and spending the summer there. I'm a pretty private person and that wouldn't work out for me. But when I told him that, he went berserk and sent me some really ugly emails. That's the worst thing that ever happened to me in terms of being located, and it was just annoying.

      Delete
  12. So glad to see you back. I would miss you if you shut down your blog. This is your blog and you can say what you want to say and post whatever comments you wish. Thank you for keeping the anonymous comments open for some of us folks. I really enjoy your honesty and sense of humor, especially in today's PC world. If some people are offended by what you say, they can just get over it, or quit reading the blog. Jana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jana, I used to be a lot more careful and try to tone it down, but things have reached a point in the country that I figure if all the leftards can say what they think, I will do the same. As you say, anyone who is uncomfortable with that can stop coming by. I know some long time associates have done just that, and I miss them but it's their choice.

      I don't blame the folks who don't want a google account at all. Google is always in the news about helping the feds track this , or spy on that. Google is also a well known left wing outfit run by a Moon Bat, and they have done things I really don't like, such as suppressing blogs that don't support the Schumerites. But blogger is the one I started out with years ago, and I tried Word Press, and could never really get used to it. So I just keep the anonymous thing open and the spam filter on. It catches most of the Snow Flakes and European left wing "twits", and comment moderation gets those that slip through.

      Delete
  13. I don't publish troll comments either. I had one about a month ago that was offensive (and meant to be - it was certainly someone wanting to get a rise out of all readers, not just me). Your citizen picture made me think of 1984, which I just finished. Interesting read.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can see why they would come after me, but your blog is not political in any way, shape or form. There are just some people out there who are so pathetic, the only way they can feel validated is to make other people angry.

      1984 is a classic. I will try to find a meme I have on that and post it.

      Delete
  14. Harry,

    Welcome back!! I had to block anonymous comments due to the content. I've also notice solicitation posts(frequent) made on my old posts, those have been deleted.

    Last night, I was unable to post remarks on fellow bloggers posts. This morning, this changed. There's always something going on in Blogger.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had problems with blogger last night too, but I think I made the problem worse by trying to post comments using the Kindle. I am not going to do that anymore.

      I have to engage comment moderation, so I do get a lot of nasty comments but I just delete them. They don't bother me because of the bottom feeder context of the people who sent them.

      You are right, Sandy, it's always something with Blogger.

      Delete