Categories Admin News

Virus Update

My laptop’s clean 😀

Now, only external hard drives left to check. If all goes as planned, I can commence updating late tonight or tomorrow! 🙂 I miss it!

Categories Admin News

Computer Virus

I’ve been dealing with a persistant virus since last Thursday/Friday, and finally had to restore a system image from a few months ago. I believe the virus was eradicated from my laptop (quick scans don’t show anything anymore) by that, but I’m going to let two different antivirus programs as well as Malwarebytes Antimalware and maybe some other antimalware program do full scans of my my laptop and two external hard drives that were plugged when the virus happened before I use FTP or upload any files from my system to my sites. The two external hard drives are really big, so it’ll take several hours (at the very least, 11 hours) to complete one full antivirus/antimalware scan of my system.So it’ll be propably be another couple of days before I do any updates on any sites.

More about the virus: I’m actually unsure whether I had one or two viruses. But whatever, the difficult one was the one called ShortCut virus.What is does is infect USB drives: it hides the folders, creates shortcuts to them but those shortcuts actually lead to the apparently random-named EXE in a new folder called RECYCLER. Luckily I guess, the moment I saw the folders faded and all the shortcuts that shouldn’t be there plus one folder I had not created, so I never did click on any of the shortcuts or anything. Instead I knew I must’ve been hit by a virus and went googling.

No matter what antivirus or antimalware programs I tried to use to remove it, it always was right back after required restart although all the programs had claimed it had been successfully removed, both in Windows Safe Mode and normal mode. It must have resided in the memory or something and the programs didn’t detect all of it properly. In the end, yesterday, I decided to restore the system image I made in June and that seems to have worked because now I could clean up the two USB drives without problems. But like I said, I’m going to let a number of programs make full scans of my system and hard drives  just to be sure.

Categories Personal

Fire!

It’s 3.30am and I just got inside. The carbage can shelter located in the corner of our parking lot burned down completely. No human losses, but one car was completely destroyed and several suffered heat damages. Including mine.

I was sleeping with my window open, and through the sleep heard noise I thought was rain and smelled smoke. Thought there were people smoking near by – but then started to wonder why they took so long to finish and finally woke up completely. I thought the rain sounded weird and there was also the smell of smoke, not very strong but still – I pulled something on and went out to my small back yard to check. It wasn’t raining so I went towards the parking lot, thinking maybe some kids or drunks were playing with fire there,  until I could see around the corner of the building and there was the shelter, completely on fire. Nobody was in sight and I had no idea if it had been called in. So I ran right back in get my cell phone (it was recharging) and called 112 (our 911). Somebody had already called it in and the fire brigade and the police were on their way.

I got some more clothes on (I had only put on a short sleeved shirt and trousers, with bare feet in sandals) and went back out, this time from my front door. Now there were other people gathering there too, watching. My car was only two empty car slots away from the burning building and there was nothing between it and the fire. But it wasn’t on fire. I saw that the car closest to the shelter, only centimeters away from one of the shelter walls, was completely on fire.

I wondered about driving my car away from its slot, along with some other people whose cars were in the other row but a little further away from the fire than mine. In the end none of us dared to. The two slots that were empty usually aren’t, and I think the owners were away from home with their cars because I didn’t see them or their cars anywhere. That’s incredibly lucky, because the first slot is also centimeters away from the wall (you can’t get it from that side because no grown up can fit in between the car and the wall, that’s how small it is on both sides) and if the car had been there, it’d have completely burned down too just like the other car on the other side. And the car in the second slot would have been damaged too.

It took maybe five minutes for the fire brigade to arrive, but it felt like forever. When they did, they got it under control fast, I thought. The walls were still standing, the roof was gone I think, and they pulled down the whole structure I guess for safety reasons. There’s now a pile of wet burned wood where the shelter used to be.

Apparently the fire spread to the whole structure quickly. One girl had come home from work about 10 minutes before, and there were no signs of fire at the time.

I texted the pertinen information to my Mom before I wrote this up; didn’t want to her learn about it in the news in the morning or anything like that and to tell that I’m okay.

 


Categories Fansite news

Gave Up Game Of Thrones Fan

I have given up Game Of Thrones Fan http://www.gameofthronesfan.org and put it up for adoption. I love the series as much as ever, and I can’t wait for season 2. BUT, I find myself avoiding spoilers and wanting to go totally fresh and not knowing anything in advance into the new season (so much so that I decided to not even read the other books after reading the first one in the series).

This makes updating the site impossible, so I’m gave it up.

In other news, this problem with crystalfires.net, dreams.crystalfires.net and morenab.com has been cropping up intermitedly ever since the first time and is back today too 🙁 It seems to be happening on weekends.

Categories Rant

Reading Failure

In the past two weeks, I’ve gotten about a dozen e-mails/wp comments/ twitter messages from people thinking that the site or the twitter account is run and maintained by the celebrity themselves :< These sort of messages come in every once in a while, it’s been fleeding these lately.

Why do so many people fail at reading??!! On most of my fansites I have something like “this is an unofficial fansite for [Insert Celebrity Name]” tagged on the header and also “This is a completely unofficial fansite – the owner is in no contact with neither [Insert Celebrity Name], their management or family in any way what-so-ever.” spelled out in the footer or the sidebar. But judging by the e-mails I get, a number of people read it mean exactly the opposite and send me e-mails and questions thinking they’ll get to speak with the celebrity her/himself *head desk*

Feels like I should start saying “official” instead because the way it’s going, it’s like they’re automatically interpret it to mean the opposite and that no, I really don’t have any contact with [Insert Celebrity Name] :/

Same goes for fansite twitters. Don’t people read the site name or account name and the description at all, or do they see only the letters forming the name of  [Insert Celebrity Name], and never ever even accidentally see anythingat all that is screaming at them from the page that it’s not the [Insert Celebrity Name]’s own offical site or official twitter account???????!!!! Like the words unofficial and fansite and I’m not [Insert Celebrity Name]???????

I’m tired of explaining the same thing over and over and over, but I think it’s rude not to reply legimate comments and questions (by which I mean those that are not clearly spam) so if I don’t, I feel bad.

Categories Piwigo

Piwigo – Alternative To Coppermine?

Has anyone used Piwigo instead of Coppermine for a gallery? http://piwigo.org I’ve been playing with it today, and really like it. The download is less than 4MB instead of 17 like with Coppermine, and there’s a plugin to upgrade it automatically that if it works as well as the other plugins, will be sweet. And the plugin install is a lot easier than in Coppermine. They also have some nice themes on offer, although not maybe in what’s thought of as “fansite style”. I haven’t looked at making themes yet so that might be a problem but so far it’s the only minus I can think of. 

Here is my test Piwigo: http://www.fading-tomorrow.com/piwigo/ 

I’m very tempted to switch to Piwigo on at least some of my sites to see how I like it in real use because there’s also one other thing that makes this software look very attractive to me personally: a plugin for WordPress called PiwigoMedia that works (unlike every Coppermine plugin for WordPress I have found) and doesn’t produce shortcodes but real image URLs instead.

But before I do any decisions, I’m curious about others Piwigo experiences.

Categories Fansite news

Server Problems

There were problems with the server crystalfires.net, dreams.crystalfires.net and morenab.com are hosted on, and that’s why there were some errors showing. The server has been fixed, and everything should be loading normally again!

Categories Health

Health Update

So I’ve now had all the tests ordered by the infections specialist; nothing was found and no reason for the chronic diarrhea. Removing the two bad teeth has had no effect at all on the CRP levels which continue to be slightly elevated. They decided to refer me to Gastro in case they think they should check me. I was checked by the Gastro but that was about 5 months before the chronic diarrhea started, and was because of the bad hemoglobin.

So now I’m in line for the MRI of the small intestine in October. Yay fun. I guess I should hope they’ll find someting that explains the chronic diarrhea and that can be treated, no matter what it is. I’m pretty sure I’ve this particular thing done already once, but I can’t remember whether it was for the hemoglobin or the diarrhea. But if they want to keep examining me, let them… it’d be nice to have a real explanation.

Huh. I just noticed that categories on the right don’t work. I’ll look into that. EDIT: and now they have disappeared???

Categories Fansite news

Xena Site Down

The Xena site has been down for a while now, have to do with the expiry of the original domain warrior-princess.net. It will be back up as soon as possible! Gertie is working on it.