LJ

18 May 2017 02:05 pm
elisi: (Change is bad)
Via my flist. I'm unsure how accurate it might be, but I thought I'd pass it on just in case:

"If you are staying on LJ, and its revised ToS make you uncomfortable, there is an escape clause. Paid users remain customers of the California company, which makes you exempt from all the Russian bits. All the US laws regarding freedom of speech, privacy (what we have left, anyway), protection for transformative works (i.e. fanwork), etc. would still stand and apply to you, as long you pay for it. (Financially, that is. Not any kind of metaphor.) If you're otherwise at-risk, and are financially able, this may be a prudent option."

FYI

17 April 2017 11:06 am
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Changed my banner - it's now mildly spoilery for The Pilot, as it features a screencap from that episode.

Nothing *major*, but for people who haven't seen it so far and are spoilerphobes, just a heads up. :)
elisi: (Clara smug)



#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday



ETA: Ooooh, Top 100! Thank you Evil Overlords. :)

Useful!

12 April 2017 10:23 am
elisi: (Default)
There is a Tumblr to help with Dreamwidth:

https://dreamwidth-help.tumblr.com/
elisi: (Default)
Friending meme:
'For those of us determined to be with LJ until the bitter end, let's meet more peeps who are sticking around!'

Also: Peter Capaldi had this to say to the cyberbullies targeting a Doctor Who fan
"The essence of Doctor Who is kindness"
elisi: (Change is bad)
To Import:

Go to Organize -> Import Content

https://www.dreamwidth.org/tools/importer

Click 'Start Another Import' and follow the instructions. Literally as easy as clicking a button.

Might take a while, as everyone is importing at the moment. If you click on 'refresh' it'll update you on how it's going. Entries & comments are usually the ones that take the longest.



How to crosspost & add a [personalised] footer:

Organise -> Manage Account -> Other sites (tab)

This will take you to this page:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/settings/?cat=othersites

Add New Account

You can disable comments on crossposts, so all comments have to be made on DW.

And just below you can add a footer, including personalizing the message. ☺

If you leave it blank it'll display the default message.

Make sure to use the dropdown to choose when you want the footer.

And press Save!



How to merge your open ID with your LJ:

Organise -> Manage Account -> History

Click on ‘Claim OpenID Account’

Put in your LJ name and they’ll merge all your Open ID comments & match up icons etc. V. handy. (Also irreversible.)


Handy tip re. icons

If you name your DW icons the same as your LJ ones, they will match when you crosspost!



ETA: Friending. DW splits this up:

Subscribe -> you add that journal to your flist
Grant Access -> they can see your flocked entries
elisi: (It is what it is)
Life feels a little like this at the moment:

BuffyFlooded

Trump is going to destroy the planet, the country I have lived in for 20 years has been taken over by Brexiteers, merrily steering us towards the most impressive own goal in British history and my fannish home is being taken over by Russians.

To those who've had enough & quit for good (or are thinking about it), here's a handy guide:

How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It

As for me - well, I've had this LJ longer than some of my children, so I'm going to hang on. I mean, Theresa May can probably read my emails already, and who's to say she isn't sharing them with Putin?

ETA: Oh and I'm not sure the US is all that much safer (article here - with thanks to shapinglight). Not to mention that facebook practically BLEEDS personal information (and might have helped Trump win - with thanks to maia for the link).

So basically:

LetItGoDon'tCare

Besides, it's a rare treat to be able to use 'quixotic'... If you've upped sticks to DW, please make sure I've got you friended, I'd prefer not lose touch with anyone. And obviously I'm already cross-posting and have pretty much everything backed up etc. Meh. I just want shiny things to distract me.

ETA2: FYI - the hive mind has discovered that the popup won't work without Javascript. So if you need your LJ but don't want to sign... There's your way around it. :)

ETA3: From beer_good: 'AFAICT, the Javascript thing isn't perfect; it lets you look at LJ and admin it, and from what I can tell you can comment as well, but you can't post or edit entries, nor can you import things to DW. So as emergency workarounds go it's very useful, but not very sustainable in the long run.'
elisi: (OTP)
Changed my layout (twelve days of Christmas were done yesterday...), and with help from Promethia managed to fix my DW so it's more or less matching my LJ. Same banner, same colours, and a layout that isn't a million miles from Compact. (Compact is the best layout.) The DW side obviously still needs a lot of work, but it's more or less livable with now. :)

And so as to let this post have some content other than ~i made things pretty~ have a song:



And an article:

Stranger Things, La La Land, and Donald Trump: empty nostalgia dominated 2016
Our popular and political cultures kept returning to the idea that the past was somehow better.
elisi: (Happy)
Originally posted by [personal profile] sdwolfpup at More Joy Day is a GO
Poll preferences point to January 20 as the preferred day, so:

The TENTH More Joy Day will be January 20, 2017


Can you believe the first one was in 2008? That's absurd. Here's the original post about it on LJ. The key points:

In the interest of spreading more joy, I’m proposing that on Friday, January 20th, we each engage in one act, either on the Internet or in the physical world, which brings joy to another person, in the hopes that that person will spread that joy further, and exponentially onward.

Some ideas I had of things we could do:

Fannish: Write a fic, make an icon, make a vid, or make a fanart for someone. Buy someone paid time or userpics. Leave someone a nice comment. Say something nice about something fannish someone else loves. Say something nice about something fannish you love and encourage squee (and squee on someone else’s post if they make one!). Offer to beta for someone.

Other: Offer to donate five dollars to the charity of someone's choice. Send flowers to an online friend in a different city. Buy someone you know online a present. Or a virtual present. Plant a tree or a flower in someone's honor and take a picture of it and post it to your space. When somebody cuts you off at work, wish them well and hope they get where they’re going safely. Make somebody a friendship bracelet. Or a construction paper heart. Call someone you love and tell them so.

Or anything else you can think of!

Then on that Friday, make a post or a tweet saying what you've done (or a note that it's More Joy day), and that will hopefully help spread things further.

This year, by holding it on the day of the US Presidential Inauguration, we are making More Joy Day a stand for the belief in the goodness of people and that each of our individual small actions help keep the world itself afloat. Wherever you are, whoever you voted for, you are invited to join us in doing one small act of joy to prove Mr. Roger's mother's axim to "look for the helpers." There are always so many more helpers than there are those causing harm. Let's prove the power kindness can wield when we wield it together.

This entry was cross-posted at my Dreamwidth account. Please comment here or there. (comment count unavailable comments at DW)
elisi: (Change is bad)
This came about mostly in response to the newest LJ issues.

I admit to a fair bit of hyperbole, but why not? My keywords are 'Change is bad'. :)

(I've also wanted a Tanya icon, because she's brilliant.)

Feel free to snag.

ETA: OMG, this is too perfect:



:D

And to have a happy item also, here's a nice video I found on facebook:

If you think things have never been worse, you need to watch this video.
elisi: (Missy)
First of all - you can download your LJ:

BlogBooker

In days past there used to be something called LJ Book (which was free!), but it seems to have vanished or morphed into BlogBooker, which will cost you if you want to download more than a year. But at least it's an option! :)

~

For safety, this is an excellent resource:

Encrypt the web: Install HTTPS Everywhere today.

Simple extension. Keeps you safe(r). ETA: Important caveat about HTTPS Everywhere: it cannot encrypt sites that do not have an https version. So this won't help anyone with LJ unless they reinstate their https. (With thanks to Promethia)

~

If you want to make the leap to DreamWidth wholesale, here is an excellent guide:

How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It

If you just want to back things up/cross post for now, simple guides under the cut:

Read more... )

Now, DW posted a news update yesterday, and they have had a large influx of new people (100,000!). But let's not forget that LJ is one of *the* platforms for blogging in Russia, and still is free and open for them. I wish I knew more about their side of it, how they are seeing the future. If they all want to go to DW or if they want to stick with LJ despite everything...

And this is probably as good a time as any to remind people of [profile] anniesj's story:

A Word to the Wise
Because of a (public) post ranting about the then President (Dubya - this was 2004) the Secret Service paid her a visit and she has an FBI file. And not because of snooping or google searches or anything like that, but because someone (on LJ) reported her.

Please read the whole post. It's increasingly relevant.

~

Anyway, I'm gonna keep cross-posting for now. Being on DW wouldn't have helped anniesj any... (Not that it existed then.)

I wrote a post on LJ vs. DW last year (or 2015, rather). Although I have since found a new analogy for DW. It's from Buffy Summers Diary, a fic in the style of Bridget Jones where Buffy writes about her birthday party (S6, the one where they're all trapped in the house). And Xander & Anya bring a friend they try to set her up with:

'...Xander brought in Normal Richard at that point. Normal Richard pleasant and rather beige, like tapioca pudding or similar.'

So, Imma gonna stick with Spike for now, but keep Normal Richard on hand in case Spike does something unforgivable...

ETA: Other point - DW has no galleries. Yes I have a photobucket account, but LJ is about a million times easier and more convenient. (I use the old style which is far superior when it comes to images.) So that's a major stumbling block when it comes to moving... Hence, staying put for now, with caveats.
elisi: (Black Books)
Originally posted by [personal profile] rahirah at CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia, now with all kinds of links and shit
LJ has been owned by a Russian company, SUP, for some years, but until recently, the servers were in California, and thus subject to US law. This is no longer be the case. Links on the ramifications of this (English speakers will need to use Google Translate on the last two):

http://madfilkentist.dreamwidth.org/77455.html
https://mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1584905.html
http://siderea.livejournal.com/1330106.html
http://lynnenne.livejournal.com/285076.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3079690.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3081385.html

I have done a traceroute ( http://ping.eu/traceroute/ ) on my own LJ, and it appears to come through a Russian server now.

There are unconfirmed reports that journals with 'objectionable' content, such as pro-Ukraine blogs, are being deleted. There's also what looks like a mass migration of Russian users into Dreamwidth over the last week or so.

There are all kinds of ramifications for this move, most of them bad. For people located outside Russia, I think the greatest risk is simply that SUP has decided that the non-Russian side of LJ hasn't been profitable in ages, and is never going to be profitable, and this is the first step in shutting it down entirely. So if you have a Livejournal with content that you'd like to preserve, now is a real good time to back it up.

HOW TO BACK UP YOUR LJ:

https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=127 (importing personal blogs)
https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=230 (importing communities)

You can import tags, icons, filters, posts, and comments – the whole shebang. You can also set up crossposting to Livejournal (I've been crossposting to LJ from DW for years.)

If you have no Dreamwidth account, if someone imports a comment you made, it will be made under your Open ID account. If you make a DW account, you can claim these comments:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=84 (How can I claim my OpenID account with my Dreamwidth account?)

If you're already on Dreamwidth, or is you're setting up a backup account there now, please let me know so I can friend you over there. I'd hate to lose track of everyone if we wake up one morning and find a big ol' 404 error where LJ used to be.

~~

What [personal profile] rahirah said: Please let me know who you are on Dreamwidth. (I'm elisi everywhere, except Tumblr.) (But Tumblr is not important...) ETA: I'm not going anywhere, and I don't particularly *like* DW, it's just... Not home. (And does not have a single layout that I like.) However, I like to have back-up plans. Let's all move to InsaneJournal!! :D (Tweak says, "i love you")
elisi: (Don't mess with River Song by meathiel)
Originally posted by [personal profile] lynnenne at On LJ migrating to Russian servers
I work for a tech company that deals with data residency issues all the time, so I'm sharing what I know about the legalities of LiveJournal moving its physical servers to Russia. (I don't know for certain that they have moved, but [personal profile] siderea has posted some evidence.) 

What I know: 

When a company offers a service to the public, the laws governing that service are determined by where the physical servers reside. For most of its life, LiveJournal servers lived in California, so LJ had to abide by California laws. Among other things, it meant that:

- LJ couldn't share your personal data with advertisers, researchers, or other third parties without your permission
- You maintained the copyright to any stories or essays you wrote
- Whatever speech you published was protected by the first amendment, so they needed a valid reason to take it down (e.g. It violated LJ's terms and conditions, it constituted criminal activity, etc)
- LJ could not turn over your personal data to law enforcement without a warrant

With the servers in Russia, none of that applies anymore. They can basically remove any posts that they don't like (political or otherwise) without giving you a reason. They can delete your entire journal without explanation or recourse. They can also translate your fiction and sell it as their own. And, since they have your credit card info, they can share that with their Russian mafia buddies and use it to steal your identity, hack your bank accounts, etc.

Granted, LiveJournal has been owned by a Russian company for several years, so they might have been doing some of this stuff already. But last week, you could have sued them in a California court for doing it. From now on, you have no legal recourse.


This entry was originally posted at http://lynnenne.dreamwidth.org/305395.html. Comments welcome at either site.



ETA: I'm already cross-posting from DW, so I don't know that I will change anything immediately. And Theresa May can read everything already...
elisi: (Death of the Doctor)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lynnenne at On LJ migrating to Russian servers
I work for a tech company that deals with data residency issues all the time, so I'm sharing what I know about the legalities of LiveJournal moving its physical servers to Russia. (I don't know for certain that they have moved, but [personal profile] siderea has posted some evidence.) 

What I know: 

When a company offers a service to the public, the laws governing that service are determined by where the physical servers reside. For most of its life, LiveJournal servers lived in California, so LJ had to abide by California laws. Among other things, it meant that:

- LJ couldn't share your personal data with advertisers, researchers, or other third parties without your permission
- You maintained the copyright to any stories or essays you wrote
- Whatever speech you published was protected by the first amendment, so they needed a valid reason to take it down (e.g. It violated LJ's terms and conditions, it constituted criminal activity, etc)
- LJ could not turn over your personal data to law enforcement without a warrant

With the servers in Russia, none of that applies anymore. They can basically remove any posts that they don't like (political or otherwise) without giving you a reason. They can delete your entire journal without explanation or recourse. They can also translate your fiction and sell it as their own. And, since they have your credit card info, they can share that with their Russian mafia buddies and use it to steal your identity, hack your bank accounts, etc.

Granted, LiveJournal has been owned by a Russian company for several years, so they might have been doing some of this stuff already. But last week, you could have sued them in a California court for doing it. From now on, you have no legal recourse.


This entry was originally posted at http://lynnenne.dreamwidth.org/305395.html. Comments welcome at either site.

elisi: (Abed)
Changed my layout.

And for any Community fans out there:



Beard-darktimeline


(I mean no disrespect to people living in actual terror or war etc. Fandoms just make things more bearable.)

Also - there is always more down:

Trump Gets Swastika Golf Balls, Celebrates How Brexit Makes Him Money

I always knew that Trump turning up the day after the Referendum was a bad omen!!
elisi: (Pimpin' by hauntes)

There are former LJers who would like to return, but their friends lists have been deserted.
Let's all welcome them back with open arms and show them that LJ is very much alive!
elisi: (Abed)
What with the LJ outage yesterday, a small LJ vs. DW debate started up in my DW.

Now, no one can deny that DW has better customer service, listens to its users, and doesn’t screw people over the way LJ does. DW is very nice, and I find it useful as a backup. But I can’t ever see myself moving there for good.

And what I realised, when trying to explain why I’d rather stay with ‘the bad boy’, is that the difference is like Community:

LJ is Greendale. It might be rundown, and the teaching staff might be peculiar and rude and disinterested in teaching, and the facilities might leave a lot to be desired, and random bouts of anarchy are par for the course. But it has character, and I have a long, and very personal, history here. It helped shape who I am, gave me friends and shared experiences I can’t imagine my life without.

So – City College (DW) might be nicer and shinier and better equipped. But I’ll stay with the blanket forts and the chicken fingers and the paint balling and the insane Spanish teacher and the fire alarms that are just painted on.

YMMV of course.

(See I feel bad about coming across as putting down DW, and am quite happy to bitch about LJ anytime and anywhere. Which - if I think about it - means that LJ is home, and family, and DW is... the place I feel I ought to like more than I do. And 'ought' is not a good motivation.)
elisi: (Happy)
It's like it's 2005 again! :D



Although back then, DreamWidth didn't exist. The 'mirroring' site most people used was InsaneJournal.

ETA: Oh, it's back. Well, this was fun while it lasted...
elisi: (Clara)


Because [livejournal.com profile] luckweaver is amazing!!! (Image is a link to her post.)
elisi: (Oh wow! by eyesthatslay)
First of all many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zanthinegirl and [livejournal.com profile] green_maia (I loved your little ps! <3) for the lovely Christmas cards, which I have been forgetting to mention! It always get ridiculously excited about post from abroad.

And then [livejournal.com profile] luckweaver got me a truly amazing present - a Clara moodtheme!!! It took a good few days to find all the caps - not to mention getting it to work (photobucket has been blacklisted forever!), but now it is here, and amazing, and I get to look at Clara's FACE every day!!! Also changed my banner/colors etc.)

So right now I feel like this (although I don't think luckweaver is as grumpy as Mitchell *g*):

Clara11hug

tacklehug

georgemitchellhug

And with this I will wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! ♥ Thank you all for 2014 and hope you all have a wonderful 2015!

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