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Friday, 11 November 2016

Back Into Blogger, but for How Long?

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:43 PM (23:43)

Over a week ago (Tuesday, 1 November 2016, about 1:00 PM MST), I tried to log into Blogger from my Toshiba Satellite laptop (running Linux Mint 17 and Firefox) to post an article to the LPNM blog, and the Google login screen prompted me for my phone number for verification purposes.

So I put my cell number in and clicked “Submit.” A few seconds later, I received a code like this: “G-123456” (not the real code, obviously).

Then I typed in the verification code, but the screen for it would only allow me to imput the first four numbers: “G-1234.” Clicking “Submit” gave me an error message, as I also received when I tried “G12345” and “123456.” A few tries of that and I was locked out.

So I tried again, with my Dell desktop running MS Windows 7, and got the same web-based song and dance. This time, at the end of it, up popped a screen telling me that my account was locked for an alleged terms of service violation, but that was it – no word as to what that violation was. So I typed in my email address, along with a request for some enlightenment as to what I had done wong, and clicked “Appeal.”

In the same time frame, my Gmail account (another Google product) was also locked up. I was able to access that a few days later, and it seems that they were in the process of upgrading the Gmail software.

Just a few minutes ago (Friday, 11 Novemner 2016, 10:49 PM), I tried once more to access my Blogger account.

This time I was surprised that the admins actually let me in, after over a week of denying me access without telling me WHY they were denying me access.

(I realize that Google and its subsidiaries are in the private sector, and my use of them is subject to their rules. More on that below.)

This is what I found —

Here’s the full text of it —

Libertarian Party of Mora County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of McKinley County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Hidalgo County, New Mexico — [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Harding County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Guadalupe County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Grant County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of De Baca County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Curry County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

The other 26 county affiliate blogs were presumably free from Terms of Service violations, and are thus unlocked (at present).

Still, Google (or Blogger) won’t tell me the specific nature of the alleged violations. Which is rather shitty of them — wouldn’t you want to know if you were violating someone’s rules for their property, and how exactly you were violating those rules?

Luckily, there’s nothing on the affected blogs that I don’t already have backed up, so losing them won’t really be a loss.

Still, it was a bit of work on my part to set them all up.

With that, I’ll be downloading the archives to my hard drive(s) here, and moving them to the LPNM’s WordPress install.

Fuck it, I like WordPress better anyway.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com

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Monday, 16 May 2016

No Chrome For Me

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:05 PM (18:05)

Way back when, say, around December, 2008, I downloaded and installed Google Chrome. At the time I first tried it, I was also having connectivity problems. Which, if you’re a Chrome user, is a big problem, because Chrome needs to connect to Google’s servers to actually, you know, function at all. When I got nowhere with it, I decided “that’s enough for me.”

Side note: This is a big reason I have no interest in buying a Chromebook, as the Chromebook also requires a connection to the Google servers. Sometimes I need to do things at home. And I prefer to store my files at home, where I know where they are — “store it on the cloud” is just a fancy way to say “trust ME with your files . . .”

Fast-forward seven years and change . . .

Today I was halfway across Albuquerque, and opened Chrome on my new phone (an LG K7) to check for Pizza 9 locations near me. I typed in “pizza9.com,” and instead of just taking me to that site, Chrome bounced me over to btnactive.net, then something else, finally ending up on pizzahut.com

Mind you, this is the FIRST TIME I’ve launched Chrome on this phone or any other device or system, since 2008.

And it’s also a brand-new phone — I purchased it on Friday at about 5:45 PM, and haven’t used it much.

So I installed Mozilla Firefox instead.

In a way, it’s sort of good that this happened, as about three hours later, I found out that my debit account had been hacked . . .


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Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Searching for Myself

Filed under: Life — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:59 PM (14:59)

Every so often, I run a Google search on myself to see what comes up:

Google search for “Mike Blessing” — I place frequently in the top ten here (first place goes to a West Virginia realtor). Also listed along with me is the deputy city manager of Oceanside, California, a church chorus singer, and a Catholic priest in Ohio. I wonder what they think when they run Google searches on themselves and my stuff keeps popping up?

Google search for “mikewb1971” — OK, let’s narrow it down a bit — this search is just for my stuff. I get 1,350 hits — not bad. My Myspace site comes up first, and this Xanga site comes up fourth

Google search for “MikeinABQNM” — I used to use the handle “MikeinABQNM,” but I switched to “mikewb1971” because that’s more transportable — if I were to move away from Albuquerque, the older handle would no longer apply. Funny here that I’ve apparently got a profile or two here that I don’t remember creating.

Google search for “GunsSaveLives” — This is my handle on Victor Milan‘s message board, and was my handle on “Free Republic” until a few days ago, after I made a politically- incorrect comment about the Iraq Occupation (my account there has been suspended or deleted).


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Xanga

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Thursday, 21 September 2006

What Was I Arrested For?

Filed under: Fun, Humor, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:37 PM (15:37)

Current mood: amused

Ok, find out how you will be arrested, the Google way.

Go to Google, type “(your FIRST name) was arrested for” and see what you got sent to the slammer for. Remember to use the quotation marks! Stick your result below . . .

76. Mike was arrested for a lot of things — DWI, drugs, guns, B&E, rape, forgery, burglary, public indecency, burglary, theft, drunk & disorderly, traffic tickets, murder, grafitti, theft, trespassing, attempted assassination, political crimes. (Ten points for style (See Walter Jon Williams’ Divertimenti books for that reference!) to the person who guesses which of these comes closest to the truth.)

75. Katie was arrested for stealing bike tickets.

That isn’t the half of it. Seems that Katie has her bad side, too.

74. Miguel was arrested for playing traditional folk music. — Dammit, there go my chances of becoming president. 😛

73. “Charity was arrested for the bombing of the Egyptian embassy”…. AHAHAHA

72. “Beau was arrested for attempted murder, vehicular homicide, and man slaughter”

71. Michael was arrested for “Ulawfully restraining a girl, preforming a lewd act in a public restroom, corporate espionage, and Angel’s murder.” I been busy.

70. Tiffany was arrested for a felony unlawful mischief charge a couple of years ago. She and three others were charged. They spray painted graffiti on a bridge. lol….. you know me im such the little hoodlum..lol

69. Ryan was arrested for stealing underwear from the Black Flag store in January…

68. Jen was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer

67. Mike was arrested for his anti-fascist activities on at least two occasions.

666. Bob was arrested for stealing bundles of copper wire and bits of brass and aluminum from a scrap yard in October 1994, six months after his 18th birthday ….Sounds like something I would do.

65. Chris was arrested for trying to blackmail a state senator in Arizona

64. Arthur was arrested for “conspiring to violate the National Prohibition Act.”

63. Michelle was arrested for welfare fraud. (I keep telling you people Im broke!)

62. Chloe was arrested for plotting and meticulously carrying out the brutal slayings of 61 bored myspace bulletin abusers……………..dicks.

61. Googling Unk came up with nothing so I went with my real name. “Brianw as arrested for a first degree murder in January 1987.”

60. “Daniel was arrested for doing nothing more than standing on the sidewalk.” It was self-defense.

[ Numbers 1-59 snipped because I don’t have the patience to repost them here. — MWB ]


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Myspace / Xanga

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