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Can only be used to sign up for a new full year account, etc. I haven't completely read the details. But I've got 10 I can send out.

Share the love with our $10 holiday coupons! If you're a Paid or Permanent user, you can send up to 10 Basic or Plus users a $10 coupon to upgrade to a one year paid account.

Recipients can upgrade for $9.95 (instead of $19.95) for one year by enrolling in our automatic payment plan or make a manual payment of $15 (instead of $25). Please note that these coupons are not transferable and cannot be used to renew existing paid accounts.
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Permanent Account Sale

As we mentioned in the last news post, the Permanent Account Sale starts on December 4. For this go-round, the sale applies to personal journals only. For just $175, you can have LJ for life. What's included in $175? All the features of a Paid Account, plus:

The most storage available on LiveJournal (now a whopping 15GB)
The most userpics available on LJ (boosted to 150, and that's not even counting Loyalty Userpics, which can add up to another 44 to your 150)
EDIT: Once the sale begins on December 4, the userpic and storage limits will be increased for all Permanent Accounts.
$25 of your purchase price donated to charity (look for details about the designated organizations in the December 4 news post).

The Permanent Account Sale is a temporary offer and ends December 10 at 11:59 PST, so be ready to buy when the sale starts on December 4!
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Mostly BS. I'd say the entire post was BS, but that's just me.

Oh, and to answer questions, no, I will not be moving from LJ anytime soon. I will stay only as long as they honor what was initially offered to the permanent account holders.

But I do intend to have a backup plan if I do need to move.

Speaking of which, I also need a way to backup my information on facebook. Ideally, I'd like to keep a copy of all photos tagged with me, all photos I've uploaded, names and contact information for all of my friends. Anyone happen to know where to start?
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Bad step #1: not announcing it in news and trying to hide it.
Bad step #2: Having a retarded (non-)reason for doing so.

Community is important, so moving from livejournal is going to be hard, especially since I have a permanent account, and can enjoy the benefits of such. Not sure how a move can be made... I would like to be able to clone my journal, with all of the comments, to another site.

I'm thinking along the lines of a script that'll pagescrape livejournal + posting entries with the proper privacy settings, then posting comments anonymously, with a link back to the original comment + link to username of poster. That way, content will be preserved, although actual data will be partially mangled.

It's also worthwhile to read [livejournal.com profile] brad's post on this: http://brad.livejournal.com/2368071.html
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...which I stalk for no apparent reason...

The LJ "Abuse team" has been renamed to the "Abuse Prevention Team".

From AT to APT... apt-get. ;D
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Here's an old (2002) article regarding privacy: http://www.dashes.com/anil/2002/12/17/privacy_through

Every time there's a resurgence in general-audience (non-techie) interest in Google, as after Newsweek's recent Google fawning, the issue of privacy in a presence of a pervasive and permanent record rears its ugly head. People who aren't technologically savvy don't realize that statements don't fade away or remain in confidence on the web; The things we say only get louder and more widely known, unless they're completely trivial.

We're all celebrities now, in a sense. Everything that we say or do is on the record. And everything that's on the record is recorded for posterity, and indexed far better than any file photo or PR bio ever was. It used to be that only those who chose career paths that resulted in notoriety or celebrity would face having to censor themselves or be forced to consciously control the image that they project. But this faded as celebrity culture grew and as individuals are increasingly marketed as brands, even products.


I own my name. I am the first, and definitive, source of information on me.

One of the biggest benefits of that reality is that I now have control. The information I choose to reveal on my site sets the biggest boundaries for my privacy on the web. Granted, I'll never have total control. But look at most people, especially novice Internet users, who are concerned with privacy. They're fighting a losing battle, trying to prevent their personal information from being available on the web at all. If you recognize that it's going to happen, your best bet is to choose how, when, and where it shows up.

And I'm glad to say I've done that, more or less since high school. Any searches for ibneko or my real name, "Benjamin Juang" in google will link first to my livejournal here, and then to some other places (hehe, PuzzleCrack 2006!)

I still need to get my site at Nearlyfreespeech.net up and running. And I should probably pick up a domain name, although I don't know what to get. I suppose I could go for benjuang.com or something silly and ordinary like that, but.. eh. I dunno. Not really in favor of spending ~$10-15 per year (yes, yes, a dollar per month, I know) on a virtual object.


But regardless, what you read online, here, and anywhere else, should never be presumed to be entire truth. While this journal is a reflection of my personal thoughts, moods, and the events that I experience, it does not, in any way, define my entire personality and definitely does not detail who I am away from the computer.

For a slightly longer coverage of the above, along with guidelines regarding the use of information you see on this livejournal, read the README: A Blogger's Disclaimer @ http://www.namaii.com/readme/

Certain things don't apply to friends I already know in real life / people I have been 'friends' with for over a year on livejournal. Like the not-discussion-online-things while in reality part. That's silly. If you know me, and we're talking in real life, feel free to bring up stuff I post about if you want. It'll probably make for a better conversation, seeing how I suck at pulling random insightful things from the brain thing in my head.
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More styles, LJ Talk (that jabber thing that most of my friends don't use. ¬.¬) is now an option for receiving notifications.

The Journal Posting/Editing page has been updated (oooh, history!). It's a bit prettier. And basic support for image adding is included (like Vox, but... here on livejournal!)

Other people can tag your entries if you let them (us?). Set settings here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/tags.bml

Mine have been modified so certain people can tag my entries. The options seem kinda backwards; I would have thought "Who can add existing tags to entries?" should be on top. (It's the more restrictive one: it keeps people from adding, say, "S3X0rs!" randomly, provided that that tag has never been used by you before.)
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1. First Place: Nintendo Wii (Sports Package), which includes one brand-new, unopened Nintendo Wii Video Game System, one Wii Remote, 1 Nunchuck, an AC Adaptor, AV Cable, Sensor Bar, Console Stand, and the Wii Sports Package (Includes Baseball, Bowling, Boxing, Golf, and Tennis) . Additionally, if the first-place winner so desires, I will ship (separately) them a Retro Revolution Wii Skin by DecalGirl so they can skin their Wii to make it look like the original Nintendo console system.

2. Second Place: Four (4) $25 LiveJournal Gift Certificates.

3. Third Place: Three (3) $15 LiveJournal Gift Certificates.

Non-winning entries will be entered into a random drawing to award three contestants for one (1) $15 gift certificate each.

essentially, make an "open-source" (that is, released under the Creative Commons Attribution - Non-commercial - Share Alike (by-nc-sa) 2.5 License) video that spreads LiveJournal. And you get a chance to win stuff.
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I <3 the livejournal portal function. Especially the nice Note-to-self module.

Now I just need to get a calendar in here... like a google calendar...

"Small Number of Video iPods Shipped With Windows Virus"

"As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it."


I don't have anything to say.
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Apparently the tag is <lj-template>.

Check this FAQ for usage: http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=268

[Error: unknown template video]
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Ouqi's thing:
Joining works. The page looks absurdly similar to livejournal... I need to change that later.
Logging in kinda works. Damn cookies are being stupid and not applying sometimes. I think the way I'm "installing" them is messed up.
print header(-cookie=>@cookies); (using CGI / perl)
Logging out... eh, also kinda works. Goddamn cookies. I think the problem is that I'm not... deleting cookies before making new ones? o.O So I have multiple cookies with the same value? I don't know. Safari has no nice cookies viewer, and it irritates the fuck out of me.

I need to toss in taint mode. I've been careful, but I'm slipping with the amount of code I'm spewing out. Eh. No, I'll pass on this for now. Not writing anything to file, only to database. Need to check everything from the user though, cookies, post, get, env...

Honestly, this is the project I'm most interested in at the moment, since I'm learning the most here, and there's less... reading of code, which is always harder than writing new code. But since this the the project where I don't get paid immediately, and I don't exactly have a _deadline_ set, dropping it until I have more time is an option. A bad option, but an option none-the-less, should time run out.

LiveJournal / Google SOC2006:
Honestly, it feels like it's not getting anywhere. Sure, I can upload zip files right now, but I might need to change the thing reading the uploading to use something else. And it's already July 18th. Precisely a month before school starts again.
I still need to save the data. Install it into the user's.. space/area. That's another challenge I'm not all too sure about.

August 21, 2006:
- All student projects due by 08:00 Pacific Daylight Time
- Final mentor evaluations of student progress commence
- Student evaluations of mentors commence

September 5, 2006:
- All mentor and student evaluations due by 08:00 Pacific Daylight Time
- Google begins issuing final student payments
- Google program administrators begin review of students' evaluations of their mentors

September 25, 2006:
Google begins issuing payments to mentoring organizations

I would like to get this done before Karen gets here from Canada though. That means getting everything done by Aug 4.

Plus, I had originally planned to study that class I dropped. >.> That's not happening much at all.

[edit] I also need to clean up my room and my e-mail and get my family-related life more organized. Mom's leaving tomorrow to go back to Taiwan until the 6th of august, I think, or some time around then... so I'll be in charge of cooking, cleaning, keeping the little sister in order, driving said sister, etc.

Voice Post

Jul. 4th, 2006 05:08 pm
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Okay, that was a test of the following:
- Voice Candy (http://www.potionfactory.com/voicecandy/), the rather nifty little thing that changes your voice.
- SoundFlower (http://www.cycling74.com/products/soundflower - site down, try http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14067 ?), an extension that adds the functionality to reroute audio from one place to another. As in, instead of sending audio to your headphones, you can output it to the SoundFlower stream. And from there, any Core Audio app can pick the SoundFlower stream as an input.
- Gizmo (http://www.gizmoproject.com/), the VoIP (Voice over IP) app that, I'd say, rivals Skype in spiffy free offerings. More on this later.
- Gizmo based LiveJournal Voice Posting.

SoundFlower required a reboot to get it working. Still, I'm not going to complain, 'cause it's awesome. No preference panes or anything, just the devices in the Sound Preference Pane.

Voice Candy's spiffy, but... I don't know if I want to pay up yet. It's not something I'd use everyday. More like a toy to play with and toss out once I get bored.

Gizmo... 2.0.158. I had issues getting it to log in on my network. Then, when our cable connection died and I switched over to my neighbor's network, poof, it worked. WTF. It kept hanging at "Starting Agent..." -.- I don't get it. (needless to say, it's not... userfriendly in that respect. You need to be able to configure your local network. Or not. I don't know.)

Oh, yeah, another thing about Gizmo? Free area 775 numbers. Mine be: 775-599-2741. Probably not going to use it that often, but hey, it's nice to know it's there. There's also free conference rooms.. o.O Although... I don't know if it's permanent.
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LJ is for . . .

There seems to be some confusion circulating among many users, so we wanted to take a moment to try to clear some things up.


Another point of confusion came from some wording on the Six Apart website, which states that "LiveJournal has grown to be an amazing community of fiercely independent bloggers, primarily teenagers and twenty-somethings." We know the first part is true, but some people are questioning the second part. Though a few different sources confirm that the largest group of LJ users falls into the ages of around 18-24, a lot of LJ users feel that description just doesn't describe LJ's diverse community. We want you to know that we've heard your concerns, and now we're challenging you to help us make our statistics more accurate. The way you can do this is by following this meme that you might have already seen:
Go to the profile page and specify your full date of birth, including your year of birth. If you don't want everyone to see how old you are, make sure the box that says "show your birthday to other users" is unchecked. The important thing is to get yourself into the database. Then tell your friends about it, and ask them to do it too.

--read more here: http://news.livejournal.com/92448.html

::wonders if he had anything to do with this...::


Oi, yoi... there's mad drama there. =.=;; Most of the crap seems to be rotating around the whole, "LJ is turning into MySpace, OMG! I'm going to leave, yea hear me?"

My question right now ('cause I have only half-heartedly skimmed through the drama, and really don't wanna read 1500+ comments) is, where in the WORLD are people getting the idea that LJ is going to turn into MySpace?

What is it? The ads? The announced "new system that'll make style easier"? I'm assuming it's not the majority age group thing, 'cause that'd just be a stupid assumption.

The new system... eh, I'll go over it at some point. It's not what I had originally expected, and it turns the difficulty "dial" (to quote Brad) waaaaay down to easy. Past S1, even. But that should make it so LJ would turn into MySpace. Besides, people aren't seeing the entire monkeysphereishness! I think I can safely say that most livejournal users don't have more than 300 friends, unless their a crazy friend collector. And no one is going to make other people visit ugly journals... So what if a crowd of idiots gather? There's always going to be a crowd of idiots, no matter where you go.

As for the ads... eh, I can't say much about those. I dislike them, but hey, if it brings in money, and guarantees that livejournal will stay alive, so be it. I've forked over a decent chunk for my permanent account, so I don't see the ads. So I honestly don't care all that much, as long as I continue not to see them.
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Yeah, slept for about 6 hours, from 9 AM to 3 PM upon getting home. With the help of Tylenol, things are much better now.

Let's see.. yes, I have a much better idea of what my addition to livejournal will be. It'll really be two parts:
1- a style "toolkit", that we distribute in the form of a zip file. It'll include fake/sample html pages, and the end user just edits the style.css we include in there. So all you upload is the style.css and any required images that you want hosted along with your custom style.css. It'll be based off the voxish S2 style (not live yet). And while it's also possible to just copy and paste the style.css into your voxish S2 style, the goal of the zip file that users upload is just so that users can have an easy way to trade styles.
2- a zip uploading / file management / parsing thing.

SixApart was cool. Kinda like google, I was told, but not as excessive in the employee loving. But I'd still like to work there someday - the work environment is pretty nice. Uh, I took pictures of the outside, will post them later. The inside is nothing like the outside, but I didn't take pictures~

Of the people I met, [livejournal.com profile] whitaker, [livejournal.com profile] brad, and someone I can't find anymore ^^;;; the guy who stuck around with me on the couches until I left. Hrumph. I found him on livejournal previously, but I can't find him anymore...
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Mmm, 5 star hotel. =^^= Or, well, whatever, it has internet, and that's all that's important. Free for only the first day, but hey, I'm only here for the night, so that's not a problem.

It's just 10:40 here. But 1 AM at home.

Uh... AirTran, the airline I rode, was pretty good. Their flight attendants were pretty active, with at least one traveling down the aisle once every 30 minutes or so to ask if people wanted water or to offer cookies. XM Radio was spiffy.

San Francisco's airport (SFO) is pretty awesome. At least the trams that circle the airport. They kinda remind me of the (kinda) new trams in Taiwan.

It's cold here. Like... 60º. O.o I'm in shorts and a t-shirt. ::makes a face:: Thanks goodness my more formal stuff is long sleeved.

Rode the BART from the airport to the hotel, their equivalent of our metro. But not as new looking. Announcements of doors closing, and arrivals at stops were announced by the driver. And occasionally couldn't be heard.

Uh. I'm going to bed. I'm tired, despite sleeping lots on the plane.
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Monday, June 19, 2006
AirTran Airways # 67
Washington Dulles Intl (IAD) to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL)
Departure (IAD): June 19, 2:54 PM EDT (afternoon)
Arrival (ATL): June 19, 4:44 PM EDT (afternoon)
Class: Economy

AirTran Airways # 57
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL) to San Francisco International
Departure (ATL): June 19, 6:25 PM EDT (evening)
Arrival (SFO): June 19, 8:40 PM PDT (evening)
Check in, maybe wander around San Francisco a tad bit. Anyone got places I should try to visit? Keep in mind I'm arriving at 8:40 PM~ so most places might be closed already.

Sleep the night at the Courtyard Downtown (299 2nd St).

Check out, head on over to SixApart's office (548 4th Street) around 10. If I manage to wake up earlier, there'll be the option of wandering around a bit.

That'll give us 12 hours to talk, more or less. Minus lunch and dinner. Although I don't think we'll need 12 hours~ so I think I'll still have time left over to wander a bit. And since transportation back to the airport could take 30-60 minutes, I should probably plan to be heading back to the airport around 8:30 or so. Granted, I'm paranoid, so the numbers may seem silly. ::doesn't want to run for planes again though...::

God bless Google Earth. :D Nothing like doing a bit of bird's-eye sight-seeing before wandering out there.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
AirTran Airways # 52
San Francisco International (SFO) to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL)
Departure (SFO): June 20, 9:45 PM PDT (evening)
Arrival (ATL): June 21, 5:33 AM EDT (morning)
Class: Economy

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
AirTran Airways # 58
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATL (ATL) to Washington Dulles Intl (IAD)
Departure (ATL): June 21, 7:00 AM EDT (morning)
Arrival (IAD): June 21, 8:41 AM EDT (morning)
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Congratulations! This email is being sent to inform you that your
application was accepted to take part in the Summer of Code. Please
check your student home page in the SoC web app at
http://code.google.com/soc/student_home.html to determine which of
your applications was accepted.

You know what's weird... I would have sworn I dreamt this morning that I went to a page that said out of all the applications accepted for that livejournal project, mine was the third best. ^^;; Damn realistic dreams. So I've been confuzzled the past... 15 so minutes, trying to figure out if this was some mistake or joke~

But it does say "Application accepted!" on my home page. So I'm assuming my application did make it through. Yay~!

Your mentoring organization will likely also set up similar lists for
you and your cohorts so that they may interact with you on your
project. You should not wait for them, please feel free to contact
them and let them know you are ready to start developing open source
software with them.

Right, must go hunt down... errr... people... I guess I should ask [livejournal.com profile] brad first? Eh, either way, it'll have to wait until I get back from my doctor's appointment.
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"Blue Security offloads DoS attack onto blogs"

archived )

In other news, Virginia's Department of Transportation (VDOT) is testing a new optical illusion that'll slow down drivers. Essentially, it's short horizontal lines on the road, designed to make the driver think they're going faster than they really are.

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As posted in [livejournal.com profile] lj_maintenance, as well as [livejournal.com profile] status
Network issues

Since approximately 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, Six Apart has been the victim of a sophisticated distributed denial of service attack. This has affected all of Six Apart's sites, causing intermittent and limited availability for LiveJournal, Typepad, TypeKey, sixapart.com, movabletype.org, movabletype.com as well as status.livejournal.org. Our network operations staff is working around the clock with our Internet access providers to resolve the issue. We appreciate your patience and support, and will provide updates as we have them.

Currently access and availability to our sites has improved. We continue to work closely with our Internet access providers and will monitor the situation through the night.

We appreciate your patience and support, and will provide updates as we have them.

Yes, that would explain why I was unable to procrastinate properly with livejournal last night.
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So the new ad-option has been put into place.

You'll see ads if you're:
-Not logged in
-Visiting a journal whose user chose to use "Sponsored+" class (and you're a free user)
-Logged in as a "Sponsored+" user.

Paid and Permanent users don't see ads. Ever. ^.^v

It's actually not too bad, I guess, with 1 GB of photo hosting space, in exchange for ads....

It's interesting though - if paid users will never see ads on "Sponsored+" journals, how will that affect the layout? I guess the place where the ads would be would just be blank...

Kinda sucks that logged out users will have to see ads though... and the fact that I won't be able to boast that LJ is ad-free. Oh well.

Here's the [livejournal.com profile] news post: http://news.livejournal.com/91919.html

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