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Mini Update

I know the amount of entries have fallen really low for a couple months now and I’ll explain one of the biggest reasons for that in another post. For now though, it’ll be the usual excuse that everyone gives – I haven’t had the time. I was out almost everyday during summer either working or to be with others. Now that school has started again, I’m really trying to put in all my time into it. This year I’m really trying to do the best I can and I kind of have to because just looking at my schedule gives me anxiety.


That’s what my calendar looks like for the next three months. It doesn’t even include all the meetings I’m going to have with my groups for three of my classes, all the time we’re going to put into our ‘business’.. and work. To say I’m overwhelmed will be the understatement of the year. However, a part of me is also excited to see how I’ll deal with all this. I want to have that sense of accomplishment after this term is done because then I’ll know that I can do it if I just put in that effort. Not only in the sense that I finished up my assignments and projects, but also because three out of the four classes I’m taking this term have group presentations. It’s nerve-wracking to speak in front of a crowd – especially one that’s prepared to grill you with questions afterwards!

Just wanted to wish everyone good luck this fall term. Let’s work hard together to get through the rest of this year, yeah? ::^^::

Companies Are Making Me Rage

Remember when Google decided to axe Google Reader? I felt like a part of me died because that’s what I use to keep up with people’s blogs. I like all the features that came along with Google Reader and I didn’t know of any other RSS readers that could do the same things.


What I didn’t understand at the time was why they decided to kill off Google Reader. The reaction from people was pretty strong too. There were so many people against the discontinuation of Google Reader and were frustrated that they now also had to find a different service to use. So, interest in the service wasn’t the main problem, really. The main problem lies in the fact that Google wasn’t making any money off of it. Unlike it’s other services like YouTube and Gmail, there’s no ads. I’m just so disappointed because I’m usually a fan of services by Google.

Thankfully there was another RSS reader that was available that had much of the same functions that Google Reader has – Feedly.


Actually, Feedly’s interface looks a lot smoother. I feel that it has more of a minimalistic feel, which I enjoy especially since it’s a page where you’re reading a bunch of stuff. I prefer the page to not be cluttered if I’m doing a lot of reading or if there’s a lot of pictures. Not that the newer Google Reader was cluttered, but I think Feedly did a better job with their design.

They provided an option to transfer over everything from my Google Reader so I didn’t have to do it manually. That was a great option to offer especially since everyone was panicking to find a substitute when the news broke out that the service was no longer going to exist. The only problem I had was that when it transferred everything, it didn’t create a list of tags that I had made in Google Reader. I had to manually transfer over the tags myself. My list isn’t too long so it wasn’t too big of a deal, but I imagine people with 100+ tags would be frustrated. I’m not sure if they’ve fixed that since then or not though.

I’m getting a bit nervous now, however, because the other day they asked users to do a quick survey. It mentioned that it might not be able to continue offering the service for free in the future and if it were to start charging us, how much would we be willing to pay? The fact that I just changed over sort of recently and now Feedly also seems uncertain about its future. The huge influx of new users is putting a strain on their servers after Google’s announcement and although they’re trying their best to accommodate everyone, it becomes taxing.

Another company that has been causing me stress recently is -drum roll-.. Flickr!

I’m a pro member because I’ve used it to host all my images for personal photos and also photos for the site. I didn’t mind paying for it since I receive unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth along with it. A couple of days ago, I clicked on a link on Tumblr and it led me to someone’s Flickr profile. I didn’t even realize it was a Flickr profile at first because it looked like a cross between Facebook and a bad version of Pinterest? When I realized it was in fact Flickr, I was horrified. Why did they make it look so ugly?

A couple of hours later I received an e-mail from Flickr and I also saw a tweet by Mashable in regards to the changes that were taking place. Apparently Flickr upped the maximum amount of space for everyone to 1TB. That sounds great, right? Yes, if you were a free user. Free users back then had a monthly limit and also, only their first 200 most recent pictures were viewable on their photostream.

Someone mentioned a catch though, I’m not sure if it’s true or not because Flickr’s FAQ is confusing as hell. Apparently you can only upload 300mb a month, so yes, while 1TB is a huge amount, it would also take forever to fill up with a 300mb/month limitation. As a pro member, I had no limitations in anything except when it came to video files. We had a size and time limit, but that didn’t concern me much because I never surpassed either of them much.

Instead of having a pro membership, Flickr gave two new options. Pay $50 a year for it to be ad-free or $500 to double your space to 2TB. Pro membership used to cost around $25. So with the new structure in place, I would be paying double only to receive an ad-free experience – nothing more, nothing less. As other people have brought up, why would I pay $500 to receive 2TB when I could just make multiple free accounts instead?

I’m very frustrated though because I chose to host all my images on Flickr and I don’t know if I should stay with them anymore. I don’t know if I’d have the time to back up all the images and just reupload them onto a different service. For the images that are for this blog, I would have to go back and change all the links. Yes, I could just upload them onto my blog’s host instead, but I prefer not to do that. Mostly because when I back everything up, the size of the backup would be big. If I decide to move to a different host later, I would have to reupload everything again.

At the end of the day, all companies look at is how much profit they gain. No matter how much people may be against it, companies are not willing to listen to us and continue to forge ahead. I understand they have to change to keep up with the times, but Flickr pretty much just threw its loyal customers to the curb to try and entice new, young consumers that probably wouldn’t stay for long anyway.

Anywho, on a different note.. do you guys like the pictures my brother did for me for this entry? LOL..

Back!

Can’t believe I’m back. After stressing about the blog for the longest time I can finally update haha! I finally emailed my host to see what to do and they got back to me quickly. I followed their instructions to fix it but it still didn’t work so I was sort of panicking at that point. Thankfully they did a follow up to see if everything was alright. Fixed everything up right away ::^^::. So if anyone’s looking for a host that has a great support team definitely check out Cloud Web!

If you notice some random words or text like “:::D::” or “::ribbon::” please ignore it for now. I know it looks really ugly. When I deleted all my plugins to reinstall them I forgot what code I used for some of the emotes LOL.

Lot’s of things have happened in between the time I was gone and I wish I could share it. However I didn’t take pictures of anything that I did haha! Also, I’m still sort of debating if I really want to share some of my personal life online. Once those things are out there you can’t take it back.

I shall now go type up my June Glossybox entry ::heart2::.

Problems With Blog // Diablo III

Hey everyone, I know a lot of people are having trouble accessing my blog these past two weeks. I’m trying to figure out what the problem is, but I’m having trouble with that. It suddenly happened out of nowhere when I haven’t touched any of the coding, etc. for the past two weeks so I’m pretty sure it’s not from me tinkering with the coding?? I know I keep mentioning I’m going to try a reinstalling wordpress again on my Twitter but I’m been really hesitant about it. I don’t know if I backed up correctly and if I’ll lose any of my stuff in the process. So if you’re experiencing any difficulty with my blog right now please hang tight ::nervous::.

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My time lately has been dedicated to Diablo 3 with my friends LOL! We started on Friday night, I bet we’re going to be level 20 by the end of today or something HAHA. It’s so bad because once we get addicted to a game there’s really no stopping us. Our boyfriends are just probably facepalming themselves right now ::swirl::. I think most guys started playing it the day it came out so now that they’re over the game, we started playing ::^^::. I wasn’t going to play, honestly, because my brother told me it’s not my type of game. After playing it though I don’t see why he says that. It’s sort of like the 3D MMORPGs my friends and I play.

My friend and I bought it online and we were raging because after we killed the first significant boss (the Skeleton King) it said we have to pay since we were on Starter’s Edition. I was searching online and it said we might have to wait up to 72 hours before that disappears and we can go on playing the game. We were thinking we might as well have just went to the store to buy the physical copy instead ::GAHH::.

Found some people saying if we changed our passwords it’ll work. It did ::heart2::.

I think I’ve played a fair amount of MMORPGs:

Starting from the in-browser game RuneScape LOL…don’t play that.

MapleStory which became a game full of spoiled kids. You just can’t beat those people in the game when they’re full of cash shop stuff. I think it almost became a requirement to have something from the Cash Shop or else nobody really wants you in their party when you have nothing cool to offer.

La Tale. I still enjoy this came even though it’s 2D haha. Met a good friend on this game too!

Iris Online. First 3D MMORPG for me and my friends. I was hesitant to try because I only use my laptop. The desktop is used by my brother and rest of family. I wasn’t sure if my laptop could handle 3D games LOL. Initially I was kind of having a hard time with the camera angle. After just playing 2D games it was a bit weird. When I got used to it though I wished all 3D games had it. The problem with this game is that after a while the frequency of new quests drops dramatically. You’re left with the daily quests from your lower levels which barely give enough XP for your current level. That and grinding so it really kills the fun. I don’t even know how many levels we had to grind through after we hit about level 28.

Ragnarok. It’s weird how the games seem to be going up in quality and then we played Ragnarok LOL! The reason for that is because my besties all played this game back then and I guess it provided a nice memory for them. We played on a private server. It’s weird though because they let you move the camera but only barely. I was so used to being able to move the camera on IO that RO really irritated me when it came to this. We actually decided to play on the real game when they announced that it was F2P (Free to Play). We couldn’t handle the real game because it felt really boring (at least for me it was) so we stopped pretty early.

Dragon Nest. This was pretty fun because it was another ‘significant’ change in the games I played. Although I wasn’t that good at it, it was still interesting. Usually in these games you aim at the monster and just stay in place pretty much while your character kills the monster. This one you have a more control. You’re expected to be able to dodge the monsters’ attacks. You’re expected to know what attacks to use to get the best combos and kill the monster most efficiently. You’re expected to do more than just click on a monster and press random attacks. It does get a bit repetitive after too because you’re expected to go through the same dungeons a couple times although at different difficulties. On top of that the level cap was pretty low so almost everyone could reach it in a relatively small amount of time. It became sort of a race for people to get to max level so they can just farm for rare items to either sell back out for lots of gold or make their armour godly. Jobs are also gender-locked on this game.

Diablo 3. I haven’t played the other ones, but I have to say, my friend and I are not really THAT impressed for a game that costs $60! I was surprised when I couldn’t change the camera angle on this aside from pressing Z to zoom into my character ::blink::. There’s no customization for the character really. I guess because it’s mainly a game for guys it’s not a huge factor, but come on LOL! It was interesting how you have only two main attacks on this game. I’m so used to having a bunch to switch between. I guess the trade-off was the cool down time on those attacks in other games.

Also, there’s something about this game that I don’t really enjoy which is clicking to walk. I’m guessing because you can’t change your camera angle, there’s no need to use the keyboard to walk. The only gave that made me do that was Ragnarok and I was complaining the whole time. I’m so used to using WASD to move I keep pressing it during gameplay.

I always play archers/mages in games and for some reason they’re always the nicer looking female characters LOL. It’s bad when it’s like that because it makes my bestie Ashleigh want to play since she picks characters based on looks HAHA. Her playing style learns more to a tank, but tanks are usually real butch looking. Her worst nightmare LOL. Okay I’ll stop all this dorky game talk.

Just wanted to mention that my friends made a blog. Well, Ashleigh always ran a tumblr, but she has decided to make a real blog so please check hers out! Her domain name used to be linked to her tumblr, but it now goes to her personal blog. She updates frequently! My friend Connie also made one, but she doesn’t update frequently LOL. Check out her blog anyway ::^^::.