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23 December 2010 @ 11:59 pm
What I've been up to  

Well, I've finally gone and done it. After years of grumbling at LJ I have created an account elsewhere. Last year I was actually talked into taking a paid account here (by someone who has since left LJ for Facebook), but when a friend of a friend handed out invite codes to Dreamwidth, of which I had heard good things, I decided to go for it, and let my paid LJ account lapse. As from yesterday I am back to Basic. (Bastards only let me keep 6 icons, whereas I was entitled to 15 before. Grumble grumble. But the moodtheme I uploaded in the nick of time is still in place, so there.)

I am [personal profile] lethe1 on DW, but I will still be cross-posting here and reading my friends pages and such, so nothing much will change. I'll probably ask you to post comments to my entries on DW with a direct link. I have given everyone on my LJ friends list access, so you should be able to log in there using your LJ login. We'll see how it goes.

As Dreamwidth does not have a scrapbook function as yet, I had to look around for another image hosting site. ImageShack, which I used before, doesn't agree with my browsers any more, and besides, I found that site to be rather unreliable. Lots of my older (and sometimes not so old) pics had disappeared.

For my own photos I settled for Flickr (which has some very weird restrictions, as I discovered when I was already halfway through re-uploading, hidden away as they were in the Help pages instead of in the ToS), for small image sizes I use the very fast HostAnyPhoto, and The Easy View is used for everything else.

Looking through those old photos was a joy and I thought I really must go back to photographing and posting pics regularly again.

On Wednesday last week I was smitten by a nasty flu-like thingy which drained me of all energy. I had originally planned to decorate last weekend, but I just couldn't face it. This afternoon I ventured out for the first time. I had to do some shopping (by Jove, it's slippery outside. I hate this kind of weather. Yuck, yuck, yuck) and I also had a persistent headache which I thought might be due to lack of fresh air, although people had told me it is a side-effect of this particular flu. Anyway, my headache did diminish and I was back just in time for Shrek, which I watched while finally putting up my Christmas decorations. Even though I was tired afterwards, I was immensely cheered, so it was worth the effort.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Ben Folds
Silver M: mellochocbitemaldeluxx on December 24th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Okay, I've added you; my name is the same as here. :)
Mnemosyne: gilbert fun_lethe_ on December 24th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
My first friend there, just like you were on LJ! Added you back (and subscribed, FWIW). :)
castallia: Christmas Tolkiencastallia on December 24th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm not really familiar with DW; what advantages does it have over LJ? (It looked a bit similar to me). I bookmarked your new page.

Sorry to hear about your health problems; I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Have a great Christmas. :)
Mnemosyne: words of wisdom_lethe_ on December 24th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
A great Christmas to you too! :)

DW is based on the LiveJournal code, that's why it looks similar.

What I like about Dreamwidth, among other things:

- no ads (with a paid account you don't see ads on LJ either, but everybody else is bombarded with them, often questionable ones)
- the way they have split up the "friends list" in subscriptions and access (if you subscribe to someone's journal that person will not be able to read your friends-locked entries, that happens only when you grant them access)
- the high number of women in their development team
- their guiding principles


They sound like a very idealistic bunch, much like I imagine LJ was in the early days, before the sell-out to SixApart and later SUP, so let's hope they can keep it up.

All in all, I feel better giving my money to Dreamwidth than to LJ, who have made it a habit to implement questionable or objectionable features without consulting their subscribers first and to generally piss off their users while regarding us more like ways to generate as much money as possible than as customers.
callmemadam: christmascallmemadam on December 24th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
Just tested leaving a message there and it was OK.

Sorry you've been ill, hope you can enjoy Christmas.
Mnemosyne: love_lethe_ on December 24th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it works!

Thank you, that will not be a problem :-)