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Tony Berno
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From the forests of Mendocino County...
From the forests of Mendocino County...

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WHY would you post a picture from a movie with no title or comment? It's precisely the people who could most benefit from your opinion who have no idea what film it's from.
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Oh great. My 2 year old MacBook, which cost me $3500, rolled over and died in the middle of work on Monday. The screen just went black and the unit was completely bricked, no magic key combination could bring it back to life. Took it into an Apple store today, and it's going to be at the repair center for a week, and cost as much as $800, with no guarantee of keeping the data.

This burns in so many ways. One, it's a top of the line machine with no moving parts and an external power brick - short of breaking it or spilling coffee all over it, how the hell can anything go wrong??? Second, the "hard disk" chips are wired in to the logic board, so I can't just remove the disk and recover the data. Again, no moving parts, so why should I have cared about that?

Yes, I do have backups, but I was right in the middle of a box of documents for the scanning project, and that box was not yet backed up, and the documents themselves are a mess. It's going to take hours and hours and HOURS to figure out how to reassemble them.

I really expected better than this.

Thing is, it's so much a part of my life, it's almost like part of my body. It really hurts to have it gone, and to create such an expense just when I really don't need new expenses.

There is a chance it will come back fixed with the data intact, but I'm not at all optimistic.
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Sorry to say that after actually buying the license key, my experience with the Google+ Exporter tool I recommended the other day has not been going so well. I am working with the developer, who is very responsive, and we might be able to work it out. I am an early user with a lot of posts so it's not totally surprising this tool would fail in my case, YMMV.
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For those of you who are leaving G+ - which, of course, is everyone reading this - I was pointed towards an export tool that seems to be the best way to preserve your data.

If you've tried Google Takeout you probably already know what a fustercluck that is. The resulting archives are gigantic and more or less incomprehensible. I mean, your posts are somewhere in there, but there is so much cruft (probably related to the underlying DB technology they use) that finding anything that even makes sense is a challenge.

This tool exports to either JSON or an XML format that is designed to be WordPress-friendly. There is basically zero BS here, it all just works. References to images are included as URLs to Google photo resources that as far as I know will continue to function after G+ is gone.

The XML format is reasonably readable in just a regular text editor. There are a variety of ways to use JSON and XML data which I haven't fully investigated but the XML is more readable if you choose to not use any tool at all.

I will be switching to MeWe on Dec. 1 and probably will not keep up on much here, though I will look from time to time.
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Pacific Heights haircut.
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The lengths some people will go to for color coordination...
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Holy crap, this place gives out free samples of three different kinds of sturgeon caviar to anyone who drops in. Had to leave before the desire to buy became overwhelming. Desire and Prudence are fighting a death match in my head right now.
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Tacos made with leftover flank steak, cucumbers, lemon juice, onions, and yogurt. Since I needed to use the fryer anyway, I deep-fried the tortillas, seeking that elusive texture that is both soft and crunchy at the same time. It's accompanied by some fried green tomatoes, which are a test run for tomorrow - we have a LOT of green tomatoes right now, and they might be popular at our Friday potluck. But they have to survive for a few hours without getting soggy. Looking good so far! Will let you know the results at 3:00.
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I’m getting a series of scareware emails containing my (cracked) passwords from various Livejournal accounts I created in the early to late oughts. Yay for one-time email addresses! Thanks to them I know exactly where this all came from. Some of the passwords were totally lame, others I wouldn’t have thought were particularly crackable despite their shortness. Anyway, if you’re getting these too, that’s the likely source. And if what they say about the secretly recorded videos is true, please send them along, I’m sure they’re very entertaining. lol.
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