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I've been using Windows 2000 for almost four years now and I'm slowly starting to become fed-up with using the OS as the primary machine, in light of the fact that Windows XP will lose all support next year.

While I found a retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (x86 and x86-64) on eBay for under $80, I found some motherboards (16 GB and 32 GB versions) that will support it, but while some of the 16 GB motherboards are priced reasonably, they have only one IDE connector and one floppy drive while others don't have that at all.

I also found a manufacturer refurbished ASUS PSQL-EPU motherboard on eBay for $49.98 + $25 S&H and an 250 GB ATA/100 hard drive. And since it has one floppy connector, I'm considering getting a 3 1/2" floppy diskette drive too, an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and at least 8 GB DDR2 memory (for which the memory can be maxed out at 16 GB later).

The problem that I can work around is that I will need to use the USB DVD-ROM drive to install Windows Vista on this semi-new motherboard. If it is possible, I will need to migrate the Iomega ZIP drive as well as the Linksys network card and the PCMCIA to PCI card onto the new motherboard as well.

If I go ahead with this consideration, this will most likely be the last semi-new computer that will have limited legacy support, including IDE/floppy drives and PCI support.

I will need to look up at a inquiry on how much will all of this cost. I'll post my final configuration and timing regarding the fate of this 13 year old computer that is becoming increasingly not capable of handling modern technologies that it used to.

If for some reason that it can't be done, then...I will most likely have to scrap this consideration and probably continue using this computer until the motherboard dies.

  • Mood: Seasonal
Cross-posted in the Gaia C&T forums, the dA forums and doing this in my journal.

There are some sad news for those who still use Winamp. After more than 15 years, AOL made a difficult decision to shut down Winamp and any services associated with it in exactly one month from now (Friday, 20 December 2013). Winamp 5.66, for which it will be supported only until the shutdown date will the be the last release.

All web services associated with Winamp, including skins and plugins will no longer be available after this date.

Former Winamp employees are blaming the AOL mismanagement and the high costs of keeping the service online for the shutdown.

Rest in peace, Winamp. :(
  • Mood: Sadness
As you may have already noticed, my tooth got extracted earlier approximately 10:21 AM.

The reason why the tooth (most specifically tooth 18) had to go was that:
1. The top left part of my tooth was broken.
2. My tooth was loose due to the fact that the bottom right part of the tooth eroded.

These reasons have rendered that tooth unhealthy. Back in late July, tooth 18 was hurting to a point where I was nearly unable to eat anything.

And because my tooth got extracted, the gums were bleeding pretty bad.

The damage to my mouth has been done and the consequences that I must face for the rest of my life is the tooth that recently got pulled will never grow back.

And if I fail to take care of my teeth properly, more teeth may get yanked in the near future.

I don't like having my teeth pulled, but due to the consequences of neglecting my teeth for more than 17 years, one of the teeth got loose and it had to be done.

It will take at least a week for the extracted tooth and the gums to heal, for at least the next several days, I'm gonna have to take it easy.

Have you ever had your tooth extracted? If so, please share your thoughts.
  • Mood: Sadness
The wait is finally over!

The Boston Red Sox have won the 2013 World Series after they defeated the National League champion, the St. Louis Cardinals, 6 to 1. The Red Sox eliminate the Cardinals, four games to two.

Since the introduction of the League Division Series at the close of the 1995 MLB season, both of the teams who made it all the way to the World Series, shared the best overall regular season records in each league only to win the World Series that season. This previously happened in 1998, 2007 and 2009.

This is also the fourth meeting between the Cardinals and Red Sox in the World Series (previous meetings were in 1946, 1967 and 2004) and also the first World Series since 1999 to pair the two teams with the best regular season records in their respective leagues and also the third time in history (following the 1949 and 1958 World Series) to feature two teams with identical regular season records.

The last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series on home plate in Fenway was on 11 September 1918 when they took out the Chicago Cubs, four games to two.

#34 1st Base, David Ortiz was named the 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player. During the World Series, he was credited for scoring 7 runs, 11 hits and 2 home runs with 6 runs at base and struck out once.

Average time of the game in the series was 3 hours and 19 minutes and a average of 42,927 people attended the games in the 2013 World Series.

Once again, Boston strong! Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, champions of the baseball world! :D

Thoughts on the 2013 World Series, anyone?
  • Mood: Pride
Well...I don't know what I can say anymore. I've been struggling hard with my weight loss recently and this has put a dent on my ability to do other things...such as drawing. And now, I found myself so deeply frustrated to a point where I found myself digging into a huge hole.

Yes, I admit that I have been stalking the Projects Forum (on and off) and I'm one of the users who do free commissions for other artists. And not caring about what they draw for me is what make it a concern here. What makes things downright insulting is that if I ever asked someone to do a request...only that it can be removed from their gallery completely.

Doing illustrations (whatever they're free or not) takes hours, days, weeks...possibly up to a month which is a lot of hard work for a artist to do. Improving the artistic style takes years from the get go.

For me, I unfortunately have not done any of that and I have not found a good time nor have the capable to continue drawing. Infact, I haven't even been able to draw anything new...for almost two years now! :depressed:

And along with my struggles to lose weight, here are the reasons why this frustration has been haunting me:

1. I have been using this desktop computer for the last seven of ten years. I use a PS/2 mouse to navigate and the 17" CRT monitor lacks touch screen capabilities. It's unfortunate that I will not be able to replace this machine as I do not have the funds to buy a replacement PC.

The PC itself is running Windows 2000 and even though it has the latest version of UURollup extended kernel installed, the operating system, which is used by less than .04% of internet connected users, has not been supported by Microsoft in more than three years now. Almost all vendors have ceased compatibility with this OS.

This means that even if I have the extended kernel installed on this computer, some of the software that was designed for Windows XP and later will not operate 100% correctly, if not at all.

The 11-year old Compaq TC1000 is going to have the hard drive replaced with a 32 GB compact flash card that will connect to a 2.5" Compact Flash to IDE adapter that will act as a hard drive. The whole unit hasn't been working correctly, because the hard drive cable got loose. Even though the unit got fixed, the damage to the old hard drive has been done and it can't be reversed.

I remember that I purchased a CF-to-IDE drive for nearly $9 and found that the unit did not fit on the TC1000's hard drive caddy. So, I got a better one and it only costs $3.89 (including free shipping)!

2. I also have a working 16-year old Fujitsu Point 510 tablet computer. The unit does not have internet capability, because it's running MS-DOS with Windows 3.1 and the only way to transfer files is with a 2 GB (or smaller) compact flash adapter. Because I have been using this desktop computer more than the unit itself, I haven't had the time to use the Point 510 computer for the time being. :(

3. I have other portable computers that I no longer use or don't work correctly, if not at all anymore. The 17-year old Toshiba Tecra 720 CDT laptop for which it had its hard drive wiped twice now had been running Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 respectively. The laptop that I used was very slow and with the low specs, you can't browse deviantART on that unit at all. Plus, the laptop is heavy and works "as-is", but in any event that I revive it in the near future. it's not expected to operate forever.

On the other side of the coin, the 20-year old GRiD 2270 tablet computer is no longer functional, because the battery does not hold a charge anymore and it has to be connected to the back of the tablet computer in order for it to work. I have been very unlucky to find replacement parts for the unit and as far as I know, the unit was unreachably expensive and did not sell very well when it was new a long time ago.

Along with the GRiD 2270, if no one wants to use the Tecra 720 CDT laptop...I suspect that it will most likely go to a recycling center soon.

4. Speaking of lack of funds, PC sales have been in a slump. Consumers have been declining to buy a whole new computer due to glitches that were found in the Windows 8 operating system. What's worse is that smartphones and tablets are attempting to replace the personal computer.

But things are not expect to last forever as at some point, older PCs are gonna have to be replaced in any event motherboards and other critical components die and that there are no more replacement parts available.

I think that I will be listening to the 2013 World Series for the next several days and think what I'm going to do next...
  • Mood: Lazy
For those of you who already have Windows 8 installed, there are some good news: Windows 8.1 is available for download!

Windows 8.1 has brought back the Start Button (a feature that was missing in the original release) and also includes Internet Explorer 11...for which it has been ported to users running Windows 7 SP1.

The Verge has a review of Windows 8.1 and you can read it all here:…

If you still want Windows 7, it's not going to be too much longer before Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 to direct OEMs and terminate retail sales of the operating system.
  • Mood: Joy
Hey all.

As you may have already noticed. I was close to having to completely abandon this aging desktop computer that I've used for years, but now thanks to dad, I got another chance...this is especially after the 17" Sylvania PD-80A monitor had its LCD backlight burned out and stop working. :la:

I'm using a Dell M782 monitor manufactured in August 2001. It is a 17" CRT monitor capable of displaying resolutions of up to 1280 x 1024...which is a common standard for most legacy PCs. It seems that since I'm technically after a monitor that people don't want to use anymore, I want to use it now...that is until the motherboard on this computer finally dies and that there are no replacement parts available.

The monitor works perfectly, but it is "as is" as it has scratches and dirt around the monitor. :) (Smile)

I'm gonna have to uninstall the VNC client on my sisters laptop and give it back to my sister and I deeply apologise for all of the chaos that was caused. I had to use the laptop for over a week, because I couldn't find a replacement monitor to use for this PC and the eMachines CRT monitor no longer works.

You can all give me a hug now!

  • Mood: Joy
I've been offline for a while, because I have some not so good news as I am typing from a laptop belonging to my sister as what is going on right now.

The monitor attached to the graphics card stopped working properly. :no: I also tried to connect the eMachines monitor and it simply wouldn't turn on. I'm gonna need to get the monitor tested in the family room PC to make sure that it still works properly. I was forced to turn the computer off, because of thunderstorms in the area and when I tried to turn the computer on, the monitor wouldn't come on properly.

I will most likely need to get a different monitor to use for this computer and if it still doesn't work, then it has to be the graphics card going bad. I sure hope that is absolutely not the case as I've been using the NVIDIA GeForce MX400 graphics card for over a decade without any problems and it always worked without problems.

Sorry about that. :(

Update: The 11-year old graphics card is still working as is. Earlier this week, I found that while the monitor would turn on, the back-light on the 17" Sylvania LCD monitor stopped working.

Until I find a replacement LCD monitor online (if I can), I will have to use my sister's laptop and use a VNC client as this aging desktop computer does not even have a computer monitor now.
  • Mood: Sadness
Hey there! I'm still around dA and I deeply apologise that I haven't been doing any new drawings lately, but I'm starting to face some neglect here. :(

I had as many as over 5,700 deviation messages from last year and so far, I've been capable of getting that number down to 4,200 (which puts it in mid-August of last year), while I hope to get that number of messages below 4,000 by the end of the day, I clearly hope to get all of the messages in the 2012 folder cleared by the end of this month.

After that I will log out of this account and still hope to concentrate on working on the long overdue kiriban drawing of Madison Kahn for xxCuteEmmyxx that I promised.

It won't be too much longer before the hot weather that has been plaguing for nearly five months is finally going to be outta here.
  • Mood: Sadness
For the first time since 1964, the city of Tokyo, Japan was selected to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad...this is especially what's going to be considered a safe rather than a trans-formative choice. This is especially in a time of political and economic uncertainty around the world.

This is the case, because of the International Olympic Committee's environmental concerns in the island nation appear to be less urgent than the Syrian war on Turkey's border, a harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters in Istanbul recently as well as Spain's economic recession and high unemployment.

Prior to this, Japan has hosted three Olympic Games, the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Additionally, Japan has hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea and has shown that it can organise the world's largest sporting events. Funding of up to $4.5 billion will be contributed to building stadiums for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

Most recently on 11 March 2011, northeastern Japan was hit by a massive 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, killing 15,840 people and leaving another 3,926 missing. Tsunami warnings were issued in 50 countries and territories. In the aftermath, emergencies were declared at four nuclear power plants that were affected by the quake.

How was Tokyo, Japan win the bid to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad?

In the first round, Tokyo, Japan defeated both Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain by a 42 to 26 vote. However, since two cities had a 26 vote, a runoff was declared. In the runoff, Istanbul eliminated Madrid by a 49 to 45 vote.

In Round 2, Tokyo defeated Istanbul, by a 60 to 36 vote. Because Tokyo won the bid, they will not be eligible for another Olympic bid for a long time. Istanbul and Madrid will also not be eligible to make a bid to host the Games of the XXXIII in 2024.

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be held from 24 July 2020 to 9 August 2020 for which it is at most 2,511 days from now!

It will be a long time before we see the wait be finally over!

What are your thoughts on the International Olympic Committee's final decision for Tokyo to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020?
  • Mood: Joy
Well. It's been about two weeks since I wrote my previous journal entry, but things have been slow this past Summer vacation.

However, Summer vacation for most people has officially come to a end as the 2013-2014 school/college semester has begun. The rest will most likely go back next Tuesday after Labour Day comes to a end.

This Summer so far has been rough, especially with all of these wildfires in the western part of the United States raging out of control lately. I'm glad that it will finally be over in less than a few weeks as rainy season and the transition to Winter weather will soon begin.

In the mean time, since things have been slow, I've been slowly losing my struggle to get new watchers even though I cannot watch back everyone. It's down a bit to 892 after peaking at 897 and the kiriban is set at 1,000 watchers. There needs to be a way to overcome this.

Also, I seriously need to finish the long overdue kiriban drawing as well as I've been pretty much procrastinating. :(

Also, since I've caught numerous kiribans and requested drawings over the past several months, some of them are long overdue.

If for any reason you have finished the requested drawing or that you're working on it, you're welcome to either post here, on my userpage or send me a note. With that, I will get on it as soon as possible. I have not forgotten everyone here!

Thank you for understanding!

  • Mood: Shame
:hug: :party: :cake: :iconaawplz: :iconteddyplz: :iconaawplz: :cake: :party: :hug:

Well...what do you know. Another year has passed from the last one. Today, I'm celebrating my nine years on deviantART! :party:

While things have been less turbulent, things will continue to be rough for a while. I still need to control my weight and my behaviour, both online and offline.

Thanks to all of the deviants who continued to support me over the year, including the past year. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to list all of the deviants that I like this year, but I really appreciate the effort and the hard work that you put on deviantART! :love:

:hug: :party: :cake: :iconaawplz: :iconteddyplz: :iconaawplz: :cake: :party: :hug:
  • Mood: Cheerful

I can't believe that deviantART is not in COPPA violation anymore. :la:

deviantART has been around this long, yet it hasn't significantly changed its layout in over three years now.

Congrats to spyed and the rest of the staff for all of the hard work that they put on this site for the past 13 years!

  • Mood: Cheerful
The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in the books. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 3 to 0. This was the American League's seventh shutout in All-Star Game history and the first time that there have been shutouts in consecutive All-Star games.

The time of the game was 3 hours and 6 minutes with the first pitch at 8:19 PM EDT. 45,186 people attended the game.

American Idol champion, Candice Glover sang the National Anthem. Marc Anthony sang "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. Additionally, Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the 8th inning.

This was the first time that the New York Mets hosted an All-Star Game since 1964 for which it was the team's inaugural season at Shea Stadium and the ninth time that the All-Star Game was held in New York City. The last that a MLB All-Star Game was held in New York City was in 2008, for which is where the old Yankee Stadium hosted it in its final season before being demolished.

#42 Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees wins the 2013 MLB All-Star Most Valuable Player Award. This is the case, because he was credited in the top of the 8th inning in a effort that he would pitch in his final All-Star game before retiring. He tossed a perfect inning and make a pair of standing ovations while helping the American League All-Stars snap their three game losing streak. For winning the MVP honours, he also got the keys to the new 2014 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray for his accomplishments!

The top performer in the American League was #22 2nd Baseman Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians, who scored 1 at base, 1 run and 1 RBI. The top performer in the losing team, the National League was #44 1st Baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks who went 2 at base and scored 1 run.

Also this was a low scoring game, the American League has regained their Home Field Advantage in the 2013 World Series this October. Overall, the National League still leads the All-Star Game with 43 wins, 39 losses and 2 ties.

Once again, congratulations to the American League for breaking the three-game losing streak and winning the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game!
  • Mood: Pride
First of all, since my Premium Membership is all gone now and the fact that Independence Day is now behind us until next year, I feel that it would be good to take some time out from dA and try to regroup while I try to focus on other things. Christmas is now 172 days away as we had better start thinking about what we want for Christmas soon! :D

I seriously need to get done with the kiriban drawing for xxCuteEmmyxx as I've been seriously slacking.

On a bright note, I decided to make a small feature of KGanArt's work. Have a look:

Wonder Woman -Amazonian Goddess- by KGanArt Morrigan -Arcane- by KGanArt Zatanna -Injustice: Gods Among Us- by KGanArt
Mary Marvel -Risen- by KGanArt Korra -Watercolor- by KGanArt Shadowcat -Infiltration- by KGanArt Lara Croft -Tomb Raider- by KGanArt
Scarlet Witch -Crimson Grace- by KGanArt Phantom Lady -Freedom Fighter- by KGanArt Paradise Island by KGanArt

On a side note, during my time away from dA, I will only check my account either around midnight or when I go to bed. If you need anything, you're welcome to send me a note. :hug:
  • Mood: Affection

Premium Membership going away...

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 28, 2013, 9:53 AM

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First of all, I would honestly like to thank Amairim for offering me the three-month Premium Membership. I really appreciate it.

Unfortunately, the Premium Membership is expiring this Tuesday, so barring any Premium Membership renewals, this is going to be the last journal entry. If anyone is feeling generous enough to renew my Premium Membership, let me know.

On a happier note, Zhdara (formerly Naonai) is offering point commissions. The prices range from 40:points: (50) up to as much as 400:points: ($5). Speedpainting of her process of your order will cost you 20:points: (25) extra.

Have a look:…

Luckily, I've been doing a fair job trying to save up points, but it's been slow as the 300,000 kiriban is still a long way off.

As a offer, there is a chance that I will be offering 100:points: for winning the mini-kiriban...starting at 290,000 and offering 100:points: for every 1,000 pageviews leading up to the 300,000 kiriban, where I will be offering up to 1,000:points: and a free drawing.

In order for this to work properly, I will need to save at least 2,000:points: ($25) to spend for mini-kiriban and kiriban winners. If I have any leftover points, then there is a chance that I may do a decent point commission with someone.

I will amend the kiriban plans when more information, becomes available.

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  • Mood: Daily Needs

Chicago Blackhawks: 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 24, 2013, 9:49 PM

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It's been a banner year for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have overthrown the Eastern Conference Champion, the Boston Bruins to win the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship! Overall, this is the Blackhawks' fifth Stanley Cup in their franchise history and this is also their second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons.

This after the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins, 3 to 2 in Game 6 and winning the series, four games to two.

The Boston Bruins were 1 minute and 17 seconds away from forcing a decisive Game 7 to be played on Wednesday night, but the Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 17 seconds to win the game and the series. This is the shortest span of tying and breaking the tie against another opponent since 1941 when that year, the Bruins won their 3rd Stanley Cup.

#36 Center Dave Bolland made the game and the series-winning goal with assists from #67 Right Wing Michael Frolik and #27 Defense Johnny Oduya and ultimately deny the Bruins' 7th Stanley Cup championship. Infact, the Bruins lost the last three straight games after previously leading the series two games to one going into Game 4 last Saturday.

#88 Right Wing Patrick Kane won the Connes Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although he did not score any goals or assists in Game 6, throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he scored a total of 9 goals, 10 assists totaling 19 points in the last 23 games. This past season, he played 47 games, scored 23 goals, 32 assists totaling 55 points. As a native of Buffalo, New York, he became the first Blackhawks player to score nine or more goals in three Stanley Cup Playoffs even though the Blackhawks didn't win the Cup in 2010 and 2011.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is best remembered for the fifth longest Final in history when the game finally ended with 7:52 remaining in the 3rd overtime when Michal Rozsival's shot from the point deflected off of Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw went past Tuukka Rask into the Bruins' net thus giving the Blackhawks' 4-3 win. Two more games (Game 2 and Game 4) would go into overtime.

And now with that said, the shortened 2012-2013 NHL season has finally come to a close. Due to the NHL lockout that both shortened and delayed the start of the regular season to mid-January and from 82 to 48 games, the 2013 Stanley Cup Final had to be pushed two weeks back. And now, the NHL will be going on hiatus for the Summer and will begin anew this fall with the 2013 NHL preseason (starting in the 3rd week of September) leading up to a full 82-game 2013-2014 NHL season.

Next season, there will be no NHL All-Star Game as the NHL will go on a two week hiatus as the teammates participate in the Game of the XXIInd Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia.

In the mean time, congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!

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  • Mood: Pride

Miami Heat: 2013 NBA Champions!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:20 PM

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The Miami Heat go back-to-back! They've done it once again! The Heat have been crowned 2013 NBA champions.

This is after the Heat the defeated the Western Conference champion, the San Antonio Spurs, 95 to 88, this denying their first NBA championship since 2007. The Heat win the series, four games to three. The Spurs were originally going to win the series in six games, but the game went to overtime for which the Heat forced a decisive Game 7.

Once again, #6 forward LeBron James won the 2013 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. He was credited for scoring 37 points with 12 rebounds and four assists in tonight's game. Overall, throughout the NBA Finals, he scored 25.3 points per game, a average of 10.9 rebounds per game and 7 assists per game. The top performer in the losing team, the San Antonio Spurs was #21 Forward Center Tun Duncan who in tonight's game scored 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. Throughout the Finals, he made 17.4 points per game, 12.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.

The series clincher by the Miami Heat is makes it the first back-to-back NBA championship since the Los Angeles Lakers did it from 2000 to 2002. This is also the San Antonio Spurs' first loss in the NBA finals in franchise history after winning the last four NBA Finals in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

This year's NBA Finals is won by the best team in the NBA with 66 wins and 16 losses (.805) while the Spurs finished second in the Eastern Conference with 58 wins and 24 losses (.707) with 2 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder.

At this rate, it's definitely possible that the Miami Heat could make a three-peat next year!

For now, with the Heat being crowned as NBA champions, the NBA will go on hiatus until this Fall when the season will begin anew with the 2013 NBA Preseason (scheduled to begin on Friday, 4 October 2013) and a full 82 game 2013-2014 NBA season that will begin on Tuesday, 29 October.

Once again, congratulations to LeBron James and the Miami Heat for all of their hard work that they put on the NBA this past season and winning the championship! Without LeBron and all of the hard word and effort that he made for his team, the Heat would have never even made it to the playoffs!

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  • Mood: Pride

Store Closing Today

Journal Entry: Tue May 28, 2013, 11:09 AM

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If you still want to shop for t-shirts and gear made by deviantART, today is the last day.

deviantART announced that on 2 April 2013 that dA's T-Shirts & Gear Shop (formerly deviantWEAR) will be closing its doors for good after today after a eight year run in the business.

If you still want to try to find some deviantART related t-shirts and gear associated, you might be lucky to find some of the deviantART-related items on eBay:…

deviantART did not say much of a reason publicly, but I'm making a hard guess here that the reason why the store has been closing is as far as I know, making physical products was deemed too costly for them and dA has been struggling to make a profit out of its T-Shirts and Gear Shop and failed in the end.

Most of the deviants find that they are truly devastated to hear the news of the store closure. :(

What about you? What are your thoughts on deviantART closing down its T-Shirt & Gear Shop?

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  • Mood: Sadness

deviantWATCH limits: What you need to know...

Journal Entry: Sun May 19, 2013, 11:16 AM

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First of all, as requested by Kaleidoscopic-Yarn among others, I've decided to post the five most recent and effort-some drawings of my beloved Mechapuff character done by the deviants that I listed below. Have a look:

1. :iconmiserabunny: :pointr: Mechapuff by Leptomedusae by ppgrainbow
2. :iconkaleidoscopic-yarn: :pointr: Mechapuff by Kaleidoscopic-Yarn
3. :iconmckn2007: :pointr: Request: Mechapuff by McKn2007
4. :iconartistanything: :pointr: Mechapuff by artistanything
5. :iconorangey12: :pointr: Mechapuff by Orangey12
Right now, Kaleidoscopic-Yarn is currently offering free commissions. If you want a drawing of your character done by her, you had better get one soon before they're all gone.

Meanwhile, after I'm current in the process of doing the long overdue kiriban drawing of Madison for xxCuteEmmyxx. Right now, I'm currently doing her anatomy and I've been struggling to get her anatomy right. If it is possible, I will post a WIP screenshot to see how far I've gotten on this drawing.

And after I do the recent kiriban drawing of Daniel for Star-Chaser, I will pick up the process of doing a redesign of my Mechapuff character. It was originally supposed to be finished last year, but it had to be delayed for some reason.

The redesign of my Mechapuff character will be based off of mousbomb's illustration of my Mechapuff character.

Have a look to see what it looks like: :thumb365736850:

Now, I want to address this issue regarding the deviantWATCH limit and support for older browsers.

First of all, deviantART has placed a limit on how many deviants that can watch. Up to 5,000 deviants per account can be added to their friends list. This change affects less than 400 deviants and the deviants in question have been contacted privately regarding this matter. Users who attempt to add more than 5,000 deviants will receive this notification that they reached their limit.

The reason why this limit had to be implemented is according to Thunderstatement, the sheer volume of Message Centre activity caused by these tiny percentage of users who watch that many deviants caused severe issues as some deviants couldn't even access their Message Centre anymore as well as a serious overload on the servers responsible for deviantART itself. Not good. :no:

Adding thousands of deviants to a user's watchlist, puts a huge burder on the servers and ends up with as many as several tens of thousands of deviations in their Message Centre. A deviant who watches this many deviants are not going to be pleased with having to go through this many deviations when up to 10,000 deviations can appear in the Message Centre.

This issue only affects how many deviants that a user can watch and not how many deviants can watch the user and this change also affects Groups. As I've said before, I'm currently watching 665 deviants and down from a peak of 735 deviants that I watch, mostly due to deviants that are either no longer active or have deactivated their account recently. I may have to remove dead deviants from my watch list in the near future as time warrants. As for the number of deviants that watch me, I still have 882 deviants, however, with deviants deactivating their account, that number maybe expecting to pull back a bit. You can read more about this update here:…

In addition to the deviantWATCH limit, deviantART may need to further take cost reducing measures in the foreseeable future. In contrast to unwatching a deviant, is like removing support for a operating system that is no longer supported. With that said, deviantART recently dropped support for Firefox 3.6, a browser that has been previously supported for more than two years and longer than Firefox 2, but reached end-of-life more than a year ago and most recently, Firefox 10 ESR (for which it went out of support three months ago) and any version of Firefox before Firefox 13.

According to the StatCounter marketshare overview, this change affects almost 1.1% of the affected Firefox users browsing deviantART and a very tiny percentage of all web surfers using these browsers that are now no longer supported. You can read about this update here too:…

As time and devious technology continues to evolve, if and when deviantART ever undergoes a redesign or site upgrade will have to understand that those who are continuing to use Firefox 3.6 through 12 will sooner or later find that some of the features and functionality on deviantART will not work correctly in the near future.

I have posted a poll on how many deviants that you currently watch and I want to express your opinion on it:…

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