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Wow! Has it been THIS long since I've been on deviantART?

It was exactly 10 years ago today, that I created this deviantART account. Over the past decade, it has been one heck of a wild ride in regards to life on dA and in real life.

Here's what my account looked like ten years ago ago today: web.archive.org/web/2004081219…
And here's what my first submission looked like after I signed up for dA: ppgrainbow.deviantart.com/art/…

At that time, I made the first three submissions and a journal entry. I was barely recongised on dA without any friends and I didn't interact in the forums until at least the beginning of 2005.

Things have changed over the past decade, I started to make lots of friends, I started to interact a lot.

So far, I created five of my own characters: Mechapuff, Mechapuff R2, Mechapuff R3, Mechapuff R4 and Pink Rainbow (my Gaia Online avatar).

Times on deviantART and elsewhere have been both good and bad, I regret to starting drama and turmoil on this site that at one point resulted in arguments and loss of friendship. You can view all of the older journal entries to see what I mean by all of this. News regarding the loss of my mom and my weight has had a long term impact regarding my way of life, both on dA and in real life.

Most importantly of all, I really love all of the artists that I known and from the way how they put a lot of hard work on illustrations that they created since they first signed up for deviantART!

Being a deviant for ten years, earning over 270,000 pageviews and making lots of friends and admiring fans...takes a lot of hard work, courage and support.

I have decided to list the 50 deviants that I have admired, love and respected over the past decade in alphabetical order:

:heart: :icon4chiri: :heart: :iconamaipetisu: :heart: :iconkatmilo: :heart: :iconamjara: :heart: :iconao968: :heart:

:heart: :iconashuri: :heart: :iconbellacielo: :heart: :iconblizz-mii: :heart: :iconbossygirl: :heart: :iconcera-l-hendry: :heart:

:heart: :iconchichicuit: :heart: :iconcharcoalfeather: :heart: :icongryphon-burger: :heart: :icondameodessa: :heart: :icondigitally-devious: :heart:

:heart: :icondragonalloy: :heart: :iconemeowrald: :heart: :iconeverfae: :heart: :iconeverbluefae: :heart: :iconstefaniarusso: :heart:

:heart: :iconfeliane: :heart: :iconilolamai: :heart: :iconjanjanita: :heart: :iconkilroyart: :heart: :iconkirlyfish: :heart:

:heart: :iconkizziesama: :heart: :iconkurama-chan: :heart: :iconladydeddelit: :heart: :iconlordphoenixcrow: :heart: :iconlovelydagger: :heart:

:heart: :iconm-aelis: :heart: :iconpsowill: :heart: :iconprincesselemmiriel: :heart: :iconrapidkirby3k: :heart: :iconscholarwarrior-lad: :heart:

:heart: :iconshadowyzman: :heart: :iconcatharsisgaze: :heart: :iconsoreiya: :heart: :iconstarsophi: :heart: :iconsuiish: :heart:

:heart: :icontersinc: :heart: :icontorari: :heart: :iconultema: :heart: :iconval4s-san: :heart: :iconvaneaxc: :heart:

:heart: :iconwingdiamond: :heart: :iconxullraezauviir: :heart: :iconyenni-vu: :heart: :iconyoneyu: :heart: :iconzue: :heart:

If for some reason, I have forgot about you, please let me know and I'll list you here. I would strongly like to thank everyone for your incredible support over the past decade and I really appreciate it! More about my deviantART story in my next journal entry later this week.

As a part of my 10th anniversary on deviantART! I'm hoping to find someone who will kindly donate points and do some gift art for all of the hard work that I've done over the lifespan of my deviantART account. You can view this thread in the Projects Forum here if you're interested: forum.deviantart.com/community…

By the way, for visitors...the 1,000 devWATCH kiriban is heading closer, plus I'm less than 30,000 pageviews away from the 300,000 kiriban. Sometime later this week, I will start slowly clearing out all of the old messages from earlier this year up until earlier this week. After that's done, I will hopefully try to provide clarification regarding my Secret Santa group as Summer is slowly starting to wind down.

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:hug: :party: :cake: :iconaawplz: :iconteddyplz: :iconaawplz: :cake: :party: :hug:
  • Mood: Love
Can't you believe that deviantART is 14 years old today? Yet still, for four years now, deviantART has not made major changes to its current layout so far. With more than 25 million members and nearly 250 million total submissions so far, it is the 13th largest social network with nearly 4 million weekly visits as of July 2011.

spyed and the rest of the staff has worked so hard on creating deviantART from scratch and I'm really proud of it. Congrats on their long term goals!

spyed.deviantart.com/journal/T… :party::cake:

Next week, specifically Monday, I will be celebrating 10 years as a deviant on deviantART! I will be listing 50 deviants that I have known and respected over the past decade!

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  • Mood: Love
What a way to celebrate this.

In less than two weeks time, this deviantART account will be a decade old. A lot of things have changed since I signed up for dA and I want to kick this off by offering a kiriban at 1,000 deviantWATCHers.

Whoever claims the 1,000th watcher kiriban will receive half of my points for a point commission! :D

As for my next kiriban, it still stands at 300,000 pageviews with more than 30,000 pageviews remaining.

The winner will get 500:points: and a free commission, the person who is the runner up will receive 100:points:!

To those who are reading visiting my page and reading this journal, you're welcome to donate points, because I will need enough points to give for the winner of the next kiriban after this one. Additionally, you're also welcome to do giftart illustrations of my characters as well. :D

More about this in my forum thread: forum.deviantart.com/community…
  • Mood: Excited
Incase you missed it, for the second time in a row, the American League All-Stars have won the 85th MLB All-Star Game which is now in the books. The AL All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 5 to 3.

Time of the game was 3 hours and 13 minutes with the first pit at approximately 7:19 PM CDT with 41,048 people attending tonight's game. The game was held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins.

This marked the third time that the Twin Cities have hosted the All-Star Game with Metropolitan Stadium hosting the game in 1965 and Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosting the game in 1985.

Idina Menzel sang both the National Anthem and Forever Young (a Bob Dylan cover) to kick-off the All-Star Game. Country music artist Joe Nichols sang "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch.

#27 Left Fielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was awarded the MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. He was 3 at base, scored 1 run, 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The 85th MLB All-Star Game was #2 Shortstop Derek Jeter's 14th and final All-Star Game as he will be retiring at the conclusion of the current regular season and if the New York Yankees make it to the post-season.

The National League leads the All-Star Game since its inception with 43 wins, 40 losses and 2 ties (1961 and 2002). It will take at least four more years for the American League to take the lead in their overall record.

Congrats to the American League All-Stars for winning the 85th MLB All-Star Game! The American League will now have home field advantage in the 2014 World Series this October!

Any thoughts on the MLB All-Star Game?
  • Mood: Pride
After 32 days, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has come to a close! More than a month ago, the World Cup got underway with 32 teams making their quest to be victorious and on top of the world and now only one team is left standing!

For the first time since 1990 and as a unified country, Germany has been declared 2014 FIFA World Cup champion after defeating previously undefeated Argentina in extra time by a score of 1 to 0 to advert the match from being decided in penalty kicks. The only goal to seal the championship was secured by #19 Mario Goetze in the 113' mark.

Germany's last major championship was the 1996 UEFA Euro in England and this is Germany's fourth FIFA World Cup championship overall out of their last 8 appearances in the FIFA World Cup Final, the most all time. Germany now ties with Italy with the second most championships of all time also. Germany is the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas.

Prior to reaching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, Germany won three in 1954, 1974 (as host nation) and in 1990 and lost four in 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002. Argentina reached four finals, winning twice in 1978 and 1986 and losing twice in 1930 and 1990. By perspective between the two countries, this is a FIFA World Cup record.

Since the first World Cup began in 1930, all world champion teams qualified for this competition (Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay). Previously defending World Cup champion, Spain were eliminated in group stage along with England and Italy. Uruguay were eliminated in the Round of 16 and France were eliminated in the quarterfinals. The host nation and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup champion, Brazil finished fourth and was eliminated in the FIFA World Cup Third Place Playoff against Netherlands.

At the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, the following awards were given:

Golden Ball: #10 Lionel Messi (ARG), scored 6 goals
Golden Boot: #10 James Rodriguez (COL)
Golden Glove: #1 Manuel Neuer (GER)
Best Young Player: #19 Paul Pogba (FRA)
FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Columbia

This was the second time that Brazil had hosted the competition with the first tournament being held in 1950. As Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after FIFA decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 and the fifth time overall.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, 74,738 people attended the game at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro and an estimated 800 million people watched the final match.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup Third Place Playoff, Netherlands eliminated host nation Brazil, 3 to 0. Prior to being sent to the Third Place Playoff, Brazil conceded 14 goals in the tournament as this was the most by a team at any single World Cup since 1986 and the most by a host nation in history. 68,034 people attended the Third Place Playoff in Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia.

171 goals were scored in the 2014 FIFA World Cup overall and this ties the 1998 record for the most goals at a single World Cup. 8 extra-time matches ties the 1990 record for the most at a single World Cup knockout stage event. Half of the extra-time matches went to penalty kicks.

In all a total of 3,429,873 people attended all 64 matches in 12 host venue cities throughout the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Once again, congratulations to Germany, the champions of the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Germany will now have the opportunity to defend the FIFA World Cup championship as the tournament moves to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup! Argentina finishes as a runner-up, Netherlands finishes in third place and host nation Brazil finishes in fourth.

What are your thoughts and memories of the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
  • Mood: Pride
Okay, it's been more than two weeks since I created by Secret-Santa-2014 group and unfortunately, since I'm new to administrating my own group, I'm gonna need some good contributors who are willing to make my group fun for all.

I admit that I intentionally accepted co-founders without getting votes on who deserves to be a co-founder of my group...so, I had to do some tweaking here.

Starting a group is not a easy thing to do and it takes a lot of hard work from the beginning to popularity from the ground up.

What deeply concerns me is that some of the group features can end-up be easily abused such as abuse of the invite feature, submissions, favorites and journals.

How can all of this be controlled?

By the way, this year's Secret Santa submissions are open. Go see it: secret-santa-2014.deviantart.c…

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  • Mood: Seasonal
Okay, before I get on this ordeal, we are exactly 183 days away from Christmas 2014!

That's right, the exact half-way point between last Christmas and this Christmas!

This year, I'm gonna be trying to organise the longest Secret Santa Exchange event ever! Why?

:bulletred: What is the Secret Santa Exchange?
Secret Santa is an art trade system where deviants like you tell the artist (like me) what you want drawn and at random, I will choose someone to draw it for you. And in return, you draw what I'd tell you as well!

:bulletred: How do I enter the Secret Santa Exchange?
If in any event you're interested, comment here or on my forum post. Three months from today, on 25 September 2014, I or someone else who is a co-founder will send you a note if you're in it!

:bulletred: If I'm accepted, where do I put the illustration?
I prefer that you submit it onto your deviantART account, then you have to comment on my page or note me the link of the finished illustration. I'll have the opportunity to give them to everyone properly.

:bulletred: How is the Secret Santa 2014 event going to work out?
I personally haven't been able to draw since last year and because of this, in any event I decide to create the Secret Santa 2014 group, I will need co-founders who are willing to help me organise this longest event for the next 183 days!

I hope that I see a lot of people participating in this longest event...between now and six months from here!

I've decided to create the Secret Santa 2014 group! I will be writing the information regarding the co-founder volunteering of my group and the rules on how this group is going to work this year. I regret having to create my own group only to find that groups on dA are not that popular. :(

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  • Mood: Seasonal
Remember the Alamo! The San Antonio Spurs have done it once again. The Spurs have dethroned the two-time defending NBA champion, the Miami Heat. The Spurs have won the 2014 NBA title on home soil after coming back from a 16 point deficit to defeat the Heat, 104 to 87 and eliminate the Heat, four games to one!

This is the San Antonio Spurs first NBA championship since 2007 and their fifth NBA championship overall! The Spurs best record of 62 wins and 20 losses (.756) made them a good candidate to win the NBA title in the end of the NBA playoffs and they done just that.

#2 SF Kawhi Leonard at age 23 was awarded the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. He's the third youngest player since 1999 when Tim Duncan was award the MVP when he was 20 at the time.

Throughout the NBA Finals, he scored an average of 17.8 points, made 6.4 rebounds and 2 assists and played for a average of 33 minutes and 24 seconds.

Congrats to the San Antonio Spurs for dethroning the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat and winning their first NBA championship since 2007!
  • Mood: Pride
For the second time in three years, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions!

Out of their third appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, this is their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Kings who finished the regular season wtih 46 wins, 28 losses and 8 overtime losses for a total of 100 points, have played 26 playoff games. The Kings had to overcome a three-to-nil series deficit to win the last four games including Game 7 on the road and having to eliminate the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and dethrone the defending Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Blackhawks.

Tonight, the NHL postseason ends with the longest NHL game in Kings playoff history: 34 minutes and 43 seconds of playoff overtime. In the end, the Kings defeat the New York Rangers, 3 to 2 with 5:17 remaining in the second overtime. The Kings eliminate the Rangers, four games to one. The series-winning goal was #27 Defensemen Alec Martinez.

#14 RW Justin Williams was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy and has earned the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Most Valuable Player Award. During the Stanley Cup Final, he scored 2 goals, made 5 assists for a total of 7 points.

Prior to this the Rangers had to extend the series to five games as a result of avoiding becoming the first team since 1998 to get swept in the Final by defeating the Kings on Wednesday.

The 2014 Stanley Cup Final was the first meeting between the teams from New York City and Los Angeles for a major professional sport championship since the Yankees and the Dodgers who played in the 1981 World Series. 1981 was also the last time the Rangers and the Kings had met in the playoffs as the Rangers defeated the Kings in the preliminary round of the 1981 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Once again, congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings...2014 Stanley Cup Champions!
  • Mood: Pride
Three months have passed since I got this new computer from AVADirect and so far, things are looking pretty good.

This PC is capable of running a lot of newer software that I could hardly or couldn't do at all on my old PC. Ever since I updated the drivers for my network card, things are looking stable. I recently got my faulty USB hard drive replaced with a replacement one and unlike the last one, it's operating very well. I'm still waiting to get my faulty card reader replaced as well also.

I am looking forward to getting a TV tuner card for my new computer especially since I haven't been able to watch TV in almost three months.

Starting next week, I will take the time to slowly clear out the remaining deviation messages in my inbox from the second half of last year and then hold off on clearing anymore old submissions until after my 10th deviantART birthday.
  • Mood: Neutral
It's been six months since I wrote a journal entry about my recent tooth extraction.

Since the tooth extraction, I had to go for at least three more dental appointments...the first one was to have my teeth cleaned, the second one was to repair the two broken teeth (tooth 19 and tooth 30).

Since my last dental appointment back in February, the gums have healed up and bone growth has occurred inside the extracted tooth. It will only be a matter of time...if and when I will have my next dentist appointment.

As a consequence of having my teeth extracted, I lost as much as 14 lbs (6.4 kgs) and went as low as 177.8 lbs (80.7 kg) on 20 December 2013. Since the months have past, I have slowly gained some of the weight back due to my long history of having a poor diet regardless of my outdoor activity. I sure how that I try to keep my weight under control and back below 185 lbs (84 kg) before I end up completely reversing course from the weight that I loss last year from the tooth extraction.


Anyways, in other news I'm in the process of clearing out deviation messages from last year. At most, I will be able to fav as many as hundreds of deviations per day until almost all of the deviation messages in my inbox are all cleared up. I will unfortunately not have the time to comment on old deviations that remain in my inbox as a result of this. At this rate, I expect to be mostly caught up in a few weeks time.

And earlier today Microsoft issued security updates for supported versions of Windows (Windows Server 2003 SP2 and up). The one thing to note is that the latest updates have left Windows XP and Office 2003 users behind. Windows XP and Office 2003 will never again be updated as Microsoft yanked support for these products over a month ago. Windows Server 2003 and Internet Explorer 6 will be the next products to fall off the support list in over a year from now. Extended Support ends on 14 July 2015 after which these products will no longer be publicly supported at all.

Any thoughts?
  • Mood: Daily Needs
Has it been this long since deviantART existed?

With over 283 million total submissions and over 31 million registered users, I can't believe that dA has grown from just a skinning community a long time ago. :p

The community keeps growing by over 56,600 new submissions and over 6,200 new members per day. dA, which will be celebrating it's 14th anniversary, has come a long way

And to celebrate just that, I took the time to select five art pieces from five deviants on my watchlist to celebrate just that.

:spotlight-left: :pointr: :iconashley-q: :pointl: :spotlight-right:
My Pirate Queen by Ashley-QGlow by Ashley-QPhoenix by Ashley-QIce by Ashley-QThe Arrival by Ashley-Q

:spotlight-left: :pointr: :iconbrianne333: :pointl: :spotlight-right:
Wynleia by brianne333Ferris by brianne333Tadaka by brianne333Pala portrait by brianne333Coruscant Beauty by brianne333

:spotlight-left: :pointr: :icondameodessa: :pointl: :spotlight-right:
Welcome, I was waiting for you by DameOdessaLady Shar by DameOdessaFreyja Araelys by DameOdessaAmanda by DameOdessaTheft was not a good idea... by DameOdessa

:spotlight-left: :pointr: :iconqinni: :pointl: :spotlight-right:
Music can both break... by QinniA Mermaid's Wish by QinniSP 3 - Fairy by QinniMusic is My Life by QinniThe Lantern by Qinni

:spotlight-left: :pointr: :iconyenni-vu: :pointl: :spotlight-right:
Snow Queen Elsa by Yenni-VuWinter Beauty by Yenni-VuUnderwater Nurse Elodie by Yenni-VuWater everywhere by Yenni-VuSleeping Beauties by Yenni-Vu
  • Mood: Joy
I've decided to bring this discussion regarding the shutdown of Windows XP support in the Software & OS forums here in my journal and before I get on the FAQs, I've decided to make my point clear.

As you may have already noticed before, Windows XP (and its related components) completed the transition to a non-supported status, leaving an estimated 500 million users without any free or even paid support at all. Here's are some questions on why people should consider moving off Windows XP and the consequences if users continue to stay on Windows XP:

:bulletred: What does this mean that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP?
This means that after 8 April 2014, completing the transition to a unsupported status means that any free or even paid assisted support, including security updates have ended. After this date, Microsoft no longer provides any support options nor security updates. In addition to this, there will be no further updates to online content associated with Windows XP.

The Online Support Content for Windows XP will continue to be available through the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Websites until at least 7 April 2015 or until online demand no longer warrants keeping Windows XP articles online. You can read more about where can you get help regarding Windows XP on the bottom of this page.

Microsoft stopped selling retail copies of Windows XP on 30 June 2008 and ended Windows XP pre-installation sales on 22 October 2010.

In addition to this, Microsoft also ended support for Internet Explorer 6 and Office 2003.

:bulletred: What editions of Windows XP are affected by the end of support?
Products that are affected by the termination of Windows XP support are:

:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (2002, 2004 and 2005)
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
:bulletblue: Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition

Support for Windows XP 64-bit Edition for Itanium Systems, Version 2002 and Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Version 2003 ended in July 2005 after the last distributor of Itanium-based workstations, Hewlett Packard stopped selling Itanium-based systems marketed as "workstations".

Extended Support for Windows XP Embedded will end on 12 January 2016 and licensing will be terminated on 30 January 2017. Extended Support for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 ends on 8 April 2019 and licensing will be terminated on 8 January 2024. Mainstream Support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 ended on 8 April 2014 and Extended Support will continue until 9 April 2019. Licensing for Windows Embedded POSReady will end on 11 February 2024.

:bulletred: Why should people consider moving to newer versions of Windows?
Customers should strongly consider moving to more recent versions of Windows, such as Windows 8.1 for the following reasons:

1. Windows XP is a operating system that is no longer suitable for the security demands of today's internet environments. And further security related issues attributed to the unsupported OS will never again be addressed.

2. By moving to a newer, supported version of Windows, customers will benefit, stay secure and supported with many of its improved security and protection features.

3. Customers who do not wish to move to Windows 8.1 can still move to Windows 7; however, due to the release of Windows 8 on 26 October 2012 and because Windows 7 will lose Mainstream Support on 14 January 2015, Microsoft will no longer permit PC manufacturers and OEM system builders to pre-load Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate after 31 October 2014. Microsoft has not set a kill date for Windows 7 Professional pre-installation sales.

4. Microsoft is not offering a Custom Support Agreement (CSA) for consumers and businesses. Enterprise users who are unable to migrate off of Windows XP will be eligible for CSA support options that will last until 11 April 2017.

:bulletred: Is ending Windows XP support a way to force its customers to newer versions of Windows?
No. Windows XP has been on the market and supported by Microsoft for nearly 12½ years. Since the release of Windows Vista on 30 January 2007, the end of support date of 8 April 2014 was established. Today, because Windows XP is no longer a suitable operating system for today's security and application demands, Microsoft hopes that millions of customers who continue to delay moving to a secure and updated operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8 to start planning their migrations.

:bulletred: Is this announcement so sudden?
This is not a last minute announcement. When the Lifecycle Support Policy was established on 15 October 2002, the original end-of-support date for Windows XP was October 2006 for consumers and October 2011 for businesses.

However, due to the delay in the development of Windows Vista leading up to the release of the OS on 30 January 2007, support for Windows XP was extended to 8 April 2014 to give customers enough time to migrate to newer versions of Windows in order to continue receiving updates and most importantly, technical support.

Regrettably, the final wave of communication is a harsh reminder for those who have postponed or delayed migrating from Windows XP to put their plans into action.

:bulletred: Why will Microsoft no longer provide Windows XP support?
With every supported version of Windows, the importance of a secure computing platform has never been greater.

Over the past 15 years or so, security vulnerabilities that could not have been anticipated have emerged in the wild. Since Windows XP was released in October 2001, Microsoft has responded with new design methodologies, coding practices and testing procedures as these enhancements are included in newer and fully supported versions of Windows. These newer platforms offer Windows customers a far greater level of security than it is possible with Windows XP and older versions of Windows.

Like older, unsupported versions of Windows, Windows XP was an operating system developed before the era of sophisticated internet based attacks and has gradually reached the point of architectural obsolescence. It would be totally irresponsible and selfish to convey a false sense of security by further extending support for this outdated product.

:bulletred: How many customers are still using Windows XP today?
According to current worldwide figures, an estimated 300 million to 500 million customers are still using Windows XP when support came to a end and still the second most popular operating system in the world. While Net Applications have the Windows XP install base at 27.69%, that figure is much lower elsewhere with the number reported as low as 7.89% on Wikipedia.

As the next major release of Windows completes in the near future, the install base of Windows XP is expected to decline to 20% by the end of this year and then sharply decline to 8% by the end of 2015 and then as little as 3% by the end of 2016.

:bulletred: What are the consequences for staying on Windows XP?
As millions of users remain on Windows XP beyond the 8 April 2014 date, here are the consequences that users will be facing:

1. Microsoft Security Essentials: There will be no more new installations of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP after 8 April 2014. If you have downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials 4.4 on Windows XP and tried to install it, it will not work. Microsoft Security Essentials and the Malicious Software Removal tool on Windows XP will continue to be updated on existing machines until 14 July 2015.

2. Lack of support: Many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and hardware vendors have already discontinued or will soon discontinue Windows XP support in the near future. When this happens, any compatibility issues experienced on Windows XP will not be maintained any longer and any newer versions of existing products will most likely not work with the outdated operating system. In addition to hardware drivers, any existing customers running Windows XP will have the risk of no longer being supported by newer hardware in the market.

3. Lack of security: Any security flaws found in Windows XP after 8 April 2014 will never be addressed. After Microsoft halts updates for Windows XP in its next Patch Tuesday update on 13 May 2014, attackers worldwide will reverse-engineer any updates found on supported versions of Windows (Windows Server 2003 and up), find the vulnerabilities and vigorously test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If Windows XP shares those vulnerabilities, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities. And since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address those vulnerabilities, customers on Windows XP are now faced with a "zero day" vulnerability forever.

Microsoft cannot comment on any legal issues regarding the liability if customers encounter any serious security threats if they remain on Windows XP. The 8 April 2014 termination of support date was established when Windows Vista was released on 30 January 2007. Microsoft began recommending that customers evaluate migrations from Windows XP beginning as early as September 2007, nearly five years after the adoption of milestones the public should expect within its Support Lifecycle Policy. The most important prospect is that taking advantage of newer, supported versions of Windows allows customers to stay secure with many of its improved security and protection features that were not available in previous versions of Windows.

4. Downtime: Because Windows XP support has ended, the risks of system failure and business disruption could gradually increase, especially because of the lack of supported software and aging hardware running Windows XP. Even a system running an updated anti-virus or modern browser is not safe from potential and uncorrectable issues that may cause significant downtime.

5. Lack of compliance: Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations may find that they are have gradually fallen out of compliance requirements. In a recent report from earlier this year, 95% of ATM are still running Windows XP and now that support has ended, they're now out of compliance with industry standards.

In short, the popularity of Windows XP is not a excuse for being on a now-unsupported operating system. As the market share for Windows XP shrink in the near future, there will be fewer and fewer users who will run the OS. If the marketshare falls low enough, you can expect ISVs to either no longer maintain or completely remove Windows XP compatibility.

:bulletred: Will Windows Product Activation still work?
Windows XP, released in October 2001 was the first operating system to require Windows Product Activation to reduce the risk of software piracy, however this attracted widespread controversy along with Microsoft Office XP. Now that Windows XP support has ended, users can still activate Windows XP over the internet.

In any event Microsoft ever decides to shut off the Windows Product Activation servers, Microsoft and/or its developers would release a patch to legally turn off Windows Product Activation so that users who installed Windows XP can no longer have to activate their unsupported product with Microsoft.

:bulletred: Will existing updates found on Windows Update be available for Windows XP?
Yes. All updates for Windows XP (and their related components) will be limited to those updates that currently appear on the Windows Update website. However, Microsoft will no longer create new Windows XP updates after 8 April 2014.

In any event Microsoft decides to decommission the Windows Update website in the near future, this would not be a limitation from existing up-to-date installations of Windows XP. The decommissioning of the Windows Update website would be a serious limitation affecting new or re-installation of Windows XP from original CDs.

:bulletred: Will there be third parties that can continue supporting my Windows XP installations in the near future?
There are and will still be multiple companies in the market today that are capable of providing for-fee configuration support. Companies do not and will never have access to the code base to be able to create hotfix and security fixes. The absence of the critical types of support components from their capabilities should encourage existing customers to migrate to newer versions of Windows.

:bulletred: What resources does Microsoft offer to companies or individuals who are still using Windows XP?
Existing customers who are able to access the internet and are still on Windows XP will be able to access the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Websites via these pages:

:bulletblue: support.microsoft.com/ph/1173/…
:bulletblue: support.microsoft.com/find-sol…

The website pages mentioned above will continue to host a wealth a previous How-to, Troubleshooting and Configuration content for anyone who may need self-service access to this information. Again, these pages will remain available until at least 7 April 2015 or until online demand no longer warrants keeping Windows XP articles online.

fediaFedia has submitted a article on how well Windows XP was remembered over its 12½ year lifespan and you can view its history under the Remembering Windows XP submission.

Rest in peace, Windows XP! You will be deeply missed. :windows:

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One month has passed...

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 28, 2014, 10:04 PM


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Well...

It has been one month since I have been using this new computer and so far, things are still working so far, including the motherboard, RAM, graphics card and hard drive. However, things will have to be fixed soon.

As you may have already noticed, I remain stuck with a partially non-functioning card reader even if the USB port works. As far as I know, the card reader worked for almost a week and I will have to get it replaced soon.

Also, there are concerns that either the PCI network card or the router is causing this computer to lock up hard. Even though the network card is working now, it will most likely have to be upgraded in the near future.

I will have to get rid of a lot of stuff that I don't use anymore and put it up for sale in order to try to cover the cost of improving this new computer also.

On top of that, my Premium Membership is going to expire on Monday. If you have the money to get the subscription renewed, let me know. :hug:


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Are you still running Internet Explorer 8?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2014, 1:25 PM


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Incase you have already noticed, deviantART dropped Internet Explorer 8 support after almost five years.

Users who are still running Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP are not going to be happy to hear this: wreckling.deviantart.com/journ…

Despite the fact that Internet Explorer 8 is the most widely used browser with nearly 22% of internet usage, it is not a exception for its age and most importantly support status. deviantART will stop accepting bug reports for Internet Explorer 8 now as it has became way too time consuming for developers and hinders the advancement of the entire site.

What had lead up to their final decision for ikazon and developers to drop IE8 support? Does anyone have any idea how many users still on IE8 made up a very small portion of traffic as a contribution to bug reports?

As far as I know, users still running Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 can update to Internet Explorer 9 to experience full functionality of the entire site, while users on Windows 7 SP1 can update to either IE10 or IE11.

Windows XP users will have to switch to another browser despite the fact that Microsoft will stop supporting the OS in not too many weeks from now. Google will only support Chrome on Windows XP until at least April 2015 and other browser makers have made no formal announcement regarding the fate of Windows XP support.

Moving forward, Internet Explorer 8 is a browser that was shipped with Windows 7. IE8 along with Windows 7 loses Mainstream Support on 13 January 2015.

Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Vista will slowly suffer the same fate along with Windows XP in not too many years from now.

Windows Vista loses all support and security updates in April 2017.


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Got a new computer!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 2, 2014, 6:17 PM


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Well...what do you know. The wait is finally over!

For the first time in over 13 years, I'm finally on a new computer! I installed Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit and it went well without any major problems. I also installed the drivers that came with this motherboard and graphics card for the OS itself too.

The components on the new computer, including motherboard, CPU, graphics card, DVD/RW and hard drive all work properly without problems.

AVADirect took two weeks to assemble this machine and they did a lot of hard work on how they built it based on the information that I finalised in my journal.

While I'm ready to make improvements to my new computer in the future, I sadly have to get rid of the old one completely.

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Old computer is going bye-bye...

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 16, 2014, 11:14 AM


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After running this old computer for more than a decade, it's time to say goodbye to it. :(

Today is the last day that I will be running this old computer. Starting later tonight before I go to bed, all of the data will be backed up, the Linksys network card driver will be uninstalled. In the end, this computer will be powered off and unplugged.

After that, I will cease using this old computer and will most likely focus on other things.

The data on the hard drive will be kept until the new computer finally arrives. After that, all of the data will be wiped and it will NOT be possible to recover any of the data on the old hard drive.

Additionally, the old computer will either be sold or taken to a recycling centre. It will NOT be going back to the garage anymore. After weeks of planning and consideration, moving to a new computer was a difficult decision that was not taken likely.

Currently, less than 1/10th of a percent use a old version of Windows (Windows 2000 and below) and since almost all vendors stopped supporting it, you'll notice that some of the browsing functionality and features on deviantART will not work correctly.

Between now and until I get the new computer up and running, I will most likely be offline...and possibly doing a lot of catchup on drawings that I neglected to finish. Due to this, unless I use a working backup computer, I will be unable to reply to comments.

The new computer should arrive anywhere between the 24th of February to as late as the 10th of March, possibly later.

Thoughts, anyone?


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All things must come to a end...

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 9:02 PM


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After two months of consideration, planning and even frustration, the wait is finally over!

I have ordered a brand new custom built computer from AVADirect. The specs of my new computer are now final and will not be changed anymore. Here they are:

:bulletred: ZALMAN, Z9 U3 Black mid-tower Case w/window, ATX, Steel/Plastic
:bulletred: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard with AM3+, AMD 970. Support for up to 32GB DDR3-2133 SDRAM, PCIe x16, SATA3, RAID support ATX
:bulletred: Quad-core AMD FX-4300 3.8 GHz - 4 GHz AM3+ 95 watt processor with 4MB L3 cache and support for up to DDR3-1866 SDRAM
:bulletred: Fractal Design Integra R2 500 watt power supply, 80 PLUS Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V, 1x 8/6-pin PCIe
:bulletred: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO copper/aluminum CPU cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2 w/1 gram of thermal compound
:bulletred: Western Digital 1 TB WD Black (WD1003FZEX) 7200 RPM SATA3 hard drive w/64MB Cache
:bulletred: Crucial 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 DDR3 1.6 GHz CL9 1.5V Non-ECC SDRAM DIMM
:bulletred: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 520 MHz w/1 GB GDDR3 1.2 GHz w/VGA+DVI+HDMI, PCIe x16
:bulletred: Lite-on, iHAS124 Black 24x SATA DVD±RW Dual-Layer Burner

Off of eBay, I order this item that has low stock on AVADirect, it is a Sabrent CRW-UINB USB 2.0 internal card reader. Another item that is still available, but has limited availability is the Fractal Design Integra R2 500 watt power supply.

The custom built PC that I ordered was $630.95. If you include $64.53 in ground shipping, the total will be up to $695.48. Since I'm including the card reader, the final total that I spent online is $706.47. The computer that I customised has a three year silver warranty package including parts and labor. If anything fails, the warranty can be exercised.

It will take AVADirect at least one to two weeks to assemble my new custom built computer. Components associated with the new computer will be thoroughly tested and burn-in for at least two to three days prior to shipping. In any event there are manufacturing defects or compatibility issues with the hardware, the processing order will eventually be delayed.

With that said, after more than 13 years...I'm afraid that all things are gonna have to come to a end. On Sunday night, I will back everything all of the data on this hard drive, unplug all of the USB ports, turn this computer off and stop using it. I will be unable to respond to anything until I get the new PC up and running.

When my new computer finally arrives, I will turn the computer back on use the hard disk wiping utility, turn the old computer off for the last time and unplug it. The end result is that the current computer that I'm using will be decommissioned!

It's been more than four years since I used this old computer again and I will NOT put this old computer back in the garage.

To close this, I strongly expect that this old computer (and the components associated with it) will highly likely be either sold or taken to a recycling center.

When I turn my new computer on for the first time, I will run MemTest86 for at least 24 hours to make sure that the newly installed memory is good. After that, I will try to install Windows Vista x64.

I would like to thank PR-Imagery for the help in customising this brand new computer and my friends for helping my do the research and homework regarding the new computer.

What are your thoughts about the finalisation of my new computer?


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Seattle Seahawks: Super Bowl XLVIII Champions!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 2, 2014, 10:20 PM


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The wait is finally over...by a remarkable landslide!

For the first time in franchise history, the NFC champion, Seattle Seahawks defeated the AFC champion Denver Broncos, 43 to 8 after overcoming more than eight years of frustration of their loss in Super Bowl XL against the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle now has its first championship of any professional sport since the Seattle Supersonics won the 1979 NBA Finals.

This would have been the first Super Bowl shutout in history...however, the Broncos went on the board and scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion with just 22 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter. The 43-8 win was the largest point differential since Super Bowl XXVII.

#53 Linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowl XLVIII Most Valuable Player. He was most importantly credited for scoring on a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown, recorded a fumble recover and 9 tackles (including 5 solo and 4 assist).

The top performing winning team in Super Bowl XLVIII was #3 Quarterback Russell Wilson who completed 18 of 26 attempts, rushed for 206 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. In the losers' top performance, it was #98 Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas, who received 13 receptions, ran 118 yards and scored 1 touchdown.

The National Anthem was performed by Renee Fleming, who is the first opera soprano to perform. The coin toss prior to kickoff done by Joe Namath and Phil Simms. The Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show was performed by Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And the referee of tonight's game was Terry McAulay.

Super Bowl XLVIII was held at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 82,529 people attended the game. The game (including the halftime show) lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes. The cost of a 30-second commercial for Super Bowl XLVIII was $4 million.

This was the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city and the first played outdoors on artificial turf (FieldTurf) since Super Bowl X (1976) at the Miami Orange Bowl. And it was also the first in which two states, New York and New Jersey shared hosting duties.

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks, they're champions of the National Football League. And now, with Super Bowl XLVIII in the rear view mirror, the 93rd NFL season has come to a close.

And to close this, the league will be dormant until the start of the 94th NFL season, starting on Sunday, 3 August 2014, 181 days from today.

The schedule for the 2014 NFL season will be released on Thursday, 17 April 2014.


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ImageShack no longer free...

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 23, 2014, 8:26 AM


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If any of you are still using ImageShack, there are some bad news.

ImageShack is in the process of converting all of its existing accounts to a 30-day trial and image uploading will be discontinued after the free trial expires.

I've been a member of ImageShack since September 2005 and I've been using the site to mostly upload kiriban and other miscellaneous screenshots, reference poses and drawings that have been done for me that cannot be hosted on my dA account. Therefore, I will no longer have the ability to upload any images on ImageShack.

However, as for existing accounts and images, it will remain intact indefinitely; however, I strongly warn that in any event further changes are made, existing accounts and image will eventually not be kept in the foreseeable future.

ImageShack redesigned their website on 16 December 2013 and made plans to discontinue the free image uploading service in the new year. The conversion to a 30-day trial is expected to be completed on 1 February 2014 after which image uploading will be discontinued on 3 March 2014 at the very latest.

The biggest reason why the redesign and the change is the cost of keeping the service continues to increase and the revenues generated from advertising were not enough to keep pace with the growth of the site.

Until I find another imagehosting site, only the kiriban screenshots and reference poses created from Poser will be uploaded on Sta.sh.


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