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Microsoft to kill MSN Messenger, Windows XP

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:45 AM


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Today is officially the last day that users will be able to use the once popular MSN Messenger client. After today, MSN Messenger will be shutting down and Microsoft is urging an estimated 19 million active customers to start using Skype with their Microsoft login details.

MSN Messenger, also recently known as Windows Live Messenger was initially released on 22 July 1999 and it was named MSN Messenger for a reason from its inception to 13 December 2005 when it became a part of the Windows Live set of online services.

At its peak in July 2009, Messenger attracted over 330 million active users each month, but with the rise of Skype and Facebook, MSN Messenger usage fell to around 100 million.

And by comparison, Skype has had more than 663 million registered users when Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 for $8.5 million.

With the shut down of MSN Messenger, the upgrade from MSN Messenger to Skype has already started today with the process taking a few weeks to complete. The upgrades start with the English language clients and will conclude with the Brazilian Portuguese version at the end of this month or later.

Microsoft first announced that it would retire MSN Messenger on 6 November 2012 in favour of Skype, except in Mainland China, where the Messenger service will continue.

The kill date was originally going to occur on 15 March 2013, but was extended. And now, there are confirmations that Microsoft has no plans to extend the stay of execution for MSN Messenger any further and the shutdown will begin at midnight.

As I said before in this journal entry, post-shutdown, the existing implementation that use the Extensible Messenger and Presence Protocol (XMPP), will continue to function until sometime in October 2013. But the very last expiry date is that the existing implementations that use the MSP protocol will continue to work until 15 March 2014. At this date, the servers will be shut down resulting in the purge of all MSN Messenger accounts. As a result of this, Messenger login attempts will not be successful.

In addition to this, one year from now. All editions of Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 and Office 2003 will reach the end of the Extended Support phase. This means that the products mentioned above will no be publicly supported at all. No more free or paid support, no more assistance from anyone and no further security updates.

Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 and Office 2003 were great software releases of more than decade ago, however, technology has evolved. Microsoft is now urging less than 20% of Windows XP users to upgrade to more recent operating systems. Purchasing custom support can be extremely expensive and out of reach for each PC...between $200,000 to $500,000 and if they can't pay that much, computers will eventually be exposed to security risks that will never again be fixed.

Thoughts regarding the demise of MSN Messenger and Windows XP anyone? :(


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Feeling too creaky to draw...?

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 6, 2013, 12:18 PM


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First of all, I would like to thank Amairim for donating me a three month Premium Membership. I really appreciate it. I also snatched this Sweet Heart journal skin by r0se-designs. I could have gotten one of Unaji's journal CSS skins, but all of the deviants stuff either got deleted or hidden in storage. Oh well. :(


Now, I would like to discuss a bothersome issue that has been affecting me for a while.

As a follow-up my previous journal entry, you might not expect tomorrow's raft of drawings to be done anytime soon.

I have found that it may be no longer "feasible" to do drawings for anyone nor the drawings that I previously promised to finish on this aging account. There are possible reasons for this matter:
    1. Obesity woes: Personally, for me. I have been struggling to get my weight under control and at times. In the long term, being obese will eventually make be bedridden and unable to do anything that I like most. At one point, I weighed as much as 283 lbs. (128.5 kg). There are an estimated 23 million people who are obese and an estimated 300,000 people will sooner or later end up losing their lives due to obesity related illness, including Type-2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. 2. Disability: Incase you have failed to notice, I have autism and unfortunately, this has restricted, if not neglected my artistic ability to be artist and do better things, in which it is so downright problematic. Due to this disability, I cannot work and on SSI/Medicaid. I dropped out of high school almost two decade ago due to the depression that has hampered my ability to behave. However, this doesn't stop me from doing drawings as a hobby and using the illustrations that were done for me by other artists with proper credit. However, being disabled is NOT a excuse for stealing artwork and claiming it as their own. Please, stop using autism as a crutch even though it is a worldwide epidemic. The disability has also affected my ability to communicate, both online and in real life and it's a common problem to say the wrong things to anyone to a point where I might not be respected for the rest of my life, not just in deviantART, but most importantly, in real life as well. What's more hurtful is that there will be deviants who would want to be deliberately difficult on disable deviants, especially when much of the disabled deviant population may never overcome their obstacles. Sooner or later, people will have to learn how to overcome their obstacles the right way and it's hard to do that. 3. Old or incapable computer hardware: It's a common factor that using a USB mouse to do drawings can take a days, if not weeks to complete, but with a PS/2 or serial port mouse, that's even worse. Furthermore, using a operating system that is no longer support and the old graphics editing software associated with it, restricts my capabilities to improve my artwork and try out new styles for a change. For example, older versions of Windows XP, Windows 2000 and even Windows 98 may prevent someone from using more modern graphics editing software as well as the lack of hardware that will be support the OS, such as graphics tablets which are expensive and out of reach. And no, this is not a conspiracy to chase users off these OSes, Microsoft killed support for these operating systems years ago, meaning that it is to this very day, insecure...no OS updates since July 2006 and June 2010 respectively. We've also watched the usage numbers of these unsupported OS and they are gradually going down every month (www.netmarketshare.com/report.… www.netmarketshare.com/report.… www.netmarketshare.com/report.… due to people purchasing new computers and upgrading to a supported operating system.
For me, if I want to be a better artist on my own, I can do that. I can eventually learn how to be self-taught at working on the anatomy, clothing and hairstyles. But it's obvious that I will eventually never go to art school nor work in the art industry as Amairim put it. I just don't have the required skill to do illustrations on my own accord and it would be way too time consuming and unhappy. I just won't fall for nor enjoy this "art school" or "art industry" gimmicks. I mean if I ever want to do anymore drawings, I would rather go back to MS-DOS, not Windows, Mac or Linux. :p

And finally, Spring Break officially comes to a close after tomorrow night. This means that most deviants who go back to school or college/university will not have the time to do any drawings (especially free or paid commissions). And with nagging a artist to do (or to finish) the drawing is eventually not going to help matters as it will most likely make things worse. I personally don't like it when either I or someone else ends up being one person who is not willing to control their actions after being told numerous times to stop.

If the artist wants to tell a deviant that they don't want to do a request, then answer politely and in a civil matter. People shouldn't even think about using unnecessarily aggressive and insulting commentary regarding of their wrongdoing, because even though it's their right do it, I don't think that it would be right to treat them this way.

And it's clearly obvious that almost all of an estimated 25 million deviants on deviantART's servers, do not do requests due to lack of time regardless of the fact that they're a hobbyist or a professional artist. With over 246 million submissions at a rate of 140,000+ new submissions per day, we all gonna have to realise that deviantART is just simply too large to try to look everywhere and hunt for every livestream, free (or point) commission journals and forum threads.

With that said, I feel that it would be good for me to do something more productive sometime early next week after Spring Break comes to a close...rather than trying to hunt for new livestreams and free (or point) commission journals/forum threads all of the time.

It's just too much to handle. :(


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NOTE: This will be the last time that I will be updating new Firefox releases on this account as I can't keep updating the articles regarding Firefox forever. Sorry for the inconvenience, but sooner or later, I'm afraid that I will have to move on.

Firefox 20 is out now and it has arrived on its FTP servers for a while.

Firefox 20 is the latest release based on Gecko 20 engine featuring numerous improvements over its predecessor, Firefox 19. The log changes for Firefox 20 were originally published on 21 February 2013. The browser has been released in over 70 languages with 10 additional test languages.

In this release, Firefox 20 features a panel-based download manager, which now resides in the browser's toolbar meaning that users will always be able to see downloads in progress and previously completed ones.

Other features that are available are H.264 decoding on the < video > tag and per-window private browsing (per-tab private browsing on Android).

Right now, here are a complete list of changes in Firefox 20:

:star: WHAT'S NEW IN FIREFOX 20
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Per-window Private Browsing.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) New download experience.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Ability to close hanging plugins, without the browser hanging.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Continued performance improvements around common browser tasks, including page loads, downloads, shutdown, etc.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Continued implementation of draft ECMAScript 6-clear() and Math.imul.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) New JavaScript.Profiler tool
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) getUserMedia implemented for web access to the user's camera and microphone (with user permission)
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) < canvas > now supports blend modes.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) Various improvements to < audio > and < video >.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Details button on Crash Reporter.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Unity plugin doesn't display in HDPI mode.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Some function keys may not work when pressed. This issue remaines unresolved since Firefox 19 and will be fixed in Firefox 21.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Browsing and Download history clearing needs unification to avoid confusion on clearing download history. This issue is unresolved in Firefox 20 and will be resolved in Firefox 21.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Download statusbar add-on continues downloading files from Normal Browsing, when switching to Private Browsing.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Copy actions are broken on HTML5 videos. This issue remains unresolved since Firefox 19 and will be resolved in Firefox 21.
For a complete list of changes for Firefox 20, read the bug list: www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/…

In order to install Firefox 20, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:
    :bulletred: A Pentium 4 or newer processor with SSE2 instructions or better.
    :bulletred: Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP11, Mac OS 10.6 or newer
    :bulletred: 512 MB of system memory2
    :bulletred: 200 MB of hard disk space
1 While 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and up can be used to run Firefox, only 32-bit official builds of the browser are supported at this time.
2 Firefox may run on slower computers with less memory, but it will be less usable.


Download Firefox 20 now: releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozil…

Now that Firefox 20 is out, support for Firefox 19 has come to a end. Firefox 21 will migrate to the Beta channels later this week, Firefox 22 will migrate to the Aurora channels very soon and Firefox 23 will make its first appearance in the Nightly channels.

The first public beta release of Firefox 21 will be out later this week and the final version to the successor of Firefox 20 will be released on 14 May 2013.
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Umm...is deviantART trying to start a dating website or are they flipping their lid here? :|


It's no wonder why I recently flipped my desktop monitor upside-down!

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As a member of deviantART for the past 8 years, I am getting increasingly appalled by journal entries of hackers being on the loose and only spreading fear over this situation.

There are nearly an estimated 31,500 journal entries regarding "hackers being on the loose" and the journal entries keep adding up at a rate of a few "hacker-warning" journals per hours.

The deviant posts the hacker warning telling his/her followers that a hacker is on the loose and telling everyone to "pass it on" in a form of a copy-pasta on their own page. Yes, deviantART is fully aware of account invasions, but telling people to pass it on over and over in a loop is downright annoying.

:roll:

Examples:

HackerRumor has it there's another Hacker on DA, hacking people and blocking our friends to block us! You'll then be banned from DA.
Write the same waring in your journal to protect not only yourself but everyone!
Another warning is If I'm a warning, saying stuff like 'Shut Up', 'Get Lost' and 'I don't want to see you on my page anymore'
Write all of this down in your journal also!!
For the safety of everyone, Please Do This!
Before someone gets hurt, Forward this Message!
New, dangerous hackerTELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO (I think what it means by that is that he could assume the identity of your friends, and FOOL you into opening the letter since you think it's your friend that's sending it )!!!!!...
Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'Mail Server Report'
If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.'
Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name,
Please read, really importantHEY, PLEASE READ THIS- ITS SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT
THE FATE OF YOUR INTERNET-LIFE IS AT STAKE!!!!!!
APPARENTLY THERE IS A HACKER ON DEVIANTART, CALLED 'LIFE OWNER'.....
TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO (I think what it means by that is that he could assume the identity of your friends, and FOOL you into opening the letter since you think it's your friend that's sending it )!!...
Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'Mail Server Report'
If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is to


Please, stop it! :|

While deviants do have rights to warn others about this supposed "hacker" and publicly calling out the deviant in their journal, all they're doing is spreading fear and they're not helping the situation, but only hurting it.


Here's how to avoid getting your account compromised by the account hijacker:
    1. Always use a strong password: Never use nor give anyone an easy to guess password. Over 188,000 passwords have been commonly leaked online according to Gawker Media with the most popular password being leaked by over 3,000 websites. By using a strong and hard-to-guess password, you will greatly reduce the risk of having your account compromised. 2. Try to change your password once in a while: It's clear that strong and hard to guess passwords may last for months, if not years. Unfortunately, it's impossible to stay 100% safe and if there is any suspicious activity on your deviantART account, you need to change the password immediately. 3. Never leave your account login in public property: While users login and remain logged in at home, being outside of the house and in public property such as a library or cafe is not a exception. If you go there, it would be good to bring a USB flash drive with a portable browser to take with you. Or better yet to be safe, un-check options such as "Remember my password" as sometimes, the browser itself will ask you if you want to remember it. Select NO and logout when you're done. 4. Don't give your password to anyone regardless of who you know: You might have friends you think you can trust, but you can never know what could happen to your account. 5. Beware of phishing scams and do not post links to fake deviantART logins via URL or screenshot: For years there have been individuals or a group of individuals who have deliberately created a fake deviantART login page to use hijacked accounts to continue sharing the URL link of the fake page and this results in a chain reaction. deviantART has a zero tolerance policy on this issue and users have been reporting and getting the offending accounts used to spread this scam and end up blacklisting the offending URL link of the phishing site. Additionally, deviantART will also contact the company involved in hosting the phishing attempt(s) and remove the offending website from the internet completely. If for some reason, that your deviantART account has been unexpectedly logged out after clicking an offsite link, throughly check the URL link to see if anything that would indicate that you could be on a third-party website deliberately attempting to masquerade as deviantART. If the deviantART login page (username and password) reads anything other than deviantart.com, then unfortunately, you're no longer on deviantART and you should never attempt to login.
Relevant resource links:
1. FAQ #660: My deviantART account has been hacked. What can I do?
2. About hackers on DA and what you can do by Thiefoworld (August 2012)
3. News to know: beware of phishing scams! (August 2011)
4. Account Security - An Update</i> (January 2011)


Stay safe and have a good Easter weekend!

:heart::cuddle::heart:
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With the kiribans that I caught now behind me, I feel that it's time to focus on something else for a while.

Spring break officially starts tonight and that means that most deviants here will be home from school (or college) and it will last through Easter Sunday. During this time, I bet that I'll be looking for livestreams (on livestream or join.me) via dA search and looking for free commissions of my character.

If not, then I'll probably try to get back to drawing.

I feel that I'm starting to be increasingly bored here.

Does anyone go on Spring break, btw? If so, post your thoughts.

:cuddle::heart:
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First of all, I found a forum thread where I am promoting BeehiveStudio's commissions page.

There are 20 slots available for $15 each. Here's the catch:

1. With the $15, you will get a simple portrait of any OC ou want. :D
2. If you pay at least $45 for three portraits of any of your characters, you'd get the fourth one free of charge!
3. If I get at least two clients, I will get the commission, free of charge! :giggle:

You can view the details here: sta.sh/01uj7lqivczp


And now this, as you may have already noticed, on 6 November 2012, Microsoft announced that Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) would be retired (except in mainland China) in favour of Skype. The change allows users to merge their Skype accounts with Microsoft account that was introduced, allowing them to communicate with their Messenger contacts via the Skype clients.

Microsoft originally planned to shut down the Messenger service this past Friday, but will eventually begin the transition for all users on 8 April 2013. After this date, Messenger login attempts will not be successful.

However, all is not lost for now. The existing implementation that use the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) will continue to work until sometime in October 2013. However, the very last expiry date is that the existing implementations that use the MSP protocol will continue to work until 15 March 2014.

At that point, customers on Windows Phone and Xbox will not function anymore and soon customers running Windows XP will be clearly out of luck.

If you haven't migrated your account from MSN Messenger to Skype, you will need to do so soon.

I'm really sad to see MSN Messenger go after nearly 15 years of existence. :(
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Okay. As you may have already noticed my 250,000 kiriban is less than 5,000 views away.

Whoever claims the 250,000 kiriban will get a drawing of their choice! It won't be too much longer when I reach that goal.

I still hope that I have the energy to start drawing again after the kiriban has been caught. ;p
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I'm really sad to see the original deviantART shoutbox heading towards retirement. It's been so long since I even used it.

Now, as you may have already noticed before, wreckling announced in his journal blog this past week that the shoutbox has been removed from the dAmn chat after more than 12 years of operation.

What does that mean?

Right now, deviants who are interested in using the Shoutbox can still find ways to access it via the shout account or at this page. However, as far as I know, the deviantART Shoutbox has been depreciated as there will be no further improvements to the aging shoutbox component.

This would most likely serve as a warning that deviantART may consider removing the Shoutbox completely (via means of  account deactivation as well as the removal of dead content associated with the deviantART Shoutbox, including the shout counts) in the not so distant future. :(

FAQ 58 regarding the fate of the Shoutbox has been updated to reflect this change.

dA apparently is doing this to focusing on simplifying and consolidating the interface and features on deviantART, as well as looking at new ways to empower artists and appreciators. This change would further enable the sharing and discovery of artistic content on the internet. I don't find this right for some of the long-time deviants.

What are your thoughts regarding the future of the deviantART Shoutbox?
I don't know what else to say, but I wish that I concentrating on drawing again...rather than, procrastinating around this site and hunting for kiribans and free commissions for which almost all artists don't do anymore.

As for the kiribans...this is something that I regret hunting for and I'm starting to not feel comfortable about. Getting kiribans on the exact number has became increasingly difficult, if not impossible as the internet connection and computer is just increasingly too slow for deviantART to handle. :(

As for drawing, I have not be able to complete a new drawing on my own since January 2012. Since then, I have only be able to upload illustrations of drawings done by other artists with proper credit even if the original works are most likely not found elsewhere.

Unfortunately, it still looks like that some of the artists do not feel comfortable about it.

It turns out that some of the artists feel embarrassed that they were praising and giving credit to the wrong deviant, regardless of the fact that they added it to their favs or not.

I feel that relying on drawings done by other artists and providing proper credit only restricts me from my ability to improve. However, there are further concerns on why I may eventually be forced to lose interest in drawing.

The big deal is oekaki boards. Newer graphics editing technologies have outgrown oekaki art and are much more reliable. Oekaki boards simply rely on Java which is increasingly insecure and the code hasn't been updated for years. Meaning that oekaki boards may have no innovation left anymore.

Oekaki usage has been declining, have increasingly became deprecated and will most likely be removed in the near future.

Using multiple computers may also have a effect on getting back to drawing as it might only confuse ownership of which PC to use.

I will eventually try to get one more kiriban, before I take a hiatus from dA.

It would be really sad for me to totally lose interest in dA and prepare this account for its demise. This account is more than 8 years old and age is seriously having a effect on things. :(

I'm gonna be going to bed now. :sleep:
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Firefox 19 is out now and it has been made available on its FTP servers since last night.

Firefox 19 is the latest release based on Gecko 19 engine featuring numerous improvements over its predecessor, Firefox 18. The log changes for Firefox 19 were originally published on 10 January 2013. The browser has been released in over 70 languages with 10 additional test languages.

In this release, Firefox 19 features numerous bug fixes including the HTML5 PDF viewer. With the HTML5 PDF viewer, Firefox users will be longer be required to download Adobe's Reader PDF plugin which was buggy and too slow to load.

And unless users are really into web development, they probably won't find any of the other updates too appealing.

On a final note, today is officially the last day that Firefox 10 ESR will receive any support from Mozilla. After today, Firefox 10 ESR will reach end of life and users will have to upgrade to Firefox 17.0.3 ESR in order to receive updates and support. More about the demise of Firefox 10 ESR later.

Right now, here are a complete list of changes in Firefox 19:

:star: WHAT'S NEW IN FIREFOX 19
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Built-in PDF viewer.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Canvas elements can export their content as an image blob using canvas.toBlob()
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Startup performance improvements.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Debugger now supports pausing on exceptions and hiding non-enumerable properties
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Remote Web Console is available for connecting to Firefox on Android or Firefox OS (experimental, set dev.tools.debugger.remote-enable to true for it to work).
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) There is now a Browser Debugger available for add-on and browser developers (experimental, set devtools.chrome.enabled to true).
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Web Console CSS links now open in the Style Editor.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) CSS page is now supported.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) CSS viewport-percentage length units has been implemented (vh, vm, vmin and vmax).
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) CSS text-transform now supports full-width.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Certail valid WebGL drawing operations are incorrectly rejected, leaving incomplete rendering in affected pages.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Starting Firefox with -private flag incorrectly claims that you are not in Private Browsing mode.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Plugins stop rendering when the top half of the plugin is scrolled off the top of the page, in HiDPI mode.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Mootools 1.2.x incompatible with Firefox 18 and newer. This issue was fixed in Mootools 1.3 and up.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Some function keys may not work when pressed. This issue is unresolved in Firefox 19 and Firefox 20 and will be fixed in Firefox 21.
For a complete list of changes for Firefox 19, read the bug list: www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/…

:star: WHAT'S FIXED IN FIREFOX 17.0.3 ESR
    :bulletgreen: Security fixes in this update were released.
    :bulletgreen: Improvements to the Click-to-Play vulnerable plugin blocklisting feature
In order to install Firefox 19, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:
    :bulletred: A Pentium 4 or newer processor with SSE2 instructions or better.
    :bulletred: Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP11, Mac OS 10.6 or newer
    :bulletred: 512 MB of system memory2
    :bulletred: 200 MB of hard disk space
1 While 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and up can be used to run Firefox, only 32-bit official builds of the browser are supported at this time.
2 Firefox may run on slower computers with less memory, but it will be less usable.


Download Firefox 19 now: releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozil…

Now that Firefox 19 is out, support for Firefox 18 has come to a end. Additionally, Firefox 10 ESR has officially reached end-of-life. Firefox 10 ESR was released on 31 January 2013 and it is a version of Firefox designed for organisations and other adopters who need extended support for mass deployments. Unlike the regular rapid releases, the ESR will be updated with new features and performance enhancements during the next nine rapid Firefox releases (or 54 weeks), receiving only regular security updates during the time frame.

Organisations who are still on Firefox 10 ESR must make the hard transition to Firefox 17 ESR as the earlier ESR prepares for its demise. Any organisations who are still running Windows XP RTM, Windows XP SP1 or Windows Server 2003 RTM must upgrade their service packs in order to use Firefox 17 ESR and most importantly, continue receiving support.

Organisations still on Windows 2000 and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) are NOT going to have such an option as they're clearly out of luck. Because Firefox 10 ESR has reached end-of-life, Mozilla has now completely abandoned support for these operating systems. It would now be wise for organisations still running Windows 2000 and Mac OS X 10.5 (if there are any) to make the hard transition to a supported operating system and stop using a operating system that is several years old as it simply has NO innovation left anymore.

And now that Firefox 19 has been released, Firefox 20 will migrate to the Beta channels later this week, Firefox 21 will migrate to the Aurora channels very soon and Firefox 22 will make its first appearance in the Nightly channels.

The first public beta release of Firefox 20 will be out later this week and the final version to the successor of Firefox 19 will be released on 2 April 2013.
  • Mood: Joy
It was on this day today in 2003 that Gaia Online was founded. Founded by Derek Liu (Lanzer), Long Vo and Josh Gainsbrugh as go-gaia, it originally began as a anime link-list and eventually developed a small community.

Following a statement by founder Derek Liu, the website eventually moved towards anime-themed social networking/gaming and eventually became a forum-based website.

Today, Gaia Online is visited by over 7 million unique visitors each month with over 26 million total registered users and over 1 million posts are made daily. Gaia is headquartered in San Jose, California and the current CEO is Mike Sego. 90 to 95 people are currently employed at Gaia.

Most recently, Gaia won the 2007 Webware 100 award in the Community category and in January 2011, the company won the Mashable Best User experience Award for 2010.

For more information regarding Gaia Online and it's history, read this Wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_Onl…

Just curious to ask. Do does anyone of you have a Gaia Online account? If so, I go by the same username as here on dA.
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First of all, I hope that all of you had a good Valentine's Day today. I really appreciate it! :huggle::heart:

Now this. deviantART currently has over 100 million submissions on the entire site with a rate of 140,000 submissions per day, per the August 2010 report on Wikipedia. Today, out of those submissions a large portion of it have the ability to full view the submission for all of the complete details.

Some of the submissions found on their user page may either be wallpaper capable or larger than the current screen dimensions of our monitor (the monitor on my desktop computer is 1280 x 1024, btw). I mean, if people ever wanted to shrink the site of the image, crop it to fit on their monitor and use it only for personal and offline use...that's fine and most people should be okay with it.

On a contrary fact, some of the submissions have the download button removed and sometimes the deviantART watermark slapped in the middle of the image. While the watermark was intentionally there for a reason, it was meant to not allow other deviants to use works elsewhere online, this didn't mean clearly mean that it couldn't be used for personal, offline use. Worst yet, a small percentage of deviants do not even feel comfortable about even letting someone use the illustration that the artist created for them.

The main subject is this. In order for it to qualify for a valid screenshot, the desktop screenshot must contain, desktop icons as well as one or more software apps in the background and the system tray (under OS/2 Warp, Linux, Windows 95 and higher). Also, crediting and if it is really necessary, proper permission is needed.

Additionally, the desktop screenshot may even be captured with either a camera or even a webcam.

Here are some examples of what I'm talking about:

1. Photo of the Compaq TC1000</b> featuring Mechapuff and Mechapuff R4 by tersinc
2. Final desktop screenshot of the Toshiba Tecra 720CDT laptop featuring :devKatieMinL:'s Eve illustration (watermarked).
3. Photo of the Fujitsu Point 510</b> featuring Zemiki's revised version of my Mechapuff character.

All of these example photos that I pointed out have desktop icons and are in compliance with FAQ #578: What does deviantART consider to be a proper desktop screenshot?.

Unfortunately, there are some hit-and-miss dangers of having to use the submissions found on dA as desktop screenshots:

1. Users should be aware of the fine print to that they do not modify the image in whole or part without their permission. And if the original artist does not want others using it regardless of that then, at all aspects, it is literally impossible...which means that the user would be literally out of luck.

2. Using screenshots, for which it has been completely "cleared off" in a matter of illustrations from other artists, including official artwork found on other websites is considered image theft and a violation of deviantART's copyright policy and in such cases, the offending submission would most likely be reported and administrators removing the said submission from their servers.

To avoid this, the deviant must put a lot of effort and hard work on their submission and make it wallpaper capable. All submissions that are at a bare minimum of 640 x 480 pixels and in a 4:3 (1.33:1), 14:9 (1.56:1), 16:9 (1.78:1) and 16:10 (1.6:1) width/height ratio should be wallpaper capable.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, let me know and I'll explain as much as possible. I might not have made this journal entry clear enough for everyone to understand this.
  • Mood: Pride
The NFC champion, the San Francisco 49ers were a couple of yards short of winning their first Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXIX, but in the end, the Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions after defeating the 49ers by a score of 34 to 31.

#5 Quarterback Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP. He was credited for 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during the regular season. And during the NFL playoffs, he had 11 touchdowns and no interceptions as well as 1,140 yards in four playoff games (including the Super Bowl) but during the game he was tremendous in the first half as he threw 192 yards and 3 touchdowns before halftime. In tonight's game, he was credited for finishing 22-of-33 for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. With that said, this game featured the longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history with 108 yards. And Joe Flacco is also the top performer of his Super Bowl champion Ravens.

The top performer in the losing team, the San Francisco 49ers was #7 Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He went 16-of-28 for 302 yards, scored 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also made 7 rushing at 62 yards for a touchdown.

This was the first Super Bowl to feature two teams who had unbeaten records in previous championship games, the Ravens were 1-0 and the 49ers were 5-0 in previous Super Bowls only to find that they lost. Before tonight's game was played, the 49ers entered the game to seek their sixth Super Bowl championship in team history, which would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most by a franchise. The 49ers finished the regular season at 11-4-1 which was the first time that a team with a tie in their regular season record played in a Super Bowl since the Denver Broncos played in Super Bowl XXII with a 10-4-1 record.

On the other side of the coin, the Ravens' Super Bowl championship is their first one since they won Super Bowl XXXV when they won it against the New York Giants, 34 to 7.

Additionally, Super Bowl XLVII was the tenth Super Bowl to be played in the city of New Orleans, equaling Miami's record of ten in a individual city.

The National Anthem for Super Bowl XLVII was performed by Alicia Keys with America the Beautiful being performed by the Sandy Hook Elementary Choir featuring Jennifer Hudson. The Halftime Show was performed by Beyonce featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. CBS charged an average $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the game, the highest rate in any Super Bowl. These new commercials will last until Super Bowl XLVIII.

The time of Super Bowl XLVIII was 4 hours and 14 minutes. However, if the Halftime Show and the power outage that delayed the game for 35 minutes, the time of the game lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes. Super Bowl XLVII was played in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana where 71,024 people attended the game.

#52 Linebacker Ray Lewis, the MVP from Super Bowl XXXV did return to play tonight's game, but it was the last before he announced his retirement from the National Football League at the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season. His NFL career spanned 17 seasons, played 228 regular season games including 21 playoff games and made 2,050 tackles, 41.5 quarterback sacks and 31 interceptions.

Once again, congrats to the Baltimore Ravens, the champions of the National Football League! With Super Bowl XLVII now over, the 93rd NFL season has come to a close. With the exception of the NFL Draft, the league will be dormant until the start of the 94th NFL season on Sunday, 4 August 2013 when the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game gets underway in Canton, Ohio.
  • Mood: Joy
119 days after the NHL shutdown operations due to a lockout, the NHL has returned, but only for the shortened season. This is because a new tentative deal on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was reached at around 4:45 AM EST on 6 January 2013 after approximately 16 hours of continuous negotiating, with its ratification and signing of a memorandum of understanding on the agreement that was completed six days later. Led by National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, the owners of the league's franchises declared a lockout of the members of the National Hockey League Player's Association (NHLPA) after a new agreement could not be reached before the expiry of the NHL CBA on 16 September 2012.

The lockout took a toll on the season that was originally scheduled to begin on 11 October 2012, was reduced from 82 to 48 games. The revised season started nearly one week ago and will conclude on 27 April 2013.

As a result, no inter-conference games will be played this year. The NHL had a drop-dead date of 11 January 2013 to save the shortened season or it will be canceled in its entirety.

The new CBA to end the lockout includes the following:
1. An limit of 8 years on contract extensions and 7 years on new contracts.
2. A salary floor of $44 million and a salary cap of $60 million (which includes a two-year transition period will allow teams to spend up to $70.2 million in the deal's first season, prorated for the length of the season and up to a salary cap of $64.3 million in the second season.
3. A maximum 50% variance in the salaries over the course of a contract.
4. Mandatory acceptance of arbitration awards under US$3.5 million, no realignment and an amnesty period to buy out contracts that do not fit under the salary cap.

The dispute was the third lockout in the 19 years since Gary Bettman became Commissioner in 1993, following lockouts in 1994-1995 and in 2004-2005, with the latter case leading to the cancellation of the entire season. Additionally, this was also the third labour dispute for NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr who, as the head of the Major League Baseball Players' Association (MLBPA), lead his union through a lockout in early 1990 and a strike in 1994-1995.

The new collective bargaining agreement will last until 15 September 2022 after at that point, the CBA will expire and the NHL could go into another lockout.
If you haven't seen the live coverage of Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration, it was wonderful!

The document that he sworn in as President was based on the Lincoln Bible and a Bible owned by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Inauguration was administered by John G. Roberts.

He officially began his second term in office at noon yesterday and his second term will last until Friday, 20 January 2017. Unfortunately, at that point, he will have to retire from the Oath of Office, head back to his home city of Honululu, Hawaii and transfer power to the next President of the United States.

This is the case, because as mentioned in this journal entry last Fall, he will no longer be eligible for re-election due to the XXIInd Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Now that celebration is over, it's back to work as President for the next four years.

Thoughts about the inauguration anyone?
  • Mood: dA Love
Guess what, everyone? Earlier this week, I bid $144 on the manufacturer refurbished Compaq TC1000 hybrid tablet computer on eBay and easily won it! That means that it's time to say goodbye to the Toshiba Tecra 720CDT laptop for good. It would be good to either put the laptop up for sale or recycling it rather than give to someone else.

The reason for this is that the laptop itself is far too old and too slow for almost anyone to use and that it no longer meets the requirements to run newer software. The laptop itself takes up a lot of space and it makes things not comfortable to use a laptop this heavy. Also, the laptop was given to some else to begin with and I don't think that anyone wants to use a large laptop like that anymore.

Anyways, I'm gonna attempt to do Amairim's Ora character in Poser 7...that is if I can find the props for the clothing that she's wearing as well as the bangs in her hair. :(

As for using images found on dA as wallpaper, I will explain more about that clearly in my journal. :p
  • Mood: Joy
Firefox 18 is already out now and has been made available on its FTP servers since last night.

Firefox 18 is the first new release for 2013 and was originally going to be released on 1 January 2013, but it was delayed by at least a week to avoid conflicts with major holidays, including Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Firefox 18 is based on the Gecko 18 engine featuring numerous improvements over its predecessor, Firefox 17. The log changes in Firefox 18 were originally published on 22 November 2012. The browser has been released in over 70 languages with 10 additional test languages.

In this release, Firefox 18 features IonMonkey, Mozilla's next generation JavaScript JIT compiler, which aims to enable many new optimisations that were impossible with earlier architectures.

Another new feature is preliminary Web Real-Time Communication support or WebRTC, an API that is being drafted by the World Wide Web Consortium to enable browser to browser applications for voice calling, video chat and peer-to-peer file sharing without the use of plugins.

Lastly comes exclusive support for the Retina display on Mac OS 10.7 and Mac OS 10.8. This comes more than five months after Google's Chrome browser gained support for Apple's high-resolution Mac screens.

As for the Extended Support Releases, Firefox 17.0.2 ESR and Firefox 10.0.12 ESR have been released. Unfortunately, barring any major security and stability issues that will arise over the next six weeks, this will be the last planned security update for Firefox 10 ESR. Firefox 10 ESR will reach end of life on 19 February 2013.

Now with that said, here are a complete list of changes in Firefox 18:

:star: WHAT'S NEW IN FIREFOX 18
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Faster JavaScript performance via IonMonkey compiler.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Retina display support for Mac OS X 10.7 and up.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Preliminary WebRTC support.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Experience better image quality with the new HTML scaling algorithm.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Performance improvements around tab switching.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) windows.devicePixelRatio DOM property support has been added.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Improvements were made in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) W3C touch events support implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Disabled insecure content loading on HTTPS pages.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Improved responsiveness for users on proxies.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Certain valid WebGL drawing operations are incorrectly rejected, leaving incomplete rendering in affected pages.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, the browser will crash.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) In Microsoft Windows XP and up, the use of Microsoft's System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) In Firefox 18, starting the browser with -private flag incorrectly claims you are not in Private Browsing mode. This issue will be resolved in Firefox 19.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Plugins stop rendering when the top half of the plugin is scrolled off the top of the page, in HiDPI mode.
For a complete list of changes for Firefox 18, read the bug list: www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/…

:star: WHAT'S FIXED IN FIREFOX 17.0.2 ESR
    :bulletgreen: Security fixes in this update were released.
    :bulletgreen: Multiple stability improvements since the first planned security update seven weeks ago.
    :bulletgreen: Improvements to the Click-to-Play vulnerable plugin blocklisting feature.
:star: WHAT'S FIXED IN FIREFOX 10.0.12 ESR
    :bulletgreen: Only security fixes in this update were released. Barring any security and stability issues that may arise in the next six weeks, this is the last planned security update for Firefox 10 ESR.
In order to install Firefox 18, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:
    :bulletred: A Pentium 4 or newer processor with SSE2 instructions or better.
    :bulletred: Windows XP SP21, Mac OS 10.6 or better
    :bulletred: 512 MB of system memory2
    :bulletred: 200 MB of hard disk space
1 While 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and up can be used to run Firefox, only 32-bit official builds of the browser are supported at this time.
2 Firefox may run on slower computers with less memory, but it will be less usable.


Download Firefox 18 now: releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozil…

Now that Firefox 18 is out, support for the regular release of Firefox 17 has come to a end, however Firefox 17 ESR will continue to be supported through security and stability fixes until 10 December 2013. Also, for organisations who are still on Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM, Windows XP SP1 or Mac OS X 10.5, Firefox 10.0.12 ESR has been released. The update was made available on 3 January 2013.

Again, barring any security and stability issues that may arise over the next weeks, this is the last planned update for Firefox 10 ESR. Users who are on Firefox 10 ESR after 19 February 2013 will have to make a hard transition to Firefox 17 ESR as Firefox 10 ESR will reach end-of-life.

And now that Firefox 18 has been released, Firefox 19 will migrate to the Beta channels later this week, Firefox 20 will migrate to the Aurora channels soon and Firefox 21 will make its first appearance in the Nightly channels.

The first public beta release of Firefox 19 will be out later this week and the final version to the successor to Firefox 18 will be released on 19 February 2013.
  • Mood: Pride
For the third time in the last four years, the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide are the champions of NCAA Division-I football for 2012. They achieved their run as back-to-back national champions after they defeated and upset the #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 42 to 14. The Crimson Tide scored the first 28 points going into the half. The Fighting Irish answered 14 points, but it wasn't enough to recover from the 28 point shutout deficit.

The Crimson Tide finish the year with 13 wins and 1 loss (1st in the SEC west with a 8-2 record while the Fighting Irish finish their first loss of the year...12 wins and 1 loss.

The Crimson Tide's overall postseason bowl record is 34 wins, 22 losses and 3 ties. This is makes the Crimson Tide's 15th national title overall.

The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game Offensive MVP was awarded to #42 Running Back Eddie Lacy. He was credited for collecting 140 rush yards, touchdown on the ground tonight (157 total yards and 2 touchdowns), the fourth-best championship game rushing mark and 14th 100-plus yard BCS National Championship rushing performance overall. #32 Linebacker C.J. Moseley was named the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game Defensive MVP. He collected 8 tackles including 5 solo and 1 assisted tackle for a loss.

The top performers of the game, for the winning team, the Crimson Tide, it was #10 Quarterback A.J. McCarron who went 20-28, rushed 264 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. For the losing team, it was #5 Quarterback Everett Golson who went 21-36, scored 270 yards, scored 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also rushed 5 with -7 yards for a touchdown.

The national anthem for the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game was performed by the Zac Brown Band and 80,120 people attended the game. The referee in tonight's game was Land Clark of the Pac 12.

With the 2012 NCAA Division I football season that has now drawn to a close, there are now 232 days until the start of a new college football season! The 2013 NCAA Division I football season will begin on Thursday, 29 August 2013.

Congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide...back-to-back national champions and college football's best for 2012!
  • Mood: Affection
Well, everyone! The year 2012 is officially behind us and we and the servers that reside in deviantART, Inc. (Pacific timezone/GMT -8) have officially entered the new year...2013! This is officially the first new journal for me in the near year!

:w00t: HAPPY NEW YEAR :w00t:

As called out in this first journal entry of the new year, Tenthbeing was officially the last deviant to join deviantART in 2012 at approximately 11:59:59 PM, exactly one second before the start of the new year! The very first deviant to join deviantART in the new year of 2013 is fibre4oven. This deviant joined at approximately 12:00:01 AM.

Say hello to these newbie deviants! :wave:

The last new submission for all of deviantART in 2012 was called New Year dinner by LizaNny. The submission had a deviation number #346006172. The very first new submission of 2013 was called Wolf Angel Devil Scene Lines by SickAede with the deviation number #346006175. Searching for submissions #346006173 and #346006174 yield a 404 Not Found error message. :(

With that said! Welcome to 2013, everyone! Give someone you love some hugs and llamas...and go give these new deviants that I called out some love! :love:

:iconohjoyplz:

Update: The bigtard grin emote (:dummy:) don't work correctly on these journals anymore. :( Alaska, Hawaii and areas in the Bering timezone are still in 2012 and yet will enter 2013 soon.