I deal with the tragedy that was 9/11 by not dwelling on it. I say a prayer to those who left this world much too soon in New York City, in Washington DC and in Pennsylvania. They will always be remembered in our hearts, in our minds and in our souls. May their spirits always be at peace.
Over at Shooting Suburbia, we have our second to the last post of the amazing journey of Yello Bear, which coincidentally is the second to the last post before that wonderfully little niche blog takes a well deserved vacation.
Over here, we have the father of all rants. No obscenities will be uttered, which is why the title of the post is a malapropism.
My friends, the end is coming soon. Not in the biblical sense of the word, but reality based. I'm slowly reaching the end of my tolerance with certain things related to Google. It seems that in its infinite wisdom and keeping in line with its policy of continually offering bells and whistles without addressing the problems associate with the previous offerings of bells and whistles and thus driving people away, Google has managed to get me to purchase that one way ticket out of town.
Basically the problem is that Google's e-mail program as well as Blogger is unable to figure out that I have IE8 as a browser on my computer and not IE7. IE7 originally came with the computer, but I was able to upgrade to IE8 about two years ago, then I was able to reinstall IE8 when XP had to be reinstalled on my computer last year. Since their customer service forum was of no help, I was forced to come up with my own solution to this particularly annoying problem.
Which was to change how I do business in the Cyber World. Which meant to change most of my e-mail life over to Microsoft's wonderfully annoying e-mail system Hotmail. Hotmail won the battle over Yahoo simply because Hotmail has a feature similar to Gmail, in which you can move the cursor over the sender's e-mail and find out instantly where that e-mail actually came from. Great for detecting spam and what not.
So not only are my notifications from Blogger going to Hotmail, but my notifications from Facebook are going there as well. Also, my day to day contacts with friends are moving over there as well, so for those of you who have e-mailed me from time to time on personal matters, the main part of the e-mail addy is still the same. Just use @hotmail.com at the end of the addy instead of the current @gmail.com, and things should be peachy keen.
One other thing: I also changed my homepage from Google to...yeech...MSN.
Bottom line is this: changing about 85% of the way I currently conduct business in the Cyber World should bring me a little peace of mind to my already fractured and chaotic real world. Because frankly, if I can transfer that peace of mind to my real world, then I'll be able to tolerate the inevitable change that will be coming to Blogger, whether I want it or not.