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One morning, shot to hell [Oct. 11th, 2005|06:36 am]
Zoethe
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I have this weird habit of resisting change at the damnedest times. It took me forever to upgrade from Windows 3.1. I'm still using IE despite all the great things I've heard about Firefox. And I clung to an S1 style of LJ far into the time when S2 was available and better-supported.

But after yet another day where someone's meme had thrown my flist page all out of whack, I decided I should upgrade. This proved to be both easier and more difficult than I imagined. You see, I hate fussy interfaces, and reading against a colored background. I don't want my layout to entertain me; I just want it to be restful to look at and easy on the eyes. Neither did I want something completely stark and barren that looked like a text-only page from 1998.

Which meant that I spent the morning screwing around with design and color and customization. When I really meant to spend it getting a workout.

I have to say that the LJ people have made it pretty easy to customize the things that matter most to me - view 50 entries instead of 20, change the colors and the text. It's just the fussiness of the final tweaking that could use the help of preview pop-ups ("better this way...or this way?"). Change, Save, Preview, dislike and back up, that's time-consuming.

I'm not 100% happy with it. But I'm hoping it'll mean that my pages don't get tweaked quite so often.
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[User Picture]From: jaded220
2005-10-11 11:03 am (UTC)
I'm still using IE despite all the great things I've heard about Firefox.

I'm surprised that someone didn't sneak onto your computer and replace IE. The only reason I stopped using it was that I broke it and was forced to move over to Mozilla.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-11 11:28 am (UTC)
There is computer respect in this household. I really do plan on doing it one of these days....
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[User Picture]From: itches
2005-10-11 11:52 am (UTC)
Opps, that's what I get for using the girlfriends computer, she leaves herself logged in and I don't notice.

Though even she uses firefox!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-10-11 05:52 pm (UTC)
I would have done it myself, but she does have some weird web page that uses a lot of IE-like stuff and I'm not sure that works in FireFox. Otherwise, I'd be bugging the hell out of her.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-10-11 11:13 am (UTC)
Seekrit to S2: always, always, always have two windows open, and just refresh the one with your journal layout in it. :) The other window should have the one with the tweaking place in it. *smart cookie*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-11 11:28 am (UTC)
...

I'm an idiot.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-10-11 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh honey... *petpet* That's why most of my friends have me do their layouts FOR them. I don't think many people've figured it out yet. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-11 11:38 am (UTC)
Yes, but I actually DO know better. I am a regular wielder of multiple windows. It just didn't occur to me.

IOW, idiot.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-10-11 11:33 am (UTC)
Another good trick is that when you're just messing around with layouts when you have tons of customizations (like mine) you create an account that has a username of random numbers and letters (like [Bad username: 3jfsdd3308kzds21] and unless it's a paid-account only style you're trying to use, just use that account for messing around. :) That way, if you don't see anything you like you don't have to worry about hurting your primary account's layout.
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[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2005-10-11 11:41 am (UTC)
*duh*

You're brilliant! I've been using Firefox, and that never crossed my mind.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-10-11 11:42 am (UTC)
Yay tabbed browsing!
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[User Picture]From: zevhonith
2005-10-11 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what I do, too.
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From: barryr
2005-10-11 12:35 pm (UTC)
I use a mix of IE and Avant Browser- which is basically IE with tabs and options.

For some reason, Firefox (and, really, any browser based on netscape's engine... netscape and mozilla included as well) have never worked properly on my computer. Something always would go wrong. Netscape didn't like to open things for me, Mozilla was missing too many options I liked from Avant, and Firefox crashed twice on me when I first tried installing it. It was the first program ever to invoke a bluescreen since I installed XP. Most people just tell me it's an isolated event, but I think netscape-based browsers don't like me.

So I stick with Avant. It does everything that IE does, it just lets me run 50 tabs at once without crashing itself on top of that. So I'm happy, even if it makes others a bit annoyed at me.
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2005-10-11 01:22 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I switched to S2 but wanted a layout that was not kitschy, was clean, and was in neutral colours. This was hard to pick! Now I use the beige variant of The Boxer and I would hate to change to anything else, because I find it so pleasantly unobtrusive.
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[User Picture]From: zenithgryph
2005-10-11 01:59 pm (UTC)
<3333333 Firefox!!!

Tabbed browsing! No flipping through 34598273496 windows! /cheer

Not to mention the built-in popup blocker and my spyware counts have dropped dramatically.
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