clo_again: (Roger/Mirka - So Hail to the King)
Roger just lost at Wimbledon so, in the traditions of the last twelve years, I'm sulking on LJ. Hurrah and yay and all that muchness.

(Roger, you had so many break points. You bloody sodding moron.)

Anyway, in addition to now getting entirely soused on Pimms because of idiot Swiss tennis players, I saw this on Twitter today about Russia's bugfuck crazy data laws affecting LJ and wondered sadly if it would be LJ's final straw. I mean, my flist is mostly a wasteland these days (not helped by my useless lack of posts) and I hang out mostly on Twitter (find me at @aomaakutu) but I don't want LJ to disappear entirely. It feels like it should stand forever as an archive to the early-ish days of fandom and online social networking and also, I have a lot of fic (all the old stuff of which is reposted over at Insanejournal, with apologies for how terrible it is) and nonsense and old conversations from over a decade of fandom sitting on here. I don't want that to disappear. AO3 is great and Twitter is great and tumblr is basically a disaster that hasn't got the sense to fall over under the weight of its own nonsense, and none of it does what LJ did. But if LJ does go, look me up on Twitter (@aomaakutu), or AO3 (clo) or Insanejournal (clofic) whatever. Maybe one day fandom will swing back around to blogging again. Then I can yell at people drunkenly about Roger being an idiot in more than 140 characters (which are nowhere near adequate to express my righteous indignation tbh).

Anyway! While LJ is still here and kicking, maybe I should actually use it for something? Idk, I hit a massive writer's block back in February and it took me forever to get over it so I started writing whatever got me writing anything again and it's left me with a bunch of weird WiPs, one of which is 30k and counting. As I'm a little drunk and a lot annoyed, how about some snippets of things that may, or may not, ever be finished? Why not? Snippets for everyone! (er, or everyone who likes tennis fic snippets since I have yet to find another fandom after twelve years. Never let it be said that I don't drag things out to the bitter end).

tennis fic wips snippets )

I wonder if I'll ever forget LJ html. Weird.

Because I'm me, the next thing I really want to write isn't any of these but I only have it outlined rather than written and it's in that weird stage of being thought-perfect before I have to try and wrestle it into words. I like it though. If I can keep writing despite being back in work on Monday, it might even get snippeted, or maybe it'll just get posted. I don't think it'll be that. Except, I always say that and 50k later it's still half finished.

I can't believe Roger lost. What an idiot.
clo_again: (Novak - mine is an evil laugh)
Just a heads-up to UK-based peeps; I just got a phone call from someone with an almost-incomprehensible foreign accent claiming to be from 'Windows'. He asked if I had a computer with a Windows system and then informed me of some bullshit about them having the information of my computer and seeing some malicious software downloads, could I go to my start option?

He clearly wanted me to go through some steps and (I suspect; I called him on his bullshit before he could say) download and install some software that would very certainly not help my computer or that'd probably have involved demands for credit card info. When I asked how he got the phone number, he said it'd been registered when I bought the computer and when I pointed out we'd moved several times since then and there should be no way Windows could connect this particular phone number to my computer, he waffled about some registered number and how they 'had the computer information'. We went around in circles for a couple of minutes while I tried to trip him up (I insisted that if they could track my computer to this phone number via my copy of Windows, they should know what make and model of computer this copy of Windows was registered to, and then we spent at least a minute engaged in a fruitless argument about how 'Windows Vista' was not the 'make and model' but rather the 'operating system'. And then I realised I was explaining to a supposed 'computer expert' what the difference between 'hardware' and 'software' is and no, anti-virus software desn't "only protect the hardware of my computer,not the software' because er, HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK WHAT; SINCE WHEN DO COMPUTER VIRUSES MAKE YOUR LAPTOP BURST INTO RL FLAMES?) until I decided I wasn't going to get him to admit he was a crank and the conversation was really not a productive use of my time.

I told him that there was nothing wrong with my computer and not to call again; he had the cheek to say "We'll call again later" after that (I said "NO DO NOT CALL" because I had visions of my mother picking up and panicking). Weirdly, my internet cut off for about ten minutes afterward but I rather think that's a coincidence.

So, just a heads up to UK peeps; I suspect everyone reading this has more than enough computer-smarts to not give these idiots any infor but they're obviously making calls, so maybe you want to warn less tech-savvy family members etc. to not believe any such calls (unless of course you've actually called Microsoft to request support, in which case the Microsoft caller should know your specific support ID and deets like your full name. They'll also probably know the difference between a laptop model and an operating system. Well, probably; it is Microsoft. ;-) )

And to add some much-needed hilarity to this entry, have a Youtube link for what happens when the same sort of crank call gets made to an Australian with a sense of humour and time on his hands.


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