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Fanzines: Remember This The Next Time Your Smartphone Glitches - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
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Fanzines: Remember This The Next Time Your Smartphone Glitches
In 1980s, when fanzines were moving away from typewriters and offset and mimeograph printing to that newfangled desktop word processing, this fanzine publisher explained why her zine was delayed. Her computer Harriet didn't come with a screen (aka monitor)  and you needed a screen to see the words as you typed. Her other computer, Peon, could be hooked up to a TV. But it lacked the interface board that could run the brand spanking new invention called the dot matrix printer.

"TO EVERYONE WHO MIGHT BE WAITING FOR STARSHIP BRITANNICA #3: Due to unforeseen difficulties, SB#3 will be postponed from October to December. First, changing from programming micros to programming IBM mainframes in machine language requires (shouldn't but does) more math credit than I have, and the fall semester has started. Even more seriously, Harriet, the wonderful, hard working IBM PC responsible for getting FOUR zines our between February and August of this year, had a nervous breakdown when she saw the number of disks to be formatted in preparation for SB#3...She'll quite willingly run programs (and did eventually format the disks) but word processing definitely needs a screen ....Peon, the Commodore, only requires a TV and has volunteered. Unfortunately, Peon also requires an RS232 interface board to run the beautiful dot matrix (could you tell) Toshiba Harriet uses. So which ever one comes up to par first runs the word processing software."

So...have you gotten around naming your Smartphone yet? Perhaps...Harold?

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catalenamara From: catalenamara Date: October 7th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know someone who named her tablet.

The long-time joys of conflicting technology. Back in the 80s, I worked temp in Silicon Valley, and I learned nearly a dozen different word processing programs so I could work almost anywhere the agency sent me.
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morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: October 8th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I've looked into it and it seems that it is just this one person who has been battling with LJ for a few years over many issues. That is not to say there isn't something going on - but so far, only one person has been verified and it was IP blocking and not deleting. I still recommend that people backup their journals and their communities (you can migrate both to DW, including comments if you are the journal owner or moderator). And of course there still is LJ Archive.

My recommendation - rather than spreading FUD, get the message out that given how many tech platforms come and go and that policies change overnight (tumblr's NSWF removals a few months back), back up your journals and communities....

A few comments from others: IP addresses get blocked often for many (often stupid reasons). "The part about someone from LJ telling her that her journal was being investigated for gay content is more worrying, but it's also something that I'd quicker to believe if there was an actual quote or, better yet, a screenshot. According to a friend of hers answering comments in her journal, she deleted the email from support in 'fury' and when she went to retrieve it from the trash it had been deleted."

"A good sampling of salt grains, if you scroll past the tweets from the past couple of days that are specifically about this issue:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%40livejournal%20angstytimelord&src=typd&f=realtime "

And then there are these

Edited at 2013-10-08 03:34 pm (UTC)
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: October 8th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
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