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Saturday, March 26, 2011

brief history of me & html 

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There's a guy on eBay I bought my pent4 from for $125, incl. shipping and insurance. He refurbishes old office pcs. Came loaded with windows, but not office; I got OpenOffice.org, which I like better, anyway. I'll put u in touch, when you're ready. Came w/mouse, kbd, too.

Bert Perchot (sp?) died last year while I was homeless, being robbed. He was Le Fantome on webtv. He owned zbox webhosting, designed for all platforms, incl. webtv.

Just when he died, my original domain, rriverstone dot com (don't click it) came due for renewal. I didn't receive notice and a Chinese person bought it, because it has so many, many links to it, all over the internet, and put Russian child porn on it. I'm an incest survivor, you know.

The new owner, another webtv person who runs another hosting place, Arbor Domains, bought out Bert's zbox from his wife, Roxy (whom I adore). He helped me get http://rogiriverstone.com and transfer all my data there. It's taking me way too long to rebuild everything. Plus, Steve put his own file manager on zbox, and I don't understand it, so it's taking me a long time to learn it. Add to that, I haven't done intensive html since I left webtv.

I was one of the hard-core webtv table artists. You know, that art that can only be seen on webt. I think it should have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art; it was a completely unique, digital art form.

I learned html because I kept seeing these interesting email signitures in our alt.discuss, fire walled groups. I finally found a tutorial FOR webtv and built massive signatures, that really pissed off computer users when i sent email! LOL. Took forever for THEM to load, though webtv users saw them instantly.

I don't understand PERL, CSS and some other coding, but I can copy and past JavaScript and Flash. Couldn't code it, though.

So, http;//rogiriverstone.com is full of old fashioned, typed-by-hand html coding with lots of bells and whistles. Makes for a clunky, slow-loading and confusing homepage, for computer users. So, I'm redesigning it.

I can still do table art, too. There are gradient graphics online i can use instead of the tags we used to use; just use image files, instead. I like to build machines with clickable links, mouseovers, etc.; toys people can play with. Here's the one of which i'm most proud, and u can c it on pc or webtv. It's my old "F key:" http://www.rogiriverstone.com/links/fkey.html needs work, dead links, etc. 

posted by Rogi  # 3/26/2011 07:12:00 AM

Saturday, January 01, 2011

thanks for the memory 

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Some radio producers are reminiscing on the phenomenal advances in digital memory over the past, few years. They, of course, all used PCs. I didn't start on the 'net with a PC. Here's my memory:

In 1998, I bought a WebTV http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN_TV
, mostly to help the kids in my "War Zone" neighborhood with their homework. While one could record briefly with an external microphone, the quality was terrible, although one could snag small wav and midi files from the 'net. I know a woman who COMPOSED music on a WebTV. But voice audio? Nope.

WebTV had virtually limitless memory, as we were on a network, and needed no real hard drive. But one could not up- or down-load anything.

Then, Microsoft bought it, cannibalized the hardware and it became X-box. Those of us still using the interactive television set-top box were neglected and ignored. They still exist, as broadband, television appliances, and are popular in hotels overseas, such as in Germany and Japan.

It was a brilliant idea that was neglected to death by Microsoft.

I never could have produced radio with one, but I had a nice following as a writer of "Surfaris" for Net4tv "Voice," an internet magazine for interactive television appliance users. http://www.net4tv.com/voice/
Happy New Year

posted by Rogi  # 1/01/2011 10:02:00 AM

Friday, February 27, 2009

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

a painful -- and necessary -- decision 

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Dear Brian,

It is with much regret that I must request that I be unsubscribed from my charter membership to games4tv.com.

Brian, I don't want to put you in the middle of anything. But I will not continue contact with Laura, and I need to have someone unsubscribe me.

Laura told me once that you all can tell who has been on the site. It's obvious I haven't used it much recently.

It was flattering, to receive the membership. But my circumstances have changed, and I believe it is best if I discontinue the privilege. I feel very uncomfortable, accepting any free membership. And I can't justify the expense of subscribing myself. I tried to unsubscribe myself, so as not to bother any of you, but I can't figure out how I could do it.

I hope you are all well. I regret that I won't be continuing contact with you, Laura, Chai or the rest of the online "family." It was my sincere pleasure and privilege to work with you all, in happier times. Some of my fondest memories are of the net4tv gang, employees and users. I won't forget any of you. And I'm more grateful than I can express for the privilege of having worked for net4tv.

I wish all of you the best. You'll always be in my thoughts and good wishes for the rest of my life.

Take very good care of yourselves. And, as Jerry Springer says, of each other.

Good bye.

Thank you,

Rogi Riverstone

posted by Rogi  # 1/15/2008 04:43:00 PM

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Microphone Use 

Microphone Use
Group: news:alt.discuss.clubs.private.norvell_md
Date: Sat, Dec 9, 2006,2:26am (MST-1) From: (Don's Items)

Using a Microphone with WebTV Plus®

If you have a WebTV Plus®, you may have noticed the word Recording onthe left sidebar of your e-mail "Write" screen. If you see "Recording"on the sidebar, you may have a microphone input jack on the back of your unit. This is where you plug in the mic. (My current WebTV unit is the Philips Magnavox® Model MAT972A101. The mic jack is located between the printer port and the double-row of audio/video inputs.)

Note: The original Sony® Plus units do not have the microphone jack. It is possible, however, to use the mic of a camcorder or portable cassette recorder to accomplish audio WAV recordings.

The newer-generation Sony Model No.INT-W250 units do have the mic jack. Any dynamic mic should work, but "computer" mics will not. I do not recommend RadioShack microphone #33-3025A. There is a very noticeable and annoying 'buzz' in the background of a recording made with that mic. Best Buy carries the Sony Dynamic Mic (model FV-100) for around $10. Both the Sony and PM come with a 9'-10' cord. Radio Shack has a very good mic; part #33-2001. It costs $9.95, and comes with a 6-1/2-foot cord.

I strongly recommend that you have the power to your WebTV set disconnected from the wall outlet before plugging the mic or its cord into the back of your unit. (However, once you have it plugged in, you may leave it that way indefinitely!)

Here's how to use the "Recording" feature. With the mic plugged in, go to Write, (an e-mail) and choose Recording on the sidebar. You will get a pop-up screen with the words Play, Stop, and Record. The words Add to Message will be in the upper right hand corner. Choose Record by placing your yellow highlight box over the word "Record". With your mic in hand, tap the Return key once to begin recording. When you are finished recording, you can use the left arrow key to place the yellow box over "Stop", and hit the Return key to stop recording. OR.... I have found that you can leave the yellow box over the word Record and simply hit Return a second time to stop the recording process. (You are allowed 30 seconds of recording time, and a countdown timer is displayed on-screen.)

When you have stopped recording, use the left arrow key to move the yellow box to Play. By tapping the Return key, you can listen to a playback of the recording you just made. If you are not satisfied with it, just go back to "Record" and hit Return key again to begin a new recording! When you are satisfied with your recording, choose Add to Message at the top right corner of the pop-up screen, and your recording will be processed and placed on your outgoing e-mail. You may, at this time, type the text of your e-mail, or you can make the recording after you have written the e-mail. The choice is yours. It will appear as a speaker on your outgoing e-mail, and the person who receives your e-mail can click onto the speaker, and hear the recording you made! In fact,you may click on the speaker and listen to the recording for yourself. One word of caution: most AOL® users and many other computer users cannot receive attachments in e-mail, and therefore, cannot see the speaker or click on to it.

A 30-second recording will take up approximately 7% of a WebTV® recipient's incoming storage capacity. Fourteen such recordings, mailed to one WebTV® user, could fill up their mailbox, even if it was empty to begin with. Use caution, so you don't fill up their mailbox!

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posted by Rogi  # 2/21/2007 06:49:00 AM

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Google groups & blogger logon 

Post to news:alt.discuss.clubs.public.webtv.technical.rick56fla hoping
for some help.

Zane said: "Google groups (works on both 'puter and webby), and Outlook
Express ('puter only). Both allow you to use a non-webtv addy to escape
the spam."

Ok, here's the problem. Google is now requiring a password to logon to
Groups & to Blogger. I can't do either from WebTV. I get redirected to
some junk about "cookies." They really mean my browser's too old. I've
tried every workaround I could. Mobile Google, source viewers to find
login links... you name it.

I've written half a dozen emails to both Google AND Blogger about this.
I can't write posts to my blog from Webtv and WebTV users can't post
comments. We can read the blog, though. But, since it's a blog about
MSNTV, it feels like cheating to write from a COMPUTER! LOL

I've made a workaround for posting from WebTV. I went in on the PC and
set the email posting device. I now have a blogger address to which I
can email posts which appear immediately in my blog.

This saves me a lot of hassle, as I was CCping everything I wrote in
alt.discuss & WebTV email and emailing it to my Hotmail account, so I
could CCp it again from the PC to post to blogger. See how complicated
that was?

But I couldn't have set up the email posting gismo without the pc.

How the heck are you accessing the Google groups from a webtv? or are

Burying the lead here: does anybody know how to get past Google's
refusal to make login accessible to our dinosaurs? sigh.

Best wishes from Rogi Riverstone


posted by Rogi  # 2/04/2007 08:12:00 PM

What ever happened to "MSN Companion?" 

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Microsoft Updates Internet Appliance
MSN Companion 2.0, implemented in Compaq's IPaq, supports up to nine user profiles.
Agam Shah, IDG News Service
Tuesday, June 05, 2001 03:00 PM PDT

Microsoft has released MSN Companion 2.0, an update to its stand-alone appliance, which can now house Internet access profiles for up to nine users.

Companion 2.0 is a no-frills Internet access appliance, says Cory Curtis, a Microsoft spokesperson. MSN Companion 1.0 allowed the creation of only one profile.

"A user has to just plug the device into a phone line to connect to the Internet," he adds.

Compaq's iPaq appliance family, introduced last summer, is the first implementation of the initial MSN Companion. Compaq is now using MSN Companion technology in two new models--the IA-1 and IA-2. The IA-1 appliance, priced at $399, includes an LCD monitor, while the $299 IA-2 device comes with a CRT monitor. Both appliances have keyboards, a USB port, and modems, says David Albritton, a Compaq spokesperson.

The USB port enables the appliances to connect to secondary devices, which could let users create a home network, connect to external storage devices, or access a broadband Internet connection, Curtis says.

A stripped-down version of Windows CE designed to provide multiuser Internet access is built into the appliances, Curtis adds. Users connecting to the Internet using MSN Companion will get custom access to Microsoft's e-mail service Hotmail, business service Web site MoneyCentral, and instant messaging service MSN Messenger, he says.

File Sharing, Voice Support Added
The appliances let users share music files, and support voice communication over the Internet, Curtis says. Periodic software updates for the Companion service are downloaded from the Internet and installed automatically, he says.

MSN Companion was unveiled almost two years ago. MSN Companion 1.0 allowed a single user to connect to the Internet. Declining to give sales figures for the product, Curtis says MSN Companion 2.0 is a service upgrade to Companion 1.0.

The appliance is available directly from Compaq and from retailers nationwide, says Albritton of Compaq.

Also, Microsoft is offering six months of free Internet access through its MSN service as a bundle with new purchases of MSN Companion 2.0. At the end of six months, subscriptions cost $21.95 monthly. Users can cancel MSN's service and use an alternate ISP, but Microsoft will still charge a $9.95 monthly fee. The fee covers upkeep of the MSN Companion service, which includes software upgrades, Curtis says.


posted by Rogi  # 2/04/2007 07:48:00 AM

Saturday, February 03, 2007

more on alt.discuss 

I'm also having trouble, accessing this newsgroup club. I clicked on the
.optimod link 6xs. It wouldn't go.

FInally got in, but couldn't open posts.

Finally opened post, couldn't reply, etc. etc.

I think we'd better start planning to build community somewhere else.

I don't think alt.discuss is going to be around much longer.

And the MSNTV2 box doesn't go here, at all.

posted by Rogi  # 2/03/2007 07:57:00 AM


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