Bookmarks

I’m finally getting caught up on my bookmarks and saving of my fics in Evernote. I use a combination of Evernote and Diigo to save my fics. If only Evernote had the ability to do ONE little thing, I’d switch completely to Evernote.

Diigo lets me know I’m on a page I’ve already saved as a bookmark by turning my bookmark icon red.
Evernote doesn’t have this feature, which makes it a pain to browse quickly through links. I don’t remember every fic I’ve read and/or bookmarked, so this is a huge time-saver.

But I really, really like Evernote for everything else, including the tablet app. Diigo’s tablet app sucks.

I’d feel more comfortable if Evernote let me backup my entire account in a format other than ENEX and HTML, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s better than no backup feature at all.

When Delicious pulled that amazingly shitty move (revamping after the YouTube founders bought it) back in 2011, I was stuck with around 2000 bookmarks that were only partially there.

I save bookmarks in a very anal way. I tag everything very well, yes, but I also write custom summaries for each fic I’ve finished reading.

When the buy-out happened, for some reason they decided users wouldn’t need more than 250 (I think that was the limit) characters in their summaries, even though they actually allowed more than 250 characters, so on transfer, all my bookmarks were cut to 250-character summaries.

I switched to Diigo immediately, and thankfully my previous backup (only one month old at the time) of my Delicious account had the full summaries. I just had to redo the bookmarks from that last month.

Problem was, Diigo only allowed 250-character transfers too, though their limit on characters is
amazingly high (much higher than Delicious ever dreamed of), which I really like! So it took me a while, but I went through every single one of my 2000 bookmarks and used my month-old Delicious backup to update my new Diigo account summaries.

I mentioned I was anal. I really am.

Now I’m nearing 5000 bookmarks, but only close to 3000 are in Evernote because I’ve been slowly working at transferring them.

I discovered Evernote about a year and a half ago, and within just a few days of using it, I realized I really liked it. When I got my tablet a little less than a year ago, I grew to like Evernote even more.

I’m not the type of person who spends money a lot, so to say I’m seriously considering paying for the Evernote premium account is very telling of how much I like the program.

I don’t know as I’ll stick with one program ever again. Delicious soured me on putting all my eggs in one basket. But not only is Evernote the best thing I’ve ever found for fanfic-related notes, it’s great for work.

I’m the sole IT person for three small businesses, all with employees who know next to nothing about computers, and some of the employees even fight learning anything about computers.

Evernote makes it easy to do research on my home desktop, access it from my tablet when I’m around the house or my family’s houses, and I can access my account and research with my laptop no matter where I am, including at the small businesses.

I’m considering telling the businesses Evernote is a necessity, then getting them to pay for it 🙂

~Maya

Fanfic

I’ve been in the mood for AtS/BtVS fic lately, so I started re-reading Things Series by Kiristeen.

I’ve never been all that into Highlander for some reason, but I like fic with Highlander somehow involved, whether it be a fusion or a crossover.

I really like the idea of beings that have been around for hundreds and/or thousands of years, and I like that it opens up the possibility for Xander to live a long life with Spike without having to be turned.

I read Things Series back when it was written and posted, but back then my bookmarking was done completely with my Firefox browser. When I switched computers a few years back due to a failing HDD and motherboard, the newer computer didn’t like a lot of what I brought over (Vista OS sucks, if I do say so myself), so I lost a ton of bookmarks.

I’ve switched computers twice since then (thankfully no longer having Vista OS), and I hadn’t found this fic, though I’d searched a few times.

I finally put a search post up at bloodclaim a little while ago, and someone found the fic so quickly I was totally blown away!

There are a few other immortal!Xander fics out there, one of which is much more popular than this one, so I figured no one would be able to find it.

~Maya

My New Job

So I have a new job. After nearly 20 years in the same line of work (beginning when I was 14), it’s refreshing and scary at the same time.

I’m now the sole IT person for three small businesses, and the business taking the most of my time right now is a tattoo and supply shop that I’m 1/4 owner of.

By IT person (since it can encompass so many things), I mean that in three small businesses where none of the employees or owners have more than a somewhat passable knowledge of computers and most of whom know nothing about them and/or refuse to even touch them/learn about them, I run/maintain everything electronic, even the televisions and music/sound system.

When I finally realized my childhood dream of being a reclusive writer was a no-go (mental issues and changing meds really, really fuck with creative abilities), I switched gears. And even though I never thought it was more than a hobby, I’ve loved computers and technology in general.

So I could probably say it was my dream job without realizing I could have it as a job. I’m extremely shy, don’t do well in public, have a lot of anxiety, and am absolutely horrible at communication.

Having my previous job situation drop out from under me the way it did kind of kick-started me into needing to do something (I’m not the type of person who can do nothing, and I’d work even if I won millions from a lottery that I don’t play), and the opportunity presented itself at the most perfect time for these three businesses to finally be to the point where they needed tech and right now.

It’s not an easy job. And it’s made harder by the fact that a lot of the employees fight learning, and I suck at communication, but everyone knows I know my way around computers, and they trust me.

The grouchiest employee of the group recently growled at another employee when this other employee offered to have his “buddy” come in to look at the computers. Mr. Grouchy wouldn’t even consider it and just said I had it under control, don’t touch it, don’t mess with it, etc.

It’s totally adorable to me because I’m ridiculously shy, would rather hide in a dark corner and work, and that is contrasted with all the employees who are the opposite of shy — very gruff and big and all those adjectives you’d associate with tattoo artists and their friends.

Not to say they’re mean. They’re all pretty great guys. But to see them all trust me and ask for me and fall all over themselves to at least try a little bit when I try to help them learn something… it’s just cute.

The free (other than tipping) tattoos are a huge bonus, and the guys don’t mind at all (as far as I know).

Now that we have a full-time piercer in the shop, I’m thinking of getting a few more piercings too!

~Maya

Variety

I felt like more variety, so made up some more colors, and I also made two below that are different font, button type, and only say Love It! All of these are png file type, 100×100, and have no background, so they will work as userpics/icons, but might not look good when the community or journal uses borders.




Again, please don’t direct link, but feel free to use them wherever you like.

~Maya

Love it Buttons

Love Button 1-4 are jpg files, they will all work as userpics/icons, and they’ll look best when posting in a community or journal that uses borders around the userpics.

Love Button 5 is a png with no background, but it will work as a userpic/icon. It will look best on a community or journal that doesn’t user borders around the userpics.


The buttons below are all png files, have no background, but they will not work well as userpics/icons as none of them are 100×100. They can be used if you upload them to a server such as your LJ scrapbook, and then put them in a post or comment. Small = 75×75. Medium 150×150. Large 300×300.


Please DO NOT direct link as I tend to shuffle things around in my PhotoBucket account, and I’d hate to screw up posts these were used in.  PhotoBucket is sometimes picky about who it lets see things. If you can’t see these, please let me know.  I’m also considering other buttons with different fonts and colors, so let me know if you’d be interested in that. I may just do them up and post them anyway 🙂

~Maya