All of this blog’s 250 sidebar links have had their annual check, by hand and eye rather than an auto-bot. Problematic links have been repaired or deleted, as needed.
Readers of this blog may have noticed new posts flashing up on this blog, only to be seemingly removed some hours later. Their ‘removal’ is due to the ongoing problems with my website host’s database servers, problems which have been going on for about ten days now. The overall site and domain is stable, but the database server is not. This impacts on the WordPress blog, which requires a database to function. When the database server crashes and reverts to a stable backup of its contents, it has the effect of wiping my recent posts. Currently the blog is stable to 6th April. I have backups of all the contents and also the wiped blog posts, and will re-post those once the blog is stable again (i.e.: if this post remains live and doesn’t also vanish). Thanks for your patience, readers!
It’s been a little over a year since I checked all the ‘The Poser/DAZ Directory’ sidebar Web links on this blog. Last night I checked them all by hand, and have either updated or deleted the broken ones.
After much delving into why DeviantArt.com refused to load, I installed yet another Web browser to test on my Windows PC. And Opera, used in its Turbo Mode, loaded DeviantArt blisteringly fast!
None of my other browsers will load DeviantArt, or will barely load it and then hang (usually on page calls to st.deviantart.net). It’s nothing to do with my Firewall (on or off, no difference); nor my Windows hosts file; nor my browser add-ons (DeviantArt is unreachable across Firefox, Chrome and IE. I run Chrome and IE without any add-ons). I even tried changing my default ISP DNS servers to use the Google DNS servers instead (no change there, either).
But I’m glad to say that Opera works fine. Here’s their explanation of Opera’s ‘Turbo Mode’…
When you enable Opera Turbo [mode], the pages you request are passed through one of Opera’s data-saving servers. The server removes any extraneous page elements, shaves off image pixels you won’t miss, diagnoses the state of your connection and compresses downloads. This smart, cloud-based technology does all this before sending the page to your screen.
Following my recent checking and updating of this blog’s sidebar links Directory, I felt the need for some newly-added links to caches of Poser and Daz freebies…
I’ve checked and updated all the links on “The Poser/DAZ Directory”, over on the sidebar of this blog.
All the sidebar Web links on this blog were checked by hand today. Dead links were removed, and broken ones repaired. Enjoy!
A global search-and-replace operation had messed up the links on my DAZ Training Videos page. Apologies for that. All fixed now.
I’m pleased to say the comprehensive Poser/DAZ Directory, to be found over on the sidebar of this blog, continues to grow. Now there are 220 links! These were all freshly gathered and evaluated by your editor, and I will be checking them all every six months to ensure that the Directory stays fresh.