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Being annoyed with google

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This months my xmpp chat stopped showing or being able to contact my google contacts again. I don't know if this is a google or jappix problem. I suspect google. I tried to log into my old jabber account, and wierdly could not. Then one day at work I looked into my google chat contacts, thinking I might have had a different username than I remembered. I found my old username, unblocked it signed into a xmpp chat and could talk to myself. "Cool", I thought. "I can use this account then". When I got home I could not log into jabber with the same details I had used 2 hours ago.
I went back to my gmail chat and the jabber contact had vanished.
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Can anyone tell me of a good xmpp chat service that is not google but can talk to google talk? And people, please please please, don't switch to hangout, this is just google building a walled garden.

Adittionally when I signed into github today I got a warning to change my password (because of the heartbleed bug), yet no such warning when I signed into gmail, even though they are appearantly affected (according to der Spiegel today)
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The downside of being too geeky

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The world has decided that if I act like a geek, I should look the part as well. Last week I went to a physiotherapist convention and had a hard time with all the power point presentations. I sat in the back for the first two and then got too annoyed with trying too read something out of focus and put myself in the first row. Still squinting, though. I left the convention a bit wiser about how to treat chronic back pain, armed with cold spray and tape (why they were not distributing nice smelling massage oil is beyond me), a slight headache and the realisation that I need glasses.
I had noticed that reading street signs when driving was getting difficult, but I had thought this was due to my inability to do two things at once. Now I noticed more and more how I have problems focusing, so I should get myself to an optician.
I think I will get glasses with a thick black frame and maybe even grow a beard...
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My colours

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It's my lunch break. I was looking up a question I had about the "code" tag in HTML on stackoverflow, when I came across this thread.

I could not resist and tried my own name. Amazingly I have the same colour as Chuck Norris. See:
Chuck Norris
Christina Anna Milcher

See the link for the explanation. Separately written my name looks like this:
Christina (#C0 00 00) Anna (#A0 0A 00) Milcher (#00 C0 00)

My family:
Heinrich (My father)
Katharina (my Mother)
Andrea
Stefan
Susanne



Here is the code for the above (by me!):

 < div name="colour" style="display:inline" >
 < input id="colour"  type="text" />
 < button onClick="colourName()" > See your colour </button> </div >
 < div id="some" style="display:inline"> </div >

 <script>
function colourName(){
var colour=document.getElementById('colour').value;
var div = document.getElementById('some');
div.innerHTML = ' <font color="'+colour+'">'+colour+'  </font>';
}
 </script >  

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Chat?!?!

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Today jappix introduced mandatory encryption. All my contacts show as offline. All gmail. No idea what to do... Tried different clients, even the main one from jappix.com, but no difference.

Is there anybody out there ?

Update: Apparently this is only temporary, see here
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Testing a gallery script

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When I included PrettyPhoto in the blog it was mainly lazyness. I have been playing around with CSS for a bit now, and hopefully will be able to have lightboxes without javascript.
Javascript is for the lazy.

Here is the first test:

image

text

this should be a text boxwrite with bbcode just
like any post



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