Installing Opera 11/17

Because of a glitch in the Livestream system windows users cannot view the archives in firefox nor chrome. I have heard reports that the Microsoft browser Edge will view the archives. Don’t know myself. I never use the Microsoft browser.

I have found that Opera will play the archives just fine.

You can find the Opera browser on

Here are a few screen shots with comments to hopefully keep you from running into trouble with the install. This is not a complete set of screenshots. I did not include images for each and every step. Just the ones that I thought might be tricky for some.

After downloading the Opera installer for Windows and starting it up, you will see the following screen. STOP. Do not press the “Accept and Install” button. Don’t go any further until you read the next section.

Notice the nondescript button on the left that says “Options” press that button.

Notice the three check marks.

I did NOT want to make Opera my default browser, so I unchecked that.

I did NOT want to bother with importing whatever the heck they wanted to import , so I unchecked that.

I did NOT want to send usage reports to anyone, so I unchecked that.

Above you will notice all three of the check boxes blissfully unchecked. You will also notice the location for the install is highlighted. You can ignore this. It happens to be highlighted here because I have a SSD (Solid State Drive) for my C: drive. I typically install everything onto my larger D: partition.

By the way, after you have decided which check boxes you want checked and unchecked, click the “Accept and Install” button.

The installation program will download the actual installer and do the installation. That’s a screenshot of my installation just  beginning — slow DSL :(

Above is a screenshot of me playing an archive video in my newly installed Opera. Oh snap. It is still not working. Well, that sucks. But there is a solution. Download and install Adobe Flash for Opera. Yes, Flash comes in different flavors. Opera gets its own. You need to download and install Flash after you have installed Opera.

Above is a portion of the browser window you will encounter when trying to install Flash. Notice the sneak checkbox. Uncheck that checkbox. Even if you want Chrome, uncheck it. If you want Chrome then go to the chrome website and install it that way. To hell with Adobe and their sneaky installs of third-party stuff.

The screen below shows me trying to view the archive after installing Flash.

What the bleep. What the double-bleep? It still does  not work.

Turns out that last night (yes, the universe conspires in many an odd fashion) Opera changed how they handle flash.

So now we need to muck about with the Opera Flash Settings.

To get to the Settings, click on the red O in the top left of your Opera Browser. Below is a screenshot of the menu that pops up.

Down near the bottom of the Opera Menu is “Settings”. Click on that or press Alt+P (Alt and P at the same time, leave the plus sign key alone)

The above is probably what you will see when you type “Flash” into the search box.

Notice you have two options. There used to be more. See below for what the options used to be like. At the moment you either select “Ask before allowing sites to run Flash” or “Block…”

Neither option works for us. The “Block…” for obvious reasons. The “Ask…” because the Livestream website interprets the pause to ask for permission as “screw off”. The Livestream app then gets moody and refuses to play the archive. At least that is how it acts on my computer.

Above is the promised image showing that before last night one had more and different options.

To get the archives to work, it is necessary that you use the “Manage exceptions…” button. Below is the pop-up window that appears when you press that button.

I typed in the then pressed the enter key. Clicked on “Done” button. Then crossed my fingers and tried to watch an archive.

Yay, it worked!

Warning YMMV

YMMV = Your mileage may vary.

Yesterday I helped Marvette install and setup Opera on her computer. The settings default for flash was totally different and we did have to monkey around with “Manage exceptions…” Today I had to.

Will it be necessary for you? Who knows. Companies are doing A/B testing now which means different users get different versions of software and/or browser pages. All of this to test which is better etc. Bottom line, while others can give indications of what you might do, you are fundamentally on your own. Unless you have tech support looking over your shoulder there is no guarantee they are seeing the same page you are seeing.

Good luck.



How to Navigate The Information Age

Below you’ll find a list of steps. These are a preview of methods employed in our NotBot Zombiefication Avoidance Program.

Step 0: Abandon Clearly-Defined Long-Term Goals

Because we are currently stuffed in a human-shaped meat suit, we don’t have the equipment needed to access clearly defined Spiritual goals. If, however, you manage to transcend the limitations of the human meat suit, then it is quite possible to access your long-term goals. But, until that time you would do better to work with fuzzy-defined long-term goals. Continue reading

Rumor Has It

Rumor has it that during unsettling times (such as those in which we currently find ourselves) people may be rattled free from their somnambulist sleep and step forth asking the question: “Hey I think I should be doing something, but I’m not quite sure what it is. But, it has to do with something beyond the realm of the mundane.”

If this person asking this earnest question happens to be standing in front of you looking your direction what will you do? Continue reading

The Respect Parameter in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Both VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) have the capacity for users to create persistent content. As we move forward along the development cycle it will be only natural for this content to be shared across client software. Thus, allowing one user to view/experience the content created by another user.

This sharing of content across the user-user barrier can either be a wild west circus where everything and anything goes. Or, it will be controlled by a managed system of permissions. Continue reading

Sneaking Up

From time to time we set ourselves a goal that just plain does not come easy.  As an example of goals that people often set for themselves here is a list of Top Ten from 2015

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

Looking at this list one thing that jumps out about this list is: the total lack of action steps. Okay, a few of the above will have fairly easy to create action steps. But, some of the top ten will have very elusive action steps.  In general I would expect a goal with obvious action steps to be easier to deal with. Continue reading

Easy Roller Copper Dice

Bot-Life Roll Playing Safari is getting close to release. This game is looking better and better. If you haven’t seen the Thursday with Xxaxx broadcasts you are probably in the dark about this project. I’ll get into that in another blog post. I want to take a short break from that in order to introduce a truly fine set of multi-side dice.

When playing Bot-Life or any other RPG based game you will need multi-sided dice.

What are multi-sided dice?

Multi-sided dice are dice with a variety of different numbers of sides. The dice we are most familiar with from standard board games have 6 sides. That is not because this is the best die to use, this is because 6-sided dice are the easiest to manufacture.

In a proper set of multi-sided dice you will find:

  • 4-sided (digits 1-4)
  • 6-sided (digits 1-6)
  • 8-sided (digits 1-8)
  • 10-sided (digits 0-9)
  • 10-sided (digits 00, 10, 20, 30, … 90)
  • 12-sided (digits 1-12)
  • 20-sided (digits 1-20)

Why Copper Dice?

metal-copper-diceRecently I’ve stumbled across a super fantastic set of dice from Easy Roller Company. What makes this particular set so super fantastic? They are made from copper. That’s right solid copper. You can find a link to the dice here: Legendary Copper Metal Dice Set.

Solid and weighty in the hand… when you roll with these dice you can feel the process. A word to the wise: Don’t use your antique finely polished oak table top for rolling. These dice will leave a mark. But then again so will the light-weight plastic dice.

With copper dice you will have dice that are sure to be true. But, what about the gun metal dice and other metal dice sets that Easy Roller has to offer? For me the copper dice feel magically correct. I like the look of the other metal sets — you even have a choice of digit color — but, as mentioned, the copper feels right.

By the way…

I recommend that when you buy the Legendary Copper Dice for yourself you pick up a set or two of the standard multi-sided dice so that you have dice to lend and use for standard game play. If you’re like me, you will want to keep the copper dice for special occasions. And you probably will be less than enthused to loan them out to other players.