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The blog problem was traced to a recently-installed load balancer. It was sending half the traffic to a server that didn't have the images. That's why your experience was different every time you went to the page. It was never a browser incompatibility issue.

Here are the images that were only appearing half the time.

 
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I'm posting this message a second time because, yes, the blogging software is not working.

I'm discontinuing blogging until I find a blogging software that works. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Might be a hacker problem because some unrelated stuff just went nuts too.
 
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Can everyone see all three strips on all browsers?

Okay, I finally said screw it and created a new blog over at Wordpress. And by that I mean I attempted to open an account but .... wait for it... their system is either down or rejecting me personally.

The universe is clearly conspiring to prevent me from showing these three images to the public. This is the sort of thing that makes me think we're software simulations and not free creatures in a real world.

I'm open to suggestions. Can anyone suggest a way to display images on the Internet? I've heard it's a thing.


 
This is a test of my goddamned fucking piece of shit blog software to see if it can do the simple fucking task of showing a fucking image on the fucking screen without puking down its own mouth.


Well, that didn't work on Chrome but did on Firefox.

Now for an image known to work on past blog posts...

That image worked on Chrome and Safari. Now let's try an image the exact size of the one that doesn't work and see if the file size matters.



That image works on Chrome and Firefox. So it's not the file name, the file type, or the file dimensions that matter.

But each of the robot strips started with the same file template. Next I will copy the content to a fresh file and try again...

First let's try a new and fresh template with no added content. This is the one I use for the Dilbert strip every day.


Okay, now the blog CMS is failing at every turn. It's deleting files on its own and won't give me a preview before publishing. I suspect poltergeist or possibly Russian hackers.

Oh, look, it displayed the same file twice. This is because my blog software is possessed by demons. But at least it worked on all browsers.  Now let's try copying and pasting some content from the files that don't work into this fresh template and see what happens.

Whoa, what the fuck? I can't load this same image above if I paste even a small bit of art from the robot strip into it.

Trying again with different content....


Okay, that image (the boss pasted into the blank template) failed on one browser. Next I try the same image but lower resolution jpg to see if file size matters...


And that failed.

So the problem is not the file name, the file itself, the file size, the file dimensions, or the content of the file.

Next I'll try saving as gif ...



 


 
I'm sure you'll tell me which sci-fi books have the technology I'm about to describe. And you'll delight in telling me Google or someone else is already working on it. So don't think of this as an "idea." It's just something I want.

I want my phone's apps to auto-adjust to my environment. And over time, I want everything in my environment to be Internet-connected or at least remote-controlled.

When I walk into a room, I want the home screen of my phone to automatically bring up controls and operating manuals for the technology that is nearby. I want to be able to operate everything in my environment, including the television and DVR, the lights, security, heat, AC, fans, curtain shades, and even microwave oven. When I walk into a store, I want my apps to know what sort of payment system is used so I can pay with my smartphone.

If you enter a room and the television remote doesn't pop up automatically on your phone, you simply snap a photo of the TV and your phone goes to the cloud and finds a match. Thereafter, anyone whose phone registers the same GPS coordinates will have automatic access to the television's remote control simply by walking into the room.

Let's call this technology "push apps" because my guess is that someone already does call it that. You walk into a room and the right apps push to your phone.

In order for this system to work, I think these push apps need to always become your home screen. We humans are generally more interested in our immediate surroundings than in matters far away. I don't want to hunt around for the right app every time I walk into a new room.

This vision works best with what I'll call a ring-wand. It's a ring on your finger, connected to the phone in your pocket by Bluetooth. The ring would be smart enough to judge its own movement, and perhaps have a microphone or even a tiny speaker. That way you could wave your hand like a magician and operate technology in the room.

I would think a ring could detect the following:

-          Finger snap

-          Direction and GPS (what it is pointing at)

-          Fist versus open hand

-          Waving motions (direction, speed)

-          Voice commands (your phone is the brain)

I could imagine, for example, making a fist and pointing the top of the ring toward a TV screen to control a cursor. But if you make an open palm motion of the "halt" variety, the appliance powers off. And so on.

Keep in mind that the pairing of your ring and your phone is a great system for identification because a thief is unlikely to have both. You'd never need to enter another password. And you'd never forget your phone because your ring would vibrate as soon as you got out of range.

In the long run, when all electronics are connected to the Internet, this sort of world will be easier to accomplish, assuming all of the vendors don't fight for their own standards and ruin the whole thing. In the short run, humans could "tag" rooms so all future visitors know what technology is inside them. (You'd need to untag technology as it is removed.)

My prediction is that smart watches will never be a big thing. The future is rings paired with phones.

 
 
 
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