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Sunday, January 4, 2004

January 4, 2004

Memory -- You're MINE

I don't recall if I've rambled about this subject in the past or not, but I'm going to do it again. I run Win98SE...and I have memory leaks.

[applause from group]

Yes, I know...the first step is always admitting that you have a problem. Well, I do. And have for some time. Anyway, it seems that (in particular) it's tied to my Netscape use, although I've not pinpointed that. It's just that I use Netscape more than any other program (aside from my favorite terminal/SSH emulator)...so it's taking the blame.

What generally happens is that I leave Netscape running for a period of time, and eventually I get this pesky situation where my system resources (namely GDI and USER, not virtual memory or any of that stuff) get really low. When this happens, Netscape doesn't refresh pages correctly (or redraw them) -- because of the [lack of] GDI resources. It's a very big pain in the ass...but it's something you just deal with. Generally speaking, exiting/restarting the program takes care of it for a little while (it all depends upon the use). Sometimes this will start after a day or so (if I'm at the computer very little), other times it only takes an hour or less.

I've decided to try one of those automatic memory management utilities I found (free trial) at download.com. At this point in time, it would appear as though it works very well...although my trial period (before required registration) will ultimately tell the tale. There's a no-hassle 10-day trial period...and you can get an extension (20 days) with brief registration... After 30 days you've gotta pay for it.

So, we'll see what happens and how it works. Hopefully better than nothing.

More SPAM troubles...

Well it seems that (after multiple attempts to tell the Symantec tech support people (who obviously don't speak/write English very well...or at least not as their first language -- but that's an entirely different rant) what my problems were), even though Norton AntiSpam 2004 claims to work with all POP3 email clients, it doesn't work with Netscape 7.1 mail. Go figure.

But, as a consolation prize, 'they're working on resolving this problem and hope to have a solution out soon.' Still doesn't make me feel any better about wasting $40 on software that doesn't do what it claims. I should've known better than that -- I don't use Outlook and therefore don't have email problems.

Strangely enough, after the third reply to their tech support people (telling them the same information) this person informed me that (for some reason) Netscape 7.1 mail is the only one which doesn't work with AntiSpam...or that there have been these random reported cases where it hasn't worked with NAS. Still doesn't make me feel any better.

So, in the meantime I've been just going through it manually. Granted, getting rid of those old email aliases that weren't in use has helped tremendously...and I'm only getting on the order of 80 spam messages per day, which is much more palatable than the previous 300-400.

I guess until Symantec figures out why the hell this thing doesn't work with Netscape 7.1, I'll just have to re-create my own filters.

One-Act Begins!

In the final bit of news, tomorrow begins the 'daily rehearsal' portion of One-Act. That's always a bit exciting as we get into the real skinny of it...and putting together yet another production! smile

So, beginning tomorrow (and throughout the rest of January), I'll be kinda hit-or-miss with news...depending upon the day and what I've got going on with the show.

Until next time...

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