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Re: ads popping up
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #977407 by MissMoon
Jul 18, 2019 8:39am
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I see several people fell for it. LOL

Oh I noticed it, I just wasn’t going to let a little thing like the date stop me from having a little fun! 😎
Re: ads popping up
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Reply to: #977408 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jul 18, 2019 12:22pm
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Oh I noticed it, I just wasn’t going to let a little thing like the date stop me from having a little fun! 😎

So like, I wonder if they ever downloaded adblock. lol
Re: ads popping up
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #977395 by VanGo
Jul 24, 2019 6:54pm
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Is that why my home page is covered with photobucket ads? Because I didn't pay my $39 this year? Just wondering.

There are no ads on the home page--doesn't matter if you're a premium member or not.

Well, okay, there is an "ad" for Walking 4 Fun, but that's my website. Not like anyone is paying me to display that one. ;o)

-- Ryan
Re: ads popping up
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #977696 by Green Tortuga
Jul 24, 2019 7:25pm
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Thanks for replying, Ryan. I do appreciate all you do. So it looks like the Frank Lloyd Wright theme is compromised. I don't know how others see it, but when I see it, it's covered with little photobucket ads. Too bad, being an FLW fan, I loved that background. I guess it must be a virus or something. I changed to the Tennessee theme and it's fine.
Re: ads popping up
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #977698 by VanGo
Jul 24, 2019 9:14pm
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So it looks like the Frank Lloyd Wright theme is compromised.

I've never made a FLW theme, so I looked at the themes on AQ and found that it was someone else's creation. Looks like they host their photos on PhotoBucket. I don't really know anything about how PhotoBucket works, but I'm assuming they're using a free account and all of their images get the PhotoBucket watermark.

It's not a virus or anything, though. It's just PhotoBucket wanting to get paid for hosting photos. It's what they do. *shrug*

It's also probably not the best place to use for hosting images that you don't want watermarks on.

-- Ryan
Non-working characters
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Aug 24, 2019 2:56am
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There are some characters in the "About Theme" text that are not displaying properly in Chrome. Is that my fault?
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978730 by Kirbert
Aug 24, 2019 3:55am
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It looks like all three of the browsers, that I have, show the same issue. It looks like the font is having an issue displaying one of the characters that are being used in the text for the "About Theme" page...

So it is not just you or Chrome...
Re: Non-working characters
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #978730 by Kirbert
Aug 24, 2019 8:09am
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I am using Chromium (same core as Chrome) on Linux. The problem does not appear for me.

Either:
  1. It doesn't happen on Chromium
  2. It is fixed already
  3. You are pulling some legs
Re: Non-working characters
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #978730 by Kirbert
Aug 24, 2019 10:09am
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"La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Bu�ol, a town located 30 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Bu�ol."

This is what some of it looks like to me. The word "Buol" has a ? inside a black diamond between the U an O as if one of them should have a character over the top of them.
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978739 by ST-Ranger
Aug 24, 2019 11:05am
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Oh! That is what you mean. I thought you were talking about the actual "About Theme" characters.

I see the same thing then. Here it is with the text characters replaced:

==Origin==

In 1945, during a parade of gigantes y cabezudos, young men who wanted to be in the event staged a brawl in town's main square, the Plaza del Pueblo. Since there was a vegetable stand nearby, they picked up tomatoes and used them as weapons. The police had to intervene to break up the fight, and forced those responsible to pay the damages incurred.

The following year the young people repeated the fight on the same Wednesday of August, only this time they brought their own tomatoes from home. They were again dispersed by the police. After repeating this in subsequent years, the party was established. In 1950, the town allowed the tomato hurl to take place, however the next year it was again stopped. A lot of young people were imprisoned but the Buñol residents forced the authorities to let them go. The festival gained popularity with more and more participants getting involved every year. After subsequent years it was banned again with threats of serious penalties. In the year 1957, some young people planned to celebrate "the tomato's funeral", with singers, musicians, and comedies. The main attraction however, was the coffin with a big tomato inside being carried around by youth and a band playing the funeral marches. Considering this popularity of the festival, 1957 saw the festival becoming official with certain rules and restrictions. These rules have gone through a lot of modifications over the years.

Another important landmark in the history of this festival is the year 1975. From this year onwards, "Los Clavarios de San Luis Bertrón" (San Luis Bertrón is the patron of the town of Buñol) organised the whole festival and brought in tomatoes which had previously been brought by the local people. Soon after this, in 1980, the town hall took the responsibility of organizing and making the festival big.

==Description==

At around 10 AM, festivities begin with the first event of the Tomatina. It is the "palo jamón", similar to the greasy pole. The goal is to climb a greased pole with a ham on top. As this happens, the crowd works into a frenzy of singing and dancing while being showered in water from hoses. Once someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the start signal for the tomato fight is given. Several trucks loads of tomatoes are brought to the Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive and are grown specifically for the holidays, being of inferior taste. For the participants the use of goggles and gloves are recommended. The tomatoes must be crushed before being thrown so as to reduce the risk of injury. The estimated number of tomatoes used are around 150,000 (over 40 metric tons.) After exactly one hour, the fight ends with the firing of a second shot, announcing the end. The whole town square is colored red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Fire trucks hose down the streets and participants use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of "los peñones" to wash. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.

This would seem to indicate that this page was written back when non-ASCII characters were composed differently. With modern browsers they are done with Unicode, usually UTF-8. This page needs to be updated.
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978741 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 24, 2019 11:08am
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Yes, that is what we are talking about... And I kind of thought one of the computer nuts (geeks) would have the answer and maybe the fix...
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978739 by ST-Ranger
Aug 24, 2019 11:14am
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When I get AQ mail from one particular person her messages always show up like that with the questionmark symbol.
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978742 by ST-Ranger
Aug 24, 2019 2:43pm
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I kind of thought one of the computer nuts (geeks) would have the answer and maybe the fix...

The geeks we need are Wassa and GT. Do we trust that they will fix it?
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978747 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 24, 2019 3:21pm
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The geeks we need are Wassa and GT.

We are the geeks AQ deserves, but not the geeks AQ needs right now.

Ok, maybe we are. Fixed.
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978749 by wassamatta u
Aug 24, 2019 3:24pm
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Ok, maybe we are. Fixed.

Thanks! That was quick.
Re: Non-working characters
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Reply to: #978747 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 24, 2019 4:32pm
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The geeks we need are Wassa and GT.

To be clear... I'm "the geek". GT is "the non-working character".
IP address changes....
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Sep 19, 2019 5:52pm
Hey, everyone!

My hosting provider to changing my IP addresses, which invariably tends to cause problems. Officially, the IP address change happens at the end of the month, but the new IP addresses are available now so I have time to make the necessary changes.

So! I've been updating the IP addresses in the DNS entries. As far as I know, everything should continue to work as normal. You shouldn't see any downtime or changes. I don't think I've ever had an IP address ever change without a hitch, though, so please be patient if problems happen. I'll work through them.

I already started changing the stuff for my "minor" websites that have less risk if something bad happens like Backcountry Water and the only issue I've noticed so far is that when I try to send an email from my Gmail account to my email at backcountry-water.com, it fails. Other email providers, it works fine. It seems to be just limited to Gmail and I haven't been able to figure out why.

So... if you send AQ mail through your Gmail account, it might be an issue. I haven't changed a couple of DNS entries for this reason (yet) so it shouldn't be a problem at the moment, but at the end of the month.... maybe it will be.

Anyhow, I just wanted to give everyone a head's up about the change and that there could--theoretically--be unexpected downtime because of it. At least for the next couple of weeks (and especially around the end of the month).

-- Ryan