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Announcements / Coppermine upload problem
« Last post by noquiexis on May 11, 2020, 11:00:48 AM »
    There has been a problem uploading photos to either of the Coppermine Photo Gallery portions of this website. On 19 Feb 2020, the web host migrated the entire website to a new server. This "upgrade" was their idea, not mine.

     Although I do have some non-doll photos on the website, I seldom upload any photos except those involving Feodora. On 1 Apr 2020 (April Fools Day) I was unable to upload any photo through Coppermine Photo Gallery. After bandying with the web host, they fixed the problem on their end.

     The problem re-occurred when I tried to upload photos on 8 Mar 2020. I went through the same rigmarole with the web host. They asked for my admin login information so they could see the Coppermine Photo Gallery configuration file. I gave them my login details for the Magnus Bay Colony Photo Gallery. I did not trust them with the Arimecibo Island Photo Gallery.

     A couple of the web host admins tinkered with the "thumbnail" (thumb_) and "reduced size" (normal_) settings. (WTF?) One finally changed the resize utility from ImageMagic (which had been working for over three years on the original server) to the GD2 graphics utility.

     Somewhere along the way, they installed, then removed, the beta version of Coppermine Photo Gallery (cpg1.6.08). While cpg1.6.x will work with PHP7.x, the current stable version (cpg1.5.48) will not. The long and short of it is that Coppermine Photo Gallery will once again handle uploads.

     It should be noted that the current stable version of Coppermine Photo Gallery (cpg1.5.48) can use flash to upload images.
Documentation: "Coppermine comes with two upload interfaces: a traditional one that is using plain HTML methods and allows uploading one file at a time and an advanced, flash-driven interface that allows several files to be uploaded from one screen."

     It should be noted that Adobe Flash has been deprecated and will no longer be supported as of 31 Dec 2020. The Coppermine Photo Gallery flash uploader will no longer function.

     "End-users can view Flash content via Flash Player (for web browsers), AIR (for desktop or mobile apps) or third-party players such as Scaleform (for video games). Adobe Flash Player (supported on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux) enables end-users to view Flash content using web browsers. Adobe Flash Lite enabled viewing Flash content on older smartphones, but has been discontinued and superseded by Adobe AIR." (Wikipedia) Get Adobe Air

:-X :-\ :-X
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TPE Marketplace / Re: Fine Love Dolls unsubstantiated claim
« Last post by noquiexis on May 11, 2020, 09:17:55 AM »
     I cannot speak on behalf of either party in this dispute, but I can give my observations.

     One need only an occasional glance at the news to know that the restrictions imposed by governing officials are in flux. The international business that I personally deal with are either restricted or closed altogether. Some domestic businesses, while still operating, are experiencing slowdowns.

     I had to look at the topic in question to see what was going on. For those who do not know, "An Internet Protocol address IP address is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two main functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing." (Wikipedia)

     The "location addressing" might give a country and city, but not an exact physical address. Why anyone would even mention that for a shipping location seems a bit 'out there'. If I order something for one of my daughters, I would give my Ohio address for billing and their Nebraska addresses for shipping. If I ordered that same thing while I was there visiting them, my IP address would show me as being in Nebraska.

     Apparently the buyer lives in one country (USA or Italy) and does business in other countries. If there was only one address block on the order form (which seems unlikely), then the buyer gave the wrong shipping address. If there were two address blocks on the order form (billing and shipping), the vendor's mistake was that they misread the billing address as the shipping address.

     There is also the possibility that the buyer changed his mind, after the purchase, of where he wanted the doll shipped. By the time he informed the seller, the doll was already en route. Without further information, we may never know the whole truth.

:-\ :coffee: :-\
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TPE Marketplace / Fine Love Dolls unsubstantiated claim
« Last post by odc061210 on May 11, 2020, 07:26:27 AM »
There is a post 'over there' this morning where a poster identifying themselves as finelovedolls claims that they have received a favorable ruling from Paypal on a dispute. The dispute as reported by another poster 'over there' is that the doll was not delivered to the shipping address.

As a doll buyer who has always been critical of the business practices of doll vendors, this post and the topic it was posted to raises a question and a concern:
-Question: does finelovedolls have a history of satisfactory service as evidenced by other topics on any forum? (TDF doesn't count because they have a years long history of partiality.)
-MAJOR CONCERN: finelovedolls is claiming a favorable ruling but does not provide a link to that ruling. A reader (like me) has no way to know if their claim is not simply a lie. Without confirmation of Paypal's ruling, there is no way for a third party to know if the ruling exists, what the actual ruling was, how the ruling was investigated, and, most important, whether that ruling specifically reviewed the buyer's claim of delivery to the wrong address. In another post, finelovedolls wrote

Your Paypal shipping address was also this very US address, as well as your IP address.

which makes no sense because an IP address can't be a shipping address. This ridiculous misstatement casts doubt upon the credibility of finelovedolls even it no other assertions were available. Furthermore the buyer clearly stated that the shipping address was specified on the order. There is no reason to assume or believe that the shipping address on the order was the same as a Paypal shipping address.

There's enough 'ick' here that I would never consider doing business with finelovedolls. Just sayin'
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Sinthetics / Re: Loryanne !
« Last post by Dewyn on March 31, 2020, 06:39:36 AM »
Dewyn,

     Those beautiful smiles bring sunshine into the lives of all who see them! Many thanks!

8) 8) 8)


A great Thank you Noquiexis ! Loryanne is very moved. :heart:
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Sinthetics / Re: Loryanne !
« Last post by noquiexis on March 30, 2020, 08:14:29 PM »
Dewyn,

     Those beautiful smiles bring sunshine into the lives of all who see them! Many thanks!

8) 8) 8)
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Sinthetics / Re: Loryanne !
« Last post by Dewyn on March 30, 2020, 12:25:49 PM »
First rays of sun

Hello,

Here is a moment that I did not share on the forum.
We are in confinement since two weeks here in France in front of this appalling disease. >:D >:D
These last few days have been the opportunity to spend more time with my ladies to take new photos.
So I'm going to spam a lot ! ;D

Take goodcare of yourself.














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General Discussion / Happy Leap Day!
« Last post by noquiexis on February 29, 2020, 06:43:07 PM »
Happy Leap Day!
February 29, 2020
(All quotes are from Wikipedia.)

     For centuries, people have been trying to come up with a calendar that would be reliable month after month and year after year. Mostly they have been frustrated be what they did not know.

What time is it?

     In the 1942 film Casablanca, a drunken Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) asked Sam (played by Dooley Wilson),
     "If it's December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?"
His friend and singer / piano player Sam's startled reply was,
     "What? My watch stopped."

     In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced what we now call the Gregorian calendar. This calendar has seven (7) months of thirty-one (31) days: January, March, May, July, August, October, and December;
four (4) months of thirty (30) days: April, June, September, November
and February, which either has twenty-eight (28) or twenty-nine (29) days.

     From Thirty Days Hath September:
"Thirty days hath September, April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one, except February alone,
which has twenty-eight rain or shine,
except for leap year, 29."

     Logically, a day should have been taken off of two of the longer months and added to February, but Pope Gregory decided not to do that. (Seriously?) Another day could be then added to February for leap year, and it would still only have thirty-one (31) days.

     A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or bissextile year) is a calendar year that contains an additional day (or, in the case of a lunisolar calendar, a month) added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year or seasonal year. Because astronomical events and seasons do not repeat in a whole number of days, calendars that have the same number of days in each year drift over time with respect to the event that the year is supposed to track. By inserting (called intercalating in technical terminology) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is a common year.

     The term leap year probably comes from the fact that a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, but the day of the week in the 12 months following the leap day (from March 1 through February 28 of the following year) will advance two days due to the extra day, thus leaping over one day in the week.

     For example, Christmas Day (December 25) fell on a Tuesday in 2012, Wednesday in 2013, Thursday in 2014, and Friday in 2015, but then leapt over Saturday to fall on a Sunday in 2016. Following that pattern, Christmas Day (December 25) was on Monday in 2017, Tuesday in 2018, Wednesday in 2019, but it leaps over Thursday in 2020 to come on Friday. See Leap year starting on Wednesday (Change the name of the day to link to other leap year calendars.)

     For more about the celestial mechanics of figuring out a year, look up Earth's rotation, Earth's orbit, Sidereal year, Tropical year, Ecliptic, and the various graphics on these pages.

:coffee: :coffee: :coffee:
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TPE Owners / Re: Stéphanie !
« Last post by Dewyn on January 12, 2020, 10:58:00 AM »
     Stéphanie is just "out of this world"! Nice photos!

;D 8) ;D

Thank you Noquiexis ! :)

My little explorer :heart: is always ready for new adventures.
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TPE Owners / Re: Stéphanie !
« Last post by noquiexis on January 11, 2020, 07:05:17 PM »
     Stéphanie is just "out of this world"! Nice photos!

;D 8) ;D
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TPE Owners / Re: Stéphanie !
« Last post by Dewyn on January 11, 2020, 01:19:34 PM »
Hello from Mars

Immersion in the world of sci-fi :



It was really funny to realize and Stéphanie is sooooo happy playing cosmonaut !!! :D

A new morning on Mars :

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