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OK people, especially those of you who have experience with these models, I need your help - I am getting ready to replace my old (ancient) laptop, and have narrowed the choice down to three brands:

HP ProBook 4540s, review, equiv. of €355 in local shops, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD
Acer Aspire E1-531, review, equiv. of €350 in local shops, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD
Samsung ATIV Book2 270E5V-K01, has a review for another model, Samsung ATIV Book 2 - 270E5E, equiv. of €324 in local shops, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD

One of the guys in our IT department swears in HP and thinks Acer is crap, and I am wary of the reported high glare of Acer's screen; bad because I would be using it to type a lot and would really like to avoid any headaches.

The HP model has the least amount of memory/HDD space, but it is really well done and geared towards heavy office users, with a mat screen and good keyboard. Plus it has a fingerprint sensor! So SF!

Samsung is the cheapest of the three, and also sports a non reflective display. Unfortunately, the review of the model on notebookcheck gives an impression of a not so good keyboard - which as I will be typing a lot, is not good.

I will be paying for whichever laptop I choose in installments, which means the prices will increase by probably another €25-30 due to bank fees and whatnot. Local shops are not very keen on giving you a floor model to test out - they're usually kept under lock and key, behind glass. So I'd appreciate it if I could get feedback from people who have used these/similar models/brands.

I'm crossposting this to several places. Which laptop should I buy?
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Happy Birhday, dear [personal profile] gemspegasus ! And many happy returns, to be spent in good health and loving company. :)

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Steph was, if not the very first friend I made in fandom, then one of the first. Her support was invaluable to me when I lost my mother to breast cancer. In a bitter twist of fate, both she and her husband have now been diagnosed with cancer and as you can imagine, the cost of treatment is eating into their savings. A fundraiser has been set up for them, and if you can donate, every little bit helps.
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So I find myself with two AO3 invites. If you know someone who is in need of an account, let them know, will you? I'll be happy to share them.
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I just found out the hard way how difficult it is to post something on Dreamwidth via an Android phone. I wanted to insert an image, and the floating box kept jumping around. I was not amused. I suppose next time I will have to try and do it via the interface.
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 Happy birthday, [personal profile] niko , and many happy returns! I hope you get as many podfics you like from as many fandoms you enjoy! 

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I don't think I ever shared this fic before, so I'm fixing that oversight now.

hey, remember that time when (1590 words) by pollyrepeat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Steve Rogers, Ensemble, Bucky Barnes, Phil Coulson

In which Cap makes new friends, becomes an accidental Internet troll, swaps a lot of stories, and gives Bucky Barnes a hug.

I want more stories like this one!
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This amazing fic answers the question of what happened between Tony being rescued from the desert and stepping out of the airplane in Iron Man.

They Don't Know Where We Come From (4699 words) by ladyflowdi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tony Stark

“Shrapnel,” Tony says, and alarms go off around his ears and he can’t breathe and the pain is going to eat him up from the head down. “In my heart. I made it. Not the shrapnel. ...Well. The shrapnel too.”


Dec. 2nd, 2012 10:01 pm
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So I kept seeing these around and even managed to fill some wishes (yay!) and I loved the idea so much that I wanted to take part as well. Since the upcoming holidays are not the ones I celebrate, this will be a permanent wish list, modeled after the one posted by [personal profile] dingsi here. I was also inspired by the lists posted by the lovely kayim and denorios.

Let me say two things first:
1. It is okay to want nice things. Post your wishlist! You don't have to be/do something special to "deserve" one! Just accept that sometimes people want to give you nice things! Because it makes them feel good, and/or they think you are rocksauce, or: because!
2. It is okay to not give someone what they want. People can be broke, out of energy, too busy, or simply go "eh, I'm not feeling particularly close to this person" and shrug and scroll past. Doesn't make them bad.

If you have a similar list, would you mind giving me the link in comments? ETA: Also [personal profile] marina created a wishlist index sorted by username.

My Rules/Guidelines:

• I won't post more than 10 list items.
• I'll keep my list up to date - e.g. remove (or set apart, or strike through) granted or outdated wishes.
• I won't expect anything. People aren't obligated to fulfill my wishes, just like I'm not required to fulfill theirs. It's not a popularity contest.
• I'm going to thank people, either privately (phone, email, private message) or publicly in this entry. In case you do NOT want me to mention your name, please let me know somehow!

Click for the wishlist )
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I really like this fic - it hits all my buttons in an Avengers fic - and I keep selfishly wishing for more frequent updates. If you like Thor and Loki feels, family drama, and lots of angst, you might too.

No Such Liberty (106462 words) by faviconXparrot
Chapters: 25/?
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Loki & Thor
Characters: Thor (Marvel), Loki (Marvel), Odin (Marvel), Frigga (Marvel), Sif (Marvel), Warriors Three, Original Characters, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Other Avengers

Thor takes Loki back to Asgard in chains, but this does not mean that Loki's schemes are ended, or that Thor has or ever will give up on his brother. Though when danger threatens the realm, on which side will Loki fall?

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My sister and I went to the newly opened movie theater to see the Avengesr, since she didn't have a chance to seeit in the theater when she came to visit me. She loved the movie, and so did I, but the "He's adopted" line still bothers me. I believe the right reaction to Natasha's "He killed 80 people in two days," should have been, "Yes, and he will be justly punished, just as I was when I stormed into Jotunheim and killed such and such number of Jotun." (By the way, how many Jotun did Thor kill in the movie? I am unable to find this information.)

I mean, what the hell, Thor? First you threaten reprisal for Loki being badmouthed, then suddenly distance yourself by stating he's merely adopted and not a true brother at all. As if an adopted member of the family is not family at all - and this from a guy who just a while ago pointed out to Loki how they were "raised together, played together, fought together," implying gret closeness. Where is that closeness now, when you are in the company of new friends?
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It's been 17 years and victims are still being found. This year, 48 minors have been buried.

"Never again", they said. What a lie. And right now, the UN is strongly condemning what's happening in Syria. That doesn't mean shit. As long as they're not ready to do something about it, their condemnations will be worth less than the paper they're printed on.

TW: the gallery contains disturbing images of human remains. I still think you should view them to see the results of a genocide.
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You might not agree, but it really pisses me off when someone posts an entry without a title. I agree there's no need to title each reply and comment, but at the very least an entry should have a title.

Another thing is livejournal signing me out, then losing my place. I often leave several tabs open to entries I want to continue reading the following day. Firefox remembers them and reopens them for me. More and more often, livejournal keeps logging me out when I go to refresh said tab, and forcing me to the login page. That wouldn't be bad in and on itself, but it drives me absolutely batty that it then completely erases the history of that tab and I can't even backspace to it! !"#$%&
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This is very frustrating. I want to find a way to sync my bookmarks so I can access them from my Android tablet, but I'm having a lot of trouble with it. There is multitude of advice on Google how to do this, but nothing seems to work. I finally exported my Firefox bookmarks to Chrome which I barely use, and I'm hoping to import them to my Google bookmarks account.

That, however, creates another set of problems: during that time when it seemed delicious would croak, I imported a lot of my own and other people's bookmarks, and now I have over 400 bookmarks with the label delicious_import. It seems there's no way to select all bookmarks and remove just that one label, but I have to go through each bookmarks and remove the label one by one.

Is there a way for me to remove a label entirely or am I stuck in the horror of unorganized bookmarks? O_O
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Does anyone happen to know when searching to exclude will be available on AO3? Last time I asked about it was in September, and have been using the method linked to me by [personal profile] kayim to apply the filter to get only what I'm after? Has anyone tried anything similar? 

ETA OK so half of my post got eaten, and I had included an example of what I was trying to do: 

I'm predominantly a gen reader, but sometimes I do want toread a pairing fic, in which case I usually want the fic to concentrate on just that one pairing. So how do I search just for John Doe/Jane Doe and not John Doe/Jane Doe plus John Doe/Mary Sue and John Doe/Gary Stu?
[personal profile] kayim


Apr. 23rd, 2012 09:19 pm
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So what would you guys say is the Marvel movies viewing order? I'm thinking of watching one a day before the Avengers premiere.


Apr. 6th, 2012 06:01 pm
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is the number of people killed during the siege of Sarajevo - the longest siege in the modern history of warfare. It is a grim record to hold.

The Sarajevo Red Line - 11,541 empty chairs placed on the main street representing the blood of 11,541 victims of the siege.

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By valiha at 2012-04-06

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You won't know the difference, but it's easy for us to see just looking at the names that victims were members of all nationalities - Bosniaks, Croats, Serbs. Entire families were wiped out.

My camera saves videos as .3gp files, so i don't know if you'll see this. It's under a minute long.

Daily mail online has an article on today's event.
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I am REALLY starting to get pissed off at some American fans who keep bitching about some countries having the Avengers premiere in April. It's especially blatant on Tumblr. It's gotten to the point where they're posting offensive gifs and swearing at all those who dare to spoil them with photos or details from the movie, conveniently forgetting how in the vast majority of cases THEY are the ones who get movies early, THEY are the ones who get to see shows before the rest of us, and THEY are the ones who squee and post detailed reviews of episodes, justifying their actions with, "I'm not really spoiling if it's already out" or "It's just a movie, lol, why u mad?".

I am sick and tired of this behavior. The only thing you're accomplishing with this is making yourselves look like a bunch of spoiled brats. If you want to be treated respectfully you will have to do the same for others.
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What's up with LiveJournal? There's a huge
404 Not Found

on the page. Is it just me or is it the same for everyone? There are kinkmemes I'm following! It can't be gone!

New art!

Feb. 11th, 2012 11:24 pm
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Not that great art, but new nonetheless! This is very good, because I've been unable to draw and paint both due to time, and a general feeling of listlessness caused by a long illness and too many work and school obligations.

I used Letraset Aquamarkers, because they are a new medium for me and I wanted to try them out, although I followed advice and examples from the book "Painting Watercolors" by Cathy Johnson. I love that book. It's so easy to follow.

Anyway, here are the images. I hope you'll like them! (They definitely look better live; the watercolor paper I used - Cotman - looks downright mangled in some scans, though it doesn't show any damage when I look or touch it.)

Click on images to open a larger version. First, some trees:

Tree in Spring

The rest behind the cut: )

And there you go. Not very good, some of them, but I had fun painting them!
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