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9/24/2012


SummersTime for the week of 09/10/2012

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:28 pm

On this week’s show, both Katie and I present episodes of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, she plays an early episode of The Jack Benny Program and I rocket into the future with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet! So join us, won’t you? Yours Truly…

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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9/23/2012


Sometimes websites are just too big for their breeches…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 2:18 pm

I recently bought a replacement computer for one that went belly-up, and around the same time realized I was eligible for a low-price ($15) upgrade to Windows8. Now understand, Windows7 is the first version of Windows I actually liked since Windows98SE, so normally I wouldn’t consider it, but since some clients will certainly purchase machines with this installed, I should probably know enough about it to tell them how to work around all of the inevitable flaws, so what the heck.

Of course, my first problem when reaching the website is it doesn’t like my browser version, and tells me it isn’t supported. Apparently they think their unnecessary bells-and-whistles are worth my upgrading from my Firefox 3.6.28 workhorse (I have contemporary versions on some of my virtual machines, and I really don’t like them). So I quickly change the reporting user agent to Firefox 10.0.0.1 (not the browser, mind you, just the user agent) and the website cheerfully allows me in.

Next, they are going to try to stop me from pasting my email address; understand, I create a new email address for every form or website so I can easily close them should the morons allow it into the wild for spamming, so it’s a little difficult to manually retype. But they are oh-so-clever to prevent the use of cut/copy/paste in their fields, so I have no choice, right?

Wrong. I routinely use AutoHotkey (a free macro software) in command-line SSH applications so I can paste the clipboard with WINDOWS-V, so I used that. The macro I use is simple:

#v::send %clipboard%

…so I copied the newly-created email address into the clipboard, and used AutoHotKey to “type” it into the fields that disallow paste.

Of course, everything worked perfectly even using an earlier browser version and pushing the data into the fields they tried to prevent pasting into. Seriously, HTML hasn’t changed much, and other than some validation javascript they didn’t need anything else. (I did reject javascript from all of the outside sites they tried to load, to use for tracking and followthrough - screw ‘em, I run only the bare minimum of javascript required, and frequently not even that much!)

Here’s a hint, web designers: If you try to make it difficult for users to effectively use your website, we will do one of two things; either work around your pitiful attempts at control, or just go somewhere else.

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9/21/2012


Kinda liking the technology…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 8:07 pm

So the Katester picked an unsuspecting caterpillar off the weeds and housed it inside for the last few weeks. After feeding it based on Internet research and having it grow amazingly large, it built itself a chrysalis and slept for a while.

Today, the chrysalis became transparent, and eventually opened showing a beautiful butterfly stretching its new wings and legs lazily, hanging around for the blood to energize its new body parts.

To share with the Mrs., who was still at work, I took a photograph with my Android tablet, posted a reduced version to Twitter and called the Mrs. so she could view and share. Then using a Canon app I downloaded, I printed a 4×6 borderless print to the printer in my office over the WiFi, and later took video with the same tablet as we opened the enclosure and watched it take its first tentative steps into the outside world.

Yeah, I’m really liking the technology…

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9/17/2012


SummersTime Debut Episode!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:37 am

It’s our very first show, which originally aired September 3, 2012! We’ll premiere playing episodes from The Adventures of Archie Andrews, The Minnesota School of the Air, Our Miss Brooks, and The Adventures of Harry Lime! We hope you’ll join us for great shows and lively chat, and be “Charter Members” of the SummersTime family!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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9/3/2012


SummersTime Premieres Tonight!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:38 am

If you can be near a computer or Internet radio this evening at 6:00pm EDT (3:00pm in the Pacific timezone), tune in to Radio Once More to hear the premiere broadcast of SummersTime, hosted by fourteen-year-old Katie Summers and her father, me.

We strive to play great OTR shows, lively chat, and a bunch of fun!

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