No Promises, but… Testers Check Your Email Regularly, Please

Good morning!

Not making any promises about timing, but if you signed up as a tester for the new site, please get in the habit of checking your email every couple of days for the next 3 weeks.

You guys may be out of questions about the new site, but if you still have some, you can ask me anything.

14 replies
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    chopper says:

    what if i signed up to be a taster?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @chopper: Sorry, but that was your error, and you signed on the dotted line, so now you are stuck being a tester. I do recommend snacking while you are testing, just don’t get the crumbs on your keyboard.

    edit: in case it wasn’t obvious, this was not a serious comment!

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    TomatoQueen says:


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    NotMax says:

    Commence Carly Simon mode.


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    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: I haven’t listened to that one in a long time!

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    JaySinWA says:

    I’m getting testy.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @JaySinWA: ha!

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    J R in WV says:

    AW Geeze… We have two new puppies, no WAY I can stop petting those cuties with both hands!!!

    Heh, heh. Well, maybe… when they fall asleep, they’re really asleep. I ran across something the other day that I thot was f’ed up and wondered if it was Word Press, or the innertube specs or something. Now if I can just remember whut it wuz.

    Also, plus, there was some kind of broken thing from the MS Windoz monthly update thing… Like you had to install some other update before installing the monthly update. How come that commercial toolset is way more complicated to use than free Linux toolset?

    I try to check my email every day, sometimes bills come there. This should be more fun than bills.

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    Yutsano says:

    I get e-mail alerts on my phone. I’ll know.

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    NotMax says:

    @J R in WV

    There was a Win 10 update very recently that broke things, particularly some printers (primarily for people using HP printers). Hastily cobbled together update to the update came down the pipeline shortly thereafter which fixed things for some, but not all, people.

    And yes, needing to install some particular update before installing an update which succeeded it, datewise, is not at all uncommon.

    Even if your Windows update panel shows a check mark and message that everything is up to date, that ain’t necessarily so and clicking there on “check for updates” will often reveal some more that aren’t yet installed.

    Exception would be the update to install version 1903, which was riddled with problems, and still months later not totally without them. Waiting on that one until the point where the option to wait is pulled and it is set to self-install is recommended. As is holding off on any update which may require installing version 1903 first (although I’m not aware of any like that yet).

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    J R in WV says:


    Thanks for that review, that aligns with what I recall from reading lately.

    It’s been a little over 10 years since I was professional support for major custom systems running on MS desktop computers, Novell network, Oracle DB. Sweet not having to study MS update policy all those years!

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    Is it too late to sign up as a tester? I am an experienced IS analyst with some IT background running a Windows 10 laptop, a Fire HD 10, and a Galaxy S10. I use Chrome to access Balloon Juice on all three devices, but I do have Edge and FireFox on the Windows device and, of course, Silk on the Fire OS machine.

    I am halfway through a round of chemotherapy and I am doing a lot better than I expected when the initial call for testers went out. I am now officially on Early Retirement due my disease, so I have plenty of time for testing and a LOT of experience running test scripts and completing the necessary documentation.

    I am so looking forward to the upgraded sided, starting with the ability of the comments section to actually retain my information after I turn on the check box . (Google autocomplete does work though, if I choose the RIGHT option.)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @FRANK MCCORMICK: It’s not too late. Please send email to watergirl at and include you Balloon Juice nym in the title.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @FRANK MCCORMICK: P.S. Where are my manners? In my rush to answer you before heading out for the evening, I neglected to say that I am very happy that you are doing much better than expected!


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