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December 3rd, 2005
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LJ clients (I hate computers)
Probably the most frustrating thing about computers is the way that, once you've gotten something working the way you want it to, and it's working fine, it will just stop working.

Earlier today I discovered that my Firefox Session Saver was not working, when I accidentally closed Firefox (I hit Alt+F4 instead of Ctrl+F4) and when I restarted it it came up blank. A couple of other things were not working right. I decided that, since my install seemed to have gotten gorked, perhaps it was time to update, since my version of Firefox is fairly old. So I did that, and discovered that none of my extensions were working. I managed to find a new version of Session Saver and it seems to work. Duplicate Tab now seems to be working, and its coalesce windows feature seems to be working. But I can't find any version of the Snapback Tab extension (which kept track of like the last 10 tabs that you closed in a menu that let you bring them back, and in the same position in the tab bar list to boot, a great feature for someone who frequently manages to close the wrong tab by mistake). And worse, I can't find Deepest Sender, my LJ client, through either the Mozilla site or the LJ page. For the first time in approximately forever, I am using the standard web interface to write an LJ entry.

So, do people out there use the standard page (http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml), or do you use a client? If you use a client, what client do you use, is it compatible with XP and Firefox 1.5, what features does it have to recommend it, and where can I get it? This default web form is wimpy, the rich text version doesn't seem to allow any text entry at all, and in any case, I started using Deepest Sender because I found it was less likely to make my posts suddenly vaporize after a long time writing.

(Update: I tried to post this, and when I clicked on "update journal", instead of posting the entry, it dropped me into the rich text editor with all of my paragraphs mashed into one.  At least I can type in the rich text editor now.  Not confidence inspiring; I do hope someone can recommend a client.)

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From:beige_alert
Date:December 4th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
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I use logjam, but it's a Unix/X11 thing. I like it a lot.
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From:sraun
Date:December 4th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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I've been very happy with semagic - Windows XP, I think it's got the capability to link into Firefox to edit comments, but I've never used that. Never lost a post in it.
From:starstraf
Date:December 4th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
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I use Semagic with windows 2000
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From:poltr1
Date:December 4th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
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I use an old client (LiveJournal for Windows 1.4.6) on Windows 98 SE. I think this is what morphed into Semagic.

No, I have no desire to keep up with the Gateses and continually upgrade to the latest releases.

Except that it would be nice to be able to add tags to my entries.

From:exapno
Date:December 5th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
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sorry - have always used the LJ website for posting. Can't use clients at work, never got around to exploring them for home. Larger entries often start in word/notepad/etc before being cut-n-pasted into the web box, but that's as close as it gets. Haven't upgraded to FF 1.5 yet tho....

Wish i could help more :( Much luck!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 23rd, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Stumbled across your post as I was doing my own search on "snapback tab", and at least this is something I can help with!

Snapback Tab is actually part of Session Saver, which is why you can't find any extension called by that name. But it's turned off by default, so you need to go to the Session Saver settings page and enable it there.
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