Forums And Their Types: A Revisit

Reason for Revisit: Tapatalk replaced Invisionfree and boards were forced to change to Tapatalk if the owner was inactive. Tapatalk doesn’t look good and mobile compatibility is less than poor.

If the owner is active (like the Gang of Five forums [a Land Before Time forum; I’m active on there as RubberDucky]), the option was given to change to Zetaboards instead of Invisionfree, but sometimes that epically fails (check this thread for that saga) so they move to self-hosted custom forums instead.

Zetaboards looks better but the Gang Of Five admin decided to move to self-hosted forums instead as they are far more reliable. Yay! 😉 🙂


Cool Google trick!

If you copy and paste a search term and click I’m Feeling Lucky, it works (goes to the first search result)! This is because it doesn’t automatically go to the search results page. 😀

Forums And Their Types

vBulletin: Seems to be the worst (keyword is seems), since I tried to get an account on both Caverns of Blood Forums and Dreamviews Forums, and both have the same problem. When I enter my account info, it says the usual stuff, (no need for account verification though, which is good because… since it’s offtopic, see below), but then when I try to customize my profile and save changes, it says Permission denied, even when I log back out and log in again! But in the case of Dreamviews, it actually said Time-out when I tried to customize my profile after I clicked on Edit Profile (since the account name was there even though it said Permission denied), and logging out and logging back in worked! And, in Dreamviews, when I try to change my profile picture to something that is lower than the maximum amount, it says “Unable to save picture”. Don’t use vBulletin if you know what’s good for you.

ProBoards: Seems to be the best one so far (keyword is seems 😉 ), since you can create your own avatar using Flash, or choose your own, and there aren’t any problems that I experienced with it! The only problem is that it requires account verification. Proboards is used by the RKC Petz Forums. Even the search works somewhat well. The only problem I had was user error 😉

Invisionfree: See ProBoards (‘cept the user error part 😉 ). Some of the forums that use this are Re-Volt Live and Our Re-Volt Pub.

Forumotion: Also good. See ProBoards (again, other than the user error part 😉 ). Its advantage is that you can view forum profiles while being a guest. I forgot whether ProBoards allows you to do that, but the other two certainly don’t 😉 Junior Adventures Network and the Slums of Elwood Forums use this.

Custom Forums: Of course, the real winner is Custom Forums (if possible). If you make your own forums, you have full control over how to make something work, and when people complain about bugs, they can complain to you and you can fix it, unlike the others which are third-party.

Simple Chat: There are many chat services, but one has closed down and it was the one that hosted the Furb-o-Vision chat, so… 😉 Not the best option unless you maintain your site regularly and do backups of the chat. I know about Cbox, but I’m sure there are others that you might want to check out. I think simple chat is the best one if it works well, since you don’t have to sign up and you can talk about anything you like. It also is easy to implement. The only problem is you can’t search for a topic you talked about previously without going through pages and pages of archives.

So, simple chat and custom forums seem to win! Second is Forumotion, third is Proboards, third is Invisionfree, and fourth is vBulletin.

Don’t know about WordPress, though. Maybe custom WordPress allows chat? 😮 (Or you can just comment 😉 )

Oh BTW, since some of these forums don’t allow you to search without logging in (or don’t allow you to type less than 3 letters in you search query, or their search is generally bad), type this into Google: search query you want to type site:site you want to search in (no space; you can type,,, or even! 😉 ). Example: windows xp

(Offtopic Edit on Aug 4, 2017: Here’s why no account verification is good: At the time of writing this post, my Yahoo e-mail account wasn’t accessible since when I clicked Sign in, it said Server Error, try again later.  A few days later, it somehow worked again and I could sign in, but my point still stands; but I do understand why account verification is there; it’s to prevent spam along with CAPTCHA.)

Coming Soon…

Coming soon: A guide on ponifying (modifying Arch Linux for bronies), general children’s games article (featuring ClueFinders, JumpStart, Reader Rabbit, My Personal Tutor…), my CDs article (featuring Kid Pix), a Zoo Tycoon 2 article, an article about abandoned projects, 😉 and a Neopets article, puppy pictures…

(And don’t worry, these things WILL come… 😉 ).

For now, I made a new site on! 😀 😉 Check it out here. 🙂

Computer History

Our first computer was a Compaq computer (specifically, the SR1732IL). It was my brother, Garf (only nickname)’s computer, bought in 2006 (I forget which month and day, but, the 10th anniversary was celebrated earlier this year, before I started this blog). He played DROD (a puzzle game) and Re-Volt on that computer (after finding DROD:AE on a games collection CD) and also introduced those games to me. It had XP on it at that time. When I got a little bit older (2008) I took ownership of the computer and loved it a lot! From then onwards, I became interested in computers (and XP became my favorite Windows version). 😀 In 2008, Garf got his own computer, which came with Vista, which was then upgraded to 7 in 2009. When 7 and 8 were tried out on my computer, they ran slowly. I was forever on XP, but…

It was not forever a bed of roses (it used to be). I got my camera (Samsung PL120)… but then, my computer became slow a lot, and my hard drive started to give out, making evil clicking noises… and my computer would restart unexpectedly a lot… One fateful day, the computer wouldn’t boot; it would just say ‘Please insert proper boot device’. DUN DUN DUN! 😦 My mother took it to the repair shop and I was without it for a month, but then it was returned and all was well. 🙂 (Then Garf heard of Linux and we decided to try it out, so Garf installed Ubuntu and I preferred Linux Mint so we used that and loved it, using a virtual machine in VirtualBox for XP, while Garf dual-booted Mint with Windows 8 on his computer). A similar thing happened to my camera two times (one for screen messing up, another for lens not opening fully), and to that computer again another time… (I had to use a Linux Mint Live CD to use my computer) and then another time (had to use Lubuntu Live CD)!

Around that time (earlier this year), we got a HP laptop, installed Arch Linux easily and Windows 7 after a lot of AMD drivers hassle (the installation program didn’t work, for one), and the laptop’s what I’m using now to type this post! Yay! 😀 Now, Garf’s computer is a dual-boot of Windows 10 (crap on his computer, good on mine) and Xubuntu, while mine is a triple-boot of Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit and Arch Linux XFCE 64-bit. We also have an external hard drive (Seagate) for backup, and a Windows XP virtual machine in VirtualBox once more, this time on the laptop! The End! 🙂

Transferring Troubles

As promised, here’s the post about transferring troubles.
We have a HP laptop and two Compaq-HP desktops (one for me and one for my brother), and I have a Samsung camera. The camera’s transfer cable (which is also the charging cable) has been worn out from lots of use, and now it has the ‘hairpin syndrome’ (where when connecting, you have to connect it just the right way and hold it in place, and if you move it an inch, it automatically disconnects). 😦
The issue actually started on December 2014! :O And the ‘best’ (worst) part? Even holding it in place doesn’t work now! It has gotten worse! My mother is planning to take it to the repair shop, but she doesn’t know when.
Anyway, Deepavali is coming soon (yes I live in South India, not telling where), so that’ll be exciting. The next post will be about the history of my computers! 🙂

First post!

The start… of a new Blog… Wait a minute, millions of blogs get started every day and nobody cares about the majority of ’em! 😉 If I actually find a decent web host for cheap (or free) and get to pay for it, then I’ll actually make a last post with a link to the other site, where you’ll find more content than what can be here (like more free software [not really by me], and more desktop themes for all Windows versions). BUT! I will not close down the blog if I get my own domain and domain name. 😀

What will be here are posts about life in the house and my puppies (basically an online version of my diary).

See you until the next post!