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Joanmcq (talk|edits) said:

15 February 2014
I'm a night owl, and I often check in on my forums late at night, and almost inevitably TA is 'experiencing problems'. Is this just when spammers take over the site and no one legit can get in?

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

15 February 2014
The site is aging. The rabble got exicted by the so-called "rebuild"...it was done on the fly, the total budget for the rebuild was $50; it came to naught. Think of the site as a person: overeating (defined by scientists as anything other than semi-starvation), aftereffects of the glycation process, increased entropy, death. Mere plastic surgery will not do.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

15 February 2014
I've noticed that, too, Joan. I just thought that is when they were cleaning up after the spammers. I'd rather they do that when we are asleep than during the day. I hope it is a maintenance issue and not more of the spammers. Message to the spammers - If I can identify your product, I would seriously not ever use your product and would recommend anyone I know to use a different product. Pissing people off is not good for business.

Spell Czech (talk|edits) said:

15 February 2014
Exited, Evicted, or Excited?

I have been optimistically assuming that the "down time" during the night - when *others* sleep - is for housekeeping, to keep the forum ahead of the wolves, out from under the fallout of spam, basking on the beach, and not succumbing to the molasses.

glycation (ɡlaɪˈkeɪʃən) n.
1. the bonding of a sugar molecule to a protein or lipid
2. a compound produced by such bonding

Learn a word a day. You'll run out of days before you run out of words.

Captcook (talk|edits) said:

16 February 2014
Thanks, Spell. I was about to google (or is it oogle?) that word. You saved me a minute. One more minute to bill!

Joanmcq (talk|edits) said:

16 February 2014
I had to remember to check in, just to see if anyone had an answer to this. It is strange since don't we all have to be approved now to post? And I don't get the 'down for maintenance' screen, but the one indicating there may be too much traffic on the site.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

16 February 2014
If it does go down, remember that we have a place to gather and regroup on Facebook. Just search Taxalmanac and you'll find us. Not much posting happens there, but it's a place to easily gather.

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

20 February 2014
The professors at the medical schools say to live long, you have to restrict your calories. Restriction is defined by the professors as just this side of starvation. The way a website restricts its calories is by restricting its membership, which I guess we've done...except I can't really figure out if we've done it or not. Anyway, we restricted our membership too late, as you'll see below.

You have to begin restricting your calories before you turn thirty to do yourself any good. That's right, thirty. Now it's an established fact that for every human year, a website ages 7 years. So this site is what...at least 56 years old? The human-website age ratio was established due to a fat federal grant given to a community college in Mississippi: the school only had two science professors (neither of whom were of the computer variety) but the grant required that at least 3 professors work on the problem, so the scientists drafted a sociology professor (who had nothing better to do) to help them. After working on it for an hour, they threw up their hands in perplexity and decided to go with the human-dog model and they published their paper. Now it is one of the most-cited papers in computer science and computer companies and web designers actually design to fail after 8 years or so.

The 3 professors were seen around town for several months spending the federal grant money with a frivolous air about them, and now they are invited all over the world to give speeches on their research, and they are wined and dined by the computer companies and so on. (This is a true story, by the way).

Nilodop (talk|edits) said:

20 February 2014
Gazoo, we missed you.

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2014
That is what my teenage and unwed mother Sunday school classes tell me every Sunday I walk in the door. It is rare to find that age group and that type of young lady hungry for the word of God, but that's what they tell me when I come in, and then we start on some topic and see where it takes us.

Last week the topic was depression and lunacy in general and the classes both complained that their anti-depressants didn't work, or their other medications didn't work (every single one of them was on something or other for depression, learning disabled or lunacy). Well, of course, I had to tell them right off the bat to pray; that is standard church procedure for any complaint of any nature from plumbing problems to suicidal ideations. Once we got that formality out of the way, I talked up the benefits of shock therapy to them and they all agreed to try it this week and get back to me this Sunday, so we'll see how it goes. I expect to see a room full of bright, highly bleached smiles as a result of their new treatment. Only God will know if their smiles are the result of prayer or the electric grid.

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

26 February 2014
UPDATE: The Classes tried the experiment and all came in with blindingly bright smiles on Sunday for their lesson. All in a good mood. Happy as larks. They were so charged up that I had to wrap the door knobs with electrical tape so they could get out the door. Two of the boys came with copies of the Washington Times under their arms and they had formerly been raving liberals. I figured they were the ones who had prayed and had a personal (and REAL) talk with God. In other words, they were in a state of hallucination over prayer.

I believe the rest went the electric route and tried the shock therapy along with more tooth bleaching. The youth today are addicted to quick change and white teeth. One girl got too much of the grid I think. She came in (in a state of unwed pregnancy) wearing a flouncy skirt and no underwear. Well, it's no surprise that the young go without underwear, especially if their parents drive a luxury car, but I was fascinated by the skirt she wore. It was a throwback to the '50s. I asked: 'Where'd you get it?' She said she got it wherever she could just like I did and gave me a knowing wink. It takes a lot to embarrass a man who has taught Sunday School for 35 years (without a raise) but I must admit that I wilted right down to the floor. The two boys carrying their Times prayed over me and revived me.

PDXTaxman (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2014
Unrelated chatter aside, I do wonder what's up with the workings of this website. It is -- by gigantic leaps and bounds -- the slowest website I ever visit. Morning, noon, and night (when, as Joan said, it doesn't seem to be up at all half the time), it runs like molasses.

Why oh why can't Intuit scrap the 30-year-old CPM-based Osborne computer they have it hosted on and move it, at very least, to something running -- I don't know -- Win95 anyhow? Or the original Unix on a scavenged Burroughs mainframe? I mean, anything better than what they apparently host it on now.

For me, here's how TaxAlmanac works most of the time. I sign in, that comes up reasonably quickly. I usually click on Tax Questions. Generally the wait ranges from 10 to 30 seconds (!). Sometimes more. I see an interesting topic and click on it. The wait ranges from 15 to 40 seconds (!!!). Once in awhile it will, for reasons unclear, snap to the next screen when I click on a link. But that's rare. Mostly it's hurry up and wait. The result is that I don't come close to reading all the postings I'd like to because it just takes way too much time.

So my snark aside, are they hosting it on obsolete or nearly obsolete equipment? Is their link to the internet inadequate? Or is it somehow the site's original programming?

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