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1) I just registered, but I can't log in. WTF?
Due to pretty massive spammer abuse of our site, I've had to start an old-school system of personal approval of membership applications. I get an email whenever people try to apply, but if I'm wandering the atoll or sleeping or away from my desk at all I may not get the notification right away ... or if your application is obviously from some spam bot, I will delete right away without notifying you at all. If you are a real person and that is clear from your Personal Info, I will approve you as soon as I can and send a confirmation email to the email used in the registration process.

2) How do I upload sound clips?
The flash player that we use on the site can only use mp3s that have been encoded using the following sample rates: 11.025kHz, 22.050kHz or 44.100kHz. These are pretty common sample rates for many mp3 encoders, but if your clip isn't uploading properly, check to ensure that you are encoding the mp3s using one of those sample rates. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use iTunes mp3 encoder. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open iTunes (or download it and install it if you don't already have it).
  2. Open iTunes Preferences. Go to the 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Importing'.
  3. Under 'Import Using' select 'MP3 Encoder' and then under 'Setting' select 'Custom'.
  4. Then under 'Sample Rate' select either 11.025kHz, 22.050kHz or 44.100kHz.
  5. If you haven't already, import the sound clip into iTunes.
  6. Locate the clip in your iTunes library and right-click on it (control-click for Macs). Select 'Convert Selection to MP3' and wait for iTunes to complete the conversion. When it's done, you may select the new mp3 of the clip in the iTunes library and then drag it onto the desktop or into any other folder where you can upload it from.
  7. Try the upload again.

If that doesn't work or if you have any further issues, contact us at info@lastdaysjournal.com.

3) How do I embed video onto my blog?
At the time this FAQ was posted, youtube's servers were still up and running. Unfortunately, we don't currently have the band-width, the server space or the technical expertise to encode the videos ourselves so we instead suggest you upload to youtube (or Google video or whomever's servers might still be online) and then embed the video directly into your blog. We suggest youtube only because that's what we've used ourselves and we've found it to be pretty simple. Once you've uploaded the video and it's been processed, under 'About This Video' you'll see a box titled 'Embed'. Under that box is a bunch of code that starts '<object width="425" ...' Copy the entire bit of code and then paste it into your blog. Next, look beneath the 'Body:' section for 'Input format' and select 'Blogs' so that the blog engine will convert the code correctly.

Don't forget to click the boxes next to 'video group' and 'Public' under 'Audience' to make sure your video is listed with the other videos from the site and is also able to be viewed by the general survivor public. As with everything else if you have any further problems, questions or concerns, contact us at info@lastdaysjournal.com.
That's all we've got for now, but we'll be constantly adding and updating these as time goes on. If you have any questions you'd like answered here or suggestions for additional FAQs, feel free to contact us at info@lastdaysjournal.com.

4) I can see my name and where I'm at in the 'Media' sections on the map pages, but the thumbnail of the image I uploaded is just a broken link. What's up with that?
Unfortunately, I'm a complete hack at this coding stuff, so I barely know what I'm doing. If you upload files with spaces or weird symbols in the name, my crappy hack code won't know what to do with it and so it ends up showing a broken link. The only way to avoid that is to upload an image with no spaces or weird symbols in the name. You can any combination of letters, numbers, under-scores or hyphens, but anything other than that and all you'll probably see is a broken link. Sorry about that, but if you name your images according to those simple rules, your images should appear just fine. The link to the image page itself will still work fine, but the thumbnail image won't work like you'd like it to unless you name the file appropriately.

5) Okay, what the heck happened to the OLD lastdaysjournal?!
Well, I'm not sure i understand the question, but reading this might help.

Thanks and God Bless,
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