Yes, from the dead. Okay, I wasn't literally
dead. But at least it felt like dead.
It now has been 13 months (!!!!!) since I submitted my last deviation.
and I wasn't here for browsing for months as well
Let me tell you how it came to this, and why I am coming back now.
It all began with me getting VERY busy with university. I had to pass some important exams, so I couldn't spend that much time with drawing and dA anymore. On top of that, I got two jobs, what left even less free time - my life was working-learning-studying-sleeping-working-learning-studying-sleeping...
But when the hardest time was over and I wanted to come back to dA, I wasn't able to
My computer was *so* slow, it took several minutes to load a single dA page! And there were still some broken thumbnails. Browsing on dA was like physical pain. I sat there in front of my screen, waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a picture to load...
that was because of my very old computer - everything was slow with that old piece of trash. Drawing in Photoshop was pure Horror, too - I could not create canvas sizes over 1200 px and 150 dpi, otherwise I would have sat there and wait for the actions to load. Sometimes, when I used a bigger brush, I drew a line on my tablet and then could watch it appear on the screen in slow motion. It was so frustrating, that I stopped drawing digitally completely.
In June, I bought a new computer, hoping that I would be able to enjoy surfing on dA again. The new computer was great! Half of the noise, ten times more speed. Photoshop was so quick, I clicked on the icon and didn't have to wait vor 5 minutes anymore, the program was ready within 5 seconds. My brush strokes appeared in the same moment that I drew them - not half a second later.
The internet was much faster, too. BUT - not deviantart.
DA was the ONLY website that remained EXTREMELY slow, and even worse - approximatels 50 % of the thumbnails didn't load anymore. The page often was displayed in HTML code - white background and blue and black text.
Here are some examples how dA looked for me - after several minutes of waiting!!! Destroyed Layout Thumbnails do not load HTML Script displayed
It was impossible to enjoy dA anymore.
I tried everything: I cleared the Cache and deleted Cookies, uninstalled my antivirus software, and installed a different one, I turned antivirus and all firewalls off, I tried several internet browsers, I uninstalled and reinstalled Java and Flash, I asked for help here on dA and some of my computer nerd friends. No one had an answer.
I tried so many things through the last 6 months - nothing helped.
I found out later that my computer was not the problem - because dA didn't load on my netbook as well. I seemed to be something with the wireless network, router or internet provider.
I contacted my internet provider, but they told me that my problems could not be caused by the router. Then there would be more websites that don't load.
In the end, I was so desperate, that I nevertheless bought a new router - it was the last thing I hadn't checked yet. Yesterday, I installed the new router.
You have three guesses. No, you have one.
But whatever - one year without deviantart, but now I am back. And I have tons of almost-finished pictures in my folder
I HAVE MISSED YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!
P.S.: As you can see on the screenshots, there were thousands of messages in my profile - deviations of people on my watchlist, comments and such. When it reached the 10,000; I decided to delete them, because I thought dA was maybe so slow because of the huge amount of messages. Unfortunately, it didn't help, but now I've missed so many of your artworks you've submitted in the meantime. I'm very sorry for that