Category Archives: Idiot’s Journey
Watch me bumble and stumble through basic stuff
No, the inevitable is a little different. For background, I love to read and always have done. As a child, if I didn’t have a book, I would read the back of the cornflake packet. And that is not an exaggeration. As a result, despite losing/giving away/selling/etc many many books over the years, I have more than 700 of them at home. And there is no sign that this number will reduce. Serendipitously, I read something that meant that this could change…
Amazon have finally brought the Kindle to the UK. In fact, if you go to the Amazon UK homepage, there’s an announcement stretching down the centre of the page. We can finally read books on a book sized device that isn’t a book! In fact, there are two models on offer – the all-singing, all-dancing 3G/Wifi version and the Wifi only version. I have gone for Wifi only as I can only imagine needing to download books via a wifi connection and not when I am out of range. Also, I am cynical about the “Free 3G Wireless” offer – in this country it usually means for a time or as long as you don’t use it more than we like.
So, with a capacity of 3,500 books, from late next month, I can stop clogging up our house with dead-tree media and can also carry loads of books with me. The only problem will be “which one do I read first?”
everything in this post has been written by me as a personal post. I am not being paid by Amazon or any of their businesses to write this. though if Amazon do want to give me money and gadgets so that I’ll write about them, I will not complain or stop them.
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I have said this many times before: UPGRADE WORDPRESS WHEN PROMPTED. This one is in the style of “beating you about the head and body and then caning you across the eyeballs“. Why? Because a hack has been discovered that makes your older, more stable, more comfortable WordPress.org install very insecure and really you may as well make the password
Pa55w0rd – because your older version can and will be pwned.
Now that I have your attention…. Go to Lorelle‘s site, Robert Scoble‘s site and the WordPress Dev Blog to see details of this new exploit. If you have version 2.8.4 (like what I do), you are more secure. As well as upgrading, remove the default admin account and create a new one (reverse order, is good on that one), check for phantom admin accounts and make sure you are using a strong password. There are other things to do, but that will keep you going for now.
I regularly get comments such as “if I upgrade it breaks all my plugins”, “my theme doesn’t work if I upgrade now” and so on. You now get to make a value judgment: if you don’t upgrade you could end up no longer owning your blog vs giving up or changing a few plugins or a theme. Which of these is the worst case scenario for you?
Upgrade now. You know it makes sense.
Just a quick post here. I had been having real issues with the RSS feeds over the last few weeks. In short, they weren’t working. See the issues I was having over here. As a good forum goer, I hit Google and also searched the forums for a solution. To no avail.
So if you see this:
PROBLEM: FeedMedic Alert for http://feeds2.feedburner.com/<blog name>/EaHL
FeedBurner had trouble retrieving your Source Feed: http://www.<blog name>.org/feed/
The error message is:
Error on line 2: The processing instruction target matching "[xX][mM][lL]" is not allowed.
I am posting this in case anyone else has the problem and also in case a future upgrade of WordPress brings back the problem.
Because I hold you all in such high regard (*pause, gesture, sincere forehead*) I’m going to come clean about a few things. Things you need to know about. (*pause, gesture, furrowed brow*). Some of these things you will have noticed immediately, others you may not have (*look around, meeting everyone’s eye, sincere half-smile*).
My all-knowing dashboard kindly informed me that WordPress 2.7.1 was out and that I had to upgrade. No problemo, thought I, piece of cake. The 5 minute install and upgrade instructions are very clear and a complete idiot can follow them and do it all. Right? Guys? Yeah, I got distracted. Only for a second but it was enough. I was
ssh-ing and moving stuff with panache and then I realised, I had cunningly managed to overwrite the
wp-content folder with a fresh one. This is the folder that contains the theme (and any changes) and all the plugins. So yeah, I am a true genius.
So there you are, a cautionary tale and all that. Fortunately, it gave me the opportunity to make a few changes here. Much of this is in the background, I was able to take out a bunch of plugins that no longer work and update a few others. I also enabled IntenseDebate and it imported everything very quickly indeed this time – it will only really matter to you if you comment on other blogs that also use it. SpamKarma2 has been sadly discontinued, so I have gone with the default Akismet. There are a few other bits of functionality that I’m missing, but I’ll get that sorted.
Finally, and most obviously, you’ll see that I have a smallish (200×200) AdSense ad. This is not my new money making scheme. After seeing one of Dominic’s latest posts, I became curious as to what I would see on my own site. You will, hilariously, see lots of ads for psychics and other snake-oil salesmen. Here’s the deal, click the ads or don’t – this really is up to you. I have a day job and everything and it pays well enough that I only need one paying job. On the other hand, if you do click the ads and go through to these places, you will be making a psychic donate to an openly skeptical site. As I said, the choice is entirely yours, there are no tip jar or donate buttons here and this was simply to see what comes up.
There may well be other changes and tweaks coming up, but these are the most obvious.