Category Archives: News

State of the Blog

Just a quick one – The hosting provider I use (Yahoo) is spinning off their web hosting services starting this month. Not sure how that is going to affect this blog other than who bills me. If they increase the $$ by more than I’m willing to pay (I’m already overpaying considering all I really use it for.) I’ll be shutting this blog down and moving it elsewhere (Keeping it WordPress probably since I can export the whole site easily and move it). Not sure about keeping the domain name in that case. Probably should move that elsewhere also.

We’ll see. Too soon to tell.

TtH was down! Again.

For almost 24 hours.

No idea what was wrong, though from the outside it looks like a database issue. Which could be anything.

Note: to the best of my knowledge, it had nothing to do with that OpenSSL bug ( Heart-something). That is a completely different issue.

The Rude Pundit vs CNN

I occasionally wander over to the Rude Pundit’s blog. He’s loud, almost always rude, and very often very funny, in a far left of center, George Carlin wouldn’t use that language, kind of way. Here’s what he had to say about CNN and their obsession with that Malaysian Airlines flight that disappeared .

(Fair warning – it’s a rant full of NSFW language and if you accidentally wander into any of his political rants it’s not my fault. )

Note: I don’t watch CNN. Haven’t in years. In fact, the only time I watch TV news is for the weather, when it’s supposed to snow or something. I’d rather hate watch “Ancient Aliens” or “Man vs Food” than network news. At least “Ancient Aliens” is entertaining.

Tony…

The Tonys are tonight. Tried to watch them (research for a story mostly), but I’m not really an ‘awards watching’ kind of person. I frankly find televised awards shows to be boring and tedious. I turned off the sound after 30 minutes. And turned the TV off after 2 hours.

Sure, Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) can be amusing but that only goes so far. It felt like it was 60% commercials from the network ‘hosting’ the show and related enterprises, and 20% awards being given, and the remaining 20% being chunks of music/dance from the shows up for the awards to keep the audience entertained.

Sure, it’s a chance for the people “of” Broadway to celebrate the best of their art of the previous year (We all remember that the Tony’s are awards given only for plays/musicals/whatever actually on Broadway. Right? However Broadway is defined. Off-Broadway, and Off-off-Broadway, and other live theater collectives have their own awards – though I’m not sure how many of those get the full bore broadcast of network TV.), but I can’t get that excited about them myself.

 

 

Huh.

Supposedly, there’s a massive attack against WordPress sites going on. Thousands of PCs in a botnet slowly chewing away, trying to hack WordPress sites to add them to their botnet for some future nefarious purpose. One of those brute force, guess your ‘admin’ user’s password kind of hacks. So far, I don’t appear to have been hacked. We’ll see.

 

Not sure if that was the problem with my blog, Yahoo isn’t saying what the problem was. Might have been just coincidental.

A little tweaking…

Panic, Inc. , an Oregon software company, had a “sale” the other day. For a 24hr period, for anything purchased from their website, or any of their software purchased from the Apple Mac App store, they would donate the proceeds to the Red Cross Japan and another local (in Japan) relief agency. (They raised $56K )

 

So I bought Coda, a tool for old fogies like myself who still edit our website files manually. It doesn’t completely replace TextWrangler from BareBones Software. TextWrangler is a much more powerful editor than the one in Coda. But otherwise, Coda beats it for dealing with an entire website.

 

And I’ll be using it (even if the money went to the Red Cross, I wouldn’t have paid for it if I didn’t plan to use it.) over the next few months, and etc. to slowly make changes to my fic site. The goal is to change the look of the site. To spiff it up a bit and move it from Web 1.0 to Web.Now.

Downtime…

Oops. The database server at Yahoo that this blog uses was down yesterday. Somewhere there’s a Yahoo blog with details but I can never find it. Seems okay for now (if occasionally slower than normal.)

The fics are all static text so they were still accessible. But there was something funky going on with some of the links to them. Hopefully that’s fixed also.

Moving in…

Starting the move from my old Radio Userland blog at http://radio.weblogs.com/0104508/ to WordPress (It won out over Drupal for ease of startup.)

Should take a few weeks. I found an export tool to get things out of Radio (It was mentioned on the Radio Userland discussion page) Converting From Radio Userland to WordPress.

It isn’t perfect. But I think part of the problem is with Yahoo. It creates a MovableType export file and WordPress can import that

BUT it can’t seem to import every entry at once. 96 on the first try.  Not all of my entries had titles… so I’ll have to deal with those. Easy to fix before importing them (the title info is there, it just didn’t get exported as the title every time)

Done: 27-Feb-2002 — 6-Oct-2009 (1,144 entries imported total) [8-Oct-2009]

(Need to fix the categories being imported also. Multiple categories are being imported as a single category with a really long name. Oops.)

Blank lines in the original are being removed (In Radio, a blank line is treated like a paragraph break.) so long posts? All jammed together.

Occasional duplicate post. Not sure how to catch all of these. Maybe there’s a plugin? 10% or so of the last 2 uploads.

And I still have to move over my stories somehow. And fix dead links (Mostly old photos and references to Radio style ‘stories’.)

And it will require a bit of customization. I like the theme I’m using but there isn’t support for other things I want to do – like put up my fan fiction (There’s NOT a WordPress plugin for that.). And that’ll take time to deal with.