WordPress glitch
May 31st, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Over the week­end my weblog, which is han­dled by Word­Press 3.1.3, stopped responding–any attempt to load a page in the weblog or the admin­is­tra­tion pan­el result­ed in a blank page. A bit of Googling turned up that this is a known prob­lem called a “white screen of death” which affects Word­Press and has mul­ti­ple caus­es. For­tu­nate­ly, I was able to fix it by renam­ing my plu­g­ins fold­er to “plu­g­in­soff,” at which point I could log into the admin­is­tra­tive inter­face (with all my plu­g­ins dis­abled). After that, chang­ing the name of the fold­er back to “plu­g­ins” restored every­thing to nor­mal func­tion.

My best guess is that the WPtouch plu­g­in, which I had updat­ed short­ly before I noticed the prob­lem, either didn’t like being updat­ed or got cor­rupt­ed some­how. I’m not sure I’ll both­er with fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion, since the plu­g­in is meant to show a nice iPhone/iPod Touch-friendly ver­sion when my weblog is viewed from those devices, and I haven’t real­ly used my iPod for any­thing but lis­ten­ing to music since I bought an iPad.

Bad news for Skype users
May 27th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

The big news this month is that Microsoft is buy­ing Skype. That’s bad news for me, as I replaced my old-fashioned land­line with Skype years ago. While I was already using it most­ly on my Win­dows machine, I did also occa­sion­al­ly make Skype calls from my Mac lap­top and my iPad. Skype was already some­what indif­fer­ent in their sup­port of Apple OSes (they nev­er did release an iPad-specific ver­sion), and we can expect that to get worse or be dropped entire­ly once the pur­chase goes through. We can also expect them to ruin the Win­dows ver­sion with thou­sands of “fea­tures” that nobody wants.

Quote of the Day
May 7th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Inspi­ra­tion is much like a cat. If you’re patient it will come to you. Also, it likes to ambush you, grab on with its claws and not let go.

Kyler Eng­land

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