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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