Blog fixed
Mar 18th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

The prob­lem I was hav­ing with my blog soft­ware has been fixed, thanks to MacHighway’s sup­port peo­ple. It’s nice to do busi­ness with a com­pa­ny that actu­al­ly cares about their cus­tomers!

Blog glitch
Mar 16th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

In the past few days some­thing has start­ed inter­fer­ing with WordPress’s XML-RPC inter­face. That’s a prob­lem because MarsEd­it, the client app I use, depends on it. Although they ini­tial­ly denied it, my host­ing provider is now admit­ting that it’s their fault. I’m hop­ing I can con­vince them to fix the prob­lem.

Old theme back
Dec 15th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I’ve gone back to the pre­vi­ous Word­Press theme, which is called Ahim­sa.

Theme Change
Dec 11th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I’m try­ing out the Twen­ty Twelve theme that came with the Word­Press 3.5 update.

Comment spam
Feb 2nd, 2012 by Ken Hagler

The Akismet plu­g­in, which I use to block com­ment spam here, has a dis­play of how much com­ment spam I’ve received. The amount has been going up ever since I turned com­ment­ing back on, with the total spam for Jan­u­ary being 2,279. That’s more than twice the amount of email spam I received in the same peri­od, despite have had the same email address (wide­ly dis­trib­uted across mul­ti­ple web­sites) for six­teen years. I don’t real­ly see why peo­ple would both­er gen­er­at­ing so much com­ment spam–I can’t even remem­ber the last time I saw a spam com­ment get through to somebody’s weblog.

Blog spam
Aug 1st, 2011 by Ken Hagler

A while back I had to turn off com­ment­ing on my weblog after the anti-spam plu­g­in I had been using stopped work­ing with new­er Word­Press ver­sions. About a month ago I start­ed using the Akismet plu­g­in, which made it pos­si­ble to turn com­ment­ing back on. One of the fea­tures of Akismet is a dis­play of total spam and total real com­ments over time, and accord­ing to that dis­play for the month of July (the first full month that I used it) my weblog received 489 spam com­ments and two real com­ments.

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.

Radio Weblog posts imported
Nov 6th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

I final­ly got around to solv­ing the prob­lem that inter­fered with import­ing the posts from my old Radio User­Land weblog when I switched soft­ware. The import wasn’t perfect–I had to delete a whole bunch of dupli­cates. There are also some for­mat­ting odd­i­ties with the import­ed posts. Radio didn’t require titles for posts, so all the import­ed posts now have titles auto­mat­i­cal­ly gen­er­at­ed from the first few words of the post’s con­tent, and also block quotes were bro­ken in the orig­i­nal export and came through as “bq” in front of a reg­u­lar para­graph of text.

To tag or not to tag
Oct 31st, 2008 by Ken Hagler

I’m try­ing out the “tags” fea­ture of Word­Press as an exper­i­ment.

Theme reversion
Oct 12th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

I end­ed up going back to the pre­vi­ous (Mac-like) theme, because the orange theme gave me a headache.

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