For my birthday a couple of weeks ago, my daughter gave me a Nintendo DSi.
I was delighted. Maybe she thought I was entering second childhood, or maybe she was being very pointed in including a program to increase my brainpower, but nevertheless, I am having great fun with it.
I tend to be a messer at heart. When I get a new toy, I try just about everything, just to see what I can do with it.
I soon found I could connect to the Internet, but that seemed to be rather limited, in that I could upload photographs to Facebook, but that was about it.
Then, on another messing trip, I hooked into the Nintendo software download area, and lo and behold – there was an Opera browser.
It is remarkably simple to operate. I have visited quite a few sites, with no problems. However, I then tried to write a post using the DS. That’s where my problems began.
As the DS doesn’t have a keyboard, an on screen keyboard appears if ever a text field in encountered. It’s slightly slower than typing, but not much. The main problem though is that it doesn’t seem to recognise Textareas on a web page, which means that I can log into my sites, enter my username and password, enter the title of my post, but then I come up against a blank wall.
It would be a lot lighter to lug around than a laptop!
Head Rambles has been eliminated from three categories and remains in just one in this round – Best Humour Blog - which let to some significant tantrums from Grandad. Quite honestly, I was delighted as it removes the agony of having to decide which category to go for (as a blog can only enter under one).
Both Grandad and I will be attending. Seeing as we are two aspects of the one person, it would be somewhat difficult for one to go and the other to stay at home, and it only remains to be seen which rules on the night.
I am a quiet person by nature. I am the type who will sidle into a room and find a quiet corner where I can sup a pint and watch others having the fun. Grandad’s inclination is to dive straight for the best looking woman on the place and try for a grope. These are mutually exclusive actions so it should be interesting.
After the last awards ceremony, a couple of Grandad’s readers said they saw him/me there but were too shy to introduce themselves. If only they knew that I would probably been the shyest of the group. What’s worse, I love meeting not only my readers, but writers of other blogs, and I feel I missed out now.
I’m looking forward to the night, I must say. I think the chances of Grandad winning are slim to none, but for me that’s not the point. I’m looking forward to the craic, and meeting old friends. Hopefully, I’ll make a few new ones too.
I look after a few blogs, and one of them started giving some trouble that had me baffled.
Every time I logged into the Admin section, all I got was a white screen.
Seeing as I had no access to Admin, it was very difficult to diagnose what was wrong.
The first thing I did was to check my .htaccess files, and also did a check to see if there were any files there that had been inserted. All was fine, so I was fairly sure my site hadn’t been hacked.
The second thing I did was to upload a new version of WordPress. This hopefully would overwrite any files that had been modified. Still no joy.
Just in case there were any additional files that had been inserted, I then deleted my WordPress files [with the exception of wp-config file and wp-content directory] and reinstalled. I was reluctant to do this, as it’s a live site that gets quite a bit of traffic. It didn’t clear the problem anyway.
I trawled the Internet, and the main suggestion seemed to be that a plugin may be at fault. I renamed the plugin directory, and tried again. Still no joy.
I eventually found the solution to my little problem, and I must say I was surprised, and more than a little annoyed, as it’s a WordPress bug that should be addressed.
The following are a Before and After snapshot of my wp-config file.
Notice the difference?
Note the line numbers.
Apparently the addition of white-space at the end of the file was sufficient to muck up the system. Why, I don’t know but deleting the three blank lines was enough, and the site is now working perfectly.
The latest vagueness is to ponder whether this site could do with a change of name.
It started out as a sort of joke, to counter the madness on Head Rambles, and ‘The Other Fellow’ was part of that whimsy. However, I wonder if it could do with a change? Could it do with it’s own identity?
I have been mulling over various names, and have set out some little rules for my mulling –
It would be nice to have a name starting with A?
It would be nice to have a name that reflected the contents of the site?
It would be nice to have a catchy name that people (mainly myself) could remember?
Something that would grab searches would be nice too?
It must be a name that can be registered as a domain. That’s a hard one.
I have a wee problem that I find quite irritating.
I look after a number of blogs, all running WordPress, and running on a mix of servers. On a fairly regular basis, plugins, or even the core code needs to be updated and that is fine.
My problem arises with the plugins. In order to do an automatic upgrade, I have to go into each server in turn and change permissions on the “wp-content” directory, from 755 to 777. After the upgrade, I have to remember to revert to 755 again. Failure to do this results in a message telling me that the update could not download to the temporary directory.
Is there a way around all this faffing with permissions? Is there a plugin or something that will automate the process?
It’s not exactly a critical problem, but a resolution would make life a little easier!