Just Upgraded and Did Some Bug Fixes On My Blog.

Today is the day of upgrades. Not only did I do my WordPress, but some internal upgrades as well on my PC, including FireFox. Perhaps the biggest was the Kernel upgrade on my Linux OS, and everything seems to be working a bit better there after that. So, all this killed about three hours this afternoon, as I sat glued to my chair in front of my PC watching progress bars after progress bar flash by.

This post is mainly is a test post to see if my Twitter post alert plug-in works. I hope to have fixed that bug where it would send Twitter alerts of new posts from my WordPress, but for some strange reason, it would show the post from five years ago–not very helpful for someone on Twitter following my Weblog. So when I press send, I will see.

Success! I just posted, and all looks great. I checked the short-URL on my Twitter post, and it took me straight back to this post. So happy that worked on the first try. Now my Weblog and Twitter can live in harmony once again. 🙂

Weekend Wrap (You Can’t Eat this One)

I am sitting back, contemplating whether to post some photos, or just go with a general wrap-up of the long weekend’s activities, and the wrap-up won. I guess, since I am just too tired, and have no enthusiasm, to transfer over all the photos I shot this weekend over to my PC for editing, I am just going do a just a simple run-down text post. Clear, and cut, plane and simple, no fancy stuff in between.

This was a long weekend. In Canada, November 11th, is Remembrance Day, so since that fell on a Saturday, we got Monday off from work, as this is now a national holiday. I posted right up to then. Me and Suz., did go out, but only for a little while. I stayed home most of the day, mainly becuase I was feeling a little bit of a head cold coming on, but it was mild. A good night sleep cleared that up!

Sunday, I slept in as much as could, since I knew that the day was going to be a busy one. I finished off the last of my laundry, and did a little cleaning before it was time to pick up Siz. I worked on the Blog as well, after I found out that my Twitter Poster Plug-in was acting up. It was posting alerts from five years ago, not my current posts. So I disabled it, and will try and fix that once I get some time. I also had to work on PC, as that was acting up too.

I am getting lots of nibbles on selling my Pathfinder. I had one fellow out to day, and a couple wanting to look at that evening. There was one fellow, who posted a message to me, saying that he really wanted to buy it, but had to wait until Tuesday. I said, “Sure, but who ever brings their money first, gets the Pathfinder.” So we will see what happens. I am really happy that I get rid of it and have my parking spot back. Yay!

So, after 3:00pm meeting this guy about my Pathfinder, me and Suz., went out into town and looked around, had a coffee and sandwich before we had Sunday Dinner over at her parents place. It was a awesome night! Yes, we played dominoes! Never played it before, which made that more fun for me. We played fairly late. I drove Suz., home and got ready for Monday.

It turned out to be a great weekend after all as far as the weather goes too. It stayed quite nice, since that the weather apps were forecasting snow/rain/wind/minus zero type weather. None of that happened I am happy to report. Today (Monday) was really nice, though overcast, the temperature was a nice 5 to 8C day with no precipitation.

Monday, today, was a slow start. I guess I wanted to sleep in, but that never happened. So I did some more cleaning, and organizing around the house, and also spent some time getting the Pathfinder ready to ship out to the first buyer to take it. I am feeling stoked about that. Then Suz., came down, and picked me up in her car. We had a quiet day up town. We stopped off at the book store, then to the art gallery, and health food store, and even went to some places that sold quarts crystals, which I really like. I did buy a nice quarts crystal, and some tea over at the health food store, so I spent some money. Plus we splurged, and had a small dinner over at the A&W on Keith/Hwy16 in Terrace. Then we decided that we should call it a night, and get ready for tomorrow’s work day, as I am sure that will be action packed: cramming five days into four.

So that is the long weekend wrap-up. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Website Issue Resolved

A couple of days ago my host migrated my server account over to another server, and in the process, there was a glitch. When they copied the website over, along the way, file permissions were set wrong and my Word Press directory was given the wrong file permission. As a result, anyone who checked my website got a “Error Establishing a Database Connection.” Because of work and time, this persisted for two days until I have time to email them. The issue was resolved in just a couple of hours.

I double checked everything here, and all seems well. In fact, my admin page seems to work a lot faster now. Yay!

So fear not, all is well, and my website is safe–no lost data, files or photos. Business as usual. 🙂

Oh Yes, Comment Spam – You Suck.

For the last week, on my spare time, I had overhauled my website. Mostly cleaning up the data tables and plug-ins here on the weblog, but also the other projects on my website as well. But for a brief period, around two days, I left my spam filters in their default settings while I deleted and added plug-ins as part of my janitorial efforts. During that time, over 50 spam comments warnings were deposited in my email, and 15 of those made it onto my weblog. Since completing my updates and general cleaning, the comment spam blockers have been reactivated and are now doing their jobs, making my on-line experience a happy one. Life is good, or is it?

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Something that I always worry about is never knowing that I maybe blocking legitimate comments from my weblog. Although I have always had this rule that if someone wants to post a comment on a blog that looks and acts as a spam comment, then rightful so–it should be blocked. But what if it is from a friend who wants to share with me some really cool websites, and wants to tell me and my readers to go to a really cool web-link, or photo, then that should be a plus, right? Well, as I found out the hard way, what seems really cool and awesome looking, is more than likely not. I mean, that is the bases of advertising, to suck you in, lure you to what ever it is someone wants to sell you. Like the woman in the red dress, the packaging looks awesome, but until you remove the packaging, you have no idea what you are truly getting.

Anyway, I guess the at risk of allowing those doors to open, I will keep them locked, even at the expense of losing just one legitimate comment. Living with the spam is something I just think is repulsive when trying to run a good website–there ought to be law on comment spam, but for now we have plug-ins to keep them out. Thank you to the creators of comment spam blockers–thank you.

10 Years of Blogging!

My has time gone by. Where does it go when you are having fun? It is hard to believe that it has now been ten years, to the day, since I started blogging, from my very first post back on January 26, 2004. From an idea that just started out as means of testing out servers, software and various web applications and platforms, to a hardcore, in your face, personal weblog, this website, with its domain and all of the different web interfaces that I have added and changed, has undergone many evolutions and transformations over the years. The one constant has been the blog, and with it, the use of WordPress as the primary blogging platform. Will I keep it going another ten years?

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First some web statistics and facts about my humble website, and the domain Thomasso.Com.

There are 2487 blog entries in total, and out of those posts, 1877 are public, 8 private with public access mainly for family and close friends, and 602 private/encrypted which I used for my undergraduate work in University.

I started with WordPress, when it first started, as it transitioned from the B2 (cafelog) project back in 2003, into what we see today as WordPress 3.8.1. So, WordPress was just a few months old when I first cut my teeth into the world of blogging.

My inspiration came from a blogger named netchick.ca, who, at the time, lived in Vancouver and was featured on CBC Radio One – British Columbia, when Blogging was the next big craze on the Internet. I remember quickly dropping everything I was doing that day at work, to look at what this blogging stuff was all about, and I typed in her U.R.L Yes, I emailed Netchick to ask if it was O Kay to post a comment on her site. I was such a noob then. LOL. Thank you Tanya D. for your inspiration and your “just do it” attitude.

Blog troubles started quickly as hackers, comment SPAM and stupid web hosting companies almost made me throw in the towel on blogging. I made the switch from Micro$oft (PLESK) to LINUX (Cpanel) which took care of about 90 percent of my problems, but WorPress itself was undergoing bug fixes after bug fixes trying to keep up its security holes and vulnerabilities. Maintaining the website was a daily chore. Also, since 2004, I have migrated five times, from my home base server to various web hosting companies, from Vancouver, BC, to where I am now with a company called Site5.

I have currently 4332 images, and a total combined 3.2GB of Thomaso,Com goodness, all wrapped up through the weblog. Now that harddrive space is so cheap, worrying about disk usage and paying for it is almost a thing of the past.

Web traffic. I am not going to put up those stats because of time, but my website is viewed a lot. Just looking at yesterday web stats, 2303 views took place for that day alone. The hot items that people like look at are my photos. I am still small potatoes compared to other weblog/websites I maintain in my current endeavours, but not bad for a personal weblog.

The persona Thomasso was a name given to me from my fellow band members back in the days when I was a fledgling musician. I have posted about this before, so I will leave it up to you to seek those posts out if you want to learn more about the origins of this name. Anyway, the name stuck, and I have used it ever since.

So, here is to another ten years of weblogging. I hope reading my blog has been as much fun as it was for me writing it. I do not have plans of shutting this down in the near future, so as long as I can, I will keep on blogging.

Laying Low, Keeping Busy

I have been laying low, keeping busy, so I have neglected the blog for the whole week. If you are a regular reader, I hope you can understand that January is a very busy month for me, so posting will be a bit spotty over the next while. Actually, I have been working on the blog (WordPress), getting some annoying bugs fixed that have been gnawing at me for some time, but other than the website maintenance, I have been focusing on other things. So, here is the past week in a nutshell.

I did not buy that camera lens that I wanted, yet. Lack of time from my schedule, and second guessing myself on it, have been the hold up. $1,200.00 is a sizeable chunk of cash to part with, so I am keeping an very watchful eye out for the next deal to come along before I commit to the purchase. This current deal that I am looking at now is good, but I am reading that better deals regularly pop up from time to time, so, I can afford to wait them out.

I was getting hit with a lot of email/comment SPAM through my Weblog. The cause was some unresolved security bugs from not setting my administration properties back up correctly during the last WordPress update. Because I log onto the weblog from many different location that I frequent, I added some extra levels of user preferences in my administration panel/settings to help make sure that the workstation I am at cannot store passwords and cookies, and when I updated WordPress, those settings defaulted, and I never bothered to check them until I was getting hit with about 30 emails from comment SPAM in one afternoon (Last Monday). The blog itself was never in any danger from hackers.

This weekend I should have more time to write. So, until then–A bientĂ´t!

Life as a Lonely Blogger

Once again I am left with so much to say, but not enough time to regurgitated all down in text form on my very own webpage. I have been focused on work, and it has been focused on me. I am not complaining about work, nor the time that it is consuming in my life, but I am missing, very much, the quiet moments that I have when I am sitting here freely typing away my thoughts. I have hit the evil time monster of public me versus private me and the balance of harmony that I claim I have found. This last week has been busy.

The markets, particular the Gold market, has consumed my free time thoughts for the last three days. With the continuation of the recession, the wild ride of everyone’s wealth has driven Gold up to new heights. Today Gold hit another all time record of $1800.00, which for those who follow the commodity and see it a “hedge against inflation,” then this spells “doom of epic proportions” according to one of my friends who plays the money markets.

I love Gold. I own some Gold, and nothing thrills me to see it climb like it is today. But it also worries me when I see the effect the market economy has on the rest of my friends and people around me. I know that when markets slide, and governments give out bail out money to the corporations, and interest rates will either go up or down, common people are going to get hurt. But the rich and the greedy do not care, and apparently those who own Gold too, according to a co-worker. The question is, can you rest assure that you can pay your rent, or make your mortgage payments for next month?

My lack of time has also meant that I missed out on some really great summer parties with friends this last couple of weeks. As I am single, some of my friends have tried to find me that perfect match, but I really have not been looking. Like my work, over the course of the last decade, my life has been one big goal seeking exercise. When I announced that I was going to University back in 2003, friends and family laughed at me. Some mocked my tenacity at that time. Now I laugh back at them, of course having just graduated, but they all figure that I now need another “commitment” to my already overbooked life.

Well, again I have to cut my typing short, just when I am getting warmed up. Sadly, I cannot say for certain when I will return back to the keyboard and blog for another session. Hopefully I will return soon. Thomasso -signing off now.

Oh, by the way, I used four programs to create the above graphic of the blue tee: Kpovmodeler-PovRay, Inkscape and the GIMP.

This is Just a Little Test Post to Get My Twitter-feed Working – Not Important

I’m setting up my Twitter Feed to work with the blog. This is tough getting everything just right with so many settings, yikes.

Lets see if I can get this damn thing to tweet for me.

Added: Success! It worked! Yeah!

Now when I post, my Twitter feeds are send out to alert everyone that I have posted. Am I doing the world a favour by broadcasting my blog posts and jumping on the social media bandwagon, or is all this internet stuff just a complete waist of time and energy? Well, I kind of like it, and I am paying for it.

Heh heh, it appears that there are some who are anti-social media. I guess not everyone is a fan of networking. Hey-this is how you get the “better” employer to notice you, as compared to the social Luddite employers who are still stuck in the 80’s.

To Cast the Net Beyond the Fringe and Say the Hell With it!

I got mad at my ISP last night. Every time I tried to upload a movie file to my website, it either timed out, or it took two hours to go through the upload process. I gave up. I heard that the University Library was open until 10:30pm week days, and 10:00pm during the weekends, so I hopped in the truck and drove to the Surrey campus. The Langley campus was closed.

In the mean time I was having troubles with some other web sites also – so naturally I assumed that it was the fault of my ISP. When I tried to download a web page, it would time-out. It was not a good night to go surfing on the net.

When I got to the University Library, the first thing I did was fired up my lap top and connected through Wi-Fi. Once connected, things seemed a little faster, but when I tried to connect to my web site, the same things happened–hardly any connectivity. This told me that it was not my IPS, but my web provider!

Some other students in the computer lab old me that most of the kids are off from school as of Friday, and that it might be possible that most of them are on-line textting each other, clogging up the net. I thought about that, and figured that this might be the cause. The only thing that didn’t add up was I only had a few web sites that I went to which were slow or not working, so I doubted that it could be the on-line kids? I managed to up load everything I needed to, and then I went home.

This morning I checked to see if the connection rate was still slow, or shut down, and when I logged on, there was a notice posted on the server page. It said that they had service interruptions over the last 24 hours, and that now every was back to normal. I then went to the server’s blog and read that they had some vandalism on their server-farm, and that someone tried to take some equipment. They said that their local law enforcement officials caught the person and they noted that none of the equipment was taken. Cost in damages, however, was about $5,000.00 US.

I started thinking about this today, about how fragile our network really is. I remembered in my class on terrorism from last summer, studying about how important our information network is in today’s world, and asking the question would we be crippled from having no network? Although it would not indirectly harm us if the entire Intranet collapsed becuase of terrorists, but it would certainly hurt us over a longer period. By collapse, I mean no web browsing, email and VIOP, possibly cell-phone and land-line phone service too. I know most Banking and some forms of commerce would stop, but most businesses would manage to keep on operating.

On a humorous note, I wondered how many people would go through Intranet withdraw, if the idea of Internet Addiction really exists? Would I be one of those people? After all, I do spend a hideous amount of time sitting in front my keyboard and monitor, and hlaf that time connected to the internet. I treat emails like they were phone calls for goodness sakes. Does this mean I’m sick–I have an addiction that affects my social life, if their is such a thing as a social life?

Nope-things are all good. I have network connection and life goes on. My ISP are doing their job and I can sympathise with my web provider about their misfortune. Once again I am happy.

Still Dealing With no Service from My ISP!

Well, day number three with no evening service. I had a connection early this morning but I had to head into work, but when I got back it was down again. When got up the next morning it was working again—go figure.

I’m sort of cheating with my posting by back-dating the last couple of posts—I really wrote them on these days but didn’t get a chance to posted them until now (May 8, 2009). It is frustrating when you pay for service but are not getting it. I understand that things break-down and all, but my service provider should at least give us some warning or a reason as to why. This has being going on since Tuesday.