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WordPress Automatic upgrade

I haven’t tried this, but it looks like it would save a lot of work. I would always suggest downloading a full backup of your site – or ensuring that there is one on your server before doing any upgrade, especially if it is being done automatically.

That being said, with the rate of updates to wordpress these days, we need something like this to eliminate some of the steps.

WordPress › WordPress Automatic upgrade « WordPress Plugins

Long Day

Today was long. I could argue I worked 12 hours straight and my feet would attest to that. I really like being able to come home and take off my shoes and I didn’t have that opportunity really today. The ribbon cutting and open house went well, I’ll have to post more on my work blog tomorrow. I then went and worked with Sister Dowden to try and jump-start this social networking and viral marketing campaign. It looks like a lot of work to get all these services going and get the viral marketing going.

I still think that we all need to ditch all these services and everyone just needs their own domain where they can incorporate whatever it is they want. I’ve got visions of having to post the same thing in 14 different sites. I’m hoping there is software that will at least do some of the cross posting for you.

After that crash course – oh, I taught her some HTML and such as well – I went to the a city council meeting to check things out. I finally made it to the Rodriguez’s for dinner and then came home to meet Sabrina and Frank to look at the house. I think Frank could make a great roommate, so I’m looking forward to that in a few weeks.

It seems like there wasn’t much time to think today as I was just running around getting things done. Temple tomorrow night. I’m thinking about the Zoo Friday or Monday and I have to figure out plans for this weekend.

Quiet Day of Chores

Quiet Day of Chores

Maybe before people decide to advertise on electronic screens they should inquire as to what is powering them. I mean, why pay to advertise how horrible windows is? We already know it crashes constantly – is it really necessary to advertise that at the gas station? Insist that your advertising displays run on a Mac. Maybe people will see what you are paying for.

I spent some time this morning catching up on blog reading and still trying to figure out twitter. I think I’m starting to get the idea behind it, although I still can’t understand what it does for me more than the status in facebook does. I guess it is just another one of those independent services we all have to deal with. I wish everyone could just have their own domain with whatever works best for them running on it sending out RSS feeds. That would I think essentially solve the need for all these different sites we have now. I realize it will never happen, but I think that is one of the reasons why I am so slow to adopt some of these new technologies/sites that others jump on right away.

I spent a good chunk of the day cleaning the house. I also spent time working on this console situation for the show this weekend among other things. I watched some TV, made some phone calls for home teaching and made orange chicken for dinner. It was essentially a pretty quiet day at home. I thought Lauren was going to come up, but she never did. Alison and I were going to try and meet for lunch, but that didn’t happen. I thought about going to dinner with Bouse, but he wanted to go to Outback and I’ve officially given up on that place. It’s hard to believe it, but I’ve actually stuck by it when I said I wasn’t going back. I can’t stand that they can’t figure out how to cook the meat right.

In fact, I would have spent the entire day at home if Maegan and Larilyn didn’t drag me out of the house to have dessert with them at Johnny Carino’s. I decided to try something new – the cannoli i think it was. It was actually pretty good, although Maegan will attest that the cake something or other she got was amazing and much better than anything I could possibly have chosen to get. This is why we had to have two desserts – so she could have the cake and I could try something new. They invited me to the movies as well. I just came home to finish off my boring day at home, home alone. I ended up watching an episode of CSI, which surprisingly, I hadn’t seen before!

And now, I can get to sleep at a reasonable time instead of still being locked in a movie theater for another 40 minutes and not getting home until tomorrow. I’m very anxious to find out what is going on tomorrow with President Mattson being released. From the calls I made today regarding home teaching, I can see that we have a lot of work cut out for us with people leaving. There were also a few who didn’t know they had assignments, which I think means that I must have never gotten the new assignments to them. I guess that is where calling comes in!

Baked & Burned = Exhausted

Things got pretty crazy today. I was trying to get payroll done, or even started for that matter and then had to head out for a site survey for this weekends event. It was flipping hot out there in Lake Elsinore, although not really any hotter than it was in Murrieta. We should have a great event this weekend and I am looking forward to working with these guys more in the future. Once I got back to the office it was trying to catchup and then in meetings for the rest of the day.

I’ve just been exhausted all day since being outside this morning and getting sunburned probably. I’ve had a decent headache and have been thinking about going to bed since I got home around 6. Fortunately the Alieve just started to kick in after comparing insurance quotes and reading Consumer Reports for a while. Looks like Western Mutual has the best policy at the best price, about $725. They are also offering earthquake insurance, although not actually offered by them I’m sure, for $476. I’m not sure if it is really going to be worth it or not. I’m sure the chances are slim that my house will be destroyed in an earthquake, yet they are still there. Any suggestions on what to do?

I also spent some time reading about the effect of Gen Y on the net, marketing and so forth. I kept reading about twitter, so I decided to sign up finally. I’ve resisted signing up since I couldn’t understand the point of the system/service. Now that I’ve signed up, I still can’t figure it out. What’s the point? If I want to tell you what I’m doing this second, I’ll tell you via my blog or facebook. If I really want you to know, I’ll send you a text message every few seconds. Maybe I’m just not ready to live my life that connected. I rarely even use facebook’s status thing for what I’m actually doing and instead usually just to broadcast messages.

Maybe someone can help me out and bring me into the 21st century!

Adjusting to the Quiet

I still don’t think I’m adjusting well to things being slower at work. Its like I sit around waiting for something to happen instead of really getting into a project and working on it until I am done. I just know how to handle myself better when I have to multi task I guess than when I have time to think about what to work on. Maybe it is just that I have more time to do things that I’m not used to doing or that I don’t really want to do.

In any event, I made it through the day and even stayed late at work putting some product online (ZX3, ZXA5, Eliminator Series). I’m working on rounding up our offerings online as there are so many gaps in existing product lines that it amazes me. And yes, I want to go to Maui, so the more EV we put up, hopefully the higher chance that we will sell more of their stuff and earn more trips! I really wish I could figure out how to sell some of the bigger ticket items online instead of having our sales be dominated with low ticket price items. Maybe it is an establishment thing and once we are a bit more established we will see more sales in total and more of higher dollar items. It’s just hard to sell ourselves on a webpage…

FHE was interesting tonight. Mike did a good job bringing a lesson together at the last minute and it was interesting to talk about how we are saved. I think the short story was by grace after all that we do (works). I must admit I was busy text messaging during most of it.

Zach and I worked on getting some home teaching stuff nailed down tonight and have some more work to do, as we always will.

Joel Dehlin: You Have the Right to Remain Visible

In response to: Joel Dehlin: You Have the Right to Remain Visible

Maybe it’s just cause I use a Mac and hope for the best in everything, but I don’t worry about someone stealing my credit card number over the Internet. I hope my computer is fairly locked down and sensitive information isn’t going to get out there. I have key information encrypted and I figure the rest while not necessarily public knowledge probably isn’t going to harm me or anyone else if it gets out. Heck, most of my life is already on the Internet, why not let it all out there?

We have to consider the costs of protecting our data. If the costs outweigh the benefits, then why bother? Anti-virus software drives me nuts. I firmly believe that the threat you need to worry about is one that your anti-virus software won’t be ready to deal with. It takes them days to get an update released and to your computer when a new virus is found. By that time the virus could have infected every computer on the planet. Doesn’t someone have to get infected so they can figure out how to prevent it?

As far as credit card information goes. The biggest worry is going to be when you go out to eat and give your card to the waitress or waiter. Who knows where they could be going with it or what they could be doing once they have written down or scanned the information from the card. Heck, I have multiple cards with RFID chips in them now, so you don’t even need to possess my car, just scan my rear-end with an RFID scanner and you’ll have multiple credit cards worth of information.

This is where merchants need to be more careful. They need to take extra steps to ensure that they are protected and they are dealing with who they are lead to believe they are dealing with. I further believe that while our law enforcement officers are busy with other things, some more time needs to be devoted to finding the people who are committing credit card fraud online.

As far as my website history goes, give it out. I have nothing to hide. You’ll probably find that most of my hits go to my own sites, Google, LDS.org, FaceBook and other blogs I read (normally through Google Reader – or the links on the right). The people that need to worry are the ones that have something to hide. I suggest if you have something to hide, instead of worrying about how to hide it, you instead work on removing that problem from your life. Now, I’m not saying that everyone doesn’t deserve some privacy, but let’s keep in mind that anything we do could be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow. If you would mind if the whole world knew about it, maybe you should be setting a better example for all those that are indeed watching your every move. We can be tremendous examples to others, so let’s try to set our best foot forward always and “raise the bar” or “stand a little taller.”

Would Gordon B. Hinckley have anything to hide on his computer?

Redirection – categories to tags url

I just wanted to give a shoutout for this plugin I just found, activated and which solved my problems in seconds! I was looking for something to redirect any requests for /category/ to /tag/ since WordPress decided to delete all my categories after converting them to tags the other day. I tried doing this with a redirect in cpanel and .htaccess which didn’t seem to work (I don’t know why) and I discovered I should have been doing this with mod_rewrite already, but again it didn’t seem to work.

In any event, this plugin seems to solve the problem in seconds and I like the log it gives. I may actually look at moving the rest of my redirects (for old pages before wordpress) into this system so I can more easily track them as well.

Redirection – Manage 301 redirections without modifying Apache | Urban Giraffe

The only config I had to do after dropping the plugin in and activiating it was putting the following redirection in place:

Source URL: /category/(.*)
Target URL: /tag/$1
Type: Simple redirection
Method: Pass-through
Regex: checked

(courtesty of perassi.org)

Happy blogging!

Mysterious GT Outing

I enjoyed sleeping in this morning and doing a lot of nothing today. I did upgrade wordpress on my site this morning (afternoon) so it now supports tags and will allow people to register. I had the register feature turned off because I was getting registration spams, but I was able to find an easy to install captcha to hopefully solve that problem. It seems to be working so far, and as a demonstration of how many registrations I get, I got one during the time it took me to setup the captcha which was less than ten minutes!

I also enjoyed looking at information on the upcoming Knight Rider movie. Matthew made me think they were going to be bringing back episodes, but it is just a made for TV movie. I’m sure it won’t be nearly as good as the original, but I will enjoy it nonetheless.

Tonight was the GT annual employee outing. Desoree invited me on Wednesday, so there wasn’t much planning that went into it on my side, but they have been planning it for a while. They kept the destinations a surprise which was interesting and probably a good idea at the same time. We ended up going to Ruth Chris on the San Diego Bay and then going to Kearny Mesa Bowl for two hours of bowling.

I had never been to Ruth Chris before so it was great to go. I don’t think I got invited two years ago when they went (we aren’t technically employees of GT so we don’t get the notices). The food was good, but the service wasn’t that great. I’m sure some of that was due to the party size (50 people), but I ordered a drink twice which I never got and it just seemed to take forever to get the food around.

Bowling was good. I hadn’t been bowling in years, possibly over a decade because I only remember doing it in Kansas and there is no mention of it ever on my blog! I actually did fairly well, at least compared to many of those in our party with scores in the low hundreds. I was getting really tired during the second game, but my technique was getting better so my scores remained about the same. Mark could really get the ball down the lane, so much that I don’t even think it spun on the way down most of the time. I wouldn’t have wanted to get in the way of that ball. Desoree was doing the grandma bowl: walking up to the line and then tossing the ball between her legs. Don did pretty good and ended up with the second highest score I believe. Jeremiah’s fiance beat everyone with a 150-something score.

I must hand it to GT for always putting forth a great effort in their parties. They’re looking for ideas for next year, and I’m always up for ideas of things to do for CBC, so what ideas do you think would be good?

I guess it’s a good thing I’ve spent so much time sleeping this week because these past two days have been rough. I’m looking forward to another good night’s sleep tonight…

Reasons to never Buy.com

So when school started about a month ago, I decided to shop online and try to save some money for some of my books. I ended up ordering a textbook from Buy.com and later cancelled the order because they were unable to change the shipping address on my order. (I had inadvertently told them to ship to my PO Box!) Not only would they not change my shipping address, but after a few days they still had not shipped my order. Cancelling was a whole nother ordeal, but I’ll stick to the point at hand for now.

You can imagine my surprise when I got this email from Buy.com yesterday:

Just wanted to let you know that the item(s) listed below from your order #28927013 have shipped and are on the way to your door.

And this one from Google Checkout this morning:

Great news! Your order has shipped, and should arrive soon. Your credit card has successfully been charged for this order.

I sent them this response:

This order was cancelled a month ago.

Please confirm that nothing is being shipped!

I got a reply from them today, which you’ll find below with my response to them:

On Sep 13, 2006, at 6:21 PM, support@customerservice.buy.com wrote:

We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced with this order. However, our records shows that your order has been shipped out on 9/12/2006. However, if you do not wish to receive your item, we can offer you two options:

Do you normally take a month to ship a product?

Do you normally ship cancelled orders?

I got the following confirmations that the order was cancelled:

From Buy.com customer service on 8/21:

We have received and processed your cancellation request regarding your order #28927013.

We have cancelled the following item(s) from your order:

Order #28927013

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From Google Checkout on 8/21:

Buy.com has cancelled your order. Your credit card was refunded in full.

Buy.com has cancelled your order for the following reason: Order cancelled by Buy.com. You should receive an email shortly regarding the cancellation.

Google refunded the money to me on Aug 21 as well.

First, you can refuse the shipment and the carrier will return it to us with no questions asked.

I will attempt to refuse the package, but that may not be possible if no one is available to refuse the shipment. Why don’t you call UPS or whoever and tell them to stop the shipment?

Second, you can accept the package and return it to us yourself. You will find that most unopened items can be easily returned for a refund of the product price within 30 days of shipment. You can review our Return Policy at:

I WILL NOT return this product to you if it is delivered to my house.

I WILL fax this email and supporting documents to my credit card company this evening telling them to immediately revoke any and all charges to Buy.com and permanently put your name on a blocked vendor list.

I WILL also begin filing claim procedures with Google if I see any new transactions related to this purchase.

Additionally, I will post this transcript on my website to show what a horrible company Buy.com is and will make sure that I inform as many people as possible that you guys can’t ship an order as promised to begin with and then a month after the order has been cancelled you’ll go ahead and ship the cancelled order!

Thanks for a good laugh today… I’ll probably fall out of my chair if you guys actually deliver the book to me and I never have to pay for it. Too bad I already bought one from another vendor and have no use for a free book.

I of course had forgotten that the original problem with the order was the PO Box before I sent the email. I guess I can just never pick up the box from there – if it even ever gets delivered there. We’ll see how this develops in a couple days I guess.

Can’t open file: ‘wp_comments.MYI’. (errno: 145)

For the rest of you that have spent hours searching for how to fix the problem with the wordpress table (or any other table for that matter) that needs to be flushed because it didn’t get closed properly, here’s the short and sweet story of how to do it and get on with your life.

First, you can try going into phpMyAdmin and flushing the table, but that didn’t work for me. I fortunately have SSH access to the server, so I got in to the server and then issued the following:
mysql -u USER_NAME -p TABLE_NAME
Obviously, you need to substitute your own username and table name.
Once you’re into the mysql prompt, all you need to type is:
repair table wp_comments;
or, if you have another table to repair, the name of the table there.

Good luck! BTW – Comments should be working again. It was kind of nice not getting spam constatly while they were down though!

Fox Shows on iTunes

Oh no, I’m gonna be broke and no new MacBook Pro for me…

From Apple:

Now available for purchase at the iTunes Music Store, the hit television programming from FOX, FX, SPEED, FUEL TV and 20th Century Fox Television library features 16 series including “24,” “Prison Break” and “The Shield.” iTunes now offers more than 90 TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on a computer or iPod.

Only a couple episodes left of 24 this season and then it will be time for a marathon! Maybe it will coincide with school being over and I’ll have a reason to celebrate!

Google’s Case for Non-Compliance

Go Google!

Google has submitted a nice response to the DoJ motion asking them to turn over search history information.

I completely agree with Google. They shouldn’t have to hand over information, that it doesn’t sound like is really going to help the government.

I do love laywers though. Who else gets to write stuff like that, publish it and submit it to the government? Awesome.

Technorati Tags

I’ve been trying to really get a good grasp on Technorati Tags this evening.

I understand that they are like keywords for blogs and all that. I understand that my WordPress Categories automatically become Tags and that I can add Tags easily if I don’t want to make categories, which I guess answers in some way my first question.

Am I supposed to make a category for everything that I could possibly talk about? I could probably fill up 100 keywords for most of my entries, and that might not even include varieties of the words (i.e. blog vs. blogs, weblog, weblogs).

Clearly I can’t make a category for everything. I tried playing with subcategories, but I don’t think they would work out in a nice clean way. I guess this is really where the tags come in, they let you create dynamic categories.

OK, then, but why do I need to go through the hassel of coding my entries for keywords/tags when Google indexes my posts and makes them searchable? Heck, Google even lets you setup an RSS feed based off a search, so for example I could search for 24 and then add this to my reader to stay up on the 24 news. Of course, Google would find any entry that mentioned 24, not just the television series, so maybe I picked a bad example, or maybe not. Tags may solve the 24 problem, but then consider Roswell, or Alias. The tag Roswell, probably has more to do with the town than the television series. Alias might have a very weak connection to the show. So now again, it sounds like Google has the best solution where I can do an advanced search to narrow down the results.

Can anyone help shed some light for me please?