Category: My Blogs

Dec 12 2011

Was going to make a short post comparing video-hosting sites, but found my password here didn’t work. Again.
Also found my host account login didn’t work.

The host has no record of any previous account password changes before tonight, so now rather concerned my Keepass file has become corrupt somehow.
Except the password for this site was stored in FireFox too. So someone’s been messing with my site in addition to whatever’s wrong with the host account.

Passwords and salts have been re-randomised and backups are in progress. Databases are already backed up.

Very annoying. No arting time, just fucking around trying to fix more things that someone else broke.

Nov 11 2010

Digest on, few lil things..

The digest plugin has now been turned back on.

When I had to shut it off, I emailed the author to let them know of the problem. I thought this might help in the future whenever they got around to it.
What I didn’t expect was a series of instant email replies. the first within a few hours, the next couple rapid-fire as he found his own versions were displaying the same bug.
A day later and an updated version of Twitter Digest is available! And so far it seems to be working.

Very unexpected, and very welcome!

This morning my sister noticed a package for me stuffed behind the bins. Something to call the Royal Mail’s customer service line about, especially as there are 4 of us in the house at all times this week, and no one rang the bell.
The package turned out to be the “6 day delivery” cheapo ATX power supply I bought on ebay on sunday night for £20 including postage. It’s 650Watt and arrived in an unmarked box, with the supplies warrently label pre-voided, which is a concern. But since the old PSU was again unable to start this morning (it has had a problem with the 5v standby voltage), I swapped it in and it works. Phew!
The main PC is now somewhat more reliable.

The GU10 50Watt Dichoric halogens have also arrived, which will replace the blown ones in the portable lightbox and let me take product shots again.
As well, the Morse #2 Taper finishing reamer arrived, which will hopefully get the mill spindle back in shape. If not I’ll have to find a roughing reamer or taper-drill to give it an even more severe reaming. I should note though that finding a supplier online of those items is difficult, particularly the drill. What are you supposed to search for? “Morse taper drill” will give you thousands of drill bits with more taper shanks, but not intended to drill a morse-tapered hole. As best I can tell there’s no unique name for them.

Made myself a very nice dinner tonight; seafood in cream and white wine, served on a bed of rice.

I’m trying to relax after RBW so I can start doing things over from scratch the right way. Today felt all right. There was a peculiar predatory intensity in me. Oddly this may have simply have been down to clearing through my wardrobe and removing all the over-sized and poorly fitting items.
Result? Knowledge that whatever I pick, I’m going to look better in it that I would with the other items.

Have I really been that careless in my wardrobe choices? The collar was the only thing close to fitting me on some of these shirts. Jeez.

Jun 20 2010

Dreamwidth import complete

I’ve spent today going through my Dreamwidth blog and entering the entries over here. I’m sure there must be automated ways of doing so, but since I only had a couple of months worth and wanted to edit them correctly, it seemed best to do it manually.

There’s still some image links I want to switch around, but one thing at a time.

Categories a lot more filled-out now, and there’s a tag-cloud at the bottom of the page.

Will have a look through my Livejournal next and see if there are any choice posts I want to move across as well.

Jun 18 2010

WordPress plugin PHP annoyance

I’ll freely admit, I know little of XML, Javascript and PHP. It’s more than likely time I learnt them too.

There’s a small problem with one of the plugins I’ve tried to use. It’s the “Latest Youtube Videos” sidebar widget, for displaying a channels most recently uploaded videos. It seems like a handy one to have.

One small problem though is that it’s incompatible with the theme I’m using. The titles are all in a different style, and much larger than all other text. I looked in the code (shown here) and found some <h2> and <h4> tags hard-coded in, which I stripped out and it certainly improved the look.

The text still doesn’t match that of other sidebar widgets though. Now while the specifics escape me, it’s fairly obvious that the text it’s using isn’t being classified as the right sort of text to be displayed properly. I fudged around a bit, but only ended up making things worse. I’m fairly sure the $widget_area_title has to be classified as $title for it to be displayed like the other titles. Likewise the individual video titles would need to be classified as bulletpoints to get the nice little red dot beside each title.

So, pray tell if you please, what’s the instruction I’m missing?

Jun 17 2010

Trying JournalPress

It’s a stable-beta plugin, but based on LJ-XP. It’s made to allow cross-posting to multiple LJ-compatible services, which LJ-XP doesn’t allow.

Have entered details for both LJ and DreamWidth. Testing now.

EDIT #1: Okay, it seems to work. Just tweaked a couple of settings and that should be ok.

EDIT #2: And turned off Dreamwidth’s automatic cross-posting, to stop my LJ getting spammed with multiple copies.

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