Master category for geek and technical stuff
Monday, July 14, 2008
Jay: Here Goes!
I am about to make a backup of everything, purge the original Blogblivion blog, setup WordPress, crossover some recent posts and make sure there’s a prominent pointer to the archived old blog. Then I’ll crash into bed as I already should have by now. Tomorrow I can tweak some of the details, in between errands and trying to keep the gas and electricity on at least until the baby turns a year old (not sure why they want to turn it off if I don’t pay or make arrangements by 5:00 tomorrow, considering they already have the info).
If all goes well, very shortly you won’t see this post at all, and then you will, on a different blog in the same location.
It helps to stay awake! Really, here goes…
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Jay: Are We There Yet?
I haven’t figured out yet exactly how to modify .htaccess to make permalinks to posts on this blog redirect to the same posts in the eeblog folder. While I’m waiting for guru help - at least, I think I have former colleagues who may know the answer offhand and can cut me to the chase - I will probably go ahead and setup a new blog with WordPress, pointing prominently to the old blog and overlapping several recent posts. That gets it done, and worst case I may be able to do the same with the other blog I need to work on, just to get it started, knowing the redirection is possible and just tricky.
I just hate to see any links broken. Certainly not for long, even if it’s for the same of Google.
I also have a small client site update to do with static pages, which I am about to start so I can have it done and billed by Monday. That ought to get me a check by the end of the week, even if it’s small.
I’m going to regret being awake now, but apparently it was a bad idea to drink seven mugs of coffee during the course of Saturday. I was able to do very little on this with the kids, so hey, I can be a zombie for them and muddle through.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This is a post made after a copy of the blog was moved to the eeblog folder. Because they share a database, until I remove the original blog, this will presumably appear there too.
Jay: Still Working On It
It was a rough night and has been somewhat of a rough morning. And here’s Henry to stop me again! Despite having his sisters for entertainment.
You may see less of a blip than I thought, if the migration works as I expect. Stay tuned…
Friday, July 11, 2008
Jay: Administrative Notice
The contents of this blog, as published with Expression Engine, will be archived to a subdirectory, to which I will link when the dust settles. At the address where this blog is now will be a new version, published using WordPress. Thinking about it as I type this, probably I’ll replicate the last several recent posts, so there’s overlap and we don’t start completely empty.
The objective, which is supposed to be possible if moderately confusing, will be for any link to a post as it existed before to redirect automatically to the archived content.
I plan to attempt this tonight.
The goal is to work out the details on ours, so even if it’s undercooked tomorrow I know the technical hurdles, and then apply the knowledge to one I expect to do for another blogger tomorrow night.
During the surgery, you may find us down entirely for a while, or you may get an unexpected and incomplete site if you visit during the process. I’ll post in both places indicating it’s done and how it went, once it is done. Worst case, before I sleep tonight I will try to leave something in place that says what’s going on, even if the archive isn’t working yet and I have to continue with help from the kids during the day tomorrow.
Note to self… Good luck with that! It’s 9 PM. You just finished in the kitchen, have dishes soaking, have 3 kids to put to bed, and are going to start this from scratch when that’s all done? On about 5 hours of sleep and after more than 13 hours awake? Yeah, right…
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Jay: Little Devil
I needed a post with a picture so I can test messing with the RSS feed, and these were good ones. This is why the VCR and DVD player are now on top of the TV. This one he pointed defiantly, but he also does a full fledged “talk to the hand” as he did to me in the bath tonight. He is so incorrigible.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I played with Expression Engine to WordPress migration last night. It’s complicated. You have to take the RSS feed, save it in a text file, import that into WordPress, and then do some other stuff if you want the comments.
It doesn’t port unpublished posts, like some redacted ones from earlier this year. That’s fine.
The default is only 10 in the RSS. We have, after this post, 2251. Instead of 2249, Control Panel said we had 2030, so I used that number. If you removed the limit from the RSS template, you get 100. If you specify 2030, you get that, and actually the wait wasn’t that long.
A set that large hung at 349 when importing. That means either finding a way to specify a range in an RSS template, or systematically grabbing a smaller number and then deleting posts and then grabbing the next so many, and so forth.
No pictures came through. That may be a setting on the RSS template, allowing pictures to show in the feed. Never had reason to look at that.
We do full feeds, but presumably partial feeds wouldn’t work for this.
Multiple categories per post aren’t handled gracefully, turning into one long string and creating a new category like “kids pictures tv” in WordPress. Not sure there’s a way around it, but I think it might be wise to create matching categories in WP ahead of time either way. Might be possible to do a series of queries or replaces or something. Or just change every imported post to one category.
Apart from whatever URL customization is needed to make them match the old format, if desired, it appears to be a good idea to do the URL format setting to make them “pretty” before the import.
A small number of posts during the import, say one of every 30, claimed to have been imported previously. I thought it was a URL building problem with duplication, but I had it at the default where they end in numbers, so it may have been the way it identified each post during import.
I’m still intrigued and would like to know just what it takes, but it may be that the better part of valor is to archive the old blog, even if it means hacking .htaccess to redirect permalinks, and starting with a fresh one. We’d also considered that option.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Jay: Can’t Believe the Degree…
To which I have come to dislike posting here because I can’t use an offline client directly. Definitely time for a change.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Jay: Don’t Look Now, But…
We are considering retiring this blog and starting a new primary one centered on family and blogging as a topic and general whatever, in order to be able to use WordPress. It’s easier to post remotely, and does other things better. I can even use the Blackberry to post to the WordPress blogs, so if I were just killing time somewhere, I could write a post. If I remembered the user name and password.
What’s different is that we’re thinking about using the same domain, but a subdirectory for the new blog to be named later. Or it could be a subdomain, for that matter. Normally we’d snag another domain, or use one we already have, but this time maybe not. We’ll see....
Friday, June 27, 2008
Jay: On The Agenda
Herding kids per usual.
Making beans to supplement leftovers. I love cooking two nights and then having two nights of the leftovers making it easier.
Dealing with bureaucracy.
(Pause for literally hours to do aforementioned herding and post a couple items that were easier or whatnot...)
Nursing my hand that’s too sore to want to use the mouse and isn’t so thrilled about typing.
Work on composing and preparing a bleg, of it can be called that, for work, in context of explaining what we have in mind and why, subject to possible change or serious traditional offers considered, depending how serious and what happens with Deb’s career.
Work on the same basic thing to mass quantities of contacts, some of whom may not know even peripherally about the situation, and many of whom would be well aware my abilities.
The usual dishes and cleaning and organizing.
Work on a more traditional bleg on the possibility there might be any additional sympathy when I explain the next major hurdle we have to get past in order not to be completely screwed. The PayPal button is still here, in any event, and won’t stop being useful for a long time, or appreciated ever.
Look at the washing machine, which seems to be acting up, and try to find the info for the service plan we paid for, if needed.
Test our electric usage to see if something is draining excess power, including the possibility that something not in our apartment or on our cellar outlet might be tapping it.
Clean the office. Still. Again.
Clean the bedroom.
Go through our stuff to purge/segregate/organize for sale more of it.
Run the car before the battery has a chance to fade out again.
Find a plate holder for the front of the car without spending any money, since there is none to spend. Don’t want to drive it too much with the front plate sitting in on the dashboard.
Backup some pictures.
Reorganize some site hosting stuff.
Post ad info regarding our sites, maybe try to sell more to existing accounts, and pimp that further in any event.
Put together a “back from hiatus” fundraising Carnival of the Capitalists edition, speaking of raising money and advertising. A couple people donated to us a while back and mentioned it as a thanks or hoping for return of CotC, so it’s partly for them, but also both to let people put their money where their interest is, and help me determine whether that site should remain ad-free or ad-limited, or whether I should load it up or seek sponsorship more vigorously. In any event, that’s been part of my plan for trying to raise about $3000 in the next six weeks, some of which would be needed no matter how much I can make conventionally.
Update my LinkedIn profile and my resume and extend some of that to other networking-oriented sites. Update the business site to reflect what I actually intend, until such time as someone makes me a serious enough offer to back off of that.
Probably a slew of other things I’m forgetting or that are trivial or that are implicit.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Jay: Collected Aspie Posts
Once upon a time, I learned that a thing called Asperger’s Syndrome exists. Even though it and most such labels do nothing more than put names on shades of normal - no different from being labeled geeky or athletic or musical - it still provides fascinating insight. It even makes autism seem less odd, since it adds fuzzy shading to the borderlands between “us” and “them.”
Over time, I have posted on that and related topics, and this is an attempt to collect and revisit that, most notably by reposting the hard to find first post, less than two months into my blogging career, on my rapidly abandoned first blog. Some of the links are dead, notably those to Dandelion Wine, but are included for the sake of exactness.
This is that first post, which actually post-dates the beginning of my interest, but brought it online:
Saturday, April 19, 2003
A while back, Wired, to which I subscribe, had an issue with an article on ”The Geek Syndrome.” It was a fascinating look at Asperger’s syndrome, which is a form of autism, on the autism spectrum of disorders; sometimes also called high functioning autism. People with it tend to lead a reasonably normal life, and tend to be disproportionately computer/programming/engineering oriented. Thus the article was looking at the idea that a high rate of autism in Silicon Valley and the Route 128 region might be a genetic result of the large number of geek, and therefore possibly Asperger, parents in those areas.
The Wired article had a sidebar of an “Autism Quotient” test, which purports to measure where you fall on the spectrum. From what I have seen, many people don’t think it’s a particularly viable test. Nonetheless, I found it interesting and so I link to it here:
My score was 30. They say at the top of the test page that “Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher.” Looks like I push the envelope a little.
I took the interactive EQ test and then, clicking from those results, the interactive SQ test. Both require Flash. There’s an option for manual tests as well. From the test pages you can then go to this final page to work out what type of brain you have, using a grid to plot the results of EQ and SQ and see which shaded area you fall into.
For what it’s worth, my scores were:
EQ of 41
SQ of 53
Overall brain type “Extreme Type S”
The original Wired article and AQ test led me to actually buy books on Asperger’s and to read all about it online, because I seem to approach but not quite cross over to it myself, and I suspected my nephew was so afflicted. That and it was inherently intriguing, as I find anything to do with brain function to be, given my own history. That has always applied to IQ testing as well.
- Jay Solo, 2:25 AM
The next relevant posts I located offhand were at Accidental Verbosity, in the form of:
Autism As Extreme Male Brain
Asperger’s Schizophrenic Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder
That second one points to a related discussion, starting from adult ADHD and going into more in the comments. It predates Caltechgirl having a blog, rather than being an avid commenter. Her comments on the set of topics are especially cool.
Again with over- and mis-diagnosis, the attention deficit stuff is as much as anything an excuse for drugging kids into being uniformly submissive, passive bots who can bear not to have recess and won’t have normal traits some people find inconvenient or hard to understand.
These Quizzy Things are only marginally relevant, but I remarked about the Aspie relationship to the perfectionist quiz especially, but even the other two are about being a certain way or collecting certain facts.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Aspieness had me linking a slicker AQ test, on which I scored 32. These always seem to vary depending on mood and change in thinking over time. Having written that, I took it again, going on a year later, and scored 36. Oops.
Most recently, last October 29, in How Aspie Are You? I linked another quiz, which interestingly I just retook and scored 138 and 58, versus 161 and 54 last time, an improvement. I must have gone less wishy-washy last time. Basically it’s no/never, or kinda yes/sometimes, or really yes, all the time, with a 4th option for not sure/don’t know. I saved the PDF, but didn’t bother with a screenshot.
I probably wrote about this elsewhere and didn’t find them all, but basically that’s what I had out there. Besides any instances where I mentioned autism and slammed the idiots who won’t let go of the vaccine preservative autism nonsense people grasp at like so many straws. But that’s an entirely different topic, though obviously these posts touch on it because of the clear genetic connection. Geeks beget geeks. Sometimes the curve goes too far and we call it autism.
It’s hardly shocking for two high IQ people with geek tendencies (remember, Deb went part of the way toward an engineering degree before resorting to expedience to graduate sooner) to have had Sadie, Valerie - who increasingly seems to make Sadie look normal and ordinary - and even, it appears, Henry. You never know, after all. I started out as charismatically sunny, amused and communicative and physically quick as he is. He doesn’t merely look like I did. He’s already getting into the “taking things apart” or “seeing how things work” kind of trouble I’d have thought would take longer. None of which means aspieness, but it’ll be interesting to watch. And again, nothing wrong with that. Someone has to fall on that part of the range of human, and it’s not like you can’t function. Well, kind of. Mostly. Sometimes.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Jay: No Birthdays
Another day of no birthdays so soon? Well, it’s only the 4th of 6 during June. Seven, if you count as none the one where there was a birthday of an obscure relative, of unknown mortality, I barely saw fit to mention.
Presumably this is the longest day of the year, all 24 and a fraction hours of it. It’s all downhill from here, but I guess we can take solstice in it taking six months.
Actually, looks like the solstice was technically the 20th, but at a minute before midnight, so yeah.
This is a work day for Deb, so for me it’s a day being nibbled to death by ducks, in the form of a slew of kids, while trying to get something, anything done. As I get into a groove of more work that pays or generates money indirectly, I will definitely need cheap babysitting part of the time I am here alone with the gang of three. The great thing is even that will have flexibility. Even a day of it, in the absence of scheduled out of house work, would be helpful, and it shouldn’t matter which day, so if I have my mother come down, it needn’t interfere with the bit of sitting she still does for my brother.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Jay: Only 64?
My uncle, David Bryant Ellis, would have been 64 today. Assuming my year of birth data is accurate, anyway. That means he was but ten years older than my oldest brother, the same gulf between me and my youngest brother. Talk about generational blurring.
He has been gone now for many years, and even though I knew he was markedly younger than my father, he was very “old” by the time he died. It was unsurprising almost the way it would be for an octogenarian.
David was amazingly talented at drawing. I see Sadie’s distinctive drawing and think of him. He loved science fiction and comics, but mainly of the darker variety. The glum SF for which the sixties were known was just his thing. I remember him when I read something he might have enjoyed, or wonder what he’d have thought of something in the genre.
Funny how you can miss someone with whom you had such limited contact.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Jay: Best Day Ever, Sans Hill People
Next up: Microbes and microbe accessories.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Jay: Geeky Hosting Post
I was looking closely at our hosting, as one of the accounts was up for renewal the 10th and I have no idea how I’m going to pay the $112.20 for the year yet. Failure isn’t an option, as there are people advertising there who we’re obligated to keep the site up for in some form, and it’s the content that would be hardest to move.
I was thinking maybe we could get a hosting account with greater capacity and merge two of the three together (having more than one, even more than two, does have valid reasoning, so I had no plans to consolidate all three). Credit the balance of what’s been paid already on one of the plans, bringing the outlay down. Sadly, we’re 8 months into the year for the one in question, so the net would be more. Oh well.
Partly for any who might be interested, and partly as an additional place where I can refer to the info, here are fun details about our hosting accounts (well, there’s a 4th, with GoDaddy, but that’s just used for a static site for now, and an e-mail address, and the hosting isn’t good).
Elhide hosting (the one that needs to be paid)
Using 362 of 700 MB disk space, 18 of 80 e-mails, 6 of 25 Addon domains (total 7 domains, in other words), 7 of 25 FTP accounts, 5 of 8 MySQL databases (that is, there are 5 blogs there), 1 of 4 mailing lists. So far this month we have used 1895 MB of 40,000 MB bandwidth.
AV hosting (this one)
Using 282 of 700 MB disk space, 7 of 80 e-mails, 1 of 25 Addon domains (total 2 domains, in other words), 3 of 25 FTP accounts, 2 of 8 MySQL databases (that is, there are 2 blogs here). So far this month we have used 5716 MB of 40,000 MB bandwidth. The reason more domains aren’t here is because we were low on disk space and bandwidth before the hosting specs were upgraded and our traffic fell dramatically.
GP hosting (still mainly for business or stuff that was expressing intended to be commercial, like CotC/Bizosphere)
Using 154 of 550 MB disk space, 15 of 60 e-mails, 6 of 15 Addon domains (total 7 domains, in other words), 4 of 5 FTP accounts, 5 of 6 MySQL databases (that is, there are 5 blogs here, one of which I expect to purge), 1 of 2 mailing lists. So far this month we have used 570 MB of 30,000 MB bandwidth. The disk space and bandwidth suggest room for more activity here, but this hosting has yet to be upgraded, which seems to be a matter of rolling upgrades as servers are updated, so there’s mainly a database limitation.
Anyway, back to work sprucing one of the blogs to allow it to host ads more easily, so I can list it, and then other work and errands. If I’m lucky, a small check from a client will be here on time to go to the bank while I am out anyway.