I was just thinking that I love WordPress. No, not for the exceptional code that is in it. Or for several of the other reasons that one could really not like the application.
No, I love it for the ease of using it. I just updated my blog today and was very impressed with how fast and smooth the update went.
Step 1: (Optional) Delete old files
Step 2: Upload new files
Step 3: Run the upgrade script
Step 4: Enjoy the new digs
Yes, it was that easy. And the newest admin interface rocks hard. I was using the Tiger Admin interface but this one looks nice enough to use as is.
So to the WordPress dev team, well done on this one. I am looking forward to the newer stuff coming out in the future.
I have discovered recently that emails sent from my blog to newly registered users may not be getting through. I am looking in to what might be causing this.
In the meantime, if you have registered on my blog and have not received your username and password email please email robert [@t] everah [d0t] com with the username you selected when registering and I will try to make it better for you.
And for security, email me from the email you used to register. Otherwise I won’t do anything. Thanks.
Somehow last week I totally skipped over the fact that Carly Smithson got evicted from the performers list of American Idol. This came as quite the shock to me since I thought for sure that Brooke White would have gotten the axe.
I was also surprised to see Syesha Mercado in the bottom three as well. I thought her performance last week was her best of the season. I was truly shocked last week.
Of course, the show is in the hands of the American public, so I am sure that I will disagree with most of the decisions made this year. But I think last week things just went way wrong.
Of course I still hold to my final two: David Cook and David Archuleta. But I am more interested in who gets the boot this week.
So putting last week behind me I will be watching in full attention tonight as the remaining five battle it out for a chance to make it to next week.
For like the third time in the last week I woke up with a freight train barreling out of my head. Well, not really a freight train. But it feels like it.
I haven’t had headaches like this for a long time. And I am glad about that. But I am not glad about the fact that I am having them again.
The only thing I can think of that could be causing them is lack of sleep. I haven’t slept much the last week or so because Sandi has been out of commission for a that time and I have had to pick up quite a bit of other responsibilities that she would normally handle.
To offset the time I spend doing things that I wouldn’t normally do I stay up later to accomplish the things that I need to do. Like code for work. Or better, code for clients.
But that makes mornings almost unbearable, and as of late, very painful.
See these are not normal headaches. These are the kind of headaches that make your eyes feel heavy. They feel like there are a thousand strings attached to the bottom of your brain that get pulled on every time your body moves.
They are the kind of headaches that when you stand up you can hear your heartbeat just below your forehead. They hurt. Bad.
A few days ago I had a headache like this one and it eventually went away. At about 6:00 in the evening. Yeah, 12 hours of pounding from the inside of the your cranial cavity is enough to drive anyone insane. I still think I am a little crazy from the last one.
I am just hoping that this one doesn’t last that long. Because honestly it sucks. And with a wife that is just now becoming able to sleep I have five very loud and needy kids that are not going to change who they are just because daddy doesn’t feel good.
Pray for me. I am going to need it.
Ubuntu 8.04 was recently released out of beta. I have been awaiting this release for some time now because this release marks the first time since I can remember in which a Linux OS live install CD came with an installer that actually installs Linux as a Windows application.
So as soon as 8.04 came out of beta I downloaded it. I installed it today. And everything worked as cool as a cucumber out of the box. Except the wireless connection.
A brief search on Google turned up a great tutorial on getting Ubuntu 8.04 to work with a Broadcom wireless adapter on an HP dv6000 series computer. Seeing as my machine is a zv6000 I figured following the instructions was at least worth a shot.
I followed the instructions in the tutorial verbatim with two exceptions. The first is that the apt-get install build-essential did not work. For some reason apt could not find the package so instead I went to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager and searched for “build essential”, selected it and installed it through the package manager.
The second exception is that I installed the firmware using sudo, which the tutorial did not do.
These are the steps I took:
# these bits handle getting, unpacking and making the broadcom firmware cutter
$ wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
$ tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
$ cd b43-fwcutter-011
$ cd ..
# These bits snag and install the firmware for the card
$ wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2
$ tar xjf broadcom-wl-22.214.171.124.tar.bz2
$ cd broadcom-wl-126.96.36.199/kmod
$ sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
After running the above processes I rebooted the computer and BINGO! My wireless card started and I was able to connect to my wireless network without incident.
I hope this helps. And I have to give mad props to the original writer of the tutorial, who goes by the name “Christopher” on his blog.
The other day I got the bright idea to sign up for Skype. After all, I am a geek by trade and almost all geeks have a Skype account. Not wanting to feel left out I jumped on the bandwagon.
So I went to Staples and bought a Skype optimized headset from Logitech. It didn’t really work (the mic was way to short for my fat face) so I returned it and went to Best Buy where everyone knows the best electronics and computer equipment is sold.
While there a headset from Microsoft caught my attention. It was the LifeChat LX 3000 and it looked pretty appealing.
Now before you call me a hypocrite know that the reason I chose Microsoft is that M$ has a way of making things that work with their own OS really well. I thought that since they made the headset it should work really well.
But not how I would have wanted it to.
See I installed Windows Live Messenger (because you have to install that before you install the software that drives the headset) then installed the headset driver software. Then I connected the headset. And turned on the sound.
The sound played. Through the speakers on my laptop. I did what the instructions in the headset manual said to do. But the sound still came from my computer rather than through my headset.
So I called M$ tech support and after about 30 minutes of trying to talk with a guy named Winston (Yeah right, his real was Sunil) I found out that the headset is designed in such a way as to become your default speakers. Yes, you heard that right. Microsoft expects you to use this headset as your default sound output handler. WTF?
After Sunil, er, Winston, remoted into my laptop and reset a bunch of settings to get the headset to play the sound, I told him I was going to remove the headset from the computer so I could listen to music from my computer. He told me I couldn’t do that without undoing all of the changes he just made. I told him I didn’t want to have to use the headset all the time but only when I wanted to make phone calls. He told me that was fine. As long as I changed my settings every time I connected the headset to my computer.
Yes, the headset went straight back to Best Buy where I promptly traded them for a Plantronics headset. Which works as expected.