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Miscellaneous internet related stuff

Google Chrome is out of beta.  Gmail, which is significantly older than Chrome in internet terms, is still in beta.  (Hat tip to Brad Boydston for the observation.)  I don’t understand the “beta” stage, especially for Gmail.  Millions of people have been using it for years, is there really still a question that it works properly?

I just reinstalled Chrome.  I wasn’t that impressed with it when it was first released.  It was fast and simple, but I didn’t like anything else about it (such as how it handled bookmarks and the lack of add-ons).  Firefox is still my preferred browser, but at home I’ve been using Opera so that Dixie and I don’t have to keep signing into our respect online accounts.  Opera claims to be the fastest browser around.  That may well be.  I like Opera, but it still doesn’t feel like a good fit.  And it has issues with iGoogle and various other online apps I use.  So it’s back to Chrome for now.

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As I was typing in the URL for Wikipedia and didn’t notice that I misspelled it.  It took me to a website for bedding or something (I didn’t stick around to find out).  Are the days of accidentally stumbling upon adult content behind us?  There was a time I was terrified of misspelling an URL for fear of where I might end up.  This stems from a time in my early years of web-browsing when I sent my brother a handful of links for gaming websites to download demos.  He emailed me back to inform me that every link I sent him was an adult website.  I was mortified.  I turns out I had entered one too many letters or one too few in the URL or pluralized a letter I shouldn’t have.  It was embarrassing.  So I paid careful attention to my spelling in address bars (and increased my use of cut-and-paste).

I suspect wide use of Google helps.  Back in the day I would occasionally (don’t know if anyone else did) sometimes just type in www dot something related to what I was looking for dot com.  A person looking for the website for the Friends sitcom would intuitively type in “friends dot com”.  Apparently, at that time anyway, friends.com was an adult website.  I don’t think people type in random URLs so much any more.  I certainly don’t.

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It appears as if del.icio.us is no longer, but now goes with the much easier delicious.com.

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I reinstalled WordPress last night in order to make it easier to upgrade in the future.  This reinstall moves me from uploading upgrade files to just clicking one button to upgrade.

Just to be safe I backed up my database in three different ways: creating an SQL file through phpMyAdmin; creating a zipped backup file right from WordPress using a backup plugin; and exporting my blog from WordPress (XML file).

When I had reinstalled WP, I imported the SQL database file.  It said it was successful, but nothing showed up on the blog.  Then I tried importing it to a different database.  That completely screwed up the site.

The lesson: I don’t know how to upload SQL databases.

Next up was the WordPress XML export file.  I new that would work, because I did an export/import of this blog over to vandersluys.wordpress.com.  That export/import worked well, except that it buggered up my category and tag links as well having a comment count of 0 on every post (but comments were, in fact, there).  I was willing to work with that problem as long as I could get my blog back up.  It worked and categories and tags were fine.  Comment count on all posts: 0.

I spent almost an hour looking for a solution to this comment count issue, but could find nothing useful.  Then I poked around the database tables for a while.  I thought I had solved the problem because 2 comments showed up, but I soon realized that one of the comments was new since the reinstall.  I tested a theory and, sure enough, new comments returned comment count to the correct number.

I searched a bit more and found a site which gave an incredibly easy solution.  The problem is that WordPress loses count of the comments, so you have to force it to recount.  You can do that either by posting and deleting a comment on every single post or create a .php file with the code from this page and force the recount on every post in seconds.  If you’ve got the comment count problem, check it out.

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This is an award-winning post: first recipient of Most Boring Post Ever.

IE problems — solved…sort of . . . for reals now.

Dixie’s mom has just informed me that my blog doesn’t work in Internet Explorer.  Apparently it has been down for a couple of days.

I’m not sure what the problem is right now.  I removed some widgets from my sidebar a couple of days ago, but I can’t imagine that a widget would have coding in it that would enable it to work in IE.

Any ideas (other than switching browsers)?

UPDATE: I guess it was a theme issue.  Must have been one of my widget changes a couple of days ago.

Enjoy my temporary template with it’s hasty—but clever—personalization.

UPDATE 2: Sheesh.  IE is finicky.  You know what the problem was?  I forgot to close the <title> command in the header.  The other browsers had no problem with this.

But now that that temporary template is out there, I’m tempted to switch permanently.  What did you think, those of you who actually caught a glimpse?  (In case you missed it, here’s a semi-accurate sample page, including some of my hasty personalizing tweeks).

WP 2.* questions

Looks somewhere along the line, WordPress has added a tags function and I can convert my categories into tags if I so choose.  Here are some questions for your WP experts and my readers in general:

1. If I convert my categories to tags, will my categories be deleted?  I’ve looked for the answer to this question on forums, but, quite frankly, forums are possibly the most annoying place to locate any sort of helpful information.

2. Are tags better or preferrable to categories?  I guess categories are somewhat rigid, whereas tags are more flexible (and come with not-so-hip-anymore “tag clouds”.)  The difference between the two is subtle, I think, and I’m not sure I even know the difference.  Since I can assign a post to multiple categories, the difference may even be negligible.

This post I put in the “Life Online” category.  But if I assign tags, they would include “WP”, “WordPress”, “Blogging”, “tags”, “categories”.  Another post dealing with blogging downtime would go into the big “Life Online” category, but it’s tags would be, for example, “admin” and “blogging”, which would give both overlap with this post’s tags, but also give some level of independence to each.

What do you think?

If converting my categories to tags leaves the categories intact, I may just use both for a while.