Yes yes it’s been ages and ages since I’ve posted here. The primary reason is laziness. The secondary reason is that Emma and I have started a new blog: It Never Snowed, which is documenting our family adventure to Bangalore for a two-year assignment. See you there, and hope you enjoy it
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Sorry about the strangeness of the site over the past few days, readers. It seems that my ownership of the domain had expired – when you renew every 5 years it’s easy to forget. So a bit of scrambling around and some tech support from a friend, and we’re back in business. I’m sure you missed my dashing wit.
You hopefully can’t tell, but I’ve just upgraded m’WordPress installation to the latest version – 2.7. It’s a slightly cumbersome but not particularly difficult process involving a mixture of database backing up and FTP file manipulation. You just need to concentrate so that you don’t overwrite the wrong things. Apparently from now on it’ll be a one-click process so it should be much easier for the less technically inclined.
Anyway you shouldn’t be able to tell, but let me know if anything seems different or broken.
Just doing some geekery – trying to get the PC upstairs to work (Windows keeps freezing and I have no idea why – at the moment it’s almost completely unusable, and even re-installing doesn’t seem to be working); upgrading WordPress for this blog to keep it clean and fresh; and posting up pics of Toby and Dara. Here are the pictures – enjoy!
This is a blog milestone – the 1000th post on andrew.mogendorff.com! The first posts were in July 2001 (the first one complaining about the weather, I see) and I’m quite proud that I’ve kept this going for so long. Yay, me.
Emma and I finally got new phones this week. We upgraded from old basic nokia handsets to very nice blackberry pearl phones and so far I am very impressed. This is my first ‘smart’ phone and it is excellent to have such good integration with my calendar and gmail. In fact the post you are reading now is being typed on the phone – how exciting for you I’m sure only 7 years after mobile blogging was invented.
If you’re on the main page of this blog and you scroll down and look at the sidebar on the right, you’ll see the little clustrmap picture, which shows approximately where in the world visitors to these humble pages are viewing them (these humble pages with horribly mangled grammar). You can also click here or on the map itself for a closer look.
Reason for mentioning it is that I just noticed I now have had visitors from all the major continents except Antarctica. I hadn’t noticed the blips from South America or Africa before. How exotic! Also in case you’re wondering who is viewing from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that would be our Bermudian visitors.
You probably won’t notice much diff, but I just spent 15 satisfyingly, but not too complexly, geeky minutes upgrading WordPress from 2.1 to 2.2. Apparently there are some good things in WordPress 2.2 – basically as far as I can tell it continues to be seamless, and it just works great.
As far as the blog itself goes the backup produced a text file of over 1.6 Mb – that’s a lot of typing over the last six years.
Hope you still like what I’m doing here – please let me know, and also let me know if you see any technical issues with the upgrade.
I got a note from Amazon.com today saying that they’re rolling out a beta service to Amazon Associates, which should automatically detect web page content and build a quick link to their site. So you might see some new links – I think that if you hover your mouse pointer over the links it’ll show a small pop-up window describing what they’re going to try to sell to you.