This is a warning that my websites will be down from April 2nd, 2014 at 9:00PM CDT – April 3rd, 2014 at 7:00AM CDT. At least that is the maintenance window Surpass Hosting has told me. This is to perform a server move to newer hardware. The IP address of the server will also change which might cause some DNS related issues. The following sites that I have here will be affected:
www.markheadrick.com (main website)
blog.markheadrick.com (my blog, duh!)
gallery.markheadrick.com (my photo gallery)
plus.markheadrick.com (redirect to Google+ account)
www.pelicar.info (that book/dice role-playing game me and some friends created)
forum.pelicar.info (forum for said game)
www.mysstie.com (EverQuest II character’s site)
gallery.mysstie.com (EverQuest II screenshots)
www.companyofvalor.org (old EverQuest I guild I was leader of)
mhurl.com (URL shortening thing I use with blog)
markrh.com (redirect to www.markheadrick.com)
mrheadrick.com (redirect to www.markheadrick.com)
I think that’s all of them LOL. Hopefully it will all go smooth. If not, uhhh… I will not be a happy camper. I will be backing up all my databases and files before it happens just in case. Much of it I already have on my PC because that’s where most of it originated in the first place. As much as I trust them, you just never know.
Started getting my NASCAR page ready for the 2014 season. Added a link to an image of the 2014 Sprint Cup Schedule and took Mark Martin off since he’s retired from driving. Thinking about getting rid of the NASCAR videos since I very rarely add any new ones it seems, or I could just start adding newer videos during the 2014 season. My Firefox Configuration page is always getting updated with the latest changes I’ve made to it. Finally, had to change my menu on the left to reflect GetGlue’s change to TvTag.
Well, I’ve updated my blog to WordPress v3.8.1. As with my previous update to v3.8, clicking the update button in the admin section was failing. The browser would just spin its wheels. This time I was determined to find out why and eventually I did. To make a long story short for the sake of this post, it turned out to be a setting on the network card of my webhost’s server that was causing file transfers to the server to be slower than normal (even when FTPing to it). This was causing the blog to timeout during the transfer of the update from WordPress.org. After Surpass made the adjustment to the server, the update worked fine. For those that want a more detailed account of what I was going through, you can read this Update to 3.8.1 could not establish a secure connection to WordPress.org thread I made on the WordPress forum.
The one thing that thread doesn’t go into is that since WordPress 3.7, they added an automatic update process. Since it now actually works, I’ve disabled it. I do not like automatic updates of anything except for virus definitions on my PC (I have Windows automatic updates disabled for instance). Anyway, to disable automatic updates, add the following to your /wp-config.php file:
I’ve updated the Pelicar Forum to SMF v2.0.7. This update was much less eventful than my blog’s update. I just backed up the file structure and database like any other update and installed the update via the package manager. As always, I tested the update with the development/testing version that’s on my PC first.
Well, that’s all I can think of for now. If anything else comes to mind I’ll add to this or include it in a February 2014 list of changes.
Just wanted to wish everyone a MerryChristmas for 2013! There’s some cruddy weather in many places so everyone take it easy out there and stay safe as well. Oh, the Christmas tree on the left is one of mine in EverQuest II.
I’m including one of my favorite Christmas Lights to Wizards in Winter music videos again. I hope you enjoy it!
At the beginning of this month, GetGlue finally killed their old (and better IMO) website which also had the side-effect of killing off their widgets which ran from that site. So, I had to remove their widgets from all the places where I used them. I guess they don’t want the free publicity anymore. This also means that you can no longer check-in to topics or music artists as the new site only does tv shows, movies, and sporting events. If that weren’t bad enough, they also cancelled the sending out of physical stickers. Not much reason to even use them anymore. I guess on the bright side, my sites load a little faster now LOL. Heh..
Update December 14, 2013: WordPress released version 3.8 and I’ve updated the blog to that version. This time wasn’t as smooth as my browser just sat there after clicking the Update button in the admin section. A PHP error was also generated about it having problems with wordpress.org. I suspect the server was timing out or there was too much packet-loss or other internet connectivity issues between my webhost server and wordpress.org. So, I had to do the old-fashioned manual upgrade, which I suppose in some respects is probably a safer way to do things. This also installed a new default theme called Twenty Fourteen. I’ll be playing around with it locally to see if I want to use it or not. If I make it act/look like what I have now, then there’s kinda no point in using it LOL.
In addition to the removal of the GetGlue widget, I changed the font my theme was using after I discovered how horrible it looked on my parent’s Windows XP system. The text was washed out and multicolored looking. To make a long story short, the Twenty Twelve theme loads an external custom “Open Sans” font from Google which looks like crap on Windows XP from the internet searches I did. After some digging around for a solution I was able to disable this custom font use by adding the following to my child theme’sfunctions.php file:
For the moment my theme now uses the following fonts (which were in the same font-family the theme was originally using minus the “Open Sans” reference):