Initial Setup

I used Softaculous for a quick clean install of D7. A simple copy from backup of various directories (gallery, images, sites) plus the .htaccess file allowed quick setup of the gallery (unharmed in my database debacle) and the site banner image.

Overnight, a bunch of jerks tried setting up logins for the site, but they were blocked awaiting Admin approval. This morning I deleted them all, changed settings so only Admin may add users and eliminated the login block in the left sidebar.

Next I will set up a couple of views and some menu items.

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Rebuilding the Site

A few weeks ago I taught myself another lesson on the need for backups when I deleted the MySQL database behind this site. No backup, no database, no site.

So, in parallel with rebuilding the site, I am also writing a set of cron routines that will use mysqldump to make scheduled copies of all the databases. Then I can download these for offsite copies.

Aargh!

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D7 Upgrade - 4/23/11

Very frustrating day.

Followed the Upgrade.txt steps, but when finally at step 13, visit upgrade.php, I got the error message:

"Drupal 7 requires PHP 5.2.4 or higher with the PHP Data Objects (PDO) extension enabled."

Round and round. Checked the host site to make sure php and PDO were there. php -i reported php 5.2.13 and PDO extensions for mysql working. Googled all over but got nothing but dead ends. Changed the connection info to look like D7 settings.php, but that did nothing.

D7 Upgrade - 4/22/11

I made slow progress today, mostly because of my unfamiliarity with the tools greengeeks (my web host) gave me.

Upgrade to drupal 7

Drupal 7 came out months ago. I've been waiting to see if any issues came up, but I think I've waited long enough.

Drupal 7 comes with a detailed Upgrade.txt file plus lots of online documentation to supplement it. That said, it looks like there will be a fair amount to consider, so I will start with this rather simple blog. After getting my feet wet with this site, I can then start to work through the much more complex site for arboretumfriends.org.

New iPad2

I got an iPad2 a couple of weeks ago and have been using it pretty heavily both at home and at work, looking for any limitations. So far, they are pretty few and far between.

The iPad is an excellent communicator. Safari is a fine browser, though the lack of flash is something of a nuisance (can't apple's tech wizards figure out how to make flash play in a sandbox?). Bookmarking works, albeit differently than on my MacBook.

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Using GreenGeeks Web Hosting

I signed last evening up with GreenGeeks web hosting to handle my various websites.

Several things pushed me away from self-hosting:

Using HoudahGeo to Geocode Lightroom Images

I have a reasonably large collection of images catalogued in Adobe Lightroom (version 2.6 at time of this writing), but only a very few of them geocoded.

Jamaica Slide Show

Here is a slideshow from our trip to Jamaica in March, 2009. We stayed in a nice house on the Tryall Golf Club about 20 mi. west of Montego Bay. As always, it was beautiful and very enjoyable.

Last "On War" Column

William S. Lind has written the "On War" blog for a number of years. He published what may be his last column, On War #326, Finis this week.

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