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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I know a number of bloggers do bullet fridays or bullet sundays, but I do Stuff You Don’t  Want To MISC

WordPress upgrade

I upgraded my blog to the latest released version of WordPress, 2.8.  The upgrade itself went fine (took about 1.5 minutes), but it appears most of the plugins I happen to use cause problems. 

This may make my blog slightly more unreadable than normal.

Most of them cause my dashboard to not display everything that it should.  Take a look here at a before and after:

Some of the plugins make half the page disappear, like above, and others make the entire page disappear.  Even others cause the plugins page to completely fail with Internal Server error 500.

I’m hoping the plugin developers take note and update their plugins.


Last night brought a severe thunderstorm, tornados, hail and all to our area.  For most people, this is not too big of a deal, but in our case it’s a little harder to deal with.  For these reasons:

  1. My wife is still recovering from knee surgery and therefore only has one good leg to use.
  2. My daughter had an MRI Arthogram on her ankle/foot late yesterday afternoon and was on crutches from that procedure.
  3. We live in a double-wide, so high winds by any name usually bring a deep concern

Fortunately, we have nearby relatives in a “real” house, so that’s our place of refuge when events like this occur.  We even heard the tornado sirens in the neighborhood a couple of times.  Had I thought to move the family over about 10 minutes earlier than I did, I would have missed the sheets of rain and hail pelleting me as I moved them out of the house and into the car. 

I was pretty thankful for the umbrella I used, which deflected most of the hail from hitting us in the heads.  Most.

We came back home around 1am after everything died down and we were certain we could move without angering the skies.

Trillian Astra

Not only did I upgrade WordPress, I also upgraded my Trillian multi-protocol chat client from Trillian Pro 3.0 to Trillian Astra.  Astra is the code name for trillian 4.0, and it’s been in Beta for 2+ years.  I’ve been on some form of IM for more than 10 years, so I’ve collected a number of accounts.  Trillian has had it’s issues in the past (for me, it’s usually be CPU-related) but has been a great sidekick for me while I go about my heroic duties in life.

So far, I’d say Astra has everything good that the old version had, and adds some very neat new features.

The interface is pretty slick, too:


Some of the new features it adds that I’m excited about is facebook updates and twitter.  I like that it integrates with Google Talk a little better than before as well.  It also seems faster than the old version.  I went ahead and upgraded my Trillian Pro status for $10 (gets some more features).  Seems more fitting for my Windows 7 system.

Best of LOLcats

One of these is for Confab attendees.  🙂  Can you guess which?







And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. Dave2 says:

    Bullet Sunday? I dunno… that sounds really lame.
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..Zero =-.

  2. Raganator says:

    LOLcats!!!! Best post ever!

    wayne is da man!

    take that Ren!

  3. martymankins says:

    Ok, the first two LOLcats pics are funny.

    As for the WP 2.8 upgrade, I’m going to have to try your methods that were shared in Gtalk yesterday. Seems to take much less time to do all of the backups online vs. the FTP method that I’ve been doing for sometime now.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Literally Challenged =-.

    • whall says:

      martymankins – I should point out that the command line things I showed you did not back up the database. I use phpmyadmin for that, and WP-db-backup plugin. But it still all occurs on the server, which speeds up things tremendously.

  4. Janna says:

    We had storms here too a couple days ago, and it hailed while I was driving home.
    Winds bother me a lot too, for the same reason it bothers you.

    I don’t have a basement or cellar or storm shelter, so when things get bad I either stay here and worry (AKA “play twister roulette”) or drive around (because a moving target is harder to hit).
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..Various Thoughts =-.

    • whall says:

      Janna – is your car ok? And I read your 2nd sentence to really mean that it bothers you that *I* might be in danger, and I appreciate the concern. 🙂

  5. Sybil Law says:

    Wish you’d been at Confab!
    Happy to know you’re safe!
    .-= Sybil Law´s last blog ..Headache =-.

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