Archive for September, 2009

V the T.V. series

September 25th, 2009

v

V is for The Visitors

Way, way back in 1983 a T.V. miniseries simply titled “V” was released. The series depicted aliens coming to earth and becoming friends with humans. It was later discovered that they were carnivorous reptiles that were planning on eating humans. The series was watched by millions of people and spawned a sequel titled “V The Final Battle”. There was also a short lived T.V. series titled “V The Series”

Flash Forward to 2009

“V” is being remade into a new T.V. series that is, so far, getting rave reviews.

E! Online rated the pilot episode “on a scale of 1 to 10, we give it an 11. V is the best pilot we’ve seen in, well, forever.”
The website Seat42F rated the pilot episode A+, applauding its cast and effects and naming it one of the best pilots in years.
USA Today’s Robert Bianco named V on his list of the top ten new shows, stating that the remake is well-made and “quickly establishes its own identity.”

Current premise: (as found on Wikipedia)

Giant spaceships appear over all major cities of the world, the alien “Visitors” claiming to come in peace. As some humans begin to doubt the sincerity of the Visitors, Homeland Security agent Erica Evans discovers that the aliens have spent decades infiltrating human governments and businesses and are now in the final stages of their plan to take over the planet. Erica joins the resistance movement, which includes Ryan, a Visitor sleeper agent who wants to save humanity. However, the aliens have won favor among the people of Earth by curing a variety of diseases, and have recruited Earth’s youth, including Erica’s son, to serve unknowingly as spies.

Here is an embeddable “V” series trailer from ABC and Clearspring.com

Widgets Lab is back!

September 23rd, 2009

Ming

First of all, I want to say Thanks to Ming!

When all else had failed and I had pretty much given up hope, Ming stepped in to save the day.

Back story:
For the last three plus months you may have noticed some intermittent server issues with Widgets Lab. These were due in large part to the ceaseless efforts of the spammers of the world. See, I felt confident that I had a handle on the spam comments because I was using the Askimet plug-in for Word Press.
Askimet is the cats meow…except for one small aspect that I had overlooked. Askimet saved every spam comment that it had ever blocked. This is just shy of 3 years worth of comment spam totalling 1,784,437 actual spam comments.

In mid to late August my web host told me that I needed to find a new hosting company. This is fine. So I looked around, asked a few people and settled on HostMonster.com . I set up the account, viewed some tutorials for transferring/migrating a Word Press blog to a new host and jumped in.

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The fun starts.
I went ahead and created the Word Press Export file that they tell you to create. Then I went to the new “Vanilla” Word Press installation I had created on the new host and tried to import my Word Press (.xml) file that I had just created. I noticed that there was a 2mb limit on the upload. I thought this was strange because there was no displayed limit on the creation of the export file. I found out that there is a limit. (at least for me there was) The file terminated at 23mb (ouch!)
I obviously could not upload a 23mb file when there is a 2mb upload limit. So I used the HostMonster Live Chat feature. The tech was kind enough to edit a .ini file to allow for the 23mb file…thank you!
When uploading was done and I could log into the Word Press dashboard…I discovered I was missing almost an entire year’s posts. (Nov. 08 to present) time to freak out!

FAIL

Most of what happened the next 24 hours is a blur. I tried every idea that came to me to fix this issue. Nothing worked out. I even decided to pick up with what I had left and just start posting again. So the first thing I did was to verify which plug-ins were operating that I absolutely needed and then I went and deleted all them pesky spam comments…something broke.

Widgets Lab is “Jailed”
Whether it was activating a plugin or deleting the spam comments or something I’ll never know…Widgets Lab was put into whats called “Jailed” by the server/host. Jailed means the website is eating way more computer resources (from the server) that its fair share. So it is then restricted to only consume its fair share which slows down the site to an absolute crawl. This of course, was unacceptable. So…I opted to just start from the very beginning. Zero posts…only the Widgets Lab theme was available.

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Ming to the rescue

Ming, the author of Stickiwidgets.com noticed something was up with Widgets Lab and emailed me about it. I told him the story of the failed export/import and suspected quantity of spam hosing up the works. He offered to see if he could help in some way. I of course agreed.  (remember…all hope was lost at this point)

Ming required access to the various backups, new and old servers etc… and to my absolute and utter amazement, he restored Widgets Lab to its former glory. In fact, I believe it has never been faster. All posts, pages, comments (minus 1.7 million spam) images, themes, etc. What really blew me away was that it only took him a couple of hours tops to get it all done.

WOW! Thank You Ming

Visit Ming over at Stickiwidgets.com , I’m sure he would like to see you.
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Official Beatles Widget

September 23rd, 2009

Apparently Clearspring has deleted the Official Beatles widget.

The Official Beatles Widget – Personalise your Beatles widget by selecting your favourite theme from the 13 albums and start adding your favourite photos, videos & songs. The more content your store, the more Sgt Pepper stripes you receive!

Official Beatles Widget

Digsby Chat widget

September 3rd, 2009

Here is a cool chat widget that ties directly into your Digsby account. You can instantly receive messages from your blog without even being there. You will need the Digsby chat client installed on your Windows based computer. I don’t currently use Digsby, simply because I have migrated to Linux and Digsby doesn’t currently support Linux or Mac.

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