Well that was painless

Removal/Archive (tarballs) of all non-personal web data – Done.
Export of old site to WXML – Done.
Complete re-install from scratch – Done (including removal of /weblog, with symlink).
Re-import of old post etc data from old site – Done.
Minor copies over – Done.

Still need to get brand new plugins and install them from scratch too. But so far looks good.

Heck of a thing to do, but I honestly cannot trust the old site data after the hack attempt last Dec (that also took out Mysterium at the time).

I still need to sit down and do export/archives of any lingering MySQL databases – there are far too many at this point.

EDIT – Looks like I’ve lost my Links in the import.  Not a huge loss, will work on that later.

EDIT #2 – And now a RewriteRule to remove /weblog altogether (so that MystBlogs et al can see me, I think).  Mostly there, still need to track down a couple plugins.


Hurricane Irene – Landfall

As of about 40 minutes ago (5:30 AM US/EDT), Irene’s ‘eye’ landed in the area. We’ve had serious rain since about 11 PM last night, but compared to other storms this has been just a bunch of rain and wind. Both Gloria and Floyd were severe thunderstorms; we’ve not had that here. Still got power too, which is impressive – seems like this neighborhood will lose power if someone sneezes sometimes (ironic for it being within sight of a major PSE&G power plant).

Hell, just the week before we had some serious thunderstorms, with really impressive lightning. All of it short-duration of course, not this huge thing that’s going to last nearly a day and a half. :P

That’s not to say things are done here; Flash flood warning just popped up, which is normal for the area. Still worried if the car’s been hit by anything (I moved it before things got dark, hopefully that’s helped). And with the storm surge in NYC, I’m also very worried about the storage area I still have in Hoboken (it’s on the 2nd floor of that building).

Also, there’s the fun item about NYC’s mass transit going to be offline until ‘well into monday’ per the Mayor. Going to be interesting for work; Will the NYSE and other markets be open or not?

Still keeping my fingers crossed.


Hurricane Irene – Approach

[Update 4 PM – just checked that I can access the site with a blackberry app, so if power goes out I can still update. Otherwise no change yet, we’re expecting the real stuff to start around 9 PM and continue until next morning. –TSK]

[1:15 PM] The northern edge of Irene has made it here to Ridgefield. So far its just some sporadic rain, but is expected to be worse of course.

At the moment, we’re expecting it to hit our area early on Sunday. If that’s the case I may still be able to make it in to work on time (and, depending on power issues, will probably be tempting regardless).

I do have some supplies, both normal and ’emergency’ (freeze dried meals). My desk and dresser (both directly under one of the windows) have been cleared off. I had planned to move the computer anyway, so I’ve an excuse to dismantle and move the PC now.

The live announcement by NJ’s governor was shown by Fox just now, and since it sounds like things will pick up soon, I’ll probably go out and get one last eat.

So far, have not seen anything worse than normal from wind or rain perspective here. We’re in good shape still.


Upgrade and Site Collapse

Since its been awhile (and I have tonight off), I decided to upgrade my site to latest WP. Though I eventually got it done, it was a bit rocky on the way there – on par with a previous upgrade failure.

The main source of the problem (so far) appears to be an SEO plugin that I installed a while ago; As I wasn’t really doing anything with it, it got tossed. All the main components (including my two main spam preventors) are still there though, so for now I’m happy.

I can’t thank the SimpleScripts installer enough in making rollbacks easy. Probably would have spent the rest of the night getting to this point. ;)

Oh, in the process I’ve dropped the old (blog.txt) theme. The WordPress folks have a pretty decent ‘starter’ theme now, which loaded faster too.

Now the only outstanding issue is to get ZenPhotoPress back in action [Fixed, but slow]. And maybe get a replacement banner pic for the one this theme includes.


Tron Legacy

Good morning!

Sitting in theater waiting for midnight showing to start.

Nice bonus – paid for normal one and was sent to the 3D one. Hope its worth it…

Moving? Yep.

I mentioned this in CyanChat over the weekend, so figured it would be a good idea to repeat here.

I’m in the process of moving again (not sure if a ‘finally’ would fit as well ;). Not exactly a light decision, but it does feel a bit hurried (and, in some respects, it is). Still, Craig found the place, its much closer to work (though farther away from family) and is over twice the floor space for about $700 less per month.

So far the only concerns I have are electrical (the place in question is old enough to only have two-prong plugs) and parking (the street has cleaning restrictions on Mon morning); Still working those out.

The first set of boxes have already started to stage themselves at the new place, and once again I’m being hit with the ‘fun’ of packing (and realizing how entrenched you get after ten years).

More on this later, as I deal with it. :)



Note to self: Don’t pay off the car loan on a full moon, or near it. :p

(Don’t worry, it – and I – am OK, just annoyed at what happened today.)


PS – And yes, the 2010 weblog posts are a *bit* thin nowadays. Thinking about how to fix that; Maybe focus more on EvE-centered activities for awhile…

Accutane News Item

I’ve stumbled onto an short news item regarding the acne medicine Accutane. Quote is from Myway’s news section, as an AP newswire (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100217/D9DTLS5O3.html).

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey jury has hit the pharmaceutical company that makes Accutane with a $25.16 million judgment in a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who blamed the drug for his inflammatory bowel disorder.

Thirty-eight-year-old Andrew McCarrell of Moody, Ala., took the acne drug in his 20s. He says Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. failed to adequately warn of its side effects. McCarrell eventually had his colon removed.

The compensatory damages award came Tuesday in a retrial. An appeals court overturned a $2.6 million judgment he won in May 2007.

Hoffmann-La Roche stopped selling the drug in June 2009. It cited generic competition and the cost of defending against lawsuits, which have sought to blame the drug for suicidal behavior and birth defects.

The Nutley, N.J.-based company says it will appeal.

What I find most interesting is that they finally stopped selling it, and that it took so long to get to this point. I’ve taken Accutane three times over the years, with varying degrees of success. But like some patients, it affected me mentally and I had refused taking it since then. It also only took about 5 or so years after taking it for some of my acne to come back to previous levels, though not as much on the face as it used to in the past.

I’m actually having better success these days with colloidal silver (ingested and topical) as well as tea tree oil (topical), though both are painfully slow. At least they’re natural, and the tea tree oil does have pleasing scent to it. Still need to be careful with them though.


Great Backup Quote

Ran across a great quote regarding backups, in the book ‘Python for Unix and Linux System Administration:’

. . . when you are dealing with backups, treat them like nuclear weapons, as backups are fraught with danger in ways you might not even imagine.

That’s pretty much sums up my last ten years at work. :)