Dec 04 2010

Bluehost know of problem.After…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 5:21 pm

Bluehost know of problem.After e-mailing four different tech support agents,finally found one who was able to read tracert reports.fix soon.

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Nov 21 2010

WTF 2 Music Video

Category: VideosChrisM @ 1:15 am

Just a quick post with the video to Jon Lajoie’s “WTF Collective 2”. It contains a little bit of NSFW language, but if you’re using headphones or have the speakers turned down reasonably low, you should be fine. It is worth searching for other videos by Jon Lajoie, though other tracks fear a higher percentage of not suitable for work lyrics.

By the way you may have noticed this blog is still unavailable sometimes. Since the 16th the server this blog is hosted on has been the target of a DDoS attack. Bluehost aren’t able to move me to a different box, nor have their actions so far resulted in the attack being stopped. Basically, if you see this site down, try again a bit later and it should be OK.

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Oct 27 2010

Please Tell Your Friends

Category: WordPressChrisM @ 8:21 pm

Next in this series of posts describing the plug-ins I use on my various sites is the ShareThis plug-in (I’ve linked directly to the WordPress specific section of the site, to read more about the system in general, just click their logo at the top of the page). Although no longer activated on this blog, I keep it installed, and on the other more niche orientated web sites, it is active.
Even if you don’t happen to use Social Bookmarking/Networking sites a lot yourself it is quite likely that your visitors do. I suppose if you only ever write about Max Bygraves albums, then perhaps your average reader doesn’t fall within the typical market sector that use reddit, stumbleupon or twitter, however it can’t hurt to try it out.
The plugin adds an expanding area to the bottom of each of your posts, which contains links to whichever schemes you hope your readers will submit the post to. For example, if a visitor finds your post very informative, they have the option to submit the URL to facebook or twitter or digg, with some of the fields pre-filled. You can also use the data collected to check some statistics about your visitors. To be honest, the plug-in didn’t see much use on this site, and as I was having problems with CPU throttling from Bluehost at one point, I disabled any plug-ins that I couldn’t justify keeping live.

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Jul 03 2009

Site Up And Running Again

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 4:26 am

My thanks to EricW who works for Bluehost Live Support. Following some changes to the server, I encountered multiple error messages when trying to access, and later use the admin side of, this site.
The previous two agents seemed a little more confused in comparison, but following Eric’s help, the site was available again, and the memory errors displayed when I edited/published a post were indeed down to a plugin.
Anyway, the last four posts mark the end of this night’s work – I’m heading to bed in a moment. We have another five posts or so before we catch up to photos of Anna in Kazakhstan, and so in a week or two, we should finally be up to date and posting live pictures 🙂

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Jun 20 2009

Amsterdam 2007 Photos – Finally

Category: Amsterdam,Friends,Personal,PicturesChrisM @ 12:58 am

OK, the 2008 Amsterdam picture series was started back on 10th February this year, just 11 days before Anna was born. Here, finally are the 2007 photos, from my previous trip to Amsterdam. This time Irina did not come, but AlexC and ChrisD met up with me there, and we shared an apartment for four days (21/9/2007 – 24/9/2007).

I’ve checked Lemming was fine with his mug up in public in the 2008 series of pictures, and I’ve blurred anyone else who looked like they might want it. Though in these 2007 pictures, I’m only aware of one person from the forums being involved.

21st April

Stix near our apartment. 1st visit I think of the trip. We have our friend Chris on the left, AlexC on the right, me hiding behind, and a random local behind:) I’ve checked, and any photos presented on the front page, as opposed to behind a ‘click here to read more’ type link, will not be displaying any Dutch herbs, as I don’t want to put off advertisers.

Amsterdam Chris Merriman AlexC ChrisD 2007

The two below are the scene outside the entrance to our apartment. It belonged to Hotel Amstelzicht, just down the road. Yes, I got a bit distracted in Photoshop when I returned, and had a go at making these two shots a little different to the normal point’n’click affairs presented on this blog.
Amsterdam Chris Merriman AlexC ChrisD 2007
Amsterdam Chris Merriman AlexC ChrisD 2007

Right, thats your lot for now, I’ve no idea whether these posts will total a series of 13 again, I need to try and keep load times down on the front page for this blog, as Bluehost seem to be having another go-slow on my server 🙁

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Jun 15 2009

Wa-hey.Sites back up. Fair pla…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 9:45 pm

Wa-hey.Sites back up.
Fair play2Bluehost,once their Legal department were in(office hrs only),took all of 2 minutes.
Won’t Be naughty again.

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Jun 14 2009

All my sites are down. Bluehos…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 1:59 pm

All my sites are down. Bluehost finally noticed a few files I had stored on FTP for personal use. 30 hours until any chance of reactivation.

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Jun 07 2009

Weekend Update

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 5:03 pm

We are over at the in-laws right now, packing up our stuff to take home. Hopefully we’ll be meeting up with Walton to take Anna to the park, and perhaps grab a bite to eat.
The Xbox updates are still not appearing regularly or in order, so I’ll need to work on that. The entrecard widget will be removed when the current advertiser’s slot is complete, as I find the scheme is no longer generating anything like enough traffic to be worth it. Also Bluehost seem to have reliability and speed problems once more, this last week, so I seriously need to look into alternative hosting companies.
Anyway, Anna is doing just fine, our main PC has just been upgraded/complicated to triple-booting Vista now, as well as XP and Ubuntu, and I really appreciate the air-con we have back in our flat – Kazakhstan is warming up pretty well already.

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Mar 31 2009

All sites back up.Need2check i…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 8:14 am

All sites back up.Need2check if firestats can be set2auto-archive to e-mail/file older entries&save any MySQL-based shutdowns from bluehost.

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Mar 28 2009

Timeout Warnings And Stat. Drops

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 1:15 am

Looks like some server downtime & prolonged CPU usage issues with bluehost caused the unique visitors in a rolling 24 hour period to dip down 400 compared to last weeks average. If any regular readers experience problems, do drop me a line. Thanks.


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