Geek broke too

Geek blog broke last week too, after I upgraded this blog to the latest WordPress. This was because I tried to be smart and save space by linking both installation to the same common files, since they were both WP blogs. When I updated the stats plugins I was quite surprised, which shows Geek was averaging 100+ hits per week. Looks like a good number, but I’m guessing most are just spammers. As it allowed anonymous comments 99.5% of them are just spam.

I hope nothing else breaks.

stats stats stats

i had been trying to get WordPress stats to work the whole of today. I suspect I twiddled a little too much with WP that some things just don’t work anymore. So I got a fresh copy installed and pointed it at my existing database. Seems to work so far.

Now I just have to restore any funny things I added previously.

Anyway this theme looks like it’s a bit too fancy for me. But I think it’s OK to just let go once in a while. I’ll just scout around for something clean, simple and elegant later. For now, let me see if the darn stats is working.


Webhost isn’t doing very well recently. Had some downtime, and ping responses are getting bad. Bundled with the bloating WordPress with each version upgrade, I may have to take action soon. But I do like the features of this host, if only the quality could be better.

Flickr fun


Originally uploaded by xen3

Yep, below was an automatic test blog post sent by Flickr. This, on the other hand, is a real test post sent from Flickr by me, using the “Blog This” feature on Flickr.

What a paradox.

photo album

With my camera phone I start to have more random photos. I’ve just created accounts with photoape and Flickr, but I’m currently uploading to Flickr, cos it has a mobile interface for uploading. Apparently Flickr has some integration with WordPress blogs as well. But it has a 100mb/mth upload limit. Maybe I should try photobucket too.

I hope to get one that’s free, allows mobile uploading, and hotlinking from my blog. One with maximal bandwidth and space will be good too.

In the meantime here’s a hotlink test from Flickr.

Blog’s back

The blog is back, and using a newer version. I’m still not sure what happened to the old one. But I’ve managed to link up a few directories across the new blogs and saved some disk space. Now I still need a good mobile blog plugin and a good stats plugin.

In the meantime, let there be snow.

blog spoil

My blog went down immediately after my last post, and it’s sort of not really up yet. I’ve yet to pinpoint the root cause, but I’m suspecting it’s The weird part is the other blogs and forums hosted together are fine. Maybe it’s time to “reformat” the blog.

Blog Upgrade

After one long year of WordPress it’s time for an upgrade. This year seems to be a year of change for me as events trigger me to do things I’ve procrastinated since last year. angdao just discovered my protected posts are not showing up even when authenticated. So some of my posts have not been appearing to people even after they log in.

I’ll probably start the upgrade tonight, and hope that everything will still be here after the upgrade. It’s a rather huge version jump so I’m not even sure if I can restore all my customizations…

OpenID again

Managed to find a much better OpenID plugin than the one I was using. This one addresses the two main problems I had with the previous plugin. Previously it was necessary to modify theme files in order to work, so it means I’ll have difficulty upgrading, or even just using another theme. Also the previous plugin did not create WP users, so I couldn’t use the post-levels effectively.

Another secondary issue was that the previous plugin included an OpenID server, which conflicts with the one I had already setup. This new one is a pure consumer, so I am able to use back the original server, which allows me to login during the redirect instead of simply prompting ‘I must be logged in at WP to use my OpenID’.

However this plugin seems to be still in its early stages (v0.85), and I had problems activating it initially. I had to deactivate and activate it again before it installs successfully. There’s also a border around the OpenID logo if you use particular themes. Hopefully functionality-wise it’ll work just as fine as previously. Time will tell.

Note to existing OpenID users: To authenticate yourself now, you will need to enter your full OpenID URL. For LJ users that is “” without the quotes.