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Fly to the Mother

I got a scary call this morning. My mom had been taken to the ER. I won’t go into the details here, but I’ll just say I was quite worried for a few hours and being half a continent away didn’t help. At this point she has been out of the hospital for most of the day, and she is doing much much better. She’ll need a bunch of tests and stuff over the next few days though, and the Doctor said she probably shouldn’t be alone for a bit. So some friends and colleagues of hers are staying with her tonight, and I’m about to head to the airport to spend the rest of the week in Ohio with her to be her driver and to just be there for a bit. Of course at this point she is sure she’ll be completely fine in the morning and none of this is necessary. But I’m still going. I’ll believe all that when I hear it directly from the Doctor. :-)

Partners in Crime


It Is Still Annoying

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Sleep
  • Repub Presidential Candidates
  • Flooding and Tornado and Death
  • Tablets
  • Data Breaches
  • Passwords
  • War Powers

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WTF Familymap?

First time I’ve seen an iPhone app dump like this. Nice. (For the record, not jailbroken, app straight from the app store, has worked fine for ages.)

Everything on OBL

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner… 

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • OBL Recap
  • OBL Kill vs Capture
  • OBL Intelligence
  • OBL and Pakistan
  • OBL and Wikileaks
  • OBL Photos
  • OBL Credit

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Dashboard Up Again Too

Unlike the wiki, I didn’t succeed this weekend in getting ChartDirector working again by myself. But I figured out roughly where the sticking point was (dynamic loading of PHP extensions) and cut a ticket to my host for this stuff (pair.com). A couple of back and forths with them and some additional configuration changes to let me override some new default settings, and my Dashboard (and other graphs I keep but aren’t linked to the main dashboard) are up and running again. Woo!

AbulWiki Up

Upgrade for MediaWiki is done. Only had to figure out a few minor things related to where information about the database password was stored. Anyway, Abulwiki is now up again. How exciting. I probably won’t get to trying to do the same for my graphs by updating ChartDirector until tomorrow. We’ll see. Anyway, one down, one to go. Woo!

Upgrades Grrrr

So, the host I use for my wiki and my graphs (but not this blog) updated their version of PHP within the last 24 hours. This broke both my wiki and my graphs. They had sent a warning that I would need to reset a MySQL password, which I did. But that seemly wasn’t the problem here. The problem here SEEMS to be that I have old versions of both MediaWiki and ChartDirector that I haven’t updated since I first set them up several years ago, and they are incompatible with the updated version of PHP. So I need to update both of those to the current versions. This is probably going to be a pain. Hopefully not, but I always dread updates like this because while sometimes they go smoothly, sometimes they turn into hours of trying to figure out why nothing works any more before you realize it is because of some tiny but buried thing that needs to be changed.

Sigh. Guess I’ll try to look at this sometime over the weekend. In the mean time, my wiki and my graphs will just stay down. Bleh.

Nothing on OBL

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner… 

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Skype 5
  • iPhone Location Stuff
  • Libya
  • Econ Update
  • Birthers

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Well That is That I Guess