I run a help site for Apple computers at http://macintoshhowto.com. Under ‘Computers’ you’ll find some articles that were a bit too technical or obscure to make it on my main Apple website.
Here’s how I invented the single modifier keypress that has found it’s way into some Apple products.
This plugin a beauty for trimming a bloated akismet database from wordpress. See here my kismet has over 600,000 entries of spam – bloating my wordpress table and slowing my site down. This plugin removes them with a click. No need to use phpmyadmin. http://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/wp-clean-up
A complicated problem. When you buy a new Apple computer the Time machine backup resets and you lose your backups. This person writes about it better than I could. Update: This is better: http://pondini.org/TM/B6.html
For those of you interested in health issues, I’ve started a little blog here keeping tabs on controversial health issues.
Got Your Back (GYB) is a command line tool for backing up your Gmail messages to your local computer. It uses the standard IMAP protocol but also takes advantage of some custom Gmail IMAP extensions. Here’s how I used it to move all my email messages from one gmail account
Make sure you have most up to date wordpress change database prefix from wp_ to something else (WSD Security plugin will do this) change default admin username from admin to something else (add new admin, log out, log in under new user, delete old admin, choose import posts option when
Remove the failed disk and put in a new formatted disk. It will say ‘Pass Through’ Click on the drive and change from ‘Pass Thru’ to ‘Unconfigured’ Now click on ‘Rebuild’ and it will rebuild the failed disk from the other disks. wait for it to finish
A surprising email: It has come to our attention that your site is using an excessive amount of MySQL resources on your Bluehost account. So some looking into it, the wordpress commentmeta SQL table for http://macintoshhowto.com was 2.7 Gig. Yes 2.7 GB!!!!! More looking, it’s a bug with Akismet spam
1. Setup new directory and copy across all old files. 2. Edit functions.php of old site. Add these two lines to the file, immediately after the initial “<?php” line. update_option(‘siteurl’,’http://benidrive.com’); update_option(‘home’,’http://benidrive.com’); reload admin pages a few times. remove the 2 lines 3. Update URL’s in database tables. On new site,
I just closed down 7.barracks.cl and moved all the articles to wayneconnor.com 1. EXPORT all articles from 7.barracks.cl using wordpress admin back end. 2. IMPORT them all to wayneconnor.com using WordPress admin. This moved all the posts and comments across and put them in the right location. Very nice. 3.
wp-secure plugin has an option to ‘secure your wp’content’ folder. I did this and look what happened to my traffic – it dropped from 6000 hits a day to 600! The reason for this is that blocking wp-content via the htaccess returns a 403 error to googlebot and therefore google
My blue host server has become a sluggish lately. The CPU throttling is on more than not and sometimes the webpages take a long time to load or I even get a “database unavailable” error. My http://macintoshhowto.com site is getting 150K visits a month, http://dubbo.org gets 20K visits monthly and
gephi – great network mapping software for OSX, lets you visualise connections between people etc. http://gephi.org/
How to back up your web server via the terminal This will backup your entire remote server to your local Macintosh computer. rsync –recursive –verbose –archive –progress –stats –size-only –dry-run email@example.com:folder_to_backup ~/Sites/ TO do for real repeat the command with –dry-run removed! Here’s how to make it so you don’t
If you are trying to upload theme to WordPress.org and are getting the following error: ds_store Hidden Files or Folders found Here is an app that will remove the offending files from your folder… http://software.ryangrier.com/dsstorecleaner