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  1. The Webby Awards were announced today, and in the education category, our website (really my wife's), smarthistory.org, was the winner! Pretty cool for a small-scale free and open educational resource, made by educators, to beat out the "big boys" like the George Lucas Foundation. The reason I post this here is that the site, even from its earliest days as a WordPress install, has always been hosted here at TCH, and the support and service, through the move to a dedicated server, to the hugely increased traffic we're getting now, has been consistently excellent. Thanks, TCH!
  2. On my current server at TCH (amidala), the MySQL version is 5.0.51a. Unfortunately, there's a bug in that version of MySQL (detailed here: http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=32202 ) which is going to cause problems for the navigation menus we want to use for a web-based textbook. It's fixed in 5.0.52, or there's a patch referenced in that bug page. Any chance we can get that patch applied or the version of MySQL upgraded? Or should we just try to work with the workarounds?
  3. Thanks, Bruce. I opened a ticket. Hope they can fix it!
  4. Mine is the same as what's on the cpanel instructions...i double-checked! But still not working.
  5. I installed entropychat link on a page for a colleague to use in her class some time ago--it was working fine then, but now doesn't seem to work at all--the link just times out. Any advice or ideas? Here's the page http://www.mountebank.org/isserles
  6. Well, just to update, something I don't understand. My whole workaround looks to have been unnecessary, because the import function built in to Wordpress actually does work, just fine, on TCH. Not sure why I was getting the "curl is not enabled" error message to begin with, but I'm definitely not getting it now. Let the workaround stay, in case it helps someone in some situation, but if you want to move from Blogger to Wordpress at TCH...it's even easier than that workaround! Wordpress should do it all for you. [Emily Litella Voice]Never Mind![/Voice]
  7. Thanks for those explanations, David and Jim. That really helps me to understand. As Bruce says (tactfully! ), whatever the problem was with that import script, it's gone now. Seems like it must have been (somehow) on my end. Anyway, as they say, TCH rocks!
  8. Well, that tip page relies on the same Wordpress method that requires CURL. So that's no good. Here's the thing...Wordpress 2.0 has a built-in import tab, that allows you to bring all the posts and comments from many other blogging tools directly into wordpress, with just about three clicks. No fuss, no bother. It's a neat feature, but it won't work without curl. Now, the good news is that I did figure a not-too-hard way to make it work, and I'll post that in a separate thread in the Blogging forum, in case anyone else faces the same problem. It's interesting that curl wi
  9. My wife has had a blogger blog for a long time, and it was OK for her basic uses. But recently she's started doing some podcasting and vodcasting (she teaches art history--so she makes museum tours and conversations about paintings for her students), so blogger just really wasn't robust enough. I sold her on getting her own domain, and a wordpress blog, because the podpress plugin is so easy and full-featured. So I registered the domain, and set up the hosting here at TCH, and then installed Wordpress for her (that fantastico installation is, well, FANTASTIC!). Wordpress then has a
  10. Thanks, Bruce, but I'm afraid that's more than a bit over my head! I'm reading and re-reading, but it doesn't seem to answer my question.
  11. The newest version of wordpress has a neat feature to automagically import a blogger blog into a new wordpress installation. I'm shifting my wife away from blogger, and into a wordpress blog on her own (brand new) domain at TCH. But when I try to use the neat feature in wordpress, I get this message. How do I enable the CURL extension for PHP?
  12. Another vote for Spam Karma. After seeing the recommendations from the good folks right here at TCH, I installed it, and it works perfectly. It sends that spam right to hell before it has a chance to mess up your blog. If you use WordPress, Spam Karma is the way to go.
  13. I came across and successfully installed a very nice plugin on my Wordpress-powered blog. If you use flickr for photos already, this plugin gives you a neat, customizable, integration to put your flickr photosets into an album of galleries on your blog. The gallery retains all the flickr functionality (including the slideshows, and the exif information), and it's not all that hard to get working--just a little fiddling. You can get the plugin here http://www.worrad.com/archives/2005/01/08/flickr-gallery-07/ and some good instructions for installing on wordpress 1.5 here http://www.n
  14. Ah, see, this is what I was wondering about. When I get the emails SK generates, they say "comment deleted." So I thought that they really did appear (at least briefly) on the weblog, rather than never being created at all. That's much better.
  15. I love Spam Karma--found out about it here, of course! It has totally stopped my problems with trackback spam on my blog. I get these flurries of attempts (which Spam Karma blocks nicely, but it sends me an email for every ten it blocks, so I know it's happening). They seem to come every few days, and when they come, there are really a lot of them. Today, for instance, Spam Karma sent me about 20 "comment deleted" emails. At 10 comments for each email, that's about 200 comments! So I'm wondering...even though Spam Karma is deleting the spam right away--so it's not appearing
  16. It did seem to be out for a little while yesterday (couple hours?)--wouldn't allow me to login. It's fine now. They seem to have these little blips from time to time.
  17. Oh yes! Reynolds is terrific! I see he's got a new one out, too. That's absolutely on my list!
  18. When looking up whois information for my site here: http://www.whois.sc/mountebank.org I see this message in the "SSL cert" category: "server44.totalchoicehosting.com SSL is expired!" Is this anything I should be worried about? I don't use SSL on my site right now, so I assume I can just ignore it, but I'm curious...what does it mean?
  19. Just finished Iain M. Banks' Inversions this afternoon. Before that, it was Peter Hamilton's Fallen Dragon, and before that Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. Next on the list is Richard Morgan's Market Forces (in the Palm ebook format!). I always have at least one book going at any given time. How many mornings have I had to drag myself to work because I stayed up too late reading? Heh. How many mornings haven't I had to!
  20. Ah! That makes sense!
  21. You know, while we're on the subject, why is it that the text link is listed as "strongly preferred" on the TCH links page? I mean, it's OK with me if you guys have a preference, and I was glad to honor that preference...but I'm wondering why? What have you got against graphics? Do you have something against visual art? Are you some kind of philistines?
  22. Hey, I just read the rules (probably should have done that a little earlier, right?) Then I counted up, and out of the first ten, I'm number 11! Just my luck...no Amazon gift card for me. Well, I'll have to hold out for the Ipod!
  23. It's not pretty--but it's mine! And you can see my prized Heathkit RF signal generator, and the 1940's Philco which (after a year) I still can't seem to finish restoring! But tinkering with it is better than doing real work.
  24. Thanks, Bruce and owatagal. I'll give one or the other of those techniques a try (and be careful to change the path in the right places!
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