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John Carney

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  1. I think changing the permissions on the upgrade folder did the trick. I was able to upgrade a plugin automatically with no trouble. (I had already upgraded WordPress manually before reading this solution.) Thanks, everyone, for your input!
  2. I have a WordPress blog installed on my TCH-hosted site. When I try to use the automatic update feature from within WordPress to update a plugin, or WordPress itself, it works forever and then gives me a message saying that it could not open the proper directory. Then, if I try to even look at my site for a few minutes after that, I get an error message saying that the site is "briefly unavailable for maintenance." I have the proper FTP information entered in WordPress. Is this a file permissions issue? Is there something I need to tweak?
  3. I've just been setting up SMF this week myself. Please note that in order for the forum to mail anything to anybody, you have to plug your outgoing mail server details into Forum Configuration / Edit Features and Options. You can check your own profile by clicking on the "profile" button in the row of buttons a little bit down from the top of the page. It should say "administrator" for your position, and you can scroll down and see if your e-mail address is listed correctly.
  4. I've done that -- and the times displayed in the blog itself are correct. But that setting apparently has nothing to do with the syndication feed.
  5. I am running two WordPress blogs on my TCH account (one is in a subdomain). My main blog is listed with a Middle Tennessee-centric blog aggregator called "Nashville Is Talking," but I've noticed that it takes many hours or more for my posts to show up there, while other blogs with which I'm familiar have their new posts pop up right away. To make a long story short, I discovered that this is because the aggregator has a feature which does not add posts to the page until the current time matches the time specified in the syndication feed's timestamp. (This is to prevent someone from intentionally post-dating their posts as an attempt to artificially keep them at the top of the page.) The trouble is that, apparently, the post times in my syndication feed are UTC. I am not experienced with PHP, but I've tried looking at the wp-rss and wp-rss2 files in my WordPress setup. I even tried changing " +0000 " to " -0500 " in one of them and it didn't do anything. (I have changed everything back, and even went so far as to re-upload the original files in case I had made a mistake.) Has anyone else had this problem?
  6. I may be looking in the wrong place, but I haven't seen any reference to the fact that the web browser Opera has changed their business plan. Until the latest version, there was a free-but-ad-supported browser and a paid-but-ad-free version. Now, the browser is completely free and ad free. The company apparently plans to make its money with service contracts and through the sale of related products. I haven't had much experience with Opera but I'm trying it out, now that it's free. http://www.opera.com
  7. They have instructions at the site for adding one line to one file, as an alternate to downloading and upgrading the whole package:
  8. Without having come here to read this thread first, I installed PHPBB this morning -- through CPanel. (It was a spur of the moment thing -- the group of people with whom I'll be taking a mission trip to Africa later this year needed a way to communicate.) Seems to be working fine.
  9. Let me echo this. When I moved here a month or two ago, I used a similar process to import from Blogger into WordPress. But I'd never moved a domain name before, and my old web host's documentation was abysmal, the result being that it took a week or more before I actually got the new site up and running under the proper domain name. In the meantime, however, I had wrecked my old Blogger template while importing to WordPress and had not made a backup. So I really had no good way to make new posts to Blogger during that transitional period (at least, not without creating a new template, and I didn't want to go to that trouble, thinking all the while that I was just on the verge of getting the new site up and running). If I had simply kept a backup of the old template, I could have easily restored it and continued to blog at the old site while waiting for the new one.
  10. On further review, I sort of misstated this. They do have a patch available for 1.1.4 (I missed that earlier), and they are still cautioning that 1.9.95 is beta software. I misunderstood something on the site earlier. Please forgive me for sloppy reporting. Anyway, I have downloaded 1.9.95 and it seems to be working fine for me.
  11. I don't know if any of the rest of you use OpenOffice.org, the free open-source office suite, but if you do you might want to be aware of a new release. The software has been in beta testing for version 2.0. Because it's such a huuuuge download, and I'm on dialup, I was waiting for the final release, and I keep popping in to the web site every now and then to see if it's arrived. Anyway, there was apparently a security issue with the existing software (1.1.4) and they've decided to formally release a patched version of the 2.0 beta, listed on the site as version 1.9.95, to fix the security hole. (The "about screen" has the 2.0 beta graphics but lists the "official" version number as 1.9.95, and all of the installation programs refer to it that way.) I went ahead and downloaded this. You can get it from http://openoffice.org.
  12. The term "image editor," in this case, is a little inaccurate. Irfanview is more of an image viewer. You can adjust things like the overall brightness or color balance of an issue, crop or rotate it, or save it in a different file format. But you can't work on particular parts of an image. That having been said, Irfanview is one of the most useful pieces of freeware on my computer. It's a quick-loading, no-nonsense way to view any image file, and it's very useful for converting, say, TIFs into JPGs or what have you. It's a must-have, as far as I'm concerned.
  13. No, but I'd definitely have claimed him if he were kin. And I'm also not the NFL kicker John Carney, or the magician / standup comic John Carney, or the St. Louis radio personality John Carney.
  14. My web designer brother recommended the book "PHP 5 In Easy Steps," by Mike McGrath. I have scanned it but haven't yet had a chance to work my way through it.
  15. It had been working just fine for me -- but I believe a new, more insidious type of popup has popped up (er ... sorry about that) in the past month or two. I began noticing this, and then the comic strip User Friendly made reference to it a couple of weeks back.
  16. Please add me, if appropriate: http://lakeneuron.com Lake Neuron Blog, with other related pages. Topics include short-term mission trips. Personal, not-for-profit (donation buttons for support of my next mission trip, plus a few Amazon associate links) Total Choice Hosting link is in right-hand column, under "Meta" heading. Thanks!
  17. I write for a small-town newspaper, and the last book I read related to local history, and it was in preparation for a visit by the author to my little town. (I got to read the book the week before it was released.) "Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History of a Horse and a Man Who Changed The World," by Mim Eichler Rivas, is a real page-turner, and I highly recommend it. Beautiful Jim Key was a horse from my county in Tennessee who lived at the turn of the 20th Century and was exhibited around the U.S., including several world's fair-style exhibitions. Owned and humanely trained by a former slave, Dr. William Key, Jim was supposedly able to spell, make change, and answer various questions. Everyone supsected stage tricks, of course, but no one was ever able to figure out anything. The horse seems to have undoubtedly remarkably intelligent, even if not every trick was what it appeared to be. Beautiful Jim Key and Dr. William Key managed to hook up with a promoter, Albert Rogers, who not only made them famous but used them to promote the still-struggling humane movement of that day. More than one million children who saw the horse in person signed "Jim Key Band of Mercy" membership cards in which they promised to be kind to animals. It's a fascinating story, beautifully told. I highly recommend it.
  18. Everyone's helpful attitude really confirms my decision to move here. You guys are great!
  19. I tried logging off my ISP and then logging back on, and now I get it fine. Maybe my ISP has more than one server resolving web page addresses, and it's propagated to one but not the other. I don't know how this works. Anyway, forgive me for panicking.
  20. Spoke too soon. I left the house for a couple of hours, and when I came back, suddenly I can't get to my main page or my WordPress dashboard at all -- I get a 404 or 403 error whether I use www or not. I assumed that propagation was a one-way process, that once my new DNS information had gotten to a particular server it would stay there. I haven't changed anything, and can't figure out what's going on. I am on a dial-up connection from here at home, if that makes any difference. Can the rest of you still see lakeneuron.com ? Can anyone reassure me that I'm not going crazy?
  21. I'm getting them both here now, too. Thanks for checking, everyone!
  22. I just tried to use live chat support and I got cut off somehow -- it said my support person had left the chat session. Anyway, it looks like I should have come here and searched first. (Sorry to whichever support person I bothered.) I'm having the exact same issue -- lakeneuron.com works but www.lakeneuron.com gives me a 403 error. Judging from the discussion further down, this must just be a propagation issue, and will work itself out in a day or two. I sort of halfway suspected this anyway, and so it's good to have confirmation.
  23. I've gotten bits and pieces of the answer to this around the forum, but I want to make sure I understand the whole picture. Currently, I have a web site and a domain name hosted with another firm (1and1). I would like to move both the site and the domain name to TCH, in part because your inexpensive plans offer PHP and their least-expensive plan doesn't. I've only had my domain name since last May, and so a lot of this is still new to me. What I would like to do, if it's possible, is buy a hosting package from TCH first, and then work on setting up my new site. My current blog at the old host uses Blogger, but I would like to set up my new blog (and perhaps the whole site) using the software WordPress. That may take a few days to set up, especially since I've never used WordPress or PHP before. So it's not just a matter of transferring my old site files to the new server. So my question is, can I buy a hosting package, spend a few days or a week setting things up, and then -- after everything is ready to go -- transfer my domain name? Please excuse me if this is a stupid question or if I've missed the answer to it elsewhere.
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