Archive for 2010

iTunes Genre Bug

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Recently I’ve been having a weird issue with iTunes where genre’s periodically get converted to numbers in parentheses, such as “(19)”. After wading through some Apple support forums and going through a few different Google searches I stumbled across a post by Doug Adams that described the issue. It wasn’t till I e-mailed him that I found he also had a solution.

So if you’re having problems with iTunes like I was, the short answer is to download it again from Apple. I’m not sure why they didn’t push out the newer build, but my guess is they have another version forthcoming and didn’t want to release them too close to each other.

The Reality of Media Temple

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Everybody’s beloved Media Temple recently announced they would no longer be sending out e-mail notifications for scheduled or emergency maintenance:

Based on customer feedback, (mt) Media Temple will no longer send email notifications regarding scheduled maintenance or emergency maintenance actions. Instead, we will use our System Status Blog and Twitter to share important maintenance-related information with you. This change will go into effect on August 14th, 2010.

Translation: “Dear customers we’re too lazy to also offer e-mail updates, and we just assume everyone uses and loves Twitter like we do.

It’s not like Twitter is ever down, and self-hosted blog isn’t likely to be affected by maintenance or even collapse under heavy traffic. It sounds like a great plan, except a few hours later this came:

…we began hearing from lots of customers who very much liked the emails and who found value in the notifications. As a result, we have decided to create an opt-in system that will allow us to send notifications to users who desire the email they are accustomed to.

Translation: “Dear Customers, we don’t know what we are doing…

I’ve always found Media Temple to be more about image than practicality. They cost far more then the competition and first hand, their “(gs) Grid Service” is awful. I constantly get error notifications about the MySQL database going on vacation in the middle of a query, or the disk suddenly becoming unwritable.

Migrating Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

How to convert your blog from Blogger to WordPress:

1. Make sure that your blog is in the “new” Blogger format and is not hosted on your own FTP server. To do this, first make sure that Blogger is publishing to a domain at blogspot.com and that you are using one of the new templates. If you can use the new templates or widgets, you are running the new Blogger.

WordPress Import

Go to Tools, then Import to grab data from your other blog.

2. Install WordPress on your host, and go to Tools, then Import. Choose Blogger from the list, give WordPress permission to grab your posts, and sit back. WordPress will soon have all your posts, tags, and comments. After importing the XML the button changes to allow you to map Blogger authors to WordPress authors. Remember that if you were publishing on your own FTP with Blogger, it may have put images in a different folder than WordPress does. Feel free to reconfigure WordPress, and move Blogger’s folder of images to where it needs to be on your host.

3. To preserve links, go to Settings, then Permalinks. Here you can choose a format for posts, categories, and tags to be used when WordPress generates links. Select Custom Structure and add the path /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html. This will ensure that you can preserve your traffic when you move over to WordPress, so users who have bookmarked the old posts won’t get lost. WordPress might not be able to edit the .htaccess file for you after saving the permalink changes. If this happens it will produce the necessary code at the bottom of the page, which is easy to overlook.

Path Settings

Edit the path settings to reflect your desired URL format.

4. FOR ADVANCED USERS: The last step is to go into the default WordPress theme folder (wp-content/themes/default) and edit style.css and the pieces of the PHP template (header, footer, sidebar, etc.) to match what you had before. Be advised that if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can really screw up your template this way, but this is where you want to be if you have a very customized layout.

… and voila, now you should have a working WordPress blog with all your Blogger content safely inside. Hope this helps you make the transition.

Migration to WordPress

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Pardon the appearance, but we’re currently moving the blog over from the Blogger to the WordPress platform. This is all happening because Blogger is discontinuing it’s Remote FTP Publishing. We’ll post again when this is all done with detailed steps on how we did it and why we chose WordPress over others like MovableType.

Oh and sorry for not making any posts since August, we’ve been busy I guess.