Category Archives: Admin

Is This Blog Dead?

Short answer: pretty much, but I’ll still keep it around for the archived material, such as my bicycle trip across the USA, and my Kenmore dryer mounting hardware post which seems to be of use to many. Also a couple of posts on using Open Street Maps and using my Garmin for on-bike navigation seem to be of interest to more than me!

I’d say that I don’t have the time to post, but that’s not entirely true. It’s just that, in general, I’d rather not spend the time writing about doing something, when I could be spending more time doing it! Continue reading

Hacked!

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from my hosting provider telling me I had infected files on my site. It looked like spam, so I ignored it. Then a few days later, I got another similar looking email, but this time they said that due to my infected files, they shut down access to my site until the infected files were removed. I went to my site, and sure enough, it was shut down.

I looked at the list of 40 infected files they sent me. It looked like they were older versions of PHP files which were likely mis-tagged as infected. So I deleted them and asked my hosting provider to recheck my site. But they found more infected files elsewhere on the site. A couple of them were in a new folder that I did not create. I Googled the name of the folder and a link showed up to my site, with “adult” words. Continue reading

WP Plugin for Sending Blog Posts to Facebook

Previously, I had imported blog posts into my Facebook notes.  The problem was that Facebook would take a really long time to repost the blog entry as a note.  So now this post is to test the FT FacePress II WordPress plugin. This should put a link to my blog post in my status, rather than reposting it as a note. If a link to this post shows up on my Facebook page on Wednesday morning, then the plugin worked as expected! Continue reading

Blog Has Moved!

OK, the blog is now combined with the homepage at http://www.briandesousa.com/.  The tabs on the top right of the homepage link to the old webpages.  It’s a little clunky right now – each of the tabs goes to a WordPress generated page with a meta tag redirect to the old html pages.  Also, the old html pages link back to an old html file, with a meta redirect back to the WordPress homepage.  I’ll get these things cleaned up over time, but at least it’s workable.

Blog is Moving!

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to move the blog (currently located in its own subdirectory here) to my main home page. This will allow for integration between the old HTML webpages and the newer blog posts.  The reason I’m posting this before actually making the move is that that my RSS feed will change and I don’t want to unnecessarily lose anyone in the transition. I don’t expect that I have many RSS subscribers, but I don’t really know for sure.  People viewing the blog through Facebook notes shouldn’t see any change, other than a temporary hiccup when I change the feed address and purge any duplicate notes.  I should have the move completed in the next couple of days or so.  (Edit: Point your RSS feed reader here to ensure a seamless transition.)

Welcome to the New Blog!

Well … this past weekend I caved in and set up a blog.  For me, I figure that with limited time it is the easiest way to send updates/photos, while still keeping an online record.  Maintaining a website is more work than it’s worth – so I’ve gone through the old site and just trimmed it down to an archive of the various bike rides/trips I’ve done. Continue reading