Upgraded to WordPress 3.0.4

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I’ve updated this site and The Cafes to version 3.0.4 of WordPress to close a reported security hole. Everything seems functional, though the admin page does take forever to load. Anyone know how to fix that? Otherwise let me know if you notice anything strange.

Upgrading WordPress to 2.9.1

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

If this blog goes dark, you’ll know why. This always scares me. I wish WordPress had reliable XML export and import, not SQL.

I upgraded The Cafes yesterday. The automatic upgrade failed, but manual upgrade seems to have succeeded.

OK. Seems like the upgrade completed successfully. Holler if you notice any problems. I think I’ll spend the rest of the morning straightening out the old computer mess as part of my general effort to simplify, clean up, and declutter my apartment.

Help Me Pick a New Host

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I’m finally getting serious about moving away from pair.com. I’m not sure who to host with though. Minimum requirements are:

  • WordPress support (i.e. I can install it; they don’t have to provide it though it’s cool if they do).
  • Full root access to WordPress: I can install my own themes and plugins and do my own database dumps.
  • No fixed bandwidth, storage, transfer, or CPU time quotas (I’m willing to pay for more as I go up in usage, but I need to be able to handle spikes without the ISP turning off my site.)
  • Hosted under my own domain name.
  • Regular, reliable backups

The more I think about it, the more I suspect I don’t even want a shell account. I really want a managed WordPress account, preferably hosted in at least three data centers on different continents with hot switching. (Is that even possible? ) Who offers this?

Installed WP Super Cache

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I’ve installed WP Super Cache. It’s supposed to be transparent, but holler if you notice any problems.

Pair Disabled the Cafes

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

It really is time to switch to a more reliable host. Last night as I was at the vet with my cat (sadly, for the last time) Pair Networks turned off The Cafes with little to no notice. They sent a form e-mail with no useful information:

Due to problems it was causing on the server, we were forced to disable the
following script located in your account:


For future reference, please take a look at our script usage policies:


Please take a few moments to look over your script for any obvious problems
before using “chmod 755” (via ssh) or using your FTP client to reenable
the executable permissions of the script.

If you have any questions about this script, please contact our friendly
support specialists at support@pair.com or 412-381-7247 (option 2).

The message is inaccurate. /usr/www/users/elharo/cafe isn’t a script. It’s the complete web site.

I’ve turned the site back on, but since they didn’t tell me what the problem actually was, I have no way of knowing if the problem is still there or not. I posted a new article on Friday, and it hit Hacker News yesterday, so there’s been a spike in traffic but still in the 10,000 hits a day range, nothing serious.

Upgrading WordPress to 2.8.4

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

If this blog goes dark, you’ll know why. This always scares me. I wish WordPress had reliable XML export and import, not SQL.

All done. Automatic upgrade failed, but manual upgrade seems to have succeeded. Holler if you notice any problems.