Archive for January, 2015

Computer Troubles

Posted January 7, 2015 By dailiness

cpanelYesterday I added Jetpack, a WordPress plugin to my new blog, and at some point nothing worked and I could not uninstall it. This blog is run on what is called a self-hosted WordPress installation. I still like to get under the hood so to speak and tweak even an automatic installation. That’s where something went wrong yesterday as I tried to edit a new contact form for you to easily email me and keep spammers at bay.

I had zippo control over the site and could not even take it down via the menus. I could not even back up the work I had done, just in case I needed to start from scratch. I use Backblaze to back up my laptop (and subsequently any mobile device linked to my laptop), but this site is not on my laptop 🙁

But then I went in through the backend, the cPanel, and renamed the offending plugin folder and voila, I could see the blog again. The image in this post is a snapshot of what cPanel looks like. It’s pretty similar to file directories on your computer, desktop or laptop. You can browse around, upload and download files, and a whole lot more….including getting into trouble if you move, delete or rename some critical file. Today the developer of the plugin that caused me difficulties removed a connection with a server they could access, and I removed the rest today. And I realized that I could have backed up the files from that backend as well. But rebuilding the site would not be easy from such a backup.

Jetpack is a plugin that usually once installed gives many valuable enhancements to blogs. Something about my site setup created a conflict and I won’t be using that plugin for now.


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“I have changed my name so often…”

Posted January 6, 2015 By dailiness

Genealogy research takes me to many places, on the web, in libraries and in my heart. One site I looked at this morning includes an autoplay of Leonard Cohen’s song ‘The Partisan’. Today it was as if I listened to it for the first time.

“I have changed my name so often, I’ve lost my wife and children but I have many friends, and some of them are with me.” As I struggle finding relatives amidst their multiple name changes be they intentional or accidental, I too am changed by their stories, struggle and success. Some of what I have learned or seen through my research has caused me to sleep as tears streak my face. Photographs of Holocaust victims haunt me. Come morning however, I find resolve to go on with a renewed focus, to accept my own path, and endeavor to honor my relatives and ancestors, and do my part to make the world a better place.

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Posted January 2, 2015 By dailiness

That I am researching genealogy and family history in a new level for me, I’m not surprised to run across jokes.  Take this one for example that I recently saw in a posting on the genealogy.stackexchange forum:

“A sociological survey:
“Where were you born?” St. Petersburg.
“Where did you go to school?” Petrograd.
“Where do you live now?” Leningrad.
“Where would you like to live?” St. Petersburg”

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