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  • Howard 11:46 pm on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Dachshund Thursday 

    Photo of my Dachshund Odie playing ball

    One of those “Kodak moments” where you capture your dog doing something amazing

    I was trying to update my profile photo since I was looking a little stern with a grimace on my face, so Odie decided that he need to play ball while I was doing a self portrait.   Of course he is cuter that me so he got the photo shoot instead.

  • Howard 1:25 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

    – Josh Billings

  • Howard 11:47 pm on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Trouble in Vacuum Cleaner Paradise 

    Ann spent most of Wednesday cleaning up after Christmas.  Taking off the ornaments and tinsel to have a nice clean house before the New Year starts.  I managed to do the heavy lifting putting the tree away until next year and packed up all the boxes in the garage.

    She topped off the cleaning with a nice sweeping of the carpet to give it a nice fresh look.  She’s been using the Oreck because it seems to do a good job at cleaning up after our dachshunds and her preferred Dyson 17 was full and I couldn’t empty the canister since our garbage cans were full of the usual after Christmas stuffing’s.

    I told her I would give the Dyson a good overall and cleaning to bring it back to new, but I’ve been too busying at work to get to the chore.  But a spider was spying on me in my home office and I needed the Dyson with the wand to suck up the little sucker.

    The spider pretty big , but it just didn’t want to come out of the corner.  The wand had no oomph to it.  Eventually I got it and emptied the canister for my wife.   The suction was really weak so I dislogded as much as possible to get the fluffy stuff out plus all the 1/8th inch wide paper shreds I vacuumed up last week when I cleaned the paper shredder.

    I thought I got it all but when I extended the wand out to full length the motor on the dyson seized requiring me to take the stupid thing apart.   After watching a few videos on how to unclog your dyson, I got the lower tube off and unclogged the remaining paper shreds along with a Sharpie I sucked up about a year ago.

    The shapie still works btw.

    My wife is nice and happy now since she likes the dyson over the oreck because it is easier to push.  I liek the oreck over the dyson because, I think it cleans better.

  • Howard 7:28 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: barrel of monkeys, , , domain mapping, more fun than a barrel of monkey, multisite, virtual host configuration   

    Dachshunds are more fun than a barrel of Monkeys 

    What’s more fun than playing with your Dachshunds? Moving their site to the cloud; and, for even more fun than a barrel of monkeys, configure WordPress as a multisite.

    Screen Clip of 3doxies.com running on WordPress 3.2.1 multsite Configuration

    Last weekend I installed 3.2 on a Rackspace Cloud server and started moving my sites over from multiple shared hosting accounts. With careful planing, I assumed things should not take to long nor break too bad. So far what I learned:

    Start from scratch. Go buy a domain or use one in your inventory that is sitting around. I used something like my-media-network.net. This will give you a single management tool for your blog network.

    If you’re planning to update from shared hosting, now is the time to do it. Use vps.net or Rackspace cloud servers. They run $10 – $50 per month but well worth price. My personal experience is with Rackspace and my clouds have been raining 24/7 for over 700 days now.

    1. Configure your multisite using subdomains. You may not be able to do that unless you have access to the Apache virtual host configuration files. I have root access to the VPS, so it isn’t an issue. Otherwise, use sub-directories for the configuration.
    2. Don’t be afraid to reinstall over and over if you don’t like the configuration or if it’s not working. Simply use phpMyAdmin to delete the tables from the database.
    3. Install the plugins. Many of your plugins will not work on a multisite. Below are the basic plugins that appear to install and play together:
      • Keyword Strategy link generator plugin Version 1.8.1
      • WordPress MU Domain Mapping Version 0.5.4
      • WordPress SEO Version 0.4.2 | By Joost de Valk (Sorry, All in One SEO isn’t multisite friendly)
      • WP Super Cache Version
      • XML Sitemap Feed Version 3.9.1 (I may use WordPress SEO 0.4.2 instead of this)
    4. Copy your themes over and test them using my-media-network.net. Add some dummy posts to see if they work.
    5. Start creating subdomain sites.
      •   Update the permalinks so they are the same as the old one.
      •   Export your posts from the old blog.
      •   Import your posts to the new blog.
      •   Test.
    6. On a side note, I noticed that I lost categories on one import, so I’m not sure if I did something wrong or if it is a bug.
    7. After you’re happy with the subdomain version, configure the domain mapping then update the DNS records.
    8. It’s a simple but tedious process going to multisite, but with 10 or more blogs, it is worth the investment to go that way.
  • Howard 10:16 pm on December 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , doxies, lazy dog, wiener dogs   

    Sleepy Afternoon With My Dachshunds 

    Today I’m planning to be as lazy as possible — even to the point where I’m regretting writing this post.  But sometimes you just need to act like a lazy dog and take an afternoon nap.

    So I’m taking advice from my dachshunds and getting a head start on them before three notice that I’m missing and gone upstairs to watch a movie or football game to catch a few winks.

    Perhaps I’ll get a few minutes alone before Odie runs upstairs an hops on top of me to find his favorite resting point nestled between the legs.  I’m sure that the other two wiener dogs will follow taking up the remaining space on the king-sized bed which is simply too small for doxies.

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