Archive for the 'good news/bad news' Category

09
Sep
09

Almost there

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that my heretofore most recent post has disappeared (titled “Bear with me”). That’s because I contacted WordPress.com support today and they reran the entire import process for me from my old blog installation (which didn’t include that post). In doing so, all my photos were imported and the image source tags in the posts now use the correct locations of the files on wordpress.com. I’m glad that I got the picture issue resolved without having to manually import each image from my old blog and update the link to it on the corresponding post, as was suggested in the forums. This takes care of one the gripes I had with the wordpress.com importer.

However, the other gripe – that self-referential links are not rewritten to point to their correct location on wordpress.com – still stands. What this means is that all the links I have on my blog to my own previous posts are still wrong. That is, they still point to the old URL of my blog. In order to remedy this, I basically have to go through all my posts one by one and update the links, which will be tedious because wordpress.com uses a different scheme than my old wordpress.org installation did for constructing URLs. Fortunately, I don’t link to old posts in all my blog entries, but I do have quite a few such links. However, now that the picture issue is solved, I’m willing to say that 80% of my problems are over. Over time I’ll go through old posts and update the links, but for now – now that the picture issue has been resolved – I feel that the blog is in a more or less usable state.

25
Jan
07

Update

Here’s a couple of good news/bad news pairs that will update you on the last few days…

Bad news: My computer took longer to get running than I had anticipated because the fan on my graphics card died after I cleaned all the dust out. I looked for a replacement at a local store and was told by an employee that I would have to order it online and it would cost $25. This would be on top of the $90 I had already spent on the new hard drive I bought.
Good news: I finally got the computer up and running. Instead of trying to repair my graphics card, I got a new one for $35. I still haven’t transferred all our old data over, but most of the core functionality has been restored. In the end, I spent more on this project than I had intended, but I also upgraded the hardware substantially, so it shouldn’t need any further work or upgrades for a while.

Bad news: Last night, Elizabeth slipped in the kitchen and bashed her face on the floor. She cut her lower lip and blood got all over the place, including her clothes, my clothes, the floor, the phone, and the ice tray.
Good news: She handled the situation really well. We took her to urgent care and the doctor said he thought it was pretty minor and didn’t require any stitches. She should be all healed in a couple of days.

Good news: It’s almost the weekend.
Bad news: I haven’t accomplished very much at work this week.

Good news: I have new-found motivation to work on the computer I’m trying to set up to run MythTV. I also have some new sources of information (thanks, andyl) on how to get it working, which will hopefully make the process easier and less frustrating than last time I worked on it.
Bad news: If, for some reason, I can’t get it all working quickly and easily, I’ll probably wind up wasting a number of hours of my life in frustration and bitterness.




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