Category Archives: Technology

Gutenberg – Taking the plunge

A lot of controversy about WordPress 5.0 going to the Gutenberg editor and the block concept, but I’ve taken the plunge and installed the editor on both my blogs in a current but pre-5.0 version of WordPress. So far, so good and I’ve really not had any problems and I kind of like the block concept. Seems like we’re going there anyway so best to ride the horse in the direction it’s running.

Getting Closer

Richmond, BC, Canada 11/10/2011 6:25 Arrival Scan
Seattle, WA, United States 11/10/2011 5:35 Departure Scan
11/10/2011 4:17 Arrival Scan
Ontario, CA, United States 11/10/2011 1:58 Departure Scan
Ontario, CA, United States 11/09/2011 21:00 Arrival Scan
Anchorage, AK, United States 11/09/2011 15:09 Departure Scan
11/09/2011 10:14 Arrival Scan
Narita, Japan 11/09/2011 21:48 Departure Scan
11/09/2011 19:59 Arrival Scan
Shanghai, China 11/09/2011 16:17 Departure Scan
Shanghai, China 11/08/2011 23:49 Export Scan
Shanghai, China 11/07/2011 21:26 Departure Scan
11/07/2011 19:41 Origin Scan
China 11/07/2011 6:54 Order Processed: Ready for UPS

New and Improved!

Just to show my good old blog some love, I’ve installed a very nice new plugin called Wptouch. Now I didn’t opt for the Pro version (yet) the basic one is quite amazing. So, what does it do? well, it take your WordPress site and delivers it to mobile devices like the iPhone, iTouch, and yes even a Blackberry! Their website bills the plugin as “magical transformation” and I’d have to agree since I don’t have to do anything, just install and activate and not my site looks like a iPhone app.

I guess this is what happens when you have lots of time on your hands to just surf around the net. It’s been a cool, cloudy, windy day at the lake and I spent a lot of the day catching up on Lightroom stuff on the NAPP and Lightroom Killer Tips site

IBM and the iPhone

I feel an iPhone coming closer to me.

Lotus Notes/Domino adds iPhone support – Industry Watch – IT World Canada

IBM’s Lotus Notes/Domino collaboration platform is adding support for Apple’s iPhone. Domino server 8.5.1 is the first version to natively support the iPhone via Lotus Notes Traveler software, allowing automatic synching for e-mail, contacts and calendar data to the popular handset.

IBM makes iPhone more attractive to businesses – Technology Live –

IBM just announced it is hooking up with Apple to try to popularize the use of iPhones in the workplace. Big Blue says Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes Traveler can now be paired with iPhones to allow users to automatically synchronize their corporate e-mail, contacts and calendar data on the hot-selling handset.

Reason 8,239 to switch to a Mac: IE8

Like anyone still needs a reason.

Today, the helpful Microsoft updater offered to upgrade IE7 to IE8. Always a sucker for some new software and always forgetting the more that occasional pain associated with installing new software, we let it do it’s thing on the home computer. Not a good idea.

After the update, IE8 would not access any web sites, not even Microsoft. That’s bad. Even worse, Firefox now won’t access any web sites. It’s not the Internet connection because I’m checking out the Home computer over a remote session. A quick search shows that there are others having the same problem. Even more amusing is those saying that there is no way IE8 could be responsible. Like this response to a guy who describes a problem similar to mine.

red alert: IE 8 shuts down my web REGULARLY. – Technology Questions

Again, installing IE8 could not possibly have caused other browsers to fail.
The environment in which you installed it could have.

1. If you don’t own the computer in question, you should NOT be upgrading
IE, period.

2. The various security measures put in place by your employer may well be
related to the problems you encountered after installing IE8. These include
any GPOs and Admin Templates.

3. For best results, you should disable (a) the anti-virus application, (b)
all real-time “system protections” (e.g., those afforded by any third-party
application, (c) any third-party firewall and then (d) enable the Windows
Firewall prior to installing AND uninstalling an IE upgrade.

However, I disagree! IE8 or some other evil that gets done by it’s installer screws things up. Several other folks with this same issue uninstalled IE8 and their problem was gone. I uninstalled IE8 and problem gone. The bad news was that it still left IE7 behind.

Get Dog the Bounty hunter on this

Since when did they start offering rewards?

Group launches strategy to block Conficker worm from .ca domain

CIRA said Tuesday that it is taking a number of steps to stop the Conficker worm, also known as the Downandup worm, from using the .ca domain to perform malicious actions on behalf of those who control it.

The worm has been spreading through the internet since the fall, and a group of internet groups and businesses led by Microsoft has offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

iPhone, nothing new

Phone, PDA, touch screen all in 1992!

IBM Simon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was the first attempt to market a commercially viable smartphone and was a joint venture between IBM and BellSouth. Simon was first shown as a product concept in 1992[1] at COMDEX, the communications industry trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Launched in 1993[2] it combined the features of a mobile phone, a pager, a PDA, and a fax machine. After some delays it was sold by BellSouth in 1994 in 190 U.S. cities in 15 states and was originally priced at $899[3].

Besides a mobile phone, the major applications were a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail, and games. It had no physical buttons to dial with. Instead customers used a touch-screen to select phone numbers with a finger or create facsimiles and memos with an optional stylus. Text was entered with either a unique on-screen “predictive” keyboard or QWERTY keyboard.

The Simon smartphone appeared in the movie “The Net”, released in 1995 (see,