It’s been a year, MS150 Again.

Tim took a selfie with me
Tim Took a selfie with me.

Wow, it seems like every year around this time, I’m blogging, my beard is completely out of control, and I’m saying that I haven’t blogged in a year, and I should start doing it again. I can’t believe how old this blog is… I started it TWELVE YEARS ago.. In March 2003!! Now that’s a blog with some history.

Maybe I will blog more. Or not. We’ll see.

In the mean time, I’m riding my bike from Houston, TX to Austin, TX (about 160 miles), to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, I’m asking for donations.

Here’s a link to donate! //biketxh.nationalmssociety.org/goto/michaelp713

 

cURL issue with backwpup for WordPress

I noticed my Amazon S3 backups weren’t running lately using backwpup for wordpress.

Took a little digging, but I had to take the certificate verification out of the amazon aws php api.
wp-content/plugins/backwpup/libs/aws/lib/requestcore/requestcore.class.php:
Commented out line 614:

//curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 5184000);

Changed line 624 and 625 to false:

         curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
         curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, false);

Ended up working great after that.

googlecards wordpress link

Well I had some troubles getting googlecard widget for WordPress to work right.

My fix:

1) Change the url to https in googleCardClass.php

2) About line 113, added a line to make it not verify the ssl certificate when pulling with curl.

curl_setopt($this->curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false)

3) Change googleCards.css since it seemed to not like my theme..
Changed:

     
       #plus_card { height: 90px; }
       #plus_card_name { font-size: 10px; }

Works for me!

Wednesday Server Moves

Gosh the server this site and a few others is on, is pretty worn out. It’s an old P4 1.8ghz with 1gig ram, stuck in a 4U chassis. It’s running some pretty old software.

Time to upgrade. Dell 2950, almost ready to go, hopefully tomorrow I’ll swap it out. Will not move the site to it yet, of course, as I’ll have tons of work moving over all my content.

Blogging Lazyness

Fireworks #1

I just was cleaning up stuff and realized I didn’t post once in the month of June!

Thats some lazyness! Guess I just don’t think about blogging as much as I used to.

I was at the annual Perl Conference last week. It was pretty good. At the very least it gave me some good motivation to keep up the coding this summer. I have a quotation system that has been needing an overhaul for a long time now. It should be next on the todo list if this week goes good.

I’m in the middle of documenting all our IT processes in a wiki for when im out for 7 days in September. Hopefully it will be broad enough to solve all common problems that go on at the office on a day to day basis. Right now the only documentation is in my head! This will be good for the future also. Documentation is never a bad thing.

Finally bought a new camera right before the Perl conference. Although its been raining for damn near a month here, so I really haven’t had much time to play with it. I think I’ve shot about 1200 images so far.

Its gonna be nice getting a day off in the middle of the week this week. The week should go by fast, but it’s gonna keep me busy with all the get-togethers, and with Sammi’s birthday on the 9th, we’ll be doing friends and family stuff most of the weekend.

I’m thinking of finally quitting T-Mobile. They’ve gotten behind on the cool phones for low cost that have edge/3g capability. Dunno who I’ll go with, but it probably wont happen until both me and Sammi are off contract, that may be another year!

Movable Type

I’m researching switching to some other blog. Considering WordPress. I just have been sticking with MovableType because it’s written in Perl. It’s been giving me hassles lately. Tried installing some spam stuff and now things are weird.. I’ve got a few hundred posts. We’ll see.

New look by the way. Just trying new things.