Merry Christmas 2011

It is that time of year again. When too many people are spending too much money, buying toys for “Santa” to “deliver”, and overeating to “celebrate” the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the offspring of the Creator of the universe and all that is in it. For at least the few seconds it takes to read this short post, think about the living person Jesus for whom this Holiday (Holy Day) exists.

Luke 2:10-12
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Happy Birthday Jesus.

Following Jesus is not a “religion”, it is a personal, one on one relationship.


Site Changes – Cache Installed to Speed Things Up

I am posting this as a public notice so those of you who are interested in such things can know.

I had noticed the site was getting “slower” as we got more visitors over the last couple of years. One problem with slow page loading is people are generally impatient and will go away if a site seems to be not loading, or loading too slow from their perspective. Since I do not want to drive people away, I decided to do something about it. After reviewing some of the cache options for WordPress I picked one to install this weekend.

I did notice that as an anonymous user there is an anomaly when using a cache:

  • I posted a test comment on a previous article as an anonymous user
  • Then went to my administrator login in another browser and approved the comment
  • Then switched back to the browser where the comment was posted
  • Tried to reload the page – never reloaded

When I approved the comment the cache file for that page was recreated with a different file name and the old one was removed. So, it seems reloading pages that are being updated as comments are added is not going to work. I am going to see if there is an option to resolve that. If not, well this is open source and I can ask the author(s) to fix it or add an option to reuse a cache file name. So, I may end up running a beta version of the cache plug-in while helping resolve this, if there is not already a solution.

If you notice any quirks yourself, please post a comment here on this article and let me know.

Thank you for following our site. I appreciate it.


Update Sun Sep  4 10:17:06 CDT 2011: Oh well, the cache is still installed, but is disabled at this point. It interferes with our statistics plug-in. We do like our statistics.

ERACC Web Log User Accounts – Many Deleted

This is just a short article to let you know that I have deleted most of the user accounts here. The reason is, somehow WordPress settings were being reset at random. Since WordPress does not reset itself I suspected “cracking” via a user account since that has been known to happen with WordPress in the past. Since I cannot know which user account(s) may be compromised or be in use by a “cracker” I removed all of the ones that are not directly related to ERACC staff, clients or people I specifically invited to create an account. Unfortunately, if you made a comment with a registered account that comment is now assigned to the “deleted” user. I know, that sucks. I apologize for any angst this may cause some of you, but I could not avoid this.

We allow comments and access to the majority of this site without having an account. If you ever want to Contact e-Mail Form at ERA Computers & Consultingcomment and do not see a comment block then please let me know in an e-mail. You can use the contact form at our main site for that, as shown in the graphic next to this paragraph. Likely, if there is no comment block showing, it is due to one of those weird, random, “WordPress settings have changed again by themselves” events I keep seeing.

Again, I apologize for deleting some of your accounts as it is near 100% certainty the great majority of you are completely innocent. But until I get a clue as to what is happening with our WordPress settings, I need to eliminate as many factors as I can. One being (mostly) unneeded user accounts.

Gene Alexander

Added: For the record, this article was posted with comments disabled. I will try to remember to inform our readers when this is done.

Site Changes – New Plugin CKEditor Added

Within the past few weeks I have migrated our on-line web shop to Drupal 6.x with the CKEditor module added for page editing. I have decided I like the ease of use brought by CKEditor for creating and editing web site pages under CMS. CKEditor is a powerful and feature-rich CMS editor that works very much like a word processor, such as Writer, AbiWord or KOffice Kword. As such it contributes to allowing a writer to concentrate on his writing, rather than HTML, PHP and other underpinnings of a web site. In any media content should be King. The medium to create and display that content should be unobtrusive and easy to use.

What does this mean to you, our readers? You get a small subset of the CKEditor features to create your comments. These features will allow reader comments to easily include bold, italics, bulleted or numbered lists and links to off-site URLs and images. Of course the other HTML code recognized by the standard WordPress comment editor still works too. If any of you want to see a specific CKEditor feature enabled on the comment editor, let us know. We will consider it, and may just add it for you.

Sat Aug 27 13:27:43 CDT 2011 – Reenable comments to test cache program with anonymous user comments.

WordPress Upgrade – Please Bear with Us

Some of you who have followed us for a while may have noticed a dearth of articles here over the past several weeks. This was intentional. We had a planned upgrade and wanted access to our blog to settle down prior to that. Now we can get back to writing articles.

As you can see there is a new look here. We have upgraded our WordPress to the latest release as of today. This required finding a new theme as the one we were using is not updated to take advantage of the new WordPress features. We found a theme we like and will get things set back up as soon as possible.

It does appear a few of the latest comments may have been lost during the upgrade. Please accept our apologies to you if your comment was one that disappeared. All in all the upgrade seems to be a success other than the handful of lost comments.

Upgrading WordPress Today (NOT!)

Dear Readers,

We are upgrading to the latest release of WordPress today. Hopefully nothing will explode but if it does we will get things working again as soon as possible. Usually there is no problem and we expect this upgrade to be similar.


Edit: If any of you visited in the three hours we were down I apologize for that. A change to the WordPress config file was not compatible with our site. The error in the config file has been fixed and we have reverted to the older WordPress while looking to see if there are any other “gotcha” problems that need to be addressed. Gene

Edit Sat Mar 21 15:26:42 CDT 2009: Okay, trying this again with much prayer and supplication … Gene

Edit Sat Mar 21 16:58:15 CDT 2009: Nope. Apparently WordPress 2.7.1 is just not going to work for us. There is still somthing keeping the upgrade from working. At least we had the site backed up before doing this. Oh well. Maybe someone at WordPress Support will have a clue. Maybe they won’t just tell us “it’s free software, you are out of luck.” like they have told others there. 🙁

Edit Sat Mar 21 17:07:31 CDT 2009: At least the upgrade to the updated theme works. That is one bright point to this totally lost Saturday. 🙂

WordPress Update Done

We just completed our WordPress update and everything appears to be working. However, the theme we are using no longer appears to render correctly with the updated WordPress. So, we will be changing themes. We are currently in the process of evaluating WordPress themes and should have a new one that does render correctly with the updated WordPress soon.

Thank you for bearing with us while we work on the updates.


Edit Mon Sep 22 21:05:14 UTC 2008: We are trying a new theme now called “PrimePress”. Please leave comments here about the theme as to your impressions, love, hate, indifferent. One feature that may or may not be irritating is the rotation of the graphic banners at the top. I’ve created some replacements for the defaults. Let me know what you think about those too if you wish.

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WordPress Update Again

Another WordPress update is out and we are going to be applying it soon. If this “borks” the site we will get it fixed as soon as possible. We may have to change themes (again!) with this update so please bear with us while we do.

For all of you that read what is written here on The ERACC Web Log, thank you.

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