Category: Blog

Migration and maintenance

At various times since our granddaughter, Claire, was born with Cri du Chat syndrome in late 2010 I’ve been involved with the website for the Cri du Chat Support Group. Our first effort was built using Drupal hosted on Drupal Gardens (since defunct). That worked but seemed a little complicated for most members to engage with. One of the parent...

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When I last set up a blog on (for our 2012 trip to the USA and Canada – since moved to our own site) the process seemed simple enough. Once the blog was created I had no problems with posting daily updates. That may have been partly due to prior experience but the interface was simple and the classic...


Shamed into action?

I have a regular reminder to post here but I’ve been slack for the past few months despite having good intentions and occasional ideas. A week or so ago we went to Brisbane to catch up with Majella’s sisters there. Over coffee Angela quizzed me about a few things on her new Macbook Air, including how she might blog upcoming...

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An LNP childish game

An LNP staffer in Brisbane has registered the Internet domain and redirected it to the Liberal Party website. I first noticed the story on INQueensland but it is also reported elsewhere. Registering a domain is not difficult or expensive but a domain does require an ABN. This effort does appear to be in breach of the .auDA regulations...

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Now we can clean house

We won’t be cleaning like Scotty for the upcoming election but for real with our late 2018 Dyson V10 vacuum cleaner. It’s trigger switch has been dodgy for a while and on Monday it gave up completely when I was almost finished cleaning the car after our recent trip. Nobody in Toowoomba claimed to do service for Dyson cleaners. A...

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Scotty is cleaning house

There is a federal election in the near future so Scotty is preparing the ground. We’ve had premature announcements about dams that are still awaiting clearance from agencies he established and promises of development projects in South East Queensland. Now he’s attempting to clear away some other barnacles on his record. As The Monthly news noted today, it’s been Nine...

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Moving host

Over the past several months, probably more than a year, I have had intermittent problems with my blogs becoming inaccessible. Mostly I’ve been aware of that because Jetpack has been monitoring and reporting. The outages have generally been brief, though some have lasted hours and even overnight in one case. Sometimes there was a message indicating that the database over...

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COVID-19 irony

The dreadful irony is that US funding intended to prepare science for a more rapid and effective response to a viral pandemic may have contributed to the emergence of a pandemic to which the US response has been notably ineffective.


Oops! That was awkward

That had me worried for a while. I thought for a moment I might have lost two complete blogs, this one and our travel blog, but luckily I was able to restore from backups and had an offline copy of the post that was recent enough not to have been backed up. It’s all back and working with some lessons...

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