Posted 07 Oct 2011 — by Alex
I’m no computer genius as you’re probably aware but every time I try to upload a photo onto this blog it gives me a 404 error. So I decided to do a bit of detective work. And it went a bit like this whilst trying to upload into a post…….
1. Upload photo on site as it – 404 error using XP with IE8 & Chrome then Windows 7 using Firefox
2. Disable all plugins and try again – 404 error
3. Disbale all plugins and change theme to Twenty Eleven – 404 error
4. Upload photo from phone – Success
5. Edit successfully uploaded phone post with PC - 404 error
6. Edit successfully uploaded phone post with phone - success
7. Try no flash upload plugin – 404 error
8. Put site back to where it was and go out on the bike for a long ride and forget about it.
Conclusion…there’s something up with the computer. I’m going to blame flash but don’t get all ‘It’s something ‘you did you computer illiterate buffoon’ because I’ve used my mechanical engineering powers of deduction to prove its ‘not me its you’. My thanks go to my work laptop and wifes netbook (the one she nicked off me), my desktop at home and the winner for today my Desire S Android phone
Posted 23 Aug 2011 — by Alex
I found a nice little WordPress widget that displays your current APRS location on the sidebar of your site. You can see it in action on the right. Go to this site to get it on yours
Posted 18 Apr 2011 — by Alex
For the uninitiated (excluding the uninterested) WordPress is the platform that I use to host this site. Its a comprehensive content management system that is really for a blog but also does static pages. The posts make up the blog posts or news and the pages make up the static parts. Ever since I started using it I always found that some if not all the themes tend to have either a fixed width or a variable width that can be set in either the CSS or by some front end gui that makes life easy.
The theme I use is fixed, it also has a sidebar. There are also grids and containers that are used to organise where things go on the site. Trouble is that if you alter one aspect for one page then you can mess up the whole page. Enter ‘Conditional Tags’. These are supposed to simplify things and to a large extent they do, so its easy right? not a chance. I wanted to do a simple thing, have one width for my home page with a sidebar and a wider width for the rest of the pages without a sidebar.
First get rid of sidebar from pages template – Easy – delete < get sidebar > Done. That left me with a white space where the sidebar used to be.
Right then I need two headers one wide one and one narrow one. Thing is you can’t have two files called header, but you can have two called header wide and header narrow. Replace all the code in the header.php file with
But oh how many times did I have to write this without getting syntax errors. let me tell you tons. I have no php skills, no programming skills at all really but I can follow instructions, or so I thought, well I did follow them but in loads of cases they were completely wrong. Not just in one place but all over the internet. Cut and paste to make a blog page? I think so. Loads of requests in forums for help becuase of the syntax error, yes? any of them answered? not many.
When you step into an alien world where there is a language barrier its easy to point at an orange and ask for it in a sort of grunt. Us Brits have been able to speak pretty much every language by speaking slowly and loudly in English so you can be understood. Trouble is that doesn’t work on the internet. Is this retribution for our inability to speak another language or me getting cross with computers again?
Time I took a break from all this computer jiggery pokery and concentrated on finishing off my portable cobbwebb antenna
Posted 20 May 2010 — by Alex
I’ve spent a couple fo hours putting together a bit of a how to (http://g7kse.co.uk/beacons/beacon-pages-how-to/) just in case anyone wants to put together a beacon monitoring page whilst using a self hosted WordPress system. I hope its useful
Posted 08 Sep 2008 — by Alex
It was fingers crossedd again and upload the new files. wordpress update time again and this time went with some now all too familiar hitches. The automatic upgrade didn’t work so I’ve ditched the plugin for good now and there seemed to be a few owership issues which my host kindly sorted out for me.
it still astounds me how this system never seems to smoothly upgrade for me. At least this time there wasn’t anything lost on the way through.