I just finished installing and setting up WordPress on my site as my blogging software. This being the first time that I setup any blog software (I briefly used Blogger but they do all the heavy lifting) I thought that I’d write about some of my experiences.
I picked WordPress because it was offered by my host (host monster) and I had heard good things about it from others. I made my choice almost exclusively on word of mouth. I didn’t even read the manual first (don’t tell my father ;-). So I brazenly told Fantastico to install WordPress. I was then presented with about 20 fields that I needed to fill in, some of which were obvious and many that were not. Needless to say (which is a stupid phrase that means I’m going to say it anyway), having not read the documentation at all, I got it wrong. This, plus a few other mistakes (hey I was playing around to learn), caused my to mess up things to the point that I didn’t know how to clear them up so I ended up getting my entire account reset.
So I tried again only this time I read the documentation first. Man is this complicated. There are way too many details that have to be worked out before you start–many can be done afterwards but are a little more difficult. Now this is not meant to disparage WordPress as I am fairly sure that they all have the same concerns.
The majority of the issues relate to SPAM and other attacks. I have been using computers for since Usenet was mail based (using UUCP as the transport) and even then there were problems but they were almost exclusively because of flame wars. So moderated newsgroups were created. But all you had to do was say “this newsgroup is moderated.” Now it’s not the flame wars (although there are still a few around) but the SPAM. Now I have to decide whether anyone can post or just registered users, whether registered users can post unmoderated or just those that have at least one moderated post, do I want to use a SPAM filter service, etc. So many choices that have absolutely nothing to do with the blog. By the time you get through with all of those who cares what color the background is or what the header of your page looks like. It is so overwhelming.
Anyway, I have it up and running in a form that I hope is reasonably usable without requiring too much work on the poster part (or mine). We’ll have to see.
I just finished moving my blog from Blogger to my own hosted site (carkees.net). I wasn’t going to get my own site but my wife wanted to make some pictures and other information available to others and to have our own site to show off our Halloween display so I decided to go ahead.
For better or worse I went with host monster. I can’t remember why because I registered the domain and created the site months ago but just now got around to setting it up. So far everything has worked well. I made one call to their service desk and got through to a live person in under one minute. She was very helpful and did everything that I asked (which basically meant recreating my account because I had messed something up ;-). So far I’m happy and the rates seemed reasonable.
I decided that if I’m going to have my own site I might as well host my own blog so I moved everything over from Blogger (probably the simplest move I’ve ever been involved in).
Still no one knows about this blog but that’s OK as I wasn’t ready for them anyway. Once I get up to blogging more than once a month (or year) we’ll see what we can do.
Well its a miracle. Everything seems to be OK now. All of the problems have just disappeared. One day she’s in pain and discomfort the next she’s running around and playing like a young pig. No more shots!! She’s gained back everything that she had lost and is as far was we can tell completely fine. No lumps, no cancer, no infections, no cysts, nothing.
What a relief but I really wish that it had happened sooner and that I didn’t need to put her through all of the pain. Sometimes having pets sucks but then you see them playing and you think that maybe it was worth it.
The last month has been stressful for Ripley and us. She started to have problems going potty so we took her in again and they decided that she needed to have a hysterectomy because of the cancer. So they did and when they had her open they discovered that all of the growths that had been there before were gone. The only thing left was a single lump which had moved. According to the vet cancer doesn’t move. So he bioposied the lump (and her bladder which I’m not happy about) and finished the operation.
So the tests are back and she doesn’t have cancer. Yay! But now we don’t know what has been the problem for the last few months which means we were treating the wrong things! I’ve been giving her shots three times a week and I probably didn’t need to. Now because of the potty thing we need to give her subcutaneous fluids. More shots! Argh! I feel so bad for her because she doesn’t understand. All she knows is that it hurts. When we go to give her the shots she gives us this look like “why dad?’ It’s breaking my heart.
It would be so much easier if she acted sick. Except for the discomfort at the time she goes potty she is happy, perky, and loves to run around. And then I have to pick her up and give her a shot. She no longer likes me because of this which is also painful. I just want her to be happy. She’s so sweet and innocent.
I just Googled myself and the results are interesting. I did not expect to find any earth-shattering information but I was a little surprised at what I did find.
First I just typed James Keesey in the Google search. The third item on the results page was indeed mine but it is my TWiki home page. I registered for this in April of 2005 and I haven’t touched it since. I only registered so that I could get some information for work (which uses TWiki). That job passed to another so I have not touched it. Yet this is the only item that is related to me on the front page. Google sure knows how to deflate an ego!
Next I typed “James Keesey” in the search. Now the first two (three if you count the second item which is a sub-item of the first) relate to me. The first item is a web page that was created by one of my teachers at SJSU to show off a project I did for his class. Now I got a good grade (A) for the project but still it is an undergraduate project and hardly represents me, my life, or my accomplishments. The second item is that silly TWiki page again.
Next I typed “James L Keesey” in the search. Now things get interesting. There is only one result on the page. This result does relate to me and in fact points to one of the four patents that I have been awarded as inventor or co-inventor. So just searching for James Keesey puts on the first page a TWiki home page but not a reference to a patent? BTW I’m trying to suggest that my patents are hyper important (they are not) but Google has no way to determine this–at least I don’t think they do. Even more interesting is that there is a link on the page which says that very similar hits have been hidden. I click on that and now there are two items both of which are my patents. Why would Google hide one also matched item that is for a different patent? Strange.
Next I typed “James Louis Keesey” (which is my full name) in the search. This finds one item as well which is another of my patents. But only one item is found. This is bizarre.
So depending on what variation of my name I type in I get different answers and none of them show all of my patents nor the three patent applications that are in the system. You can find these through perseverance at the Patent Office pages but it takes many different searches just like these.
So apparently the most important information about me in Google’s eyes in that I once registered with the TWiki site. I find this strange and a little disturbing. With the way that the world is moving, it seems as if Google is the major information source for just about everything, but as this little demonstration shows, Google is very selective in what it records in its database let alone what it reports. When we do a search, how are we to know just what information is left unfound? Given the size of the Google database just how can we be sure that we are finding relevant information?