WordPress Upgrade Preflight Plugin Version 1.1

I just finished a minor update to my WordPress Upgrade Preflight Plugin. Here are the changes:

  • Additional checks for plugins knowing about the new tag system so they don’t get flagged as incompatible. i.e., Sitemap Generator 3.0.
  • Internationalization of text. The .po file is included. If you do a translation send the files over and I’ll be happy to post them on the download page.
  • Miscellaneous clean up.
  • Added GPL license text.

Get it on the Upgrade Preflight Plugin page. (My apologies for this not being on the WordPress Extend plugins directory yet. I’ve applied for access but they apparently have quite a backlog in approving new plugins.)

X10 Mini Controller Repair

Here’s another post bringing back some of my old site content. It was originally submitted as an HTI Home Toys tips contest entry and was the October 1998 winner. The Mini Controller design has changed little over the years so the information should still be relevant.


I have X10 home automation Mini Controllers all over my house. They’re a cheap and easy way to control X10 equipment and provide input to my system. Now and then one would quit working Continue reading X10 Mini Controller Repair

Mostly Cats Dumpster

This dumpster was in the back of a local shopping center in Loves Park, IL. The label immediately caught my attention as being funny (sorry cat lovers). This was the only dumpster in a row of several with a name label, so it stands out among the others. I later found out that it was owned by Mostly Cats Veterinary Clinic, which had their office in the building.

Update: This is a repost of some of my older site content. The veterinary clinic has since moved to a new location. I’m happy to report that they took their dumpster with them and it still has the label.

Upgrade Preflight Check Spanish Translation

A big thank you to Samuel Aguilera who created a Spanish translation of my WordPress Upgrade Preflight Check plugin.

You can download the translated version from his site.

I plan on doing proper internationalization in the next version of the plugin. That should make translation easier for anyone who wants to make one.

WordPress 2.3 Upgrade Compatibility Check Plugin

WordPress logoI have a bunch of WordPress sites to upgrade to the new version 2.3. There have been a few changes in this version that can result in errors with some plugins and themes. To make my upgrades easier, I built a plugin to check other plugins and themes for compatibility.

I decided to release it in case it’s of use to others. More information and a download are on my WordPress Upgrade Preflight Check plugin page.

This is my first plugin that I’ve released publicly. I’m certainly not an expert PHP coder, so please go easy on me. 🙂 Suggestions for improvements are welcome.