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.

Finally Converted My Own Site to WordPress

I’ve helped so many other people set up WordPress but never got around to doing it on my own site. Sure, I’ve been running versions here from time to time to test things, but I hadn’t linked it in for public consumption. Now that version 2.3 is out, it seemed like a good time to fully make the switch.

Hopefully, this will entice me to blog about a few things as I think of them because it’s now so easy to do. Some of my old articles are still getting a decent amount of views so I’ll soon be moving those into posts and redirecting traffic there.

I still haven’t settled on a theme. I’d like to customize one for this site but I just don’t have the time right now. Thanks to Jim Mitchell for his bogart theme. It’s clean and easy on the eye so it will definitely do the job for the time being.