Archive for February, 2007

A more and more common theme in the blogosphere: Love

February 14, 2007 11:25 pm

I’ve noticed a theme over the last couple of months, reading lots of blogs ranging from marketing to money management to coding to networking. The theme is “love”, in the form of giving something away, teaching something, showing someone how they learned something new.

Kathy Sierra most recently posted about it here. Keith Ferrazzi’s book “Never Eat Alone” is all about giving without expecting anything in return. Hugh MacLeod at gapingvoid uses cartoons he’s “giving away” on the back of business cards to promote Stormhoek wine. Guy Kawasaki showed how he made a photo-diary using iPhoto, Comic Life and Skitch. The Simple Dollar is all about sharing tips on money management and how to get out of debt, and there is a TON of good information there (I don’t know how that guy gets anything else done, he posts so much it makes my head hurt).

I’m just amazed that there’s so much great information out there, free for the taking. I hope to be able to contribute just a little in my own way as well. So far I’ve got a few posts out on Windows Presentation Foundation where I talk about some things I’ve learned.

I’m still struggling with one problem, though. How do you find time to write good posts with trying to read over a hundred blogs on all kinds of topics, distilling some of the things you learn into something useful? There is so much good stuff to link to out there, but would it provide value if I linked as well? How would that provide value? I like the link posts from Steve Rubel, but there are almost too many links in each post to really follow. I used to almost be unable to keep up with the Scobleizer’s posts, but he’s calmed down a bit recently. His link blog I don’t even try to follow for fear of suffering a breakdown from information overload. Oh, and I have a “real life” as well. Can’t spend all my time reading blogs and writing my own rants.

Something to keep working on, I guess.

DreamScene preview now available on Windows Update for Vista Ultimate

12:21 pm

Just noticed that the Vista Ultimate Extra called DreamScene is now available as a preview on Windows Update. I’m downloading it now to check it out.

ProcessExplorer process tree view gone? Here’s a fix

February 8, 2007 11:28 am

My Process Explorer view got messed up a while ago. The process tree view wouldn’t display any more no matter what I did in the View menu. At the time I searched for solutions on Google, but found nothing.

Today I repeated my search – and Google found a site that mentioned the same problem: http://west-wind.com/WebLog/posts/9849.aspx

The solution was given by Matthijs van der Vleuten in the comments of that post: Remove the ProcessExplorer registry tree. You’ll have to reconfigure everything in ProcessExplorer afterwards, but that’s a small price to pay for getting the tree view back.

WordPress 2.1, wp-cache problems bring down geektieguy.com

February 7, 2007 1:28 am

I recently upgraded my blog software to WordPress 2.1 via the DreamHost one-click installer (an awesome service!), just to get improvements and bugfixes. It ran well for a while until some time Tuesday. I noticed the problem when I attempted to enter some comments at various other blogs, referencing some of my posts, and needing to look up the permalinks. To my surprise, I couldn’t open them. And I couldn’t open the main website either.

I wrote up a support ticket with DreamHost and got a reply back mentioning something about too much memory being used by my site and that this is usually due to badly written plug-ins.

So I dug around the log files, searched the DreamHost support area, searched the WordPress support area and finally typed this into Google: “WordPress 2.1 internal server error”. That led me to http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2006/12/site-down-36-hours-how-i-fixed-internal-server-errors/. There I found a description of exactly the same problem, and how it was solved by restoring the default configuration for wp-cache and then leaving it turned off. That’s what I did, and now the blog is back up and running again.

I never suspected wp-cache to be the culprit, especially since DreamHost encourages you to turn it on right away after installing WordPress to improve performance. I think this is something that should be looked into, DreamHost!