Archive for the ‘Geeky Stuff’ Category

Updates

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

I’m working on recovering the website, updating the guide page, and in general, fixing things that have been broken for a long time.
Note first of all, the change in address; if you’re reading this after a Google search, the new URL refers to what is now my only domain, mtnsideadventures.com – I’ve let all the others go, as they were doing nothing worthwhile any longer. So if you or someone you know is still looking at mtnsideview, look no more.

Secondly, I’m reviewing website editing software for managing my guide pages. So far, I’ve found nothing that really fits my desires. I’ve considered switching entirely over to a WordPress-managed structure, but for various reasons, this doesn’t satisfy. If you know of a software solution that: keeps it simple, uses straightforward HTML, is cheap, and can be run without an Internet connection (so I can edit offline and upload later), and doesn’t use a lot of bandwidth – specifically no broadband connection required – I’m interested.

Thirdly, I still climb, a lot. I’ve slowed down a bit since the heydays of 2008 – 2012, for various reasons, but I still get out frequently. I plan to use this blog to keep track of those excursions, as well as other, less vertical, activities.

As always, if you put in comments, let me know (email me if you know). Otherwise, they may not get posted.

Hesitating on the Verge

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I’ve had a whirlwind week. In brief:

  • Education: I now know how badly our government is screwed up. One word: Census.
  • Climbing: so busy with other things that it has been hard to consistently keep it up. I have managed to do so, but it hasn’t been easy.
  • Weddings: one I attended yesterday, and one coming up in my own family very soon.
  • Substitute Teaching: freshmen can be terribly cruel.

All that said, it’s Sunday evening and I have no work that “must” get done right now. I’m thinking about pulling Textpattern off the regular website. That will put me back to the old site (well, after I upload it again, anyway), with the same old problem of how to organize the directories and story structure and search through the mess. Assuming of course, that deleting Textpattern works.

The first step faltered quickly. I planned to import all my Textpattern entries to this blog before nixing the CMS from my site, but it appears 1and1 makes access to the Database rather difficult, if not impossible. Might still figure out how to do this. In the meantime, I thought, just copy all the entries and then paste them here.

I’ve not written on it for awhile, but when I went there to start the job, whoa. That took a long while, and I’m still not done. Forgot how much I had already put up there.

So my “regular” website is still a bit up in the air. If it’s unavailable for awhile, hopefully this will fill the gap, and more hopefully, the gap won’t last long.

In the meantime, stay tuned…

Faceborg Assimilation

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

After finding out that all the Adirondack Climbing Info I want is on Facebook, I’ve caved to the social pressure and joined the social media fad. I’ve resisted for a long time, but with Forum Sites languishing silently, Blogs commandeered by Corporate Interests and the elite, I’ve been forced into this compromising position.

Well, okay, I also wanted to keep in touch with my family members, youth group members, and old friends, who are rapidly dispersing themselves across the planet.

CMS Dilemma

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Well, I’ve bounced back to my WordPress Blog for blogging, or something similar to it. In the meantime, I have to decide whether to dump Textpattern or spend the time making it work. Being unable to access my old articles is annoying, to say the least; struggling to format the page to look and feel the way I want it took look just doesn’t seem worth the bother. I was doing that on my own for years.

Of course, going back will require archiving what I have up on the Textpattern side (probably just copy/paste it into here), then browsing my site directories for what hasn’t been hijacked and deleted. I should do that anyway, to see if perhaps there’s a workaround.

And of course, I’ll be back where I started, trying to make the site have a consistent visual appearance, while also making it useful as an online guide to Crane Mountain’s rock and ice climbing and a depository for articles and reviews. That will also mean an increasingly cluttered main folder, as well; and a few technical problems I’ve yet to solve. Being a putz programmer, none of this will be easy.

Interesting side note, while chatting with Neil and Mike Saturday, Mike mentioned that he has an Adirondack Climber’s Facebook page up. Apparently, I’ve missed yet another boat, I’m still floating on the blogosphere, while the masses have jumped ship to social networking sites. Maybe if I stick around long enough, forums will come back in vogue…

Bouncing Around

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

In case it isn’t obvious, I’m currently bouncing between posts here and posts on the main website page. I’ve installed Textpattern on my main website, so now all the old links are unavailable. I could fix that easily enough, but just haven’t taken the time to do so. More importantly, and just as ignored, I haven’t yet learned how to modify Textpattern’s default layout to my liking. So yep, I seem to have two blogs on one site, all covering the same thing.

Success!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

After a prolonged wait (OK, perhaps an hour), the subdomain I really wanted is ready, activated, charging ahead full-speed.

The blog officially sits here at blog.mtnsideview.com. No mo’ fuss, no mo’ muss. I hope.

Blog Attempt 2.1

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I’m not quite there yet. The plan was to create a subdomain, blog.mtnsideview.com, and drop this blog into it. I mistakenly created and placed the blog in the wrong domain (mtnsidedesign.com), so today I created the correct subdomain, and as soon as that is ready, will move this blog into its home. For some reason, creating a subdomain isn’t an instant pleasure; there’s a delay getting it “official” I suppose.

All this begs the question as to whether it has been worth the effort. Time will tell. In the meantime, I’ll see if I make an adequate blogger or, like so many others out there, lose the enthusiasm for it in a month or two.

One of the quandaries of using software like this is not understanding it well. I dislike ignorance in this field, but I’m gradually yielding to the real necessity of saving time by using stuff like this. I may never understand the database-driven website, but at least I may eventually reap the benefits of having one.

Blog Attempt, Take Two

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

My Web Host offers free blogging software that seems very easy to use. The ease of installation came with a price however: I couldn’t install the blog in a separate directory (e.g. www.mtnsideview.com/blog/). I didn’t realize this until I created a blog and discovered the blogging software hijacked my entire site.

Fortunately, my directories weren’t deleted, just unavailable to the web server. Users browsing to my site were being automatically linked to the blog database instead of seeing all that clutter I’ve created in the past. A simple “delete blog” command and all was well.

Except I still didn’t have a blog up and running.

I could have installed WordPress (the Blogging software) manually – which would have involved learning exactly how to do this – but there was an easier workaround.

1and1 does allow subdomain names (e.g. blog.mtnsideview.com), and in the end, this is how I’ve enabled a blog on my site. Unfortunately, I mistakenly stuck it inside mtnsidedesign, an aborted attempt at Web Development I dreamed up back in the days when it was possible to do webdev without purchasing expensive software updates, greasing search engine coffers, and keeping track of dozens of arcane methodologies. I’m no longer interested in pursuing that sort of stuff, certainly not at the level required nowadays; so I’ll either leave it “here” or move it over to mtnsideview.