Category: Update

  • Unexpected downtime and removed plugins.

    I had removed a WordPress plugin called WordFence a while back, and all was well. Today, however, some leftover components from WordFence reared their head and brought my no-name blog down. This is why SSH should be a standard feature of any hosting package. I was able to shell in, find the offending files and […]

  • Top of October, and what goes.

    This goes a bit deep into burnt out noodles territory. For those of you who need it, a content warning about the state of my mental health.

  • We on that #DeleteFacebook trend train again.

    I took a look at Twitter today, as is my refreshed routine during this pandemic, and I see people are on the #DeleteFacebook trend. Okay, let me help y’all out. The primary reason many people claim they cannot delete Facebook is “But my friends/family/partner are on there and it’s the easy way to keep up […]

  • The power of e-scooters.

    Since we’ve all been asked to stay home, stay healthy, or any permutation of those words due to the current pandemiscape, I’ve been sitting here and mulling over my biggest issue. I’ve been wanting to get a new e-bike or similar so that I can get around town easier, because I do have to occasionally […]

  • Lay low, wash your hands, ride the furlough.

    These times are new and rough for many of us, not knowing exactly how to navigate our new pandemiscape. I’m going to say first that I’m actually thankful for being furloughed from my job at this time. It IS hard to deal with, being used to working and working and working, then told nope, go […]

  • Unpopular Opinion: Short Notification Services are sub-par image gallery services.

    The title alone should carry enough weight on its own to deliver the complete thought, but it seems the need to explain this in detail is just there as people keep wandering to Twitter, Instagram, and similar services to post their artwork, photography, and the like. The problem is that the overall design of services […]

  • Make of things what you will.

    Xial outlines a set of projects for the year ahead.

  • IVR Voice Gating, a reminder.

    Did you know? Whenever you get an interactive voice recognition system by calling a big business, many of them are set up with voice gates that will dump you into specific queues. Certain words, phrases, and tonalities can pull you to the front of the queue as a VIP. VIP, in this case, is often […]

  • An interesting year in the rear view mirror.

    Hey, folks. Welcome to 2020, and all the insights that come with being in the rear view mirror. As the sun sets on 2019, I’m looking back at things I have learned, and realizations that are taking me full speed into a year with an extra day under its hood. Last year, I learned how […]

  • Re-homed: Lick dot Blue.

    In which Xial relates frustration on bargain hosting and a change in hosts not even 16 months after the last one.