How to manage a self-hosted WordPress blog from Windows

…or how I manage my self-hosted WordPress blog. Get webspace I use and recommend Dreamhost create a user account with ssh/sftp access associate a name with your webspace, e.g. somesubdomain.dreamhosters.com for free or somedomain.com if it’s available (at Dreamhost, one…

you should be cool doing nothing

I was the one who said it (IMed it actually), but I can’t take credit for thinking to immortalize it on a sticker. That was all Jonathan. Actually I think he wanted a t-shirt. It’s the perfect ironic response to…

When inspiration strikes

One of my more productive times for writing is when I’m walking to the bus stop in the morning. This is unfortunate because it’s hard to write while I’m walking. So I take that time to run over thoughts and…

The (in)efficiency of cities

The simple beauty of the city can be expressed in miles per minute. The average person can walk a mile in 15-20 minutes. Thus anything (read: everything) within a mile and a half radius is reasonably accessible by foot without…

Found caught in the grate of a Sausalito storm drain

How to regularly backup Windows XP to Ubuntu, using rsync

Back in September I revived my Mini-ITX box to serve as a backup server. I set up BackupPC, ran it once, it seemed to work, and then ignored it for weeks. When I checked back, it hadn’t run successfully since.…

Big Brother might be watching you

Eye-shaped peephole at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Geek Squad ads that actually make sense

I mean c’mon Ubuntu is WAY geekier than Windows Vista. Parodies created with The Gimp on Ubuntu Edgy Eft. MTBCAD?

15 seconds of fame

Woo! My How to regularly backup Windows XP to Ubuntu, using rsync post made the top of Digg this morning! Disclaimer: I work for Federated Media, who provides advertising for Digg.

Neatlinks wordpressification

Since I started my neatlinks sidebar in January 2003, it has been powered by Blogger. I’ve wanted to incorporate it into WordPress forever, but as I’d constructed things (dynamically including the static files created by Blogger into WordPress) things just…

Before and after

The rainy season seemed like it was going to start finally last week. Monday afternoon, from the boardwalk around Gaylords (across from work) the light was eerily yellow-green: By Tuesday it looked like this: Today was beautiful, so temperate that…

SH**T+RELOAD!

Update: this design has been discontinued Another day, another IM exchange at work inspires a t-shirt design. Jonathan: oh damn… Jonathan: I maybe have some cached template Jonathan: shift-refresh!!! Justin: :) Jonathan: can’t believe I fell for that Jonathan: sorry…

Come work with me!

It must be a tight job market when the creator of PHP is trying to lure PHP developers to Yahoo, but if you’d rather work on a small team for an awesome startup supporting bloggers, Federated Media is also hiring…

I touched the largest organism ON EARTH!

…and lived to tell the story. General Sherman Triptych This past weekend Stephanie and I ventured out to Sequoia National Park on one of our trademark spontaneous adventures. We’d been talking about taking advantage of the three day weekend to…

me and the sherm

Stephanie deserves all the credit for taking this incredible photo of me and General Sherman. I was walking around on the sturdy wooden fence that encircled the tree, trying to take a picture from the best vantage, when Stephanie took…

Snowshoeing Sequoia

Before my close encounter with the sherminator Sunday afternoon, we were wandering around the Giant Forest museum, our first stop in the park. Stephanie asked if it was possible for us to squeeze into a ranger-led snowshoeing tour, something she’d…

Panorama Tools

Whoa, I just got lost in the world of panorama photo stitching tonight. In fact I had no idea until reading the comments to Andrew Emond’s Raider of the Lost Ark photo a month ago that software even existed to…

Commute collage

Sausalito sea birds, Golden Gate Bridge in fog, Golden Gate sunset, San Francisco reflecting the sunset

Lasagna on Saturday

Saturday for me today meant sleeping in. During the week I’ve been staying up late, working on projects and blog posts, and of course it’s eating into my sleep. I think I haven’t really absorbed the fact that my walk+bus…

Lemon Cove

One of my favorite parts about choosing to visit arbitrary destinations spontaneously are all the little unexpected things I discover along the way. On the way home from Sequoia National Park last Monday we drove through the aptly named town…

Windows boots SLOW? Unplug iPod.

Stephanie’s computer was exhibiting the strangest symptoms on Sunday. iTunes locked up and brought the rest of Windows XP Media Center screeching to a halt. This has happened before, so she attempted to reboot with Ctrl+Alt+Del, but couldn’t get it…

Hail attacks San Francisco!

It started with a flash. Was that lightning, or any one of a hundred things that could be flashing on Pine Street below us? Stephanie’s ear piqued: thunder! A little later, thunder again. Then it started pouring, then we realized…