Archive for February 3rd, 2007

Thanks to Kevin

WordPress, the software which runs this site, has now been updated to version 2.1. I have been battling the upgrade for a couple days, and this evening I finally gave up when “Fantastico” the automated installer/upgrader starting spitting new errors at me.

Those who know me will know that I can be incredibly stubborn when it comes to solving computer problems…refusing to take a secondary approach until I have exhausted all possible explanations for the primary approach to fail.

If I had wanted to, I could have gone for the manual upgrade, and that was my secondary approach, however I didn’t want to have any more downtime than absolutely necessary…and if an automated system is supposed to be able to upgrade WordPress with little-to-no downtime, why should I accept minutes of downtime, not to mention the fact that a manual upgrade would force me to use manual upgrades forever?

Before going for the manual upgrade, I decided to check with BlueHost Support to see if there was any reason why it wouldn’t be working that they were aware of.

Kevin from BlueHost support was the person who helped me on the live chat, and after a bit of work at his end, WordPress was upgraded to 2.1

It would appear that disk space was the issue. BlueHost don’t automatically upgrade people’s webspace allowance when they change the package, mainly due to most people not even coming close to their allowance…however I had virtually hit the roof of the allowance prescribed by the previous version of my hosting package. Apparently getting it upgraded to the current 200GB webspace and 2TB/month bandwidth solved the problem.

So, thank you to kevin from Bluehost Support for his assistance.

Right now I’ve got a few minor formatting issues to fix which have come about as a result of the upgrade.


11 comments February 3rd, 2007 at 08:41pm

Letters To The Editor

I’m quite pleased to be able to announce a new section on Samuel’s Blog, Letters To The Editor.

This is your chance to set the agenda on Samuel’s Blog, all you have to do is send an email to Your letter can be about almost anything, and it can be from any part of the opinion spectrum, as long as there is some point to your letter. I don’t have to agree with your letter, but I am moderating, so the usual no defamation etc rules apply.

The letters could be your opinion on something in the news, something happening here on Samuel’s Blog, or something completely different…it doesn’t matter because as I said, it’s your chance to set the agenda.

A few little rules.
1. Only emails sent to will be considered for inclusion
2. You must provide either your real name, your username on this blog, or a verifiable screen name you use elsewhere (you may need to point me to an example). That being said, you can tell me which name (it can be completely different, within reason) you would prefer to be published. A location would also be nice, because then I can refer to you in a logical manner (eg. Sandra from Perth).
3. I reserve the right to decide whether or not to publish your email. I also reserve the right to remove any content that I think would offend a large section of the audience (hopefully that will only mean obscuring parts of obscenities).
4. Please try to keep your emails under 500 words. I may publish them if they are longer, but don’t count on it.

I’m looking forward to receiving some interesting letters.

I haven’t decided how often I will publish the letters, it will depend on how many I receive and how much else I have ready to appear. Ultimately though, I think it’s a case of “The more the merrier!”


1 comment February 3rd, 2007 at 04:51pm

Where’s the thunder coming from?

For those of you, like me, who are in the Canberra region and are trying to work out where all the thunder is coming from, it’s coming from a sever thunderstorm north of Gourburn and stretching across the majority of the Central Tablelands, and parts of the western Illawarra.

A late shower or thunderstorm is expected in Canberra, however no warnings are current.

Update about three minutes later: It’s now raining here, and the thunder is sounding a lot closer…looks like the Canberra storms have come too! End Update


4 comments February 3rd, 2007 at 02:52pm


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