Category Archives: Work

Windows Update error 80072f8f [SOLVED]

The dreaded error message!

If you get a Windows Update “error 80072f8f” when you try to Check for Updates, you may need to adjust your computer’s date and time settings! The 80072f8f error generally happens when there is a large discrepancy between your system clock and the Windows Update service…. so when that happens you will get the error and be prevented from receiving updates. Thankfully, as mentioned earlier, the fix is generally very easy as you just need to update your computer’s date/time to

Internet speed test results for Best Western Oasis, Joplin MO

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I am on a business trip to upgrade servers at Weblogs.us. The servers are located in Tulsa OK, but for tonight I stopped in Joplin MO along the way. Priceline negotiator got me a room for $42 plus tax at the Best Western Oasis. That price is nice but internet is a big part of my work so I always try to evaluate the network speeds where I stay. So far I’d give them a C+ but speedtest.net rates it

The best custom taxonomy plugin for WordPress? [SOLVED]

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I checked out a bunch of custom taxonomy plugins for WordPress. When it was all said and done my favorite plugin was: Custom Fields and Custom Post Types Management http://wordpress.org/plugins/types/The complete and reliable plugin for managing custom post types, custom taxonomy and custom fields. While it is a little hefty at ~6.8MB after uploading, it does the trick and is fully compatible with the latest WordPress version. Woot!

Changes to the Amazon.com Associates Program

Annotated screenshot showing the Amazon affiliate program changes as of Feb 1st

Amazon associates/affiliates received the following notice recently: We are writing to notify you of some changes to the Amazon.com Associates Program Operating Agreement, which governs your participation in the Amazon Associates Program for Amazon.com. All changes are effective on February 1, 2014. https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/help/operating/compare And here is my summary of the changes: Magazines go from a 25% affiliate commission (fee rate) to none Video game console products go from a 4% commission (fee rate) to 1% Overall this continues a trend by

Thunderbird auto spell check not working [SOLVED]

Ye-haw, it works again!

Thunderbird’s ‘check spelling at you type’ feature quite working for me last month. Since that time I have been working without inline spell check in Thunderbird (and it has been quite annoying ;-)). Today I finally took the time to figure out how to fix the issue! First I tried simply checking my settings: The box was already checked to ‘Enable spell check as you type’ but I went ahead and unchecked/checked it and hit ‘OK’ just to make sure

[Err] 2006 – MySQL server has gone away Navicat/WordPress [solved]

Screenshot showing the wait_timeout variable in Navicat Server Monitor

Recently I tried upgrading to the latest version of the WordPress Download Monitor plugin. It did not go well Thus, I tried to revert from a backup made using Navicat. Unfortunately, the restore would fail every time while trying to import my wp_posts table (a pretty important table!) I tried exporting the backup to a SQL dump and importing that. No luck. Finally, I tried resolving the actual ‘MySQL server has gone away’ issue itself and I had success. This tip is

Staying at Crossroads Inn & Suites in Salem MO

This evening we are staying staying at the soon to be Crossroads Inn & Suites. They are located at 1200 South Main Street, Salem MO (next to the Crossroads Shopping Center). The facilities are top notch and the rooms are the nicest in the area (actually better than most in Springfield in my opinion). On March 19th the hotel will be switching from the old Holiday Inn Express to the new Crossroads Inn and Suites.  They have some exciting changes in

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