Category Archives: Technology

General things that deal with technology.

Quick WP upgrading with WPCLI

This is the easiest way to upgrade WordPress. You’ll execute these commands on the server itself.

Requirements

  • ssh access to your server
  • wp-cli command installed (instructions for installing wp-cli at http://wp-cli.org/)

Install/Upgrade WP CLI

  • wp-cli should be upgraded each time a WordPress installation is upgraded.

Upgrade WP

Prep work

Change into the WP directory

Make a list of active plugins

Update all plugins

Deactivate all of the plugins

Upgrade WordPress

Reactivate all of the previously active plugins.

Check the site in various browsers (make sure cache has been cleared).

Setting up a Hosting Environment, Part 5: Apache and PHP

Figuring out the possibilities for Apache and PHP reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book, “Fox in Sox”. It’s a favorite of mine. I love reading it to the kids. In it, Mr. Fox tries to get Mr. Knox to say all kinds of ridiculous (in meaning and hard to say) tongue twisters. At one […]

Backing up MySQL with Replication and Incremental Files – Part 1

I’m trying this new idea for backing up our production MySQL servers. I have a backup server that basically runs rdiff-backup in the morning across several servers, but then does nothing for the rest of the day. It’s a pretty decent machine, so I’d like to utilize some resources. Databases are a tough cookie to […]

Many Mechanical Machines

Back again with another roundup of websites promoting some history. This weeks focus is on the computers and other machines. Technologizer has come through in the past year or so with some really fun looks at technology of the past. Here are three: It’s amazing how ugly and non-functional computers were in the early stages. […]

40th anniversary of the moon landing

What space junky, almost historian, geek would I be without posting a little bit about some of the best type of history in existence. I refer, of course, to the history of man’s endeavors to explore space. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on a celestial […]

Blast from the past

What I have for you this week are just a few websites that give us access to the past, an historical artifact that uncovers a mystery, and some new ways to do timelines. A great resource, hopefully, for scholars. From their website…. “The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge […]

Lego History and the Rosetta Stone of the future?

LEGOS The lego minifig (the little human figure) is celebrating its 30 year birthday today. Yeah Lego! Gizmodo is running a contest for best picture or short film using the minifig. The first and second prizes are the best Lego sets of all time! My brothers and I got these sets as kids. So many […]

THAT podcast

Check out THAT podcast (THAT = The Humanities And Technology). It’s a new video pod cast put on by a couple of co-workers at CHNM. They interview someone in the technical field about software that helps those of us in the humanities. The first episode includes an interview with Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress (the […]

Happy Birthday Sputnik!

50 years ago Sputnik was launched, and ever since children all over the world have dreamed of becoming an astronaut. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/july-dec07/sputnik_10-03.html