Ever wonder what is the meaning of those 16-digits code on your credit card?
I am not sure if this is a serious bug or a feature in WordPress 3.0.4 but occasionally when I do an automatic upgrade of plugins, I will encounter with problems stating that my site is “Briefly unavailable for schedule maintenance”. When you encounter such message, you will no longer able to access the WordPress admin site and your blog.
When face with this problem, there is a quick fix for it as stated in Worpress’s Codex site:-
All you have to do, is SSH (sss <sitename> -l <username>) to your site and go to your default WordPress directory and remove the “. maintenance” file. If you are unfamiliar with Unix, you might not be able to see this hidden file when you do a listing of the directory using the command “ls”. Use “ls -a” instead to list all files including those hidden files. Once you are able to confirm that the file is in your directory listing, simply remove it by issuing the command “rm .maintenance”.
Your blog should function normally again and you can go back to your WordPress Admin site and try to do the plugin upgrade again.
For those of you who had recently purchased the latest version of iPhoto either via shrink rap boxes (iLife ’11) or from Apple’s latest Mac AppStore, may encounter persistent crashes while it is trying to upgrade your old iPhoto Library, and it may even give you a kernel panic if you persistently try to repeat the process.
Here is what you should do. First, run Disk Utility application and perform a verify permission; you may see a long list of permission errors of your iLife related system files. Once verifying is done, do a repair permission and proceed to reboot your Mac. Try running the iPhoto again for it to upgrade your old libraries. Chances are your problems will be solved.
One of my most used application on the iPad (which I will review later) is GoodReader. It allows us to import in documents of various formats from places like GoogleDoc, Dropbox, MobileMe and the Web for offline viewing. However lately I have notice whenever I try to import in a new document from GoogleDoc, it always ended giving me a 401 Error (Unauthorized) HTML file instead of the actual document. Older documents however have no problem importing into GoodReader. At first I thought the file was corrupted, so I created a few dummy documents and same pattern emerged. Next I tried various other applications that perform similar task such as Memeo Connect for iPad and lo and behold same issue crops up. Only older documents are able to sync into iPad while new documents gave the same error.
After digging through Google Reader, I managed to find the solution. The issue here is with the Google Doc’s new version which was launched April, 2010. Any documents created prior to the new version will have no problem with applications such as GoodReader and Memeo Connect. How do we solve this problem? Login to Google Doc and go to setting to turn off the “Create new document using the latest version”. See the image below for further details and voila everything will work as before. Hope this issue will be solve soon by both parties so we can used the new format with those iPad apps.
I downloaded Firefox 3.6 the moment it was released and I must say the speed does improve tremendously. First thing I did as usual after updating its major release was to update all the extensions I had and to my very surprise, all the extension was compatible except Mozilla’s very own Ubiquity extension. I was taken aback as to why most of the third party extensions were already made to be compatible but not the Mozilla’s very own extension. For those of you not familiar with Ubiquity, it is basically a command line interface that simplifies common web interface like doing translation, searching for maps on the fly while you are browsing or writing up an email. You can head up to Mozilla’s Lab to learn more about it.
As I can’t live without it for the moment and do not know when will Ubiquity be updated to be compatible with the latest Firefox version, I digged around for some answers as to how to make it work and I will explain here step by step as to how to hack it.
Method 1 (if you have already installed Ubiquity earlier prior to 3.6)
When you are at the extension add-ons windows, you will notice that it will say that Ubiquity is not compatible with Firefox 3.6
What you need to do now is to go to Finder (If you are a Mac user) and edit ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profilesemail@example.com/install.rdf file. If you are a Windows user, refer here.
What you need to do is to change the word “3.6″ to “3.7″. Save the file and restart Firefox. Viola, that’s it. Everything will work as before.
Method 2 (if you have NOT already installed Ubiquity before)
This will be a little trickier as when you go ahead and install Ubiquity, Firefox simply won’t let you do so and complain that you are trying to install an extension that is not compatible. What you need to do now is to type in “about:config” (without the quotes) in the address bar and you will see a dialog screen as shown below.
Go ahead and click the button, but be forewarned that you are now venturing into the heart of Firefox and any mistakes you make while editing the configuration might render it useless. Now do a right click and you will have a menu option pops out. Choose New->Boolean and enter “extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6” (without the quotes) and toggle the option to FALSE. You will see something like this:-
Once you are absolutely sure, go ahead and restart Firefox and go to Ubiquity page to download the extension and you can now safely use it without any warning on compatibility issues. You now have two options; either leave it as it is and happily use the Ubiquity extension with compatibility check turn off but taking a risk that you might install other extensions in the future that might not be compatible, or have the compatibility option turn on again by setting “extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6” to TRUE. If you do that, you need to follow Method 1 to edit the install.rdf file and restart Firefox. The choice is all yours.
Happy Ubiquitying! (If there is such a word) and I do not take responsibility for this hack. User discretion is advise.
Postscript: Please note that if you install directly from https://addons.mozilla.org you might be getting Ubiquity ver 0.1 which is not the latest that they have. Maybe that’s because it might temporary be used in 3.6 but with limited functionality. For the latest you have to heads up to https://mozillalabs.com/ubiquity