New theme installed

The Deserta theme is now installed and it appears to be very clean (visibly and as far as code is concerned).

The Deserta theme is now installed and it appears to be very clean (visibly and as far as code is concerned). I think the problem I was having with the search function may be fixed now. Before, if you did a search, whether using the search function or the comments or tags or any mechanism for looking at past posts, on occasion, you would get a 404 error message. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for it. If I refreshed the permalinks sometimes it would fix it and sometimes it wouldn’t. I think it had something to do with the way the Default theme is written. All of that is to say, if anyone has a problem retrieving past posts or get a 404 error code, let me know.

Meanwhile, it is good bye to the Default theme… it served well.

UPDATE RE: Searching

Searching, I have discovered, works perfectly well for the first item but if you need to see the comments (for example) of that posts you have to be registered.  Only registered users can go past one search.

Here’s an example to try.  Type the word Sicko in the search box.  You’ll get all the posts containing that word. Go to the post labeled Sicko 2 and click on comments. If you are registered, you’ll see those comments, otherwise you won’t.

I’ll make a note on the About page.

Typing test fun

I was testing out a piece of software called TextExpander, and reading the various links in the helpfiles, when I came across a typing test.

Now, I always knew I was a slow typist, but this slow?

I was testing out a piece of software called TextExpander, and reading the various links in the help-files, when I came across a typing test.

Now, I always knew I was a slow typist, but this slow?

46 words

Speedtest

And that’s after I took the test three times. You can try it yourself by clicking in the graphic or the Speedtest link.

Anyway, I’ll write more about TextExpander after I have played with it some more. So far it seems really cool, but mostly for those who often have to type the same phrases over and over. For example, by simply typing a series of letters (which you define), the program will replace them with whatever you have assigned to that combination, whether it be a word, or a short story.

Old Starfire Gone

I cancelled the old Starfire account this evening. If you go there, you will get a 404 error message.

I cancelled the old Starfire account this evening. If you go there, you will get a 404 error message. It was great while it lasted, but alas, all the entries live here now. Use the search tool to find old items. Now the search begins for a more interesting face for the new StarFire.

first post at new blog home

This represents my first posting on the new Starfire blog. Everything seems to have moved here without problem (posts, comments, dates).

This represents my first posting on the new Starfire blog. Everything seems to have moved here without problem (posts, comments, dates). I do need to go through the posts and find all images that are stored on the Typepad servers or else when I close down that account, I’m concerned those images will not be available.

While searching through tie archives for the various images, I came across one of my favorites, that I got from Peacechick Mary. It holds up. I just wish I had saved a bigger version

Speaking of images, I’d like to post the starfire image on the About page… What About page you ask? I haven’t finished working on it yet. 😉

annual blog migration post

I’ve been considering the possibility of migrating this blog to a different service. Typepad has been really good to me, but I think I’ve outgrown it. I’d like to have more control over the blog’s innards. I’ve been on TypePad for years, but a couple of years ago I decided to play with WordPress.

If you check my archives, you’ll see this is not a quick decision. I’ve been considering it since 2005. It seems I always think about this topic at this time of year. Do a search for WordPress over on the right to see how long I’ve been thinking about it.

There are two (actually three) types of WordPress. The WordPress I talk about, is WordPress.org. It’s a free download, but requires that you have a host for the files, and you must install it. The other is WordPress.com. This is also free, but it’s like Typepad in that you have a lot less control over things. No download necessary,… takes less than five minutes to get a blog. The third WordPress is a multiple users version and is generally used by big companies like the New York Times (blogs).

All of this is to say, that I will definitely be moving the blog over to WordPress, but before I quit Typepad, I’ll need to find out how to move my Typepad Photos blog.

I don’t think I mentioned my hosting service, which has been really fantastic. They have been so good, that I have one of their tags at the bottom of my whispers blog. They’re called HostM.

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clinton and winning

Gary Hart makes some interesting comments in his column, over at The Huffington Post:

It will come as a surprise to many people that there are rules in politics. Most of those rules are unwritten and are based on common understandings, acceptable practices, and the best interest of the political party a candidate seeks to lead. One of those rules is this: Do not provide ammunition to the opposition party that can be used to destroy your party’s nominee. This is a hyper-truth where the presidential contest is concerned. By saying that only she and John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic candidate who may well be the party’s nominee, and, perhaps most ominously, revealed the unlimited lengths to which she will go to achieve power. She has essentially said that the Democratic party deserves to lose unless it nominates her. As a veteran of red telephone ads and “where’s the beef” cleverness, I am keenly aware that sharp elbows get thrown by those trailing in the fourth quarter (and sometimes even earlier). “Politics ain’t beanbag,” is the old slogan. But that does not mean that it must also be rule-or-ruin, me-first-and-only-me, my way or the highway. That is not politics. That is raw, unrestrained ambition for power that cannot accept the will of the voters.

(my emphasis added at the end) I practically quoted the whole article, but there is more. Clinton is, in my opinion, acting more in her own self interest than the interest of the Democratic party or the voters. If you would like to see the Clinton comment, you can view it below.

My Other Blog

In my initial foray into blogging, I started out on Blogger. In 2005, I moved over to TypePad and let my blogger site dwindle. I’ve decided I’ll reactivate it. It won’t be any more active than my Typepad site, but for me, it just gives me a change (which, apparently I need more of than anticipated).

Feel free to drop by… or not.:) and read the latest post dated 11 March 2005.

It’s gonna take me a while to learn all the new features since 2005.

Oh, BTW, I go by voltos, there.

comment spam & typekey

I’ve gotten a few comment spams lately (just enough to be annoying). Typepad offers an option to require a typekey before being allowed to comment. If you have a typekey account, then you simply enter your username and password. If you don’t have a typekey, you would need to get one.

For more specific info on typekey, you can go here.

I’d really be interested in what people think about this (either comment or email). I’m considering using typekey, but will not if most responders object. Right now, comments is set to optional use of typekey if you want to try it out.