Site migration complete

Last night, I completed what could be called an unusual site migration. I went from a self-hosted WP install to WP.com. That's right, my full site is now hosted at my WP.com account. People usually migrate from WP.com to WP self-installs after their site gets big and they decide they want more options, like the [...]

Wondering when California's budget is going to get fixed

One great thing about California is they're not allowed to go into debt, like the federal government. They must always balance their budget. And yet the California legislature has failed to address this problem and has let deadline after deadline slip by, in seeming mockery, in spite of Gov. Schwarzenegger's continued pleas and coaxing. When [...]

It’s no surprise broadband internet sucks in the US

A recent Akamai survey, which I shared here and here, ranked US in the 33rd spot (globally) when it came to broadband internet connections above 2 Mbps. Sure, it moved up two spots compared to last year, but it's still lagging behind countries such as Monaco, Slovakia, South Korea, and believe it or not, Romania [...]

Meet Buttons, the cutest kitteh ever

Sorry for the baited title. This post is really about how web users interact with written content on the Internet, and how people in general interact with the news these days. But read on anyway, you might find this useful, and there's even another cute kitty photo at the end. I've been sitting on the [...]

Finally, an update for Apple's Bluetooth problems

Updated 8/26/09: It turns out the firmware update didn't fix the Bluetooth issues. But OS X 10.5.8, which also came out recently, seems to have mostly fixed the problems. I still get the occasional Bluetooth connection error, but it's nowhere near as often as before. A software update noticed popped up on my MBP today, [...]

The iMac: not so great long, long after

I received an email from Apple a couple of days ago, advertising the new iMac. The title of the ad was: "Amazing right out of the box. And long, long after." I disagree with that characterization. Perhaps it's true of the new iMac, but it's not true of our iMac. First, let me get something [...]

Wish I could do something about those dogs

There are two problems with dogs in Romania, as I see it: There are entirely too many stray dogs Most dog owners care little about their dogs' behavior Let me say first that I'm a dog lover, though my recent experiences here in Romania have cooled my enthusiasm for dogs significantly. Overall, it's been one [...]

WordPress Stats plugin has gone cuckoo

For over a month now, I have been unable to rely on the official WordPress Stats plugin. (I say official because the folks that made WordPress also made this plugin.) It, all of a sudden, started assigning all site visits to the same article, so that all of my stats became completely skewed. Let me [...]

You simply can't depend on computers

Take it from someone with 15 years of experience in Information Technology -- me. You cannot depend on computers. Every single time in my life when I've had to depend on a computer to help me do something under a tight deadline, some glitch intervened. Something inevitably went wrong. Something didn't work. I wasn't able [...]