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Complete Site Redesign in a Morning

Talk about being in the zone… This is just crazy!

Sometimes, I just have to escape into codeland. It’s my happy place. In this case, it was a redesign (again!) of my own site using a stock install of WordPress. It seems an odd thing for a developer to do, knowing this is my chance to impress you with killer graphics and bleeding-edge coding. Tell the truth, I’m just too tired to make the effort. The whole internet business that changed so much since I began 1993 that I might as well do as my clients have and go the free route. Grabbing a free download is cake. Installing it onto a server is a bit of a trick, however, as the screen capture above can attest! What I did was up the .zip via FTP and expand it right into the root of the server. After renaming the folder to the proper subdirectory and building the database, all that needed to be done was to edit the wp-config and install. OK. I’m greatly oversimplifying, but the core matter is the same. Open Source software is better than that built by developers and can be used for free forever. It is robust and feature-filled right out of the box. There are countless templates, add-ons and code snippets for the webhacks out there. Most of all, it puts the creative process into the hands of the owner rather than the developer. That was the rallying cry of Web 2.0 that cut web maintenance budgets web-wide. We wanted to give content control to its creator, then were upset to realize that subscription payment and update fees were lost in the shuffle. I have been using the format for years on my cancer blog, but it wasn’t fully embraced until the San Diego Eruv site, which was built in an afternoon at the request of its corporate committee. Soon thereafter, it was used for a client siteand another. Now, I have more Wordpress installations out there than I can count. I left this install as stock because I just like it. The menus are easy to create and change. The sidebar widgits are like old friends. Like I said, I’m in my happy place.

Manually Editing HTML Pages

CoachGAK

GAK is a word I made up. It is generally used to describe my process when I am deep into a server thing that requires multiple windows and applications, in this case updating the blog entries on my Connectivity Coach site manually. This blog was created manually using a guestbook script from Matt’s Archive that I installed in back in 2000 while working at Printable. The is no easy way to edit output rather than with a GAK of the HTML code itself. The process goes: download, edit, upload and test. Strictly old school! My new blog is so much easier that this one has become abandonware.

D.I.Y. Publishing Made Easy

I love designing on the Mac

When I was looking for my son’s Bar Mitzvah invitations online, all I saw was overpriced junk. Nothing was even close, so I dusted off the design tools and got busy. Type on a curve was fun old-school trick. Getting hebrew fonts was a bit of a grind, but there were some good ones out there. FontExplorer X from Linotype is a must-have tool for any mac user with a font library. A couple hours of work and a simple upload to FedEx Office and I had my custom invitations in an hour for $36.

Restarting Idle Blogs after Hiatus

All this from my couch.

All this from my couch.

When it became time to rework my blogs, They needed some dusting off. For one thing, I had a domain name that was expiring, so I repurposed the content from my first Wordpress, which was broken from moving some files. So, I cranked up some tunes and got to work. First, I had to use the domain manager in cPanel to point mussarhayom.com to the old blogsite. phpMyAdmin was instrumental to pointing the new database to the old content. Had to resort to server trickery to reactivate the Ahimsa theme, but it was sweet to get it back on line.

Manually Editing HTML Pages

GAK is a word I made up. It is generally used to describe my process when I am deep into a server thing that requires multiple windows and applications, in this case updating the blog entries on my Connectivity Coach site manually. This blog was created manually using a guestbook script from Matt’s Archive that I installed in back in 2000 while working at Printable. The is no easy way to edit output rather than with a GAK of the HTML code itself. The process goes: download, edit, upload and test. Strictly old school! My new blog is so much easier that this one has become abandonware.

CoachGAK

No Way Out

Eerie Flashback to an Important Time

Eerie Flashback to an Important Time

I remember the first time I saw this painting. On my first visit to Jennifer’s, we were in a dark brick study-of-sorts and I saw it on the wall. Haunting. Lovely. How I ended up with it on my wall is a long story that those who know me know, The point is, life goes twisting around and we are not expected to complete our journey, only to strive to reach it. That is the living of life.

Beshellach: My Own Private Idaho

This week we see that the Jews were to leave Egypt armed. This people, who saw firsthand the might and wonder of Hashem during the plagues, should of had every assurance that they would be protected in the desert. So, what’s with the weapons of protection and aggression?

I learned an interesting idea about this last week. We have to do as we must if we want Hashem’s help. Whatever your thing is, getting to minyan, watching your temper, temptations of all sorts, we alone can protect ourselves and do the right thing.

Our sword is the words of the sages, the advice of our elders and classic works of mussar that guide us in the proper path. With free will we are masters of our destiny.

Chazal asks why didn’t they bring food as well? sure, they had matzah, but who can live on that

The thing is, there was no way to bring enough food anyway. They had to just give up and trust in Hashem. Indeed, they never hungerd or lacked for safety in to 40-year adventure.

Being on the other side of the continent from my home town, melting snow everywhere, I considered my position. I gave all to chase my dreams, knowing that it would be ok. Things turned out different than expected, but so goode!

Never would I have moved to Oak Park MI other than the spell of bewitchment I was under. Now, I have work, learning, shuls, food, friends and options. Most of all, I am my own man, supporting myself with the abilities and opportunities Hashem gives me. In return I do the things I want to do anyway as best I can.

As Beshellach says, “when we stand up,” we too stand armed and ready to do our part. As for our provision and safety, it’s simply one foot in front of the other. Eventually, we’ll get to where we are going.

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