The Anonymous Widower

I Apologise For The Quality Of My Latest Posts

Since swapping to a Microsoft Surface Studio Pro 2 and Windows 10, the quality of my posts has got worse.

This is because they seem to be incompatible with WordPress.

It annoys me terribly, as I was brought up in a letterpress print works, where nothing less than perfect pages were tolerated.

I suspect I need to return to Windows 7!

I have improved them by reediting them in Windows 7 on my old laptop.

I certainly couldn’t recommend a Microsoft Surface Pro and Windows 10 to a blogger, who uses WordPress.

 

March 14, 2020 Posted by | Computing | , , , , | 3 Comments

Mutual Blogging

A reader of this blog, who used to be an old Artemis professional, is currently working on a large project, where there are a large number of sub-contractors and a difficult public relations problem with those, who live locally to the project.

They asked me, if a blog could solve some of his problems.

So here goes!

I would suggest, he starts a simple blog, probably using WordPress, as it is generally easily managed by an individual with average computer skills.

  • Only a tight group of individuals would be allowed to add posts to the blog.
  • Posts would be limited to so many a week.
  • Anybody would be allowed to comment, but under a set of behavioural rules and moderation, If the project is controversial, you don’t want the blog to become the focus of discontent.
  • I believe that with a difficult project, it could be a place for constructive discussion.
  • Hopefully, each post would generate comments and discussion, that improved the original post.
  • The blog would also point on its home page to useful sites concerned with the subject of the blog.
  • There would be a contact form.

If you were having a blog like this for say a public infrastructure project like Crossrail, it could be public, but a project like perhaps trialling a new treatment for a controversial-to-some illness like HIV-Aids, might be password-protected.

I think on balance most project blogs would be public.

If a system like WordPress is used, all of what I said is possible. And a lot more too!

North of me, they are electrifying the Gospel Oak to Barking Line and there has been a bit of controversy over noisy piling in the middle of the night.

A simple post apologising for the noise and giving locations may have eased the problems. You might even get comments to the blog from those overlooking the piling, which show the details of the engineering and the generated noise.

You can never be sure, the way that such a blog will develop.

But I’m sure it will work, to improve the smooth running of a project.

May 18, 2016 Posted by | Computing, World | , , | Leave a comment

I Can’t Display My Galleries

WordPress have done their usual and updated the software without testing it.

I can’t look at any galleries.

I’m using Windows 7. But it works fine on an old xP machine.

If you can see them properly or can’t please add a comment.

March 29, 2016 Posted by | Computing | | 2 Comments

My New Crap Design Tag

The new WordPress screen has resulted in my bringing in a new Crap Design tag. Click the tag on this post to see the design horrors.

Doing this was not as easy as it used to be, due to WordPress’s new editor design!

So is it back to the future with WordPress?

August 15, 2014 Posted by | Computing, World | , | Leave a comment

How Do You Get Rid Of The Beep Beep Boop Screen On WordPress?

Every day, I add my current INR reading to a post in the blog. It is just a simple way to show my results to doctors, dentists and anybody else who needs to know. I’ve also got a couple of researchers looking at the figures for interest, as it shows INR might vary from day to day.

It used to be easy and quick. I just got the page up and then clicked the Edit link on the WordPress toolbar and then the edit screen came up immediately. After typing in the new value, I just clicked Update and that was it.

If I wanted to check the page, I clicked on a View Post link and it replaced edit edit screen. Now it creates another tab in my browser.

What took a couple of seconds now takes a lot longer.

I have better things to do than look at the work of an imbecile.

I suspect the guy who designed this crap was the designer of the chocolate tea-pot.

If my blog wasn’t so big, I’d move it elsewhere!

 

August 15, 2014 Posted by | Computing, World | , | 2 Comments

Apologies To My Readers

For some reason, I am now unable to edit the galleries, so the pictures aren’t as I would like.

WordPress seem to have changed the software, so that it is impossible to click on the gallery to add more pictures or edit the existing ones.

I would assume that they’ve put new software up and it’s not compatible with Windows Vista and Chrome.

May 21, 2013 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

On Line Loan Applications

Someone just tried to put a link to an on-line payday loan company in this post on my blog. As you can see the post is about wind power, so why would someone interested in wind power and Ireland, click away from the page to some dubious on-line loan provider?

I deleted the comment, as I always do with those that aren’t constructive to the blog.

But it got me thinking!

So I typed.

online loan application

Into Google to see what turned up.

The first page had about twenty links, of which only half were for legitimate sources in my view.  The rest were in my view the on-line providers, that I find dubious.

I’ve also looked at my spam and note, there are quite a few payday loan companies trying to advertise using my site, but they have been stopped by the spam filter in WordPress.

 

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Computing, Finance | , , , , | 1 Comment

How To Unfollow This Blog

I’ve put this post in the blog, as someone wanted to unsubscribe. Or unfollow in WordPress terminology.

Firstly, if you subscribed to the blog, you are the only one who can unsubscribe, as that is one of the rules WordPress sets down. I can’t do it.

They do offer advice on how to unsubscribe in their forums.

Go here.

I’ve found the simplest way to unsubscribe is to login to WordPress and open any post in the blog from which you want to unsubscribe.

You should see a toolbar with the name of the blog followed by Following at the top of the web page. If you put your mouse over Following it should change to Unfollow.  Just click Unfollow to unsubscribe from the blog.

Let me know if you have any problems and feel free to comment here.

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

WordPress Changes Picture Upload Again

Why do they keep fiddling with it? Especially, as I preferred the original one, where I could size my pictures directly to 450 x 337 pixels.

Now I have to edit the HTML

November 29, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

WordPress Change Picture Sizing

One of the things that annoys me is when people have a good system and then they change it for no good reason.

When I enter a picture in WordPress, I like them to be a particular size of 450 x 337, just like in this post.

I enter everything in visual mode and then once I’ve uploaded the picture, I edit it to get the right size.  You used to just click the picture and then got an edit dialog, where you type in the size you want.

Now though the edit icon wants you to resize the picture using the mouse. It’s crap, as far as I’m concerned.

So now, I have to switch to text mode and change the values directly.

Why don’t people leave well enough alone.

August 1, 2012 Posted by | Computing | | Leave a comment