videos will be unavailable for a bit

after receiving like 5 requests a day from russian spam accounts on my google + account, i decided to delete my account, which also deleted my youtube account, as far as i’m concerned, totally worth it. but, i lost all the videos i had uploaded. I plan on uploading them again to my one drive.

Felix has fun in the sun
Felix has fun in the sun

the following is a test to see if it’ll work
onedrive

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i actually lasted over a year without reinstalling windows

so this has , as far as i can remember, never happened. i actually went a year without reinstalling my OS. last night i finally got around to some maintenance, and she (he? it? not sure… ) is so much happier.

installationdate

  • TikiOne – it goes through my steam library and cleans up unnecessary direct x files, saved me a few gigs of HD space.
  • CCleaner – first i went through and uninstalled programs i never use anymore (goodbye Chrome and Opera 18, i recently switched to only using FireFox and IE) as well as a few other programs i noticed were installed but never used anymore. Then i ran the cleaner part and got rid of all my temperary internet files and cookies and all that junk. And then ran the registry cleaner, which i’ve been told is not the greatest one out there, but .. works for me.
  • Puran Defrag – this one takes a long time, but totally worth it. it does a startup disk defrag, requires multiple reboots, and requires a full checkdisk to run, let it run over night and your computer will be happy in the morning.
  • Malware Bytes – i use windows built in anti-virus for my everyday computing, but occasionally it’s a good idea to run a program that just looks for malware, and this one works really well.

So that’s pretty much my maintenance, i’m hoping to open up the case and get the inside dusted as well as replace a dead fan i’ve been putting off for awhile now.

WordPress plug-ins that are useful

i have a small site, i don’t really get traffic, way more bots visit this site than humans, but i still enjoy my little corner of the internet. i use wordpress to run this site, which is hosted by my good friend Mike (he has a server running in Las Vegas)

I really enjoy playing around with my wordpress installation (and thanks to Mike, the site doesn’t stay down long when i break things) and i have found a few plug ins i would reccomend for anyone running a wordpress site.

  1. Wordfence – this is really cool free plug-in (although you can get a paid version that is super useful) it works as a firewall/ virus scanner/ traffic viewer as well as like a billion other things, and really the only super useful bit (for me!) is the virus scanner. it goes through your wordpress installation and compares it to the stock version to see what is different, as well as scans your content and comments for any links to websites that are black listed by google. Generally when a small blog is hacked, it’s to either add links to shady websites (think prescription spam email links) that will help them get higher up in google results or create pages for phishing. If your website has a lot of links to sites that end up getting blacklisted by google, your website will probably end up being blacklisted, which sucks and is hard to come back from.
  2. Akismet – run by wordpress.com (the for profit side of wordpress) your blog will be overrun with spam comments (as in BUY YOUR V14GR4 HERE! comments and links). You have to sign up for a key, and it will check all your comments against known spam comments, so far it’s blocked some 5,485 spam comments from being posted on my site, pretty cool stuff.
  3. WP Google Authenticator –  This is a fun plug in that adds 2 factor authentification to your wordpress installation using the google authenticator app (for iOS, android and blackberry devices). So what is 2 factor authentication? it’s a 6 digit algorithmically generated code that you add on top of your password. so you still use your username and password, but on top of that there is a time sensitive 6 digit number that expires every 60 seconds (or some similar time amount) that adds an extra layer of security to your log in. So now in order to access your wordpress build a person would need your log in name, password, plus physical access to your phone, it’s not gonna keep the NSA out, but will probably keep that random russian hacker at bay.
  4. SEO by Yoast – this plug in easily allows you to create XML site maps for search engine bots, basically just makes it easier to submit content to google, and will ping different search engines when you post to let them know you have new content out. it honestly has a ton of features, i use maybe 3% of them, but stil useful enough to keep installed. It shows you a little snippet of how your blog will appear to google, let you have a seperate SEO optimized title for search engines (like this might appear as henrie.biz – a really useful plugins on google, yet a different title when you click on the page) As well as a simple page analysis, an area that allows you to over ride the image facebook will use in the post (doesn’t seem to work all that often in my experience) and other silly little things to tweak on your posts.

 

One issue that I run into with the wordpress plug-ins, is how do they work? And that is also one of the things that makes the least sense to me with wordpress. Every plug-in has it’s own behaviours, user interface and location. and it appears they don’t even attempt to keep a guideline for how plugin’s should work. For example installing the 2 factor authorization will be customized by navigating to Settings- Google Auth while Jetpack will be located near the top left and then have a slew of options once you click on it, and Wordfence will be located near the bottom of the menu. There is 0 rythme or reason as far as i can tell. Generally the plug-in pages will have a FAQ that will tell you where to navigate in order to change settings,and as long as you have a host that backs up frequently, the best way is to just explore through the myriad of menus and see what happens when you click here or there.

My new keyboard arrived!

my desk set up with the new keyboard
my desk set up with the new keyboard (Felix likes to play with chalk on my desk)

i’ve been rocking an IBM M2 keyboard for awhile now, and i loved it, so much, i love the clicky old school keyboards, they have an amazing build quality, and just feel right. but, alas, with a Felix around, something had to break. she had a good life though, from 1992 to 2013 is a pretty amazing lifespan for a computer peripheral.

So i spent a few weeks with my old apple acrylic keyboard, and that thing was just dead, the keys would register occasionally, i hated the soft silent key strokes, looks amazing though, all white and clear plastic-ey. tasty.

close up of terribly named " Thermaltake eSports KNUCKER Plunger Gaming Keyboard"
close up of terribly named “Thermaltake eSports KNUCKER Plunger Gaming Keyboard”

after a lot of research I went with the … ugh..  terribly named ” Thermaltake eSports KNUCKER Plunger Gaming Keyboard” it’s from a Taiwan company who claim “plunger switch can response feeling like mechanical switch” combined with good reviews, it seemed like a keyboard that would have a mechanical “clicky” feel but with a far lower price tag. and so far, it really is. it’s quiet but there is a definite feeling to the key strokes. my game play and typing instantly improved, it just felt right. It was on sale last week for 25 bucks with shipping, so i jumped on that, not a bad deal at all. the build construction is not nearly on par with the ol’ IBM M2, but honestly, you just don’t find peripherals with that build quality until you start spending around 130 (such as the amazing das keyboard)

nice braided usb cord
nice braided usb cord 

overall, if you need a keyboard for <50$, this is the keyboard to gets.