Don’t set your WordPress address URL to something other than the folder WordPress is installed

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 |

I’ve recently redirected my home page of to using Apache’s mod_rewrite functions. This way users coming to the main site are transparently redirected to the blog yet the old Google indexed URLs that are referencing the blog subfolder still work. I wanted my sitemap which is built by a WordPress plugin to reference the URLs without the blog subdirectory since it’s cleaner. Instead of manually changing the xml output (which would have taken all of 10 seconds) I decided to change the WordPress address setting in the control panel. My thought was that it would then just reference instead of while still redirecting traffic to the proper path due to the mod_rewrite rule in place.

After doing this the website could still be viewed properly and all the links worked but when trying to sign into wp-admin the system would just bring me back to the login page without any error messages. To fix the issue I had to log into my virtual host site and manually change the siteurl field in the options MySQL table back to

Lesson learned. Read about what the functions do before making assumptions.

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Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 Preview for Windows Vista and Server 2008

Posted on December 12th, 2008 |

UPDATE: SP2 is out

UPDATE: The evaluation period for Service Pack 2 has ended. Microsoft has a new page dedicated to SP2 which will be updated with download links to the update when it is officially released here.

If you’re a poor sap stuck on Windows Vista and would like first hand experience with the changes coming in Service Pack 2 it’s now available for public download.  Microsoft has an open public preview available for the shared platform SP2 for Vista and Server 2008 and offer a few download options.

You can get it through Windows Update here:

Standalone downloads are also available.

ISO for Server 2008 x86/x64/ia64:

Self extracting EXEs:

x86 for Vista and Server 2008:

x64 for Vista and Server 2008:

IA64 for Server 2008:

Microsoft warns that with these preview releases you may see “Evaluation Copy” on your desktop and at boot but this does not mean that your copy of Windows is no longer valid.  You must also be running SP1 before installing this update.

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This seems like a bad idea

Posted on December 10th, 2008 |

Saw a guy at a local gas station who forgot what side his fuel door was on.  Instead of turning around or selecting a different pump like a normal person would he decided to do this instead.

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Yes, I bought gasoline for far less than $2.00 per gallon

Posted on November 10th, 2008 |

Read it and weep. Now this is where gas prices should be!

$1.549 when DOE national average for that week was $2.28

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Get 2.5GB of Free Online Storage with Mozy

Posted on October 30th, 2008 |

Mozy is an online backup company owned by EMC. I’ve been giving their software a spin for around a month now and have found it to work quite well. They have clients for Windows, Mac, and I think there was one for Linux too. They offer free accounts that allow for 2GB of storage but using my referral link you can get 2.5GB of storage. Yes, I too get an additional 512MB of storage space if someone signs up and uses it but that’s just win-win.

Click here to signup.

The software can be setup to backup all your documents, pictures, and videos or you can selectively choose the folders you want backed up. If you find you run out of room with the 2.5GB the service is only $5 per month if you want an unlimited storage account. That’s right, unlimited backup space for only $60 per year.

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Startup Script Batch File for Outlook Error "Can’t Create file: Right-click the folder….."

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 |

Here is a very simple batch file that can be added to the network logon script in Active directory or simply in your startup folder in windows if you or your end users frequently run into this error:

@echo off
ECHO Deleting Outlook 2003 temporary files
cd %userprofile%/local settings/temporary internet files/olk*
if errorlevel 1 goto end
del *.* /s /f /q

Batch file available here. (right-click, save as)

This batch file will simply navigate to the current user’s temporary Outlook folder and delete all the files in the root and sub-folders. Just be careful you don’t miss the %userprofile% variable, otherwise that command will delete all the files that happen to be in the current folder which is probably just the root of the user profile.

Original post found here.

Update 1/6/2009:  Big thanks to Mark suggesting some error handling to make sure you don’t accidentally wipe the current directory if the change directory command doesn’t take place.  I’ve updated the code snippet and example batch file with his suggestions.

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Free iTunes card with the purchase of a Zune?

Posted on October 6th, 2008 |

I found this in a Meijer ad. I don’t think anyone informed their marketing team that your DRM encoded iTunes songs won’t play in your new Microsoft Zune. Thanks for the offer but 1600 Microsoft Points would have been a much better fit.

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