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I have moved from free hosting to paid hosting. I shall be importing all my posts tomorrow.

Brilliant no problem with Pretty URL’s

Weird – post is not updated on front page after editing. Am I missing something – it did not happen on the old host.

Edited 22nd Problem resolved it may have been because I was a bit quick of the mark after change over.

Must change author to Phil Dyer

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I am feeling more like my old self now.

My technical brain seems to have comeback. Enough to actually play with my new computer. I’s not quite ready to start the Cisco CCNA course at the moment but I aim to start next Monday 24th of March.

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I feel such a fool.

Today I managed to get Conduit Search on my nice new computer.
I was downloading a couple of freeware programs I had successfully installed in the past with no problems.

One of them must have been the culprit. I, like a fool, had assumed there would be no problems this time round and must have let one get through with default settings, always a mistake with freeware programs.

I suppose it could have been that I am still getting periods of lack of concentration, thankfully, lessening each day.

Conduit Search is not actually a virus, but you certainly don’t want it on your computer.

After a quick search I found this How to remove conduit search and followed the instructions.

Firefox done
Chrome done
IE done

Opera was not mentioned in the article and is not affected as far as I can see.

Luckily I had none of these

No registry entries
No Autorun tasks

One benefit was that I found “An Important Choice To Make: Your Browser” still in the scheduler although I had already done this. Maybe it was because I did not chose IE. In fact I had not even used it until I had to remove Conduit Search.

Nothing in Startup or Services
No other files folders or registry entries found.

That may be because I am running the Professional 64 bit version of Windows 7.

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I have been lucky the past month. A neighbour has been allowing me to use her broadband connection.

But today the connection has gone down so I am having to use my broadband dongle and it is awful. It’s slow and drops out occasionally. and of course it’s not cheap.

To be fair I seem to be living in a reception black-hole even my tv needs a boosted aerial and I’m on the top floor. Not too far away you could stick a coat hanger in the aerial socket and get a brilliant signal.

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Thanks Scan but no thanks.

I bought a beautiful little computer off you. I am well pleased with the results , but I do not, definitely do not want an email telling me what great offers you have.

I do not want to find out that if I had only waited a little while longer I could have bought the same machine or a similar one for much less money.

Thank You

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Installation and setup of Textpattern was nice and easy.

Kind of cheated here though. I installed it through Softaculous.

The only hiccup was when I ran the Diagnostics I got this message under Pre-flight check:
“The following PHP functions (which may be necessary to run Textpattern) are disabled on your server: proc_nice”
But after a quick search I found out that this is not needed by Textpattern 4.0.x releases. so this can be ignored.

The user interface is reasonably easy to get used to.

Textpattern uses the Textile markup language to convert plain text to valid XHTML rather than a WYSIWYG editor. The upside of this is, once learnt the speed of writing is much faster.

Using images.
This to me was very counter intuitive. I uploaded the image easily but when I linked it in my post it didn’t show up. First I checked my link to it and it was correct. After rooting around a bit I found out that Textpattern had removed my image name and changed it to a number for some, maybe very valid reason.

But that is the beauty of Textpattern is that someone has written a plugin for this.
That is what makes it so fast and configurable. You get the basics enough to make it work and then you can customise it any way you need with plugins.

Look and Feel.
The same philosophy works here. Straight out of the box it is really ugly and clunky looking. But there is help at hand. Head down towards TextGarden where there of downloadable “front-of-site” and “administration” themes designed by other users of this, what I’m beginning to think of as a little gem of a CMS

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Happy Birthday to Me.

Well that’s it, my 60th birthday. Does that mean I’m technically “Old” now or, as life expectancy is increasing, can I still get away with calling myself “Middle-Aged”?

Thank you Google for the Birthday Wishes and a reason to see how to manage and use images in Textpattern.

As seen in my new tab on Google Chrome: Picture of Cakes

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Rather than starting from scratch for this site I have decided that as a front end I shall go the pre-built CMS route. Joomla and Drupal seem a bit like overkill for what I need here so I have chosen to try Textpattern.

Textpattern is a free open source content management system. Light (the download weighs in at only 1.00 MB) but not lightweight, it is very flexible and the addition of extra features is easy using the robust plugin architecture.

Now to see how easy it is to use.

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Yesterday I made the decision to buy a domain for my name. Over the years I have made a few websites but never one for myself in the title role, so, this will be a first.

As the .com was already taken I decided to buy the .co.uk. I know I am not a company but when the shorter domain .uk launches in February first choice will be offered to .co.uk first.

Having already got an account with GoDaddy.com I registered with them at 17.45 06 Dec.

I am not hosting with them as I have an account with the excellent free hosting provider Heliohost.org so the first thing I had to do was go into GoDaddy Domain Settings and change the Nameserver Settings. After that I needed to use Heliohost’s cPanel to configure Addon Domains.

19.00 06 Dec
Domain now pointing to a Heliohost placeholder page with information saying waiting to configure account usually takes 24 hours.

11.56 07 Dec
Tah Dah. Now Live.
I am well pleased with GoDaddy and Heliohost, the whole process took much less than 24 hours.

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