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WordPress upgrade to 3.4

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Upgrades should be a time to rejoice.  A time to celebrate new features like gifts at Christmas.  However, the WordPress upgrades are never that smooth.  Now I’m not bashing WordPress software.  Once it is upgraded, it is wonderful, but the feelings leading up to an upgrade can be described as nausea, fear, anger and sadness.  These feelings were again justified when I upgraded (or attempted) to 3.4.  I’m still in the process right now and I’m betting this post won’t survive the rest of the upgrade.  If I ever figure this out, I’ll make a ton on and then post the solution here after I’m a millionaire.

Alright, alright so I was wrong.  The post made it and the fix ended up being simpler than I thought it would be.  I posted a question on the WordPress support forum here and the moderator’s fix worked.  I had to copy the wp-settings.php file over, which wasn’t part of the upgrade process listed here.  The site is back up and we’re back in business.

Mac OS X keyboard symbols and shortcuts

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I’ve been tasked with creating a new program to go onto the Apple Store.  I’ve never been a Mac user and probably never will be, but since I have to use it for now, it’s really helpful to know how to get around on one.  In order to do things faster, I try to keep from going back and forth between the keyboard and the mouse.  However if I want to do that, I need to know all the keyboard commands that I normally use on a Microsoft Windows computer.  The first confusing thing that I ran into was the funny symbols the Mac OS uses to define special keys.  The most notable ones are the control, option and command symbols.  Now on the MacBook Pro that I’m currently using, the command symbol is on the command key, so it’s easy to see that the symbol goes with that key.  However, the option symbol and the control symbol are not on their respective keys so I had to ask Google about them.  A quick search led me to Ted Wise’s page:, which was very helpful.

When I found out what the symbols meant, I was able to come up with the following table of the shortcut keys that help me navigate and use Xcode 4 quickly.  I know there are a lot of pages out there that list shortcut keys, but they seem to be huge and also list a ton that I’ll never use.  This list is meant to be a sub-set of those that I use on a daily basis.  The list might be small for now, but I’ll be sure to add other helpful ones in the future.

Shortcut Description
⌘ + / Comment or uncomment section
⌘ + C Copy
⌃ + I Correct selection indentation
fn + Delete Delete text that is ahead of the cursor
⌃ + A + K + K Delete entire line
⌘ + → End
⌘ + F Find
+ + ⌘ + ← Fold methods and functions
⌘ + + Esc Force close an application
⌘ + ← Home
⌘ + ] Indent the selected text
⌘ + V Paste
⌘ + Z Undo
+ + ⌘ + → Unfold methods and functions

Last edited: June 28, 2012

KeePass – A great password security app

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I had some time the other day and decided to try to solve my password problem.  I wanted an application that could store all of my passwords easily and securely and also for free.  I Googled around a little bit and came across exactly what I needed.  The program is called KeePass.  The idea is that it stores all of your passwords in a small, very well encrypted database that is very portable.  The first question that came to mind was how easy would it be for a hacker to get all of my passwords.  According to the guys at JLog (link) the database itself could not be more safe.  The only weakness in the whole system is the master password, which is only weak if the user is weak in keeping it safe.

Anyhow, it looks like KeePass is awesome and, until I find something better, is what I’ll use.  Click on the image below to check out their website.


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