Pontifications and Other Mindless Banter
Code is Poetry
May 13, 2015
From the "Four-point-two-point-two" Department
After much urging from the developers at WordPress, (2 emails sent to my domain name) I finally decided to upgrade my self-installation.
You may remember my last update was Version 3.8.3, and I was starting to get about a dozen spam comments a day (up from two or three a week). So it was probably time for an upgrade.
In my old age, I’m hesitant, now, to update/upgrade to the latest version, because while new features are neat, I find functionality falls away to user-friendliness. And this compounds version over version.
April 15, 2014
From the "Three-Point-Eight-Point-Three" Department
Well, while I wasn’t looking, WordPress pushed another update which automatically pushed to Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, so without my explicit permission, I’m now running Version 3.8.3.
I don’t like it.
It fixed one bug, on a feature which I don’t use.
April 9, 2014
From the "Two-Point-Eight-Point-Two" Department
So I got a courtesy Email, last night, from this website, stating that it automatically updated to the
Howdy! Your site at http://www.jeremygilby.com has been updated automatically to WordPress 3.8.2.
No further action is needed on your part. For more on version 3.8.2, see the About WordPress screen:
[My Admin About Page – ed.]
If you experience any issues or need support, the volunteers in the WordPress.org support forums may be able to help.
You also have some plugins or themes with updates available. Update them now:
[My Admin Page – ed.]
The WordPress Team
Granted, I’m not as attentive to my website as I used to be, but I’m not comfortable with it automatically updating itself. (At least not yet)
January 25, 2014
From the "Three-Point-Eight-Point-One" Department
Its been awhile, so I finally updated Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 3.8.1, the first maintenance release of the WordPress 3.8.1 “Parker” Build.
April 21, 2013
From the "Three-point-five er Three-point-five-point-one" Department
Okay Fools! I’ve finally upgraded to the WordPress 3.5 Platform.
For one, I’m getting tired of the damn Spam, which seems to prey on non-upgraded websites.
June 3, 2012
From the "Three-Point-Three-Point-Two" Department
If you are reading this message, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully upgraded to WordPress 3.3.2.
For those of you keeping track, I avoided WordPress 3.3.1, and this was indeed and Upgrade (x.1.x) and not an Update (x.x.1)
September 14, 2011
From the "Three-point-two-point-one" Department
If you are reading this, the Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have successfully upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the WordPress 3.2.1 release.
Yeah, it took me a little while.
April 7, 2011
From the "Three-point-one-point-one" Department
If you are reading this, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully upgraded to WordPress 3.1.1. This was both an update (x.x.1) and an upgrade (x.1), as The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com waited to upgrade to WordPress 3.1 until the first maintenance release.
February 14, 2011
From the "Three-point-oh-point-five" Department
If you are reading this, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully updated to WordPress 3.0.5.
This was not a big update, and it only affected a handfull of files.
And again, the auto-update was neither automatic, nor did it update.
I think I have a plug in that really takes a dump in the Upgrades folders. It is really annoying.
December 29, 2010
From the "Three-point-oh-point-four" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully updated to the latest 0.0.x release of WordPress 3.0.4.
If you are doing the math (and you probably are not), The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com conveniently skipped WordPress 3.0.3.
December 4, 2010
From the "Three-point-oh-point-two" Department
If you are reading this, than The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully updated Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the lasted .0.x release, WordPress 3.0.2.
This was another chore as the “automatic update” failed its name and was neither automatic, nor an update; so I had to uninstall and reinstall the software, again. It took so long I was able to chat on a phone call from Dad during the process.
August 3, 2010
From the "Three-point-oh-point-one" Department
Last night, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com attempted to update to WordPress 3.0.1. It was not as successful as we had hoped. The autoupdate bailed, and The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com had to “uninstall and reinstall”. It was not pleasant.
Anyways, it was updated.
June 20, 2010
From the "Three-point-oh" Department
This is just a notification that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has upgraded to the latest version of WordPress 3.0.
February 15, 2010
From the "Two-Point-Nine-Point-Two" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully updated to WordPress 2.9.2.
This did not look like a big deal to me, as there is only one-and-a-half authors on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, and no one really uses the Users feature. (I’m looking at you Cisco.)
But there is always a chance for some user to register when The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are not watching.
January 4, 2010
From the "Two-Point-Nine-Point-One" Department
As expected, there was a quick update from the WordPress 2.9 Upgrade.
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully Updated to WordPres 2.9.1.
As I suspected, there was a bug around Scheduled Articles, which appears to be fixed now.
December 24, 2009
From the "Two-point-Nine" Department
Last night I upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to, the latest 0.x release: WordPress 2.9.
Since this was a upgrade and not an update, please be aware of any issues you might see on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
November 13, 2009
From the "Two-Point-Six-Point-Eight" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully updated to WordPress 2.8.6..
This was my first automatic update since the Fully Money of WordPress 2.8.5, and while it worked, there was a slight hangup, but I don’t think it was WordPress’s fault.
November 11, 2009
From the "Wake-me, I'm-drowning!" Department
Well the Issue with post numbers is now resolved.
From this point on, the post numbering should be back to normal.
October 27, 2009
From the "EsQueueEl?" Department
I did not notice, but after the Update of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 2.8.5, the issue of Post revisions increasing the Post Count returned as I lost the Configuration setting which turned it off.
I discovered it, and turned it back off, and now I have to recover the “lost” database entries. So the next few posts will be backnumbered until that is resolved.
October 21, 2009
From the "Two-Point-Eight-Point-Five" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully updated to WordPress 2.8.5.
I did a “Full Monty” (A remove and re-install) this time, since I had the issues with the server last week.
September 2, 2009
From the "Useless-features-feature" Department
On a whim, this weekend, I was tinkering with the PHP pages in WordPress and introduced “Author Pages” to the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com theme.
See, the software looks at the User List, which is a Database Table, and creates a Page, just like it does for the content you are reading right now.
I briefly mentioned it here, with Cisco’s Profile.
The functionality of the page include all the posts written by said Author. (RIght now there are only three Authors who have written posts on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com. THREE you say? Yes. Read on.) There are currently 25 users.
August 13, 2009
From the "Two-point-Eight-point-Four" Department
If you are reading this, that means that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, successfully updated to the latest 0.0.x release, WordPress 2.8.4.
I would have stalled on the update, but even before I learned of the security hole it fixed, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was victim of the exact hacking attempt, yesterday.
August 5, 2009
From the "Two-point-Eight-point-Three" Department
If you are reading this, then Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was successfully updated to the lated 0.0.x release, WordPress 2.8.3.
Nothing exciting, just a few more security holes were filled, that were missed in WordPress 2.8.1.
July 11, 2009
From the "Two-Point-Eight-Point-One" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was successfully updated to the latest x.x.1 release of WordPress.
This was a maintenance release to clean up some of the problems introduced with WordPress 2.8.
June 11, 2009
From the "Two-point-Eight" Department
The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have updated Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the latest 0.1 version of WordPress, Version 2.8, if you are reading this, I guess it worked.
February 12, 2009
From the "Two-point-seven-point-one" Department
Yesterday, I upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 2.7.1.
It was one of note, because this was the first time I used the new internal update feature in WordPress.
December 10, 2008
From the "Two-point-seven" Department
If you are reading this, then The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have successfully upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 2.7
November 25, 2008
From the "Two-point-six-point-five" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has been successfully upgraded to WordPress 2.6.5.
I’m also still trying to figure out why my PC will not properly unzip a WordPress zip file.
October 27, 2008
From the "Two-point-six-point-three" Department
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully upgraded to Version 2.6.3
Though, technically, I cheated, and I just uploaded the two files for this particular release.
October 26, 2008
Waking up this morning, I noticed that someone is still trying to hack into the Administrative Functions of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
But now I know they are actually reading this site.
October 2, 2008
From the "I-dream-in-SQL" Department
Finally, the database counting errors from WordPress 2.6.1 are over!
(I told you it would take a long time…)
September 10, 2008
From the "Two-point-Six-point-Two" Department
If you are reading this, that means The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com were able to finally update the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com WordPress Installation to WordPress 2.6.2.
August 15, 2008
From the "Two-Point-Six-Point-One" Department
If you are reading this post, The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have successfully upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress Version 2.6.1.
While the WordPress upgrade went fine, I’m disappointed in other things.
July 15, 2008
From the "Two-point-Six" Department
If you are seeing this message, that means that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was successfully upgraded to the newest .x release, WordPress 2.6.
So far, everything looks good on the back end.
April 15, 2008
From the "Two-Point-Five-Point-Oh" Department
I just upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the latest WordPress 2.5 release. This is a “version” change, so please point out any anomalies you might see.
If you find you cannot comment, please use The Backup Blog.
February 25, 2008
Don’t mind this, I’m geeking out between online applications.
Ah, Web 2.0, is there anything it can’t do?
February 19, 2008
From the "I'll-do-graffiti-if-you-sing-to-me-in-French" Department
I’ve been tinkering with an unused WordPress feature on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com:
You should see them in the Grey “Meta Line” under the article title.
January 23, 2008
From the "I-need-a-little-time-off-for-bad-behavior;
Just another FYI, in my Administrivial Maintenance of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, I’ve re-instated the second layer of Spam Protection (Bad Behavior).
I turned it off a few months ago as it was blocking The-Evil-Doctor-Merlin-Channing-Lowe-Jr. (HA, Chan, I beat you this time!)
From the "Two-Point-Three-point-Two" Department
Well, whatever the issue was, a “simple” upgrade of WordPress to the latest version (v.2.3.2) and Eureka! The comment issue is resolved.
Product Managers love people like me. “if it don’t work, get a bigger version!”
January 22, 2008
From the "PHP-yeah-you-know-me" Department
So I’m noticing a strange behavior with Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, which started happening last night.
In Firefox, when you view a page, and use the address h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash w-w-w-dot jeremy-gilby-dot-com, nothing displays. No Source, No Data, No color, just a white screen.
When you view a page and use the address Without the www-dot, it appears normal.
September 3, 2007
For those of you keeping track of the version number at the bottom of this page, it just incremented by 0.0.1 as I’ve upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to Version 2.2.2.
July 23, 2007
From the "My-god! Its-full-of-Spam!" Department
I’ve been going over my spam logs for Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com and since Friday, I’ve been getting at least one piece of comment/trackback spam every minute. So, I’ve downloaded the latest version of Bad Behavior to put as the primary defense again.
Spam Karma was doing to the trick, but it is thrashing my comment table. I had to do something.
June 19, 2007
From the "Lets-shout-it-loud-and-clear; Do-you-fight-it-to-the-end; We-hear-the-call-to; To-carry-on; We'll carry on" Department
With the recent successes in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com database, I’m going to try to re-promote Bad Behavior to be the primary Spam Deterrence.
June 1, 2007
To sweep in the month of June, I decided to finally upgrade to the 2.2 branch of the WordPress 2.x Tree, from the 2.0.x Tree.
This was a major upgrade compared to the previous maintenance releases. As some of my personal theme’s tags were deprecated and thus rendered useless.
Add to the fact there was a database update. (Big deal)
January 8, 2007
Minor Upgrade, we did it, and it looks just fine here.
If you the reader (or especially the commenter) see a problem, let The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com know.
November 16, 2006
From the "Can-you-tell-I-hate-spam?" Department
At Geof’s suggestion, I’ve installed Spam Karma on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
Which means, that you should comment, and make sure you are allowed through the uber-spam wall that is now implemented at Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
October 27, 2006
From the "And, we're-back!" Department
These Upgrades are getting easier with experience.
Not that any of you should notice, but Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com just updated to WordPress 2.0.5.
So far, so good.
If you notice any adverse behavior (more than normal, that is) please let The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com know.
May 16, 2006
From the "Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com-is-7337!" Department
Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was HACKED!
I can hardly believe it.
I’m worthy to be hackable now.
March 7, 2006
From the "Too-many-brands-in-the-fire" Department
Not much of an update today. Because I’ve been revamping some of the extra pages to fit the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com theme.
It will take me awhile (and each page is increasing my post count [and I don’t quite like that -.ed])
February 8, 2006
From the "So-what-is-a-point-oh-point-one-release?" Department
Just upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the latest release of WordPress.
I didn’t fix any of the bugs I’ve recently discovered (So I guess I need to log them, so they DO get fixed)
January 5, 2006
From the "SPAM, I-buy-it-at-the-Moble, Spam" Department
In the everpresent quest to prevent spam comments from plaguing Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com; The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have added yet another layer of anti-spam protection.
January 3, 2006
From the "Point-five-over-night" Department
I just updated Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the recently released Version 2.0. It wasn’t all that difficult of an upgrade, and Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com visitors should not see anything different. (Most of the changes were done in the back end)
August 27, 2005
From the "One-point-five-point-two" Department
Late Friday Night, I enjoied some Geek-Downtime and finally got around to updating Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 1.5.2.
I’m getting the hang of these updates. Given good bandwidth it takes about 15-20 minutes to backup, delete, upload and run the Upgrade protocol. (Ironically, it takes about 20 minutes for The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to compile a weekly report on the cubicle jungle for the rest of the Not-So-Small-Software-Organization.)
July 25, 2005
From the "And-coming-in-at-Number-1-on-the-bottom-40..." Department
You may have noticed, I’ve added a new section to the SideBar.
Thanks to Alex King’s Popularity-Contest-Plugin I’ve got some nifty reports.
June 26, 2005
From the "Here-is-that-unrequested-information-you-requested" Department
The story so far…
I Abhor spam.
Its the lowest form of evil in the known universe. Its subversive, its toxic, its the embodiment of all that is evil and discusting in the marketing universe. Its the worst manifestation of the Bottom-Dwelling blood-sucking marketing Leeches
Anyways, I was the target (like most other major WordPress users) of trackback spam. It was awful, so bad that a few of you might have noticed it.
June 22, 2005
From the "You-mean-this-unlabled-non-intuative-button-over-here?" Department
AH HA! I finally found the annoying little tweak that caused all my autoformatted [br] tages to suddenly un-auto-format.
It was that “Markdown” plugin that comes, default, with WordPress.
June 20, 2005
From the "PHP-for-Dummies" Department
I finally got around to the WordPress Upgrade (188.8.131.52)
[For those of you keeping score, that is 0.0.1.2 more than I had before]
The Upgrade was quite simple. I’m liking these new themes, no need to horde my code away so that it doesn’t get overwritten.
March 31, 2005
From the "Spam-Lies-and-Video-Tape" Department
Scandal! Coverup! Investigations! Clandestine Cyber-sleuthing! Diabolical Methods! – Is this another Clinton Scandal? Karl Rove is on the move? No. This is WordPress!
Uh oh. It seems the geniuses behind the webpublishing software I use are doing some “diabolical” things.
I saw this article on h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org: WordPress Banned by Google for Spamming
March 9, 2005
From the "Where-can-I-find-the-Redundancy-Department?" Department
A lot of you (okay ONE of you) have asked about the strange Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Department nomenclature:
Or, you may or may not have noticed the quirky Department names that appear under the meta-headings of most recent posts which appear on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
Well, it shouldn’t be a secret that the Departments are just made up at the time of the post. Most are just second ideas for titles for individual posts. Others are just something unique and funny to a select few readers who might stumble by, others are inside jokes. Some are funny, others are not.
Or did you think that The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com had endless resources in Page Generation, bureaucraticly delegated to hundreds of different departments of Pontifications and Mindless Banter?
March 8, 2005
From the "I-Dream-in-PHP" Department
Please Pardon our dust, as our WP1.5 Upgrade is proceeding
Please Stand By
Comments do not appear to be working.
Please be patient. I know you have a lot to say.
October 14, 2004
From the "Holy-HTML-to-PHP-Batman!" Department
Yes, this is still Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, we’re just going through some changes.
You might run across some pages with the old template.
DON’T PANIC: This will be corrected too.
Welcome to WordPress
July 27, 2004
From the "When-GreyMatter-Just-Gets-Boring" Department
At Geof’s suggestion, I’ve implemented WordPress over at the Geek-Project that is lovingly called Geek-Brigade-dot-com.