BackupBuddy 5.0

iThemes has released BackupBuddy 5.0 with 80 new features and enhancements.

I’ve been using it on friends’ WordPress sites and it’s really nice to have especially if your site got hacked and you can roll back to a previous version of the site. Think of it like Time Machine for WordPress.

I highly recommend something like BackupBuddy for your WordPress websites.

It’s always important to back up your valuable digital things like your computer, music, photos, and your websites. You never know what might happen.

Screen sharing in Yosemite

Apparently the latest beta of Yosemite has screen sharing through iMessage.

This was a nice feature in iChat awhile ago. Glad to see it’s making a comeback.

I help friends and family with tech issues and sometimes it’s easier to do screen sharing so I can see what their particular issue is. I’ve used LogMeIn and the Google Chrome screen sharing plugin.

This will be a nice alternative to use when helping family and friends out.

Now only they was a way to do this with an iPad.

(via 9to5Mac)

SSH SFTP for WordPress

I ran into an issue of updating themes or plugins because it’s required that I use FTP or FTPS (which isn’t the same as SFTP I read).

I did not want to enable FTP through my server. I’ve been using SSH and wanted to use that instead.

Luckily I found a plugin that will enable SSH SFTP. I just need to enter in my SSH private keys and passphrase and I’m set.

I can now safely update plugins or themes.

Restore disabled iPhone/iPad

My dad’s iPad was disabled for some unknown reason and he needed to get to open it up. It wasn’t connected to WiFi so we couldn’t remote wipe it from iCloud.com.

Since he doesn’t backup his iPad because he says that he doesn’t need anything on it. He (and everyone) should backup their device using iCloud or iTunes. I had to look this up because I’ve never run into someone who doesn’t back up their device.

Thank you Apple support pages.

  1. Disconnect all cables from your device.
  2. Turn off your device.
  3. Press and hold the Home button. While holding the Home button, connect your device to iTunes. If your device doesn’t turn on automatically, turn it on.
  4. Continue holding the Home button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  5. iTunes will alert you that it has detected a device in recovery mode.
  6. Click OK, then restore the device.

Fixing permalinks with WordPress and OS X Server

As I added my older posts and verifying that they published, I noticed that they were showing up on the front page but when I clicked on any of the posts, they would not show.

I did a bit of researching and found that my .htaccess file was not writeable to WordPress so I changed the permissions. Still not working. Did more research. I came across this answer that I did not have the AllowOverride directive enabled. Duh! So used the Server app and logged in and hit the checkbox for my site to allow overrides using .htaccess.

I can now go to sleep.

I’m back!

I had my blog set up using Ghost but I think when I updated Mavericks on my server, it did something strange to take it down. I tried reinstalling Ghost but I could never get back up.

So, back to WordPress. I didn’t think that I would go back but I did.

I just need to repopulate my old posts and change the theme to something that I like.

Please Put Down the Device & Let’s Just Talk

Some good points on distraction at meetings. I see people looking at their laptops checking their email, checking their phone for the latest notification that pops up on the screen. I have been guilty of this at times. You know what? It’s pretty rude. When someone is speaking, should we not listen? I’ve become more aware of this since my boss called us out at a meeting to close our laptops.

Unfortunately, we are distracted at social gatherings, dinners, even casually watching a movie with your significant other at home.

Instead of exclaiming how well we “multi-task” maybe we should start to single task.

(via Chris Bowler)

Notable links

  1. Myth of Multitasking

  2. Meetings going ‘topless’

Statamic

I wanted to try a new blogging system called, Statamic.

It’s another static blogging system (that’s self hosted) but this has a nice control panel that I can use anywhere through my browser. I really want to start to blog anywhere without depending on my laptop since I was using git to publish to github pages. It was fine but the workflow wasn’t working for me.

I’ll be using this for awhile until I try Ghost. It looks great and I like the dashboard. Unfortunately it will require a database which is something that I wanted to get away from.

Lots to clean up again for this site. I don’t even know if the RSS feed is even working.