Thursday, May 24, 2018

How to get Codeguard to work in Bluehost


I've done the Codeguard backup.

A few tips if you do it with Bluehost or a similar Wordpress provider.

You use the same IP address (as the hostname) for every database (if you have a "dedicated hosting" of a shared "bluebox".

You should enable SHH first (under security) and supply your main user ID and bh password and Port 22 to set up the FTP credentials.

The you add the databases.  The whitelist given by Codeguard may not be sufficient.  Bluehost will probably have to add 3-4 more hardcoded IP's through Remote SQL to make this work.

You should add a new user to each database in MYSQL with a separate password for each.  Bluehost may have to add one more master user on your principal account (if the other db's are addons).

During the backup, CodeGuard will tell you that the provisioning can take up to 4 hours.  Mine took about 10 minutes for the first backup, and then the other three (which are larger) each took around 5 minutes.

Bluehost identifies database names to blogs deep within the File Manager, under PHP code under public-html, specific to each addon.  This is rather analogous to the way a mainframe (COBOL) module might be written to access a specific DB2 table (like in a financial or health care company) through a separate CICS transaction, in the old fashioned work world.

Here's the best static codeguard writeup that I could find.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Does SCOTUS think workers should be able to low-ball one another?



The Supreme Court probably encouraged some worker lowballing today, as it ruled 5-4 that workers who have to sign arbitration agreements cannot use federal labor law to bring class action suits.  New York Mag has a typical summary story here. 

The case was Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis.

  
The general result is to favor individual workers who are willing to work for less, probably often singles, and to discourage organizing.  This seems to be a ruling for the “individualistic workplace”.
  
Here’s the document for the 5-4 opinion.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Looking into Wordpress backup products



Recently I have learned that the “free” Site Backup Pro from my Bluehost Wordpress sites is gradually being deprecated (I found out after I noticed the April monthly did not run); support suggests CodeGuard, which would provide a “time machine” backup for each website blog.
  

WPBeginner has some instructions here

Codeguard's directions for BH (India) appear to be here.  Here's a more detailed video. 
  
It appears that there is a choice between using the Plugin and using an FTP mechanism (presuming you have a paid hosting service).
  
Here’s another link, on the seven best WP backup products, of varying prices (from free to moderate, although most charge a price for each blog).  Of these, the most promising looks like Vault, which is associated with Jetpack.

I believe I tried to sign up for it in November 2016 and it never implemented, and in fact one time I got an internal server error.  I’ll grant that maybe I did something wrong.  When I did get the error, I had to use the daily Site Backup Pro (fortunately it was up to date for that day) to get the blog back up (BH support had to do this). 
  
I’ll look at both of these carefully and pick one pretty soon.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Microsoft Windows 10 "April issue" is the 1803 feature update



Today, Microsoft updated my HP Envy (2014, new solid state drive in 2016) Windows 10 to version 1803 with a feature update.  But it left my ASUS laptop at 1709 with a much smaller update.  Maybe it offers only one feature update at a time.


The update spun “restarting” for almost 10 minutes, and the computer restarted one extra time during the registry update part, which lay a long time at 84% and 90%.  It also spun a while when I logged on for the first time. The whole process took about 30 minutes.
  
Here is Microsoft’s own account of the update.


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Companies encourage blue collar



BNSF railway, as well as many other companies, are offering signing bonuses for blue collar trade workers, especially in the Midwest, as with this Washington Post story by Danielle Paquette. 

So there is less reason for a lot of students to go into college debt, perhaps?

And the Wall Street Journal reports that some towns, such as Hamilton Ohio (SW Ohio) are paying people to move there and work.

  
And we have already examined why fewer men work today. Instead, they watch.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Windows 10 update issues; mouse issue




Here are some tips on what do if Windows gets stuck doing a scheduled 2nd Tuesday update, either starting the update, or doing the registry cycle (which once in a while can require two or three restarts to complete).
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I had some trouble this week (Windows 10 Creators) with the left click on my HP stalling or jumping functions.  I got a brief update once on Tuesday night.  Today I bought a new keyboard and mouse and everything seems OK. Oddly, the restart took longer after I put in the new stuff, like it had to fix the registry again.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Major League Baseball is not as diverse in employment (or players) as it claims to be



This may seem like an odd posting for an “IT workplace” blog, but big league sports is a workplace (remember the film “Moneyball”) and Major League Baseball has gotten criticism for not attracting more black players and employees, as in this US Today story by Bob Nightengale. 
  
The story of Jackie Robinson was well told in the film “42”.  In the early 1950s, in my own boyhood trips to Ohio, I was used to Cleveland Indians players like Larry Doby or Luke Easter, or the White Sox Minnie Minoso.
  
Baseball may become more attractive to minorities as football comes under a cloud because of concussion injuries.  Remember Bo Jackson, who played both pro football and baseball (for the Royals)?  

The Nationals released manager Dusty Baker after 2017 when he failed to get past the first round of the playoffs two years in a row, after winning two divisions.