Category: Geekery

First webinar!

I successfully presented my first webinar via Zoom Meeting to the Frederick Community College President’s Diversity Task Force.

Zoom Meeting is software similar to GoToMeeting or UberMeeting. I’m lucky to have IT at the university provide a pro-level subscription serve to the meeting software and detailed documentation, but my overall experience with configuration was painless.

I presented on communicating diversity in broad terms: opportunities, challenges, and then methods to consider for internal and external communications.

It was a challenging experience presenting via webinar, I am much more comfortable presenting via in-person settings like conferences or workshops. Unfortunately I couldn’t see the participants at Frederick Community College and there were some audio issues during the Q&A. However, I think my overall delivery of the content went well and I had a great experience prepping for this new opportunity.

Three-finger drag & Macbook Pro Force Touch trackpad

Today I got a brand new computer for work and I am ecstatic to report it is a beefed up, brand new 2015 13″ Macbook Pro. I love it right away (of course) but quickly realized the new Force Touch trackpad did not have three-finger drag as a default option. I didn’t find the drag setting anywhere in the trackpad options (in System Preferences), but luckily I found a support thread that helped me out.

System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options > Enable dragging (click checkbox) > three finger drag

Hard to find location, but SO HAPPY the functionality is still available.

Playdoh

I have a really great boss. Today, he brought us playdoh to express ourselves or release stress or get over design/writer’s block or whatever else adults use playdoh for. My crafty companion and I created a seascape. She had blue & I had orange. Not exactly UT colors, but hey. Still cool.

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Phenom Photoshop Resource

I was looking around at several Lomo Camera Effect Photoshop tutorials and found a really great one. It is one of the best Photoshop tutorials that I’ve seen and used in a while. The related posts at the bottom of that article excite me so much that I can’t wait to get home and try them out.

Here are a few versions of what I was working on (having fun with):



Family website migrated

A week or so ago I was talking about migrating all my WordPress installations to a new hosting provider. Well, my family website migration must be a cat because I swear it died 9 times on its way over. Eventually I just used Cyberduck and manually migrated the entire /uploads/ directory (btw, 4 years worth of images took FOREVER), then in phpMyAdmin I did SQL exports of every WordPress table in the installation, then on the new hosting space, imported all the SQL exports using phpMyAdmin. Took a while, everything looked beautiful when I visited the site, but I tried to login and was greeted with the error message:

You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.

Boo.

Did lots of googling and discovered a fix that solved my permissions problem.

I changed table prefixes post-WordPress-installation (to match the SQL export), and I discovered there are a few values that are important to change in addition to the table prefixes.

Here are the additional values that must be changed:

In the

usermeta

table, there are several meta_keys:

prefix_capabilities
prefix_dashboard_quick_press_last_post_id
prefix_user-settings
prefix_user-settings-time

In the

options

table, there is a critical option_name that needs to be changed:

prefix_user_roles

Depending on your install and plugins, there may be more. For me, this has fixed it. Will post again if it’s not enough.

Google Drive is badass

Installed Google Drive today and it is the ultimate so sick nasty, i LOVE it. I used to not be a huge fan of cloud storage, but after losing and misplacing and (almost never) finding teeny-tiny jump drives, I’ve converted.

Google Drive functions just like DropBox does (icon in the top toolbar, folder in Places), which is EXCELLENT. I’ve tried to get into the Amazon cloud storage, and we do have some stuff up there, but the DropBox integration on my desktop/laptop is what stole the show for me. Once I saw the Google Drive did that, I was sold.

The icing on the cake is that the second I installed Google Drive, it automatically synced ALL of my Google Docs.

It truly is the small things that make life glossy.

Whew!

I was very worried this morning that I was going to fall head over heels with the new iPad that was coming out today.

I just got my iPad2 last August and I didn’t want to feel behind the game already.

From what I can tell, I’m really not missing out. Not to say that anyone else isn’t, but for how I use my iPad, I definitely don’t need the Retina display or the beefed up camera. And I’m 99% sure it’s packaged with all the same apps (messages + reminders, I don’t think I have this?), so I’m good on that too.

I must say though… Apple invested in some really nice hand models for their marketing imagery.