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  • It arrived!

    Posted on January 11th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    Garmin Nuvi 255W

    The awaited day materialized today when we got the mail. My brand new Garmin Nuvi 255W gps arrived. Of course, I had to mount it in the car and drive somewhere. The quick start instructions were not too good and neither were the online manuals.

    Anyway, without reading anything I jumped in the car and off we go using Map Mode. The default factory setting is 3D mode so I drove to Angola and stopped and changed it back to 2D. I also entered a GoTo address and off we go. Drat – no voice street names occurred.

    After I got back home I looked in the manual – nothing about spoken street names – so I called Support & after 35 minutes a guy came on and said you have to set the American English voice to either Jack or Samantha. I have to test it tomorrow. It is very easy to use.

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  • Saugatuck, MI

    Posted on January 9th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    We made a quick trip in the truck to Saugatuck to do a small amount of work on the boat.  We got there about 3:30PMSaugatuck MI and had time to plug her in and get some charging on the battery.  We left it plugged in overnight.  After that we went down to the beach to see the waves and back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.  SAM decided Butler’s was a good place to go to eat and I concurred.  The dinner was pretty good and we enjoyed the relaxed pace.  Back at the hotel, I soon went to sleep.

    This morning we departed the hotel and went to the boat and did a small amount of cleaning on the deck and downstairs as well.  Soon it was time to disconnect the power and stow the gear and depart.  We left around noon and stopped in Otsego an an Antique Store and Herb Shoppe SAM wanted to see.  We were back in Indiana facing bright sunshine and good roads and all was well.

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  • WordPress 2.9.1

    Posted on January 7th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    This was an all day event: Trying to “automatic” upgrade to WP 2.9.1.
    Every time I tried I received a database error because the new 2.9.1 requires a My SQL 4.1.2 or higher database. I tried a few work arounds but nothing worked too well. Both of the blogs are hosted on GoDaddy machines. Since I did not know where the blogs server was I backed up the blogs and emailed them to myself. After that I generated two MySQL databases, one for each blog, and then “imported” the backup I had just emailed to myself. It is a bit tricky importing the backup files but it pretty easy with GoDaddy. Using the database Host/User data I then modified the WP wp-config.php files and uploaded them to the host servers. Bingo – everything worked AOK and then I updated WP to 2.9.1. Finished for today!

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  • Working Hard

    Posted on January 6th, 2010 cwmoore 1 comment

    I have had almost a full time job working on the church website. I spent the morning trying to figure out what went wrong with the church email system. The domain name provider says NOT ME and the host says NOT ME. I am slanting towards the domain name provider but since the old host is the domain name provider it could be them too

    Here is what happened. A couple of weeks ago we transfered the all the old hosted information from one server to another within the company. This was done because, for some unknown reason, we could no longer access the old hosting account. After the switch the troubles started. I pushed to have an internal review of the situation and they agreed – so now we wait.

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  • Atta boy Charlie

    Posted on January 1st, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    After 2 months of slow but steady progress I finally finished the sailboat companionway doors. Here are the stats: Sanded several times with progressively increased grit size, 5 coats of Cetol Light and one coat Cetol Gloss. Also, new stainless steel screws for the hardware. It looks good if I do say so myself. I received no help from the First Mate either and did the whole job myself.

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