Upgraded to WordPress 4.7.1

I upgraded my sites to WordPress 4.7.1. No issues or unexpected problems so far.

I did note however that oddly enough one of the sites has received a rather unusual amount of visitors the last two days, especially considering there are no referrals and no new postings on it at the time. It also seems to have an increase in the stats for number of hacking attempts. But beyond that everything seems to be fine from what I can see.

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Activated WordPress autoupdate, almost everywhere

Today I’ve (finally) gotten around to activating autoupdates for all my WordPress sites all plugins (I had planned to do it already a few weeks ago but pneumonia insisted on forcing upon me other priorities).

Except one site. Call me chicken, but the main blog has 27 years of entries, which means thousands of posts, and I’m not about to autoupdate the plugins on that.

But I’ll use the other 3 as testsites in this matter and then I can safely update everything on this particular site if all the others are still running nicely.

Now uninstalling Java

I finally got a good reason to uninstall Java, rather than just accepting the security updates and installing a new version.

By accident I missed the fine print and didn’t remove that annoying checkbox that allowed Java to install some toolbar into my browsers, both IE and Firefox were quickly infected, and the antivirus program did not respond or think this worth taking action on.

So I had to spend half an hour cleaning out Yahoo-extensions from almost everywhere on the computer: in IE, in Firefox, in Windows Programs, on the disk itself, since uninstallation obviously wasn’t enough to get rid of everything completely.

That kind of did it, I’m not really sure if anything will break due to this, but I’m now removing Java permanently.

Reinstalled Firefox

Today I got tired of the problem with Facebook in Firefox and reinstalled my Firefox profile. (Which is not as simple as it sounds considering all plugins and settings to handle).

But while cloning the Firefox profile seemed like such a good idea from the beginning, once it turned out that this didn’t work well with Facebook it got too annoying having to login with a 32 character randomized password plus two-factor verification every time I switched computer.

Interestingly though, it rather nicely illustrates the extent of usage of Facebook I’ve reached, as well as the number of other sites using Facebook-based logins.

Office 2016 was released today

Office 2016 was released today and I didn’t have the patience to wait for any automatic upgrades to kick in, so I logged in to my account page and launched the installation from there (with the added benefit that the page finally updated itself to show correct OS-version, previously it kept insisting I was still running Windows 8.1 even though I upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as it was released).

So far there’s not much to say, installation worked smoothly, launching Outlook and OneNote with retained settings and, well… if not the color schemes I had hoped for, then at least more color and more contrast.

Beyond that I’ve yet to experiment with the new online apps which are not downloaded, namely “Sway” and “Docs.com” which are linked from the Office365 homepage.

Sway at first glance looked like an enhanced Powerpoint-meets-Wordpress storyline kind of thing. Quite nice and possibly something I’ll test out more later on.

Docs.com I’ve still to understand what it really is, it requires a separate registration, so is it part of Microsofts Live.com or not? And it offers unlimited free space, how does that compete with OneDrive, and if it’s true what use do I have for a paid Office365 subscription? But I don’t think it’s actually free, few things are and they often come with commercials and ads instead, and then I prefer the small cost of my subscription.

But I still want more color schemes. (Preferrably the dark red one from outlook.com!)

Cloud sync at its worst

Since upgrading to Windows 10 I’ve been playing one of the free car-games from the Store.

It’s free so I can’t really expect too much, but it’s still interesting to note how much wrong things could go. So here’s the story so far.

I started playing on one of my computers, the first one upgraded. There were a few annoying errors in regards to Xbox sync failures but I ignored them. One profile, one computer.
The profile with all its achievements did get overwritten every now and then if I chose the wrong profile at start, dumping be back down to level 1 from wherever I had gotten, and that started to get slightly annoying.

So i tried contacting the game support, but there was never any answer. Which led me to the game’s forum instead. There was a separate thread where people could post unanswered ticket numbers (and maybe support would find that and get back to them, the thread seemed inconclusive, so I ignored that option).

There was also frequently mentioned that the Xbox sync was flawed and you should instead rely on Facebook sync. I decided to give that a try and linked the game to my Facebook account.

Lo and behold, the errors on the first computer vanlished, and the game nicely kept one profile, even telling me every now and then that “synchronization is complete”. Leading you to believe your profile was safe and sound “somewhere in the cloud”.

Meanwhile my two daughters had started playing as well, and I had gotten round to upgrading the second computer so we now could play against each other. So we’re talking 3 persons on 2 computers, 6 accounts. This is where cloud sync would be really nice. If it had worked.

Alas, all did not work as intended. First of all even though both my accounts were logged in successfully to both Xbox and Facebook and both were telling me they were happily syncing to the cloud, the content of the two profiles was completely different. Still at this time stable even though different.

Now, after the girls started playing, and they’re 6 and 9 and don’t speak english so they’re trying to guess which profile to use, mostly the right one, but sometimes things go wrong and there’s lots of tears for having lost all cars and stuff and having to replay from start what took days to achieve.

The worst part is still what seems as though the game keeps some kind of local cache or copy of the progress somewhere in some shared folder where everyone can access it. I’m not sure of the game’s inner working (nor do I want to be) but the effect is one of mayhem.

At present we’re constantly overwriting each other’s profiles, most visible when someone gets the wrong player icon and looses all cars, more smiles though when someone who’s been at level 1 suddenly can choose to jump up to level 10 or 20 at login. But still mayhem. Also, it makes me wonder where all those successful synchronizations go…?

This does not seem to be the way cloud sync should work, and does not inspire much trust in doing actual purchases of new things with real currency if you can’t even keep the things you’ve purchased for in-game levelled up virtual currency.

The game in itself is quite fun though, nice cars, nice tracks, easy to play both as adult and with my kids. If only you didn’t have to start over all the time. Again and again, and again…

“There is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer”