Recurring fears

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Oh why is it that I’m always afraid of upgrading my WordPress version? Well, I’ll tell you.

It’s because it always ends in something that’ll take me about three hours to repair and clean up. Don’t ask me why, but it just does. Either because it turns out that the newest version isn’t compatible with the version of the theme I’m using, or vice versa. Which is actually the same, but oh well.

I tried upgrading to WordPress 2.3 yesterday, but I did it to my other blog, you know, the one you barely read, which is about all that Web 2.0 stuff you really don’t care about. As a matter of fact, not a whole lot of people do, so I thought it to be a good test-bed. And sure as hell, I had to update my theme, and it turned out that there seems to be a CSS-files conflict between my old and the new CSS file now, so I’ve got a strange footer and my sidebar is once again somewhere it doesn’t belong.

I’d love to fix it, but that would mean comparing two CSS-files and checking everything that could be responsible, which, in my eyes, could really be just about everything.

So that’s why I won’t be updating this blog here, because, well, all that editing, uploading, installing, it just gets to me. Almost as much as my new favourite song Suburban Homeboy by the Sparks.

Barcamp once again

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And tomorrow’s time for Barcamp once again. Last time Daniel and I presented our baby, got lots of constructive feedback and engaged in more than one fruitful discussion.

This time it’s going to be hosted by Microsoft, who seem to provide just the right infrastructure for an event of that scale. As long as they’ll let me connect to their WiFi with my Linux laptop, I’m sure it’ll be a great weekend.

So I was afraid of upgrading…

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…but I didn’t think it would turn out to be that bad.

(Public service announcement: This entry is rather technical in nature, and may not be suitable for people who are not interested in Linux. It does contain human tragedy though.)

See, I really, really like my Linux. I spent hours, days, weeks tweaking my system to create the perfect working environment (the fact that work always came a bit short due to tweaking the system should not be of importance at this point). And while usually uptime is perfect, meaning I can put my computer through its paces for a whole day without having to restart anything, not even my browser, I know that this performance is based on a system that can crash with the blink of an eye. If it’s the wrong eye, and you’ve got root privileges.

Well, crashing it all is what I thought I had done today. After installing all the available updates, I spent the better part of today trying to get my system up and running again, because it always crapped out on me with a system freeze, meaning my mouse suddenly stopped moving, as did the rest of what was on my screen. The only way out was a hard reboot. I attributed that to the fancy things I had installed to make my desktop look pretty, and dug deep to find out where exactly it was going wrong. After a few hours I caved in and booted Windows, just so I’d be able to do a Google search on the problem – without having to fear the system would freeze up again. But lo and behold, Windows froze too.

So there you have it. The Linux upgrade didn’t botch my system, it’s actually my hardware that’s having a slight problem (I’m guessing it’s the CPU fan that just doesn’t do a very good job at keeping it all cool). So, in a weird way I’m glad it’s like that. Goes to show that upgrading Linux isn’t that bad after all.

In another way though, I’m devastated, because it means there’s something wrong with my computer I’m not able to fix. I will, with all probability, have to send in my computer. And that, dear readers, is breaking my heart (note to girlfriend: I’m not entirely serious).

PS: I was able to pen this whole thing without a single hard reboot! Hail to the gods of CPU cooling systems, who seem to be alright with me using my computer as long as it’s typing and not editing images or anything fancy like that.