Plastic Shards

Sniffing ArmpitsYou know that feeling you get when you get to the end of a deodorant stick, and the plastic pieces slice small scrapes into your armpits?

Well, I just experienced that with chap-stick.

And this picture really has nothing to do with it, other than I think it’s funny.

Dreamhost: resolved

The response I got (which I assumed):

“Hello Daniel, The reason it charged you as soon as you made the change is because when you change the billing cycle or selected plan, the changes reset the cycle and the effects are immediate. I’ll go ahead and wipe out the $70.01 that is owed on the account, as this was simply an honest mistake. If there’s anything else I can help you with, please let me know! Thanks! Christian”

The good news is that I do not have to pay $70.01, thank you Dreahost. w00t!
Daniel Slaughter


I logged into Dreahost today to register through them for hosting (my current host is about to expire). So, while I was in there I started playing in the account settings page. I went to the page that shows me how much my billing cycles are because I was curious what it would cost me next year. I changed the term from 1 year to 2 years because they said I would get 20% off. After changing it, it billed me $140, so I changed it back. It now says I owe them $70 (even though I’m paid in full). I’ve sent them an email and I am waiting for their response.

Wish me good luck,
Daniel Slaughter

The start of a WordPress

The other day I was trying to find a new email account. I’m sick and tired of explaining to people what “wmasterme” means: everyone is a little pervert! In my search for a new name I found that daniel.slaughter, dan.slaughter, danielslaughter, d.slaughter, dslaughter, and of course slaughter was unavailable. I was appalled at my findings and discouraged that I was no longer a unique individual. So, I thought to myself, what if was taken? I quickly whois-ed the site, noticing it wasn’t registered I took it into my arms.

And then I was thinking about creating a wiki-like site where users could post comments on the pages I created. But… why? Why not just use this fantastic, already created, little application called WordPress? I had never installed it before so I set out to do so.

WordPress’ website proposed it would take me 5 minutes to install it on my server. I assumed not, but went ahead with it anyways. The following are the steps and encounters I had when installing WordPress:

1. Download and unzip the WordPress package:
This step wasn’t too bad, I’m on dialup and the files are compressed, so this 622KB file took about two minutes.

2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server with a MySQL user:
Again, an easy step… I had previously today done this for one of my classes to host a PDA Bank Application, so I knew exactly where to go in my host’s admin. This step took another two minutes.

3. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php:
I think that took less time than writing out this sentence.

4. Open wp-config.php and fill in your database details:
Less than 30 seconds to complete this step. Good, so we’re maybe 4.5 minutes into this 5 minute process.

5. Upload wordpress to your web server:
Uh oh… Let’s just say dialup sucks. I dragged and dropped the files onto my web server, brushed my teeth, went pee, and still had time to watch the 8 minute file transfer complete. We have obviously now exceeded our 5 minutes by 7.5 minutes.

6. Run the WordPress installation script on your server.
Two steps, and I pretty much just hit next, this took maybe 30 seconds if I wasn’t picky.

And we’re done! As you can see, if I was not on dialup WordPress would not have taken 12 minutes to install. Perhaps WordPress should have a disclaimer that their proposed speeds are based on your internet connection. Oh well, 12 minutes isn’t bad.

Until next time,
Daniel Slaughter