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Blog better using Zemanta

Image by chucks via Flickr

I’ve just installed Zemanta, a blogging tool which suggests pictures and links to enrich blog entries.  It bases it’s suggestions on the written content with comparisons to similar content published by other sites and bloggers. Actually seems to be quite clever.

I’My posting rate is not very high at the moment as I’m busy with a lot of business projects, but when I do this will be useful.

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Stupid wp-cache and dreamhost

You go on holiday for a few days, note a wordpress security update while you are traveling, forgot Dreamhost re-adds wp-cache when doing a one-click upgrade and your blog is broken until you are next online.

Dreamhost are brain dead for some things – like recommending wp-cache, but breaking wordpress when it is used.

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My shared host has some issues

I noticed some issues while writing a blog entry:

[emptysands@smithers:~] w
 20:48:51 up 26 days, 19:59,  6 users,  load average: 24.71, 20.75, 13.89
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT

… 30 minutes later …

[emptysands@smithers:~] w
 21:26:52 up 26 days, 20:37, 10 users,  load average: <strong>558.90</strong>, 537.18, 406.38
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT

before they finally get the reboot actioned. They use filers and the diskio was low:

[emptysands@smithers:~] vmstat
procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
 r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   in    cs us sy id wa
 3 217 766800 280684   4668 176616    0    1     8     2    9     9 54  8 35  2

so it was maybe a rouge process. Not sure exact what the details are yet, I’m sure Dreamhost will post them in due course.

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New Stats Plugin for WordPress

Even though it didn’t work out, one of the reasons I was keen to stay on was the stats page they had. Now you can get the wp-stat to do the same for a self-hosted wordpress blog.

From. Photo Matt.

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Dreamhost has been killing processes

Dreamhost has been killing processes, causing this blog to go down.

Dreamhost either have reduced their memory limit tolerance for processes, they use a php5.cgi rather than mod_php system. Or something strange has happened to my install set to trigger some issues. In fact even with all the plugins deactivated, I still need to move the plugin directory away in order to access the front page.

Strangely enough they suggested I use wp-cache, but after some testing I discovered this is the very plugin that is causing the problems. I’m working though this at the moment, but the blog should be back.

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Code Snippet

I’ve reinstalled Code Snippet. It definitely is the best. Shame the original author’s blog has gone offline.

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WordPress InstantUpgrade looks like a useful plugin to try.

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Dapper: Blotter (Blog Plotter)

I guess I need to work on my marketing:

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