Dr. Roy Spencer – Climate

Roy Spencer, PhD.

Climate Change Research Scientist, Author, Former NASA Scientist

NOTE: This is the thirteenth monthly update with our new Version 6.0 dataset. Differences versus the old Version 5.6 dataset are discussed here. Note we are now at “beta5” for Version 6, and the paper describing the methodology is in peer review. The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for April, 2016 […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: May 2, 2016, 1:40 pm
I just learned through Climate Depot and Tony Heller that Bill Gray has died. Bill was a pioneering researcher and hurricane forecaster, as well as a skeptic of the seriousness of the manmade global warming threat. Bill’s legacy goes well back before my time…and I’m getting to be an old guy (60). He was at […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: April 16, 2016, 10:23 pm
Ever since we started posting global temperature comparisons between models and observations there has been a recurring objection over the way the data are plotted. I really thought that the issue would go away because it’s so silly. But I’ve seen it crop up again in the last week in a series of messages between […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: April 7, 2016, 4:39 pm
On April Fools day (April 1), there was a report of snow on the tropical island of Guadeloupe on the night of March 31, 2016. Guadeloupe is an island in the northern Lesser Antilles. The news report even mentions a light dusting on the ground. I’m calling BS on this report. It claimed to not […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:59 pm
Exactly 9 years ago this week, the eastern U.S. was plunged into below-freezing weather after an unusually warm March just got things growing. The result was about $2 billion in agricultural losses across 16 states. Similar to that Easter 2007 event, the current forecast for late this week has temperatures into the lower 20s as […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: April 4, 2016, 6:20 pm

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As iPhone sales start to decline for the first time in 13 years, the company has been looking to emerging markets to make up the slack with first-time buyers. But Cupertino's plan to boost marketshare in India by importing and selling refurbished iPh...
Author: Andrew Dalton
Posted: May 3, 2016, 5:32 pm
Amazon is hoping for another streaming hit with Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, the next show from the creator of Downton Abbey. Amazon has snapped up US distribution of the series from the Weinstein Company, and all three episodes of the sho...
Author: Devindra Hardawar
Posted: May 3, 2016, 5:13 pm
Periscope wants to not only help you share live streams, but find the best of them... and it's willing to try unusual strategies to make that happen. Medium editor Evan Hansen has joined Periscope to become its first editor-in-chief. As he explains t...
Author: Jon Fingas
Posted: May 3, 2016, 4:48 pm
Back at CES, Sony announced new multi-room audio gear with a soundbar and two speakers to put music all over your house. Now, a few months after their debut, those devices are ready to handle tunes. As a refresher, the HT-NT5 soundbar features six sp...
Author: Billy Steele
Posted: May 3, 2016, 4:24 pm
By Liam McCabe This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here. We think the best refrigerator for you is most likely the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM—a reliable, affo...
Author: The Sweethome
Posted: May 3, 2016, 4:00 pm
The DJ mixer controls and contours all sounds. The slightest twist of a knob or the slide of a fader can change the structure of one sound to make room for another. The instrument, which is at the core of all electronic music performances, has seen a...
Author: Mona Lalwani
Posted: May 3, 2016, 3:44 pm
YouTube's basic design hasn't changed a lot over the years, but it could get a major cosmetic upgrade soon. Commenters on Reddit's YouTube forum discovered a new Material look that would bring it in line with the latest version of Chrome OS and Andro...
Author: Steve Dent
Posted: May 3, 2016, 3:22 pm
You may still be reeling from the recent sweep of date-related events (Pi day, Alien day, and 420) but the ride's not over yet. Tomorrow is May the 4th, which is observed by many as a Star Wars "holiday" and may garner a lot of attention this year on...
Author: Jon Turi
Posted: May 3, 2016, 3:00 pm
If you think losing weight is simply diet plus exercise, the equation is not so simple. A recent study of Biggest Loser participants showed that even if you manage to drop pounds, your body will fight you for years afterward to gain them back. That's...
Author: Steve Dent
Posted: May 3, 2016, 2:39 pm
Crowdfunded filmmakers will be able to shoot on film for a lot less money thanks to a partnership between Kodak and Kickstarter. Kodak says it will provide free 35mm or Super 16mm film stock for select projects, up to a total of around $20,000 for 35...
Author: Steve Dent
Posted: May 3, 2016, 2:20 pm
After Apple allowed third-parties to create custom keyboards for iOS, a flood of apps tried to make typing easier or add a way to send GIFs with only a few taps. Now Giphy, already a popular destination for the internet's favorite image format, is ju...
Author: Roberto Baldwin
Posted: May 3, 2016, 2:00 pm
The team at WobbleWorks has been quick to iterate on the concept of a 3D printing pen in the past 3 years, and it's not stopping any time soon. The startup has unveiled the 3Doodler Create, a third-generation pen that irons out some of the remaining...
Author: Jon Fingas
Posted: May 3, 2016, 2:00 pm
That rumored deal between Google and Fiat Chrysler for self-driving car technology? It's reportedly happening... if not quite in the way you'd expect. Bloomberg sources claim that the arrangement will put some of Google's autonomous tech into the 201...
Author: Jon Fingas
Posted: May 3, 2016, 1:40 pm
Today on In Case You Missed It: Chip maker Movidius created an advanced neural networks USB stick to put AI into any device; the GeoOrbital wheel turns any dumb bike into a 20 miles per hour powerhouse; and Samsung has a pilot program to put a moth...
Author: Kerry Davis
Posted: May 3, 2016, 1:15 pm
Line rental is one of the things you have to consider when taking out a broadband contract, since they almost always come hand in hand. But with these two separate monthly fees, one-off setup charges and introductory discounts, you need ten minutes a...
Author: Jamie Rigg
Posted: May 3, 2016, 1:05 pm
Cast your mind back to 2014. Now imagine a pair of wireless headphones from that time. Most likely, you thought of an "over the head" pair of cans, like the SMS Sync, or a pair of tethered earbuds like Powerbeats. These days, the definition of "wirel...
Author: James Trew
Posted: May 3, 2016, 1:00 pm
Now this is interesting. Today, satellite TV provider Dish introduced a new service for iPhone repairs in the US. It's an intriguing business decision, considering the company hasn't done anything similar in the past -- unless you take into account f...
Author: Edgar Alvarez
Posted: May 3, 2016, 1:00 pm
With hundreds of millions of internet users choosing to block ads, publishers are being forced to adopt new strategies to survive. Paywalls are one option, but they often put off readers who wish to visit a website just to read one article. As compan...
Author: Matt Brian
Posted: May 3, 2016, 12:20 pm
Spring is well underway, and that can only mean one thing for HP: time to unveil a wave of new home PCs. The company has trotted out a host of new Pavilion PCs that pack both obligatory upgrades -- thinner, faster and new colors -- as well as a few w...
Author: Jon Fingas
Posted: May 3, 2016, 11:00 am
To stay ahead in the ride-hailing race, Uber has teamed up with the Chinese payments service Alipay. A new partnership means passengers can now hail an Uber outside of China using the Alipay app, rather than Uber's own software. From the home screen,...
Author: Nick Summers
Posted: May 3, 2016, 10:19 am
New York City may be the Big Apple, but it plays second fiddle to Silicon Valley when it comes to technology. That's why a number of companies located there including (Engadget's parent company) AOL, Bloomberg and, yes, California-based Google and Fa...
Author: Steve Dent
Posted: May 3, 2016, 9:38 am
One of the biggest Android app pirates has pled guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Mississippi's Aaron Blake Buckley has admitted his role in distributing over four mil...
Author: Mariella Moon
Posted: May 3, 2016, 8:20 am
While cars and trucks have long had smart emergency systems to send help in the event of a crash (think services like OnStar), motorcycles have had to go without -- a scary thought if you've ever worried about wiping out miles away from help. That's...
Author: Jon Fingas
Posted: May 3, 2016, 5:45 am
It's the dawning of the age of Aquarius. Well, the discovery of three planets orbiting a cooler-than-the-Sun dwarf star located in the Aquarius constellation, according to NASA. A number of telescopes, including the TRAPPIST at the La Silla Observato...
Author: Timothy J. Seppala
Posted: May 3, 2016, 3:55 am
While the first part of Europe's and Russia's ExoMars mission took off on time in March, the second phase has been delayed. They've decided to launch their Martian rover, which will be capable of drilling up to two meters (6.5 feet) below the surface...
Author: Mariella Moon
Posted: May 3, 2016, 3:55 am

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My Webhost Adventures

Hostmonster has a lot going for it. However there are a few irritations as well. I have been starting to find my sites offline there as well as at my last host. This lasted for hours.

I was given several reasons listed below:

1. A huge spike in Additional Traffic. Have no idea what “huge” is and I did not see any spike.
2. A Dynamic Site without caching. Huh? I always try to install one of the cache programs in WordPress. So why would my sites be offline when there was no perceptible difference? I find it hard to believe that even without a cache there would be a sudden downtime of all my sites.
3. Extremely Large or non-optimized graphics. – No changes. Same as before. Could a few even large pictures really cause sites to go down?
4. Extremely Large or non-optimized database. – I do optimize but not every day. Again there was no change so why a sudden loss of all my sites?
5. Large amount of external calls.
6. Server issue.First, the server did go down for several hours. Shouldn’t there be a backup server to cover such an event?

I realize this is just informing me of possible causes. But then how does a newbie about these things do anything about them? Where do you start? Hosting is often advertised as easy. But not when me, a non-webbie has to start somewhere to figure it out.

Also one of the service reps, said there were some large files in certain folders but did not help me pin down where that might be. How can I find large files on their computers? With all their expertise wouldn’t it be possible to run a program which can tell them any files that were unnecessarily large?

I rather got the feeling, and it is only a feeling, that, even though it throttlinggraphsis supposed to be “unlimited bandwidth, hosting and domains that it doesn’t really mean that.

That was brought home to me even more when part of the “support document” to help me track down the problem told me about upgrading to PRO hosting.

“If your site is slow it can also mean you are experiencing throttling. The following may greatly help your site performance.”

throttlingSimpsonStyleOkay so why am I throttled? Am I really using more resources throttlingthan all the others on the same server? No one explained why I was offline. I think that is a bit more than throttling. And even if it was throttling, why could they just not be specific and tell me exactly why?

Okay you may say I am a fussy old codger. But when it says unlimited and I have 10 – 15 sites up, is that really even CLOSE to unlimited? On top of that it is not like most of those sites get a great deal of traffic.

Anyway the support document went on as if I knew exactly what they were talking about and should be able to fix it myself.

I hate changing hosts. I have done it infrequently until last year, 2012, when several of my sites turned up with Google warnings that “it may be distributing malware” but if you went to the next page of the warning, it said that there was no evidence of any of this but that my site may be directing people to a rogue or bad or notorious site where harm could arise. So the host I had been very happy with for several years, that is Bluehost, did give me some help to find out where the problems were. I was very grateful for that.

But when I felt “tricked” into purchasing a “site-locking” program for less than $15, I thought it be the same as the home page of the product said. It turned out that it was not. Then I actually had a service rep tell me that if I asked the credit card company to have them refund the money from the program she would have to turn off all my other sites which were online.  That was a shocker. I paid for the hosting and she was going to deprive me of something that I paid for and was NOT abusing?

I felt I had been tricked into buying a product which seemed useless as it told me no more than Google Webmaster tools, in fact a lot less. And the $15 was for ONLY ONE site.

After I decided to move and asked for the balance of my hosting fees back (you could ask anytime and they refund the fees proportionately). I tried several other sites and thought Hostmonster was the one. (owned by the same company as Bluehost, they too give back the balance of the money for the time you have not used if you move). Maybe I am hard to please. But I really do think my sites should be up when I pay for them.

I did learn a few very important things. Do not believe your sites will be up 99% of the time even tho they say it OR do not believe that UNLIMITED actually means UNLIMITED.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing I learned was DO NOT BELIEVE all those Webhost Review sites like “Top 15 Webhosts” I believe it is a ruse to get you to click on any of the links because the site is an AFFILIATE of ALL  of them and no matter which one you pick they can get paid $65 in most cases! Just saying! Then you can find different review sites like the name above and they all disagree as to what the top one is. Some even have different sites at the top. I thought I would search this time for reviews of sites which I was interested in. I found a lot of positive reviews about Netfirms. So I am trying them out. NetfirmsLogo

Anyway now again I am very impressed with Netfirms. Even tho I got a bargain basement deal for unlimited bandwidth, domains and space, they even phoned me to ask if I needed help with anything! Now that is impressive!

And so the further adventures of computerdoc start again with a new host. I will report again after having sites there for a while.

-Charles, “Computerdoc”

New Freeware Gems – August 2013

I must give credit where it is due. Most of the following freeware I discovered by reading a Maximum PC Guide  from MaximumPC.

However the Security section was obtained from an independent testing lab mentioned elsewhere on this site.

Security Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time system scanning, Windows firewall integration,
and rootkit protection all for the low low price of $0, yes, no charge!
File Backup Syncback Freeware Everyone should be using some form of automatic backup to save
those wonderful photos you prize so much.
Office Suite Google Docs Google Docs has been enhanced and improved since it first came out.
Using GD means that anything you create there, you can leave a copy
there and you will always have it a few mouse clicks away wherever you
are.
Photo Editor GIMP GIMP – a free replacement for Adobe Photoshop with a library of scripts
to add to it if you need them.
Vector Editor Inkscape Vector images can be smoothly scaled to any size, perfect for company
logos, other illustrations.
Desktop Publishing Scribus You can lay all of the docs created in Google Docs and the graphics
formed in GIMP and Inkscape and combine them all here for a
newsletter or any publication you need.
Video Editing Lightworks Microsoft Windows Live Moviemaker is great for quick presentation
creators but if you need something more professional, Lightworks, the
former commercial film-editing software used to create The King’s Speech,
The Departed and Brave Heart to the rescue. Free for WindowS.
DVD Playback VLC To play movies, VLC can handle just about any digital video file as well
as play DVD’s including Blu-Ray. Free MAC version as well.
Operating System Ubuntu Almost all the programs mentioned above started as Linux freeware. Why
not try the real thing, Ubuntu, the most friendly version of Linux. Great for
productivity but does not have equivalents for all your favorite Windows
apps. Enter WINE, the Windows emulator which can run most Windows apps
right from inside Linux.
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2013 Internet Security Test Results

It is interesting how different reviewers can have such widely disparate reviews of internet security software. This could be due to a number of factors including 1) which version was tested, 2) what tests were used, 3) how influenced by financial gain the reviewer is . No I am not accusing anyone of taking bribes. But if an Internet Security provider pays a lot of money to a site or magazine, could that subconsciously play on the reviewers mind to downplay negatives and point out positives? Just saying.

That is why using Indepent Lab results may be the best bet, that is if they are really independent. (Yes sometimes I am skeptical but only in the back of my head. In the frontal lobes I accept their independence until proven otherwise..

This site is well-known for its reviews of Internet Security products: AV-Comparatives at http://www.av-comparatives.org/

They test in three areas: Real World Protection, Performance, and File Detection. Read the blurbs at their site if you do not understand what is meant by those headings.

I am going to list the products which obtained Advanced, or Advanced Plus in all three tests. They also use Standard and Tested as rankings below the above. Also on the award logo, they have a number of stars, up to 3. So 3 stars means BETTER than two stars etc.

Products are listed in alphabetical order. Advanced+ = 3 Stars, Advanced = 2 Stars, Standard = 1 Star. Only products which obtained at least one Advanced+ and no less than Advanced in all categories are listed.

Product Real World Protection Performance File Detection
# of Stars
Avast! 3 3 2
Avira 2 2 3
Bitdefender 2 3 3
Bullguard 2 2 3
Emsisoft 3 3 2
ESET 3 3 2
F-Secure 2 3 3
Kaspersky 3 3 3
Qihoo 360 3 1 3
Sophos 2 3 2
Tencent QQ 3 No Test 3

As you can see the independent lab ratings came out quite differently than the PCMag or TopTen Reviews ratings. Also interesting, is that only one product, obtained the highest rating in all three tests. You will also see that Norton did not even place because they had only one rating that was 3 star. VERY DIFFERENT than the PCMag and TopTen reviews.

If you want a very visual comparison, go to this page http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

 

Reference: This is the message stating the independence of AV-Comparatives Lab

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Currently, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection. AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide innovative scientific testing methods.
If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor’s site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features and important things for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the data provided in the test reports on this site are just some aspects that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software.

Tags: internet security, malware, antivirus, virus, protection

Freeware 2 Get Job Done

I do these blogs for fun. Okay I may monetize them sometime but mainly it is a location for ME to post useful stuff that I find.

I discovered printing it out or copying the pages in the magazine do not work for me. I lose the pages!

Okay I know …. I should file them. Right, but I have limited filing space.
So putting them online helps me and I hope you too!

Comments? Does anyone have a favorite and a reason that it is your favorite? Do you have an opinion on any in this list. Please comment below if any of these questions apply. Thank you!

You can look up the exact details at any good freeware site.
Here is a list recommended by TechSupportAlert.

FREEWARE SITES TO CHECK FOR FREEWARE

 

FileHippo  This is currently our top recommendation as they offer a wide collection of clean software with fast download rates without requiring a proprietary downloader. A unique and useful feature is they offer a full version history of most products.

MajorGeeks This site carries only tech tools and utilities. Guidance is limited to brief reviews and user ratings.  However, if you are looking for tech tools this is THE place to go. One of our favorites.

SnapFiles  Offers a huge collection, great organization and a refreshingly clean presentation. Products are briefly reviewed and carry site ratings, user rating and user comments.

Softpedia  A huge commercial site with an excellent collection organized by platform. It features site and user star ratings for products and user comments. The search engine doesn’t display any  ratings and this limits its use when selecting. The real selling point for this site is its “100% clean” guarantee.  For many that is a winning feature but remember it easy to claim a 100% guarantee but much harder to achieve it!

FileForum-Betanews  Not the largest download collection, but if you’re looking for the very latest products you’ll find them here long before other download sites.

FreewareFiles.com  Good collection of software with user ratings and number of downloads listed. Quite a few ads scattered throughout.

System Information

  • cpu-z and gpu-z – CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor.
  • hwmonitor – HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed.
  • windirstat – WinDirStat (WDS) is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows. It shows disk, file and directory sizes in a treelist as well as
  • intel turbo widget
  • speccy – Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what’s inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information 
  • gkrellm – GKrellM is a single process stack of system monitors which supports applying themes to match its appearance to your window manager, Gtk, or any other theme.

File Management

  • Izarc or 7-zip [Personally I prefer Izarc because a right click brings you all the options.]
  • utorrent – µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client. Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled. Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in ..
  • dropbox – Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
  • winmerge – WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMergecan compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text .
  • teracopy – TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user a lot of features
  • filezilla – Open-source (GNU GPL) FTP client for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. Site contains a documentation wiki and a forum.

Maintenance

  • ccleaner
  • revo uninstaller
  • slim drivers free
  • syncbackfree
  • filehippo

Benchmarking

  • unigene heaven
  • catzilla
  • furmark
  • prime95
  • crystaldiskmark
  • sandra 2013
  • fraps

Best Free Games

  • team fortress 2
  • tribes: ascend
  • quake live
  • league of legends
  • blacklight retribution
  • dota 2
  • planetside 2
  • smite
  • dc universe online
  • daggerfall
  • middle manager of justice

 

Content Creation

  • gimp
  • andreamosaic
  • audacity
  • handbrake
  • rasterbator
  • blender
  • inkscape
  • camstudio
  • videopad
  • open broadcaster software

Security

  • avast free v.7
  • malwarebytes anti-malware
  • truecrypt
  • keepass password safe

 

Documents

  • Softmaker Office [Textmaker]
  • Kingsoft Free Edition
  • sumatra PDF
  • notepad++
  • abiword
  • libreoffice

Free Mobile Apps Interact with PC

  • pc monitor
  • airdroid
  • unified remote
  • es file explorer
  • tonido

 

Media Handling

  • image resizer
  • vlcmedia player
  • aimp
  • plex
  • picasa 3

 

Look and Feel

  • classic shell
  • f.lux
  • displayfusion

 

With credit to MaximumPC magazine – May 2013
www.maximumpc.com

New Commodore 64 PC!!!

I was shocked to discover as I was looking for old images of my computer history, there is a NEW C64 COMMODORE 64 which runs all PC software!!   C64_08Thumb

Here is the description from the website:

Recreating the Legendary Commodore 64
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It’s back… and better than ever! The new Commodore 64 is a modern functional PC as close to the original in design and coloring as humanly possible. Futureproof in its design, it houses a modern mini-ITX PC motherboard that can be upgraded simply by switching motherboards. Commodore USA’s new C64x features Intel’s new 2.13Ghz 64-bit Dual Core D2700 Atom processor coupled with the graphics power of an nVidia GeForce GT 520 graphics chipset for improved 3D gaming ability. 

The new Commodore 64 also features an optional slot load R/W DVD or Blu-ray drive on the left side of the unit.C64_04Thumb

The C64x comes with 4Gb of DDR3 memory as standard.

A multi format card reader/writer and a C64_03ThumbUSB slot are provided on the right side of the unit. There are additional USB slots on the rear of the unit for all your peripheral needs.

The classic power light is now the power button

The new Commodore 64 can be connected to the latest televisions and monitors, and through the power of its nVidia hardware accellerated video decoding, can deliver 1080p HD quality video playback from either Blu-ray or an internet stream for an excellent home theater experience.

Blutooth 3.0 technology and two external wireless n wifi antenae are included for exceptional connectivity to a home network or peripherals.C64BackplateBrighterSmallBorderb

Commodore USA’s custom Linux distribution, called Commodore OS Vision, comes pre-installed on the C64x which will allow you to play all your favorite 8-bit era Commodore games with a single click.

c64ready It even has the option to boot right into the original C64’s full screen READY prompt (left), where you can also launch classic games. 

Commodore OS Vision also allows you to boot straight into the included XMBC Media Center allowing you to use the C64x as a home theater system.

Don’t forget that the new Commodore 64 is a fully functional PC compatible, so you can even install and use the latest versions of Windows if you really feel you need to. We provide a beautiful graphical boot menu at start up from which Windows can be selected to run, so you needn’t lose any of the functionality of the new C64’s included operating systems. Commodore OS Vision comes with the WINE compatibility layer pre-installed which is capable of running some Windows software. VirtualBox is also included with Commodore OS Vision, allowing you to install Windows and run Windows software on same screen as Commodore OS Vision seamlessly merging their windows and visual components on the same screen.

Talk about a blast from the past! :-)

 

Webhost Adventures Begin

Yes, I did. My former host [Jaguarpc.com] had great customer service reps to help you fix stuff. That was great. They helped you with WordPress stuff even tho they did not have to. Even better. However  I subscribe to a free Webmonitoring Service which tells me if any of my sites are down and when they are back up. This was the cruncher. If they advertise 99.9% uptime, then that should be fulfilled. I would find some of my sites down for hours, day or night. That is not good for ecommerce. I had to move.

How To Move a WordPress Site So You Do Not Lose any of your posts and pages or even your media library. That was the next problem! I tried Xcloner and could not figure it out. I tried Duplicator and could not make that work. I tried various other backup plugins which had some roadblocks right when you thought everything was going well.

Then DURING THE DAY, I phoned Hostmonster tech support. I got a gentleman who knew exactly how to move a WordPress site. Here it is.

He steered me to Tools / Import / Export in my dashboard of my old site. You simply export all contents and save it on your hard drive.

Then you create the new site. You can do that BEFORE changing your nameservers to the new site by ..

  1. Create a subdirectory of your main domain on your new host. Example: Main domain is ComputerRocks.com.
  2. In the Control Panel under File Manager you can create a subdirectory let’s say called pebbles
  3. Then you can go to your script installer, Simple Scripts, at Hostmonster, or Softaculous or whatever they use to install WordPress.
  4. You install a new copy of WordPress into the subdirectory …pebbles
  5. Then you type on a separate tab of your browser the URL of the subdirectory where you installed the WordPress  like this
  6. [to be finished later]

Anyway the long and short of it is you just use the WordPress importer, which you seem to have to add as a plugin. You import the XML file from your hard drive and check to see. You should see your old content loaded up into the new bare fresh WordPress site. It was too easy .. Why hadn’t anyone told me that before on my old hosting site or at any of the numerous other hosting sites where I chatted with a Live Customer Service Rep? But no one did until I moved to Hostmonster…. [not finished.