Dr. Roy Spencer – Climate

Roy Spencer, PhD.

Climate Change Research Scientist, Author, Former NASA Scientist

My previous post explaining a simple experiment to demonstrate that a cool object can make a warm object warmer still led me to give the experiment a try. The purpose is to demonstrate that, energetically, the atmosphere’s greenhouse effect can make the surface of the Earth warmer than if the greenhouse effect didn’t exist even […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: August 28, 2016, 8:03 pm
I continue to receive emails (not to mention the hundreds of sometimes nasty blog comments) objecting to what I just expressed in the title of this article. So, I thought it would be useful to propose a simple experiment that demonstrates the concept. This is a considerably simpler task than my recently proposed experiment to […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 3:31 pm
Weather balloon measurements have been made twice daily at Desert Rock, Nevada for many years. In 1998, a surface radiation (SURFRAD) measurement facility was also installed there, which allows new kinds of analysis of how the radiation budget is affected by atmospheric profiles of temperature and humidity. The location is arid, minimizing the influence of […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: August 23, 2016, 4:49 pm
With the climatological peak in hurricane activity only 3 weeks away, the Atlantic has been fairly quiet so far, despite seasonal forecasts of a more active than normal season. But recent forecast model runs have been consistently predicting that a low pressure wave in the tropical eastern Atlantic will become Tropical Storm Gaston in the […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: August 19, 2016, 3:41 pm
As a followup to my cursory analysis suggesting increased precipitation was the probable cause of the record rise in Lake Superior water levels during 2013-2014, the GLERL folks pointed me to a relatively recent paper they published (Hydrologic Drivers of Record-Setting Water Level Rise on Earth’s Largest Lake System) which provides a detailed analysis of […]
Author: Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Posted: August 19, 2016, 2:03 pm

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Data breaches happen all too often, but it's rare that they target your browser's sync service... and unfortunately, Opera just became one of those exceptions. The company is warning users that it detected a hack in its sync system that may have giv...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 11:25 pm
If you come across any racial and gay slur and just about anything that sounds like hate speech on Xbox Live, you can directly report the incident to Microsoft. The tech titan has launched a dedicated website where you can report hate speech not just...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 10:01 pm
It took a while for the US military to bolster its defenses against cyberattacks, and it looks like there's a similar deficit when it comes to artificial intelligence. A new Defense Department report says that the country needs to take "immediate ac...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 8:28 pm
In China, where 80 percent of movie theaters built in the last 10 years have 3D projectors, movie studios often release "exclusive," three-dimensional adaptations of movies that won't actually see a 3D release stateside. While that can be lucrative f...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 6:56 pm
Internet search giants making self-driving cars appears to be a trend, and Russia's Yandex wants in. It's partnering with Daimler, truck maker Kamaz and government-backed researchers at NAMI on an autonomous shuttle bus that could carry up to 12 peo...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 5:59 pm
Find out who will win in the final Hackbotz showdown between the Death-A-Nator, Ghandi-Bot and Mr. Pointy? Ben's weapon of choice is an "intimidation knife" that's attached with 3D printed parts, but how useful will that be? Then he reveals the c...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 4:30 pm
It was a pretty kick-ass week in terms of interplanetary exploration -- and not even just in NMS. Astronomers found a potentially habitable planet just 4.2 light years from us! This could be our first stop beyond Mars but it's going to take a while t...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 3:00 pm
Tesla makes the world's best electric cars - but they're not content to rest on their laurels. The company just launched a powerful new battery that makes the Model S the fastest production car you can actually buy. Meanwhile, autonomous vehicle star...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's telepresence world tour has another stop: a conversation following an early screening of the upcoming Oliver Stone biopic, Snowden. The Oscar-winning director will also be a part of the fireside chat, but rather tha...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 10:55 am
The PC industry has lost one of its quieter but more influential leaders: John Ellenby, the CEO of Grid Systems, died earlier this month at the age of 75 of yet to be determined causes. His company (particularly late designer William Moggridge) is w...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 5:01 am
3D printing has done a lot for medical science. It's helped us create better prosthetics, manufacture artificial vertebrae and even develop smaller internal cameras. Next, it could help us revolutionize medication delivery. MIT researchers are using...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 3:04 am
A galaxy isn't big just because it has many stars in it. A worldwide research group has discovered that a galaxy in the Coma cluster, Dragonfly 44, consists of 99.99 percent dark matter. It has about as much mass as our own Milky Way galaxy, but f...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 1:32 am
Free-to-play games based on popular franchises were a huge trend for awhile. But, as Microsoft showed us this week by canceling Halo Online for Russia, there are no guarantees for success. Ubisoft is following suit and shutting down Ghost Recon Phant...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:03 am
Google's self-driving car project hit a rough patch with the departure of one of its earliest team members, but it's evident that the tech giant is still bent on turning the experiment into a viable business. The company has hired Airbnb executive S...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:27 pm
Facebook's News Feed for mobile will become much friendlier to vertical videos in the near future, according to Marketing Land. It won't exactly be optimized for the orientation the way Snapchat is, but it will apparently stop cropping and showing th...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 9:01 pm
If you thought the Juno probe's first photos of Jupiter were tantalizing, you're in for a treat. The spacecraft just completed the closest approach it will take during its primary mission around the gas giant, passing a mere 2,600 miles above the su...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 7:28 pm
In June, Motorola unveiled its VerveLife line of "lifestyle" products, with the VerveOnes+ wireless earbuds being the first to go on sale. These are truly wireless, existing as two independent pods that you wedge into your ear holes, with no wires or...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 6:00 pm
Inside Facebook's (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine John Herrman, The New York Times Magazine A barrage of political links, ads and other content has filled up your News Feed over the last few months...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 4:30 pm
The dream of large OLED screens has, for the past few years, seemed perpetually on the horizon. LG has had OLED TVs on the market for a while, but they're still far more expensive than comparable LCDs. If you've wanted to get your OLED fix recently,...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 4:00 pm
By Cat DiStasio It's never been easier to give your house a solar roof. Falling manufacturing costs and increasing demand have led to a number of fascinating new solar products in recent years, including roof shingles with integrated solar cells, mo...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 3:00 pm
Today on In Case You Missed It: Harvard Researchers created the world's first fully-autonomous octo-robot, something that runs on hydrogen peroxide and moves by pumping oxygen into its tentacles. We'd be afraid, except it looks so similar to what r...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 1:30 pm
WhatsApp's new terms-of-service are causing quite a stir among privacy advocates. Yesterday, the company announced it would begin sharing user phone numbers, profile data, status message and online status with Facebook, its parent company -- a change...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 7:02 am
In light of the Zika virus rapidly spreading to other parts of the world, the Food and Drug Administration has changed up its recommendations for donated blood. Going forward, all blood donated in the United States should be screened for the Zika vir...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 2:42 am
It seems streaming exclusives are continuing to create a rise in piracy. After a four-year hiatus Frank Ocean finally resurfaced, dropping his long-anticipated sophomore album, Blonde, on Apple Music last weekend. Critics and fans are enjoying it, bu...
Posted: August 27, 2016, 1:59 am
Tomorrow is International Cosplay Day, so a quick shout-out to all you creative folks out there who spend so much time stitching together costumes to bring fantasy to life: Y'all are rad! It is very cool to see the myriad ways in which people bring...
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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 throttlinggraphs is 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. throttlingSimpsonStyleThe following may greatly help your site performance.”

Okay so why am I throttled? Am I really using more resources than 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”

Update: It seems that Netfirms too has not matched my expectations. Several of my sites apparently were hacked and stuff added to make them point somewhere the other side of the world.

Netfirms was somewhat helpful. The customer service actually spoke in English rather than tech jargon. However I seemed to be spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning my sites. May have been their fault or maybe just mine.

I have owned Bulletproof Security Pro for several years and all new sites have it put on so things are getting better.

I finally decided to sign up with WP Academy for managed hosting. I will put details on here. That was the best move I ever made. Now when there is a problem that I do not understand, I ask support to solve it! And they do!

They also provide several other advantages for not much more than regular hosting! I will outline them later.

Everything has been going great since I started with WPAcademy Hosting.

-Charles August 9, 2016

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.