Home Page
DVD/Home Theater
SETI@home / Planetary Society
General MIDI Files/Links
Sound Blaster
MOD Files/Links
Entertainment / Now Playing
IRC Stuff!
Pelicar RPG
Photo Albums | Gallery
Firefox Configuration
Speed Test Results
System Information
Winamp Info
View/Sign my Guestbook
Play Random MIDI
Start MIDI Jukebox
Stop MIDI Jukebox
MIDI Stats

Mark Headrick's Web Site.

ME!OSU, Go Cowboys!
General Information

Howdy! :) Welcome to my (previously cheesy) Web Site!

 165,524  People (and bots) have stumbled onto this site (well, this page).

What's New on Mark Headrick's Blog
Times shown are Central, US

Sunday, May 10, 2015 12:13 AM: Happy Mother's Day 2015

happy-mothers-day-largeWishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day for 2015, especially my mom. Love you mom, you’re the greatest! :)

Add/View Comments (0 comment(s))

Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:41 PM: Blog Updated to WordPress v4.2.2

Yet another security and bug fix has been released as WordPress v4.2.2.  As usual I backed-up the database and file structure before doing the update. This is just a quick post to make sure everything still works. :)

Add/View Comments (0 comment(s))

Monday, April 27, 2015 7:52 PM: Blog Updated to WordPress v4.2.1 and Other Changes

WordPress came out with version 4.2.1 today to address a security issue. I have thus updated my blog to that version. I have also made a couple other changes.

First, Version 4.2 introduced this Emoji stuff which I didn't really care for and it broke some of my smileys in older posts, namely the “confused” one: :???: (or :???: as one of the textual representations). It came across as an unrendered character on my system instead of the smiley image icon_confused.gif. I found a new plugin called Classic Smilies which removes the Emoji CSS and JS from loading and restores the older images.

Second, I decided to change the character set in my blog's MySQL database from latin1 to utf8 which has been the default for some time. When I started my blog, latin1 was the default. I found Fixing a MySQL Character Encoding Mismatch and followed it. Here's what I did:

  1. I used SQLyog, which I bought a long time ago, to first backup the database to another database and then to dump the original database as a SQL file.
  2. Edited the SQL file and changed all the CHARACTER SET= latin1 and CHARSET=latin1 statements to utf8 instead.
  3. Emptied the database to remove all tables and data.
  4. Altered the database to make the default charset utf8.
  5. Restored the database from the edited SQL file.

Now, all the fields in the database have a charset of utf8 and collation of utf8_general_ci. So far everything looks normal. I actually converted the database before updating to 4.2.1. :)

Add/View Comments (0 comment(s))

Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:33 PM: How To Exclude Categories in WordPress Archives Drop-down

This is a follow-up post to my Excluding Categories from Different Parts of WordPress post a while back. The problem I was having is that the posts in my Testing and Daily Tweets categories where being counted and shown in the Archives drop-down widget. For example, it showed 4 posts in April 2011. When selecting April 2011 in the drop-down, you would get the “404 Not Found” page since all 4 posts belonged in the Daily Tweets category which is excluded from showing in the main blog, except when being accessed via the Category drop-down.

After some searching, I found the following thread: wp_get_archives and Conditional Tags and adapted the code as follows in my theme's functions.php file:

add_filter( 'getarchives_where', 'customarchives_where' );
add_filter( 'getarchives_join', 'customarchives_join' );
function customarchives_join( $x ) {
	global $wpdb;
	return $x . " INNER JOIN $wpdb->term_relationships ON ($wpdb->posts.ID = $wpdb->term_relationships.object_id) INNER JOIN $wpdb->term_taxonomy ON ($wpdb->term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id = $wpdb->term_taxonomy.term_taxonomy_id)";
function customarchives_where( $x ) {
	global $wpdb;
   // 61 = Daily Tweets, 74 = Testing
	$exclude = '61,74'; // category id to exclude
	return $x . " AND $wpdb->term_taxonomy.taxonomy = 'category' AND $wpdb->term_taxonomy.term_id NOT IN ($exclude)";

Now, it does not count those posts in the Archives drop-down. Yay! :)

Add/View Comments (0 comment(s))

Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:36 PM: Blog Updated to WordPress v4.2

A couple days after WordPress 4.1.2 came out, WordPress 4.2 did. I have thus upgraded my blog to it. They also updated most of the default themes including the one I use, TwentyTwelve. I did a file comparison and noticed that the header.php file was the only one I needed to update for my child theme.As always, I did a complete database and file structure back-up before doing anything.

One thing I've noticed while making this post is the highlighted text is automatically placed into the “Link text” field of the Insert/edit Link button. Anyway, I'll let you read the WordPress 4.2 stuff for all the changes and fixes. :) 

Add/View Comments (0 comment(s))

General Information

Detailed Information Coca Cola

Page last modified: May 6, 2015 5:27:16 AM CDT. *

*: The Page Last Modified date above simply means the date of the file that generates this page which may or may not have anything to do with the date that other parts of the site were updated or even the contents of this page which are, for the most part, generated dynamically.

Website was created with HomeSite v4.5 After Macromedia purchased HomeSite I stopped upgrading. It seems to do the things I want.. so why upgrade? Also, some aspects of version 4.5 that I use on occasion were removed from later versions.

Surpass Hosting SiteUptime Web Site Monitoring Service
Uptime Statistics
Stop Spam Harvesters, Join Project Honey Pot

Total execution time: 0.0533 seconds.