I have received my Flexible Keyboard today.

Today I have received my “Delicol Foldable Flexible Waterproof Keyboard” (USB 2.0), which I ordered on Amazon.ca as this item below:

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00FGSB71W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Even though with most items I do verify very thoroughly, that they work, this was one item not having a high priority with me. I just felt I’d like to have one like this, even though I don’t need to use it right away. And so I may not test this one right away.

One check which I did with it however, was to see whether it’s the kind of flexible product, that passes as thin, very thin, extremely thin, etc.. Some sellers might claim that theirs is also a thin, foldable item, even though theirs might simply be a rather thick, bendable appliance. And what I find is that this keyboard at least passes the test, that I can actually fold it over twice, without having to exert dangerous force. It complies quite easily.

As to whether it’s compatible with my Linux machines, while being stated as Windows 7 and OSX -compatible, is a non-issue for me. I find that this type of device will work under Linux, if it works at all, and I don’t have any Mac. And the fact that it works under Windows 7, which I also have, I’ll take at face-value. It’s important though, that even my oldest, Linux boxes have USB 2 Ports specifically, which they do, and which work at USB 2 speeds.

Dirk

 

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A design anachronism within WordPress.

This blog is being hosted by the “WordPress.org” Content Management System (configured for one user) (:1). Yesterday I lost a night’s sleep, trying to figure out why this software was having problems. Tonight, it’s still a little early, for my night’s sleep to start.

Here’s the problem. If we follow the documentation to set up this software, it tries to create a configuration by which the personal contents of a Blog are stored in Linux folder ‘/srv/www’ .  This is a tad confusing, because according to other documentation, it could be setting this up in folder ‘/var/lib/wordpress/wp-content’. At the same time, the components of the page which display, that belong to WordPress and its CGI scripts, are set up in ‘/usr/share/wordpress’. The user is given rough guidelines, as to how he can set up his Apache server, to have an Alias according to his configuration file, which points to the General Location from a URL, which is a Parent URL to the one, whose Alias points to the Personal Folders on the hard drive, the latter located under ‘/srv/www’ when the initial confusion is solved.

What can happen next is that the page seems to display in a not-so-neat way, until the owner tries to upload a photo or something, at which point he finds that his browser can no longer even view that file, getting a ‘403-Forbidden’ error. What’s confusing about this situation, is that the user is likely to look very intensely at the configuration file which defines the Virtual Host, or which defines this set of URL-Aliases, as the probable cause fw Apache is not giving access to the browser, to the content folder. This turns into a waste of time, because aside from some semantic quibbles, there’s really no error there.

What happens is that in the Apache configuration folder, there is  a Main Configuration File named ‘/etc/apache2/apache2.conf’ .  It’s located right next to the files, which tell Apache to create the aliases specific to each Web-site the user has. Under modern versions of Apache, this main config file allows the server – and thus all the pages – to access anything under ‘/usr/share’ and under ‘/var/www’ by default, but explicitly forbids any of the other config files, from accessing other folders, especially ‘/srv’ .  This has been put as a security measure, to prevent hijacked Web-sites from doing extensive damage on the host machine. That same config file can easily be edited, to include ‘/srv’ as one of the allowed folders.

But, because none of the troubleshooting attention goes there, it can take time to find this problem. As I wrote, I lost a night’s sleep over this mere annoyance. Once access has been granted to all Apache’s hosted sites, to access ‘/srv’ as well potentially – still according to their own config files – we also see that the page itself displays in its full style and splendor, and that uploaded photos now download to the browser.

There’s a deeper problem with this sort of bug. It can undermine the confidence the user has, in the ability of the provider of the software to program well. I have in fact heard of WordPress, and yet initially, based on the errors I was getting, was not getting a good first impression of it. And the fact that the Style which my Blog displays in, has elements of my personal preferences in it, which were not accessible at first, also made the pages ‘look ugly’ at first, again undermining how well WordPress might be programmed, according to my first experience with it.

This happens often in computing.

And, it also happened too often in my past, that I eventually solved such issues, but that I never left a detailed account to myself, about how I had solved them. Now that I have a micro-Blog, I can rectify this last point.

BTW, Finally WordPress does come across as good software, very functional. And the fact that the software is very functional is confirmed more strongly, by the fact that it was at first even able to display my Blog partially, in spite of not being able to access half its folders.

It’s deprecated under Linux, to store Web content under ‘/srv/www’ !

Dirk

Edit 01/18/2016  1:)  It was only after having installed WordPress.org, and having started my Blog, that I also learned that this package is different from WordPress.com .  But this initial gap in my knowledge is of course also tied to the fact, that with the .org product, users “need to get their hands dirty, to make it work”.

 

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Beginning of Blog

logo-dirk_testHello.

I’m a single, 51-year old man, who is unemployed, but essentially financially independent. I live by myself, and have decided that at this stage of my life, I’ll want to keep doing so. Even though I’d be willing to go on dates with single Women, in fact there are few girlfriends who’d be willing to accept even these terms. I’m speaking from experience. And so my future may become one of celibacy, which I’m willing to endure, with only my computers, and certain personal Friends, for company.

I’ve never blogged before, but have decided that rather than to try rewinding my story to my distant past, I should just jump in and write about events in my life as they happen.

My life usually revolves around my computers these days, but maybe also around photography, around gadgets, around food, and around some select Health Subjects. I go to a drop-in center.

All in all I’d say I’m contented, but also suffer from moments of anxiety, which I seem to be able to manage.

I have to add that I’m an atheist, but not one with a capital ‘A’. Atheists with a capital ‘A’ are the kind that feel, that the only crime they can commit is to get caught. I believe in doing the right thing, in observing moral standards etc., but not because of any fear of eternal punishment after my death. I think that when I die, I’ll simply cease to exist.

Sure, There Is more to life than that, but actually to explain my many viewpoints would take some time. One of my viewpoints is that I must respect other people, even if they don’t have the same opinions as I do, about God, about Ideology, about sexual orientation. And I feel that while material reality is highly important, it’s also important to keep in mind, that sometimes a question can be looked at from different directions, and that doing so can lead people to unexpected realizations. In that regard, I actually have an open mind.

And yet the reader may find that most of my future blogging, should I choose to continue with it, will revolve around material issues in my life, such as what the caveats are of using a specific gadget I bought, of AI, and of sundry other subjects that tend towards the technological.

Dirk

 

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I use a Garmin Vivofit 2.

Together with “My Fitness Pal”. Again, I’m trying to make up for the fact that maybe I’m a bit complacent in the real world, by still trying to keep my weight under control. My Fitness Pal tracks my calorie intake, while the Vivofit 2 keeps track, supposedly, of how many I burn. And during times when I’m accurate at actually logging all my food intake, I find that the results are good predictors, of whether that dreaded dial of the scale will increase during the coming days, or decrease.

Dirk

 

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