Author Archives: Brett

Good Night Steve!

You have inspired me for many years, I hope one day that I can raise up my own pirate flag to show the world what I am made of. I will truly miss your vision. Godspeed Sir!

My thoughts on VaultPress

Recently I posted that Automattic was in the process of accepting Beta testers into a new managed security and backup service for WordPress powered sites. The service is called VaultPress if you have forgotten and the service is set to run about $20 a month when it launches (though I have found other posts on the Internet stating other prices).

The reason for this post is that the VaultPress team recently announced that they started accepting Beta testers last weekend. Although I am still in the process of awaiting my invite but I thought that I would put up my thoughts for possible uses for the service. Continue reading

Automattic announces new WordPress backup solution

The logo of VaultPressAutomattic, the folks behind the popular WordPress blogging software, have announced a hosted security bad backup service calledVaultPress. This service is supposedly offered to all current users of WordPress.com and now Automattic is offering this service to bloggers who self host their blogs. I use the backup plugin offered by iDrive but honestly I am not really happy with it so I am curious to see how Automattic’s offering will pan out.

The VaultPress site states that this service will cost around $20 a month for as many blogs as you want and that you will only need to install their plugin into your WordPress Dashboard. The service will also check all aspects of your blog in real-time and supposeldy to even include your dashboard settings along with posts, pictures, comments, and whatnot. Also, the service will eventually check your WordPress environment for zero day exploits (and other malicious attacks) and will work to patch these exploits and alert you to them.

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WordPress 3.0 ?Thelonious? is now out

The folks over at WordPress have turned out version 3.0 of their popular blogging software. This release is named after a famous jazz musician as normal and in this case the musician in question is Thelonious Monk who was a popular American Jazz player if you are not familiar with the genre.

This release has ,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements along with totally new additions such as a new default theme called Twenty Ten that replaces the previous default theme, Kubrick, which has been in use for 5 years or so. There are many other additions that you can learn about by watching the video below if you are so inclined! :)

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Ancestor Trailer

Here is the new trailer for Scott Sigler’s newest novel Ancestor. The book is up for pre-order and if your would like to know more hed on over to this for ordering details. I’m looking forward to tis one and this trailer is pretty awesome!

Some more tweaking

Just a heads up that in the next 24-48 hours my site may go down for you. I am doing some DNS fiddling so hopefully after then updates go out across the globe I’m hoping that the site is much, faster and will give my (gs) a bit of a breather. :)

Update: Looks like the site was down for about an hour and a half. Everything seems to be working now but I’m not sure what caused the outage so I will let you know what is happening once I know more.

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PARADOX

A REVIEW OF J.J. ABRAMS STAR TREK

When I first heard that the man behind Lost and Fringe was planning rebooting Star Trek I was extremely apprehensive. I have been a fan of Gene Roddenberry?s Star Trek for as long as I can remember. I was introduced to the show when I was very young, as both of my parents had watched the original series. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation mainly but I also grew to love the original series. As I grew younger my love the various Star Trek shows increased as I watched Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Enterprise and the last two movies tough made me afraid that I had seen the apex of Trek popularity and that Paramount had lost its way and desire to keep the franchise alive, I suspected that if they had resorted to hiring J.J. Abrams to try and pull popular culture into the franchise that I probably wanted nothing to do with the new movie.

Later on though I wavered in my opinion after seeing some of the first trailers that were released. The one that sticks in my mind is the trailer showing shadowy steel workers wielding together the frame of what appeared to be a Constitution class vessel and shot of a young man that I assumed to be a newer James T. Kirk watching a ship yard on Earth building a starship that maybe Mr. Abrams indeed did know what he was doing. I started to do some reach on him and realized rather quickly that he was at least a much of a Trekkie as myself and my hopes were raised a bit higher! I managed to attend a showing of the movie on the opening week and all my hopes were confirmed!

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Towel Day 2010

Banner for Towel Day 2010

I just wanted to wish every Douglas Adams fans a Happy Towel Day and to state that I always know where my towel is and hope that you do to!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about head over to this site to learn more. Ironically I just finished listening to The complete radio dramatization from the BBC today of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, :)

Performance update

Just letting everyone know that the site should be much faster now thanks to a great plugin for WordPress. I am now using W3 Total Cache to speed things up as this plugin works with Amazon’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) Amazon Cloudfront. My site should now be cached worldwide for much faster viewing. Please let me know if something is broken so test the heck out of things. :) Also, please use my suggestions link on the right hand side of the page if you would like me to write about something. :)