a little bit of magic

There are many things I don’t understand about modern technology. But I think that I have a fairly good grasp of the basics, and I’m not often completely mystified as to how something happens.

And then, sometimes, there is just magic.

For instance, today, I was trying my dusty old Droid Eris working (until I can order a replacement for my old phone). Unfortunately, the bottom left corner of the screen was not responding, which made the phone somewhat, well, useless.  Then, after following the strange advice here:

https://community.verizonwireless.com/thread/581618

Meanwhile, seeing that I had a packet of new extra screen protectors
left, I went ahead and put a new screen protector on my screen.  This
wasn’t an attempt to fix the phone…to my utter surprise, the dead
spot was completely gone!

I had a leftover screen protector from my old phone. Incredibly enough, this technique actually worked! After applying the screen protector, the screen immediately began responding appropriately. As if by magic.

wordpress tidbits

I have the (perhaps uncommon) issue of running WordPress on the same server that I store all of my images.  This makes it a bit annoying to upload images to my blog, since it requires I manually download all of them, resize them and then re-upload.  This normally just results in me giving up and not posting pictures, which is a shame, because I’m sure you’re all very interested in the mundane details of my life.

Anyhoo… I found a solution for my problems in a combination of 2 plugins – Add From Server, and Imsanity.  Add From Server allows me to simply select a directory of files on my server and have them bulk imported.  On it’s own, this wouldn’t be enough, because then I would end up with a whole bunch of 10M images files that no one would be interested in looking at.  Imsanity magically hooks into the import process and enforces some sizing guidelines – in this case limiting the WordPress images to 1600×1200.

Yay for pluggability!