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My 53 Rocket 88

My car was Lt. Green.

My office computer is acting like an old car. Maybe a 1950’s Chevy. My mother had one of those. Not sure of the year. The differential gear broke and the rear axle shaft and wheel departed the car while driving around a corner.

I have owned many old cars myself. I had a 1953 Olds, Rocket 88 in 1965. That 12 year old car ran most of the time but was always breaking down and needing repair parts. Sometimes something major. Sometimes something that is just annoying, like a burned-out headlight. (Always replace in pairs.) You can drive in the day but must get home before dark. You fix it and live with its quirks. I put new brakes and new front-end parts on it before my dad would let me drive it. A lot of engine work too.

My Main PC is acting like my 53 Olds. Little, and sometimes not so little things keep going bad. I liked to drive Olds and it was fun because it was the only wheels I had. But the computer can be a PITA. You know what that is.

My cars are a lot better. This time the pain is my 12 year old computer, and one of its terabyte hard drives. It kind of works for a while, then it just kind of doesn’t. Sometimes it just disappears from the system all together. It’s attention span seems to lapse. It will be chugging away loading a file, then just wander off into La-La land somewhere. “Hey!, Where did you go?!”  Well, it WAS hit by lightning once… awhile back.

I have been able to save all the files on the drive. It would accept a “short” format, which really isn’t a format at all. When I do a long format (where it actually checks and verifies sectors) it pulls its, “forget what I am doing” trick. A long format on a terabyte drives takes a long time but not 20 hours.

There is supposed to be a 64 MB buffer on this drive. I suspect it, or it’s built in microprocessor has become a bit flakey. Kind of like having Alzheimer’s disease.

I just tried to do another short format and it has forgotten how to do that. It appears to be trying another long format.

It’s time to put this hard drive out of its misery, or take it out of mine. I have ordered a replacement. Only $50.00. In computer cost, that’s like the nickel and dimes an old car cost to keep running.

I have researched what it cost to replace the whole machine. Ouch. It has a quad core 3.9 GHz processor, 8 gigs of RAM, 3.5 Terabytes of hard drive storage, high quality Video card, 600-Watt power supply and a lot of high end software applications installed. Starting over is a killer thought. It’s like pricing new cars today.

It is nearly state-of-the-art as far as features except for a solid-state drive. It’s not a gaming machine but does function as a decent work station for CAD drawing and all kinds of graphic programs (Adobe).

I won’t settle for less than a equally fast quad processor and probably 16 GB of RAM. A decent video system that can drive a 4K UHD monitor is a must.

I think I will just continue keeping old Betsy running. She’s kind of like my old 53 Rocket 88. An old beast you just love to keep running. When she gives up for good, then I’ll find a replacement.

No Pictures Allowed

I suddenly developed problems loading photos (jpegs) to my CMS sites through their built-in PHP handlers. This was for Joomla and WordPress. This was only with ixwebhosting. I tested my Joomla in the AWS cloud and back end photo loading worked perfectly there.

The strange part was that it seemed to be only with .jpg files I had been editing with Adobe. But I soon discovered files straight off the camera had the same issue. It seemed to be something with not accepting the mime type. The error report said the photos were “dangerous” and the upload was blocked.

I searched the forums on the web and found some similar cases. No one had a solution. One fellow said he completely re-installed his website on a new registration (and server) with his hosting company and the problem went away. So, it seems to be a webserver issue with perhaps PHP and mime types.

In ixwebhosting, on the management page, under the WebServer section, there resides a MimeTypes selector icon. This leads to a page where mime types can be added (or removed) from websites. I have NEVER used this section in the past but now seemed like a good time to see what this does.

Instructions can be found here:

I added these two  mime types to all my Joomla and WordPress sites:

.jpg        image/jpeg

.jpeg     image/jpeg

The .jpeg is probably not necessary as I never try to load .jpeg, but it is now there anyway.

This has solved the upload problems with all my PHP based CMS websites with .jpg files.

If I have similar issues with .png or any of the other pictures formats, I (and you) now know how to fix the issue.

Seems to me something changed around the first of the month (March 1, 2018) at ixwebhosting. I didn’t see any problems reported on the site but perhaps the Ship hasn’t hit fan yet. It may only be certain (older) servers like the one on which my websites are deployed.



I have been a user of Adobe software almost from the day the Adobe business was created. I used some of the products like Aldus PageMaker before they became Adobe products. I have several full suites of Adobe web and graphic design.

Adobe and many other such products have gone to a subscription / creative cloud-based (CC) distribution. I presently have a CC subscription to the Adobe Photo Editing package with PhotoShop, Lightroom, and a few other accessory applications.

I lost my old Creative Suite (CS) install due to a Drive C: failure on my PC. They are “buy and install” rather than a cloud […] Continue reading » Adobe

Website ISP Propaganda

I call misinformation disguised within a planned marketing effort, propaganda. The formal definition is, “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

All media in the United States has become a competition. So, they have become propagandists, rather than true reporters. It has become so dominate in our culture, most people younger than myself are desensitized by the constant exposure, they freely accept the spin on the truth. Fact is now replaced by opinion which is broadcast by medias as fact. Media now invents the news, without concern for truth.

Independent thinking […] Continue reading » Website ISP Propaganda

Feel the Love

I enjoy exploring new challenges. They permit me to stray from a hard and true single-minded repetitive process. I am OK with that, because mostly… what I do, is what I enjoy.

I glance at the road around and behind me from time to time. Sometimes I see people following where I am headed. They are the “fans” who love whatever I make.

Occasionally there is no one there. I made a change to a road less travelled when no one is watching. This time it was the road to the mountain of new knowledge and skills.

I have a little moto, that keeps me […] Continue reading » Feel the Love