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A little wizardry – overdue maintenance on Archaic Arcane

Last week, support for the operating system on the computer that brings you ArchaicArcane.com was discontinued.  This is not unlike when Microsoft said no more XP.

What this means for AA is that I need to do some behind the curtain maintenance before I can do the on-stage updates.  I’m working on many things at once and you’ll start to see some posts hopefully this month.

The server and a quilt I was working on last month were the top priorities keeping me away from the site.  Now though, I have lots to say, I just need to take care of the server first so you can read about it when I tell it! 🙂 Continue reading A little wizardry – overdue maintenance on Archaic Arcane

China Girl – It’s time to stop blaming China for quality issues

This is not likely to be a well loved post. I keep hearing something that’s making me a little crazy, and I have to get it off my chest.

Made in China, Made In Taiwan, Made In India, Made in Thailand. All of these do not have to equal worse quality.

The Far Eastern factories will build to any quality that you want. If you want higher quality, it will cost you more. Continue reading China Girl – It’s time to stop blaming China for quality issues

No Comment – found a “bug” on the blog, my apologies!

I thought it was a little quiet around here, and in all honesty, I’ve not really had a lot of comments in the past, so I thought it might be normal.

Turns out one of the many many many recent updates to one of the WordPress plugins I use here broke the comments feature, and the software couldn’t be bothered to tell me!

“This piece of the blog is generating copious errors, I thought you’d like to know” would have been enough. 😉

A big thanks to leighway from the QB for letting me know that there was an issue that made me decide to investigate.

The problem that occurred would have looked like this:

  • You click in the “Leave a Reply” box, and proceed to type up your message.
  • When you’re finished, you click “Post Comment”, then the dreaded “ERROR” appears.  Something about not providing the right captcha code. And of course, your comment goes into neverland.  How rude!
  • But wait, what code?

And therein lies the problem.   There was no captcha code for you to enter!  I’ve made a change to the software to get around it for now.  The captcha won’t appear still, but it won’t check for it either.

Comments of course will have to be moderated as a result, but I filter nothing other than porn and spammers.

I will update this post if I find a proper fix, or I find out that captcha or WP have fixed the issue.   I suspect captcha, so I will report the issue this week.

In the meantime, chat amongst yourselves. 🙂   And please accept my apologies.  I wasn’t being rude on purpose!

Fabric and Pattern Stash management for Windows

I’m not sure how many of you know what I do for a living. I’m a Systems Administrator / Computer Technician / Business Systems Analyst / Computer Jill-of-all-Trades. Originally though, I was trained as a software developer. Yes, I’m a bona-fide computer geek. It’s been close to 10 years since I’ve done any real development, but I decided a few weeks ago to dust off my old skills, and it’s for good reason.

Rummaging through the closet in the sewing room, I realised how many times I’d bought the same fabric that I already had, or a pattern I already had. Deciding that this year is a good year to begin to shop my stash, I began trying to find a program for Windows that would help me catalog my stash(es). Continue reading Fabric and Pattern Stash management for Windows