tinkering Archives

  1. WordPress Account Containment

    For nearly every one of my music projects, I have been the guy with enough experience in web development to take a stab at making a webpage for the band.

    The result is that, over the years, I’ve attached a handful of add-on domains to my web-hosting account. As my account has slowly grown, this has led to a combination of issues ranging from increased exposure to malware, privacy concerns, and sloppy .htaccess files.

    After a recent talk with my web-host, I’ve transitioned my web-hosting package to a reseller account, and have finally completed the process of migrating the add-on domains to independent, contained accounts. The result for each site will (hopefully) be reduced exposure to malware, improved privacy, cleaner .htaccess files, and — more generally — easier maintenance.

    While it would have been best for my hosting package to have been a reseller account from day one, this transition has taught me how to port web-mail accounts, email forwarders, and MySQL databases between servers. (Although my accounts are on the same server, the process is the same). More generally, the migration process has taught me about the challenges one can encounter while porting WordPress.

    From my early days of static websites, PHP and MySQL, and much later – WordPress, child themes, automated back-ups, and now a reseller account – it has been a long but illuminating road as a hobbyist web programmer. The lesson seems to always be “do it right the first time”, but often it takes making mistakes to learn that there is a right way of doing things.

    This post is part of the thread: Ralford.net – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

  2. That moment when your web host suggests that your account would be better off if it were setup as a reseller account…

  3. Cry Baby Mini →

    It looks like the baby Cry Baby pedal actually adds features to the standard version:

    Unlike many mini pedals the Cry Baby Mini doesn’t sacrifice features, maintaining the full range voicing and sweep of the current Cry Baby, not to mention that must-have fasel inductor and true-bypass switching.

    I am excited that there will be selectable voicings, but a bit disappointed that the switch isn’t accessible from outside of the pedal.

    In addition, there’s a choice of three voicings, available via an internal switch. Low voicing reduces the sweep for subtler moments, Vintage apes the original Cry Baby of the 70s and the GCB95 is the sound of the present day incarnation of the famed wah.

    My Cry Baby Mini is on pre-order, along with the miniature Tube Screamer and a Yoke 5 loop switcher. My hope is that transitioning to the smaller Cry Baby and Tube Screamer pedals will make enough room on my Pedaltrain JR to add the Yoke 5. Stay tuned!

  4. Teenage Engineering designed a set of incredible pocket synthesizers that cost $59 each →

    This project is awesome for so many reasons!

    Indeed, the first thing you notice about the new PO series is just how minimalist the design is. “We removed everything that doesn’t have something to do with how it sounds,” says Kouthoofd. “That left us with a super-thin circuit board; all the components are under the display.” As a result, the PO series — with its segmented, black-and-white LCD display — looks and feels vintage, almost like an old calculator prototype. “We really wanted to make a [Nintendo] Game & Watch, but for the synth world,” Kouthoofd says. “So we used the same technology as they did in the ‘80s. We wanted to use the old stuff.”