Resurrection with BlogEngine.net

by fwhagen Sat, 03 November 2012

To cut costs this year, I let my 1&1 Hosting account lapse.  Therefore this site has been down for a few months.  I am currently hosting it locally on my home server, but the ugly URL and the lack of reliability make that temporary.  I have been meaning to upgrade to a newer blog engine for some time, since DasBlog is no longer developed and chose BlogEngine.net.  So far, I really like it.  I have some CSS issues to work through and a rebranding to accomplish, it works better than the old site overall.  We'll see...

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Breaking the Rules

by fwhagen Fri, 14 November 2008

Ok, I broke my own cardinal rule of weblogging:  I removed content from this site.  Or rather, suppressed it.  But since it is *my* rule, and I had good reason, I can do that. 

Three weeks ago, I was laid off from my job and needed suddenly to find gainful employment.  Fortunately, I was already on the market anyway, but I wanted the FWHagen.com domain to reflect professionalism as much as possible.  The Subversion/VS.NET article I posted was great for that, however, the two entries above it were book reviews.  So I hid them.  DasBlog makes that very easy in the way that it stores content.  I merely moved the days entries and they were gone.

Today, I started my new job and I have moved the entries back.  Ironically, I have one more book to review tonight, and another this weekend, so it gets worse.  BUT, I am excited about my potentials at the new gig, and anticipate much more technical stuff later.  I am actually going to get to write Real Code!

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Hagen.Frank.blog part Deux or Six

by fwhagen Wed, 08 October 2008

Here we go again.  As mentioned previously, I have finally purchased real hosting.  With my own domain name, I am finally fully managing my blog.  I am going to use DasBlog again, like in the old days of running it on my home server.  It's not as clean (yet) as WordPress, but it is much, much more configurable.

Let's see how long this run lasts.  Ironically, I am able to finally post almost all of my old content again.  The only posts missing are the really old ones from when I was crafting it with JavaScript and DHTML.  Maybe I will get those in one day too.

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Domain Transfer For Fun and Headaches

by fwhagen Wed, 03 September 2008

Well, the new domain is finally up.  FWHagen.com if you want to see it, but there is nothing there yet.  I purchased the hosting account 2 weeks ago and have yet to have the domain name properly transferred to the provider. 

Many years ago, I decided I wanted to have FWHagen.com for myself, for professional development and personal/family use.  I took a chance on the upstart company GoDaddy when they started out because they were pretty cheap.  I was very pleased with their service, having dealt with Network Solutions for years before at work.  That is until this past week, when I tried to transfer it.  After waiting for several days, I discovered that the account was "locked" to prevent any accidental or unauthorized transfers.  If you have ever transferred a domain before, you know that is a bunch of crap.  I had to personally authorize the transfer, so why the lock?  Because of the subsequent failure to transfer, I have to wait 60 days to try again.  The waiting period is ICANN specified, and I really don't have any logical problems with that, except that GoDaddy now gets to hold it for another 2 months. 

I was able to forward the DNS records over, so it works for now.  And I have a long time left to get the domain settled, as well.  It is just very frustrating to deal with underhanded greed like that.  For the sum of $10/year. 

UPDATE [19:50]:  I was wrong about GoDaddy.com.  On my way home this evening, I got a call directly from them expressing concern about my problems.  Now, here's the thing, I only posted my concerns here.  They took the initiative to track me down and fix the problem.  Well, tracking me down in the sense that I posted my domain name and they called my contact info, which only they have.  Long story short:  I am so impressed with their commitment to personal service that I am cancelling the transfer and will simply use DNS forwarding for my new site, as it works perfectly well.  I will continue to use them as my registrar and will definitely use them in the future whenever I can.  BTW, the 60-day wait is ONLY for sucessful transfers.  It does not apply to failed due to locks or privacy safeguards.  And the $10/yr jab?  Only heightens my impression of them.  They surely spent more than that in time and effort on one measely IT guy's satisfaction.

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Cox is Out; New Address Soon

by fwhagen Thu, 21 August 2008

I've had it with Cox Cable.  I tried to put up a photo album (all HTML, because they have never allowed scripting) last night, and was informed that my personal webspace exceeded the size limit.  After some digging, I found that they impose a 10MB limit on personal sites.  Their technical support people really dropped the ball there too, cause I could have been sold an upgrade to allow for my home server to publish, but no, that would be too much to ask.  I swear:  the day FiOS is available in my area, I am switching.

So I finally broke down and selected a paid host.  All of my personal and professional hosting will be done from, well, a highly regarded and recommended vendor. 

I will be moving this site to it as well sometime in the future.  Wordpress is very nice, but they will nickel and dime you to death for any customizable features (which is why this site looks so bad) and domain assignments.  Yes, I own a domain and have for years.  It's time to finally put it to use.

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Confirmation of Godliness

by fwhagen Thu, 28 February 2008

Not that there was any doubt, and of course, answered honestly:

NerdTests.com says I'm an Uber Cool Nerd God.  What are you?  Click here!

Respect the score.

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1K+!

by fwhagen Wed, 24 October 2007

Tiny milestone:  1000 page views at this site!

The number of views to Using since moving to WordPress has exceeded 1000 today.  woot...

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WordPress and Code Samples

by fwhagen Tue, 09 October 2007

I am struggling with issues posting code samples in WordPress.  I am painfully aware that much of my code is cut off visually on the main page, and highlighting is spotty at best.  Suggestions for making it work in WordPress are appreciated.  I'd love to add an external stylesheet, but am loathe to pay for that add on.  An "extra" to handle it would be great, as long as it doesn't violate any EULAs.

Of course, WP layouts are pretty lacking too, without purchasing additional capabilities.  If I wanted to spend money doing this, I'd host this blog myself somewhere else and have Ultimate Freedom

I am working on it....

Update [10.08]:  I will be looking at Blogger and Blogsome to evaluate their engines for free coding blogs.  It is possible I may move again.  Also, I will renew my feedburner account so moves are more transparent; or completely so for RSS readers.

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My Focus Must Be Off

by fwhagen Tue, 14 August 2007

I was exploring the statistics on this site the other day and made an interesting discovery.  My rant on The Fall of the Soviet Union, which was done out of annoyance of modern softening of history, is by far the most popular article I have written.  It has received more traffic than all of my other articles.  Which makes me think:  maybe coding is not of interest, but history and military technology.

Then I remember, I post what I know and to help me remember it.  I am not a historian, nor do I play one on TV.

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Lack of Programming Posts

by fwhagen Sat, 04 August 2007
I really haven't posted many code-related posts lately.  There are a few reasons for that:  Primarily, I have been working on SharePoint 2007 branding.  Sheesh!  Once I figure out the guts of that, I will post what I learned.  I have also been maintaining VB.NET code, which I am not at all interested in posting about.  The goal here is to post useful or interesting information for myself and others.  What I have been doing in VB.NET 1.1 is neither.  And I have been taking a business C++ class for my major, and boy it's close to worthless.  So a bit of a code break.

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