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NC #624 Server Caching Bug, macOS Bugs Discovered, Sandman Clock, Nexus 5X Review

In this early show, we’ll talk about how I figured out the true root cause of the problems in rendering the new podfeet.com theme (I was wrong last week). Then I’ll tell you about how I discovered two actual bugs in macOS that no one else had ever reported, and how I made the senior advisor laugh. I’ve got a review of the awesome Sandman Clock from Palo Alto Innovations. Then I’ll give you an Apple fan girl’s review of the Android Nexus 5X from LG (it’s more complimentary than you might think!


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NC #623 Podfeet Redesign, Apple Meets Us Halfway, Ring Floodlight Cam, Security Bits

Podfeet.com finally gets a makeover and I’ll tell you a bit of detail on how I did it (link to comical PDF instructions). I was on the SMR Podcast this week, Apple appear to have a new strategy in repair of their products called “We’ll meet you halfway”. We’ll have a full review of the new Ring Floodlight Cam from ring.com. Bart’s back with Security Bits where we talk about Shadow Broker’s latest data dump that could endanger Windows users, and more.


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Go Ahead and Ask – aka Language Support on podfeet.com

Podfeet in Myanmar languageI’ve mentioned a few times over the years that if there’s something new you wish I’d do on the show or something you wish I’d do differently, you should go ahead and ask. I may not change things, and I may not do what you ask but if it’s easy or I think it’s cool enough, I will do it. There’s zero harm in asking!

This week on the blog, Otoredi who I believe is from Malta, asked why my site has no language translation. The post was short enough that it could have been spam (his/her web link pointed to a Maltese Language School), but it got me thinking.
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CCATP #436 Allister Jenks and Julie Kuehl Talk WordPress

Allister Jenks hosts Julie Kuehl to talk about WordPress – the web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. We discuss what it is, what it isn’t, the two key variations of WordPress, how simple and yet powerful and flexible it is, and how it is both a free, open source project, and also a basis for commercial services and products. We also talk at length about the WordPress community and how they helped Julie take a big step in her professional life.

You can sign up for a WordPress.com account to have it all done for you or download it for your own web host at WordPress.org.


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NC #553 Recovering Hacked WordPress, New & Improved GoDaddy, Smart Keyboard

I’ll tell you the sad but in the end victorious tale of how, with some help from Bart I saved Hank’s History Hour after it got hacked, we’ll hear from my friend Diane when she tries to get Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa to play the NosillaCast. I’ll tell you what I think about the new Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro after about a week and we’ll end with a surprisingly positive report on how GoDaddy came up with a fantastic solution for Hank’s site. Don’t forget to use the Amazon Affiliate link for all your holiday shopping!


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Successful Recovery of a Hacked WordPress Site

logo showing Hank and some European war hatsIn 2007 I was driving my son Kyle and a few of his High School friends to Knott’s Berry Farm, and his friend Hank started telling us a story about Napoleon. I suggested to Hank that he had the wrong audience here, and that his passion for European History would make a terrific podcast. He took my advice, got together with his Advanced Placement (AP) European History teacher and recorded 20 episodes that follow the standardized curriculum in the official AP Euro history book.

I created the podcast and a WordPress site entitled Hank’s History Hour at http://hankshistoryhour.com. Since 2007 this podcast has been of enormous help as a study aid for AP Euro students both in the US and in American schools abroad. It’s a funny little site/podcast because it doesn’t have an ever increasing listenership, it has an entirely new audience once a year and only in the month of May right before the AP test.

Hank’s History Hour doesn’t require any maintenance or upkeep because nothing changes other than the wonderful set of new comments that come in each year; kids praising Hank for his awesomeness in helping them pass the test. He gets a lot of marriage proposals too.

I say that it doesn’t require maintenance, and you’ll probably have realized the folly of that statement. According to recent web analytics, WordPress is now powering 23-25% of the websites in the world. And what have we learned happens when something gets super popular? People try to hack it. And hack WordPress they do. Continue reading “Successful Recovery of a Hacked WordPress Site”

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