Montevideo Uruguay

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Montevideo Uruguay for work. To be honest before working at my current employer I had never really heard of the country other than knowing it was in Latin America. After my most recent trip in February to Montevideo I must say if you have never been you should make a point to visit - Read more

Mac OS Yosemite and ZFS raid not mounting

I recently updated my mac pro from Mavericks to Yosemite.  Afterwords my ZFS raid 5 stopped working (was not seen by the system). Please read this entire guide and the warnings before trying to fix your issue! Also please backup your data before trying to fix your zfs raid. To fix this I did the following: Next i upgraded my zpool Read more

Meet Parker

Just a quick post - but meet Parker, a new member of my family! He is a great little kitten who is playful and really enjoys hanging out with me. When I got this kitten he was .7 lbs, now he's almost 3 lbs he's growing fast! Hes a handful but a blast to have Read more

Installing WebKeePass

I wanted to install WebKeePass, an easy to use password manager which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way via a web interface. Its also totally free and very robust which were major bonus in my oppinion. There are many quides out there but I did not find a single complete, end-to-end, guide that walks you though the Read more

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Changing the WordPress domain name

In addition to the ShaneKarl.com website, I maintain the WY9U.com website. Until earlier tonight WY9U.com was WY9U.net. I am not going to get into WY9U and what that is. If you follow my post, you already know.

When I went to change the domain name of the WY9U.net to WY9U.com I had a fairly good idea of what to do, so I thought… I started by reading the how-to’s on the wordpress site, found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL.

To keep from rehashing the entire post the gist was that all i need to do was log on to my admin console and go under Settings – General and change the field named “WordPress address (URL)” and “Site address (URL)” to my new domain name. The article goes on to say these are important settings, since they control where WordPress thinks your site is located. They control the display of the URL in the admin section of your page as well as the front end, and are used throughout the WordPress code.

Okay easy enough, so I thought. This was going great. After making the changes I open another browser and low and behold WY9U.com and it pops right up and my admin console is responsive to the new URL. Everything is great until I click one of the lines to another page on my site. As soon as i do that, POW, BANG, BOOM, e-r-r-o-r!!! It turns out the database did not update the reference to the new url for every page that was previously created.

I played with this for sometime and after a bit I found a very simple solution. In the admin console under Settings – Permalink’s, I change the link style from the current style to another (any other it did not matter which). This forced the database to update all of my URL’s and then I went back and change the Permalink selection back to my decided setting. Overall this was a small problem but something one of you may run into one day.

Its also worth noting if you have custom written or modified your theme, you may also need to change any hard coded links in the theme (but we all know better than to ever do that, right?)

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Amateur Extra class Radio Operator

Okay, Okay, I am almost a month late posting this, however on 3/3/2014 I passed the Amateur Extra radio operator exam!

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General Class Amateur Radio Operator

Only a week after the last exam but I passed my General Class amateur radio operator exam!

Hopefully I am about 2 weeks out from Extra!

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Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator

I signed up for an amateur radio operator technician class at the end of this month. After speaking with the instructor and receiving several study guides, I began the daunting task of learning the material. At first I was completely lost; however, after several days I seems to have picked a majority of the materal up. After a week of studying I was passing the practice exams with a 90+ percentile.  Yesterday morning I saw there was an exam session and I decided to see how I would do. Typically  being a bad test taker, I had low expectations and just wanted an idea of what the exam would be like… I sat down for the exam and finished it very quickly, I would guess in about 5 minutes. I turned in the exam and they told me it would be a few minutes while they grade the exam. After they graded the exam they informed me that I not only passed, I aced the exam scoring 100%!

Below is a copy of my NVEC cert!

I am now studying for the general exam and this seems to be far more daunting, but hopefully I can pass this exam too.

On a side not I still hope to be able to attend the class at the end of the month! While i did easily pass the exam I have a few questions and have always been a firm believer in the fact that the more knowledge you have the better off you are!

My last comment in this post is this… I have been researching the “perfect” antenna for my house that can cover more or less all bands! That antenna does not seem to exist and all the options make my head hurt! If anyone has any suggestions let me know!

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Spaghetti Warehouse Rocks

I would like to start off by saying; this is not my typical type of post… A few days ago I opened my email and what do I find but a coupon for a free spaghetti dinner to Spaghetti Warehouse, for my birthday. As well as several other free dinner coupons…

Typically I am skeptical of such offers but tonight I decided to see. I arrived as I have done many times before, was immediately seated and greeted by a very friendly waitress, Jessica.

I presented Jessica with my free spaghetti dinner coupon and she explained I could order any spaghetti dinner I wanted, which I did. I ordered the Seafood Mediteraneo, which was Shrimp and clams chopped and tossed with a spicy cream sauce over pasta.

My food arrived quickly and was one of the best dishes I have had in sometime. After I ate they brought me an ice cream for my birthday, and whished me well.

Over all this was an above average experience with above average food for the amazing price off free!

I would like to take this time to thank both Spaghetti Warehouse and Jessica for a great evening.

Tonight went so well I am thinking over the next few days I will try some of the others, and keep you updated as to how they go!

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