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Facebook “Import Feed” Fail

Filed under: Blogging,Teh Internets — Amy @ 12:20 pm

Facebook Feed Import Fail

When I changed the feed address for this site, I needed to update the new feed with Facebook, which would automatically pull in my blog posts and list them as “notes” on my facebook profile.

However, after I deleted the old feed and tried to replace it with the new feed address, I kept getting this error message:

Import Failed
We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.

After searching various corners of the internet, I discovered that there are a multitude of people with this exact same problem and NOBODY seems to have come up with an answer, or even a workaround.

So I’m posting this to show how my problem was solved on the off-chance that someone who needs it finds it.

Granted, this is solution will only work for WordPress blogs, but there seem to be a good number of those who are having this issue.

What worked for me:

  1. Download, install and activate the Feed Facebook, Leave Facebook plugin
  2. On the Plugins page, click “URL of your feed for Facebook”
  3. Tell Facebook to import that feed (instructions here)

Not a perfect solution, but it works until Facebook can figure out how to fix the bugs in their feed importing system.

UPDATED TO ADD:

Well, not so sure it was a solution after all.  When I first saved the feed, it imported my latest blog posts.  However, it hasn’t imported the two posts (including this one) that I have written since the original import.  It looks as though I have replaced one problem with another.

Note from Management

Filed under: Blogging,Teh Internets,Website — Amy @ 9:45 am

Well, I did it.  Despite a few minor setbacks and an astonishingly slow internet connection (27 Kb/S YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME), the site has officially moved and is now a WordPress blog, once again. I’m still working on pieces like the blogroll and gallery, but for the most part it’s up and functional.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you were subscribed to our RSS Feed, you will need to change the feed address to the one listed at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to receive email notifications each time a new blog entry is posted, I recommend a service such as Feed My Inbox, which allows you to quickly subscribe to blogs without worrying about setting up and maintaining yet another account with another website.

Speaking of accounts, to make commenting here easier, I highly recommend Registering as a Subscriber.  That way your info can be stored so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you comment.

In other commenting news, we have a NEW! FEATURE! – If you’re logged into Facebook when visiting this site, you can quickly and easily comment here using your Facebook profile.  No logging in, no re-typing your info, etc.  You’re welcome.

Speaking of Facebook, it appears that the New! Facebook! has issues – specifically, importing (or not) blog posts in the Notes feed.  Apparently that feature is nonfunctional so until I find a workaround, if you’re used to seeing my blog post notifications in your News Feed, that won’t happen anymore since the feed address has changed.  I’m simply too lazy to manually link every post to Facebook each time I write them.

So that’s about it.  Have a look around and let me know if you see anything that looks amiss.  Thanks!

Venting

Filed under: Teh Internets,Work — Amy @ 10:25 am

Dear Internet Explorer,

You are the double-crossing crack whore of browsers.

While mildly more tolerable, your latest incarnation, 7.0, is still just a poser.

I have tried placating you in every way I know how and yet you STILL insist on mangling my design in 6.0.  Even Lord Google cannot seem to help me overcome your influence, which has suddenly mutated into a new strain for which there is seemingly no cure available.

You suck.  Please die.  kthxbai.

-Amy

Wireless Mouse Stopping Screensaver

Filed under: Computers,Makes Me Grumpy,Teh Internets — Amy @ 10:37 pm

“Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your Microsoft products.”

Well, the new computer is a beauty. It’s fast, sleek and has plenty of room and strength to handle my 5 quadrillion photos and big (expensive) software programs. I spent most of the afternoon setting it up.

And then I spent most of the evening troubleshooting. My screen saver stopped working. I had this happen on my old laptop but figured it had to do with the fact that several of the programs had quit working. I never solved it on the old computer, but was not about to let it go with my brand new one.

I found plenty of forums with people having the same issue. Apparently there is a common conflict with the start-up programs running in the background and the Microsoft Wireless mouse. Most of the people reporting the problem were using a Dell computer with a Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse.

I followed all the suggestions, disabling most everything from my start-up. Most of the programs they said to disable aren’t even on my machine. I sought help in the Microsoft Knowledge Base and got the same answers. Everybody said “disable this program” or “remove that program.”

To no avail.

Finally, I came across a solution that I was shocked did not appear in any of the forums or websites.

I SWITCHED MY MOUSE.

Problem solved. Except, now I have to buy Jens a new Logitech wireless mouse because I stole his and he’s grumpy about it.

Impatient

Filed under: Teh Internets — Amy @ 10:58 am

I’m getting a new laptop today.  A much needed new laptop, as my previous one takes 20 minutes to start and has decided that several of its programs are optional.

Consequently, I have taken over the home computer, which has J none too pleased because it means we can’t be on the computer at the same time (read: he can never play his computer games because I tend to hog it with work stuff).

I cannot tell you how excited I am about my new purchase.  It’s supposed to arrive via DHL today and I’ve already checked the tracking information 4 times in the last hour and a half.  A few minutes ago, a bus drove up to pick up my elderly neighbor and I just about jumped out of my skin thinking I was hearing the DHL truck.

If it doesn’t get here soon, this is going to be a Very. Long. Day.

One more thing…

Filed under: Makes Me Grumpy,Teh Internets — Amy @ 11:48 pm

Ok, I know I’ve been wordy today but before I sign off I have one more thing to say.

I freaking hate Facebook.  It used to be a neat, normal, SANE program but now I wish I had never signed up.   Today I’ve been knighted, poked, super-heroed, warbooked (WTH?) and petitioned.

And I thought MySpace was annoying.  Somebody please make it stop …

Irritating…

Filed under: Blogging,Makes Me Grumpy,Teh Internets — Amy @ 3:45 pm

WordPress is refusing to upload pictures for me today.   Irksome, as I had lots that I was planning on sharing.

Sometimes I Think The Amish Have it Right

Low and behold, we now have internet and phone.   It took Time Warner 3 days, 6,531 phone calls and a supervisor visit to figure it out.   And they were only able to get the wireless internet working because J went up there and figured it out for them.

And in other technically frustrating moments, this is an excerpt from the “Help” section of this new web-based email program I’m trying to configure:

  • To reply to the sender of the message, click ‘Reply’.
  • To reply to the sender of the message and to all other recipients of this message, click ‘Reply All’.
  • To forward the message to another email address, click ‘Forward’.
  • To add the sender to your address book, click ‘add to contacts’.

The entire help section consists of those kind of statements.   Truthfully, the person who actually finds that HELPFUL should probably not be operating email.

There is, naturally, nothing in the “help” section that moves beyond the level of “Ridiculously Intuitive.”   For instance, WHY does the “Check Mail” button disappear if there are no previously downloaded messages sitting in my Inbox?   Of course, nothing in the “help” section even comes close to dealing with that issue.

But GUESS WHAT??   There’s even an FAQ section, full of SIX questions that can be answered by LOOKING AT THE SCREEN.

Can I send HTML formatted email messages?
YES!   Check the box that says “Use HTML formatting editor!”

Can I add a signature to my email?
YES!   See the BIG BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE THAT SAYS “ADD SIGNATURE?”

How do I add someone to my address book?
This one’s a little tricky, you might want to write this down:   You click ADDRESS BOOK.   And then?   You click “ADD SOMEONE.”

I have serious doubts that these questions are asked frequently for 2 reasons:

  1. People who ask these questions are not people who can figure out how to submit a Contact Us form.
  2. There is no Contact Us form and no way to communicate with anyone for assistance, and therefore no way for ANYONE to ask questions.

Thanks, guys.

Job Description

Filed under: Teh Internets — Amy @ 11:23 am

I didn’t do a Mothers Day post (though I will say that my day was very pleasant) so I’m going to be lame and post an email forward because I think it’s cute and, surprisingly, it’s a forward I’ve never gotten before.

Position Title
Mom, Mama, Mommy, Mother, Ma, Mum

Description
Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

Responsibilities
The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects . Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, and embarrassed the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Possibilities for Advancement and Promotion
Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you. There is usually one promotion…….. to Grandmother!

Previous Experience
None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Wages and Compensation
Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

Benefits
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

10 Reasons Why I Freaking HATE MySpace

Filed under: Makes Me Grumpy,Teh Internets — Amy @ 9:57 pm
  1. Seizure-inducing, impossible-to-read layouts
  2. Auto-play music
  3. SPAM
  4. 500 hideous ads per page
  5. Annoying bands and artists that don’t get the concept of viral marketing
  6. Sorry! an unexpected error has occurred.
    This error has been forwarded to MySpace’s technical group.
  7. Sorry! an unexpected error has occurred.
    This error has been forwarded to MySpace’s technical group.
  8. Sorry! an unexpected error has occurred.
    This error has been forwarded to MySpace’s technical group.
  9. Sorry! an unexpected error has occurred.
    This error has been forwarded to MySpace’s technical group.
  10. Sorry! an unexpected error has occurred.
    This error has been forwarded to MySpace’s technical group.

And yet somehow, this ridiculous excuse for a networking site has completely cornered the market, rendering all other (superior) networking sites helpless to compete.

Therefore, I must keep coming back to the stink that is MySpace if I want to keep up with my friends (because as we all know, in this day and age it’s preferable to put up with “sorry and unexpected error has occurred” than to actually pick up the phone and call people) who have to stay plugged into it to keep up with their friends, and so on around the globe.

Freaking monopoly.

Triumph!

Well, 18 months post-baby, I have finally reached a very exciting milestone:

PRE-PREGNANCY JEANS, BABY!

According to my scale this morning, I have lost a total of 10 pounds and today I am wearing a pair of jeans I have not fit into since early pregnancy.

All those pairs of “big” jeans in my closet can officially KISS MY SMOKIN HOT ASS.

BOOYEAH, WHO’S YOUR DADDY [insert ridiculously uncoordinated Happy Dancy here].

Ok, they’re a little tighter than I like my jeans to be, but the point is that they zipped up all the way and I don’t have a fat roll spilling over the waistband.

* * * * * [Insert Change of Subject] *   *   *   *   *

Do any of you make phone calls using Skype? I enjoy it as a messenger service but don’t have the technology to use it for phone calls. I was just thinking that their rates are WAY more reasonable than our landline, which we rarely use anyway, so if the quality is good I was thinking about using their service for our home phone. Any comments/suggestions/warnings?

Blocking Visits from Google Images

Filed under: Blogging,Photography,Teh Internets — Amy @ 4:23 pm

At approximately noon yesterday, I became a single mother.

At least until the end of the weekend. J is off to Minnesota to visit some friends, so it’s just the girls this weekend. Enter multiple binging sessions of pizza, cookies and Veggie Tales. Well, minus the pizza and the cookies because they are SO not on my diet. Ok, maybe some pizza and cookies. I’m not that good.

[queue random change of subject]

I hate Google Images. I get tons of hits to my site through them and it irks me because I don’t want that kind of traffic. I don’t want people getting to my site who are only here to steal my pictures. My Rome pics seem to be the most popular, but I don’t want that kind of surfer browsing through all my pictures of Kaelin either.

So in case anyone else is having this same problem, I found and modified this bit of code, and then inserted it into my header. And voila! No more hits from Google Images.

<script language=”javascript” type=”text/javascript”>
var camefrom = document.referrer;

var findit = “images.google”;
if (camefrom.indexOf(findit) > -1 )
{ window.location=”http://www.google.com”; }
</script>

It basically checks the referrer of any visitor to my site and if it’s someone coming from Google Images, they get redirected back to the Google.com home page. I would love to give credit to the creator of this spiffy little code, but I found it on some random forum site, and (as is my unfortunate habit) accidentally closed the browser window too soon.

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Hi. I'm Amy. I started this website in 2005 as a place to deposit my journal and photos. It has gone through a few incarnations and masquerades as a family site, but since I'm the only one who contributes to it, it's really all about ME, ME, ME.

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