I had been hoping to post to this blog more frequently this week, but not only have I been on call at work this week, which means I’m on the “early” shift, but I’ve also been flat out with half a dozen projects at work, so I’ve been too exhausted to stay up working on anything interesting. So today’s Daytime Diversions are unrelated and possibly uninteresting (at least to the non-techie geeks).


After my initial post in the wee hours of last Sunday morning, you know, the one where I praised WordPress for being super easy to install and set up, and generally working flawlessly? Well, the honeymoon ended abruptly. What I didn’t say in that post was that the entire thing gave up the ghost, and that I basically had to re-build the entire site on Sunday morning.

There was only one issue when I finished setting up WordPress, and that was that it came up with an error whenever I tried to upload an image to the media library. It would still work, but it took a few minutes to recognise it had been uploaded, which is only a minor annoyance, but I tried to fix it anyway. Apparently whatever I did completely broke the site, because when I checked the next morning it was utterly dead.

Pro tip: If you're up late trying to fix something, just take a minute to double-check you haven't made things worse before you go to bed!

Pro tip: If you’re up late trying to fix something, just take a minute to double-check you haven’t made things worse before you go to bed!

Thankfully I had left the tab open on the post in my browser and didn’t shut down my PC when I went to bed, because that gave me an easy backup to copypasta if all else failed.

I probably spent an hour fruitlessly trying to undo everything I did trying to fix the problem, but eventually I just renamed the site’s directory on the server and started again from scratch. This time I decided to try manually installing WordPress, just to see if that makes a difference. Spoiler alert: it didn’t. Although I’m glad my gratuitous research paid off in the end, because it only took about 15 minutes to rebuild the site and re-post that first post.

I’ve now set up site backups, so recovery should be much easier next time.


The end of the year at work is usually very busy, since everyone’s trying to get everything done before the break. That includes our IT departments, of which I’m lucky enough to work for the Network team. With our Christmas change freeze just over a week away, everyone’s pushing to get their projects wrapped up so they can relax and enjoy their break worry free.

Except for me, since I volunteered to work the Christmas break.

Don’t worry, I still get the public holidays off, but I will be on call the entire 2 weeks of the shut-down.

It’s also my turn to be on call this week, which means I’m on the “early” shift – an 8am instead of the standard 9am. That means getting up early, which for some strange reason is a real struggle for me. I basically get to work every day half-asleep, which is exacerbated by the fact that I don’t drink coffee or tea. So since this week has been especially busy, by the time I get home, I’m almost completely mentally exhausted. Hence the lack of up late geeky shenanigans to post about.

But it is a lucky thing that I decided to work the shut-down period, because my projects have been piling up for the last couple of months, and it’ll give me a good chance to knock a few out before everyone comes back to give me more work to do.

I made some good progress on a couple of my projects today – managed to scrounge up some data storage for one, and got some more equipment racked for another. I won’t go into detail on the projects in this post, but leave a comment if you’re interested and I might post about it in the future.

Unfortunately part of one of my projects has been stalled for the last couple of weeks. Let’s just say that Cisco licensing support is sometimes hit or miss, and this time it appears they don’t even know the game they’re supposed to be playing! Hopefully they can get their act together pretty soon, because if I can get a couple of projects finished before the shut-down, perhaps I could take a couple of days off to work on personal projects – or maybe just do my Christmas shopping.

Had any good breakthroughs on a project lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!