We’ve seen this before.. it just appears this is a bigger storm. How can we avoid being a part of it? The article from ARS gives some good advice. Let me sum it up with what I do. First.. brute-force attack means there are lots of sites using your standard login to make guesses at your ‘admin’ password. That won’t work if you don’t have an ‘admin’ account. I create an account with my name and delete the admin account. The next step is a little trickier. And I learned it from Chris Coyer of CSS-tricks.com from his book Digging into WordPress. Move your WordPress installation! You make a folder that is some nonsense name you make up and put your WordPress installation in it.. except for the lowest copy of index.php. In that index.php file is a simple instruction to require a file that is basically loading the entire website.
if your folder holding your website files is ‘stinky’, then you change that line to
Now your site is protected!.. and a bit broken. One more change! You can do this before the file move in your setting/general of your dashboard. Look for ‘WordPress address’. This is you telling WordPress(again) where you put all the files.
Note that yours probably won’t be ‘https’, just ‘http’.
If you want to change it in the database(and you know how) look for ‘siteurl’ in table ‘wp_options’ and change it to the exact same thing as above. That’s where WordPress stores that option in the database.
There really isn’t a great analogy for this but I will try. Thieves are trying to break in to your house. First we change the keys to the lock and hide the front door. Then as an added precaution we hide the whole house. Yup.. that made no sense. Sorry!
I’ve had the need recently to revise the way I handle contract and did a deep-dive into learning about contracts that work well for designers and ways of signing online. I highly recommend http://docracy.com
The problem with living on the bleeding-edge of WordPress nightly builds is all the bleeding. I just hosed my site for about 20 minutes. I just needed to get a released version in place, manually delete all the plugins and the admin Dashboard came back. Ooops!
So.. I made another trip next door.. I was out of Garlic Salami. While the dude was slicing it up for me I decided to grab a random beer from the cooler. I picked the Paulaner because it had very little English on the front label. I knew that meant it had to be better. Although I was also drawn to the 7.9%. I think I can translate that!
I made may super Salami sandwich. It had other stuff on there too.. but they were just along for the ride.
The smell, not very strong. A little hops, not very yeasty. First taste.. wow.. very rich, strong, dark beer. I didn’t know it was a dark beer because I don’t understand German.. and the back label was TLDR. This is not a drinking beer.. this is a beer you have with a richly flavored meal. I think it would be wonderful with a steak.
I promise you.. no matter what you have been eating.. one taste, and you only taste beer! I actually like it a lot. Next family BBQ on the porch and I’m going to grab another one.
I live next to a Bavarian deli. Right next door. Since I’m working from home now I’ve decided start enjoying some of their fine products for lunch.
Based on the advice of Jason Seifer I’m trying Weihenstephaner.
I have no idea how to pronounce it, and I’m too lazy to look it up. (-see update)
Bottle opened.. a bit of a nice yeast smell. First sip.. very carbonated. Very rich taste.. but still drinkable. I’m pretty happy with it. I’m looking forward to see how it tastes with my other acquisition, Garlic Salami. They have a couple dozen types of salami.. but this is my favorite so far because I LOVE GARLIC!
I don’t know how sensitive the beer is to temperature but I do not believe the beer was kept cool before it was in their beer cooler. The center of the ‘market’ part of their store is taken up by cases of the various beers they sell.
I’m now eating my garlic salami sandwich and I’m impressed. The garlic flavor is strong. I love this salami. The beer is holding up nicely. The beer flavor is still sharp and strong and is not overwhelmed by the salami.
Update: from Jason via email: It’s pronounced “veye-hen-stoff-en-er”
-Thanks, Jason! It took me a week to pronounce ‘hefferveisen’ correctly.
Really? Being technically correct in calling it beef isn’t the same as just the part of the cow we were expecting. If it’s ground cow, call it ground cow!
To start off with.. I need to mention that I’m an edge-case when it comes to Liquify. I have spend over a hundred hours using it recently. I know all the keyboard shortcuts and I use the different types of reconstruction brushes as I work. They allow me to stretch the mesh and relaxe parts of it into place, smooth out distortions and sculpt my work. Did I mention I work a LOT in Liquify?
The biggest thing I love about the new liquify is that I can now make actions that load specific meshes and apply them. That allowed me to do some really fancy automation work.
The bad news? They did get rid of all the fancy reconstruction options that allowed a lot of back and forth work. It’s like the difference between sculpting clay and marble. The liquify tool is now more for subtle work.. a nudge here and there. Not working out? reset and try again. Not many options to relax a mesh locally.
I now need to you 3 Photoshops to get work done. CS5 for making liquify meshes, CS6 for automating them and CS5 x86 for scanning(twain drivers).
I’m defragmenting a virtual disk installed on an SSD that, for hardware compatibility is pretending to be a spinning SATA drive. If my virtual drive crashes, do I ship it to a drive recovery company.. or just FTP it to them?
I see some link in the news.. and interesting article on mtv.co.uk and I click on it. Now I have to get past a splash screen that want to take me to the US website. That’s fine. Ok.. but, wait. It doesn’t take me to the article I wanted to read. It’s on the UK site. So.. again., splash screen. Continue to UK site and I get a consistent bar across the top.
“The best experience for US users can always be had at the US website (www.mtv.com).
Not a friendly reminder that there is a US version of the website. It’s.. “Go back, you don’t belong here”. I never got redirected to a closer server with the same content. They are just making me feel unwelcome.