More Power To You

E1B1CA02-1374-41BA-821B-E20084E20806The lights and electricity went out in my house on my block in my neighborhood at around 8:00 tonight. The electric company originally estimated that the power would be restored by around 10:00 tonight. But when 10:00 came and went, I called customer service and was informed that the next update will be at around 4:00 a.m.

And wouldn’t you know it, I went to the grocery store today and did a big shop. I picked up some frozen pizzas and ice cream, which will probably be thawed by morning, not to mention milk, fruit, veggies, cold cuts, and other goodies that require refrigeration. They’ll certainly be warm — and possibly spoiled — by the time I wake up. Sheesh.

I do hope that the three posts I’ve scheduled to be published tonight — one at midnight, one at 3:00 a.m. and one at around 6:00 a.m. — will still be published, since they are in the hands of WordPress. But for now, I’m going to bed. No lights, no power, and my iPhone’s battery is down to 12% with no way to charge it back up.

Unfortunately, this is generally the time that I read all of the posts from those of you that I follow that I didn’t get a chance to read during the day. But with a dying iPhone and no way to charge it, I will not be getting around to reading many of your posts tonight.

I apologize for missing some of your posts and I probably won’t have time to go back and catch up on them tomorrow, assuming power has been restored. Let me know if I missed anything good, okay?

Anyway, that’s it for me. Over and out. Hopefully there will be power in the neighborhood tomorrow.

Does Anybody Know What This Is?

DA213B82-3F47-43F2-B32D-8DB55152BCC6Ever since I loaded iOS 13 on my iPhone about a week ago, whenever I am using my iPhone’s Safari browser to compose posts in WordPress.com, this message keeps popping up.

Sometimes I tap “Don’t Allow” and sometimes I tap “Allow.” As soon as I do, the message disappears. And then it randomly pops back up again sometime later.

I have 256 GB of data storage on my iPhone and when I just checked my iPhone storage, I’ve only used 36.1 GB, so there’s plenty of storage available. Safari accounts for 1.22 GB of the 36.1, and WordPress accounts for only 270 MB.

I have no idea why this message keeps popping up, what it means, or what, exactly, it’s asking of me.

If any of you out there know what this is all about, I’d appreciate it if you would enlighten me.

Thanks.

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Give Up

Warning, unless you’re kind of geeky, you may want to not bother reading this post. It’s a rant about technology.

In order to try to fix my Visual Editor issues (see this post and this post) that surfaced after I downloaded iOS 13 for my iPhone, I did some good, old fashioned research on the internet and came across this article.0CEF3D35-FA4E-4DEC-A88B-FBE20009B720The good news is that, following the directions in that article,  I successfully rolled back the iOS install and reinstalled iOS 12.4.1 on my iPhone. And the better news is that I’m composing this post on the Safari browser in WordPress.com and it’s working exactly the way it did before I installed iOS 13. Yay!

But the bad news is that the reinstall of iOS 12.4.1 used a backup image of my iPhone from November 2017, almost two years ago. So any apps I had downloaded since November 2017 were missing. And for all of the other apps I loaded onto my iPhone since then, I am basically having to start from scratch.

It just wasn’t worth it. So I decided to reinstall iOS 13.1.1. Fortunately, I had saved a backup of my iPhone on iCloud right before I rolled back to 12.4.1, so when I reinstalled 13.1.1, my entire iPhone was restored, including all of my apps.

And the one thing I learned, now that I’m back to the new iOS, is that the issue with the WordPress Visual Editor in my iPhone’s web browser is also back, and it’s apparently the fault of Apple’s new iOS, and is not due to WordPress.

Bottom line, after spending virtually all afternoon and into the evening doing the rollback and the reinstall, I’m right back to where I was before I started. Talk about a huge waste of time!

Rant over.

Android Users — I Need Your Help

If it ain’t brokePerhaps you read my post yesterday in which I whined about updating my iPhone to the latest operating system (iOS 13). I also updated my iPhone’s WordPress app, which the “Happiness Engineers” at WordPress claimed was “optimized for iOS 13.”

The abridged version of what resulted from these updates is that when I attempt to use the WordPress visual editor within WordPress.com (not the WordPress app for iOS 13) on my iPhone using any web browser, it can only display three or four lines of text before I have to start scrolling to see more text.

This is what I see in my browser for this post using the visual editor.Visual Editor glitchI even downloaded iOS 13.1.1 last night to see if that would fix the problem. But it didn’t.

So, here’s my ask. If you use an Android phone and have the latest, greatest version of the Android OS loaded, I’d like you to try this:

  1. Open up your web browser on your Android phone
  2. Log into wordpress.com
  3. Start to write a new post
  4. Can you type more than three or four lines without having to scroll down?
  5. Let me know in the comments below
  6. Thanks

By the way, the way I’m dealing with the visual editor glitch in my browsers is to write my posts using HTML, where my raw text does show up. Have you ever had to use HTML to compose your posts. It’s not fun.HTML editor

Don’t Do It

B2D0FA83-CB80-4D4B-B361-8206EDA5FA17Don’t update. Yesterday I did two things I regret and I’m not sure if there is anything I can do to undo them. And I don’t know who to blame.

First, I installed the latest upgrade to iOS, the Apple operating system, on my iPhone. iOS 13.1, to be precise. Once that install was completed, I installed the latest WordPress app for iOS, the one that was “optimized” for iOS 13.

Big mistakes.

As many of you know, I use my iPhone for my blog. I use the WordPress app on my iPhone to check my stats, to read the posts that appear in my reader, and to make and/or reply to comments. But I don’t use the WordPress app to compose my posts because, well, it sucks. So I use one of the browsers in my iPhone — either Safari or Chrome — to draft and edit my posts.

But yesterday, after installing iOS 13.1 on my iPhone and updating to the latest WordPress app for iOS, everything went to hell in a hand basket.

When I go to compose a new post using my browser, something really weird is happening. My editing screen, while the same size, can only display a few lines at a time. It shows up like this:

What the hell? I can only enter two or three lines and then I have to scroll down to add or even read more than those few lines of text. Why doesn’t it offer me the entire screen for editing purposes like it did before I installed these so-called “updates”?

I wish these techno-gurus who are always trying to come up with new and “improved” way of doing things would sometimes just leave well enough alone. You know, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But no! They can’t leave well enough alone, can they? And so they release the new and improved versions of their apps, which don’t fucking work right anymore. Should I blame Apple and/or WordPress for this mess? No, I blame myself for installing these damn “updates.”

Okay. Thank you for listening to my rant. I feel a little better now. Not really, but at least I’m sharing the misery.

And by the way, WordPress, I still can’t get the damn reblog button to work. I was hoping you would have at least fixed that with this last update.