Just upgrade to WordPress 3.5, and now nothing works? One Solution…

If you are like me and upgraded to WordPress 3.5 and find that almost all of the JavaScript is now not working, this maybe why. When you log back in and try to do something like, add a post, you realize that none of the menu bars and plugins have loaded.

The first thing you can try is to enable Script Debug in the wp-config file. This solved the issue for me, but I don’t like a debug flag fixing errors so I dug a little deeper and found the following in the WordPress 3.5 Master Problem Page.

One solution courtesy of WordPress Support Docs: You probably have added Perishable Press’ 5G blacklist to your HTACCESS file. They probably changed the way they do rewrites in this version of WordPress and the HTACCESS file blocks other parts of WordPress from seeing critical files. If you look at JavaScript errors, you get file not found errors. Follow the link below and search for “5G Blacklist” on the page it will take you to the updated code from WordPress.

WordPress Support: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/troubleshooting-wordpress-35-master-list

Dropbox adding a music player? –Why?

It seems the Internet is abuzz with Dropbox’s acquisition of a fledgling streaming music player. I fail to see what the hype is all about. How is adding a music player to my Dropbox account somehow special and game changing.

In the ever growing and competitive online music space what could be done that already isn’t being done now. Why wouldn’t I use Spotify, or a service like it, that allows me to have a almost limitless array of their streaming catalog. Or if you live in a Google-centric world, the massive amount of free storage Google Play! Music offers. And let us not forget the ease of iTunes Match and not having to wait days for my entire library to upload itself.

Some have said that it is just an additional feature to get more free customers to bounce up against the paid storage limits. I can totally see how its just a nice add-on they want to have to try to help monetize their service. Without any licensing deals with the Music labels, I can’t see it being anything more than an upload service to stream it back to myself. And with that I give it a yawn.

MIT Tech Review: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/508791/will-dropbox-add-a-music-player-to-its-file-store

We are running out of metric prefixes for big data

We all want digital storage to keep increasing, but it seems that it is at a pace quicker than we can make up names to quantify it. It is hard to believe that we are hitting storage levels that seemed astronomical at the turn of the century. Looks like we’ll need to create new names to keep up with our insatiable love for big data.

MIT Tech Report – http://www.technologyreview.com/view/508526/will-big-data-get-too-big-for-the-metric-system-to-handle