Oh noes

Welp, it happened: I got slammed with the WordPress Inoperable Version Dumb To The Nth. Fortunately I had this ‘backdoor’ link saved. This when I’m about to pick up my new addition to the tool box today. If this work-around their idiocy fails, that’s it. I do not care to suffer the slings and arrow of outrageous stupidity, nor fools gladly. Or even at all.

For today, then, this “Ditchumentary”: some images I took to document the flooding at the neighbours’ caused by run-off from the hill behind them where illegal logging was done. I doubt they’ll be able to do anything about it.

Looking West towards the flood.
Right in front.
Further West, showing overflow on to the road.

So many things going wrong here these days. Still no chance of vaccine and the case numbers are rising like crazy because people won’t follow the rules. I did a survey for the hospital visit and it was obviously designed to prove the results they wanted in four areas, three of which had nothing to do with the visit. Have not heard about future consultation, so I guess I just wait until the next emergency.

I’d better go get that package today as I’m feeling pretty nasty and depressed.

As March winds down

It seems everywhere I look on WordPress these days there is a resurgence of complaints about what they are doing. Some people have apparently lost the Classic Editor entirely, while others are struggling with some bastardized version which is nearly as bad as the Blockhead Editor abomination. I guess they really don’t want us around anymore. Someone should mention to them that killing your customers is not a good business plan.

They aren’t alone at this: several places I do business with have been changing their rules in an effort to … what? Cope with easing COVID restrictions? Or just drive people crazy? The recycle center has now twice sent little notes of disapproval for using “the wrong bag” on returnables. The first time it was for the same type of bag I’d been using for nearly a year. The second it was for using exactly the type of bag they said I now have to use. If you want people to recycle, you make it easy for them to do so. Not more difficult than filling out the tax forms (and boy has that been a nightmare this year for everyone).

So while there is still no chance of even getting on the waiting list for the vaccine we don’t have enough of and I’m still waiting on test results that will tell me what direction my health goes in next (odds are it will be ‘downhill’), I present a few images made now that I can get about a bit again. Providing I don’t slip on the ice or WP doesn’t shut down the only usable editor they’ve got on me, I’ll keep snapping away in the hopes it will brighten someone’s day.

Three friends. (G11, cropped from full image taken at maximum telephoto.)
Rare photo of Marley not being a silly goofball dog. (Pentax K100DS.)
Bark unlike a dog. (Pentax K100DS.)
Glowing cloud. (Pentax K100DS.)
Duncan in a noble pose. (Pentax K100DS.)
A sliver of moon. (Pentax K100DS.)

Incidentally, I’ve discover the Pentax’s kit lens does not focus properly at distance. It is pretty small change between 7′ (2m) and infinity, and with age it has become too sloppy to be correct. The only way around this shortcoming is to either focus manually (which is difficult for me) or use a small aperture to compensate with depth-of-field (which is less than ideal too).

Anyway, having sorted out that camera as much as possible I have switched back to the Olympus E410 for my walk-a-rounds. It has the longer zoom on it (150mm max – equal to 300mm) in case I spot a bird. I find much of my photography is done telephoto so why fight it? Still wish I could get the longer zoom for this camera, but that is not yet to be.

The WordPress Trick (they hid it well)

With a huge number of people posting complaints about the “Block Editor” (“Blockhead’s Editor”) in their blogs you’d think WordPress would take the hint, since it’s being applied with a 56 lb. post maul. But that remains to be seen. What has been seen is that even the people who manage to use it don’t like it much. It violates the basic engineering principal of “K.I.S.S.”: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
What also is evident as that some people have found the secret passageway to Classic Editor. After reading many blogs about this I noticed it doesn’t seem to be in the same place for everyone. Aha! Another page of How Not To Do It programming from the Facebook manual on making a mess of your web site.
And when we find it, it’s not quite the same as before. But will it do? Will it work?
Here’s how I managed to locate it:
1). Go to “My Site”, find “WP Admin” on the left and click that.
2). (This is the tricky bit) Select “Posts” and “All Posts” (do not select “Add New” here).
3). You get a screen which has “Posts” and a blue “Add New” after it with a drop-down arrow which if selected gives you the editor options. Vis:

Secret link to Classic Editor.

Now your actual experience may vary, and it could be this only still exists because they forgot to take it out. There were two other links to the Classic Editor before, one with the Blockhead’s Editor which never functioned for me and the other under “New Post” in the Admin section which has since disappeared.
Will this one remain? Will they foul it up even more? They certainly have done a fine job of alienating users with this “upgrade”. Why did they do it? I suspect it’s a plot to get free users to pony up for the ‘commercial’ version which allows the Classic Editor download. Something like that anyway.
Whether incompetence or greed is behind it, they are bastards for doing it.