Category Archives: Personal Blatherings

Welcome!

Hi! You have reached the online home of Michael McCallister. I write about technology, software, and the Internet in a variety of venues. At this site, you can learn more about me and my life, buy my books, find where you can see me at any given moment, and read some thoughts on the writing life. My main blog, Notes from the Metaverse, continues on at WordPress.com.

This site is not-so-new anymore, but you’ll see changes in it from time to time, with a big one coming down the road.  Watch this space! I built this site myself, with the incredible assistance of the global WordPress community. Any errors on this page are mine alone. Spot something? Contact me.

By the way, if you’re looking for the former CEO of Humana Health, that’s someone else. I’ll stop there.

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New Look: More Changes Coming

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After a couple of years with the same, boring look here at MichaelMcCallister.com, we’ve put a new coat of paint on the site. By that, I mean we switched WordPress themes to the Twenty Thirteen default theme (yeah, I could have gone all the way with the Twenty Fourteen theme that came with WordPress 3.8, but I just am not crazy about sliders–sorry!)

With the new year nearly upon us, I can promise more changes coming soon. I have worked on a redesign for (it seems like) nearly forever, but with two books coming out in 2014, it’s about time for a new site. Beyond that, I’m going to play coy about the exact changes, and when they’re coming (though it will be in 2014). Of course, if you have some design ideas, I’m open to them. What do you come here for? What would you like to see? What am I doing wrong (or right)?

Enjoy your holiday(s)!

Sincerely,

Michael McCallister, author and WordPress geek

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements: New Ubuntu Book, New Ubuntu Blog

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Ubuntu Linux Mobile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Perhaps you’ve noticed, there’s been a bit of activity in the Ubuntu part of the universe, especially when it comes to mobile devices. I am pleased to announce that I’ve just started writing a book for QUE that we are currently calling Ubuntu Touch: Using the Ubuntu OS on your Smartphone or Tablet.

 

This book will not be a guide to the proposed advanced Ubuntu Edge phone, but will instead be a guide for using Ubuntu on any supported mobile device. I will have more to say about the book as time goes on.

 

Between the new book project and all the news surrounding Ubuntu these days, I’ll be bringing the first of a few changes here at MichaelMcCallister.com. This week marks the birth of “Notes from the Ubuntuverse,” a blog with news and commentary on various Ubuntu-related topics. The blog will probably be mostly about mobile Ubuntu, but I’m sure other things (like Kubuntu) will come up from time to time. I have a lot to say about the Edge project too–watch this space!

 

Finally, I’ve been redesigning the site to bring it into the Twenty Teens, and it’s coming real soon.

 

Longtime followers of my career (yes, all 15 of you) are probably wondering about a couple of things: I still spend most of my computing time running openSUSE Linux, and I don’t expect that to change substantially while I write this book. While I expect to get quite familiar with the (in)famous Unity desktop in the coming months, I’m still a KDE guy at heart. And you can count on this site running WordPress nigh on to forever.

 

I am excited to start a new Linux book, and hope you’ll join me on this journey through the Ubuntuverse. Is there something about Ubuntu that perplexes you? I want to help. I am also interested in your thoughts, and ideas for the next iteration of the site. That’s what the Comments area is for, you know.

 

 

 

 

 

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Site is complete again!

Solved my “blank pages” problem rather easily. As I suspected, the issue appears to have been a wonky plugin. Turning off all my plugins restored the Pages back to normal. I went to the Recently Active tab on the Plugins admin page. My SharePress plugin (coincidentally?) had an update available. Installed the update and activated the plugin; Pages still worked!

One by one, I activated each plugin and viewed the site pages (in another browser tab). Success! I even activated some other plugins, with no issues.

While I can’t say with absolute certainty that SharePress (which posts new blog posts to Facebook) caused my pages to disappear, I’m glad it updated. I’m even happier things are back to normal.

If you’re happy too, feel free to buy a book while you’re here. You can also use Comments or the Contact page to drop me a line.

Thanks for your patience!

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