We had a service of sorts today for my Uncle Joe, who died a couple months back.Continue reading post "#2409"
I went without phone / internet for about 19 hours when I attempted to upgrade my T-Mobile plan.Continue reading post "T-Mobile plan change debacle"
I’ve gone over both my data and minutes this month on my cell plan.Continue reading post "#2110"
Looks like I hit my 5GB data cap already, with maybe 9 days left.Continue reading post "#1730"
Erm, looks like Windows downloaded something like 1.5GB of updates automatically when I used my tablet for the first time in a long time. Gonna make it really hard to stay within my 5GB capContinue reading post "#1715"
I paid for email service for the first time. Fastmail is getting rid of their ‘Guest’ (ie free) accounts.Continue reading post "Paid email"
I never set up home internet when I moved, and am considering staying that way.Continue reading post "#1447"
Gah. Apparently wordpress.com is discouraging ‘https’ for self-hosted blogs: Their redirection service does not allow any protocol but ‘http’. I could swear it did when I first set it up, as I remember typing in my URL with ‘https’ and I thought I tested it with
curl -I to make sure it works, but the docs have an explicit note saying:
Note: Site redirects will only point to a non-ssl ( http:// ) url.
I don’t remember seeing it before, but the wayback machine suggests it was there since 2013, well before I switched to self-hosted.Continue reading post "WordPress.com redirects don’t support HTTPS"
Looks like it’s been a good while since I’ve posted on this blog. My “professional” blog, which gets much more traffic, has been getting my focus, and I’m still not sure what will be happening with this blog.
Anyway, on with the post.Â I use Google Finance for my everyday checks on my stock portfolio and the market in general.Â I check for prices and news.Â It gives me a basic idea of my returns for each stock and for my overall portfolio, though it doesn’t seem to match perfectly with my tracking in Quicken.
A while back they began tracking dividend payouts.Â They are not entirely accurate, which is probably why the numbers are off.Â They also are not applied to the returns of individual stocks, only the whole portfolio.Â Since Quicken can show me per-stock returns with dividends, this provides a nice comparison between market returns and overall returns.
So just today I looked at my portfolio after having not payed attention to it for several days or so, and suddenly my returns were way up (from around 60% overall to 80%).Â I was somewhat excited for a second, but confused because the overall market had not jumped that much, and as I looked through prices, none seemed that different from where they were.Continue reading post "Google finance adds split handling"
I’ve been using Google’s Webmaster Tools and more recently Yahoo’s Site Explorer for my other sites. They allow me to see crawl errors, keywords and some query ranking info, crawl statistics, and some other search engine related info as well as set some settings for how these engines handle my sites.
Because of the way these sites validate ownership of submitted sites (an uploaded file or a meta tag), I didn’t think I’d be able to use them with WordPress.com. However, with a little searching, I found this page, which says how to do it. In fact, had I payed more attention when exploring the admin section of my account, I might have noticed that the capability is built into the “Tools” page.
You just submit the URL like for other sites, then choose to validate with the meta tag. Copy the meta tag and paste it into a specified field in that “Tools” page. “Save Changes” and then press the validate button on Google or Yahoo.
This worked instantly on Google. For some reason, Yahoo is just saying “Failed”. Since it says it may take 24 hours to validate, I guess I’ll have to wait. You’d figure a message other than failed would be used to say that it hasn’t been validated yet, but I’ve looked at the source of the page and verified the meta tag was there.
[Update 1/24/10] Finally Yahoo has validated by retrying. I had done this a few times spaced out after the initial setup, but it had just failed. I’m not sure why it finally worked. [update]Continue reading post "WordPress.com: Webmaster Tools and Site Explorer"