How I Logged Back into WordPress After Locking Myself Out

One problem with doing any task over and over is that your attention tends to wander a bit after the process becomes too familiar.

I noticed this the other day when I was setting up a new WordPress installation. This is something I have done many times before. But this time I somehow got turned around when setting up the options. I managed to change the WordPress URL to point to an invalid URL. (I had intended to change the “Front page displays” option, but got confused. One problem with the WordPress administration screens is that its options do all tend to look similar.)

This was a big problem because WordPress was now convinced that it was actually installed at that invalid URL. Not only did the site no longer display, but WordPress kept trying to route me to that invalid URL whenever I tried to log in. If I couldn’t log in, how could I change the URL back to the correct value?

Four ways to back up your Gmail

I’ve used Gmail as my primary email provider for several years. In that time, I have had few complaints. It has been reliable and fast, much better than other services that charge service fees.

One criticism of using Gmail is that by keeping all of your email in Gmail, you are putting all of your eggs in a Google basket. If Google were to shut down or delete your Gmail account (either deliberately or by accident) then all of your mail would be lost for good. Although I think it very unlikely that Google will discontinue such a popular service, there are plenty of other ways to lose email. After all, accidents do happen and mistakes can be made, both by Google and you.

If your email is at all important to you, keeping an up-to-date archive only makes sense. Here are four choices I have found for archiving your Gmail:

Google Chrome

If you follow technology news at all, then you have certainly heard about Chrome, Google’s new web browser. It was released on September 3 to good reviews, with most praising its speed and simplicity. According to Market Share, Chrome achieved a market share of 1% in only two days!

Of course, not everyone was pleased. Some have criticized Chrome’s lack of a built-in email client. But that makes sense when you consider that Google wants Chrome to showcase their lineup of web applications. Remember GMail?

Do People Really Prefer Dial-up?

A newly released study suggest that there might not be pent-up demand for broadband in the United States after all. Or as an AP headline put it: Study says many dial-up users don’t want broadband. The numbers add up, but I don’t buy it. A better headline might have been: Dial-up users aren’t interested in paying high prices for slow Internet connections.

The study, by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, states that only 14% of users stick with dial-up because broadband isn’t available in their area. 35% stick with dial-up because they can’t afford broadband. 19% say they wouldn’t upgrade for any reason.

A Look at Opera 9.5

Up until about a year ago, Opera was my browser of choice. It was small, fast, and had a number of features not found in other browsers. I especially liked its ability to turn images on and off on a page, easy text and image zooming, and comprehensive keyboard shortcuts. Unfortunately, an increasing number of web sites stopped displaying correctly in Opera.

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