Upgrading to macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra

I love keeping everything updated on my Mac, from the operating system, and also the applications. I just updated to macOS Sierra — the latest operating system by Apple. I upgraded from OS X El Capitan. This post is posted after the upgrade.

Preparation

On my Mac, I installed all upgraded applications. Some applications already released the update to make them work with macOS Sierra. About my Mac, it’s 15″ MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) with 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 of memory.

It’s highly recommended to backup everything. The simplest way is probably using Time Machine. But, I decided not to backup using Time Machine. I copied the important files to my external drive. It takes time, but having everything backed up is a good scenario.
Before hitting the download button, this was my setup:

Flickr Pro Renewal

In the next few days, Flickr Pro account I have with Lala will be expired (see our Flickr Photostream). I haven’t decided whether I renew it before or after the expiry date. I am curious about this. About this renewal, Flickr explains:

If your Pro account expires, don’t panic! None of your photos or videos have been deleted!
This means instead of enjoying the super-duper capacity of your Pro account, you’re now subject to the limits of a free account. If you upgrade again, all of your photos will be waiting for you.
Any of your sets that disappeared will magically reappear when you renew or upgrade.

Again, I’m curious about this. There are more than 3,000 photos and 80+ photo sets. Is it really safe to leave it expired to see the effect? I don’t know. The free account only has three sets, which sets will be visible? I’m curious. At the same time, I don’t want to take a risk. We’ll see…

Troubleshooting: Can't Login After WordPress Upgrade

Today, I was helping my client upgrading her WordPress-powered blog. He was using WordPress 2.6.x series. I upgraded using the standard procedur, and I thought the whole process was painless. But, it was not. I could not access its “Dashboard”. The login screen was there, but when I entered the username and password — I was 1,000% sure that I typed a correct combination — nothing happened.

Few months ago, I had a problem with the “Redirect Loop”. I made a speculation: removing all plugins under wp-content/plugins/ directory. Of course, after I made sure that I had the list of all active plugins. After that, I tried to login again, and voila! I continued re-installing all plugins needed. Problem solved.

WordPress 2.7.1

The first maintenance release for WordPress 2.7 is ready to download. Using the auto-upgrade tool from the dashboard, it should not be painful. I’ve upgraded, and it only took few seconds. :)

WordPress Upgrade Using Changed Files Only

WordPress is known for its fast development. But for some people the upgrade process can be painful. I mean, not the “press the upgrade button”, but the download source, and uploading. If you have slow internet connection, you know what I’m talking about.
But, why not using another mechanism: just upload the changed files — compared to the previous version. By this, we do not have to upload and replace too many files. I used this scenario when I upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.6.3. Since it was only a maintenance release, I only needed to upload 2 files.
WordPress 2.6.5 was released last week. If you want to upgrade from WordPress 2.6.3 to 2.6.5, you can try this: upload the changed files only. All files are available from WordPress Trac. Go to the bottom area, and you should see “Zip Archive” link there. Download it, extract the zipped files, and upload them. Well, I don’t use this on this blog, since this blog is using the 2.7 distribution. Anyway, in the coming WordPress 2.7, the upgrade process should be easier. The upgrade button is there. Yay!

Upgrade to Flickr pro account

Last week, I upgraded my Flickr account. Actually, this is not my personal account, but Orangescale’s account. Lala and I have our own Flickr account. Having two separate account is fine for me. But, if I can combine them, why not? So, if you add my Flickr account, I have to say sorry because I will not update it anymore. I will upload all new photos to my Pro account.
Flickr offers its free version with some limitation. Of course, if you’re fine with the limitation, you can stay with it. But, I want to have more. So, here are some reasons why I decided to upgrade:

  • I love Flickr!
  • Before the ugprade, we were about to reach our feature limit.
  • It’s cheap. Seriously, about US$2 per month only.
  • The pro features are tempting. unlimited uploads (10mb per photo), unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited photosets, archiving of high-resolution original images, the ability to replace a photo, post any of your photos in up to 60 group pools, ad-free browsing and sharing.
  • We will have more and more photos.
  • The process was quick and simple. It took less than five minutes to enjoy the pro features.

Right now, I am happy with my Flickr account. If you’re still in free version, the pro features are worth to see. Again, my primary Flickr account is http://flickr.com/photos/orangescale/ now.

Flickr Stats for Flickr Pro Account Holder

Flickr introduces a new feature called Flickr Stats. (hat tip Yan Arief) This statistics is only available for Flickr Pro account holder. I can not have this feature for my account since I am still use the free version. Anyone want to upgrade my account? :)
To gain the statistics, you need to activate this feature first from your account panel. After doing that, just wait for a moment — it takes about 24 hours for Flickr to generate your stats. Once it’s activated you will get more statistics for you photos, please note that:

  • Your own views of your own photos are not counted
  • Views and referrers when a page on flickr.com is loaded
  • It will not count views of your photos on external sites e.g. photos loaded from your blog.
  • More? Visit Flickr Stats FAQ page

WordPress 2.2.3 and WordPress MU 1.2.5

Are you WordPress user? These are some info for you. Last week — I know, it’s probably an old news — WordPress 2.2.3 had been released. This release includes some bug fixes and security issues (see the closed bugs).
If you’re running an older version, download it and upgrade your WordPress installation.
Another release is related to WordPress MU. The latest WordPress MU distribution (1.2.5) released for public on September 10, 2007.
I maintain some WordPress-powered sites, and I am thinking of upgrading all of them this weekend. I hope everything will go smoothly.