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Upgrade your WordPress Database from MySQL4 to MySQL5

This article saved me a lot of headaches when trying to upgrade my WordPress blog database from MySQL4 to MySQL5:

Restore your WordPress Database From MySQL4 to MySQL5

Follow these easy-to-implement, non-destructive instructions and your blog's posts and pages will load faster than ever. Bye-bye pokey MySQL4!

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Upcoming Digital TV switchover and converter box info

NTIA DTV coupon program

NTIA DTV coupon program

UPDATE: The DTV Coupon Program officially ended on July 31, 2009. Further information regarding background and statistics can be found at at the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) web site.

On February 17, 2009, the television stations that broadcast analog signals over the air will be required to switch to digital. You don't need to worry about this unless you currently use a roof antenna or "rabbit ears" on your television to view TV.

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Find web content that has been “taken down” or deleted

I was minding my own business today and looking at some links on my "Web" page when I realized that Stella, Zack and Rocko's Home Page on AOL Homepages had been taken down.

Back in the late 90's/early 2000's, I had AOL for my Internet access (dial-up). On the free space I got with an AOL user name, I had a created a simple page that had a picture of my 3 cats at the time, along with some comments about them. What I learned today when visiting the link, was that as of October 31, 2008, the AOL Homepages service is no longer in operation.

Determined to find some hidden, cached copy of my old (and mind you, not that valuable at all) stuff, I Googled the URL to no avail. There weren't even any cached copies of the page listed. It seems that Google only maintains cached copies of pages that currently exist. Of course, this does make sense, but didn't help me in the least...

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Fixing Disappearing Text or Incorrect Element Widths in IE6

IE6 non-compliant behavior

IE6 non-compliant behavior

When testing my own blog in Internet Explorer 6, I noticed that the text inside some posts was randomly disappearing. An example of what this looks like in IE6 is to the left. There can be several reasons why this happens, but the main reason is that following a "floated" element, IE6 sometimes loses track of the width of elements that don't have a height specification, no matter what value it is.

A floated element is one, such as a DIV or SPAN, upon which a CSS rule specifying "float:left;", "float:right;", or "float:none;" has been applied. Hovering your mouse over such elements randomly causes them to reappear.

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