Live and Learn

Updates on the Posterous confusion:

I am using Posterous now to upload pictures, videos, etc to my blog (in hopefully, what I consider, to be much faster than the traditional way) and so far everything is working out great. You email whatever it is you want posted, and away it goes.  You can then set up whether or not you want people to be notified via Twitter, Facebook, along with many other social networking sites.   The whole idea is a great concept, amazing idea, and really handy.

Except one thing: I’m an idiot. On my Posterous account (Along with Twitter & YouTube) you will see where I uploaded a video, sent via email to my posterous personalized email address. Everything went right, Twitter was notified. YouTube uploaded the video. So why didn’t it show up on my blog? Just like I said before, I’m an idiot. You can even figure out what I’m talking about by just watching my video.

In order to allow Posterous to post anything on my blog, I had to create a username and password that only they knew to get into here.  Well, it doesn’t do much good when their role is at Contributor. That is where I made my big mistake. No wonder anything I tried to post never would make it here.  The role has now been set as Author, so Posterous should will now be able too  post whatever I see fit to my blog. Hurray!

For those of you using WordPress and made the same silly mistake I did, maybe you should remember this:

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own post
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.

Ah, life.


Sorry I haven’t wrote anything in awhile. Been kind of busy with work, life, and things revolving around the two.
One new thing in my internet life: My web host, Vizaweb, started offering RoundCube WebMail — and I love it! It’s so much better than SquirrelMail (though SquirrelMail still has a special place in my heart), and don’t even get me started on Horde.

UNIX junkies (and just plain nerds in general) will get what I’m talking about up there.

Anywho, I’m at work now. Nothing much going on. I have been really lazy with the internet lately. I don’t update my blog, I haven’t even went to my website in awhile. It’s not that I’m getting tired of it, I just don’t find myself with very much spare time to sit down and write anything. Now that I’m at work, and I have zero customers, I thought “why not post?”. So here I am.

Something that has really had my attention lately is — Being an extreme Metallica fan that I am, I of course signed up and pre-ordered the CD. I also saw after I did so that Metallica is going to be coming out with a box set. (Found on blabbermouth)  The only thing that bothers me about this was that I did find it on blabbermouth. They are the same people who said James Hetfield was detained at an aiport because of his “taliban-like” beard. They are notorious for believing/starting rumors.

Is it sad when somebody brings a delivery (or something related to it) that I actually enjoy signing for it? I’d probably sign my life away just to get the thrill of signing something. I’ve always been one of those types who is obsessed with their signature. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s not easy to copy either.

I really wish WordPress had a plugin that would automatically add tags from the blog you just wrote. I hate making up my own tags. I forget what I’ve typed and/or I just don’t feel like scrolling up and highlighting some of the things I wrote. Not like my page gets enough traffic to worry about it though.

That is all for now, I’m tired of typing.

Upgrade Successful

Well, I upgraded WordPress 2.3.3 to WordPress 2.5

It’s nice, let me tell you. The Dashboard is much cleaner and better on the eyes. (Not saying it was bad, of course)

Why didn’t I upgrade my site to WordPress a long time ago?


This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.

— It worked! So now, not only do I have flickr photos to the right on my side bar, I can also upload directly from flickr to my blog! This new design just keeps getting better.

Working still

Hello Readers!

I’m still working on the site, obviously. You’d be surprised how much stuff you actually have to work on when you go from having a HTML constructed site to a WordPress site. There is a lot of getting used too. But, I can honestly say – I Love It! WordPress is so much more powerful than I used to give it credit. I have a Leopard theme on here now, mocking Mac OS X 10.5 — but… It doesn’t like widgets on my sidebar. SO, it may have to go.

Mainly because a lot of my WordPress plug-ins I have activated need this so called “widget feature”. And yes, I know you can activate them manually with a few PHP tweaks, but why do that when I can just find a theme to do it for me?

To the internet!

Matt Fowler dot Business Confusion

Well, I woke up this morning to my website being "suspended". In shock and confusion, I sent a support email to my host pondering it. Of course, having a strong conscious and high anxiety issues – I started thinking about what might have made my host Suspend my account. After giving it about 30 minutes of thought, I realized that there was seriously nothing bad that could break their terms of agreement. Well, about an hour later they got in touch with me letting me know it was nothing else but a Billing software error.  I didn't really ask for details, they apologized and turned my site back on.  What a relief.   I'm not sure what I would have done if they would have permanently disabled my site.

Also, I'm really enjoying having Vox as my default blog. I had Blogger as my default blog for the longest time. I started the "blogger" blog in 2004, and finally switched companies (Vox) in 2007. But there were other blog services that I used between the years, including WordPress, b2Evolution, and TypePad.  Vox is similar to typepad, but kind of a free alternative. It's from the same company, Six Apart.