Review: DrivePop

DrivePop had an interesting Black Friday special:  Unlimited storage backup for life for 5 computers for $89.99.  There is an annual maintenance fee of $4.99.  Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it.  We’ll I tried it.

The following is what I learned:

  • DrivePop does not backup external hard drives.
  • It does not backup network drives.
  • It does not backup NAS servers.
  • What it does backup are logical drives internal to your computer.  This includes internal hard drives, internal SSD’s, and internal RAID arrays.
  • It is not like Dropbox, Skydrive, or Google Drive.  It is more on the same level as iDrive.   DrivePop is more like a backup service than a file syncing/sharing service.
  • If you upgrade the operating system on your computer from Vista to Windows 8, DrivePop will treat the upgraded OS as a different computer instance than the old OS even though it is the same hardware.  Making no change to the computer name makes no difference.  As far as DrivePop is concerned, the upgraded OS is a different computer then the old OS.  The result is that DrivePop will back up the same files all over again as if it was never backed up before.
  • If a file was backed up by DrivePop and then you delete it on your computer, the file will be in DrivePop cloud storage for 30 days.  After that, the file is deleted from cloud storage.  DrivePop is not a archive service.  DrivePop is like a disk mirroring service.  You have to keep a file in your computer in order to have DrivePop keep it in cloud storage.
  • DrivePop encourages only personal data files to be backed up, not system files.
  • DrivePop has versioning up to 30 versions.  That means that DrivePop will store 30 versions of the same file.  If you make changes today but want when to restore a change made some time ago, DrivePop can restore 30 versions of the same file.
  • DrivePop seems to use LiveDrive servers for the cloud services.  When you subscribe to DrivePop you’ll get a LiveDrive address for your account.  Oddly, you’ll get separate accounts for DrivePop and LiveDrive.

I have about 3.5 TB of data.  I learned it will take a long time for DrivePop to backup all 3.5 TB of data.  I set the DrivePop upload speed to 50 KB/sec.  I set this speed to 50 KB/sec instead of maximum because the maximum setting was adversely effecting my regular web browsing.  My maximum Internet upload speed is about 100 KB/sec.  According to my calculations, if I keep my computer running 24 hours every day at a backup speed of 50 KB/sec, it would take 2.2 years to back up 3.5 TB of data.

Moreover, I don’t keep my computer on all day.  I keep my computer on for about 6 hours per day.  That means that six hours a day is spent backing up files to the cloud. So for me, it may take 8.8 years to upload all 3.5 TB.

DrivePop is not really a good replacement for external hard drives.  I wouldn’t throw away external hard drives because of DrivePop.  One time, I had to destroy and restore a RAID array of about 3.5 TB of data (I was upgrading a motherboard and that meant migrating to a new RAID controller.)  Backing up 3.5 TB of data took about 1.75 days in a USB 2 connection.  A USB 2 had a transfer rate of about 20-25 MB/sec.  In USB 3, the rate was about 90-100 MB/sec and it took about 9 hours.  As for DrivePop, I don’t know what the maximum download speed is during a restore.  My Internet connection has a download speed of about 2.3 MB/sec.  So let’s say the download speed for a restore is 2.3 MB/sec.  So according to my calculations, it would take 17.6 days to restore 3.5 TB.

Now, DrivePop is a pretty good solution for not so large data files.  Let’s say you had a Quicken data file that suddenly got corrupted.  (I had this problem.)  If DrivePop was configured to back up the data file, you can log in to DrivePop and you can restore up to 30 versions of the file.  I had a similar problem with source code.  I thought I accidentally deleted some source code, so I restored a backed-up copy of the source code from DrivePop.  DrivePop was handy in two occasions.

Now, DrivePop is not so good with large data files, like Outlook .pst files.  If your .pst file is about 1 GB in size and you open it every day whenever you open Outlook, DrivePop is not going to have time to completely back the up the file because it is changing too frequently.

I use DrivePop to back up my personal files which are mostly in the Documents folder excluding the .pst files.  I also exclude Photoshop .psd files because they are too large and DrivePop would take too long to back them up.

There is one weird thing about DrivePop.  If you connect to your account through the LiveDrive application, you’ll get an unsecured connection to your account.  In this connection, you can change your password.  If you change your password, the new password is transmitted unencrypted.  As a test, I sniffed my own connection using WireShark and entered a fake old password and fake new password.  On WireShark, I saw the passwords being transmitted unencrypted.  There is a fix – add https:// to the URL and you get a secured connection. Strange that the connection isn’t https by default.

I ran a little test to test the maximum upload bandwidth to the LiveDrive servers, and I was surprised. On my home network, I have a DSL connection with an upload speed of about 100 KB/sec. I didn’t measure the speed but I had to limit the upload speed to 50 KB/sec because at any higher speeds my web experience would suffer. I tried DrivePop on a cable network with an upload speed of 1 MB/sec. I could not get the upload speed to go higher than 30 KB/sec! I tried iDrive on the same cable network and it uploaded 1.59 GB of data in 24 minutes. It seems DrivePop might be faster on my DSL than cable. I can’t explain it.

So is DrivePop worth it?  Maybe. It really depends on a number of factors. If you normally save your files on an external drives, DrivePop isn’t going to help you because it does not backup files in external drives. If you have large files, like .pst and.psd files, I would look for another solution because it will take a long time to back them up.

If you have many small and medium size files, then DrivePop might be worth it. Just turn on DrivePop and let it do its thing. It may take months to back up the documents but it’ll get there.

Links:  DrivePop

PIM’s: Outlook vs. alternative

(I recently changed this blog post.  I changed my mind about Outlook 2013.)

It was time for me to consider upgrading from Outlook 2007.  What I was looking for was an offline email client, a calendar manager, and the ability to sync the calendar to my Android.  I checked out a number of PIM’s, and it came down to two apps:  Outlook 2013 and eM Client.

Here are what I learned from these two applications:

  • Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2007 do not connect to Yahoo mail.  For some reason, both apps cannot connect to the Yahoo POP or IMAP mail servers.  eM Client can.  So does Thunderbird.
  • You can use the same pst file for both 2007 and 2013.  Outlook 2013 does not upgrade the pst and does not render the pst file useless to 2007.  If you’re just using 2013 on a trial basis, you can revert to 2007.  There is one caveat:  Don’t set the default profile through the control panel if you want to use 2007 again.  You’ll get a warning about this if you try to do this.
  • eM Client syncs with Google calendar.  This is an advantage if you already use Google Calendar.  If you setup eM Client to connect to you Gmail account, it will connect to your Google calendar and display it in eM Client.  Whatever changes you make to it through eM Client, the changes will reflect to the Google calendar.  Outlook does not sync with Google Calendar.  The best you can do without getting a syncing application is that Outlook can connect to Google Calendar but only as read-only.  You cannot modify Google Calendar through Outlook.
  • All three apps, sort of, cannot sync with Outlook.com Calendar.  I think this is a bug with Outlook.com.  For awhile 2007 and eM Client was able to sync with the calendar in Outlook.com, but recently they were not able to.  2013 always had problems with the syncing.
  • eM Client is free if you use up to two email accounts and for non-commercial use.  Otherwise, it is $49.95 for the Pro version.  You can buy two licenses for a total of $79.95.  You can try the Pro version for 30 days.  Outlook 2013 is normally priced at $109, but you can get it for $88.  You can try Outlook 2013 for 30 days through Office 365 Home Premium.  You have to go through Microsoft to get the trial.  Here is the link to Office 365 Home Premium.

From what I learned, I think I am going with Outlook 2013.

2007 is a little buggy but so is 2013.  2013 crashed when it tried to read my pst file for the first time.  It said that the pst file was corrupted but 2013 still crashed.  I repaired the pst file and 2013 came right up.  2013 hung once.  2013 doesn’t sync with Outlook.com Calendar very well.

The only issue with 2007 is that 2007 sometimes doesn’t start up after I close it.  There is some 2007 background task that prevents 2007 from loading again and I have to terminate it through the task manager.  This is not a common problem.  It happens seldom.

Here are some a annoyances with 2013.  There seems to be a slight lag in 2013 when I am typing a new message.  I doubt it is because I have a slow computer.  I have an Intel Core i7  4770K processor with 32 GB of memory.  Another is that the font is too big when I look at the list of new email messages.  The larger font makes it difficult for me to scan the list of new messages quickly.

eM Client turned out to be a pretty good product.  It is an email client and a calendar client.  It syncs with Google Calendar pretty well.  It does the weather forecasting in the calendar that 2013 does. There is was one feature that was nifty and that was the Deduplicator feature.  It looks for duplicates and gets rid of them.

There were a few annoyances that I had with eM Client.  First, eM Client didn’t setup my Outlook.com Calendar after importing from the pst file.  I had to delete the setup and then set it up again.  After setting up again, Outlook.com Calendar was setup in eM Client.  Another annoyance was that when you go through the list of new emails by selecting them one at a time, the email needs to be selected for 5 seconds before it is marked as read.  This is a problem if you just want to mark new email as read just by selecting the email.  To fix that, go to Tools->Settings.  Select Mail->Read.  Change the first item on the list from 5 seconds to 0 seconds and click OK.

One drawback with eM Client is that some Internet security suites such as Panda does not provide a toolbar for eM Client.

There is one feature Outlook 2013 has that is worth noting.  When you’re reading an email, Outlook will will display a list of emails related to the one your viewing.  Let’s say you’re reading a friend’s email.  Outlook will list previous emails sent my your friend.  Neither 2007 or eM Client does this.

Another interesting feature of 2013 is that Outlook can sync with your Facebook and LinkedIn pages.  Let’s say you get an email from somebody.  2013 will look up if the sender has a Facebook page and if so display the person’s picture.

If you don’t have Outlook and want an offline email client plus calendar management, consider eM Client.  It is free if you have 2 or less mailboxes and if it is for personal use.  Even if you have to buy the Pro version, it is less expensive than Outlook 2013.

If you want just an email client without a calendar, consider Thunderbird.  It is free and there are no restrictions to the number of mailboxes.  I think you can use it for commercial use.

If you have 2007, it might be worth the upgrade.  At first, I didn’t think the it was worth the upgrade but after learning the new features it might be worth the upgrade.  It is nice for 2013 to bring up a list of previous emails from the sender whenever I receive an email.

Links:

eM Client

Office 365 Home Premium

 

 

Missing nvata.sys?

I got a message on my computer saying that nvata.sys was corrupt or missing.  This occurred when I started up a Windows XP machine.  I fixed the problem and this is how I fixed it.

But before you try the fix, press F8 when Windows starts up and select the Last Known Good Configuration option.  This might fix the bootup problem.

For the fix, you’re going to need another computer with Internet access, a Windows XP installation CD, and a USB drive.  Download 7-Zip and install it.  Then download nForce4 drivers from NVidia.  My machine has a nForce4 chipset.  Your machine might have a different chipset.  If so, download the drivers for that chipset.

Instead of installing the driver exe, you going to extract nvata.sys from it.  Right mouse click on the exe and select 7-Zip->Open Archive.  Inside the archive, nvata.sys should be located in \\IDE\WinXP\sata_ide.  Copy the file to a USB drive.

Connect the USB drive to your troubled computer and insert the XP installation CD in the CD drive.  Reboot the machine.  You should see a prompt asking you to press a key to boot Windows from CD.  Press a key.  Wait for the install CD to run.  You should see a prompt of options.  Press R for repair.  You should be at a console.  Select the Windows install that your going to repair.  It might be selection number 1.  You’ll be prompted for an administrator password.  Enter it.  You should now be at a prompt much like DOS.

Type ‘map’.  Figure out which drive letter your USB drive is mapped to.  Once you figure that out.  Go into it.  Locate nvata.sys in your USB drive.  Now copy the nvata.sys file from you USB drive to your machine, e.g. ‘copy d:\nvata.sys c:\windows\system32\drivers’.

Remove your USB drive and Windows CD.  Reboot your machine.  And your problem should be fixed.

 

 

I need a computer upgrade

I am a photographer and use Adobe Lightroom a lot.  My desktop uses Windows Vista 64-bit, an AMD Phenom 9850 quad-core 2.50 Ghz processor, and 4GB of memory.  I used to have 8GB but all of sudden 4GB of Corsair memory sticks when bad, so I was left with 4GB.  I have had this computer since 2008-2009.

I was OK with what I what I had.  My computer was getting slow though.  It seemed that Lightroom was getting more processor intensive after each update.  So a computer upgrade was in the future.

Later, I decided to install Lightroom on my laptop.  I have been on the road doing photo shoots and I wanted to see the raw images on my laptop.  (According to the Lightroom EULA, I can install Lightroom on two computers using one license as long as I don’t use Lightroom on both computers at the same time.)

My laptop is an HP bought around 2011.  It has Windows 7 64-bit, an Intel i3-2330M 2.2GHz processor, and4GB of memory.

I installed Lightroom on the the laptop and tried it out.  And I was surprised on the performance.  Lightroom seem to respond faster and smoother on the laptop than on the desktop.  So as a test, I timed how long it would take to export  694 images from raw to jpeg.   On the desktop, it took 1 hour 14 minutes.  On the laptop, it took 1 hour 4 minutes.

So it seemed that there is an advantage of using the laptop for Lightroom over my desktop.  This was a sign that I needed a computer upgrade for my desktop.  Furthermore, the latest version of Lightroom, version 5, not longer supports Windows Vista.

Upgrading

I bought an SSD drive for the my Vista desktop.  I reran the Lightroom test.  The desktop still had 4 GB of RAM.  This time the processing took 46 minutes.

I added more memory on my laptop to 8 GB of RAM.  The hard drive was not SSD.  I ran the Lightroom test and it took 22 minutes.  Then I replaced the hard drive with an SSD drive.  The Lightroom test took 20 minutes.

I upgraded my desktop to a Windows 8 i7-4770K 32GB machine.  I reran the Lightroom test.  The processing took 7 minutes.

 

Internet security on the cheap

If you want internet security (antivirus, firewall) on the cheap, check out Frys.com software weekly specials.  Go to the following link, http://www.frys.com/template/software, and click on Software Weekly Specials.  Just about every week, Fry’s has specials on internet security software for -$0.01.  That’s right, a minus penny.

Of course, there are a couple of catches.  One, you pay full price at the check out.  But, the product usually comes with two rebates, if combined, reduces the price to -$0.01.  One rebate just knocks down the price.  Everybody qualifies for that.  The second catch is the second rebate.  In order to qualify, you have to have proof of a previous installation of the same product or a competing product.  If you have proof, the second rebate knocks down the price to -$0.01.

Fortunately, I was a hoarder when it came to software.  I held onto installation CD’s of old software including antivirus suites.    All I had to do was to use those CD’s and get the second rebate.  And it worked.

You can buy installation keys of different products now and hold on to them until you use them.  For instance, I purchase a number of security suites within a year.  All I needed was one per year, but I bought quite a bit within a year.  It turned out the installation key is good until it is used.  For example, if I bought a security suite in 2008, I could use the key in 2012.  The key would work.  The latest security suite would install.

I recently purchased Bitdefender Total Security for $49.99.  Tax was $4.15.  Both rebates were $25.00 each for a combined rebate of $50.00.  So I ended up paying $4.14.

Every week, a different security suite would have the rebates.  I have bought Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Trend Micro, Panda, and I think PC Tools over the years.  On occasion, there would be a high priced product under rebate.  For instance, there was a rebate for Bitdefender Sphere.  I think this is a 5 PC/year product including Android phones and I think is usually priced at $99.  When I found out, the local store was sold out of them.

There you have it.  You can buy Internet security software on the cheap.

 

How to add Google AdSense on your WordPress page

I read that users of wordpress.com cannot add their own ads.  WordPress.com has their own ads.  I am not sure.  If that is the case, this post may not be useful.  But if you have your own hosting site, then your in business.  This is pretty simple.

First, get a Google Adsense account.  If you already have an account go to the next paragraph.  If you don’t, go to Google AdSense and apply.  After you submit your application, Google is going to review your application.  As part of the application process, you’ll need to add code to your web site.   Pick an ad size of 120×240 so that it can fit in your page.  At first, the code will display nothing, but you need to keep the code on your web site during the duration of the application process.  Once the review is complete, you’re going to see ads.

Once you have code, go to Appearance->Widgets.  Look for the text widget in the Available Widgets section.  Now the next step is going to depend on your theme.  On my theme, drag to the text widget to the Secondary Widget Area.  This will add a text widget to the Secondary Widget Area which represents the right side bar of the web page.  Click on the Text widget that you just dragged to the Secondary Widget Area.  The widget should expand to a title text box and an another text box, a bigger box, in the bottom.

Leave the title box blank.  In the bottom box, add your code.    Click on Save.

And that’s it.

Once you have one ad going, you can put two more ads for a maximum three per page.  Or, one 300×600 ad unit.  Basically, one 300×600 unit or three other ad units.  You shouldn’t add one 300×600 ad unit and one more ad unit.  The rule is here.  http://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1346295?hl=en-GB#Google_ad_limit_per_page .

 

How to set up a WordPress site on GoDaddy

This article assumes that your have a domain registered with GoDaddy and a hosting plan purchased from GoDaddy.

Associate your hosting package to your domain.  From the accounts page, expand Web Hosting and I think you click on Launch next to New Accounts.  You be prompted to choose your domain that the hosting will associate with.  Your FTP username will be given.  You’ll be prompted for a password.  Choose a strong password.  Jot down your username and password.  Press either OK, enter, or continue (I can’t remember which it is.)

Wait a while for the setup to complete.

Once setup is complete, go to your Hosting Details page.  From your accounts page, expand on Web Hosting and select your domain that has the new hosting.  In the Hosting Details page, select Install WordPress.  Select your username, password, and email address.  This is going to be your administrative username when you log in to your WordPress site.  This not your FTP username.  Do not use ‘admin’ as your username.  Hackers try to log in using admin.

Wait awhile for the install to complete.  Once the install is complete, click on Applications.  In the Manage Applications page, press Log In.  Enter your WordPress username and password.  You should enter in the back-end of your WordPress page.

First, install Wordfence Security plugin.  On the left side of the page, go to Plugins->Add New.  In the search box, enter Wordfence and press Search Plugin.  Go to Wordfence Security and press Install Now and press OK.  Then select Activate Plugin.  This plugin is like a firewall plugin.  It adds a layer of security to keep hackers at bay.

You might hear stories about WordPress pages being hacked.  Hackers are out there.  They might find your WordPress page before a search engine does.  So it is a good idea to keep them out.  One time I finished this WordPress web site on a Saturday night.  The hackers were doing there thing on Sunday morning trying to register accounts on my site.  On Monday I think a hacker tried to login as admin 20 times.  Wordfence locked the user out.

Back to Wordfence, go to Wordfence->Options and go down to the Alerts section.  Check everything in the section.  Go down to the Scans to include section and check Scan theme files against repository versions for changes and check  Scan plugin files against repository versions for changes.  Go up to enter your email address of alerts.  Scroll to the bottom and select Save Changes.

Go to Settings->General and uncheck Anyone can register.  While your here, set your time zone and Week Starts On.  Click on Save Changes.

Go to Settings->Permalinks.  Select anything except for default.  WordPress SEO plugin recommends post name.  Better WP Security needs the permalink setting to be other than default.  I use post name.  Select Save Changes.

Install Better WP Security plugin.  Do the same thing as you did with Wordfence except install Better WP Security.  Click on Security on the left side panel.  Click on Create Database.  This backs up your database and emails it to you.  Then select Secure My Site From Basic Attacks.  You’ll be taken to another page.  Address issues that are in red.  For me, number 5 and 6 are in red.  For number 5, click on Click here to change user 1’s ID.  Click on Change User 1 ID.  Go back to Security->Dashboard.  For number 6, click on Click here to rename it.  Click on Change Database Table Prefix.  After you select the button, jot down the table prefix in case you need to restore your database.  Note that the database that was emailed to you has a table prefix of ‘wp_’.  The prefix that you jotted down is the new prefix for your database from here on.  The table prefix is important if you need to restore a database.  Go back to Security->Dashboard.  You can address the yellow warnings.  For me, it is numbers 1, 8, and 9.  For number 1, select Subscriber and select Save Changes.  For number 8, select a range of time that you’ll not be logging in your web site.  For number 9, check Enable Default Banned List and select Add Host and Agent Blacklist.

Now,  remove the Site Admin link.  Go to Appearance->Widgets.  On the Main Sidebar, move the Meta box to the middle side of the screen.  This should get rid of the Site Admin link.

Activate the Askimet plugin.  This plugin should already be installed with WordPress.  This keeps spam away from your comments.  You just need to activate it.  Click on Create New Askimet Key.  Follow the instructions.  Note that the plugin is free.  It’s just when you register for the plugin, Askimet will prompt you for credit card information.  If you don’t want to pay a donation for the plugin, move the slider to the left to zero.  This will make the credit card fields disappear.  Otherwise, you going to pay $36 every year.

It is a good idea to backup your database every so often.  You can schedule a database backup.  Go to Security->Database Backup.  Check on Enabled Scheduled Backups and select Save Changes.  By doing this, you should receive a zip file containing your database in your email account.  The file size of the zip file is probably going to be around 250KB.

That’s about it in setting up WordPress account.  Now you need to create posts and pages.  Check out the following link to know the difference between posts and pages: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/what-is-the-difference-between-posts-vs-pages-in-wordpress/.  This article is a post.  The About page is a page.

The WordPress install comes with the Jetpack plugin which is a collection of tools provided by WordPress.com.  I am currently learning to how to use it.  It is a lot of tools.  They are not important to set up your WordPress page.  They are nice to have.

I hope this was helpful.  I am thinking about creating another post on tips on maintaining a WordPress site after it is created.   Stay tuned.

How to restore your WordPress site

The following information is applicable for web hosts on GoDaddy.  Note that GoDaddy has a history feature for the file system.  GoDaddy I think backs up your web site files on a daily basis up to 30 days.  So if you need to restore your files to a previous state, go to the Hosting Details page and click on FTP Manager.  In the FTP File Manager page, click on History.  Click on the calendar icon and pick a previous day.  You should see a snapshot of the file system for that particular day.

If for some reason you need to blow away your WordPress web site and start fresh, all you need is your database.  If you can restore your wp-config.php file that would be better.

You going to need an FTP client.  I use FileZilla.  It’s free.  FileZilla comes with a client and a server.  Install the client, not the server.  Installing the server might open a security risk on your computer.  Connect to your website via FTP.  If you can, connect using a secure connection because regular FTP is unencrypted.  Because of this, you shouldn’t use regular FTP in public wifi’s such as a coffee shop.  I use use FTP with TLS/SSL.  If you don’t know your FTP username and password, contact your hosting provider.

There are two files you should to backup, your database and wp-config.php.  If you can’t back up your wp-config.php, that’s OK.  You can probably go without it.  If you can back up the file, download it to your computer using your FTP client.  The database is a bit tricky.  On GoDaddy, from your account page, go to Web Hosting and expand it.  Select your web site.  In the Hosting Details page, select Databases on the upper right side of the page.  In the Manage Databases page, click on the Actions button associated with your database and then select Back Up.  This will create a backup database, an .sql file, in the _db_backups directory in your web site.  Using your FTP client, download the _db_backups directory to your computer.

Now uninstall WordPress.  On GoDaddy, there should be a button that uninstalls WordPress.  Select it.  After uninstallation is complete, delete all the remaining files on your web site using your FTP client.  Now install WordPress.  Provide a username, password, and email address.  Note this information is going to be useless once you restore your database.

Now backup the current database.  This database was created from the re-installation.  Follow the previous instructions in backing up your current database.  By backing up the current database, the  _db_backups directory gets recreated.  Now, upload your backed up database, not the current database, to the _db_backups directory.  On GoDaddy, in the Manage Databases page, select the Action button and then select Restore.  You should see a list of databases to restore.  Select the backed up database.

That should be it.  Browse your web site and see if it works.  If you get a database connect error or get a welcome page as if you just started from brand new and don’t see your original posts, you might have a table prefix problem.  If you changed your table prefix before backing up your database, you need to modify wp-config.php to set your table prefix.  Check your backed up wp-config.php, look up $table_prefix, and see if it is set to anything other than ‘wp_’.  If it is not ‘wp_’, change $table_prefix on in wp-config.php on your web site to the $table_prefix on your backed up copy.  Don’t replace the wp-config.php on the web site with the backed up copy because the web site copy has database information specific to the current install of WordPress.  If you replace the file, the WordPress installation might lose connection to your database.  After you modified wp-config.php on your web site, save  it.  Reload your web site on your browser and you should be in business.

If you don’t know your table prefix, you can do one of two things.  One is to restore wp-config.php from the FTP History feature and look up the table prefix in there.  The other is to look up the table prefix in the database.

If you want to open a database, on GoDaddy, in the Manage Databases page, select phpMyAdmin.  You’ll be prompted for a username and password.  To get your username and password, open the wp-config.php on your web site and look up DB_USER and DB_PASSWORD.  Once you’re logged in, click on Databases.  Click on your database.  Look under the table column.  You should see a list of tables with the same prefix.  That’s your prefix.

Change the table prefix in wp-config.php and save the file.  Make sure your file permission for wp-config.php is 600.  On FileZilla, right click on wp-config.php on the web site and you should see the numeric value for the file.  Reload your website on your browser and you should be in business.

Note that your username and passwords from your restored database will be restored.  You going to need to log in again to your web site using your restored username and password.  You going to need to reinstall your plugins.  Most of your plugin settings will be restored.  For instance, if you got an API key for a plugin, once your reinstall the plugin, the plugin should see the API key from your restored database.  You should not need to get another API key.

 

Can’t connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 to your computer?

I had this problem.  When I connect my Samsung Galaxy S3 to my desktop computer via USB, sometimes they would connect and sometimes not.  However, if I connect to my laptop, the phone connected all the time.

I finally fixed this, sort of, for my desktop.  It still has trouble connecting sometimes but not as bad as before.  This how I did it.  I cannot remember exactly the small details but I’ll try to explain it the best I can.

First, check if you have the same problem I had.  Connect your phone to the computer via USB.  Go to your Device Manager (Start->Computer, right-click, select Manage, and select Device Manager) and check if you see warning label for SAMSUNG Mobile USB Modem and, I think, Standard Modem.  If you do, right click one of them and select Properties.  In the General tab in the Device status window, check if you see something to the effect that a previous instance of the driver is already installed.  If you do, try the following.  It might help.

  1. Disconnect your phone from the computer.
  2. Uninstall Kies from your desktop.
  3. Restart your computer.  This is important because at restart an app, I think it’s called MASetupCleaner.exe, starts.  Allow it to run.
  4. Go to the Samsung website and download the latest version of Kies.
  5. Install Kies.
  6. Run Kies.
  7. Connect your phone to your computer.  Wait a bit while your computer installs the drivers.  Afterwards, the phone should connect.  Check the Device Manager to see if the warning symbols went away.

The MASetupCleaner.exe is important.  If you don’t run it, the re-installation of drivers may not work.

I hope this helps.

Is your Samsung Galaxy S3 losing its charge?

If you think your Samsung Galaxy S3 is losing its charge, buy a new battery.  I bought a battery, a Rayovac, at Batteries Plus.

What was happening with me was that I was charging my phone in the middle of the day.  Also, when I was charging the phone, the charging was long.

Installed the new battery and it charged right up.

Note: Rayovac has a high capacity battery for the Samsung Galaxy S3, however, it is a thicker battery.  As a result, you need a special back plate to hold the battery.  The back plate that came with the phone will not hold the high capacity battery.