Too Good To Be True?

I was unbelievably pleased that my migration from Blogger happened so smoothly. Within a day, probably, I had something ready to share with the world. I suppose the abortive attempt a few weeks ago helped out, just in terms of having a pre-idea of how to set things up.

I didn’t quite go the whole way with WordPress, just as I never did with Blogger. I bought the domain name through my usual registrar (I’ve probably got ten domains with them). They allow me full management. For the Blogger site, I set up a few things to point to Blogger, so when I made the change, I reset these to point to WordPress. Because I own it, I can make these changes without having to ask so-and-so to do such-and-such.

WordPress still likes to manage a few things. When I performed the migration, I thought it was really smart, because things like my email worked perfectly, right from the off. WordPress must’ve looked up the old data and brought it across.

At this point, it gets technical. When you set up gmail.com (or any other email server), you have to set two things up, your incoming server’s address and your outgoing server’s address. For each one, you publish the server’s IP address. When you’re huge like gmail, you’ll have different addresses for each.

So imagine somebody opens their email program. When they’re picking up their emails, they’ll connect to one of the servers.

Then imagine that they then decide to send an email to joe.bloggs@gmail.com instead, their email program looks at the other address, so it knows where to send the message.

I own strokesurvivor.me.uk, so the plan was to change the web site settings from Blogger to WordPress but to keep the mail settings the same.

I could see it was all working, so I probably didn’t look closely enough at the settings. I assumed that wp had been really smart and pulled the old settings across, and I was good the whole weekend.

Today, though, my email program stopped picking up messages. It gave an error when it tried to read them. That was weird because people could send to me without any problems. My current wp settings mean that wp alone is sending me 50-odd emails per day!

So I looked closely at these settings, and here’s the weird thing: some of them had been set up, some hadn’t. The settings for somebody to send stuff to me were there, but not the ones my email program uses to receive.

Fortunately, my blog’s email is all hosted on my mail server, so I’ve been able to log directly on to that to see messages, and nothing was lost. And, I’ve made sure that the necessary settings are added in wp. Lo and behold, my email program is fine now.

A hiccup, no more. I can kind-of understand how I managed to pick up email after I migrated, because changes take time to propagate around the world, but I’m stumped, why wp picked up some of my original settings and not others.

Tech Review

I wanted to say a quick word about these things:

They’re called a Trackr Pixel. You can buy then off eBay for about £10, I think they’re even less if you buy from Amazon, but..I don’t buy from Amazon.

They’re little tracking devices. About the size of a £1, if you’re British. Otherwise, maybe 3/4″ diameter. less than 1/4″ deep.

My first batch, I got one for my tablet, one for my wallet, and stuck one on the laptop. That was probably a couple of years ago. Each counter is just a Bluetooth device, and Trackr do an app for your phone. You pair the two, and hey presto! A button in the Trackr app on the phone makes the counter beep, a button on the counter makes the phone beep.

Setup was dead easy, just a case of loading the app and going through a wizardy thing. After a couple of screens it tells you to push the button on your counter, and pairs the two for life.

Incidentally, of that first batch, my laptop never moves. So, I can always make a reasonable assumption that I’ll know where the laptop is. But my phone does. So, I can use the counter on the laptop to find the phone. Because they’re Bluetooth, you’re pretty much limited to “same room in the house”, but if something has fallen down the side of a chair, say, you’ll find it. With most of my stuff, there are only one or two rooms it will be in anyway, but I can quite easily lose something within those rooms. If something is in a different room, you can also deduce that because when you push the button, nothing rings.

I got the first batch of counters a couple of years ago, and I’ve had to replace the batteries on them twice, I think. 9 months sounds about right. They warn me when the battery is low, and that prompts me to order new batteries. I think there’s even a button for that on the app, although it points to an American store, so it’s easier to get them off eBay again.

I mean, in the broadest terms, they work for me. I know that there are several Bluetooth tracking devices available now, I only have experience of these particular ones. I keep my house keys in a key-safe nowadays so they are always either in there, or in the lock, or in my hand, although these counters do come with a small cord, just in case you wish to attach them. They also come with a counter-sized bit of double-sided-sticky-tape, which I have found useful.

I like these things so much that I bought a second batch of three a few days ago. That’s the reason for this post – I just set them up. So now, my purse and my two ID lanyards are also covered. The purse, 90% of the time, stays with the wallet, but they do get separated, for example when I bring the wallet to the laptop because I need a credit card.

I could try and blame all this on the stroke, but it’s just age. I’m already a million times better than my wife at “not losing things”, and she has perfect health. These little counters make it a zillion!