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Blants (noun) the rants of a blogger

  1. Check slow WordPress sites with Splunk and fix them

    December 26, 2014 by The Man

    I’d thought this site was a bit sluggish, it’s a WordPress site with quite a few plugins as I often like to play with new WordPress stuff. I’m now running a Splunk server at home, again, mainly for testing and development for a new project for one of my clients. One of Splunks Apps is a web site monitor and I decided to give it a go.


    As you can see from the image above my blog was hitting the red slow response time all the time. It was time to remove some old pluggins, anything that was not being used. The after was a lot better and pages come it smother now. Some pluggins can be like toolbars, often not needed and they just slow things down.

  2. WordPress dislikes

    November 16, 2013 by The Man

    I am not a great fan of sites that say you cannot delete your account details – WordPress suggest leaving it dormant but that really isn’t a great solution. What happens if your account is hijacked ? At least if you can delete your account then you know you are safe.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-16 at 21.12.50

    If you’re wondering why I wanted to delete my WordPress account ? Well it seems I have two accounts – not sure how I managed to pick up the second one but I no longer want or need it but it will now forever live on in the interwebs…..

  3. Wow 1000+ users subscribing in a day…. mmm no our friends spambots.

    August 9, 2013 by The Man

    Well it looks like spambots have been busy on my site with over 1000 users registered in the last day. Not sure what they are trying to achieve but thankfully they will be automatically removed by using


  4. Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in

    January 10, 2011 by The Man

    Quite easy to fix

    Open bb-admin/install.php and change
    error_reporting(E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE);
    on line 3

    Open bb-load.php and change
    error_reporting(E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE);
    on line 25

    Save and you are ready to go 🙂

  5. iPhone App Giveaway

    December 14, 2010 by The Man

    I have 7 codes to give away for my Wake On Lan iPhone App. First come first serve. Leave a comment and hopefully if you used the right email address I will email you a code.

    Don’t forget to give us a review, good or bad, on the app store.


  6. Freedom of expression is priceless. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.

    December 9, 2010 by The Man

    Not sure I totally agree with this but when governments and big business collude that cannot be good for us.

    “Charles Arthur, the Guardian’s technology editor, points out that while MasterCard and Visa have cut WikiLeaks off you can still use those cards to donate to overtly racist organisations such as the Knights Party, which is supported by the Ku Klux Klan.

    The Ku Klux Klan website directs users to a site called Christian Concepts. It takes Visa and MasterCard donations for users willing to state that they are “white and not of racially mixed descent. I am not married to a non-white. I do not date non-whites nor do I have non-white dependents. I believe in the ideals of western Christian civilisation and profess my belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God.”

    via Guardian

    This is a painful watch

    And a good read