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FTP Blogger Migration Tool First Hand Experience

Case History on Using the Blogger FTP Migration Tool

Here is some feedback to consider when using the Blogger FTP Migration Tool.

I switched the blog: www.jimwarholic.com/iforgot directory published blog on my server to iforgot.jimwarholic.com a subdomain blog hosted at Blogger, as a test case for the Blogger FTP Migration Tool.

The details of the switch are published on the automatically published update page produced by the Blogger Migration tool. See, This blog has moved posting page for more in-depth analysis.

The procedure had a couple of twists and turns that made life a bit interesting, but in the end, I think it went as well as can be expected at this time. I think there could be a few improvements in the process though, especially in light of someone that is having great difficulty with publishing FTP in the first place.

1. I suggest letting us know up front, that if the blog has trouble publishing the updated pages via Blogger, that a ZIP file will be created to download that has the updated files, and subsequently must be uploaded via a standard FTP publishing program on your local computer or going to the CPanel or other hosting panel and uploading the updated files to the appropriate directories.

2. Note that the archive files were not in the proper directory, when unzipped, because the blog was customized to store them in a different directory (like “archives”) in the Blogger FTP administrative panel area to begin with. So, I needed to make sure I uploaded them to the proper directory.

3. Observation: Very interesting that the PHP file names were maintained, and even a new posting, which I back dated to place it below (before) the “This blog has moved” posting, also had a .php file name instead of a .html file name. Is this a possible sign of things to come? For example, might we have in the future “PHP Includes”? That would be exciting!

4. Changes: The Blogger Nav Bar no longer had the option to not show it from the Blogger administrative panel. Yes, I was able to hide it with CSS, but I had to adjust the top spacing of the template a bit for the new vs. the old. Is this a slight oversight of not having the option from the edit the HTML menu of not displaying the Blogger Nav Bar?

5. XML Template Questions: If I decide to go to a new XML style template, will the file names still stay the same, with the same .php file naming convention? Will all subsequent new pages in XML templates and new blog postings be having a .php file naming convention if that is what I started with? Or, will the file naming convention be an option in the future?

6. Procedure Fine Tuning: At the point where the FTP migration tool came up to download the ZIP file, the main enter button was still saying something, like “continue” or something like that, which didn’t make sense at that point in the procedure.

7. I am sure I am forgetting about something in this comments section, but you can read about it over here at: I Forgot What I Was Doing.

Hope that helps.

Regards,

Jim W.

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Charlie Wilson: These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world… and then we f_____ up the endgame.


Gust Avrakotos: There’s a little boy and on his 14th birthday he gets a horse… and everybody in the village says, “how wonderful. The boy got a horse” And the Zen master says, “we’ll see.” Two years later, the boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg, and everyone in the village says, “How terrible.” And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.” Then, a war breaks out and all the young men have to go off and fight… except the boy can’t cause his legs all messed up. and everybody in the village says, “How wonderful.”


Charlie Wilson: Now the Zen master says, “We’ll see.”

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Lead Free Soldering Stations Vs. Leaded Soldering Stations

Is there a difference between Lead-Free Soldering Stations vs. Leaded Soldering Stations?

NC600 Lead-Free Solder No-Clean FluxIn my estimation, there is a substantial difference for soldering stations built for lead-free soldering vs. the old standard lead soldering. A few of the particulars are heat upper levels, heat recovery, and localized heat intensity. Yes, there are many soldering stations that don’t specify that they are for lead-free soldering, and I would suggest staying away from these. I can also tell you from first hand experience and that of most of my readers that have sent me emails, who have tried to use their old Weller soldering stations and even other high end Hakko soldering stations designed for the lead solder, that it doesn’t work for lead-free soldering.

It is important to realize that just about everything in electronics life is going to lead-free PCB designs. With the new laws on the books in just about all the major developed countries of the world, electronic manufacturers are building boards with components that are all soldered in place using lead-free solder. It only makes sense to get a lead-free soldering station today. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a good quality soldering station, but you definitely should look for one that specifies that it is designed for lead-free soldering. Some manufactures also have special lead-free soldering tips requiring special maintenance in keeping the tips from wearing out.

Solder wetting issues are another factor with lead-free soldering. It takes more heat to melt lead-free solder. And, because of the increase in the heat required to melt lead-free solder, the tips will tend to wear out faster. There are some common sense approaches to maintaining tip life, such as: turning the heat down when not required, keeping the tip tinned properly to prevent oxidation, and use proper solders with flux cores designed for lead-free soldering repairs.

Yes, you can use lead-free soldering stations with leaded solder, but keep the temperatures down and never use acid core solder for electronic repairs.

I would also suggest reading this article for Lead Free Soldering Tips in order to have a better understanding of the difficulties facing PCB repair folks today. If you want to make a quality repair on a circuit board that uses lead-free solder to begin with, you need to do it with a quality lead-free soldering station.

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Copy And Paste, Copy And Paste

Marketing NoteIn case anyone hasn’t heard, Google Pages is being transfered to Google Sites. However, while the transfer is going to occur with the pages themselves, the files that are stored at Google Pages will not be migrating with the site itself. That means that the images will likly stop showing at some point in time. This wouldn’t be so bad if I just had one or two images here and there on display in other pages, but I have a ton of images and files being stored at Google Pages.

I have been in a mad rush for the past week trying to download, move, update pages, update blog templates, and just plain look through two years or more of stuff. Not a fun job.

I wish the pictures would stay at Google Pages, but when you get something for free, the provider can always change the rules I guess. It still is a pain in the rear pages so-to-speak.

I calculate that I am at around 30% completed on this process. I have more clients that need to have their pictures updated too. Most people don’t have a clue as to what is involved with updating and changing the url links for every single picture here or there.

When a picture is grabbed from one location and displayed in another, (also known as hotlinking) it is using the bandwidth from the other location. A little here, a little there, and a little everywhere. Some say this is stealing bandwidth. Maybe yes, maybe no. If you have two websites, and share the pictures betweeen them, then it is pretty hard to steal bandwidth from yourself.

Back to copy and paste of the img src urls. By-the-way, the image html code looks like this in the code: <img src=”http://pwebs.net/images/marketingonline.jpg" alt="Internet Marketing Services"  />. The section after the src is the actual address (location) of the picture online.

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