Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

“Finally Friday, Lucy.”
“Yup Little One. How about a ruckus?”
“Sounds good. I’ll give you a head start.”
“Last one to the fence is a goat.”
“No a cat.”

The last Friday before Christmas is here. I hope everyone has their shopping done. If not, I know special handling (To be read “Big Money”) can get those gifts delivered on time. You have to hurry, though. Time is running out.

It has been a quiet week. I did have one hiccup on Word Press. For some reason, many of the post notifications were not delivered by e-mail. In the course of investigating the problem, I closed my WP site. I thought maybe a reboot was in order. I then got a weird message when I tried to log back into WP.  Here is the message

“Whoops!
There was a small systems error. Please try refreshing the page and if the error is still there, drop us a note and let us know.”

Well, I refreshed the page. Nothing happened. I tried clicking on the link, and again, nothing. I hit the internet and found out it was a 502 error with enough steps to fix it that would drive a rocket scientist crazy. I went for a bike ride instead. When I got back, it was working.

I just hate it when WordPress acts up, and there is almost nothing we as users can do about it. It is an out of control feeling for sure. I apologize if I’ve missed any posts on Wednesday or Thursday. I will be checking the reader and hopefully won’t miss much.

It is now working fine, so I guess I’ll just move on. Today’s JohnKu talks about systems errors. I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.

Them by John W. Howell © 2020

A systoms error,

No problem, I will fix it . . .

Says no one, ever.

93 comments

  1. A systems Analyst I once worked with told me that problems and errors were to be embraced, not feared. After all, he said, if nothing ever went wrong, we’d be out of a job in no time!
    Have a good weekend and, if I don’t catch up before, have the best Christmas current circumstances allow.

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    1. Thank you, Kieth. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. I wish WP had better customer support. Someday I’ll relate a few stories when I was the liaison between the exec level and the forerunner of IT (called MIS) I’ll give you a hint. The hardware was IBM 360 model 50. My biggest task was to get computerized reports that my boss ( the president) could understand. Always a grey hair moment. Happy New year too.

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      1. Ah yes. I remember MIS – that’s what we were called when O & M went out of fashion. My section had many names: Management Services lasted a while before we became Information Services. Some wags combined MIS and IS and labelled the door “Office of Mis Information”

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      2. I like that. 😊

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  2. The magical bike ride! So glad it fixed itself, John. Great Hiaku today 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. The bike ride does clear the senses. 😁

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  3. Boss,
    This happened to me yesterday as well. I tried everything, including trying a different browser but Whoops kept showing up.
    And then it was back.
    Strange.

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    1. OMG. We were hit by the dreaded WP virus. I tried everything too. We are such fools. Next time I’m going to turn it all off and be done for the day. 😂

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      1. I was gonna say… hey, Marc had a problem, too! And someone else I follow had a different one but still… WP is keeping us on our toes, eh?

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      2. Or on our backs. Hahahaha. 😁

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      3. Buahahaha! Right!

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      4. I was going to do just that. Sit back and wait till Happy Hour. Or make my own Happy Hour time. Either, or . . .

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  4. So true, dear John! Besides, the WP support is awful at present. The Internet life makes us feel hopeless in such situations as they are beyond our control.

    I like the photo of today: encouraging running for a better life. Twiggy & Lucy are going to wrap gifts at the Twiggy Resort. 😂😂😂

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    1. The gift wrap station is set up and ready to go. They can do it anytime they want.

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      1. 😉🎄🎈🎁🎁🎁 And free Friday delivery is included! Ho-ho-ho!

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  5. LOL! Great JohnKu today…so true! A bike ride sounds like the best solution. Happy Friday!

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    1. It is for sure, Jill. Thanks. 😁

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  6. This is definitely the year for thwarted efforts and unexpected smacks. So glad that a little exercise and fresh air for you allowed the ‘problem’ time to resolve. On to the next adventure! 😊

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    1. These unknown cause and effect smack adventures are the worst. Thanks, Lori.

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  7. Actually, sometimes the system errors do get fixed. Someday I may write about my last week, but suffice it to say: seven hours from home, alternator goes out, alternator fixed, fix fails, engine overheats, dead car. I had an angel of a mechanic in a town I’d never visited who took responsibility, and today’s the day I turn in the rental and turn over my new engine. We’ll see how things go from here, but I’m hopeful!

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    1. Ouch. Sounds expensive. Well, let’s hope for the best. 😊

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      1. The fellow whose shop messed up is assuming the expense — including the rental car. There are good, honest people in the world.

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      2. My goodness. He deserves a bottle of wine.

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  8. Those WordPress Gnomes are at it again. You would think they would deliver some peace and goodwill this time of year – but oh no – they are willing to do their work anytime. Then again, hope you realize who they actually work for. Yep – It’s Obama’s fault.

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    1. I knew that. That’s why I took a bike ride. Most of Obama’s mistakes are cleared up with a little time. 😁

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      1. Not sure about that. The grandkids of your grandkids will be explaining things as Obama’s fault.

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  9. Ah, the ways that technology makes our lives easier. By shortening it through frustrating and heart-stopping glitches.

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    1. Hahahaha. You are so right. What a hoot , Charles. 😂

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  10. Apparently I’m having the same error because I didn’t have your posts or Joan’s or who knows how many others. And I don’t have time to search out who I might be missing. Sigh. And I’m afraid to log out because it’s my SE day. God, grant me the serenity…

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    1. I know. If you lpog out it may take a hour to come back.

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      1. Maybe this weekend. During the Steelers game, perhaps.

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      2. You get the game? I wish I did. Stupid Texas teams around hee.

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      3. When I lived out of state, we always had Directv so we could get the NFL package and watch them. Now I’m back in Western PA, so I’m local and get them. If I had to watch Dallas or Houston as my weekly team, there would be blood.

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  11. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Great Haiku — and bike solution! I’ve been having glitches – sudden and unexpected. Then they magically correct. Given the current international craziness, I’ve wondered could it be the Chinese, no, maybe the Russians, no, maybe the CIA or FBI, no, maybe just the backroom techs having too much to drink at their Holiday parties. Yep, I’ll go with that. 😁

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    1. Yes your choice make the heart race less. Thanks, Gwen. 😁

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  12. I wouldn’t say I’d fix it, but when we had system problems, I wish my coworkers had all gone for bike rides. Don’t you wish WordPress would publish a log of these incidents.

    I hope you cruise through this Friday without any bother. The weekend is waiting.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. A log would be great. Or just a sign that says “Chill, we are working on it and it’s not your problem.”

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  13. I’ve gone to a few sites where I keep refreshing, but the Like button area just keeps saying Loading….. and the comments won’t let me type.

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    1. That is a problem with memory. Either yours or theirs. If you encounter it a lot it may be yours. You might try to clear your cache or hit the page re-load.

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  14. I would say the blob is moving slowly through various sections of the internet and WP. The ‘bell’ notification has slush flowing through its veins this morning. John take those keys away from the girls. I don’t want them singing Beach Boys songs for Christmas. It might be one ruckus too many. Now to watch the yellow comment phase. GP’s just phased in. The box turns mustard colored as the comment phases in. Yup that blob is moving around lumpily.

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    1. I noticed the yellow blob when I had to use the reader yesterday. Funny stuff.

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  15. I’m with Lucy and Twiggy. Time to ruckus!

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  16. I’ve noticed some glitches on a few sites I’ve visited, but no problems like yours so far. Like your idea about taking a bike ride and letting it fix itself, lol.

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    1. The odds are 50/50 that it will work. Given my hysteria prior to I sjuld have done that first. Thanks, Teri.

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  17. Glad all got resolved.
    It’s Friday! Have a fabulous one!

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    1. You as well, Dale. Thank you. 😊

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      1. Thank you, kind sir! 🙂

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  18. We’ve been having trouble with Google here. I trust all the presents for Twiggy and Lucy are wrapped!

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    1. Yes. The stockings hung too.

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  19. Hmm, I’d never considered the bike ride solution, but I will from now on! I didn’t mess on WP much yesterday — too many other things on my plate. Perhaps I was fortunate because I, too, hate problems like that (especially as the weekend nears).

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  20. Great JohnKu, and one we can all identify with, John. Technology is something I really love–when it functions correctly. But not so much so when it doesn’t! Nothing is more frustrating, especially if you actually WORK online, rather than just enjoy surfing around. I’m sorry you had problems, and I hope they are gone for a LONG time now!

    May 2021 be an improvement over 2020, and may those improvements include exactly NO 502 errors! 🙂

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  21. I’d say Friday is a great time for a ruckus. 🙂 I hate it when WordPress goes wonky and it happened to me a few days ago too. Maybe they were doing some sort of update or something? But it was definitely crazy and then all of a sudden just fine! Who knows. Have a great weekend, John!

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  22. That’s so frustrating, John, but going for a bike ride was a good solution. Love your Angels haiku and your JohnKu that brought a smile. Happy weekend! ☺🥂

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. I’m glad you got a smile.

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  23. I guess one benefit of not being on WP every day is I often miss these glitches. I have been seeing a lot of comments elsewhere about WP problems; it appeared to be a worldwide systems error. Oh dear. I’m glad it’s up and running for you now!

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    1. Thank you, Marie. It would be nice to get a message that says, “We are messed up worldwide and there is nothing you can do. Take a chill pill.”

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  24. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    It’s been a quiet week I think Word Press has been having issues. I know I haven’t been getting all my notices. Glad you got it resolved on your end:) Happy Friday.

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    1. Happy Friday to you, Denise.

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  25. “We are messed up worldwide and there is nothing you can do. Take a chill pill.”

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    1. A good one Billy Ray. 😊

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  26. Your haiku made me laugh out loud. Ain’t it the truth??? May all your systems be working well for the holidays, John.

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    1. Everything seems to be okay now. Thanks.

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  27. portmanguy · · Reply

    Pleased to hear the problem rectified itself, John. That must have been a concern. My WordPress site is hosted by Amazon now, and I am assured backed-up if anything goes wrong. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Sounds like a nice arrangement

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  28. It seems you rode away and it fixed itself! This year so many things are out of our control. I am a little late, but I like your new header. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Happy weekend.

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  29. Yes, says no one ever. Love it! I go to the reader and scroll down to where I last left off in reading blog posts. Then I read and scroll up as I do so. Am I the only one who reads posts this way?

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    1. Not sure if you are the only one. I don’t use the reader normally.

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      1. Do you go to each blogger’s site?

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      2. I get an e-mail notification on each new post then go to the site.

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      3. I guess I should look into how to set that up. Thanks John.

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      4. Go to the Reader. Click on Followed sites. Then click on Mange. You will see all the sites you follow. There is a little gear marked “settings to the right of each site. Click that and you will get a choice on how often you get notified. Also in your general settings under WP Admin you have to have the E-Mail comment section checked. Hope this helps.

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      5. Oooo, thank you John!

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  30. Your Johnku is hilarious, John!😅 It’s also true, though. Nothing frustrates me more than when my computer or a site I’m working with acts up.😤 You handled it very well. I’m glad the problem was resolved. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. You as well, Vashti.

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  31. I would have been in a panic, John. Forget Christmas – just fix my blog! Well, I’m glad that’s behind you. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. Wishing you the same.

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  32. So glad you didn’t have to resort to days of effort.

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    1. Me too. A lot of folks had the same problem. Twitter is the only app that says “It’s not you.” when things go wrong.

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      1. That would be a relief if they actually said.

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  33. WP has been doing some funny things to me ever since the big update that changed the editor. I left feedback and got the ol’ “we’re onto it” but so far all the issues I’ve been having haven’t been fixed. I feel your pain.

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    1. Always something. Thanks, Jessica

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  34. That’s so frustrating, John. A 502 error sounds ominous. I think it was smart to take a bike ride. Glad everhthing is working well now 🙂

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    1. It was Barbara. Okay now though. Thanks,

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  35. I hear you, John. Word Press can be very glitchy. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to reclick the ‘Follow’ button. Sigh.

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    1. Taht grey screen with a big WHOOPS was unnerving. Thanks, Mark.

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  36. I hate that word “Whoops”. I don’t know who thought that helped anyone. 😦 — Suzanne

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    1. I know what you mean. Thanks, Suzanne. 😂

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