Blog Issues & Bad Nick

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 102011
 

Several readers have written to tell me that they have not been able to access my daily RV blog lately.The problem has me, Greg White, and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour mystified, because a lot of readers are still reading the blog with no problem, and none of us have experienced the issue. Terry and I can log onto it on four computers, plus on my iPad and my Droid; Greg can get to it just fine; and when I talked to Chris last night, she was at a friend’s house in New Jersey and used their computer to access the blog with no problem.

Most of the people who can’t get to the blog said the problem started right after we bought our new iMac computers, and a couple wanted to know if that had anything to do with it. I am still writing and posting the blog on the same Dell computer I have used all along, so that can’t be it. We are working on resolving the problem, as soon as we can figure out what the heck is causing it.

Yesterday, we finally had a relatively quiet day at home. I got some writing done, tweaked some things on the Ohio Rally schedule, and answered a load of e-mails. One was from a fellow who has a Class C motorhome with a gas engine, on a Ford chassis. He went to an RV shop in Kansas for an oil change and filter, and the bill came to $495. Nothing else was done except the oil and filter. He asked me if I thought he got shafted. No doubt about it, in my mind. In our 3/4 ton Ford van, an oil change usually ran about $35 – $45 dollars, and included a chassis lube. Even though it is an RV, it’s still a Ford van. Why should it cost over ten times as much? I wrote back and told him I would be in front of the service manager demanding an explanation and a refund. 

While I was doing that, Terry was busy fixing stuff. Our bathroom sink was not draining, and after trying to clear the clog without success, she took the pipes apart and discovered that the drain pipe after the P-trap was actually too long, so that it was almost touching the back of the straight down pipe it enters, restricting the water flow. Terry shortened it a couple of inches, put everything back together, and now it works fine. Hey, I’m married to Josephine the Plumber! (How many of you remember those old TV commercials?)

My buddy Greg has been fighting a cold the last few days, and still wasn’t feeling great, so in sympathy for him, I took a nice long nap yesterday afternoon. I must have been really tired, because normally I’m a light sleeper, but I guess I snored right through a pretty hard rainstorm that passed over the campground. The nap didn’t seem to work though, because Greg was still feeling yucky yesterday evening. I guess I’ll have to take another long nap today, and see if that helps him any. 🙂

Greg is a dedicated PC guy, and doesn’t like Mac computers at all. Somebody suggested that maybe he doesn’t have a cold, maybe he caught a virus from the Macs!

The more we use our new iMac computers, the more we like them. We ordered two gigs of extra memory for each computer, which will bring us up to eight gigs, and it arrived yesterday, so we’ll try to get that installed this weekend. It’s a pretty easy process -  you unscrew a cover on the bottom of the computer, and slip in the new memory, and you’re good to go. I’m sure Greg will be able to do it in just a few minutes.

It’s back to school time for us. When we bought the computers, we signed up for the One To One program, which allows us to go to an Apple store and get personalized training, and today we have two hour-long sessions back to back. I wonder if Miss Terry will let me carry her books for her? 🙂

With all of the company we’ve had lately, Bad Nick has been staying out of the way the last few days. He doesn’t play well with others. But he’s at it again, posting a new Bad Nick Blog titled One Down, 49 To Go. Check it out and leave a comment.

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  17 Responses to “Blog Issues & Bad Nick”

  1. Nick, I have noticed that your blog is sometimes slow to load into my browser (Firefox). Maybe some people’s browsers are set to time out before your blog has a chance to load. Just a thought.

  2. Nick, I am using Firefox 6.0.2 and am having the following experience:
    Your blog does not appear in Google Reader in IGoogle.
    The current day does not appear in my Blogger Dashboard until I select the previous day and then click on Nick’s Blog in the header area of the page.
    I do get the email version.

  3. Nick, I am using Firefox 6.0.2 and am having the following experience:
    Your blog does not appear in Google Reader in IGoogle.
    The current day does not appear in my Blogger Dashboard until I select the previous day and then click on Nick’s Blog in the header area of the page.
    I do get the email version.
    I do get bad nick okay

  4. I also use Google Reader and Firefox. I haven’t gotten your blog fro several days. I did it manually today to get here but it was iffy. It took several tries before it came up. By the way, the Bad Nick blog came up just fine!

  5. I also use Google Reader and Firefox. I haven’t gotten your blog for several days. I did it manually today to get here today but it was iffy and very slow. It took several tries before it came up. By the way, the Bad Nick blog came up just fine! I’m having a devil of a time getting this to post too.

  6. I use Chrome and have no problems with your blog. Maybe the Microsoft gods are angry with you for switching to Mac. 🙂

  7. I use and have had no problem getting you blog

  8. I also own an RV with the Ford engine. Every year we travel from Wi. to AZ. for the winter. That puts enough miles on it that I need to have the oil changed for our return trip. (I like to change every 4,000 mi.) So we change it in Yuma at the Valvoline oil change place. We often see other RV’s there. They lube the chassis and change the oil & filter for apprx. $45. So, you really don’t need to go to an RV dealer for the oil change. This person who paid $450 was definately ripped off and should go back to complain. Maybe he could get a refund and then never return there.

  9. I use Firefox 6.0.2 and have never had any problems opening your blog; in fact, it opens faster than most other pages. From the posts I have read it appears that the problem may be with Google Reader, which I have never used. I always enjoy reading your blog!

  10. I also use Google Reader and the RSS feed stopped working on 9/8.

    It appears that something has changed in the RSS feed setup.

    The old URL was https://gypsyjournalrv.com/category/nicksblog/feed/

    The new URL is https://gypsyjournalrv.com/feed/

    To make life more interesting, the entry for today does not show up in either feed, but if I use the URLs directly, both URLs work just fine. So the problem appears to be Google Reader and/or WordPress.

  11. I just tried it again. No problems! It even is showing up in Google Reader now. 🙂

  12. I use Firefox, and have had no problems. I do read another blog that was having similar problems. I don’t know if they ever fixed it, but the people who didn’t see the new blogs found that clearing their cache made the new ones appear. Might work as a temporary fix.

  13. This is the first time in several days I’ve been able to get into your blog.

    I guess what ever the problem was, has been fixed

  14. We also couldn’t access your site for 2 days. It would just click-click very fast over and over. Here you are today! Something must be fixed.
    Upriverdavid

  15. I use Firefox, but not Google Reader. I had a problem getting the page to load for a few days, but have had no problems the last two.

  16. I could not bring up your blog for three days, but today it is fine. Whatever was happening seems to be okay now.

  17. No problems at all these past few days getting your RSS feed on my Yahoo home page using Safari on my Mac.

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