Twitter as Emergency Broadcasting Network?


When the Tsunami struck  SE Asia, killing huge numbers of people, I was struck by how poorly information flowed in that region.   Scientists viewing pacific ocean irregularities seemed to be alarmed, but I understand it generally takes up to “hours” for word to spread from those scientists to those affected by the bad news.

This delay seems totally unnecessary in all but the remotest locations on earth – certainly not including the beaches of Thailand or even most islands of Indonesia where at least a handful of people have internet access.

My proposal is that Twitter create an “Emergency Broadcast Network” to spread news of pending trouble both regionally and around the globe.    The system could be as simple as a simple informal network, but I think stronger would be a formal Twitter verification of thousands of credible people who are allowed to broadcast a tweet to everybody in an affected area.     This in turn will be retweeted rapidly, effectively creating a huge swell of targeted “emergency tweets”.

Obviously everybody affected is not on Twitter, but enough people will see this that those folks can then contact authorities and media to spread the word.    This is likely to work *faster* than the outmoded legacy systems such as radio and fax that plague even many “modern” police and media agencies.

Perhaps to enhance the credibility of the network Twitter could very formally assign several thousand volunteers – who collectively can easily be on call 24/7,   the ability to review  “Emergency Tweets” for authenticity, though this could create delays so I think the first experiments would be to assume those authorized would use the power responsibly.

Why not?

Update – addressing some of the concerns expressed:

Reach (number of people you can instantly inform).   This is generally very high in most areas where Twitter use is exploding, though I’m not up on global stats.   Still, all you really need are a few volunteers per region to monitor the emergency tweets and spread the word to police, etc.

Cost: Zero.  Not an issue.  Volunteer base is millions, so the benefits include abundant free help vs high costs of staffing at communications centers.

No Computers / No Wifi  in some areas:   Twitter is a mobile application and works with phones as well as computers.    Mobile access is exploding and fairly ubiquitous.    Obviously this won’t work in areas with no connectivity whatsoever, but this factor diminishes daily.

CES 2011 Party List … Begins!


CES 2011 Party UPDATES HERE

 

 

CES Party List for Technology Report’s
***   CES 2011 Coverage ***

IMPORTANT:   Almost all the parties at CES are “Invitation Only” and the procedure varies from party to party.    Bloggers and Press folks can often score invitations by contacting the party sponsors, but don’t just show up and expect to get in.

Some of the best parties are announced at the last minute or somewhat secretly to those attending press conferences or other sponsor events.    Those probably won’t make it to any of the party lists.

CES Parties on Tuesday Jan 4th

5 – 8pm CES Unveiled at the Venetian Ballroom

7 – 10 pm Start-Up Debut at the House of Blues Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay Casino.   For Registered Media   startupdebut@gmail.com.


CES Parties on Wednesday January 5

7 – 10pm Pepcom Digital Experience! Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

7:30pm  Audi at the Palms  Ghost Bar

7:30  – 11 p.m GigaByte Room Marco Polo 707, Venetian Hotel

CES Parties on Thursday January 6

6 – 8pm   NPD Reception – Bellagio (Client Invitation Only)

6 – 10pm  Showstoppers – Wynn, Lafitte Ballroom (Invite only)

7 – 9pm   Wired Party

7 – 10pm:   Mashable Awards – New York, New York Hotel and Cirque du Soleil Zumanity
(Open to all, tickets $32 and up)

Friday January 7, 2011

4 – 7pm   Official 2011 CES Tweet Up.  Las Vegas Hilton  Space Quest Lounge

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM:  FashionWare Show/KAPi Awards – Fashion Show Mall (Invite Only)

5:30 – 8:30 pm It Won’t Stay in Vegas Blogger Party – Atomic Museum, 755 E. Flamingo.

6:30  – 9:30 pm NetShelter CES Mixer – LAVO Nightclub at The Palazzo.
Register here

CES Parties on Saturday, January 8

5 p.m – midnight Xtremesystems Party – Pole Position Raceway, 4175 S. Arville Road.

Sources for this list include Party Sponsor Contacts + CESPartyList.com Karen Thomas PR Party List.   BE SURE to confirm your invitations as many parties won’t allow people to “drop in” without an invitation.  Yep, that includes you!

Oregon Coast … Mobile


Good time to review a few projects I’m associated with or working on now, and thank folks (esp. FoolsGold) for the many excellent suggestions provided over the years to improve the websites.

Over at the Online Highways empire we’re working on a mobile application for travel along the Oregon Coast that will be located at OHWY.mobi  and will feature a very simple mobile optimized architecture that branches out to Coastal Cites, Coastal Lodging, Coastal Attractions, and more.     I’m still not convinced that .mobi websites will take off as much as many believe they will because I think smartphones will get better fast and we’ll see a lot more optimization on the fly for regular websites, but it’s a good base to cover.     I’ll be trying out the dot mobi “mobi translation” routine soon which will allow me to create some .mobi sites from my Airports and Airlines information at QuickAid.com Airport Directory and and the Airport City Codes site.

Meanwhile, after failing for a very long time to find a good and inexpensive Drupal developer to finish  Retire USA, a Retirement Information Database, website, blog, and  more including the most followed Retirement related account on Twitter. I’m taking it on myself as an HTML project.    I’ll be extracting the Drupal data to a regular database we can enhance over time, and then use HTML templates and a merge routine to get a site that will look a lot like the Drupal site we had planned.     I could be wrong but I think I’ll have a simpler and faster site with almost the same functionality as Drupal.

MedicalTraveling.net is another new blog that will have a database of high quality hospitals around the world that do procedures, operations, exams, etc for lower costs than here in the great old USA.      Medical Travel and Medical Tourism articles and news will also be featured.

But wait…… there’s MORE!

Global Warming Effects


Many poo poo the idea that we are likely to adapt fairly easily to global warming changes because they are so tiny and take place over such a long period.     However I have seen very few well reasoned discussions of this topic – most true believers simply dismiss it out of hand and most global warming skeptics can’t even see the obvious warming trends.

At first glance it would seem we really don’t have much to worry about.   The earth has warmed less than a degree in the last 100 years, and even if that rate accelerates we are talking about tiny fractions of a degree every year.   Every day we and other animals adapt easily to temperature changes of 30 degrees and more.     Of course this type of daily change is not the same as gradual long term change, but it’s not clear to me why we can expect all hell to break loose as a result of very gradual temperature increases of fractions of degrees.

Here’s a good starting point for what I hope will eventually be a case by case examination of the negative potential consequences of warming.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_global_warming

DMOs on Twitter


Here’s a list of Destination Marketing Organizations I found at GoSeeTell.com.   I alphabetized them and converted to hyperlinks to make a really useful tool if you need to contact an area regarding travel.      DMOs are usually the most authoritative tourism resources for USA regions though the term can refer to many different types of organizations from State groups to regional promotion groups to local Chambers of Commerce to  “CVBs” or “VCBs” – Convention and Visitor Bureau or Visitor and Convention Bureau, respectively.

However in the tourism industry the key players are generally referred to as “DMOs” because they are the groups most actively engaged in handling tourism information requests.

 

http://twitter.com/AbileneCVB

http://twitter.com/advntureplusfun

http://twitter.com/alabamabeaches

http://twitter.com/AllSpartanburg

http://twitter.com/AlpharettaCVB

http://twitter.com/ALtourist

http://twitter.com/AmishCountry

http://twitter.com/amishcountryCVB

http://twitter.com/AmNorthCoast

http://twitter.com/Anaheim_OC

http://twitter.com/AnnArborAreaCVB

http://twitter.com/ApalachicolaFL

http://twitter.com/ArizonaTourism

http://twitter.com/artourism

http://twitter.com/AshevilleCVB

http://twitter.com/ashevilletravel

http://twitter.com/AspenChamber

http://twitter.com/BaltimoreMD

http://twitter.com/Banff_Squirrel

http://twitter.com/BattleCreekCVB

http://twitter.com/BayCityMichigan

http://twitter.com/BeaumontCVB

http://twitter.com/BentonvilleCVB

http://twitter.com/BenzieCounty

http://twitter.com/Big_Lex_KY

http://twitter.com/BigWildLife

http://twitter.com/BoiseCVB

http://twitter.com/boomtowndays

http://twitter.com/brandingmontana

http://twitter.com/bridgeportwv

http://twitter.com/BristolTourism

http://twitter.com/BuffaloNiagara

http://twitter.com/BurlingtonTour

http://twitter.com/butlercountypa

http://twitter.com/butlercountyvb

http://twitter.com/ButteCo

http://twitter.com/Calistoga

http://twitter.com/CantonStarkCVB

http://twitter.com/CarthageCVB

http://twitter.com/CATourism

http://twitter.com/CedarFalls

http://twitter.com/CedarRapidsCVB

http://twitter.com/centralillinois

http://twitter.com/chattanoogafun

http://twitter.com/CheyenneWY

http://twitter.com/chgiflorida

http://twitter.com/chicagonorthsub

http://twitter.com/ChicagoNShore

http://twitter.com/chicagonw

http://twitter.com/ChooseChicago

http://twitter.com/CincyUSACVB

http://twitter.com/CityofSantaFe

http://twitter.com/ClareCountyCVB

http://twitter.com/Clarksville_CVB

http://twitter.com/ClarksvilleCVB

http://twitter.com/Cntryside_IL

http://twitter.com/Colorado

http://twitter.com/columbiacntyga

http://twitter.com/ColumbiaMOCVB

http://twitter.com/ColumbiaSC

http://twitter.com/columbuscvb

http://twitter.com/corinthcvb

http://twitter.com/CorvallisScene

http://twitter.com/coshocton

http://twitter.com/CSCVB

http://twitter.com/ctccct

http://twitter.com/Cumberland_PA

http://twitter.com/cvbhiltonhead

http://twitter.com/DeKalbTourism

http://twitter.com/DelawareCapital

http://twitter.com/Derita

http://twitter.com/DestinChamber

http://twitter.com/DestSalem

http://twitter.com/DestWorcester

http://twitter.com/discover_la

http://twitter.com/DiscoverDupage

http://twitter.com/DiscoverMonroe

http://twitter.com/discvrLynchburg

http://twitter.com/DownersGrovest

http://twitter.com/DublinCVB

http://twitter.com/DuboisCounty

http://twitter.com/DurhamNC

http://twitter.com/dutchesstourism

http://twitter.com/EaganMinnesota

http://twitter.com/ecacvb

http://twitter.com/enjoyillinois

http://twitter.com/enjoyknoxville

http://twitter.com/ERCVB

http://twitter.com/ExpCols

http://twitter.com/experiencewa

http://twitter.com/explorechicago

http://twitter.com/ExploreCHS

http://twitter.com/ExploreMcDuffie

http://twitter.com/FACVB

http://twitter.com/fargomoorhead

http://twitter.com/FCVB

http://twitter.com/FCVCB

http://twitter.com/fife_washington

http://twitter.com/Flagstaff_CVB

http://twitter.com/flaspacecoast

http://twitter.com/fleethecleve

http://twitter.com/FlintCVBTourism

http://twitter.com/FortMadisonCVB

http://twitter.com/FortSmithCVB

http://twitter.com/foxcitiescvb

http://twitter.com/FunLakeMO

http://twitter.com/GalvestonIsland

http://twitter.com/garrettchamber

http://twitter.com/GBCVB

http://twitter.com/GbrValleyWV

http://twitter.com/GenevaIL

http://twitter.com/GeorgiaTourism

http://twitter.com/GettysburgNews

http://twitter.com/GoCentralJersey

http://twitter.com/GoLakeHavasu

http://twitter.com/golancasterpa

http://twitter.com/GoldBeachOregon

http://twitter.com/gopalmsprings

http://twitter.com/gorockford

http://twitter.com/gostowe

http://twitter.com/gotolouisville

http://twitter.com/GoWhistler

http://twitter.com/GoWichita

http://twitter.com/GrandIslandCVB

http://twitter.com/GrandRapidsCVB

http://twitter.com/grapevinegurl

http://twitter.com/GreaterLansing

http://twitter.com/GreatTowns

http://twitter.com/GreenBayVisit

http://twitter.com/Greenville_SC

http://twitter.com/GTCVB

http://twitter.com/HarborCountry

http://twitter.com/HardinCountyTN

http://twitter.com/HartfordCVB

http://twitter.com/HeritageCVB

http://twitter.com/HHRVB

http://twitter.com/HighPointCVB

http://twitter.com/Hillsborough

http://twitter.com/hiltonheadsc

http://twitter.com/historicsal

http://twitter.com/HoCoTourism

http://twitter.com/HollandAreaCVB

http://twitter.com/HollywoodFL

http://twitter.com/HotSpringsCVB

http://twitter.com/HudValleyTravel

http://twitter.com/I_LOVE_NY

http://twitter.com/iknowdenver

http://twitter.com/ILMICanal

http://twitter.com/ILoveSGFMo

http://twitter.com/imtourism

http://twitter.com/indian_wells

http://twitter.com/indianadunes

http://twitter.com/inMtHood

http://twitter.com/insidealaska

http://twitter.com/InsideSonoma

http://twitter.com/IowaTourism

http://twitter.com/IronRangeMN

http://twitter.com/IrvingCVB

http://twitter.com/Janesvillecvb

http://twitter.com/JoCoTourism

http://twitter.com/JustAddBourbon

http://twitter.com/KentuckyTourism

http://twitter.com/kerrvilletx

http://twitter.com/kingsportcvb

http://twitter.com/lachamber

http://twitter.com/LafayetteTravel

http://twitter.com/Lauderdale

http://twitter.com/LauderdaleChic

http://twitter.com/laughlinevents

http://twitter.com/laurelhighlands

http://twitter.com/lehighvalleypa

http://twitter.com/Lenawee_Fun

http://twitter.com/LESIWC

http://twitter.com/LewisCoCVB

http://twitter.com/LickingCountyOH

http://twitter.com/Lislecvb

http://twitter.com/louisianatravel

http://twitter.com/Ludington_Area

http://twitter.com/MacombAreaCVB

http://twitter.com/madtour

http://twitter.com/mainetourism

http://twitter.com/MantecaCVB

http://twitter.com/MarinaDelRey_CA

http://twitter.com/MarinCVB

http://twitter.com/McPhersonCVB

http://twitter.com/MecostaCounty

http://twitter.com/MeetMinneapolis

http://twitter.com/MemphisCVB

http://twitter.com/MercerWV

http://twitter.com/MerriamCVB

http://twitter.com/MiamiandBeaches

http://twitter.com/miamioktourism

http://twitter.com/midlandcvb

http://twitter.com/MitchellCVB

http://twitter.com/MLCVB

http://twitter.com/ModestoCVB

http://twitter.com/montgomerycvb

http://twitter.com/MtPleasantCVB

http://twitter.com/MuskegonCVB

http://twitter.com/mylakelanier

http://twitter.com/MyMyrtleBeach

http://twitter.com/MyVancouver

http://twitter.com/NebraskaTourism

http://twitter.com/NewportBeach

http://twitter.com/NewportRICVB

http://twitter.com/NMtourism

http://twitter.com/NorfolkCVB

http://twitter.com/Norris_Lake

http://twitter.com/nycgo

http://twitter.com/OahuVB

http://twitter.com/OakRidgeCVB

http://twitter.com/OklahomaTourism

http://twitter.com/OldOregon

http://twitter.com/OlyPenVisBureau

http://twitter.com/onlyinsf

http://twitter.com/oregonwinetrav

http://twitter.com/oshkoshcvb

http://twitter.com/PadreDude

http://twitter.com/paducahcvb

http://twitter.com/PalmBeachCVB

http://twitter.com/PalmSpringsCA

http://twitter.com/paradisecoast

http://twitter.com/PCBeach

http://twitter.com/PeacefulSmokies

http://twitter.com/PellaCVB

http://twitter.com/PhiladelphiaCVB

http://twitter.com/PittsboroCVB

http://twitter.com/PlumasCounty

http://twitter.com/PoconoTourism

http://twitter.com/PositivelyCleve

http://twitter.com/PossibilityCity

http://twitter.com/prescotttourism

http://twitter.com/ProvidenceRI

http://twitter.com/PTCTourism

http://twitter.com/PulaskiCountyVC

http://twitter.com/PureMichigan

http://twitter.com/RandolphCoCVB

http://twitter.com/readingberkspa

http://twitter.com/renotahoe

http://twitter.com/RogersCVB

http://twitter.com/RoomForDreams

http://twitter.com/RoswellCVB

http://twitter.com/SacramentoCVB

http://twitter.com/SantaBarbara_CA

http://twitter.com/SantaClaraCA

http://twitter.com/santaclarita

http://twitter.com/SantaRosaCVB

http://twitter.com/SarasotaCVB

http://twitter.com/Saugatuck

http://twitter.com/ScottsdaleAZ

http://twitter.com/SeattleMaven

http://twitter.com/SedonaAZ

http://twitter.com/See_Albuquerque

http://twitter.com/SeeMonterey

http://twitter.com/SeeRockCity

http://twitter.com/SevierFun

http://twitter.com/Sevierville

http://twitter.com/ShakopeeMN

http://twitter.com/ShastaCascade

http://twitter.com/SlipAwayToday

http://twitter.com/SolvangUSA

http://twitter.com/southernoregon

http://twitter.com/SouthHaven_CVB

http://twitter.com/SouthShoreTahoe

http://twitter.com/SpencerCtyVB

http://twitter.com/SportsCapital

http://twitter.com/SpringfieldCVB

http://twitter.com/Staunton

http://twitter.com/StCharlesIL

http://twitter.com/Stockton_CA

http://twitter.com/sunnycentralfl

http://twitter.com/SunValleyNordic

http://twitter.com/SusqRiverValley

http://twitter.com/SyracuseNY

http://twitter.com/TahoeNorth

http://twitter.com/ThePeoplesCoast

http://twitter.com/ThunderITValley

http://twitter.com/TNVacation

http://twitter.com/tourfrederickmd

http://twitter.com/tourhendersonky

http://twitter.com/Tourism_Newquay

http://twitter.com/TOURISMNANAIMO

http://twitter.com/TourismSquamish

http://twitter.com/TourismVI

http://twitter.com/Travel_Iowa

http://twitter.com/TravelAlberta

http://twitter.com/travelcoosbay

http://twitter.com/TravelCostaMesa

http://twitter.com/TravelKS

http://twitter.com/TravelLaneCo

http://twitter.com/TravelMd

http://twitter.com/travelnevada

http://twitter.com/TravelOregon

http://twitter.com/TravelPaso

http://twitter.com/TravelPortland

http://twitter.com/TravelRedding

http://twitter.com/TravelSalem

http://twitter.com/TravelTacoma

http://twitter.com/TravelUtah

http://twitter.com/TravelWisconsin

http://twitter.com/TucsonCVB

http://twitter.com/TunicaMS

http://twitter.com/TuscarawasCoCVB

http://twitter.com/UpstatePA

http://twitter.com/UPTravel

http://twitter.com/UtahStateParks

http://twitter.com/uwishunu

http://twitter.com/VaBeachCVB

http://twitter.com/Vacaville_CVB

http://twitter.com/Vegas

http://twitter.com/VermontTourism

http://twitter.com/victoriavisitor

http://twitter.com/Visit_Jax

http://twitter.com/Visit_Madison

http://twitter.com/visit_sanjose

http://twitter.com/visit_SMC_SV

http://twitter.com/Visit_Vermont

http://twitter.com/Visit_Wash_PA

http://twitter.com/Visit_Wausau

http://twitter.com/VisitAberdeenSD

http://twitter.com/VisitAdks

http://twitter.com/VisitAlton

http://twitter.com/VisitAnnapolis

http://twitter.com/VisitAthensGA

http://twitter.com/visitatlantaga

http://twitter.com/VisitAustinTX

http://twitter.com/visitbaker

http://twitter.com/VisitBatesville

http://twitter.com/visitbatonrouge

http://twitter.com/visitbemidji

http://twitter.com/VisitBooneNC

http://twitter.com/VisitBtown

http://twitter.com/visitbuckspa

http://twitter.com/visitbville

http://twitter.com/visitcabarrus

http://twitter.com/visitcapefearnc

http://twitter.com/VisitCarsonCity

http://twitter.com/VisitCCTexas

http://twitter.com/VisitChicago

http://twitter.com/VisitCobbCo

http://twitter.com/VisitConroe

http://twitter.com/VisitCorvallis

http://twitter.com/VisitCOS

http://twitter.com/VisitDetroit

http://twitter.com/VisitEffingham

http://twitter.com/visiteldoradoks

http://twitter.com/VisitFairfax

http://twitter.com/visitfingerlake

http://twitter.com/Visitflagler

http://twitter.com/VisitFlagstaff

http://twitter.com/VisitFlatRock

http://twitter.com/visitflorida

http://twitter.com/VisitFranklin

http://twitter.com/VisitFtCollins

http://twitter.com/VisitGahanna

http://twitter.com/VisitGalena

http://twitter.com/VisitHastingsNE

http://twitter.com/VisitHoustonTX

http://twitter.com/VisitIdaho

http://twitter.com/VisitIndiana

http://twitter.com/visitIndy

http://twitter.com/VisitJacksonMI

http://twitter.com/VisitJohnston

http://twitter.com/VisitJuneau

http://twitter.com/visitkc

http://twitter.com/VisitKissimmee

http://twitter.com/visitlaguna

http://twitter.com/VisitLakeCounty

http://twitter.com/VisitLauderdale

http://twitter.com/visitlawrence

http://twitter.com/visitlodi

http://twitter.com/VisitLongBeach

http://twitter.com/VisitLongviewTx

http://twitter.com/VisitLorainCnty

http://twitter.com/VisitLoudoun

http://twitter.com/visitmaine

http://twitter.com/VisitMcKinney

http://twitter.com/VisitMesa

http://twitter.com/visitmilwaukee

http://twitter.com/VisitMissouri

http://twitter.com/visitmontana

http://twitter.com/visitmontrose

http://twitter.com/visitms

http://twitter.com/visitmtrainier

http://twitter.com/VisitMtShasta

http://twitter.com/visitmusiccity

http://twitter.com/VisitNac

http://twitter.com/VisitNantucket

http://twitter.com/VisitNatchez

http://twitter.com/VisitNC

http://twitter.com/visitnewhaven

http://twitter.com/VisitNewOrleans

http://twitter.com/VisitNH

http://twitter.com/VisitNorman

http://twitter.com/VisitNorthernIL

http://twitter.com/VisitOakPark

http://twitter.com/VisitOceanside

http://twitter.com/VisitOKC

http://twitter.com/VisitOmaha

http://twitter.com/visitorlando

http://twitter.com/visitPA

http://twitter.com/VisitPalmDesert

http://twitter.com/visitparkcity

http://twitter.com/VisitParksville

http://twitter.com/VisitPasadenaCA

http://twitter.com/VisitPensacola

http://twitter.com/VisitPeoria

http://twitter.com/visitphilly

http://twitter.com/visitphoenix

http://twitter.com/visitplano

http://twitter.com/VisitPontiacIL

http://twitter.com/VisitPowhatan

http://twitter.com/VisitPWC

http://twitter.com/VisitQualicum

http://twitter.com/VisitRichmond

http://twitter.com/visitridgeland

http://twitter.com/VisitSanAntonio

http://twitter.com/visitsandiego

http://twitter.com/VisitSarasota

http://twitter.com/VisitSavannah

http://twitter.com/VisitSDNorth

http://twitter.com/VisitSiouxFalls

http://twitter.com/visitSJIslands

http://twitter.com/VisitSouthDel

http://twitter.com/VisitSpokane

http://twitter.com/VisitStuartFL

http://twitter.com/visitsunvalley

http://twitter.com/VisitTampaBay

http://twitter.com/VisitTelluride

http://twitter.com/Visittrivalley

http://twitter.com/VisitTupelo

http://twitter.com/VisitTuscaloosa

http://twitter.com/VisitVallejo

http://twitter.com/VisitVF

http://twitter.com/VisitVirginia

http://twitter.com/visitwv

http://twitter.com/VSPC

http://twitter.com/vstpgh

http://twitter.com/WacoTexasCVB

http://twitter.com/WarrenCountyOH

http://twitter.com/washingtondc

http://twitter.com/WCVA

http://twitter.com/WelcomeToEden

http://twitter.com/westhollywood

http://twitter.com/westmichtourist

http://twitter.com/whatcomcounty

http://twitter.com/WicklowTourism

http://twitter.com/WilkesNCtourism

http://twitter.com/WilliamsportPA

http://twitter.com/WillmarLakes

http://twitter.com/wisdells

http://twitter.com/WoodwardTCB

http://twitter.com/wyomingtourism

http://twitter.com/yakimavalley

http://twitter.com/Ypsilanti

Database Connection Strings


I wanted to post this to help others who have run into trouble with the message along the lines of “Cannot Establish Database Connection”.   This can happen for several reasons but usually the fix is fairly easy – you just need to modify a single file in your WordPress or Drupal or other file system according to the instructions below using FTP access.

If you move servers or rename the database or change your password you’ll want to go in and carefully put in the new database name or password.

If you’ve forgotten either of those, you may need to dig in to your control panel to find them.    Ask your web host how to do that part as it depends on many things, but the part below is usually simple and done via FTP to your server.

Source:  Godaddy

Connection strings for website databases:

NOTE:You will have to obtain these files referenced below by FTPing into your hosting account and into the application’s directories. For more information on this, see your application’s manufacturer’s Web site.

WordPress

Edit the wp-config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘youroldhostname’);

Joomla

Edit the configuration.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

var $host = ‘youroldhostname’;

Simple Machine Forum

Edit the Settings.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$db_server = ‘youroldhostname’;

DotNetNuke

Edit the web.config file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

connectionString=”Server=youroldhostname;Database=DBName;uid=DBUser;pwd=DBPass;”

Drupal

Edit the sites/default/settings.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$db_url = ‘mysqli://DBUser:DBPassword@youroldhostname/DBName’;

Zen Cart

Edit the includes/configure.php and admin/includes/configure.php files. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘DB_SERVER’, ‘youroldhostname’);

Gallery

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$storeConfig[‘hostname’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

Coppermine

Edit the include/config.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$CONFIG[‘dbserver’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

OSCommerce

Edit the includes/configure.php and admin/includes/configure.php files. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘DB_SERVER’, ‘youroldhostname’);

PhpBB

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$dbhost = ‘youroldhostname’;

Vanilla Forum

Edit the conf/database.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$Configuration[‘DATABASE_HOST’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

paFileDB

Edit the includes/config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$dbServer = “youroldhostname”;

Noah’s Classifieds

Edit the app/config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$hostName=”youroldhostname”;

OpenX

Edit the var/yoursitename.com.conf.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

host=”youroldhostname”

BlogEngine.NET

Edit the web.config file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

<add name=”BlogEngine” connectionString=”Data Source=youroldhostname;User ID=DBUser;Password=DBPassword;persist security info=False;initial catalog=DBName;” providerName=”System.Data.SqlClient”/>

Geeklog

Edit the db-config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$_DB_host = ‘youroldhostname’;

Lifetype

Edit the config/config.properties.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$config[‘db_host’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

reBlog

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘REF_DB_HOST’, “youroldhostname”);

Serendipity

Edit the serendipity_config_local.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$serendipity[‘dbHost’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

Mantis

Edit the config_inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$g_hostname = “youroldhostname”;

MediaWiki

Edit the LocalSettings.php and config/LocalSettings.php files. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server. $wgDBserver = “youroldhostname”;

WebCalendar

Edit the includes/settings.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

db_host: youroldhostname

anyInventory

Edit the globals.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$db_host = “youroldhostname”;

Mambo

Edit the configuration.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$mosConfig_host = ‘youroldhostname’;Community Server

Edit the connectionStrings.config file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

<add name=”SiteSqlServer” connectionString=”server=youroldservername;uid=DBUser;pwd=’DBPassword’;database=DBName”/>

MODx

Edit the includes/config.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$database_server = ‘youroldhostname’;

Moodle

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$CFG->dbhost = ‘youroldhostname’;

Nucleus

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$MYSQL_HOST = ‘youroldhostname’;

PostNuke

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$pnconfig[‘dbhost’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

SilverStripe

Edit the tutorial/_config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

“server” => “youroldhostname”,

Xoops

Edit the mainfile.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define( ‘XOOPS_DB_HOST’, ‘youroldhostname’ );

Pinnacle Cart

Edit the content/engine/engine_config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘youroldhostname’);

BidWare

Edit the configuration/configure.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$bidwareTsohbD = ‘youroldhostname’;

Elgg

Edit the engine/settings.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$CONFIG->dbhost = ‘youroldhostname’;

4Images

Edit the config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$db_host = “youroldhostname”;

YetAnotherForum

Edit the yafnet.config file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

<connstr>user id=DBUser;pwd=DBPassword;data source=youroldhostname;initial catalog=DBName;timeout=90</connstr>Brim

Edit the framework/configuration/databaseConfiguration.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$host = ‘youroldhostname’;

dotProject

Edit the includes/config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$dPconfig[‘dbhost’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

OpenDB

Edit the include/local.config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

‘host’=>’youroldhostname’, //OpenDb database host

OrangeHRM

Edit the lib/confs/Conf.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$this->dbhost = ‘youroldhostname’;

phpCollab

Edit the includes/settings.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘MYSERVER’, ‘youroldhostname’);

PHProjekt

Edit the config.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘PHPR_DB_HOST’, ‘youroldhostname’);

Aardvark Topsites

Edit the settings_sql.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$CONF[‘sql_host’] = ‘youroldhostname’;

Advanced Guestbook

Edit the admin/config.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$GB_DB[“host”] = “youroldhostname”;

Advanced Poll

Edit the db/include/config.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$POLLDB[“host”] = “youroldhostname”;

PHCDownload

Edit the include/config.ini.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$config[‘db_server’] = “youroldservername”;

phpMyFAQ

Edit the inc/data.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$DB[“server”] = ‘youroldhostname’;

phpmyvisites

Edit the config/config.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

‘db_host’ => ‘youroldhostname’,

PHPOpenChat

Edit the config.inc.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

define(‘DATABASE_HOST’, ‘youroldhostname’);

MediaWiki

Edit the LocalSettings.php file. You will need to update the following line with the name of the new database server.

$wgDBserver = “‘youroldhostname'”;

 

Medical Traveling and other sites back up and on better server


Drama here at the mini web empire over the past few days.   I was critical of Godaddy for taking down several of my sites after an advertising traffic surge of about 9800 unique visits to the new medical tourism blog MedicalTraveling.net put a strain on the shared server.    After the blog post / tweet and intervention by CEO Bob Parsons my issues were very quickly resolved and now I’m on a much better server setup that should be able to better handle the high traffic I expect at that blog.

Still trying to figure out why it took Dr. Bob’s clout to resolve this.  The tech folks I talk with at Godaddy are usually very capable and attentive, yet two of them had insisted to me there was no way to expedite things after what they seemed to believe was a  “network violation” caused by the traffic surge to the new blog.   Uptime was particularly important to me on my new Medical Tourism blog because it’s being reviewed by Thai tourism as my entry in their Medical Tourism blogging contest where finalists will be flown to Thailand for an introduction to the country and to their very advanced medical tourism infrastructure.

So … we’ll see if there is a happy ending to another installment in the great lifetime blogging adventure, and I do want to thank Godaddy for coming through with a fast fix after the initial frustrations of having sites taken down.

Sites down – frustrating Godaddy experience [update – resolved !]


UPDATE:   Thanks to what looks like some personal attention from Bob Parsons, CEO of Godaddy [his comment is below] all my issues appear resolved now, sites are back up, and they are on a stronger server system that can take the extra traffic that appears to have caused the problem where my sites were shut off.

I want to thank Bob and his staff for the remarkable attention starting last night – I think after a tweet to him about this.

 

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Although I appreciate GoDaddy’s very low prices and generally good support they have really messed me up for the next few days.

My modest ad campaign to boost the traffic at my new Medical Traveling blog overloaded the (older style) server so they moved me to a new one to “diagnose the problem”, which means up to 72 hours of downtime depending on DNS propagation.     I assumed – wrongly – that a surge in traffic would not be a problem given their hype about load balancing and world class data centers, etc.    I think the Godaddy marketing is once again out of whack with what you are getting.       But I do take some responsibility here for naively thinking I’d have “world class hosting” at very low cost.    I also give their Tech team kudos for at least calling me up when this happened so I could start explaining to people why my sites are down.

As is often the case CEO Bob Parsons is busy dreaming up provocative commercials rather than innovating for his customers.   Simple fix for this would have been to FORWARD traffic to a temporarty website rather than move them without forwarding.     I think I can configure this myself but now it may interfere with getting the DNS worked out at the new location.    This should have been done as part of the migration process – it’s a no brainer and could have been automated.

Very frustrating Godaddy, and you may have cost me the trip to Thailand that was a reason I was working  on Medical Traveling blog in the first place.

As is often the case with narrow minded IT approaches they did not anticipate the very negative consequences when heavy traffic (a GOOD THING) crashes the website.   They  solved their  problem and left me hanging out to dry.

The Duck Doctrine … !


My friend Rob and my online pal Ellen asked me to clarify some of my earlier ideas about spending items and cultural sophistication vs weaponry.   Ellen called it the “Duck Doctrine”  (ha!).

Can anybody seriously believe we need to spend trillions to keep the US safe?  Of course we do not!

By cultural sophistication I mean that defense dep’t needs to know other nations much better, especially before and after we make them our enemy or start wars. In Iraq I understand there were a remarkably low number of arabic speaking analysts involved, and even if there had been Cheney and Bush would have proceeded to implement the Perl / Wolfowitz PNAC world viewhttp://www.newamericancentury.org/ I agree with some of the PNAC stuff but also feel traditional conservatives naively think that people left to their own devices will choose freedom and democracy over fighting. I don’t agree and think we are very much the products of evolutionary pressures that favored short term, fairly narrow thinking.

Lest I be confused with a Tea Party guy I thought I better respond fast.   I’m a real conservative thank you, not those fake ones who overspend on military and advocate for American theocracy.   I want the founders back in charge and that means  a Govt that governs best governs least, small military, entrepreneurial capitalism, and big personal freedom.   Neither Republicans nor Democrats advocate that approach and that failure continues to our great peril.

We foolishly squander defense spending building weapons and paying for too many soldiers when we should be approaching things more cleverly and strategically, cutting big weapons systems in favor of clever infrastructure campaigns (building schools and clinics) that are followed with marketing to show how nice we are.    Our military campaigns are generally “self fulfilling militarily” in that our approach is so aggressive and lacking in cultural know-how that the locals don’t have time to see we are the good guys. (and our guys are almost always the good guys even though many on the left don’t get that obvious point).     Our intentions are good, our execution is bad, our military expense account is WAY too large.

It’s $12,000 to build a school in Pakistan where it’s $ 20,000 for one JDAM “smart bomb”. … and by bomb standards JDAMS are incredibly cheap – the military has non-nukes that cost over 400,000 per bomb.     The point is that we should be much more proactive about building infrastructure and good will.    There’s a big perceived difference between building and bombing.    If the Taliban destroys the school the next month we’ve won a moral victory, but if we bomb and kill 10 bad guys and 1 good guy we’ve often lost moral ground in these regions.   This simple, negative equation is going on all the time and it’s why the USA has so much trouble extricating ourselves from international conflicts.

Is Defense waste the only spending issue?   Of course not.    We are a land of reckless entitlements.   Most getting social security do NOT need the money and did not contribute to the extent they are getting paid.    Politically it’s very hard to reign in spending – we foolishly reward our politicians for their spending sprees, forgetting that overspending in “our” state or district is magnified a hundredfold all over the nation.     Balanced budget is a no-brainer.   In fact it should be a declining budget.     Ben Franklin suggested that revolution might be called for if taxes went above 10%.     Franklin frugality is the kind of fiscal responsibility we need, and note that Franklin was a super progressive guy back in the day!

More about defense spending: http://joeduck.com/2007/12/03/make-ads-not-war/

Medical Travel and Tourism – the logo is … in!


Medical Tourism Blog

The rumors are true – Medical Travel and Tourism, my new blog about that very interesting industry, is now complete.     I’m always very happy with the great logos I get at   GotLogos.com.

The inspiration for finally getting a Medical Travel blog going came from Thailand’s travel / medical blog contest which is in the process of choosing twelve folks to go on a “fam tour” of the Thailand Medical Tourism industry.    I’m one of 68 entries and they are only picking 12 to go, so fingers remain crossed until the announcement on November 8th.     I’d miss Thanksgiving in favor of reporting on colonoscopies, plastic surgery, and great Thai Food and hospitality but hey, isn’t that what blogging is all about?     This would also give me a chance to add Thailand to the Online Highways country list.

The good news is that even if I don’t get to go I’m *still* going to get great food and travel adventures in Vietnam when we head over there for most of February, as well as build out a country website for Online Highways.