Retire USA blogging team adds National Retirement Expert Debbie Grovum


We are really pleased to have Debbie Grovum join our amazing group of retirement bloggers over at Retire USA.
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DEBBIE GROVUM NAMED FEATURED
BLOGGER ON NATIONAL RETIREMENT WEBSITE
(SARASOTA, FL) National retirement expert and Sarasota resident Debbie Drinkard Grovum, a Board Certified Coach trained in life, career and retirement coaching and owner of Ageinista, is now a featured blogger for the national website,www.RetireUSA.net and its popular blog (http://retireusa.net/blog). Launched earlier this year, the fast-growing website and blog were created to serve the needs of 79 million baby-boomers researching retirement options and exploring ways to live a successful retirement lifestyle.
Ms. Grovum, a Faculty Counselor Emeritus with more than thirty years of experience, is owner of Ageinista, an innovative company that provides services and resources that promote a vibrant and productive second half of life. She has been trained by and is affiliated with the Purpose Project, a joint project of the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing and Richard Leider of the Inventure Group. A respected national, state, and local speak, Debbie conducts workshops and classes on topics related to vibrant aging, living and working with purpose, creating a beautiful life, thriving in transition and cancer survivorship. Debbie divides her time between Bemidji, MN and Sarasota, FL.
With more than 6,000 pages of retirement information and a growing team of nationally recognized bloggers, RetireUSA (www.RetireUSA.net ) is quickly becoming the go to site for retirement information. With 10,000 baby-boomers reaching retirement age daily, RetireUSA expects site traffic to reach over a million visitors by the end of its first year. It already has more Twitter followers than AARP.
“Because every retiree has their own ideas of what retirement means to them, we knew are blog would have to be wide ranging,” explains RetireUSA partner Karen Darling. “That’s why we decided to pattern our blog after Babble.com a successful site for parents that features numerous bloggers.”
Ms. Grovum is joining a national blogging team that already includes Dr. Robin Miller (Integrative Medicine), Dr. John Kalb (Winning at Aging), Andy Baxter (Senior Fitness), Julia Ruscitti (Insurance Solutions), Mei Wong and Brittany Weller (Care Options), Ellee Celler (Real Estate), Cherie Henry (Senior Housing Options), William Ferry (Photography & Travel) and Tom Smith (Travel).

Retirement Blogs


In addition to our own Retirement blog at Retire USA, here’s a list of some other retirement oriented blogs you can find online:

My Retirement Blog
http://www.myretirementblog.com/

Boomers Retirement
http://boomersretirement.blogspot.com/

Early Retirement Extreme
http://earlyretirementextreme.com/

Early Retirement Blog
http://earlyretirementblog.com/

GRACEful Retirement
http://gracefulretirement.blogspot.com/
Adventures in Retirement
http://myretirementadventures.blogspot.com/

Retirement: A Full Time Job
http://retiredsyd.typepad.com/

Mature Not Senile
http://jude8753.com/

JR’s Retirement
http://jrsretirement.blogspot.com/

Early Retirement the Middle Way
http://earlyretirementmiddleway.blogspot.com/

A Satisfying Retirement Lifestyle
http://satisfyingretirement.blogspot.com/

Retired texas teacher blog
http://www.myretiredteacherblog.blogspot.com/

Retired In Thailand and Loving It
http://malcolmandciejay.blogspot.com/

Joyfully Retired
http://joyfullyretired.com/

Retired and Crazy
http://www.retiredandcrazy.com/

The Retirement Chronicles
http://myretirementchronicles.blogspot.com/

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.

Feeling Good vs Doing Good


It seems these days I’m often pissing off friends and family for suggesting something that, frankly, is pretty obvious.     Most of what passes as “doing good” these days are activities that make the feel-gooders feel good about themselves, their community, and life in general (that’s fine of course), but don’t do much to make the world a better place.    It’s fine to engage in things that you enjoy that do not contribute to the greater good, but it is very important to recognize the difference, and not to conflate feel-good stuff with actual do-good stuff.

Real good comes in many forms, and thank goodness their are a LOT of people doing real good all around us.  Friends and neighbors working and volunteering in health care, teaching, law enforcement, and hundreds of other public service jobs,  NGOs  building schools all over,  Church groups teaching, etc, etc.    Many of the folks doing that stuff are heroic, braving all kinds of bad conditions to bring health care, education, food, and good will to those who need it most.

But without even pointing out those obvious ‘feel good’ activities I’m going to hope we make better progress than we seem to be *re-defining* what it means to “do good”.

Those of us in the middle and up classes here in the USA enjoy historically unprecedented standards of living, and even those on welfare here in the USA live well by any reasonable global standards.    Bringing this higher *standard of living* to the small numbers in the US and the huge numbers in other countries who do not benefit from our system is the greatest moral challenge of our time, yet I can’t help but think that the many “feel gooders” (and even worse – the political spenders on both sides of the political aisle) are distracting us and redirecting resources very inefficiently to projects that will have little significant positive impact.

As always, hoping folks chime in with their views about this, and for what it’s worse I’d agree that blogging is probably NOT an example of doing much if any good!     Maybe I’m my own best example of the problem?

Got Travel? Travel Blogs and Travel Bloggers, Unite!


For some time  (100,000 years  in internet dog years), I’ve wanted to collect *all* the travel blogs in one spot and organize them by destination.    That’s not happening … yet …  but I’m very happy to see so many great folks online blogging travel now as well as many  lists of bloggers popping up.

An interesting issue in finding the holy grail of travel information is whether people would rather hear from *travelers* or from *locals*.      I used to lean to the former – ie I wanted to hear from other folks who had visited a place to get the best information, but it’s become clear to me now that the best source for travel information are well informed local folks – ideally those who are in the travel industry and therefore familiar with a lot of attractions, hotels, restaurants, history, customs, etc.     An example for Oregon is … me.

I worked in the travel industry for many years and I know a *lot* about Oregon, especially Southern Oregon.    Unfortunately there are not very many people blogging “local travel” from a local perspective.  Ironically pretty much all the travel writing blog folks  (including me) are so busy talking about their own trips out and about, they are not writing much about their local places – the kind of information that would be simply wonderful if you were to visit a place.

So … my challenge to travel bloggers is to write a few posts about things to see and do in your own neck of the woods.   Let me know if you do and I’ll be happy to feature it prominently at our heavy traffic site  “Travel and History”.  Please include a bit of history in the travelogue if you can.

Here are some from some cool traveling folks:

Blogs/ Travelers list from Traveling Teri:

  1. 1step2theleft
  2. 20sTravel
  3. 501 Places
  4. Abigail King
  5. Adventure Girl
  6. Adventure Living
  7. Agent Cikay
  8. Alex Berger
  9. Almost Fearless
  10. Andi Perullo
  11. Andrew G. Hayes
  12. Andy Murdock
  13. Around the World “L”
  14. As We Travel
  15. Aussie Nomad
  16. Bairds Travel
  17. Beth Arnold
  18. Bike Raft
  19. Boots n All
  20. Border Jumpers
  21. Brendan von Son
  22. Brian Swan
  23. Brooke Schoenman
  24. Budget Travel Sacramento
  25. Cailin O’Neil
  26. Cal Bosch
  27. Candice Walsh
  28. Cara Lopez Lee
  29. CC Burns
  30. CG Travels
  31. Christine Amorose
  32. Couch Surfing Ori
  33. Dave’s Travel Corner
  34. David Lytle (davitydave)
  35. Diana Ellefson
  36. Docudramaqueen
  37. Don Nadeau
  38. Donna L. Hull
  39. Drifting Focus
  40. Dustin Main
  41. Earth Explorer
  42. Eat Live Travel Write
  43. Elite Travel Gal
  44. ELoren
  45. Erica Kuschel
  46. Everywhere Trip
  47. Fodor’s Travel Guides
  48. Fox Nomad
  49. Gadling
  50. Gerard Ward
  51. Girls Getaway
  52. GloboTreks
  53. Got Passport
  54. Got Saga Latino
  55. Got Saga
  56. Grumpy Traveller
  57. Happy Go Lucky
  58. Harriett Baskas
  59. Holiday Greece
  60. I Live to Travel
  61. Isabelle’s Travel Guide
  62. Janelle Norman
  63. Jason’sTravels
  64. Jeff Titelius
  65. JoAnna Haugen
  66. Jason’sTravels
  67. Joe Hunkins
  68. Johnny Vagabond
  69. Journeywoman
  70. Kevin May
  71. Kim Mance
  72. LandLopers
  73. Larry Blanken
  74. Legal Nomads
  75. LJ Rose Expeditions
  76. Lonely Planet
  77. Malaysia-Asia
  78. Margaret Kinney
  79. Monica Wong
  80. My Journey of a Lifetime
  81. My Melange
  82. National Geographic
  83. Neverending Voyage
  84. New York Times Travel
  85. Nomadic Chick
  86. Nomadic Matt
  87. Ottsworld
  88. ParisBuff
  89. PatriciaVance, GotSaga
  90. Pauline Frommer’s Travel
  91. Perrin Post
  92. Peter Greenberg
  93. Richard Escobar
  94. Rick Steves
  95. RTWDave
  96. Runaway Juno
  97. Sam Daams
  98. SaraKateTravel
  99. Secured Traveler
  100. Serendipity Traveler
  101. Shawnosaurus
  102. Smart Women Travelers
  103. Solo Friendly
  104. Solo Traveler
  105. Sosauce
  106. Soultravelers3
  107. Spencer Spellman
  108. Spunky Girl Monologues
  109. Stay Adventurous
  110. Stay Bank
  111. Sumit Gupta
  112. Susan Farlow
  113. Suzy Guese
  114. Technomadia
  115. Thank God I Surf
  116. The Jungle Princess
  117. The Longest Way Home
  118. The Mad Traveler Online
  119. The Planetd
  120. The Roaming Boomers
  121. The Tashinga Initiative
  122. The Travel Tart
  123. The Travel Tweeter
  124. The Trip Chicks
  125. Tiffany Travels
  126. Timesonline Travel
  127. Travel Answerman
  128. Travel Blogger
  129. Travel Bully
  130. Trailer Campers
  131. Travel Cuts
  132. Travel Designed
  133. Travel Dudes
  134. Travel Girl (smultronställen)
  135. Travel Happy
  136. Traveling Anna
  137. Traveling Perly
  138. Traveling Savage
  139. Traveling Ted
  140. Traveling Teri
  141. Travels of Adam
  142. Travelocity
  143. Travel Off the Cuff
  144. Travel Optimist
  145. Travel Maus
  146. Travel Muse
  147. Travel Savvy Mom
  148. Travel Squire
  149. Travel Susan
  150. Travelwriticus
  151. Trey Ratcliff
  152. Tuscan Blog
  153. Unbrave Girl
  154. Uncornered Market
  155. Vagabond3Italian Notes
  156. Vagabondish
  157. Velvetescape
  158. Wandering-off
  159. Wanderings of a Travelbug
  160. Wandering Trader
  161. Want to Go Travel
  162. Welcome Tuscany
  163. Wend Magazine
  164. Where I’ve Been
  165. Wild Junket
  166. World Nomads

Blogroll from Travel Answer Man John Van Kirk:

From Elliot.org

Alaska TravelGram
Almost Fearless
Anders Meanders
Arthur Frommer
Brave New Traveler
Consumerist
Evan Sparks
Everett Potter
ExpertCruiser
Flight Wisdom
Gadling
Hidden Travel Gems
Hotel Blogs by Guillaume Thevenot
HotelChatter
Intelligent Travel
Jaunted
Jeanne Leblanc
LLWorldTour
Marriott on the Move
MaxaBlog
Online Travel Review
Peter Greenberg
PlaneBuzz
Rick Seaney
Roads Less Traveled
Safe Cruise
Ship Critic blog
Southwest Airlines
T2Impact
The BOOT
The Cruise Log
The Daily Traveler
The Practical Nomad
This Just In…..
Tim Leffel’s Cheapest Destinations
Towers and Tarmacs
Travel Babel
Travel Gear Blog
Travel Log
Travel Maven blog
Travel Post
Travel Rants
Traveler 2.0
Traveler’s Check
Tripinator – Travel 2.0
Tripso
Upgrade: travel better
USA Today’s Hotel Hotsheet
World Hum
WSJ.com: The Middle Seat Terminal

WordPress Publishing Problems with Flickr or other programs?


Another reminder (because I’ve needed this many times) that you must enable WordPresses “Remote Publishing” protocols if you want to blog photos directly from Flickr  (a fantastic feature – I wish more people could do this but it remains a little tricky to set up both at Flickr and at WP unless you know this is needed (defaults have these boxes UNchecked).   I think you only need the XML-RPC after correct configuration at Flickr, but do both so you have more ways to publish to your WP blog:

Remote Publishing

To post to WordPress from a desktop blogging client or remote website that uses the Atom Publishing Protocol or one of the XML-RPC publishing interfaces you must enable them below.

Atom Publishing Protocol
Atom Publishing Protocol

XML-RPC
XML-RPC