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‘SSL Scanner’ At ‘SSLTools.com’, Nifty Way To Check That Your Website Is 100% Secure.

by Anura Guruge


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I was told about this tool, i.e., SSL Scanner, by wordpress.com support.

Google Chrome was claiming that this blog (the one you are reading) was not 100% secure. That confused me since I use SSL certificates and am 100% legit. The support person said I had ONE insecure link on the blog! Holy Smokes. It was my link to the so called ‘Flag Counter‘ — i.e., the widget that showed the number of hits I get from various countries. I checked. Yes, ‘they’ were right. NOT a secure ‘https:’ link. Hence the warning. I removed the ‘Flag Counter’. It was an OLD version. The new version is FINE. I just haven’t god around to using it.

BINGO. Immediately Chrome started showing the full PADLOCK. Have a look at the top. This blog is 100% secure, 100% safe. There is THE PADLOCK.

So, I wanted to share this with you. Handy took. Works well and works FAST.



Now the ULTIMATE irony. The SSLtools Website is NOT secure. It is possible that they have to be like that in order that they can serve the largest audience. Just found it amusing.

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WordPress.com Totally Screws Up ‘Copy A Post’ Feature — Which Worked Great For Years!

by Anura Guruge


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I use the WordPress ‘Copy a Post’ feature EVERYDAY — multiple times a day. Actually, I hardly ever create a ‘New Post’ from scratch. I always use a prior post as a template — and do so by COPYING it. Has worked fine for years. It was one of the more powerful capabilities of WordPress.

There was absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. It worked fine. ‘Copy a Post’ appeared as an option, on the left hand-side menu bar under ‘Posts’. You clicked on that and you got a list of all your recent posts plus a built-in search capability. Just select a prior post and off you went.

Then about 5 days ago the ‘Copy a Post’ option disappeared, without any explanation.

As a 10-year veteran of WordPress I knew others ways to copy a post. I did that.

Next day, WordPress was FORCED to add the EXPLANATION BOX highlighted in the above image. We didn’t need this. We had been doing fine. Doing GREAT.

Why fix something that definitely was NOT broken? Typical WordPress. Just can’t leave a good-thing alone.

Well, there must have been an outcry. The NEXT DAY they went back and reinserted the ‘Copy a Post’ option in the menu, BUT it did not work like before. Idiots.

I do despair of WordPress.com. They just insist on breaking what were perfectly good features.


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Over 8,000 Published Posts On This Blog, viz. NHlifefree.com

by Anura Guruge



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I kind of knew that this was creeping up on me.

This will be the 8,003rd published post. Over the years — around the last 5 years — I have probably deleted around 60 posts. So, this number only reflects what is currently published — as opposed to a running count.

The very first post on this blog was made in June 2009. So, it is in theory, 8-years old. If we go with that, that is 1,000 posts a year, 2.7 a year.

In reality I did not start using this blog, in earnest, till the Summer 2012 London Olympics. That says it is close to 5-years old. That would give us ~1,500 posts/year, 4 a day.

Here is a statistic that blew my mind. IF you only do one post a day, it will take you 21.9 years to publish 8,000 posts!

It is also sobering that there were periods during this time when I maintained multiple blogs — the now defunct ‘popes-and-papacy‘ key among them.

1,209,034 HITS as I write this.

That would mean that on average each of my posts got 151 views. Well, that is NOT the case. That is just statistics.

But, all said, I can live with 8,000+ posts and 1,209,034 HITS.

P.S., When I was at around 7,000 posts, I was told by WordPress that this was exceptionally high for a single-user blog — i.e., 99.99% of those posts were written by I.


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Russians Visiting My Blog — Finding A Russian, i.e., Cyrillic, Search String ‘семафор’.

by Anura Guruge


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According to the ‘Flag Counter‘ Stats (on the sidebar) this blog has had 1,743 hits from Russia over the last few years. That, 0.14% of my overall hits, is neither here nor there, so to speak. These ‘Flag Counter’ stats nor the WordPress.com provided stats I am forced to rely on, will, however, give me any clue as to how these Russian hits go here (i.e., what they were looking for) or what posts they looked at. C’est la vie. You have to assume that SOME of my varied topics might be of interest — AND I do have a published book in Russian!

But, today, I was surprised to find an actual cyrillic search string in my stats, viz. семафор. [See above.]

Thanks to the magic of Google, I could obviously get it translated at once.

It means ‘Semaphore’.

And, I do indeed have posts on semaphores though I am sure the Russians were looking for that term in the context of computer programming — and not, as is in my case, railway signals. I feel bad.


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‘Accelerated Mobile Page’ (AMP) Errors, Per Google, On WordPress.com Blogs …

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Per WordPress.com this is a ‘known issue’ … is being addressed … mainly a Google ‘aberration’ … nothing we as WP bloggers can do … JUST IGNORE IT!

I spent about 30 minutes chatting with them, online, about this. The above was basically the eventual conclusion.

So thought I would share it with you so you could save yourself some time. Hope it helps.


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WordPress.com YET Again, 4th Time In 2016, Experiencing Stats Reporting Issues.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From online ‘WordPress Support’.


Very frustrating. I know by 10am IF WordPress is having issues — and now they, i.e., WP, knows that I know when they are having issues. SMILE. No consolation. Just a heads up.


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