Blank page mayhem is an understatement.  More like total refresh-page, login chaos.  Several weeks ago and last week I tried to login to my WordPress page and this was all I could see.

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Screenshot after login.

The image above is a screenshot of what I would see after logins and page refreshes. I’m sure over the time span hundreds of attempts were made. When I would get the page to load, any click would lead to a page like the one shown.  Looks like a WordPress page without anything.  No possible way to use their help because when I was able to click on it, same blank page.

It was maddening.  To make matters worse all I could find online about the same or similar problem was,  “WordPress White Screen of Death” and “professional debug” references.  Uh-oh!  After what seemed to be my ten thousandth attempt to reach a help page I did.

Not directly.  I searched for WordPress help and followed that link.  Finally I’d located a way to contact them for help on the issue.  Sent a note, then, woke up with a keyboard imprint on my face and computer mouse in my hand.  Wow did my neck hurt.  My face did too the keyboard makes a horrible pillow.  Hope I don’t do that again.  Go ahead and laugh its funny.

Awake it was time to work on 3-D, in the physical dimension projects.  Otherwise known as real life.  Now, not an hour after reading “I checked your site and I don’t see blank page, I see stats page, posts, pages and everything is working as Could you please retest after clearing browser’s cache https://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-your-browser-cache. If you still see the issue then please share screenshot https://en.support.wordpress.com/make-a-screenshot/ so we can check and investigate this further.” here it is.  Another blog about, every day life.  Included all the information in quotations it may help someone else.

A reference is made to a “screenshot” in the reply.  Something I’d normally send to aid in clarifying my problem.  The fact I didn’t send one shows me how sleepy I was.  Followed the suggestion to clear the cache and then logged in and it seems to have worked.  I had to search Apple help to learn how to do it.  Not as easy or detailed a process as when I maintain website information on a Windows based PC compared to the way I have to using Apple.

I’ll have to keep using WordPress to see what happens next.  If the same thing happens I’ll try the suggested remedy and see if it solves the issue.  What an experience it was to see the WordPress basic page layout but nothing else.  The screenshot says it all.

For now I’m here writing and working on catching up.  We’ll see what happens next.  -13

 

Micro Screwdrivers that Work on Eyeglasses!

Finally found something that works for those micro screws used on eyeglasses and other small items. The replacement dash cameras we’re using has two tiny screws that needed a few turns. No problem I thought I’ll get one out of my small screwdriver bag. Wasn’t one there that fit so I checked my eyeglasses repair kit and was quickly reminded I forgot to replace the junk bent ones that had been thrown away.

It also reminded me that I’ve never seen or used a good quality screwdriver for tiny screws.  From the eyeglasses repair kits to the jewelers screwdriver kit none of them held up.  The flat/slot blade always bent and the Phillips blades sheared or should I say smeared off with minimal use.  It was frustrating and maybe why I hadn’t gave the search much effort until recent needs forced me to do it.

Ready or not searching for replacements did not include anything I’d used in the past.  The junk jewelers and repair kit drivers shown above were out.  There had to be a better option but what and where to get it is always the issue.  As much as I would like to shop local I could  spend hours trying to find specialty tools where I live.  Searching the internet for tools led me to Amazon.

Over on the amazon site I consumed up the few hours “saved” looking for the tools online.  Spent a few minutes searching for drivers that met the size requirements then spent hours reading reviews.  The product reviews are priceless.  It is also easy to spot fake reviews.  In my experience the only ones that matter are the lowest with a comment.  Many of them had very useful information that completely influenced my purchase decision.

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Based on what I’d read in the reviews a Wiha 260 Slotted/Flat 1.5mm x 40mm and a Wiha 261 Phillips /PH000 x 40 was purchased.  Each tool was about double the cost of an eyeglasses repair kit.  Wonder how many of those useless screwdrivers I’ve thrown away over the years?

They are what I expected.  Plastic handled screwdrivers with tiny tips with a rotating cap for single handed use.  There does seem to be a quality difference compared to drivers used in the past.  I don’t expect them to last forever based on the size.  The quality so far seems to be good.  After multiple uses on the cameras and all of our sun and reading glasses they seem to be holding up.

I’m certain I could have purchased at least three sets of these over the years and still been better off for the reduced stress level alone.  They fit the hand well are easy to use way better than what was used in the past.  If I can get several years of stress free use it will be worth the peace of mind to have them around.

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I’m happy enough with them to purchase more in the near future.  For now these will be kept in our glasses repair kit.  The drivers can be seen in use in the video below.  -13