Monthly Archives: April 2015

BlogEngine to WordPress 2015

I was a bit fed up with general lack of community plugins and contributions for BlogEngine (and writing posts became a headache and a chore) so I decided to move over to WordPress and was so happy that decided to write this handy survival guide.

There are quite a few guides out there, the one unique thing that did the magic trick for me was using BlogML import plugin files directly from GithHUB and not from the WordPress gallery or some location.

  1. Install WordPress
  2. Go through the images in your BlogEngine blog and upload them to a new folder, for example /wp-content/uploads/. Create the folder if needed.
  3. Export BlogEngine.NET blog. or Settings – > Tools -> Export
  4. If BlogML.xml file is larger than 2 MB – check for spam comments or embedded images in your posts. Mine was a bit over 4 Mb.
  5. Do some magic with replacing image links in the BlogML.xml. “image.axd?picture=”  Some posts and situations may require more manual tinkering, because the image location can be in subfolders.
  6. Get BlogML Import plugin directly from GithHUB
  7. Install and activate it in WordPress. Plugins – > Add New – > Upload Plugin
  8. Go to Tools – > Import – > BlogML
  9. Quality check your content and posts – remember that drafts and unpublished posts will be imported and visible now
  10. Profit

Tested and worked on WordPress 4.2.1.

TED – What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

I feel a bit weird, anxious and excited after watching the video. Are we capable of creating something that will become greater than ourselves? Not counting children here, but this seems like a suitable analogy.

An AI will truly be mankind’s greatest (and maybe the last) achievement – a child of humanity. 😉

I can only hope to experience this moment.

Nick Bostrom – What Happens when our computers get smarter than we are? event – a community of awesome Latvian software craftsmen

Had the pleasure to attend one such event this Thursday (09-Apr-2015) #Latcraft. Wasn’t there for the whole deal, cause 5 speakers and presentations was a bit lengthy for my liking.

Even though I’m not really into development or AWS for that matter, I enjoyed it quite much, the first 3 presentations and especially the “(18:15) AWS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, AND THE USE CASE” were a blast!

(16:15) LEAN IN THE CLOUD from Martin Elwin (Solution Architect at AWS) was sales focused presentation with great motivational slides and AWS functionality promotion, but little practical advice.

(17:15) BUILDING SCALABLE CLUSTER WITH AWS, COREOS AND MESOS by Jakub Veverka (Sys. Engineer at 4Finance) was completely out of my comfort zone, but was a live (!!!) demo presentation that actually worked!

(18:15) AWS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, AND THE USE CASE by Juris Pavlyuchenkov (Sys. Admin at took the stage with humor and great practical advice with transparent human language (Route53 vs DNS, haha) and straight to the point approach.

The crowd was mostly young people (myself included) with chilled and friendly atmosphere.