Sanjeev Sabhlok's notes on technology, hardware, gardening

Importing from Blogger to WordPress-based blog

In transitioning from Blogger (blogspot) to my main domain, which I decided to run on WordPress, I found that the default import option of WordPress doesn’t seem to work properly (it doesn’t offer XML import, and the Blogger import is slow and defective). Thus, only 50 out of 90 posts were imported and then it would freeze.

So to circumvent this I did the following:

a) Download from Blogger as XML on the computer. This takes very little time.
b) Upload into blog hosted on (go to import>blogger, then bottom of page and upload the file downloaded at step (a). After uploading, give it some rest, to allow WordPress to finish the import properly
c) On the blog go to export and download RSS (WXR), an xml of a different WordPress sort, onto the computer.
d) Now upload this xml to the desired domain that uses WordPress.This will work.

As a result the only good thing that happened is that all posts did get copied across. However, now there are a large number of duplicates. Hence I had to delete all posts and upload them again.

Deleting is not an easy thing either!
First go to screen options on the top of the WordPress admin screen and increase visible posts to 75. Then bulk delete. Also get rid of Trash by deleting permanently.

Retain the blogger blog domain just in case. Also it prevents its misuse.


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Managing olympus DS300

The Olympus DSS recorder is very fussy in its installation. A TERRIBLE NUISANCE. But has to be done.
1) Link the base to the USB at the BACK OF THE COMPUTER (ie. won’t work on the front)
2) Get the CD with the relevant No.
Install the software first from the CD

Install the update (in the 0-critical folder). If step 2 has not been properly done it won’t install.

Next, fix the recorder on its stand. A balloon will come up on Windows saying the device has been detected.

You now have to allow the detect options to run DO NOT INSTALL THROUGH CD AGAIN. Choose “Ill do this on my own option” and pick the device driver that Windows offers you (the check box at the bottom).

After that the recorder is ready to work.

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