I you are reading this via the RSS feed, come visit for the shinny.
In the process I corrected a configuration issue which was stopping me from doing a upgrade in place for WordPress, and installs or update for plugins. by “in place” I mean without the “download to your local computer, unzip, and ftp to your blog host” cycle.
I was unable to use the ftp function builtin to WordPress, even though the values requested (“Hostname”; “Username”; “Password”) all looked good (and worked on my ftp client). WTF?? Reading this WordPress support form posting, I saw I was not alone, and (finally) a solution that worked for me!! Changing the “Hostname” from “ftp://blogname.com” to “localhost:21″ and it worked!! (port 21 is the ftp port)
Now I can continue to hack and evolve the blog (just in time for Darwin’s 200 Anniversary!).