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Announcements / Upgraded to PHP 5.4
« on: October 15, 2012, 02:22:47 am »
The server has been upgraded to PHP 5.4.6 (from 5.3.15) and other minor software bits were upgraded as well. As usual, if you run into problems, please let me know.

Announcements / I'll be off line for the next week
« on: September 30, 2012, 06:06:50 am »
I'm going on a cruise this week, and won't have any form of internet access until I return on the 7th of October. As such, please don't be offended if I don't respond to email or other issues until then. :-)

Edit: Back now, all good!

Announcements / System Updates
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:50:11 pm »
I've once again upgraded the system software. PHP is now 5.3.13 and apache is at 2.2.22 now. There were a few dozen other packages updated as well, and some obsolete packages were removed (mostly perl modules.) As always, if you run into any problems,  just let me know.

Art / Parallaxing Comics
« on: December 15, 2011, 07:59:12 am »
So, I came across this new comic. Check out the scrolling effect, and especially check out page three, which integrates sound.

It's not the comic itself (and I'm not a big fan of the art style itself either) that impresses me, but the "new" format its in. Parallax is a big word meaning that things look different from different angles, and in motion between those angles, gives you the illusion of depth. It's so simple, yet adds just the right kind of depth to something like that. The first time I saw a magic newspaper in the harry potter movie,  I was enthralled. The pictures were moving, but yet it wasn't really video. It was some new thing in between, where subtle animation enhances an otherwise textual/still medium, instead of replacing it. So far the web has been sorely lacking in that. If you got to a news website, you either have static pictures, or a full video clip/report. Imagine how much cooler it would be if even just normal "still" pictures slightly moved. Granted, we don't exactly have cameras and such to easily do that yet for real life, but for a comic format, this is nearly the same thing, and I love it. Be sure to check out the what is this page at the top left corner. The guy who created it has some links to a tutorial on how its done, as well as released the source under the creative commons so other people can use it as well. I'm not a good enough artist to really do something cool with it, but maybe some of ya'll are.

General Chat / Squee!
« on: November 30, 2011, 08:41:21 am »
Middleman + Doctor Who? I believe "Squee!" is the right word.

What nerdy things have ya'll found that make you go all fan-boy/girl?

Announcements / Email and Spam Filtering
« on: October 28, 2011, 05:50:17 am »
So, the spam filtering system I set up years ago just really doesn't seem to be cutting it for me lately. While I like the idea that it's trainable, too many "obvious spam" messages keep leaking through on my own accounts. I imagine some of ya'll might be having the same issues. I'm probably going to be looking into a new filter here soon, and that'll mean its going to lose whatever training has been done. I hope to find one that has a lot of good, built-in filters though, so training won't be as necessary. I still intend to maintain the "drag and drop" training that currently exists, it'll just be a different program actually filtering behind the scenes.

That said, how many of you actually use the email here regularly? Of those, how is the spam filter working or not working for you?

Announcements / Camping Trip
« on: August 13, 2011, 05:21:49 am »
Taking off on Sunday to spend a week camping in Colorado. I'll be offline for most of that, so any requests will have to wait until I get back. I cannot WAIT to escape this heat though. Going from 103F here to overnight lows around 38F. (That's basically 40C to 4C.) Awesome! Also going to try to climb Mt. Elbert which is the highest peak in Colorado, and the second highest in the continental US.

General Chat / Aqaubats
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:36:29 am »
So, I've been waiting months to post th 1,000th topic on these forums. Yes, it's a sign of just how slow things really are that it's taken months just to get a few new topics. On the other hand, The Aquabats have a new album out.

If that doesn't justify the 1,000th topic, I don't know what does!

(And yes, The Legend Is True!)

Announcements / Upgrades
« on: June 12, 2011, 09:03:59 am »
Lots of upgrades this time around. The new forum software is an obvious one (go check it out), but I've also upgrade a lot of the backend software. I'm also switching to a slightly different setup for apache as well. As usual, let me know if you run into problems.

Announcements / Outage on June 1st
« on: June 02, 2011, 04:36:46 am »
Apache was down for most of the day, as I didn't get home from work until just now. It appears the monthly log rotation didn't properly restart things after it finished this morning. I've fixed it and things are now back up and running. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you to all of you that sent me messages to let me know.

EDIT: I've set up server monitoring on my phone now. Hopefully that'll help me catch things a lot quicker next time there's a problem.

General Chat / Things you should see...
« on: May 22, 2011, 11:11:19 am »
So I'm sick of only posting to facebook, and thinking "I want to share awesome stuff..." Then it occured to me, I have a website with it's own forum!

So here's some cool things I think everyone should see.

Who else has stuff we should see? Especially stuff that hasn't been linked a million times on other sites? I swear, the first person to mention raptor rapture gets a special face-punch. :-P

Announcements / Server Updates... Especially Email
« on: April 08, 2011, 10:42:39 am »
I've been updating the server software again, and will be doing more upgrades tomorrow as well. The main upgrade so far is the mail system. I've upgraded both the mailserver itself, and the spam filtering system. Part of this involved retraining everyone's spam filters from the cached training they'd done before. I've tested several times with both of my accounts, and everything appears to be working, but please let me know if you find that any problems occur, especially when moving messages between folders (since that's when training occurs.) Also note that the mailserver was down for several hours while I did this, so some mail may be delayed for a few hours.

Tomorrow I'll be doing some (hopefully minor) updates to apache and PHP. Nothing like the major update that caused all the problems before, so it shouldn't be a big deal.

Announcements / I Mucked Up PHP
« on: February 21, 2011, 03:04:26 am »
Yeah... my fault. I tried enabling APC (an opcode cache) that is intended to speed up PHP processing. However, it caused a lot of sites (especially wordpress installs) to have random glitches and errors. I've disabled APC, because I'd rather thing NOT break, even if it means burning a bit more CPU time, and it's not like the server is overloaded or anything. Anyway, if you had trouble with random PHP errors, check again, and I apologize for the trouble or confusion it might have caused.

General Chat / Gravity
« on: October 29, 2010, 08:02:32 am »
So... I just now took this picture of my desk area. You may notice some things are slightly askew. Bonus points to whoever points out the exact oddities.

Announcements / Software Upgrades
« on: October 23, 2010, 07:41:18 pm »
PHP has been upgraded to 5.3.3 (from 5.2.x) and perl has likewise been upgraded. (A bunch of smaller packages were upgraded as well.) If you encounter any errors or bugs in your sites that you think might be caused by this, let me know.

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