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WebAdmin Fail

Posted 2014.04.20 9.03 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So I’ve just figured out that for the past…several weeks at least, the web server that hosts all my stuff (PlanetStephanie.net, FelesMagus.com, WiccaPlus.com) has not been able to talk to the email server that sends out things like… registration emails etc.

The two had a spat or something, and just weren’t talking to each other.

I’d noticed that there seemed to be a lot fewer admin emails coming through lately, but I’ve been so busy that it didn’t really sink in.

Anyhow, today I noticed that there’ve been a number of new sign-ups for the Wicca Plus forums, except nobody had completed the registration. So I started digging and…

OMG do I feel like the fool. So people have been trying to register, they go through the sign-up process, but they never receive the registration email.

I haven’t seen any other contact though, nobody’s left a comment on the support page or emailed me directly about it… but it feels pretty dumb I mean I’ve been wondering why there’s been so little activity on the forum, trying to push it a bit… only now to find out that it’s not working right.

Gah!

So anyhow, it seems to be fixed now.

If you have tried to register on the forum and never got your registration email, I sincerely apologize. You can get the system to re-send the registration email by logging in with the user id and password you registered under, then on the User CP page, you will see a link to re-send your registration email.

If you don’t see that link, you might already be fully registered – I have looked through the sign-ups and have authorized the ones that appear genuine.

Once again, I apologize for the mix-up.

Sad Mac

Site Overhaul Complete

Posted 2013.07.24 14.26 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So, I think I’ve just about finished up with the site overhaul. For now, at least.

When I started, the theme was all dark with lots of heavy borders and all. I had created the theme based on radiograms being stuck to a bulletin-board. It was almost entirely monochrome, dark, and monospaced.

And there were 66 static pages, a carry-over from when this was more of a ‘site’ than a ‘blog’. That was a mess of pages when it came to any updates, and navigation was crazy. There were 4 layers of child-pages, in some cases. Categories, sub-categories, sub-sub-categories, and sub-sub-sub-categories.

Last look at the old site.

Last look at the old site.

Now, the new theme is a lot more light and airey, and there’s very few lines. What lines there are, are thin.

And I’ve managed to cut the static pages down to 19. It’s more than I wanted, and admittedly there’s no way to get to some of them without the Site Map page. But I felt I had to hang on to a few of them, at least for now.

The iPhone pages have to stay because I have a few entries in the App Store and need to have a place for people to go for ‘support’ etc. However, I’m looking to move my IOS apps and support to a different domain so they won’t be in my ‘personal’ stuff any more.

The Laser pages had to stay because they’re still so dang popular. Even so many years later, the diy DVD laser page is still getting a few dozen visitors a day. I wish the safety page was as popular.

The ham radio pages were pruned and consolidated a bit. Although I haven’t been an active ham for quite a while, I’m not ready to bump them off into the archives just yet.

The other static pages may continue to exist as-is, or might get archived at some point. As always, if you can’t find it, try the search box on the right.

Cheers!

Page Pruning

Posted 2013.07.22 10.51 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So I’m going to keep the lighter look here.

The darker theme was ok and had some clever tricks I was proud of, but considering I was already thinking of dumping it just 5 months after creating it, the two and a half years it had were quite enough.

There’s going to be some additional overhauls happening. I want to get the ‘pages’ stuff in order. I’ve already pulled down some of the really old, outdated, stuff (sorry Newton, Visor, HPLX). It’s not deleted, just disabled. I’m going to see if I can’t consolidate the older stuff, maybe put it off to the side somewhere.

Maybe convert some of the pages into posts, so they’re still searchable, but part of the ‘archives’ rather than the static pages. Especially for the older stuff, I can insert it into the history from when it was actually relevant.

Either way, I’m planning on pruning things down from the 60+ static pages that exist now, to a dozen or less. Half dozen? Handful?


Update – I’ve already started pruning. The Visor, Newton, and HPLX pages are now archived blog posts. Going to keep at it, actually.

Update 2 – Also the Artwork and Zipit pages have been archived into blob posts rather than pages, and the Lasers stuff has been streamlined (see the Site Map.)

I was worried about some crazy broken links but somehow, magically, it’s still working. I suspect WordPress is clever enough to redirect visitors to the moved pages and posts and whatnot. It only breaks when I move things twice, so I’ll try not to do that. Any more.

All that’s left to streamline is the ham radio stuff.

Lighter

Posted 2013.07.20 17.23 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I’m trying a lighter look for the site. Lighter, less busy, more simple? Light-and-plain seems to be the style these days. Not sure I like it.

I had my custom  radiogram-based ‘Missives’ theme up since  November 2010, and every now and then and then I’ve thought about replacing it.

Like the last one, this one is also home-brewed. As of this writing it’s also incomplete – no way to link to the static pages yet.

Give it a couple days and see where it goes. I’ll either finish it so it’s got all the bells and whistles it needs, or I’ll drop back to ‘Missive’ again.

In the mean time if anyone really needs to find the pages, either use the search box in the sidebar to find what you’re looking for, or try the Site Map.

Edit: I’ve added the top level page menu. Haven’t decided how to present the secondary and tertiary levels yet.

Cheers.

Theme Thoughts

Posted 2012.12.10 13.46 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Lately I’ve been feeling a little bit bored with the theme of this site.

I mean, I still think some bits are clever. And I like to think it’s easy to read… well not-difficult at least.

But it’s been around a while – a  year? Two? I don’t remember.

It’s all based around radio transmissions (the post format is inspired by formal radio traffic forms) but I haven’t been active in amateur radio for ages — in fact I wasn’t an active ham when I created this theme.

On the other hand, it works and I’m lazy, so odds are it’ll persist a while longer.

Or not. Maybe I’ll play around with it, or bits of it, here and there.

Colour? Or no colour.

I don’t know, as long as it loads fast – that’s the main thing.

I should also do some editing and pruning… I think there’s around 60+ static pages, most of which haven’t been updated in forever, discussing topics I’m no longer involved in.

Oh but if I move them around or purge stuff, that’ll break links and what-not… Maybe I’ll just add a banner warning that I’m no longer actively blah-blahing the blah.

Whatever… my train of thought derailed at the last bend and I’ve forgotten what

Dear Spammers,

Posted 2012.11.15 9.21 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Dear spammers,

I sincerely wish that all of you would be burned alived.

That is, I don’t think ‘die in a fire’ is specific enough (you’d likely expire from smoke inhalation before you had the chance to burn.)

I don’t just mean one kind of spam or another. Email spam, website comment spam, fax machine spam, telephone marketers, and hell even the snailmail kind of spam (unsolicited admail I think they call it? Junkmail?) At least with junkmail it cost you assholes money to send us each piece of annoyance, but thanks to the internet you can now annoy everyone almost for free.

You leaches do nothing but clog up the systems with useless noise that serves no-one but yourselves.

So please, for the good of all humanity, may you all burn to death.

 

Bandwidth Blues

Posted 2012.11.14 10.39 in Computers/Internet/Technology

This past week has been a bit exciting and tumultuous.

First, I had my tv cable cut. Intentionally, it wasn’t like an accident or anything.

The writing has been on the wall for some time now, it’s just too dang expensive for what you get. There were only a couple channels I was interested in but there was no way to get them a-la-carte, so it was $80/month or nothing. At long last I opted for nothing.

Well, not entirely nothing.

I’d done my research about HD over the air. My TV is new enough (2 years old) to have a digital tuner. And my folks knew I was going to cut the cable and get an antenna, so they generously gave me some $ for my birthday to put towards a good antenna.

So this past Friday the cable guy arrived and worked his magic to make it so I no longer received cable-TV data, while still maintaining my cable internet connection. And after he was done and gone, I got out the ladder and set about installing a funky new TV antenna.

I’ve never been good with heights, and it’s been about a decade or more since I last felt safe ontop of a ladder, but I had set myself the challenge and managed to pull it off — with only minor injuries. Nothing more serious than a bunch of bruises and pulled muscles, and one damaged finger from when the wrench slipped.

Overall though – mission accomplished, I had my antenna up and was able to receive local broadcasts. CBC, CTV, Global, Omni, TVO, a French channel, and sorta-kinda City-Tv, plus something from Buffalo called ‘The CW’. And all in much higher-quality than I got from cable. Uncompressed HDTV, most of them at 1080i.

It looks straight when you’re directly under it, ontop of a ladder.

However, I was missing all the channels / shows I actually watched. Stuff on Showcase, Discovery, History, CBC-Newsworld. So I turned to places like iTunes where you can get episodes and series (also in HD).

Now while doing all this, I was also working on my dad’s computer over the weekend. Upgrading his OS, downloading upgrades to a bunch of his software, that sort of thing.

Finally I thought to myself, I bet I’m getting near my bandwidth limit for the month. I’d better check on that. I’ve only ever got near the limit once before in the 10 years or so that I’ve had this particular service, and they plastered a warning ontop of web pages I was visiting to let me know. I hadn’t seen the warning yet but knew I must be close.

But I was wrong – I was not close. In fact, according to them, I was already 25% over my limit, to the tune of an extra $36 fee.

Why no warning when I got close? For that matter, why no warning when I hit the limit?

I’m guessing it is punishment, for cancelling the tv cable.

I don’t even entirely believe them that I’ve used as much as they say I have, but I’ve no way to know for sure. But that’s not what I’m upset about.

According to their day-by-day logs, I hit the 100% limit before I started all the big weekend downloads. But no warning, no notification.

Now I have to be careful about what bandwidth I use for the next week, and knowing I’m already in for a big extra bill this month. Next month I’ll have to decide whether to increase my account with them, or cut them off completely and go with another ISP.

The problem is, it’s a dualopoly. There’s Rogers and there’s Bell, and they both charge the exact same rates for the exact same services, and they both suck and neither has any incentive to do any better because they both know they both suck and there’s no real choices outside of the two of them. Whether it’s internet, television, telephone, or wireless, those are the two big players in Canada and they just match each other on everything.