I finally have the new design of this website installed. I hope you like it. I have been trying to do something with this poor site for months and months, but nothing was working out. Then just this morning I had an idea, worked on it most of the day, and finally pushed it on through. I still see a few glaring errors and a couple of things are eluding me, but I am happy to have this much of it done.
One of the nice things about Drupal is that it allows different themes for different users, and even another theme for the admin section. I have been living with the broken "under construction" look while everybody else has been seeing the nice stock theme, and it is nice to finally have something that works.
To say I have been experiencing downtime lately would be a gross understatement. My main webhost vanished overnight leaving me with countless threads to unravel and backups to track down. Right in the middle of all that the folks who host this blog decided to load everything into the back of a truck and relocate. The idea seemed a bit harebrained to me, but given my situation I was happy to wait it out and hope for the best. I did have some downtime, and the very worst part of it was that I had registered some domains through the company as well. Probably not a good idea but it worked out this time. Anyway, today the company posted an update on their very own blog:
Unfortunately, it is not really useful to say “We have learned (something) from this experience about what to do next time.” That is because, having attempted what we did, only a complete idiot would do it again.
Should we ever need to move facilities in the future, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs, we will just build out the new facility in its entirety, move all the services between the two live facilities, and then burn down the old one for the insurance money.
I must say I am happy to support them if only for the fine prose. If you are looking for something a little bit different in web hosting, you will do well to check them out.
**NFSN updated their blog, so I will do as well:
*Note: That was a joke. Kids! When it comes to arson, environmentally damaging disposal of old computer equipment, and insurance fraud: just say “No!”
I knew it was a joke, didn't you?
I bought my first MP3 today. DRM-free, and the kid even says it has not too bad numbers that make it a not too bad MP3. It plays fine on my computer and it plays fine on my PDA. I bought it from Amazon. I always meant to maybe think about maybe installing the software that would make the i-tunes thingy possible for me, especially after the release of DRM free selections at an accelerated price. Just never got around to it. The new Amazon scheme hit me just right, no need to download anything, just pays the $.89 and downloads your song. Perfect.
Yeah I bought the Rolling Stones tune. No history comes with that particular song, I just like it.
Making love and breaking hearts, that is a game for youth.
Here it is, September 19, I have the pirate module installed, and yet nothing has happened. Maybe a new post today will use the filter. Here is a quote from the official Talk Like a Pirate site:
We're talking about the mere image of swaggering pirateness. And while this is a guys' guide, the comely wench will have fun talking like a pirate, too. It's powerful, yet harmless. Perhaps, dare we suggest it, the ultimate aphrodisiac. Try it!
I must admit that having your web host suddenly go tits up is not the worst thing that could happen. It is in fact a distant second to somehow losing your domain name. With proper backups a change in location is trivial. Recovery is still possible even with no backups at all, if you are quick. The stressful part is in choosing the host to relocate to.
The thing I am grieving is the ability to send emails. With my now extinct host I could set up a mailing list and people could count on delivery. I see outsourcing in my future, but I am reluctant.
**Edit: looks like they fixed ABriefMessage.com but the second website shown is still broken for me.**
This blog post represents a tiny moral dilemma for me. Whenever I run across a site that is broken in some way, I always at least consider informing the webmaster. I hope anyone would do the same for me.* Better one email telling you about the broccoli in your teeth than finding it out by accident six months later, right?
Anyway, I was just reading about how ABriefMessage.com was the next big thing, and I thought I would take a look. It does indeed look like a fine idea for a website. Problem is, I have my browser background set to a non standard color for my own troubleshooting, and it makes ABriefMessage.com look really ugly. Don't believe me? I have screenshots.
I did write to the feedback address and got back an immediate reply:
This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 13): 554
: Relay access denied
Goodness I hope it isn't serious!
I did briefly consider contacting someone connected with the site at another domain, but it looks like she uses the same designer:
Maybe it ain't such a big deal after all.
*Yes, I know this website is broken in many deep and disturbing ways. Some of It is on purpose. Feel free to tell me about it anyway. That goes double if you have ideas about fixing it.