- Tuesday Mar 20, 2007
The site was down for a few minutes this afternoon while I did some disk defragmenting. Sometime over the next few days, I'll need to disconnect the server to do a complete backup of everything. I'm guessing it might take 30+ minutes.
- Tuesday Feb 06, 2007
Discussion on HTML that doesn't require closing out.
- Friday Dec 15, 2006
Please don't use anything with style sheets and / or embedded or hidden links. Hidden / embedded links in style sheets help slow the server down and can be a security risk.
It's still alright to use some basic html codes to change font colors and styles.
If I get some time, I'll try to figure out how to add some security measures to the posts to not allow outside / embedded links.
Unfortunately it's Christmas time which means things are busy, busy, busy.
- Friday Nov 24, 2006
Sorry for the outage today.
I checked the website and couldn't get it to load, then I couldn't access any of my IP addresses, then I checked the hosting company's website which weren't accessable either. I was finally able to find a phone number for the hosting company (which hosts thousands of servers) and the automated answering machine service said that I had to initiate a trouble ticket through their website, which of course was down. After trying a bunch of different numbers and extensions, I finally got a human. He must've been surprised to be getting a phone call, because he just answered the company phone by saying "Hello?". I explained that their whole system was down and as far as I could tell all of their servers. He said that "no, everything's working on their end and that it must be my internet connection because no one else has called in." I was about to hang up and go troubleshooting when I just asked if he could access my website (dietdiaries.com) so that I knew for a fact that it wasn't them. He wasn't able to access it but said that it must be a problem with my server. Then I heard him pause and kind of whisper "oh no". It turns out when he went to go back to the hosting company's website that it wouldn't come up......he quickly tried a few more addresses only to find out that they were ALL down. He sounded a little worried and muttered some stuff about all of the employees / technicians being gone for the holiday weekend.
I guess he must've found someone to fix things, as an hour later all of the websites and servers appear to be back up and running. I can't even guess as to what would kill connection to a few thousand servers all at the same time, unless electricity was cut and the backup generators failed...... Oh well, at least everything appears to be back up and running again.
- Saturday Jul 29, 2006
I've been messing around with the site a little tonight, trying to correct some bad choices I made when I gave it a facelift.
Unfortunately I used tables extensively throughout the site to position things, which has made it hard to make any changes. I'm going to try to change everything over to using divs / stylesheets / layers. I'm still not completely knowledgeable on all of the specifics, but will be trying to get it switched over the next few weeks.
I also just purchased a new server and sent it off for colocation hosting. It's got quite a bit more processing power, ram, hard drive space, etc. I'll probably start switching things over to it during the next few weeks also.
If you start experiencing problems with certain pages, it's probably me messing around. Please give it 10-20 minutes to see if it starts working correctly again. If it doesn't, please let me know so that I can look into it. I try to change pages in the background and test them before posting them live, but sometimes the changed page behaves differently in my testing then when it goes live, which means that sometimes a page may not load correctly when I'm messing with it.
Once I have things changed over more towards stylesheets and onto the new server, things should calm down again.
- Sunday May 28, 2006
I've been messing with getting the forums section operating again. I've been rewriting the pages and getting them to all work again. Along the way I've messed with a couple things on the main pages (mainly publicdiaries.cfm). Let me know if you notice any new bugs / errors or anything not displaying properly.
- Friday May 19, 2006
sorry for the down time, had some more memory added to the dedicated server, unfortunately they screwed something up.....I don't know how they could've, but they did......
- Saturday Mar 25, 2006
Sorry the site was down for a little over an hour tonight (9pm-10pm MST). I noticed an issue with private entries having photos and needed to correct it as quickly as possible. I thought I had it figured out and thought that it would only take a couple of minutes to correct, but my first attempt at correcting it caused other problems. The site's back up now and I think I sorted out the issue I noticed. As always, let me know if you see something not behaving correctly.
As a side not, I haven't given up on the "forums" section, I've just been swamped with my real job. Hopefully I'll get some time early next month to try to get the forums back up and running.
- Thursday Feb 09, 2006
Good news and bad news.
The good news is that the switch to a new dedicated server appears to have gone pretty smoothly. I also haven't noticed any downtime or crashes in the past while since completing the transfer.
The bad news is that I still haven't figured out what to do with the forums section. There are a few options, but I haven't made a decision as of yet.
1. I don't really have enough spare time right now to attempt to learn how to write my own basic forum. Maybe I'll get some time in a week or two to mess around with it.
2. I could just reinstall the previous software that I had, but I don't like the fact that it's encrypted, so I can't change it in any way and can't get it to integrate with the homepage either. Then there's the price.....when I originally purchased it this past fall, it was a very reasonable $100 for the basic version. Now they've released an updated version and the cost has gone from $100 to starting at $650 for the basic version and going up from there.
3. There are several other good forum software packages out there, but they all have the same problem. They can't be integrated into the site so that they could use the existing usernames / passwords.
With all of that said, I still haven't come up with a solution as of yet, so the forums section will probably be down for another week or two. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
- Sunday Jan 29, 2006
If you're reading this message, you're accessing it on the new server.
The site is in the process of being transferred to a new server. I've got the main portion of it transferred already. Hopefully all the little things will be able to be worked out within the next few days.
It'll probably take 2-3 days for the DNS servers to update everyone on the new domain IP address, so in the meantime, you can access the new server at http://188.8.131.52
1. Forums section has not been transferred yet
2. progress bar graph is not currently working
Let me know if you discover anything else not working or behaving differently.
BTW - The new server's time is based on U.S. MST (United States Mountain Standard Time). The previous host was located in Central Time Zone, difference of 1 hour.