Site Maintenance Update

In Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Just a quick update and test. This post will appear and then disappear, and then reappear again. Kind of like the health care travesty in the Senate. Last night, our hosting company updated a lot of the back-end server stuff and that was why the site was a bit twitchy. It should be fine now.   I’m testing this theory by posting a picture to see if it errors out. And the errors didn’t happen! This was on a Reservation, forget which one  thanks to Adam, I’ve determined that it’s …

On The Road: Please Stand By…

In Events, Not Normal, On The Road, Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Adam L Silverman

Alain asked me to schedule a post for him. He has asked me to inform you all that he is experiencing technical issues and, as a result, today’s On the Road post will not be happening as normally scheduled. Please consider this an open thread while he waits for someone at tech support to answer his ticket/request. Open thread!

Your Input Sought: Suggest Quotes and/or Pie Sayings

In Readership Capture, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

  Folks, As many of you have noticed, the pie filter and the random quote rotator are now in both the desktop and mobile sites, though there are still some issues we’re addressing that affect a few users. This is progress! In bringing each of them to the fore, I’ve revealed them to have an inadequate set of messages. This is your chance to make suggestions to add to the site, and, in the case of the pie filter, I’ll be sharing all suggestions with Cleek, who invented it and …

Followup on Yesterday’s Post About the Ransomware Attacks, More Oceanography, Mobile Site

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance, Tech News and Issues by Alain the site fixer

Folks, Mea culpa. It looks more and more like the “ransomware” attacks were not after money, but destruction. That, coupled with the timing in Ukraine right before their Constitution Day, would tend to indicate it was Russian operatives that did this. At first, I assumed that a major attack in Ukraine was Russian-sourced, but as the day unfolded with reports from around the world, I surmised that it was actually NK hackers, making it look like an anti-Ukraine operation, and after even more Bitcoin like the previous wave of ransomware. …

Site Maintenance and Tech Suggestion: You Have Been Warned

In Site Maintenance, Tech News and Issues by Alain the site fixer

Folks, Item the first: small site changes The blogroll This was a classic case of “no good options”. Currently, and for months, the Blogroll opens in the same window. This causes some users to complain and ask that it open in a new page. I finally caved, knowing that in doing so, I would cause IOS users a headache as it blocks pop-ups by default. After making that change, I began to receive emails complaining that for them, Blogroll was no longer working. One report was from a FireFox user, …

Small Site Updates, greennotGreen News

In Absent Friends, Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Folks, I’ll be tweaking the sidebar a bit today and hope to add some nifty things to the comments either later today or tomorrow. Also, a rotating quote line is coming today! On a more personal note, Terry, greennotGreen’s sister read the memorial thread and let me know how helpful it was: Alain, I noticed the celebration thread up on BJ. Thanks so much. I’m actually going to use some of the quotations from Carol Ann for the memorial service. She would love the idea of writing part of it …

Brief Site News

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Just a few updates you’ll be happy to hear about: I’ve made a few small tweaks the past day or two and the site renders faster, the sidebar is improved, and a few other related things. The theme update will hit early next week. I am working on it right now. It’s a major change in the theme version, so I’m taking the time to make a few more styling changes and tweaking things that have always driven me nuts. Slight sidebar redesign will come as part of that. An …

Open Thread

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Countdown to the Start of the Weekend EDT We just added a new Countdown Timer thinggy as per Adam’s request. It works on both desktop and mobile sites which is a win.     Open thread!   ETA: Learning pains

Site News: Updates and Suchlike

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Good morning everyone! This morning, I’m updating WordPress and a host of plugins and doing a bit of tweaking and site maintenance. This is in preparation for updating the theme Monday, and then releasing some new stuff once we’ve got a stable platform. That said, I’m just in the office this morning, so I won’t be tackling any other issues, but feel free to mention them in this thread and I’ll check in later. Next week I hope to publicly launch our Issues tracker, as well as an all-new submission …

Site News and Open Thread

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Folks, Just a brief tech update and open thread for non-healthcare conversation. I’m pleased to report that the permanent test site is up and running. That’s allowing for much-needed fiddling and experimentation that doesn’t affect the live site. There are lots of tweaks and enhancements on the horizon, many things that will make your commenting and reading/watching experience better. I’m hoping I hope some small architectural changes will improve your experience, especially during the mid-late morning when the site seems……to…. c….r…a…w…l. More about that soon, plus there will be a public-accessible …

Update Your Linux Machines Folks

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance, Tech News and Issues by Alain the site fixer

Researchers found a major bug in Samba, a core component of many Linux and Unix systems as it controls storage and interfaces with Windows and other non-Unix things. The issue allows a bad guy to run unapproved code uploaded remotely as a root user. Your firewall has to have the right port open, but lots of folks do that to solve a temporary need and then forget to close the port to outsiders. So, should you have home or work Linux machines, take a few minutes and update them. This …

Site Will Be Slow For A Few Hours

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

I’m actually cloning the site today, as opposed to getting distracted yesterday. This means the site may be a bit sluggish as I’m creating some big archives and transferring them to the test setup. I chose now in hopes of getting it all done before the 5 pm magic hour.   So my apologies if the site isn’t as responsive as normal, but take heart – your long personal nightmare will be over soon! :)   Also, another plug for a guest post on Oceanography coming at 12:30 Eastern on …