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Thursday, May 15

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Spam Spam Spam Spam

One of our spam filters wasn't working due to a network configuration error.  Hence, spam.  Lots of spam.  Spamlots of spam.

Should improve now.  There's still a DNS hiccup that I'm waiting to correct itself, but I can't hurry that along.

Update: DNS hiccup should be fixed now.  Double-fixed soon.

Update: There we go, double-fixed.

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Wednesday, May 14

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It's Alive!!!

Sorry about the outage.  We got hit by a meteorite and reduced to our component atoms.  It's taken us this long to reassemble into functional molecules.

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Saturday, March 08

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Licensed To UI

For about a year, I've been looking for themes to license for mee.nu.  I need a blog theme and a control panel theme*, and I need them to be clean, easily integrated, and based on a robust framework Bootstrap rather than some random assemblage of PSDs.

Themes like this are readily available and typically cost $10-$20...  Per web site.  Extended licenses for developers run into hundreds or thousands of dollars.  About this time last year, I found a blog theme that I was pretty happy with, and then, before I could actually buy the extended license needed, the store selling it change their license terms so that I couldn't use it anyway.**

Anyway, last year was kind of a mess and little progress was made.  Last week I was poking around the theme stores again, and I found this little puppy:

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Nice, clean, simple design.  It had only been out a couple of weeks and had already had an update adding new features.  It had the double menubar I need (so that I can have a mee.nu menu and a site menu), and a good selection of page templates.

And it cost $100.  For the extended license.  The one I'd been looking at last year was $850; others have been well over $1000.

So I bought it.  It's called The Mosaic.

It will take a while to transmogrify it into the new mee.nu theme, but right now my version looks something like this:

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I still needed a control panel theme.  Again, there's no shortage of these, but they cost $500 and up.  Sometimes very up.  Except on the same day I found one called Lanceng. which wasn't quite what I was after and would take some work to tidy up (it's a bit noisy, visually), but was $50 for the extended license:

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So I was set.  And then, last night, I found SpaceLab, visually clean and $100 for the extended license:

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Now I'm set.  I just need to smoosh them all together somehow...

* And maybe some others, but that's the basics.
** They originally had a clause specifically allowing online services like mee.nu.  They replaced it with a clause specifically disallowing online services like mee.nu.  There's a loophole in the new terms that I could wriggle through, but I'm not interested in going there.

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Tuesday, February 04

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Meegrating

I'm planning to move mee.nu across to a new server next weekend.  I'll post details in the next couple of days, but be prepared for some site wonkiness in the small hours of Sunday morning.  (Which is Sunday afternoon for me in Australia, so it works well for most of us.)

New server is cheaper and faster (for most things), has more memory, and a lot more SSD.  Only has software RAID, but it's RAID-1, which is pretty reliable, and with the new config we have a separate dedicated backup server.

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Sunday, February 02

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Oops

Overrun by log files.

Fixed now.

Sorry. sad

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Friday, January 03

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NSFW SWF

NSFW below the fold.


more...

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Monday, November 18

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Ceci N'est Pas Une Post

Just testing, nothing to see...

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Thursday, November 14

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Quick Site Note 2

Load on the server is up with some more sites coming over to Minx; I've assigned more CPU resources to the application, and allocated more threads to the proxy.  We're still peaking at only about 40% of server capacity (plus we have a spare server sitting idle right now), so this not an issue; I just needed to reconfigure the virtual machines to better allocate the hardware resources.

It looks like the proxy was the main problem - when it ran out of threads it would simply drop the HTTP connection.  And I haven't updated the config in two years - the proxy had been running without interruption all that time.

Also, I've installed Redis for improved element caching; I'll bring that into production this weekend.

Update: Redis deployed!  Works nicely.  I was using in-process caching before, and with lazy key evictions and the increased number of worker processes, that was using up a fair bit of memory for a so-so hit rate.  Redis works much better.

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Saturday, November 09

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Quick Site Note

I've enabled applet caching in Minx - what this means is that things like archive lists and recent comments might not update immediately, but will be cached for up to 60 seconds.  This is a big speed improvement on large and busy sites, reducing page load times in one case from 1.8 seconds to 36 milliseconds.

It seems to be working well, but if you see anything odd, let me know.

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Saturday, July 21

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Proves The Rule, I Guess...

If you want comments on your site, post something wrong.

Anyway, to those who haven't visited before: Welcome, and yes, I know that WWI was basically a family feud among Queen Victoria's grandchildren, and that The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact would be a good name for a rock band.

Ancient Chinese history I'm less reliable on, so if you want to take up a discussion of the Yellow Turban Rebellion in my comments, go right ahead.

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