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Wednesday, July 15

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Sorry About That Glitch...

We had a firewall issue that blocked access to our DNS servers, which effectively shut down...  Everything.

Then we had a NAT issue after I fixed the firewall.  The two problems were related, but I'm still not sure exactly why they happened in the first place.

Anyway, all coming back to normal now.

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Sunday, March 29

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Sorry About The Site Glitches

Our statistics database filled up. This wasn't immediately obvious from the logs, and since it was due to a size limit being set too low rather than running out of server resources, it wasn't obvious from the state of the server.


It's been addressed now, the server processes have been restarted to clean up any hung connections, and all should be well with the world.

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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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