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November 16, 2007

Imminent downtime
Posted by Patrick at 03:23 PM *

Our hosting provider will be moving us from one server to another at around 7PM EST. It’s possible we’ll be down for a bit, and afterwards, it’s possible some things will break, because as we all know, some of Making Light’s bells-and-whistles are seriously kludgy. Here’s a thread for posting about any problems.

The move is prompted by the fact that evidently we continue to be a target of industrial-strength spamming, compounded by my own failure to stay up-to-date on countermeasures. As our hosting service has pointed out, it’s not fair to the other clients on our shared server. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done around here to make this site work better and consume fewer resources, and Movable Type has grown way too complicated for me to stay on top of it all. We need to figure a bunch of stuff out.

Comments on Imminent downtime:
#1 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 03:46 PM:

Have they already started? The front page is stuck, from about 1:40pm Eastern.

#2 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 03:49 PM:

I don't know. I've emailed to inquire.

#3 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:16 PM:

The front page is unstuck.

#4 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:25 PM:

Good luck with all that, Patrick. Bad cess to the spammers.

#5 ::: Kate Nepveu ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:33 PM:

If ML's move to a non-shared server bumps the bills beyond what ad revenue brings in, I would be pleased to contribute to the site's upkeep.

(Or to a consultant to get the site in a less kludgy form that would be easier for y'all to maintain.)

(And while I'm being parenthetical, this Spam Firewall plugin is great for reducing server load.)

#6 ::: Summer Storms ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:36 PM:

Damn, there go my plans for a quiet Friday evening with new friends. :-(

I might get some writing done, however.

A pox on spammers, btw. In fact, I'll probably spend some time clearing them out of my forum* tonight. They sign up, but get caught in a net for me to delete, and I'm way behind.

*I hope it's okay to link that. I know I've raved ecstatically about this blog, and the people on it, to the folks over there at least once or twice.

#7 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:40 PM:

I'm not under the impression we're being moved to a non-shared server, merely to one more capable of coping with our current State of Being.

#8 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:41 PM:

"Captain, the server can't take it anymore!"
"Scotty, I need that server now."
"Oh, OK. Just give me five minutes."
(2.5 minutes later)
"Done, Captain."
"What? How...? Nevermind."

That being said, in keeping with Kate Nepveu's suggestion, I wonder if a Paypal tin cup would help.

#9 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:48 PM:

I'm going to bed soon, and I'm not exactly myself (fever). So rather than track things reactively, I've put my Professional Pessimist* hat on.

There's an Open Thread over at my place if ML goes down and there is a need** for somewhere to discuss matters germane, Jermaine, German, or geranium.

If it's not needed, it can die a death. If it is, we have the bandwidth. And if, like the guy who brings the umbrella to prevent rain, I make it all go smoothly, well, that to is a use.

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* I am a software tester. I know what can go wrong.
** or desire

#10 ::: Summer Storms ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:54 PM:

Abi, you might want to make sure those who post there for the first time tonight don't get their comments held for approval (like I just did). ;-)

#11 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:58 PM:

Summer Storms @10:

Not just held for approval, but actually marked junk! I shall scrape together all available brain cells and investigate.

#12 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 04:58 PM:

* I am a software tester. I know what can go wrong.

Shouldn't that be 'I know what can go rwong'?

(This beats trying to figure out why the line on the paper map is straighter than the one that has to be there in the real world. @#$%^&*!)

#13 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 05:03 PM:

OK, spam filter adjusted.

And PJ Evans, my Skype message is usually:

Getnig ti wrnog.

#14 ::: Summer Storms ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 05:05 PM:

Thanks, Abi! Hope you feel better soon!

#15 ::: Kathryn from Sunnyvale ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 05:17 PM:

The last time there was a big crunch (back in the summer) I'd emailed about a MT wizard / consultant who'd been recommended to me as very good and very, very fast.

There's a place for vicarious learning, and big website installations might be one of them.

#16 ::: David Harmon ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 06:51 PM:

Best of Luck!

#17 ::: shadowsong ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 09:21 PM:

is it my imagination or did everything just revert back an hour? a bunch of comments from 8:00 to just after 9 appear to have disappeared .

#18 ::: Paula Lieberman ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 10:04 PM:

I test software for a living
I find problems ev'ryday,
I crash programs unforgiving,
I find where the programs stray.

I test software for a living,
Bugs by thousands I have found,
I find holes the coders left and,
I chase them down in the ground.

I test software for a living,
Unbound entities cause bugs,
Uninitialized conditions,
Were the programmers on drugs?

I test software for a living,
I play dirty user tricks,
That send programs into havoc,
Like a game of pick up sticks.

I test software for a living,
Watch the applications fail,
Can I make the same things happen,
Is there any audit trail?

I test software for a living,
Write up bugs a daily task,
Then I have to check for fixes,
And I often have to ask--

"I test software for a living,
Is this acting as it should?
This is what I've seen it doing,
Is this bad or is it good?"

I looked at the specs, they left out,
Many details that I need,
That would tell me what to look for,
For the testing to succeed!

I test software for a living,
Many fewer bugs there'd be,
If more time were spent on baselines,
And specs written properly!

I test software for a living.
I find where the software's weak,
Error handling were it better,
There would be no mem'ry leak.

I test software for a living,
I wish programmers would be
Much more careful writing software,
Then more stable it would be!

#19 ::: Rainflame ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 10:12 PM:

Well done Paula!

#20 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 10:14 PM:

Hey! I wrote that first and Paula stole it! You just can't tell because of the missing comments!

(OK, not really. Good work, Paula!)

#21 ::: Todd Larason ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 11:31 PM:

"Uninitialized conditions,
Were the programmers on drugs?"

At more than one previous job, there were commenting conventions that would indicate that not only was the answer 'yes', but which drugs the programmers were on when writing that particular section.

#22 ::: Soon Lee ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2007, 01:21 AM:

abi @9:

Or matters Jemaine?

Get well soon.

#23 ::: eric ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2007, 01:45 AM:
* I am a software tester. I know what can go wrong.

Shouldn't that be 'I know what can go wrong'?

Or: I am a software tester. I am what goes wrong.

There's a tshirt that I've seen from one of the MS test groups that's essentially:

"Well then the spec's wrong too. "

#24 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2007, 02:52 AM:

I think I'm back to myself, mostly.

Yay Paula! That's what it's like.

Around my office we joke about "the Abi-field" (in Dutch, "het Abiveld"). Things go wrong for me, pretty much all the time; my main problems are targeting† and reproducibility*.

I'm substantially back to myself now, anyway, and thanks for all the good wishes.

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† so that I break the application, not the operating system, hardware, colleagues or office environment‡
* though non-reproducible and intermittent bugs give me an idea where the code is flaky - sometimes the bug is just in its cocoon stage
‡ all of which I have done when het Abiveld gets out of control

#25 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2007, 02:53 AM:

(Clearly not enough back to myself to preview effectively.)

#26 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2007, 06:29 AM:

Abi... I guess that answers my question to you in the other thread, about your fevered dreams.

Wow. You generate the Abi Testing Field and the Abi Poesy Field?

#27 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2007, 01:32 PM:

Imminent downtime,
fortunately I missed it.
I have a headache.

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