Tech hassles III

I was able to get a decent, but not a terrific, deal from Interland, on an upgrade to my FreeBSD server. Moving on with development of ThreadNeedle.

Work is still proceeding on trying to re-incorporate categories back into this weblog through Movable Type. Mena’s being kind enough to take a look at configuration to see if she can spot what the problem is, but I’m beginning to think it might be permanent, unless I want to hack further into the code. And I just don’t have time to hack into the code right now.


Tech hassles

First, MT 2.21 has broken my categories. I can’t assign a category to an entry, and can’t republish my category archives.

Next, my server is getting resource bound and I’m running into problems. Don’t expect ThreadNeedle too soon unless I get rich and can upgrade my server.

Update: I’m in negotiations with Interland to go to a 1GB system, which would give me the room and resources I need. However, it may come down to a choice of eating or upgrading*.

Doesn’t look good on the MT and category problem. If I could get some error messages, I would at least have a starting place, something to work from. Looks like I’ll have to hack into the MT code.

* I was just joking about the eating or upgrading. I’ll just blow off the taxes I owe the government, instead.


Burningbird Weblogging

Burningbird Big Plan—step 1

Spent several hours this evening integrating Movable Type into my other web sites:

Burningbird Network
Dynamic Earth
P2P Smoke

The job is far from finished. I have to work with XSLT to provide a template that works with Movable Type, as well as with the rest of each site’s content.

I’m also salvaging my favorite older posts, converting them into pseudo-weblog article/posts. In the process I’m removing references to “weblog”, as well as some of the assumptions on which the articles are based. For instance, I’m finding that many of my weblog postings assume that the reader “knows” the webloggers I know. This only works within a pure weblogging environment.

Lot’s of work. Work. Work. Since Google isn’t RDF literate — bad Google, bad Googlebot — I’m building a tool that takes my Post-Content System meta-information, stored in RDF, and uses it to determine whether a file will be search-engine enabled or not.

Enough for tonight.

One last thing: AKMA’s back and has a math joke. A math joke. I got it, BibleBoy — just not sure if I’ll forgive you for unleashing a math joke on a poor, unsuspecting, tired weblogger.

Burningbird Technology

Space? What space?

I was playing around with my server earlier, trying out some fun and interesting sounding new techie toys. Unfortunately, the new techie toys required ImageMagick.

Those of you with a Unix background are probably going “Oh, No!” about now. I knew I was pushing the bubble with this one, but you only live once.

Damn the server! Full install ahead!

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Anyway, we’re almost back to normal. I’ve managed to save the server, and was able to repair the Apache installation. It was also nice hearing from the system kernel, all those “panic!” emails.

If you tried to post comments earlier during some interesting moments of turmoil and they aren’t showing up — Sorry! If you have a minute and wouldn’t mind reposting, I would be grateful!

The great thing about Unix servers is that you can do anything. The bad thing about Unix servers is that you can do anything.


Back to old colors…sort of

I know that some of you liked the newer, lighter colors and these probably are more professional, but what can I say — I was born to be tacky.

However, I have kept the background behind the writing white or very light to help with reading.