Maintenance and upgrades

Written By: - Date published: 4:06 pm, February 17th, 2009 - 25 comments
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The latest load of bill-paying work has finished (and the site is paid up until June). I’m at a relatively loose end for a few weeks. There are a number of postponed tasks that I’ll catch up on, but there should be a lot of time for the site.

Tonight there will be some work to bring the site back up to scratch with plugins. There will be a number of changes to the site over the next week for such things as advertising and whatever mod’s I find interesting. Put in your wish-list here. If you see something wrong, then comment in this post.

iphoneBecause of the type of work I’ve been doing, I haven’t been as pervasive on the site as usual. I can feel my moderating and banning skills slipping away through lack of use.

However that could all change as I get more mobile. Lyn brought an iPhone. And I was so impressed by the net access that I brought one as well to replace the Nokia with missing button (very few buttons on a iPhone). It is done to further my PDA skills (IRD – please note), to moderate the trolls more easily, and because the damn thing is so much fun.

So today as part of the unwind of the brain, I’ve been playing around with a iPhone CSS version of The Standard’s admin pages to allow me to operate the site more effectively on a smaller screen. If anyone else uses these types of wee browsers, then give me a yell.

25 comments on “Maintenance and upgrades”

  1. the bean 1

    can I be rude and point out that you both bought your iPhones?

  2. lukas 2

    your link for contact seems to be broken to Iprent…

  3. lprent 3

    bean: Yes we both did. Didn’t I say that? Yes it did… I was definitely going to just get another nokia.

    I tenaciously hunted down one of the few iPhones still in Auckland on a very hot public holiday. I found it in the 7th store where the stores were either shut or out of stock. This was a repeat of the situation of the hunt after Xmas, where there seemed to be zero stock available…. After so much hunting I decided to have a play…..

    lukas: Fixed – it is just the contact-us page where my e-mail resides.

  4. Felix 4


    I think the bean is referring to a brought/bought situation in para 4.

  5. I think Lynn might know someone called Lyn. i.e. partner/sibling/friend. 🙂

  6. Also, Lynn, a lot of people use this plugin to generate their iphone interface with great success 😀

    Edit: updated plugin link to one that’s actually maintained

  7. Tane 7

    Chris S – yes.

  8. Felix 8

    Have you all been studying English as a second language with Steve or something?

    Neither Lyn nor Lynn brought an iPhone, the word is bought.

  9. Billy 9

    I bought an i-phone yesterday. Vodaphone say I might get a data connection this month.

  10. Rex Widerstrom 10

    Hmmm… well I just tried to browse here on my LG KU970 (I like to stay one step behind the cutting edge 😀 ) and the browser carked it after saying “page too large”. So you might want to consider something that slices and dices The Standard into meaty bite-sized chunks for phone browsing, maybe?

  11. Quoth the Raven 11

    Lprent – You could support that Creative Freedom thing and put their banner up – that is if you want to support them.
    There was an interesting post at RadGeek recently about this very issue. He had an excert from a blog which was closing:

    This leads me to my final reason for closing the blog which is independent of the first reason: my fear that the blog was becoming too negative in tone. I regard myself as a centrist. I believe very much that in proper doses copyright is essential for certain classes of works, especially commercial movies, commercial sound recordings, and commercial books, the core copyright industries. I accept that the level of proper doses will vary from person to person and that my recommended dose may be lower (or higher) than others. But in my view, and that of my cherished brother Sir Hugh Laddie, we are well past the healthy dose stage and into the serious illness stage. Much like the U.S. economy, things are getting worse, not better. Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately.

  12. lprent 12

    ChrisS: Yes – my name is spelt ‘Lynn’. ‘Lyn’ is a bit shorter and differently gendered (in this case)

    Felix: If it gets through the browsers spell checker, then why should I give a shit. At least I check the spelling….

    Rex: That is the type of thing that I’m looking at. It doesn’t matter that much on this iPhone because it has a lot of memory and I’m not going to fill it all up with music. I’ll hunt down your access in the logs to see what it came in as.

  13. Felix 13

    “why should I give a shit”

    Because it’s a different word and it doesn’t mean bought.

  14. Felix. You make me sad. My English is super, it’s my spelling that lacks perfection 🙂

  15. lprent 15

    QtR: You notice we don’t even bother with a copyright on the site.

    Looking at the s92a stuff at present. As you’re probably aware the final reading of this came up during the election campaign when we were otherwise occupied.

    Personally I’ll make a decision after I finish reading material (BTW: good links) and digging my way through the legal issues.

  16. Felix 16

    My apologies Steve, of course you’re right.

    However your smiley technique is slipping – that’s not a very sad face.

  17. Rex Widerstrom 17

    You tell ’em, Felix.

    I’ve just waded my way through a bunch of nonsense from the hang ’em high brigade over here and by the time I’d got past “judicery”, “mutinova’s”, “anti-police retric” and the like, my eyes were bleeding.

    And here’s the clincher: “let them run all over them with bleeding heart stories. Like we “believe your laywer that you suffered a sycoloigical mind injury because were smacked as a child for being naughtey”.

    F*** it… I’m just going to refuse to take seriously anything written by someone who can’t spell to save themselves. And that goes for you, lprent 😛 LOL

    [lprent: Hey ! I’m with SP – at least I try…]

  18. Felix 18

    Fair enough, Rex.

    Lynn: Do or do not – there is no try.

  19. Lynn – There is a serious technical problem with this site that you could rectify with focus over the next few months. It appears that there is a problem with the alphanumeric character display between the text string delimiters. As the thread above describes there is random error generation, but this is not a business critical problem.

    The problem is that there are so many subtle errors in the definition, use and ordering of the individually delimited text strings. The individual text strings are generally correct, subject to the errors noted above. However the output validation does not correlate with our a verifiable data set. The ordering of output is frequently fundamentally flawed. It seems to relate to the justification of the text strings Perhaps there was a problem with the original usecase for the website?

  20. Pascal's bookie 20

    heh. nice one.

  21. lprent 21

    Phil: It should be correct for all recent pages (ie the last year) if your browser is capable of displaying UTF8 which is pretty much the defacto standard for the web these days.

    I’ll have a peek at your browser string on the comment so I can see if I can set up the same way…

    What you could also be describing is the UTF8 / Latin1 database and web conflict that shows up in some old posts and comments. Because of the history of the site it has been moved a few times. It started on a MySQL database using Latin1 in a windows 2003 server. It got moved to a server using something – probably Latin1. Then it had an upgrade in the wordpress code which moved it to using UTF8. Then it moved back to the origional site, and then to a *nix site. On the way through some of the database got hopelessy tied up with variants of UTF8 and Latin1 encodings of some characters.

    I did a big clean through it to fix that a while ago.

  22. ah I was too subtle Lynn. 🙂 In other individual text strings. (words). The words form ideas that are wrong 😉

    Thats one to me.

    [lprent: On a thread about upgrades and to a programmer – I suspect you mis-took your audience. However I can continue to assist your education about multi-byte character format issues?]

  23. The audience of one was sufficient 😉

  24. Rex Widerstrom 24

    Phil I’ve just noticed this and wanted to let you know you doubled your audience figures. Very, very good indeed 🙂

  25. gingercrush 25

    lame. But why did you cut the number of recent comments that would be displayed on the page? 15 recent comments is just too small.

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