Posts Tagged ‘admin’

Tweaking the updates

Written By: - Date published: 3:45 am, April 30th, 2008 - 17 comments

Yesterday’s site issues were due to a combination of inadequate Expires (causing a lot more files being transmitted) and the web-crawlers grabbing the updated site. It blew out the memory. I’ve limited the simultaneous sessions to prevent that until I get more RAM. Bandwidth usage for this month is indicating this would be a wise […]


Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, April 27th, 2008 - 73 comments

I upgraded the site tonight. There have been a lot of security fixes since we pushed a test site together in August 2007. It was only meant to be a trial (as I keep saying plaintively to the posters), and it sort of got away on us. This version is meant to be much more […]

Extra weight

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 pm, April 22nd, 2008 - 6 comments

A reader pointed out a set of hidden spam links that had attached themselves to the footer of the site. I’d noticed them previously and thought that I’d corrected them (see comment). But they turned up again. Turns out it was from an interesting flaw in the website, and was being inserted from outside. I’ve […]


Written By: - Date published: 7:04 pm, April 11th, 2008 - 25 comments

There was a reboot on the server last night for some reason about 20 hours ago, and the database process failed to start. The cron job that was meant to restart the process didn’t work. It would happen on a day when I was rushing around with a dead cellphone and no net access. I’ll […]

Happy New Year

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, January 1st, 2008 - 13 comments

Cyber-Santa came a little late to The Standard this year but we’re certainly not complaining – evidently we’ve got a New Year’s present instead. He and the techno-elves have moved us to a brand spanking new server cluster that should give us plenty of breathing room and make those pesky traffic congestion problems we were […]

Christmas wishes

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, December 27th, 2007 - 5 comments

Well I didn’t get my pony but I hope everyone’s Christmas was as enjoyable as mine. I’m just finishing some peanut butter on toast, by my reckoning the first non turkey- or ham-based meal I’ve had in five days. I’m hoping that it won’t trigger some sort of auto immune rejection reaction. Things are likely […]

Don’t panic

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 pm, December 15th, 2007 - 7 comments

A few readers have written in complaining they’re getting a strange message in their browser when they visit the site. Turns out that some versions of Internet Explorer don’t like the way one of our Google videos is embedded. Apparently it’s nothing to worry about (despite the sometimes stern message!) – I’ll see if I […]

Time for an upgrade

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, November 13th, 2007 - 21 comments

So the Herald links to us from the front page of their website this afternoon, and the resulting traffic knocks out our server. Bugger. We’re back online now, but I guess the moral of the story is we’re going to have to start paying for it like the big boys do. Did I say bugger […]


Written By: - Date published: 7:01 pm, October 24th, 2007 - Comments Off on Outage

Some server issues outside our control caused a bit of an outage this afternoon. We’re up and running again now though, as you can see. Thanks to all those who wrote in to make sure we were ok, and our apologies for any inconvenience.

a_y_b: MIA

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, September 25th, 2007 - Comments Off on a_y_b: MIA

Apologies for my silence, I’ve been having a Microsoft Word nightmare. When mail merge would work, the printer wouldn’t; when the printer would work, Excel wouldn’t, and so on… All sorted now… Clippy was an arse. Here he is trying to redeem himself:

Your mum was right – sharing’s good

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, September 5th, 2007 - Comments Off on Your mum was right – sharing’s good

That’s why we’ve just installed “Share This” – a blog plugin that should make it easier for you to share our tasty content with your friends (and the world). As soon as we put up a contact form you’ll be able to tell us if it works for you (or not). In the meantime try […]

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