Site Maintenance Tomorrow (Update: Complete)

Submitted by C B Wright on

UPDATE: Looks like we made it through!

Unless I have my dates hopelessly mixed up, will go offline at some point tomorrow as does some important infrastructure engineering. Assuming everything goes well, the site will come back up on its own, but "everything goes well" requires that I have everything configured properly on my end, so roll d100.

If everything does NOT go well I won't be able to do anything about it till tomorrow night at the earliest, and really probably not till the weekend. So let's hope I have configured everything properly!

We're back! Don't sneeze.

Submitted by C B Wright on

My regularly scheduled irregular schedule was interrupted yesterday when I tried to be a responsible site owner and keep my site up to date. The best way to do that, obviously, was to very irresponsibly try to upgrade the entire server to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. This mostly went well, except for the parts that didn't. Specifically: upgrading Apache 2.2 to Apache 2.4 is apparently a Very Bad Idea unless you know what you're doing.

... I didn't know what I was doing.

Same site, new IP, wha--hey, a popup!

Submitted by C B Wright on

Last night my site host assigned me a new IP address. They aren't turning the old one off till some time next month, but I wasn't publishing anything today (sorry about that) so I figured I'd get it done.

Update server, update DNS, update mail, reboot server, wait for propagation to... um... propagate.

If you're seeing this, it's done, and hello, you shouldn't notice anything new.

... except for the anti-CISPA popup.

Wait, what? I'm letting popups on my site? Yes, just this one, because it's important.

Unexpected downtime last week; back now

Submitted by C B Wright on

I say "unexpected downtime" but I don't mean the site. I mean me.

On January 31 our DSL went out, "sort of." By "sort of," I mean I had access to everything on the Internet that wasn't immediately useful: I could ping, I could ssh (OK, that was moderately useful) but I couldn't check email, couldn't browse, generally couldn't get anything done. By Friday DSL support had convinced me that it was a modem problem, and I ordered a new one.

Which didn't arrive until Friday.

Nine and a half days of relying on my phone for Internet access made it incredibly difficult to do much over here, especially since I was trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent my bandwidth usage from going over my AT&T data limit. Ah well, such is life; the good news is that I have Internet access once again, and things should return to whatever it is that passes for normal on this little corner of the Internet Ocean.

Well, hopefully better than "normal." We'll see.

Site(s) Going Dark This Weekend

Submitted by C B Wright on

The plan is that this weekend all the sites will be taken off line in order to do the Great Merge of 2012. All the testing I've done supports that this should work relatively well: by "relatively well" I mean "the site ought to be up on Monday and there should be a new comic."

The good news is that if by mid-Sunday I determine things just aren't working out, I'll just restore the database backup I'll be making this evening and the site as it currently exists will be back up on Monday, none the wiser.