Another Personal Update on the Ongoing War Against Entropy

Submitted by C B Wright on

Good news! I no longer have to drive 176 miles round-trip when I commute. Last weekend I moved into our new apartment in glorious Phenix City, Alabama, just 13 minutes away from where I work in Columbus, Georgia.

Bad news! We're not quite moved in yet. I'm essentially camping out in the apartment because none of our big furniture (including things like, oh, beds) are there yet. It's still better than driving 176 miles a day.

Good news! This weekend we're renting a U-Haul and moving all the big furniture!

Bad news! This weekend we're renting a U-Haul and moving all the big furniture!

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.

New Feature: Infinite Scrolling for Webcomic Story and Character Arcs

Submitted by C B Wright on

Another new feature I've wanted to add for a long time is now being tested, in limited fashion, on my site.

For quite a while, I've set up my comic to give readers the ability to view the entire arc of a storyline by clicking the storyline name on the comic display:

In the example above, clicking "The Road to Binky" takes you to the very beginning of that story arc (one of the larger ones in my archives).

Site now (mostly) mobile-compatible

Submitted by C B Wright on

Earlier this year I switched over to a new theme that was supposed to support mobile devices. It did, for the most part, but there were... um... aberrations that forced me to disable some of its mobile device-friendly tricks. As a result, trying to look at my website on a mobile device, specifically a smartphone, was not a pleasant experience.

This weekend I think I fixed most of that, so if you're one of the brave few who visits this place on your cell phone, well, it should be easier to do.

For those of you who visit here with computers, you probably won't notice too many of the differences, with the exception of the pagers I use for the webcomics (I had to stack the pagers on top of each other in order to get them to fit on a mobile device). Other than that, you shouldn't notice the changes at all. If you want to see what it looks like, though, you can just change your browser size. The changes are based on a calculation of display width, so if you reduce the width of your browser you'll the layout update accordingly.

The last thing I need to take care of on the mobile device front is the Fiction Page. The multi-tabbed box at the top doesn't display well on small screens. It's something I've been planning to update anyway, because it's a bit cumbersome to manage and isn't as useful as I was hoping.

If you find any site problems, post them here in the comments or put something in the site forums.

Just deleted a bunch of spam user accounts

Submitted by C B Wright on

The new fun game the blogspammers have adopted when plaguing my site is to create an account and try to create posts in the Eviscerati Forums. This worked for a while until I changed a few settings so that my spamcatcher could do its thing... but even though they haven't been able to break through Mollom for a few weeks, they keep registering accounts.

So today I purged a lot of spam accounts from the roles. I'm pretty sure I only purged spam accounts--their account names are rather, ah, distinctive--but it's possible I accidentally nuked some legitimate accounts as well. If that happened to you, I'm sorry. On the other hand, you might want to avoid using account names like "petergrflkmmmbtp" in the future.

If you're wondering where all the updates are...

Submitted by C B Wright on

... well, I can't say as I blame you. Unfortunately for everyone including myself, I've been sucked into creating Emergency Security Documentation for my day job, and anyone who has ever done Security Documentation will tell you that it is an event horizon of stress and despair. It's eating up pretty much all of my time and everything else has been pushed to the side.

This is one of the disadvantages of having a job that pays the bills and all that. Anyway, I hope to update soonish.

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