Quick Status Update

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

Eviscerati.Org has been a lot more quiet for the last week or two than I'd intended. Short version: a few days before Christmas, my primary work computer, a beast of a laptop that I've used for about four years, died abruptly. Because that is my work computer (work including the things I do on this site, and also the things I do 40 hours a week that allows me to pay my bills) I needed to get a replacement, fast. So this Christmas I found myself with an additional expense--a new desktop computer.

Except that I didn't just go out and buy a desktop computer. I bought a barebones system and extra parts, because it was cheaper. Unfortunately, the last time actually built a desktop computer was six years ago, and a lot has happened in the last six years. So instead of focusing on the enjoyable and creative things in my life, I've been holding together this new computer with duct tape during work hours, then trying to get it to actually work in my off hours.

So basically that combined with holidays means I have no updates for... well... anything. And the Publishing Of Great Things probably won't resume until January 5, because I need another weekend to iron everything out.

(The long version of this story is a lot more amusing and involves a desktop computer power supply actually exploding. But that story is going to have to wait.)

Drupal 7 Conversion, Round 5,423,448

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

Over the weekend I took a fairly recent copy of my database and tried running the Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 upgrade, and found--much to my surprise--that most of the stuff that didn't work before works now. It's been fairly encouraging: there were a few issues that I've mostly managed to work through at this point, to the extent that I might actually be able to upgrade this thing once and for all.

RSS Feeds! RSS Feeds! RSS Feeds! RSS Feeds!

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

It has taken so long to figure out how to get this to work, but I've finally got the site RSS feeds sorted out.

My RSS feeds are now being pumped through Feedburner, which means I will actually have an idea of how many of you guys are out there. Which is good, because my gut feeling is that there are quite a lot of you and my RSS feed has always been sort of an afterthought.

At the moment I have a number of custom RSS feeds for your viewing pleasure:

RSS Feed Update: Progress.

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

In my last Site News Post about RSS Feeds, I complained that I couldn't get Feedburner--or any other RSS tool--to work with my site. The reason, apparently, is because I had SSL turned on everywhere, including for the RSS feed. Apparently RSS feeds are only considered valid when they start with http: not https: -- I think that's idiotic, personally, since the feeds still work exactly the same way -- but it is what it is.

Well, I found a Drupal module that lets me selectively deactivate SSL in specific regions of the site. It's called Secure Pages, and with it I can turn on SSL everywhere except for the RSS feeds (technically SSL is still on, because you can access the feeds with an https: URL, but it's no longer required.)

Hey, Internet, Can You Maybe Solve My Problem

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

NOTE: This has been fixed. See comments for explanation. Thanks all!

Remember when I said my site upgrade from Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) to Precise (12.04) went flawlessly? Well, I'm not sure that's true. I've been trying to solve a funny little problem that I can't figure out, without success. I was just on the verge of descending into despair (I still might get a series of Mark vs. Computer comics out of it) when it occurred to me: my readers are, by and large, a lot smarter than I am. So follow me below the cut where I relate to you my tale of woe, in the hopes that one of you knows exactly what is going on...

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