Curveball Issue 24 Pushed Back to June

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

... well obviously it has, because it's June. Still, a brief explanation is in order.

Issue 24 is a double-sized issue (about 16,000 words instead of the standard 8-10K) so there's more to write. On top of that, I've been putting longer hours in at work because we're testing a new release, so I have less actual time to write. This has made my hope of getting the issue out on time a bit unrealistic.

I hope that it will be out this week. I am positive it will be out this month.

Sorry for the delay. Thanks for your patience. Assuming you are, in fact, patient, and not simply apathetic. :-D

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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