So after salvaging a bunch of content from Google’s cache and other sources, I’ve started working on getting the site back online with a new design and a few new surprises which has been due for quite a while. First step was bump up the MovableType engine to the 3.12 version and installing a bunch of plugins – MTBlackList, MTMultiblog and others.
I still need a few things left to do in the MT plugin department, but it seems a large number of plugins haven’t been upgraded to MT3.x or at least didn’t bother to tell if they work with MT3. Guess I’ll find the answer through testing then.
Sometime during the night between Thursday and Friday last week, the disk RAID in this server burned two disks and forgot to enable the spare disk in the RAID. The server went down, the lights went out and the site (along with the other sites hosted here).
Thanks to a Linux Magician we have a new server running – and the content should eventually start to reappear with the next few days (and weeks).
I’ve been busy hacking away on a script which would read the XMLTV format and pour it into a mysql database. It’s fun but nothing is quite as easy as it should be. I’ve rediscovered it once again.
Continue reading Perl, XML, Television and something about encodings
There are quite a large number of tools available for testing and checking a website, but the most valuable is (without doubt) the Web Page Analyzer – as it does tell (and help) you optimize your site in ways you may not have thought of.
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If you’re php developer you should check out php | architect. It a monthly magazine aimed at PHP developers and actually quite good. It used to come in PDF-format only, but has recently also launched a dead trees version. It’s a nice mixture of tips, software reviews, interviews and programming techniques. While all articles isn’t equally interesting, it is certainly well worth the US$2.09 which the PDF-version cost. A free copy available from their site.
Now usually spam is evil, annoying and a bloody pain. It does however have rare moments of actual usefulness. On an average day my mailbox seems to be stormed by more than two hundred spam mails from just about every where on the planet. Thanks to server-side filters combined with mozillas learning filters, they all seem to disappear into a consolidated spambox. I can check the box (too look for any false positives), and if the box hasn’t gotten any new mail for more than an hour, something is most likely wrong in my mail setup.
In Denmark most of the major websites are members of the FDIM – the Association of Danish Internet Media – and thanks to this association there’s a weekly hit list which provides a comparable overview of the traffic and users on Danish websites. An article (in Danish) at Vertical made an interesting observation – on the Internet function, not content, is king.
It’s an interesting time for the mobile market in Denmark. After wild and impressive expansion for years, almost everyone owns a mobile phone and the market don’t support the mad expansion rates any more. Currently we seem to be in consolidation mode, where first TDC bought (first Telefona and later the much more famous) Telmore. Today Sonofon then bought the biggest budget company using their network CBB.
With prices at rock bottom, it’ll be interesting to see how mobile companies will try to steal customers from each other and if small companies like M1 will survive.
Microsoft Office has gotten a lot of nice and helpful features in the latest version. One of the nice features is virtually unlimited undo capabilities. Unfortunately this feature can also leave some tracks for recipients of your documents – a new tool from Microsoft lets you clean your office documents before further distribution.
Continue reading Office: remove hidden data
On this day – some twenty years ago – November 10th, 1983, Microsoft Windows was announced – it should be on the shelves April 1984. It didn’t make it there until November 20, 1985, that first Windows 1.0 was on the street.