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Site migration

March 19th, 2016, 4:50pm by Mike

Got a “new” server off of eBay — a mid-2010 Mac mini, same as my desktop computer. It replaces the mid-2007 Mac mini that has been our home (and web) server for many years. The “new” computer runs 10.11 just fine, and has 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB internal SSD drive — all for $400 on eBay. 

I didn’t get it expecting to have lots of new activity around here, but it’ll definitely be more capable of shipping media around the house. 

Now I think Jake has something to say about his performance in the NCAA pool — the 20th anniversary of the pool, if I’m counting right, with a winner’s value of over $2000!

The Board: Past, Present & Future

May 27th, 2014, 5:56pm by Jake

Following up on a brief Twitter conversation, it’s quite obvious that Pyslent has entered a serious lull, for many reasons. What I miss about the activity is that it was a nice way for me to document my activity & keep my friends up to date, both here & my personal blog. I’d like to get that back. Twitter is fine, but it’s all too short– quick things are fine, but it’s obviously hard to be too descriptive in 140 characters or less. Quite clearly real life business makes it harder to construct detailed posts, while at the same time updates about the growing Pyslent family may not be appropriate to share on a public website. Especially as Brandon, Lucas (and soon their others) along with their classmates find their way onto the web and inevitably will discuss the treasure trove of of stories at our humble blog.

Speaking for myself, I’ve become less public online at the same time I’ve become much busier. Part of that is the time to post, another part is the realization that sharing all my activities online doesn’t make as much sense as it once did, and possibly the biggest part is the friction inherent in that decision making progress. In the past trips to Vegas, San Francisco, Utah & Chicago would have been accompanied by many photos, one or more posts and a short narrative. Now my photography has become less prolific, my posting more guarded and the time to put together the prose.

Inevitably, the discussions have been reduced to pop culture, new gadgets and occasional news. But without the real social glue bringing us back– stories about ourselves & each other– the draw to post & interact has lessened. At least it has for me. And as with all communities, as the engagement drops, so does the compulsion to deepen our commitment to this community, even as our friendships remain solid offline, across the country and across the street.

My thinking is, if we move to password protect the site (providing the key to any of our friends that may enjoy our ramblings & experiences), we may be more inclined to post more personal stuff, or at least semi personal, along the same vein of our Tweeting except with more words to spare. It would provide a jolt, at a minimum, for me. Not sure I can speak for anyone else. What do you think?

New Server, Take 2

December 9th, 2010, 1:35pm by Mike

Welcome to the new server (take 2)! As I mentioned on Twitter, I think I’ve squashed most of the bugs and gotten us back on track. Unfortunately, a side effect of restoring the database was losing yesterday’s post and comments. Here’s the summary:

  • Mike: We have a new server.
  • Kelvin: Like the retro Board look.
  • Jake: old links don’t work.
  • Lance: Can’t log in.
  • Derrick: (hasn’t noticed)

Otherwise, not too many changes. Comments are automatically closed after 30 days (you’ll have to start a new post), and hopefully everything else works.

So, long story short, get to work making fun posts! I realize we all have grown to use other sites for lots of what we used to use The Board for (Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, etc), but I think there’s still a place for The Board. Enjoy!

For anybody who cares — when migrating WordPress, export/import the databases through MySQL or a MySQL GUI, don’t export/import via WordPress. PostIDs get all messed up. Or just use Permalinks from the start.

Testing Video, Part Deux

March 4th, 2010, 11:50pm by Mike

Jake tried to embed a YouTube video in his last post, and even though the site seems to be set up to embed the video, it didn’t work (strangely, it didn’t even linkify the URL). My first thought was that it was his blogging client, and Lance pointed out that my troubleshooting may not have worked because I tried to embed videos in a comment.

So, let’s see what happens when I try several different ways to embed a YouTube video, like Jake did:

…and the same from Flickr:

Did anything work?

** EDIT, 5 March. Trying what Lance suggested below. Using the syntax didn’t work, and when I use the WordPress post editing tool (rather than my blogging client) and insert the video using the method described on that page, it looks like HTML:

Jake's Pre video

Testing Video

March 3rd, 2010, 2:27am by Jake

Just a quick test, to see if I can embed a video using WordPress tools. The code on YouTube didn’t seem to work. In all its cheesy glory, my first Palm Pre video.

Well, that didn’t work at all. Mike, can you take a look at this page, http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds and see what happens when you change this setting, ‘(Check the “Auto-embeds” check box in Administration > Settings > Media SubPanel.) ‘ Thanks.

Sorry for the Interruption

February 3rd, 2010, 2:01pm by Mike

I’m guessing that you guys don’t really want the details, but suffice it to say that my previous assertion that I had migrated everything over was, well, completely wrong.

But now we’re back on the air!

I think I’ve done it much better this time, but at this point, I’m through migrating old stuff. If you find broken links, let me know and I’ll do my best to fix them, but at this point, I’m pretty sure there’s nothing systematically wrong.

This post is also a test to see if images are uploading correctly from MarsEdit, which they are. If you’re on a Mac, you should give it a try if you’re in the market for blog software, and the guy who writes it, Daniel Jalkut, lives just across the river from me (in Somerville) and has a good twitter feed, too.

Also, Kelvin got Poster working from his phone, and it looks like Windows Live Writer is working, too.

And it looks like the mobile version is working fine, and is as big a hit with readers as they previously indicated it would be, so that’s good.

So let’s get posting!

Test Post from Windows Live Writer

January 31st, 2010, 9:25pm by Kelvin

Set up a new account in my PC blog writer, using the following post URL:

http://www.pyslent.com/xmlrpc.php

The only currently available webOS WP blogging tool is called Poster. I’ll give it a try later on (costs $1, but it’ll be worth it if it means that I don’t have to go through Flickr to post remotely 🙂 ).

A search of Precentral for “wordpress” indicates another wordpress client in development, and an entry about WebOS support coming to the mobile version of WordPress in the form of some sort of pluggin. Not sure what that last article refers to, actually.

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Back In Business

January 31st, 2010, 8:27am by Mike

So The Board is back in business, running on the most recent version of WordPress (currently, v2.9.1)! Upgrading allows us to move into the 21st century, giving the ability to do all sorts of fun things like better integration with flickr and twitter, as well as mobile versions of the site that were being clamored for by Kelvin and Jake.

It wasn’t easy, given that we were running on an 7 year-old version of Movable Type, and the migration tools to WordPress from that version were for at least 5 year-old versions of WP. The hardest part was that, because of the database structure, when a post is assigned an ID number, then subsequently erased, or a draft is not posted, the ID number is not reused, so that the resulting export of posts from MT was not necessarily sequential. Anyway, with use of text editors, messing with MT exporters (written in Perl, and not as easy as claimed here), Excel, and a program I wrote in Ruby, all 1,686 posts, 7,059 comments, and all the associated images are now in place and seem linked correctly. There may be some hiccups here and there.

Of course you’ll notice that the design of the front page isn’t what it used to be — right now it’s still the default (ugly) WordPress theme, and it’ll take a little time to get that back in place. On mobile devices, you should see a completely different-looking Board, since there’s a mobile version. I’ll get RSS feeds back up in the next day or two (maybe by the time you read this), and I’ll put them in the comments.

At any rate, welcome back! After all this, I hope that we actually use the Board a bit — it was interesting to see the post volume drop like a rock when we all started to use Twitter…

Six years!

December 4th, 2008, 11:26pm by Jake

Hard to believe. Pyslent continues to rock, and to keep the geographically diverse team in close contact. So first, through the years. Year 0, year 1, year 2, year 3, year 4 and year 5. All told, 1567 posts and 6448 comments. We’ll have to plot these numbers up at some point.
Now, read on to see a list of our most commented upon threads from the last 6 years. Notice any trends?

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More than 1500 posts!

July 1st, 2008, 6:02am by Jake

I guess that’s what happens when you’re on the same blog for more than 5 1/2 years. After going live on December 4, 2002, it took about 20 months to reach post #500, 21 months to reach post #1001 and a whopping 27 months for the next 500. Interestingly, as posts have gotten less frequent, comments have become more frequent. About 1250 comments for the first 500, 2400 comments for the next 500, and 2535 comments for the last 500 posts.
Thanks for posting, commenting, reading & linking. Hope to see you all at #2000.


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