Archive for June, 2005

phpBB 2.0.16 has been sent to haunt me

Monday, June 27th, 2005 | Life

Yesterday I finally finished upgrading all my forums to phpBB 2.0.15 and today I finished patching all the external scripts I thought I had. Huzzah! Like a months work finally finished. I joked with Ceon that I would be seriously annoyed if phpBB released phpBB 2.0.16 tomorrow.

Well I am pretty sure they won’t be doing that. Mainly because they released it today! Yes, I had just finished patching everything and they bring out a new version. And things just kept getting more annoying.

I managed to streamline the phpBB upgrade process however. I managed to update the 16 installs I keep up to date in an hour or two. Deep down I think I wanted the new release to see how fast I could do it and it came off well.

I realised other problems though – I had a version of Coppermine that I hadn’t checked for an update, there had been one which I am doing now. I missed phpAdsNew off the list altogether and have remembered two of those that I havenít updated, although one I am taking offline. Finally I think I have some Snitz to upgrade.

So I’m not so upgraded after all. But don’t get me wrong I am a lot closer when I was. I had two wikis that needed upgrading which has been done along with upgrading one of my vBulletin‘s from 3.0.3 to 3.0.7, some other script upgrades and of course all my phpBB installs.

Some of these were really old. Like 2.0.6. In fact, Audio Senate was 2.0.5 although what I did there because of the mods was scrap the original script, bring in a whole new set of files and re-mod them. I actually took out several mods so make it easier to update, I’ll be staying on top of them now.

Going all techie

Sunday, June 19th, 2005 | Life

I always considered myself an MSDN person and believe me, I still very much am. Although today I have drifted over to being a TechNet person. I don’t really like the whole techie thing as getting computers to work that aren’t is beyond annoying. But certain developer style developments led me there.

The firm rooting in MSDN here is that to drift over I have been developing two websites. The websites in question are Server Admin Newbie and Hardware Tutorials. The first one I launched today and the latter I have just been working on.

I have been toying with the idea of doing a guide for new server admins as I know how clueless I was when I first got my VPS hosting. I had also been thinking that I don’t have a big enough range of developed sites. I’ve put everything into celeb sites, I have loads of others I guess but it didn’t feel like I did. End result I started that site.

Secondly I am going to be spending some time on Hardware Tutorials as it has plenty of potential. I wrote a new tutorial just now and I have realised it isn’t in any of the search engines or Worfolk Online’s database so I will be letting the world know it is out there this evening.

The profound meaning of DC

Thursday, June 16th, 2005 | Life

The latest thing to arrive through my letterbox from Screen Select is Dawson’s Creek series 5. They have really slowed down by the way. They seem to take more time to dispatch and Royal Mail seems to take more time to deliver. But that is a different story.

I got watching the first disk. Disk 2 arrived two days ago but disk one only got here today so I thought I would stick the first episode one. End result is by 2 pm I had watched the entire first disk.

It really got to me. I think I had an anxiety attack at first as everything had changed. DC was always a safe insular place for me in Capeside but now everyone is off in different places. Well it’s not that bad, at the moment everyone is in Boston which reassures me a little.

It really got me thinking though. I’ve spent the last 40 minutes, an hour starring out of random windows and walking around. I’m trying to get some revision done but I just keep starring at the page of the book thinking about DC. Dawson is at a crossroads in his life and I think I am at the same point in my own.

Which is what scares me. The series, right from the opening doesn’t seem to be about Dawson and his creek anymore. It’s about Joey and as Dawson put it "this city of yours." It’s almost become a show titled Joey’s Boston. I don’t want that I want the story to be about Dawson and for him to get his happy ending. Because I want my story to be about me and my happy ending.

I’ve always considered Dawson to be my counterpart in the world of fiction. As I think I have explained before we are quite a like. Except obviously he has this perfect life in a beautiful creek and I have, well, Leeds, and currently a life that sucks). So what seems to be a downturn in his fortune has a knock on effect for me.

Dawson has always known what to do. He was going to be a film maker. I know what I am going to do. I took comfort in that. But for the first time I feel that he doesn’t know what to do. Or that he is making the wrong choice. What if I am doing the same?

Random Cassie picture

Monday, June 13th, 2005 | Life

As Cassie was disappointed that she didn’t come up in the images search, I decided there was only one thing to do – post a pic on Nerd Fed and trying to get it listed.

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pLog 1.0.1

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 | Life

As you may have noticed, Nerd Fed has changed slightly. Well actually only two things appear to have changed at the front end – there is now a search on the right hand side and the text at the top has changed slightly.

The reason is that I finally got round to upgrading to pLog 1.0.1 (previously we were running 0.3 or something like that). The real changes to the script are at the back end though, and it looks a whole lot different to before.

The admin panel looks much better. The old one wasn’t actually that bad although the improvements are huge. It’s a much more slick and cleaner interface now; I no longer have to be jealous of Blogger.

I’m tempted to start a second blog just so I can do some track backs between them ;).

Celeb Storm launches

Monday, June 6th, 2005 | Life

Finally! After ages working on the site, re-designing it to fit in with other things, many crazy projects, a VPS (which I will talk about in a later post sometime because its soooo cool), Celeb Storm has finally taken to the internet in full flight. Well, as far as I know.

It’s totally integrated (well pretty much) with Rawice.com which launched version 2.0 of the site last month and so when that update it updates Celeb Storm with the end result being that it should actually get updated.

Plus I managed to preserve all the original features: top sites and the wiki which I thought I would have to remove to make in manageable survived as did the celeb rating system which looks as cool as I had hoped.

Now that I have httpd.conf access I can ServerAlias domains so boards.rawice.com and forums.celebstate.com are both sharing the same vBulletin install, hopefully I will sort the skins out too soon as at the moment it sets it in the URL which sucks for users who want to use a specific skin.