That was a really, really long week.
Last night, just before midnight, we finally got everything back to normal. Our archives are back, along with full comment functionality, the membership pages, and everything else. The site is now in its new home, which we hopehopehope will be less troublesome than its old one.
I don’t mind telling you that the past week has been a major stressgasm for me, kinda like watching your kid being really sick and not knowing when the medicine would finally kick in. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent kind and encouraging remarks about the situation — it helped get me through the rough parts.
Big thanks also to all membership program enrollees — your membership dollars helped make the upgrade possible.
And biggest thanks of all to webmaster Johnny Ek, who engineered that upgrade (and who dealt with a near-endless stream of semi-panicked phone calls and e-mails from me over the past week).
Here’s a quick FAQ:
What happened to the comments from Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, and the open threads from the weekend?
Unfortunately, the placeholder site we were using since Friday is now gone, and so are the comments that were posted to it. My posts from those days are all here, though — scroll down, or look in the archives, and you’ll see them.
Speaking of which: One of my biggest regrets about the recent snafu is that Friday’s interview with pocket schedule collector Claude Jacques was largely lost in the shuffle. It was posted for about an hour on Friday morning, and then we were dark for most of the rest of that day. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend going back to check it out — Claude’s a really interesting guy, and his site rocks. That entry is here.
Some things from old posts look funny — what’s up with that?
Unusual typographic characters (bullets, some apostrophes, the ellipsis that run in between Ticker items, the little symbol at the end of “Get Itâ„¢,” etc.) appear to have been come through the server changeover in a rather garbled state. I’d like to go back through the archives and fix all of these, but it’ll take time. It’ll take less time, however, if I have a team of helpers. So if you’re interested in, um, some really boring data-entry tedium, contact me and I’ll show you how you can help out.
Please remind me — what’s the name of the crummy web-hosting company that caused all these problems, so I know never to use them myself?
GoDaddy. They earn Uni Watch’s lowest rating.
Anything else we ought to know?
Probably, but I can’t think of anything else right now. I’ll let you know if anything else occurs to me, and definitely let me know if you spot any site-related abnormalities.
Thanks again for bearing with us. It’s good to be back.