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Ship’s Log, Hosting Status

Having endured many minor mishaps and miscommunications over the years, this morning our ship was threatened by an “account suspended” warning that seemed set to scuttle the site. Fortunately, it proved to be a false alarm triggered by a server problem unrelated to my account.

Smart spacers know that there’s no such thing as gremlins, only substandard preventative maintenance practices. A worn and weathered vessel is one thing, but no one loves a glitchy ship.

So, I backed up my database to a cryo buoy, hailed a passing hosting carrier, and bailed out the airlock. After a few quick config trips to the engineering deck, anoved.net is now berthed at Laughing Squid.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012.

Ship’s Log, Maintenance Excerpts

I’ve airlocked a couple LEGO-related scripts that had been lingering in stowage. They received little traffic, and had in fact been inoperable for some time without generating any complaints.

Bitsticker converted bitmap images to LDraw “sticker” elements; Scott Wardlaw’s Sticker Generator is a viable replacement. To create text-based LDraw stickers, I recommend using Ross Crawford’s original txt2dat instead of the “txt2dat online” interface I created, now retired. Likewise, LDraw part authors should use Philo Hurbain’s original LDraw utilities instead of my “Isecalc online” script, also retired.

With the cgi-bin hold cleared of such jetsam, the ship is leaner, meaner, and, practically speaking, more portable should I decide to change hosts or redesign the site.

Additionally, after years of uncertainty and intermittent customer support correspondence, I am pleased to report that the anoved.net domain is now unambiguously mine. (And now registered with Hover.com – buy your own domain name and make me rich with referral credit!)

Previously, the domain was registered in my hosting company’s name. At the time of purchase it seemed a reasonable consequence of my hosting package, but it proved difficult to make configuration changes and unclear what would happen to the name in a variety of a scenarios (change of company ownership, lapsed payments, etc.). Now that is all squared away and telemetry indicates nominal domain name operation.

End log. Stand by to resume standard content comm channel.

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012.