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Site Maintenance Complete!

It looks like the site maintenance is complete and from my perspective the DNS changes have gone through.

If you go to the homepage and see a message called “Site Maintenance” in the “Site News” section, it means you are being directed to the new server. If you don’t see that it means you are still being directed to the old server and you won’t be able to read this. :)

I guess it will take a few hours for the DNS changes to propagate. Last time I moved the site it took a couple of days to complete for everyone.

Cheers

Tim…

Planned Maintenance This Weekend!

Just a quick heads-up to you folks…

On Saturday I’ll be transferring my website and blog to a new server. It’s with the same hosting company, so hopefully the DNS changes will not be too drastic.

The site is already in place on the new box and it seems to be working fine, so on Saturday morning I will do a backup of the MySQL databases and transfer them to the new machine, then initiate the DNS change.

The last time I did this, which was between different hosting companies, there were some issues in some geographical regions for a couple of days, but most people were seeing the site as normal within about an hour.

Note. If you happen to post on the forum or comment on a blog post during Saturday, it might be lost depending on the timing. Also, my email address my go wonky for a little while…

Fingers crossed… :)

Cheers

Swimming Progress

While I was at BGOUG I went for swim each morning before the conference. That got me to thinking, perhaps I should start swimming again…

It’s been 4 weeks since I got back from the conference and I’ve been swimming very morning. It was a bit of a struggle at first. I think it took me 2-3 days to work up to a mile (1600M – about 9M short of a real mile). Since then I’ve been doing a mile each day and it’s going pretty well.

What happens if you try it?

 

QuestionI get asked a lot of questions about Oracle! I find it amazing how often people will fire a question to a forum or social media and wait for response, rather than try the thing out for themselves. My response is often, “What happens if you try it?”. In some cases, their response to that is, “I don’t want to risk it on my production environment”.

Sometimes it is just a coincidence!

Yesterday I was making a small config change to some test WebLogic domains. The change required a restart, so that’s what I did. The domains didn’t start up properly…

Being the last person to change the config, it was obviously something I had done that had broken them. I did the usual stuff of checking the log files and noticed some messages about not being able to write to a swap file. I did a “df -h” and noticed the mount point for the WebLogic installation was full. A quick bit of clean-up and everything started up fine.

So the moral of this story is one of the following:

  • Sometimes it is just a coincidence.
  • Don’t forget to configure your log rotation properly.
  • Never change anything in case it screws up and you get the blame.
  • “Just blame it on the guy who doesn’t speak English. Ahh, Tibor, how many times you’ve saved my butt.” ref

Cheers

Facebook Groups and Lists

For quite some time I’ve had a specific policy on how I use social networks.

The Language of Pseudoscience

If Google were to characterise me based on my YouTube views, they would probably list me as some major conspiracy theory junkie. I watch a lot of conspiracy theory rubbish on YouTube, but for me it is light entertainment. I find it amusing to see how they try to present a bunch of random nonsense as science. Watch any of this stuff and you will hear the same types of phrases again and again…

Copyright Theft: WordPress.com not making my life easy!

Yesterday I was informed about someone stealing my content again. I take a pretty hard line to this these days. I used to be a little unsure about how to approach it, but now I just hit them with a DMCA take-down notice straight away. I’ve not got time to explain to everyone and their dog about copyright law…

So the current thief has nicked 35+ of my articles. I went to the WordPress.com DMCA Notice page and they say the usual stuff, except that you have to file a separate notice per blog post. All other services I’ve encountered allow you to post a single notice, listing all the offending posts. Not WordPress.com! (see update below)

Captain Support and TeamViewer

I recently read the news that LogMeIn have stopped their free service. I’m not a big user, but it’s handy to get into family PCs so I can sort stuff for them without having to talk them through things.

As I was reaching for my credit card to pay the yearly fee for LogMeIn, I noticed people speaking in the comments about alternative products, so I decided to give TeamViewer a go before parting with my cash.

The result is, it’s fine. If you are a casual user of LogMeIn like me, you might want to consider trying TeamViewer out before parting with your cash.

Note. I don’t have a problem with paying for software, I do it all the time, but if there is a free solution for something I only use on occasion, I’m probably going to go that route.

Cheers

Captain Support…

 

WordPress 3.8.1

WordPress 3.8.1 has been released. You can see the changelog here. Now that WordPress has a true auto-update feature, if you can’t be bothered to manually press the update button today, wait a little while and it will update itself automatically. :)

Happy upgrading (or doing nothing). :)

Cheers

Tim…