This weekend, if all goes well, the bloated monstrosity that is Samizdata’s back-end, all 11,000+ articles and 182,000+ comments (hopefully) will get dumped into a new CMS.
I fully expect all manner of server burps, devoured articles and comments and sundry debugging issues will crop up but we will try to keep the disruption to our crazed rants and your edification to a minimum. Wish us luck.
As you might have noticed, the Samizdata server crapped out in a major way… and just to make it menthol, we also lost all our back-ups after 24th September (quite how that happened is still a bit unclear).
Well at least I had a separate set of back-ups also made by someone else, so no problem, thinks I… so imagine my happiness when I discover that the back-up back-up server crapped out some time ago and we were not in fact being backed up. That would have been nice to know.
I will be manually reconstructing the posts as best I can from the full RSS feeds.
Needless to say I shall be setting up some sort of full site backup myself now.
As I have had several people ask, I have set up a Samizdata Facebook group.
Now all I have to do if figure out what to do with it as I am new to Facebook.
As requested, Samizdata.net now provides a full text XML feed for those who want it.
The newly minted high-school graduate daughter of a co-worker is on walkabout in Europe and due to a train strike in Italy is about to end up at Gatwick in the wee hours. Her father is trying to find some place for her to stay.
Any suggestions on places she could find a room at perhaps 3am in London are welcome. Any of our Samizdata staff awake over there still?
Apologies for the sluggishness of the site recently, we have been under concerted attack from spammers.
We are having availability problems due to a major spammer attack… please bear with us.
Readers in some areas of East Asia may experience difficulty in reaching us due to at least 6 submarine fibre cuts around Taiwan caused by the earthquake there.
It is my understanding the remaining capacity is ‘jammed up’ and it may be a week before there is any improvement.
Samizdata may be intermittently unavailable today as we are scheduled for a server upgrade… nothing serious hopefully.
Some odd things have happened with a few recent comments (some garbling and different people’s comment running into each other). Most comments seem to be posting okay however. We are looking into the problem.
Sorry, but the comment system is acting weird… we will try to get it fixed as soon as possible.
It seems to be blocking things it should not and has posted most of the comments entered today dated… some time tomorrow!
Firefox users rejoice… at least those who use it via Windows XP… the push button formatting now works in the comment entry forms, but you will probably have to clear your browser cache first to notice any difference.