July 13, 2007

Planned Outage - Sunday July 15th, 8AM GMT

Hi everyone!

We'll be down for 15 to 20 minutes this Sunday for a code update and some database changes.  We'll be adding comment preview and edit functions, a blog import system (initially supporting Blogger and Movable Type, with more to be added later), a number of minor fixes, and several performance enhancements for large blogs.  (We don't have any large blogs yet, but that will change now that the import system is working.)

Next week will see the unveiling of our theme builder, an easy interface to create customised site layouts.

Update: The code update is in place; I'll be doing some checking, and then I'll enable the import function for you.

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July 06, 2007

Bug Found, Fixed

Another bug has been hunted down and squished.  It turned out that certain malformed BBCode tags could throw the parser into a loop, producing 2GB - yes, two gigabyte - web pages and eventually making the software fall over and restart.

I've fixed the bug and added code to track the page size and stop it before it gets out of hand.

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Atom Feeds Fixed

If you've been having trouble with your Atom feeds the last few days, the problem has now been fixed.  The new feature that allowed you to use custom feed templates per folder had the slight flaw of breaking the automatically generated feeds...

I also fixed a small bug that potentially could have caused problems with some readers, so mee.nu Atom feeds (and RSS feeds!) now validate cleanly at the Feed Validator.

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more...

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July 05, 2007

Planned Outage - July 5th 6AM GMT

Hi everyone.  Just another mini-outage (less than 5 minutes) to update the forum module again.  After that, I'll be creating the mee.nu support forums, and then posting details on how you can create forums of your own.

Update: Successful.

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July 01, 2007

Planned Outage - July 2nd 6AM GMT

Hi all.

We'll be having a brief outage (again, this should be no more than 5 minutes) for updates to the new forum module.  We have a beta tester for this, and after we shake the bugs out a bit I'll be rolling it out to everyone.  Give it a week or so.

This update will also enable multiple authors for your blog, something that I know a few people have been waiting for.  I'll post instructions on how to enable this (don't worry, it's easy!) once the code is in place.

Oh yes - if you're looking for past notices, they're moved to the Tech folder after 24 hours.

Update: Okay, the code update is in place, and doesn't seem to have broken everything.  Now I just need to upload the new templates to give access to the new features...

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June 28, 2007

Planned Outage - June 28th 11AM GMT

We'll be having a brief outage today for a code and database update.  This should only last approximately 5 minutes.

Update: All done, and just inside the 5 minute mark. You shouldn't see anything untowards, but please let me know if you do.

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June 21, 2007

Outage Notice

We're having a little difficulty with one of our servers.  I've dropped that server from rotation while I fix it, but some users might still get assigned to that server by their ISP's DNS cache.  That will resolve itself within four hours; I'm expecting to get the problem itself fixed sooner than that.

Update: Fixed now.  The server involved lost its NFS mount for some reason; it's been rebooted and put back into operation.

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June 13, 2007

Unexpected Errors

The new server somehow got disconnected from the distributed cache; if you got an unexpected error while posting or commenting (or whatever), that's why. 

Your post or comment (or whatever) would be saved successfully, but you wouldn't see the result because the server was trying to update the cache with.

Restarting the local cache manager fixed this, but that shouldn't be required.

Update: And if you got an error logging in, that was due to the same problem.  I've fixed a bug in the code that I think was behind this.  (It was certainly a bug, and it's certainly fixed; I'm just not 100% sure it was the cause of the problem we experienced.)

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No Outage Required!

After a certain amount of fiddling, we are now running on two, count them, two web servers.  Which web server you are directed to is essentially random, but you will get exactly the same pages regardless.

We don't (yet) have automatic failover, so if one server dies, 50% of people won't be able to access the site until I redirect the traffic.  We will be enabling additional servers in the coming weeks to balance the load further, and also working on the automatic failover stuff so that our technical guys can take a bathroom break now and then...

In the meantime, enjoy!

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June 08, 2007

Planned Outage - Saturday 9th June, 2AM GMT

This outage should be fairly brief, probably less than ten minutes. I'll be switching us over to the production database cluster in preparation for our launch.

After that, we'll be activating additional web servers.  There shouldn't be any downtime involved in that at all, and I'll be monitoring for problems.

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