August 04, 2018

Server Maintenance Complete

All the work is done and we are happy and healthy on our new server, ready to start the next round of software upgrades.

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July 30, 2018

Sorry About The New Site Glitches

We switched database servers last night, and a config entry got lost somewhere, and as a result users couldn't post new blog entries or upload files.

Pages loaded, commenting worked, even editing existing entries worked, just those two things.

The person responsible for sacking the person responsible for sacking the person responsible, has been sacked.

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April 04, 2012

Pardon Our Dust...

As we do a little spring cleaning, get rid of the mothballs and the cobwebs, and - bunny!!

In the coming months we'll be sprucing up the site from top to bottom, or possibly from bottom to top, from server hardware to site designs.  Stay tuned for further updates, same bunny time, same bunny channel.

So much spam to zap.  Sigh...  <sings scansion=awful>Two hours of zapping spam / buys a one-way pass on the uptown tram / I'm a blogger of means by no means / Pix' of the road.</sings>

There, much better!

Easter Minx by the wonderful Chelsea Rose.

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August 27, 2011

Planned Downtime - 1AM CDT 28th August 2011

We'll be taking a short outage at 1AM CDT this Sunday to swap out the drive that failed during last weekend's power outage.  Should only be about 15 minutes.

Update: Took a little longer than expected, but maintenance completed successfully.

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August 20, 2011

Very Unplanned Downtime

I was supposed to be in a conference session on hosting Python web applications right about now, but we had a drive failure, which caused a server reboot, which caused a lengthy filesystem check, and when that was done we tripped over a network configuration problem (unnoticed previously since the server hadn't been rebooted in nearly 18 months) and then found that some MySQL tables had been corrupted by the crash and needed to be repaired.

Oh, and the shared filesystem for user uploads was offline too, which made the blogs look a little spartan for a while.

Which has all been fixed now, so I hope to make some of the later conference sessions.

Sorry about the downtime folks, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Update: Turns out that the root cause was a power failure at our hosting company.  That triggered the drive failure and reboot the server and lead to an unpleasant morning here at HQ.

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July 04, 2010

Happy Fireworks Day

Wherever you are.

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June 17, 2010


The Periodic Table of Minx
The Grand Unified Minx Theory

The Group
The User Domains

The Minx Components
The Minx Components

(Reposted from an earlier entry on my personal blog.)

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June 15, 2010

Drowning In Toys

Our Adobe CS5 update arrived at the office today (we run their Design Premium suite), and we also got our copies of Microsoft Office 2010, Visual Studio 2010, and Expression 4 through Microsoft's Bizspark program.  On top of that, we have a new Intel X25-M SSD for our development server (to match the array of X25-E SSDs in the production server).

So if you don't hear from us for a couple of days, look for us under that big pile of install disks in the corner...

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Coming Soon to a Near You

In order to get Minx 1.2 out the door, we've bumped some planned features out to future 1.3 and 1.4 releases.  That still leaves a lot of goodness in each release, and we think you'll really like what we've cooked up for you.

We'll be doing a detailed rundown on all the new goodies in coming weeks, but here's a quick list of what we have planned for 2010:

Coming in 1.2

New tag support
New search & filter engine
New messaging & microblogging system
New data export system
New media player
New thumbnail and slideshow support
New site content and rating system
Improved editor - now supporting all major browsers
Improved spam filter

Coming in 1.3

New developer API
New standard feeds for comments and messages
New forum and wiki support
New easy file upload
New graphs and charts
New markup languages
Improved site statistics module
Improved site logging

Coming in 1.4

New help pages
New site maps
New scripting language
New podcasting and streaming support
New mail, news and chat integration
Improved search & filter engine
Improved developer API
Improved control panel

Coming in 1.5

New desktop client
New book
New application platform
New advertising module

We'll also be providing around 100 new themes with each new version.  These are just variations on the basic design, not completely new designs, but you can always use the theme builder - or even your own custom CSS - to design your site any way you want.

In addition to this, we'll be rolling out a series of sister sites, including, our podcasting and streaming audio service, and, a handy file dropbox.  Look forward to seeing those in the second half of 2010!

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June 13, 2010

Introducing Our Servers

Our server lineup has changed quite a bit since my last update on this topic, so here's a little rundown on the machines that power today.

The aircraft carrier of our fleet is Aoi.*  Aoi is a dual-processor hex-core hyperthreaded Xeon 5670, for a total of 12 CPUs and 24 hardware threads.  With 24GB of RAM, 3 x 2TB drives and 3 x 32GB Intel SSDs in RAID-5, Aoi runs eight specialised virtual machines handling various tasks for the and ecosystems, including the main blog hosting platform.

Our destroyer escort is provided by Midori and Momoko.  These are dual-core Xeon 3060 systems with 4GB of RAM and 500GB of disk each, and handle backup and website statistics.

Our newest server is Kurumi, a quad-core Xeon 3220 with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of disk.  Kurumi has a 1Gbit internet connection and 100TB of monthly bandwidth, and acts as a front-end cache for media files and other large downloads.  I'm not entirely sure what kind of ship that represents, though...

* All our servers are named after girls in anime series who are named for colours.  Aoi is blue, Midori is green, Momoko is momo-iro, peach-coloured, and Kurumi is brown.

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