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 on: July 24, 2020, 09:42:55 am 
Started by wws - Last post by wws
Well, that didn't work. I'm stumped for now. Will try again later.

 on: July 24, 2020, 09:26:54 am 
Started by wws - Last post by wws
It has been impossible to post here since the upgrade. I only realized this last week. I have patched around the problem, but not really fixed it.

I'm going to try upgrading to the latest version of SMF, which I hope will fix things.

 on: June 27, 2020, 06:25:41 am 
Started by Bill St. Clair - Last post by Bill St. Clair
The upgrade basically just worked, though I was informed by upgrading to NOT delete unused packages, since that caused that machine to come up with no network enabled (well, I'm not sure it caused it, but when I did the process again WITHOUT deleting unused packages, it worked).

As a bonus, the old machine had 1 gig of RAM and 30 gigs of hard drive. The new one has 2 gigs of RAM and 50 gigs of hard drive, for the same $10/month price.

 on: June 27, 2020, 06:10:21 am 
Started by Bill St. Clair - Last post by Bill St. Clair
If you're reading this, the upgraded Digital Ocean droplet is live!

 on: June 26, 2020, 06:12:19 pm 
Started by Bill St. Clair - Last post by Bill St. Clair
I've created the snapshot. Will let you know when I switch over to the upgraded system. Likely not until Sunday sometime.

 on: June 25, 2020, 09:27:15 am 
Started by Bill St. Clair - Last post by Bill St. Clair
I use the bi-annual Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) for my web hosts, but I stay at least a year old for new sites, and at least two years old for old ones. I consider rock-solid stability to be more important than new features. An Ubuntu release comes out in April, and is numbered with the year before the decimal point and the month (April = 4) after the decimal point. Even years are LTS releases. Odd years are not. So the most recent LTS was Ubuntu 20.04. An LTS is supported for 5 years, meaning that in April of 2021, the 16.04 release will stop being supported. This web server is currently running on Ubuntu 16.04, so it's time to upgrade to 18.04.

Upgrades usually work fine, but not always, and they take a while, so I'm going to do it as follows:

1. Bring the machine down, and create a snapshot. This usually takes 10 minutes or so.
2. Bring the machine back up.
3. Create a new droplet (virtual machine) from the snapshot.
4. Install the phpzip extension, which Cindy needs for one of Elias's web sites.
5. Upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04
6. Disable the web server on the live site.
7. Back up databases and uploads.
8. Restore the databases and uploads into the new droplet.
9. Change the DNS to point to the new droplet.

After things appear to be working for a few days, I'll delete the old droplet. It will cost a few dollars to have multiple droplets for a few days, but the warm fuzzy feeling will be worth it (to me).

I will probably do steps 1 and 2 on Friday night, and hope to finish step 9 by the end of the weekend.

 on: June 23, 2020, 05:04:52 pm 
Started by mouse - Last post by slidemansailor
The Ministry of Truth is just warming up.

 on: June 23, 2020, 05:04:01 pm 
Started by mouse - Last post by slidemansailor
Good news / Bad news:

Trump signed an executive order creating 10-year felony for toppling federal statues... applies RETROACTIVELY.

That is not how a Constitutional Republic operates. Legislatures make laws. Executives agree to them, and carry them out.

Retroactive is widely acknowledged to be antithetical to countries with any semblance of liberty.

 on: June 23, 2020, 04:33:19 am 
Started by mouse - Last post by jamie
the statue of lenin was untouched.  forward observer has a  good piece here

brings up piven, didn't know she was still around.

 on: June 21, 2020, 05:09:06 am 
Started by mouse - Last post by mouse
Hmmn, "book burning"?

This is just weird.

Novels by Harper Lee and Mark Twain have been pulled from school syllabuses in Minnesota over fears their use of racial slurs will upset students.

The Duluth school district said it was removing To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum because their content may make students feel “humiliated or marginalized”.


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