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Imhotep
Posted on: Mar 8 18, 14:33


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Hi all.

After a large heavy snow storm last night the area lost power around 1:40am and just came back online a few minutes ago.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Imhotep
Posted on: Dec 3 15, 19:22


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Just as a closer to this, I think we found and fixed the quick edit bug. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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Posted on: Dec 3 15, 15:47


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Hi all,

I've also made a tweak to the database backend to hopefully fix the quick edit blows away a post issue. Please PM me if you still have any problems editing a post, or if you find a post that's been cut off. I might have a full copy in the backup and can try and recreate it.

Apologies for the inconvenience,
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 28 15, 07:47


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Hi,

Yes, it's definitely weird. The post is definitely truncated in the database. Is this something that happens only when an edit is made or is it something that also comes up when doing the original post?

If it's during an edit, when loaded in to edit, is the post in tact? Is there a common character or something where it gets broken down during an edit? I thought someone thought special characters like ` ' & ^ might do it?
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 27 15, 16:34


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Hi,

It's a warning that in this specific case is ok to get and ignore. There are 2 ways to fix it. One way is to not use Internet Explorer and use Firefox or Google Chrome instead (not a bad idea overall, they are generally faster and more secure than IE) since IE creates that warning even though there's no security problem with our site (there could be with others, it's not a warning to completely dismiss unless you know the cause). The other one is to fix the board footers to replace every http:// reference with https:// references (or remove unsecure links). I've done this (you'll see it in the edit footer code where I commented out the offending links until they can be replaced). Specifically, the pop-up is because IE is flagging the non-secure links to other sites from a secure page. It should have stopped prompting for now.
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 26 15, 18:39


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Hmm that's really strange... I've not seen text disappearing from a post, just no word wrap when entering a post.

Can you pm me the full poem and I'll see if I can reproduce the issue?

Apologies,
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 26 15, 17:08


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Hi,

OK, I went the other direction and have HTTPS enabled the site (this is good, it adds encryption between the server and you so passwords and things can't be seen and intercepted in transit).

Still working on word-wrap with Internet Explorer...
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 26 15, 15:58


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Hi all,

So worked with Lori for a bit and I think we've taken care of the 2 issues people have been reporting (going inadvertently to a HTTPS version of the site that doesn't yet exist and maybe word-wrap while editing in Internet Explorer - looks like HTML commands that were being ignored or processed differently in earlier versions of IE are now being processed by the letter of the standard, just needed to re-code to match... Anyway)

Can anyone who was having a problem please take a look around, post, test things out and let me know if there are any strange things still going on? A link to a broken section would be useful, and PMs directly to me is fine.

Thanks for everyone's patients while we knock these bugs out.
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 25 15, 09:26


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Hi!

I just updated the test forum with a real certificate so you shouldn't see the "untrusted certificate" messages any more. I also fixed the Stone skin, it was quite broken on the test site. I think your problem with the test site may have been the previous untrusted certificate, if you'd like to take another look now that it's got a real certificate and let us know I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 24 15, 14:03


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Hm, OK, so another tick mark in the "somehow things got marked as a secure site even though it's not yet running SSL" column.... OK, looks like we're definitely narrowing down on a fix, thanks!
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 24 15, 09:59


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Yeah I was wondering since we're not supposed to be using SSL on this site at all, that's why I was asking if the URL bar was saying http:// or https://.

That won't fix the word-wrap issue though, just the strange display.
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 24 15, 07:05


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OK, that's actually quite interesting. Does your URL bar say https://forums.mosaicmusings.net or http://forums.mosaicmusings.net?

Does this look like your screen?

http://c3po.pclark.com/https-screen.JPG
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Imhotep
Posted on: Nov 23 15, 14:28


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Hi,

Strange; Firefox, Chrome and Safari look OK to Cleo and I..

http://www.mosaicmusings.net/screen1.JPG (Firefox)
http://www.mosaicmusings.net/screen2.JPG (Chrome)

Is anyone else experiencing any issues with Firefox or Chrome? Just trying to nail down commonalities.
For those with Internet Explorer, does clicking on the icon in the URL bar that looks like a torn piece of paper (if you hover over the icon it says compatibility mode) help at all? Control-F5 at the same time to force a full page reload?

Thanks,
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Imhotep
Posted on: Mar 1 15, 14:05


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Hey all,

OK, done for today. I had to roll out my changes, for whatever reason the upgrade failed. I'll have to try and test it on a standby computer and figure out what I did wrong and try this again at some later date.

Apologies for any inconvenience this outage may have caused.
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Imhotep
Posted on: Feb 25 15, 11:35


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Hi all,

To address some issues that some recent security patches have caused (there are some interesting technical bugs which I can explain if anyone is really interested) on Sunday, Mar 1 starting around 08:00 Eastern (13:00 GMT) I'll be doing a bunch of updates/upgrades that will take the system offline for short periods of time during the day ("page cannot be displayed").

I'll update this thread when I'm done with the work.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.
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Imhotep
Posted on: Jan 26 15, 15:47


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Hi all,

There's quite the blizzard coming towards our area. It's expected to start around 7pm local (00:00 1/27/2015 GMT) and run through until early Wednesday (say 09:00 GMT 1/28/2014). Two feet of snow and high winds are expected. If we lose power the system will go down until it's restored. Hopefully it won't happen, but if something does this is just to let people know that we'll be back as soon as conditions allow.

Thanks and take care!
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Posted on: Aug 27 14, 08:09


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Hey everyone!

So, the gnomes have been working behind the scenes since the original post and have successfully migrated the forum over onto the new server without any major downtime. So, there won't be any planned downtime this coming weekend.

Enjoy the holiday if you have it!

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Imhotep
Posted on: Aug 10 14, 17:40


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Hi all!
In order to move system data to a new server I'm building (slightly faster processors, more RAM, complete base reinstall of the operating system to clean out obsoleted and unused stuff from all the years of upgrading) there will be periods of "unable to display page" (possibly extended periods, hours long) starting at 7AM on Sat, August 30. I hope to move things pretty quickly, I'm going to do a lot of prework like installing the new system, moving static data and as much prep as I can) but unfortunately bits of strangeness, or the forums being outright offline periodically, are unavoidable in a large scale rebuild like this.
I apologize in advance for any inconvenience,
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Posted on: Aug 7 14, 14:44


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Hi all,

You might see some intermittent "page cannot be displayed" messages on Saturday morning (after 7a Eastern, 11 GMT) ending before 11a Eastern (15:00GMT) as I do some larger than usual security patches and system maintenance.

Sorry for any inconvenience,

I
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Imhotep
Posted on: May 11 14, 16:54


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Hi all wave.gif

I'm done moving everything over to the new Fios connection. Hopefully we won't be getting 'page cannot be displayed issues but if anything seems weird please let me know.

Sorry for the inconvenience,
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Imhotep
Posted on: Apr 29 14, 12:20


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Hi all,

There will be intermittent short (hopefully!) outages (page cannot be displayed) for the forum and WWW sites on Sunday, 11th May throughout the day as I convert my ISP to Verizon FIOS. The new connection will have slightly higher upload speeds so it may reduce page load times once we're fully converted over, but I can't guarantee anything noticeable will happen except for the outages during the cutover.

I'll update this thread when I'm done,
Please PM or email any issues over,

Sorry in advance for any inconvenience,
I
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Imhotep
Posted on: Apr 21 14, 14:28


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Hmm, that's interesting. What's your timezone in GMT? I'd like to sift back through the logs and see if I can see anything for that period.

As always, feel free to email/pm me with any system errors, some things automated testing and monitoring just can't reproduce and will need a bit more poking around to understand.

Thanks!
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Posted on: Apr 20 14, 15:30


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Hi all,




There was an outage today (about 5.5 hours or so?) that was caused by loss of Internet connectivity (my ISP had a problem of some sort that took them a while to fix).

Apologies for the inconvenience,

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter




I




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Posted on: Apr 9 14, 15:23


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Hi all.

There's a nasty vulnerability running around out there right now. The specific bug has been named "heartbleed" (don't ask me....) but it affects a vast number of secure servers on the Internet (you might have heard about Yahoo). Specifics can be found here: Click here but suffice it to say, it's not pretty.

I've updated the sections of my servers that use SSL (email, secure remote access and stuff) but the overall concern is really for sites that have personal data, online banking, online shopping and things that expose information that can be used to get into your other accounts, or be used to fraud your credit cards for unauthorized purchases.

Most websites are running around and doing the necessary patches (it takes about an hour to fix everything up) but if you use a site that was known as vulnerable, it's highly recommended to avoid those sites until they've addressed the issue and once the sites you do use have completed their security work to change your passwords. Changing passwords before the site has been fixed (if you must use it before the problem is addressed) isn't recommended, kind of a "well it could be captured with the bug and I'll just have to change it again in a day or two.." thing. Changing passwords every month or two is good practice anyway.

This only affects sites that have personal data, have the "secure" lock in the page, and are running versions of software that haven't been patched.

Nothing that affects our group right here directly, but something I thought you should know about so you can take the appropriate precautions.

Safe surfing!
I
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Posted on: Dec 28 13, 09:05


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OK, should be all done with everything. If you notice anything strange please let me know via PM.

Sorry for any inconvenience,

Happy New Year everyone,
I
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