I stumbled on this image capture while poking around for a “Back” button for a CGI script. It goes all the way back to the old HTML website days. Couldn’t resist sharing ~~ Alex
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My site move posts of November 23 and 24 (scroll well below this entry) hasn’t been updated since February 4. We do have new Photos posted, and hope you enjoy them. Here is the current status of tweaks and fixes at our new home at ICDSOFT:
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You’re reading this on our new home server at web host ICDSOFT. We’re moved on from our old home of 17 years.
Friday November 4, 2015
Wednesday November 25:
Tuesday November 24:
As of Nov23 345PM PST, this front HOME page loads, but links (still pointing to the transferring domain) do not work.
There will be site disruptions and inoperative features as we bring the new site live. Although the transition has been relatively seamless so far, sidebar PHP widgets are going to be inoperative until we get the new PHP and Perl hit counters working again.
Thanks to you all for your support and readership over the years, and may we enjoy many more!
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Our host advises it will be performing a server update and reboot next Monday, sometime after 10PM Pacific Standard Time, lasting about one-half hour.
“This maintenance window will occur on Monday, Feb 9 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. MST. It is estimated that the maintenance will take no more than 30 minutes.”
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It’s not a full-fledged “new year’s resolution,” but I neglected this site in December, with only two posts – an all time low, I believe, since 1995. I can do better!
I had cataract surgery in November, the fastest and safest procedure in the world. All went well, but any such procedure seems to take the wind out of my sails. I pampered myself, slept outrageously (but it was glorious), and re-thought how I’d been pursuing a massive Perl project I’ve had on my mind for some years. You know what that means!
430PM Update: new Quotes database installed. Links updated!
It involves our venerable “Quotes” database, accessed from the front page of this site for years. I don’t have a counter on it, so I have no idea who else uses it, but I use it all the time. With about 6,000 quotations amassed over the decades, the database has only one keyword field.
Take this quote, for example:
Bumper sticker seen on "Support our Teachers" auto: "Why is money always available for war, not for education?" Our guess: there's four whole syllables in 'education', only one in 'war'.
With only one keyword, I’d assigned the keyword “war.” Should that have been “teachers?” Or “education?” Why not all three?
No, no, the NEW quotations database and app is not available yet. It will be, much sooner than I’d expected:
A former manager used to tell us, Simplicity comes at the end, not the beginning.”
I rewrote all the Perl code and supporting libraries in connection with the project, in addition to adding four keyword fields. I created two new apps for my own use, Entry and Update (so I can add keywords, among other reasons). The first two months of coding were a minefield of unsatisfactory trials, mistakes, and “almost pretty good” results. I took the core program apart and worked on each piece again, then put them all back together. Voila, mon ami!
So it took about 2-3/4 months to work up the three prototype apps that finally worked perfectly. And then, only an hour or so each to convert them to “production” apps. That’s “portable!” You should see the new Quotations database version 81 in a few days.
In the meantime, as if this makes up for December’s lapse, I’ve today posted a new photo by my friend Swan, and a short personal recollection of a remarkable candlelight dinner in the Mojave Desert. You can see the short excerpts and links to the post pages below.
May 2015 bring happiness, laughter and friendship your way!
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I was looking for an old article called “Talking Crow” today, and, horrors! Our tried and true old HTML file listing, called by a PHP include, didn’t work!
I rarely if ever write new content in HTML, so I hard-coded a current cgi autolisting and put it into a WordPress page.
You can find it in the main Menu above here, and in Computers, La Parola, Outdoors and Writing. It’s a static page, so it’s fast.
The listings represent the best gems of ten years of writing for our old HTML website. You’ll also find embedded listings for Recipes and Humor, which are currently linked in our menus.
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Monday May 20: We are LIVE on the new server under WestHost 4.0. The conversion happened today while I was on the road. This will be brief because I’m still unpacking.
UPDATES and Bug Fixes
You may find some department level cgi’s that still aren’t working, but WordPress was here to greet me and that’s working. OK, what actually happened is a klunky “under construction” index page was the first thing to greet me. I admit it. Horrors, I deleted that right away, and our main page is working fine.
Comments are turned on temporarily for this post. There are more of you than me out there. 🙂
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Over the next few weeks, Summitlake.com will be moving to a new server within same web host provider. There will be service disruptions.
I will have time to upload our existing files and databases and rough in the new configurations before the switchover. I’ll concentrate on mail and this WordPress installation first. Most users just viewing this and other linked WordPress site pages probably will not notice many changes or broken links.
Temporary outages can probably be expected in some department-level Perl cgi services. Major apps accessible from the HOME page, like Quotes, Password, and Site Stats will be up and running. Some article, legacy HTML and photo links may have to be changed. Due to the overhead of syncing the new site to the existing site, I will probably not plan many posts during the transition. Some server file changes have dependencies that can’t be tested until the domain switchover to the new site.
The new server is reportedly faster, and should be easier to maintain. When it is live, the URL (address) will be the same; you will know you’re there because the front page site name will then display as Summitlake.com 4.0. Please see progress updates below. Thanks for your support and patience.
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I discovered this had also disrupted page rendering of our site on the iPad, and presumably on other mobile devices.
Under the banner image of each department is a menu starting with the word HOME in the left-most entry. Clicking HOME from anywhere on the site returns you to our home page. Additionally, on any site page, you will see submenu links to each site department when you hover your mouse over the HOME link.
All department top-level links continue to be listed in the righthand page “sidebar,” so you can navigate with whichever system happens to be most convenient at the time.
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We finally disabled the new user registration process at Summitlake.com today. There’s no earthly reason that we can see why our readers would need or want to go through the process.
People have long registered, no doubt wondering what the added benefit might be (we wondered too, as there are none), only to abandon their new user identities through disuse. Managing new registrations as a courtesy became a high-maintenance task with no tangible benefit to either site or users.
If you want to share a different point of view, we’d love to hear from you.
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We’ve completed the changes begun with our July 6 upgrade to WordPress 3.2 and its new ‘twentyeleven’ theme. All departments are on the new theme (except Humor and Recipes, which are rendered in HTML, not WordPress). As noted in the previous post on Tigra menus, you can use the top NAV menu bar to navigate from any department to any other department as before, but the menus are much shorter.
The new theme uses larger 1000×288 pixel header images. To take advantage of the higher resolution of the larger format, most departments have new high-def static header images to show off:
We upgraded the images in Miscellany and Writing, and added new images to the randomly rotating images used on the HOME page. As always, if you notice any problems with page rendering or navigation, we’d appreciate using the Write Us button to drop us a line. Cheers!
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There are still a total of 11 Summitlake ‘Departments,’ and you can navigate to or from any of them using the black Tigra menu nav bar. The longest dropdown is now two items long (‘HTML’ contains ‘Humor’ and ‘Recipes’). Most departments now have a single dropdown, ‘Articles’, a quick and easy way to see a complete list of each department’s posts at a glance. I reviewed sidebar links in all departments to make sure links to major features are displayed. Remember, as discussed in our Site Nav article, you can always browse for content by Article, Archive (by month), Category, Tag or plain old sidebar links.
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Summitlake.com introduces the new WordPress “twentyeleven” (2011) theme for our HOME page. WordPress rolled this out Sunday with their version 3.2 upgrade. I hope you enjoy our new layout. I think its new font and use of white space make pages a little easier to read, and positions content for easier browsing. I’d be very interested in hearing your reaction.
The banner images are random and they’re a little larger. I assembled a large collection of these banners from my own photographic images. The new layout is a little narrower than last year’s “twentyten” theme, so there’s some uncertainty how the occasional oversize image posting is going to “wrap” on its page. So currently, all the other departments remain on the twentyten theme as we get used to the slightly different format.
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We’ve added a new way for Summitlake readers to share a link to content they like with friends. It uses the familiar Facebook ‘Like’ button. Of course this is only useful to readers who also have Facebook accounts! But today that’s a surprising number of us. Your comments on this new feature are most particularly invited. Continue reading
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We made a number of design changes in gearing up for the new WordPress 3.0 multi-site installation. A number of “legacy” features had to be retired. Continue reading
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… to our HOME page. See each DEPARTMENT for full posts in the menu above. Over 7.4 million pages served. Hosted by summitlake.com and Talking Crow Productions, on ICDSOFT. We excerpt large posts here and link to the original post in its department. Follow any announcement link to the full post. You can write us using the Reply form at the bottom of each standalone post, or the Write Summitlake.com link in the blue graphic at the bottom of this page.
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Hi, you’re viewing our new Summitlake.com installation of WordPress 3.o (multi-site). Multi-site went online Thursday afternoon, July 29, 2010.
Links to the 10 old site departments should automatically be redirected to the new URL addresses. Read more below.
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I found the cause of the formatting issue sooner than I expected. Without pointing any fingers, the plug-in upgrade of Recent Posts from 1.13 to 1.2 had the unintended consequence described in my earlier post.
We’re running under the new WordPress 3.0 major upgrade, but using an older and highly customized theme. The new default theme Twenty Ten is way cool, but it will take months for us to convert and take advantage of all the new features.
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The blurbs you read on our home page are called excerpts. Something in all the installations has changed since yesterday 7/23, and we don’t know what it is.
We used to put basic HTML markup in the excerpts so you could click a link and go straight to a new post in any Summitlake department. Now, as you can see below, WordPress displays all the markup tags instead of formatting the links and such. Continue reading
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Summitlake.com came back online sometime in the early hours of Monday morning. Our web host provider took it down around 830PM PDT as previously announced, as part of a much larger data center move. It appears the move was successful and our site is functioning normally.
A quick site check found no problems or issues so far. Site content appears up-to-date, so the data center server was reloaded from a real-time or current backup. The fact that you are reading this WordPress post shows that HTML, PhP and the mySQL database are all functioning. Everything appears normal. Ten-four, good buddy …
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Our web host provider has provided a scheduled outage advisory for this Sunday, June 13. During a four hour period, Summitlake.com will be completely down and “off the air” for web and e-mail.
As a reminder, the following account is scheduled to be moved between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. MDT on Sunday, June 13. You should expect approximately 4 hours of downtime during that window.
I interpret this to mean a four hour outage can be expected to begin sometime after 700PM Sunday (Pacific time), and end before 500AM Monday (PDT). The purpose of the outage is to move client sites to a larger secure facility. Our provider expects the transition to be seamless.
I expect to monitor Network Status and check data for credibility and currency as soon as it becomes available again. I have current local HTML and SQL backups if needed to jump-start any recovery process. I plan to report here with an update post as soon as the site is up and an initial assessment can be made.
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|Our web host provider’s server went down for about two hours today, and we regret any inconvenience. The outage occurred unexpectedly at about 12:30AM PDT. Service was restored at 2:32PM PDT.|
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