UPDATE: Before reading the original post below, I have information about the site working again in a forum post: OSMinistry Forum Working Again.
And Now for the old info:
I have been having a terrible time with the OSMinistry forum lately.
Something went wrong in the server move, and I am trying to figure out if it is an error in the database or an incompatibility with the new server setup.
The Forum software is a 4 year old copy of Invision Power Board and updating is not an option. It may become necessary to just let it die and install a newer system.
I’ll keep people posted here.
This has been all over the tech news since yesterday and I found the powerpoint presentation interesting.
It is an interesting look at how venture capitalists are viewing the current crisis.
If you consider that venture capitalists are dealing with companies that desperately need growth to thrive and are living by credit rather than money bins then we match what they are looking at.
With consumers tightening up their wallets they are focused on maintaining the necessities. Unless we make sure we stay a priority to them with a good return in quality of life then we lose their investment.
This also tells me that we need to get some Christian Financial Planning people in to make sure that the finances of those supporting us don’t tank. People have been relying on home equity rather than savings for their fun times and as a buffer in the hard times, and that piggy bank is broken.
We have been severely cutting back our budgets at the church while still trying to maintain quality programming (although less of it) and not letting the missions that rely on us to go without our support. But we are not unaffected by the economic troubles, just ask the business office and watch their faces.
How is your church handling this? Especially for those of you in IT or security, 2 areas that have raidable budgets.
So, the site went down for part of Saturday and all of Sunday. now I am trying to figure out if I need to block a particular search indexing robot. Some unidentified robot actually passed up Yahoo!’s Slurp as the biggest bandwidth hog.
I’ll have to see if this is going to be a continuing problem. If so, I will need to allocate more bandwidth to this site.
I am thinking about blaming Cuil. Fortunately, I won’t be missing much traffic if I block them.
Some Unknown robot (identified by ‘bot/’ or ‘bot-’) got a hold of the osministry.com site and has been sucking our bandwidth dry.
I wasn’t prepared for the extra 5GB that has been used this month, but I am hoping we stretch it out until Monday before running out of bandwidth allocated here.
I just wanted to make sure you all knew that I was checking into it and were not surprised if it happened. If it gets tight I may be able to reallocate some shared bandwidth, but I hope I don’t have to.
So, I’m sitting at my house watching local weather with my TV card on the computer, refreshing weather.com and weatherunderground.com, listening to a radio, and watching for the tornadoes outside.
Thankfully, Fay is moving away faster than my walking speed. I was afraid that she was trying to establish residency.
I wonder if we should thank Mayor Payton’s storm water fees for encouraging her to move along.
So now, back to hunkering.
Finally, Microsoft has fixed the whole Quicktime Thumbnail issues with Photo Gallery.
I never cared much about Quicktime. I really dislike the program, so I use Quicktime Alternative instead. Once I purchased a digital camera that produced .mov files all of that changed. The good news is that Windows Live Photo Gallery shows thumbnails of .mov files; however the bad news was that it was slow and likely to crash Windows Explorer. That is until today when I downloaded kb955359 in Windows update. Now it works great.
I was delayed in installing it because I had renamed WLXQuickTimeControlHost.exe to WLXQuickTimeControlHost.ex_ to keep it from properly loading and causing its mischief. Once I named it back to normal the installation went through smoothly, and didn’t even require a reboot.
NPR’s Morning Edition had a story that caught my attention:
A Victim Treats His Mugger Right.
Also available from StoryCorps: Julio Diaz.
Faced with a mugger, Julio also offers his coat, a meal, and love.
Takes a bit of Matthew 5:38-42 into life.
I just discovered that sometime in the recent past (I hope) I stopped receiving email from most of my OSMinistry email addresses. I’m not sure when this happened, but the POP box has 2300 messages in it.
Before I started forwarding all my addresses to my GMail Account I had them all forwarded to one POP box which I accessed either though my own setup of SquirrelMail or Eudora. 18 months ago I completely stopped using Eudora and about that time I thought I moved that POP box into a position to be checked by GMail.
Well, I was just testing something and I was trying to figure out why the email wasn’t getting to me. I discovered that the POP box had 53MB in it and that it was full of “Please moderate this comment” and “So and so has sent you a message.” I’m sure I have kept up with all of them, but I did find a few that I am not sure were really handled.
I have now done what any reasonable person would do, I wiped out the whole lot of them. The old emails I had been saving are probably not important anymore, the new ones I have missed are beyond catching up on, and the spam that got through the filters was too bizarre to worry about.
So, I promise that I was not intentionally avoiding most of you.
Now, to those I was avoiding . . .
Just a reminder, this is the week that was the time change time.
Some things may change when you aren’t expecting.
The obligatory story link.
I have been playing around with another blog recently. Quite often I want to post something interesting, but not in line with what I consider the direction of this site. So, while sitting around just thinking about stuff a while back I registered R.ighteo.us and started another blog.
I have had many failed sites in the past. Some programming related, some political in focus, a few persaonal type, and an odd assortment of misfits; but I wanted something fun.
I noticed that many of the “fun” sites I visithave a tendency to head into dirty territory and often have anti-christian slants. So I figured I would do something clean, but not preachy. If someone wants a sermon they can go somewhere else (I have a list), but if they want something fun and clean they can go to http://r.ighteo.us/
I would like to take on additional editors and contributors in the near future, but right now I am investing myself to get it started. I don’t like it when people grab a site and make one post then beg everyone else to help. If I want this to succeed and others to join then I need to make sure it is worthy of their time and attention.