August 31, 2005

Katrina Blog Relief Day

Tomorrow, the blogosphere will attempt to turn its sweaty keyboards for good. Hugh Hewitt challenged bloggers to help suvivors by raising funds through blogging. Instapundit then suggested a date and our beloved NZ Bear will be Tallying the Results.

I and others will be auctioning/selling items in the hopes of raising additional funds for the hurricane victims. Please join us in this global effort. Thanks!

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August 30, 2005

What Gives?

Hey, anyone know why Not A Desperate Housewife isn't showing up on the Munuviana blogroll? Stacy's been with us since January, i think.

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August 29, 2005

Sitemeter question

I followed the Sitemeter instructions for Movable Type and created a special template for the code. However I notice on the template page, this new sitemeter template has nothing in the Output File field. And every time I rebuild I get the following notice: "Template 'SiteMeter' does not have an Output File".

How do I fix this?

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Anyone seen this before?

My left menu is an include file called using PHP rather than an MT module. This lets me change it on the fly without any rebuild necessary. Only problem. If I put MT tags into it, they don't work correctly. Has anyone tried doing what I'm doing, and if you have, have you run into this and solved it? If so, let me know the trick, please?


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August 27, 2005

Pig Doots

The swapout of the second hard disk failed, and they had to put the drive back in.

And then the server decided that now was a good time to do a full filesystem check, which took another hour.

Sorry about that, everyone. We'll have to schedule another outage, probably next weekend or the following one, but things should go a bit quicker next time.

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Planned Outrage: Saturday 27th August

The server will be down for about an hour beginning 5AM CST while the other hell demon disk drive is exorcised replaced.

Hopefully that will fix all of our present problems, so we can get on with creating new and better problems.

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Credit Where It's Due

You may not have seen it, but at least one MSM outlet actually was aware that MuNu was down and provided coverage of the catastrophe. The National Journal's Blogometer talked about the MuNu outage, the Life, Liberty, Property community and the Carnival of Liberty, which I am the admin and owner of, respectively. I thought that was pretty cool, so I've been giving William Beutler, the author of Blogometer, some links and nice comments.

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H, H, and H

Hello! I am so excited to be a Munuvian. It is like sitting at the cool table!!!

Help! Has anyone ever imported entries from Blog City into Movable Type? From what I can tell, I can do a find and replace from a backup xml file that I get from Blog City.

Hints! Anyone have any other tips on importing? Any hints would be appreciated!!!

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August 26, 2005


A post about spam gets spammed. more...

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Trackback... spam? goof? not sure what the heck it is...

I have a trackback that appeared this morning on an old post of mine. The link leads to wuzzadem, who I don't think is a lowlife scumbag spamming slimeball. But his page doesn't show a link to me, and it doesn't show up in the trackback section when I go to the individual article to edit it.


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Yummy Food!

This week's Carnival of the Recipes is up at my place. Thanks to all the MuNus (and everyone else) who contributed!

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Trackbacks Back

I've turned trackbacks back on. So far, so good.

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August 25, 2005

Test Test

Testing twice daily MySQL backups now. Test test...

Splut. Bugger.

Update: Fix fix. Better.

Update: Another full backup done and sent offsite. I'm also sending the offsite backups off to another offsite site, because I'm feeling extra-paranoid right now.

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Say What?

Hello out there.

Can somebody tell me what this means?

Can't call method "id" without a package or object reference at /home/blog/public_html/cgi/lib/ line 381.

It happens when I try to publish my entry.

Did I break it?

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Munuviana Attacked

In an unprecedented move in the wake of serious attacks on Tuesday, the tiny nation of Munuvia has sealed its borders and begun plans for “The Wall,” a barricade similar to one already being constructed in Israel.

Prime Minister Pixy Misa made the announcement today from an undisclosed location in Outer Mongolia where he had been vacationing with cabinet members and their families.

“The persons responsible for these attacks are cowards of the worst order,” stated the PM. The use of illegal Spam-bomb technology, the timing of the most recent attack, the pattern of attack, each of these leads us to believe that these attacks are not the work of disgruntled individuals or insurgents organized by Blogsnotistanian, but are well funded and well orchestrated attacks by organized mercenary Spammers.”

Casualties were heavy on Tuesday when the latest attack occurred. Hospitals in the capitol city of Ambia filled quickly, as the wounded were moved in from the outlying regions of Munuviana and Ellis Island.

“I don’t believe any were killed in the most recent attack, but there is not a single citizen untouched by the events of the last several weeks,” observed Misa. “They have found their families under attack, their businesses cut off from traffic, and their constitutionally protected rights violated by these terrorists.”

These attacks have caused residents to demand work be sped up on the wall, known in adminstrative circles as Project Firewall. In spite of the obvious benefits provided by such a barrier, however, there have been some problems getting it built.

"The project to construct a wall between the more vulnerable regions of Munuvia and known Spammer hangouts has been in the works for years," stated an undentified bar owner and IT guru involved in Operation Firewall. "But in spite of the safety it would afford our small nation, UN officials and Amnesty International have already denounced it and are calling for a tribunal of nations spearheaded by Nigeria to study it. Can you believe that? Nigeria, of all places. Spamming is the greatest part of their GNP."

"Next thing you know," added a patron seated at the bar, "we'll be forced to give these terrorists land for a homeland within our own borders. And we know how well that works. Look at Gaza."

The Cotillion, a think tank of conservative women with offices located in the green zone in central Munuvia City, suffered extensive damage during the attack on Tuesday, but was able to rebound quickly. Workers from several private US and Pan Pacific defense contractors were onsite within hours, securing the perimeter and providing a much needed visual respite for the women in the facility.

“We were not terribly concerned about being overrun during this wave of attacks,” stated Cotillian spokesman e-clair, blogger with a penchant for witty remarks at the end of each group post. “We’re well armed, both literally and metaphorically. And unlike other think tanks, we actually are able to defend our statements. That one fact seems to attract the sort of situation we saw here in Munuvia on Tuesday. We hate to think that it was our recent move to this lovely country that precipitated these attacks, but it certainly would appear to have been a factor.”

Affected Munuvians spent the night in temporary shelters, anxiously awaiting the end of the attack and the return of service to their stricken nation. Members of the USAir Force Security Force, under the watchful eye of Slaglerock, provided security for both the shelters and the affected sites.

Working with local law enforcement, Slaglerock’s contingent also kept the local morale up by providing a temporary beach volleyball court and several teams for pairs play with residents, who were appreciative of the vast improvement in scenery.

“There’s just something to be said for the men providing security here,” commented Anika, a longtime resident of Munuvia. “They work hard, they apparently play hard, and they look great doing it. And just because the women of Munuvia are intelligent and discerning doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the human form.”

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Sorry About That

I don't swear very often. In fact, the only two things that can make me say rude words these days are flaky disk drives and database corruption. Oh, and anything that takes my munu off the air can generate some ripe expletives too.

At least we weren't losing $2000 a minute while the system was down - I've been there, don't want to repeat it.

On the other hand, to lose $2000 a minute you'd have to have actual revenues in the first place...

One other thing: Trackbacks and searches (the Movable Type search function) are turned off for now. I'll turn them back on in the morning (my morning - about six hours from now) when I'll be around to keep an eye on things. They were using excessive amounts of memory - hundreds of megs - which would be a problem even if the server wasn't all flaky.

I've just taken a full database backup and shipped it off to the backup server just in case.

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Minor Fuckage

We have had two more instances of database corruption, both fortunately minor. We lost one template from one blog, and some posts from one of the forums. That seems to be it so far, but if you are missing anything, or get strange errors that keep coming up, post here and I'll look into it ASAP.

We do have backups off-site, so if anything critical is lost (and it's more than 24 hours old) we'll be able to get it back.

After repairing two databases, I was able to do a full SQL dump of everything, so I don't think there's anything else lurking at the bottom of the swamp, but do let me know if you run across anything.

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Pardon me.

We're getting the same error as yesterday, but on the other drive.

This sucks.

Note: Trackbacks are turned off, because every little bit helps, and they're 98% spam anyway.

I'm just re-updating the backups, and then I'm going to reboot. We'll be down for about five minutes, and we'll see if that helps at all.

Update: Rebooting didn't do anything useful. I've logged a support ticket. We should be getting the drive replaced on Sunday morning, unless the problem gets worse, in which case we'll just shut down and do it right away.

It's a really strange problem. The server is using the same brand of RAID controller - 3Ware - that I use in all the servers at work, and in four years I've never seen anything like this. On the other hand, the disk performance of this system has always been a bit sluggish, so maybe there was something wrong all along.

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Good Job!!!!!

I think Pixy deserves a round of applause for his efforts at restoring our sites.
Thanks for all the hard work!!!!!!!!!!

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Only One Casualty

One database did get corrupted during the outage, and it has now been fixed.

I'm looking at setting up twice-daily backups, so that if we ever go down again I can just say "hell with it" and switch to the other server.

I'm also looking at moving to a cluster, instead of a single server. More on this soon.

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