Site design change

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again – site design change time.  Whether it’s due to the fact that I am single again and actually have time to devote to the site again, or the less likely (yet still possible) reason that it’s spring, and time for a good spring cleaning.

I know over the past little while I’ve been promising to start writing here again, and now that I will have some time on my hands, I promise to do just that very, VERY soon.  I have a whole bunch of stuff happening in my life right now that I can’t wait to update you all about, but for tonight, you’re just going to have to sit tight – it’s bedtime.

Trying To Build A Little Suspense in Kansas

Outages, downtime and problems, OH MY!

I’d just like to apologize for the sporadic downtime we’ve been having lately. A friend of mine ran a webhosting company and offered to host my site for a free a few years back. I took him up on the offer, and up until recently everything has been peachy. As you no doubt have experienced, things have got progressively worse with things taking four or five times longer to load, and sometimes the server locks up completely. The problem is that the server went from being incredibly under utilized when he was just starting out his business, to over-crowded as his business succeeds and his client base grows. Being that he was giving me the space for free, I had no reason to complain.

Today, I was approached by another friend who has graciously allowed me to host this website on his personal webserver in his house. Unlike Canadian or American home connections however, his connection is fiber-optic based. The server is also very overpowered for it’s tasks (hosting 4-5 websites of family and friends, and a backup server for his desktop) so there shouldn’t be any issues for a good long while.

Let the partying commence.

NOTE: For those of you reading this update via E-mail or RSS, but are having troubles accessing the site in your web browser, this is the fault of your ISP and should subside within a few hours (or depending how anal your ISP is, a couple of days.)  If you want to yell at someone, call up said ISP and tell them that they should configure their DNS caching services to properly honor a host’s TTL.  You can say that verbatim if you want.

Happy 100th Post! We made it!

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank all my loyal readers for sticking with me through thick and thin; the obvious and the overly complex.  I would like to dedicate this post to all of you who have subscribed to my RSS feed (if you haven’t already done so, you can read how to do that about halfway down this post; it’s the third paragraph under the quote), to those of you who have signed up to be notified by e-mail immediately after a post is published, and especially to those of you who make the trek here every day without any notifications of new material at all.  You guys are the reason I continue writing, and the fact that 500 different people visit this site on a daily basis really tells me something.

What does it tell me?  Well, geeze, I hadn’t really thought that far ahead yet, but I know it tells me something.  I’ll get back to you on that one.

In any event, thank you Reader.  The fact that you give a shit about my life, regardless of whether or not you have any direct affect on it, makes me smile a little more each day.