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For a moment there, I thought JustHost had a point

Well. We had a little excitement at the blog last night. Excitement of the wrong kind, but all appears well now. Bill St. Clair swiftly and accurately shifted yesterday from cranky, creaky JustHost to new HawkHost servers. I set the DNS change in motion (most everybody should be seeing the site on its new servers now or very shortly). And — zoom! — much faster. No 502 errors. Glory hallelujah! All problems solved. Then. Shortly afterward I noticed memory usage creeping up. And creeping more. I contacted HawkHost support, which confirmed JustHost’s claim that these problems could be the…


Apologies for error messages. This, too, shall pass.

You may have noticed two negatives about the blog: slow loading and 502 errors. I’ve also been experiencing them. Often: ERROR 502 – BAD GATEWAY Why am I seeing this page? The server that your request has reached is acting as a gateway or proxy to fulfil (sic) the request made by your client. Web Browser => Web Front-End => Web Back-End This server (Web Front-End) received an invalid response from an upstream (Web Back-End) server it accessed to fulfil the request. In most cases this will not mean that the upstream server is down, but rather that the upstream…


Calling all beta testers

Thanks to the amazing work of Bill St. Clair and He Who Fakes It Well, along with the extraordinary tech support at HawkHost, the new member site should be ready for beta testing by Friday. I’ve just invited 10 people to participate (including feralfae and A.G., who volunteered in an earlier comment section). My aim was to choose readers of a variety of backgrounds, interests, and experiences, of both sexes, and ages from youngish to … not-so-youngish. Techies and absolute non-techies alike. But now I’d like to have at least five more volunteers “from the audience.” The only criteria are…


I wasn’t going to say anything actually bad about JustHost. But seriously …

I wanted to avoid a disgruntled rant about JustHost, the company that (still for the time being) hosts the blog and is about to be deprived of its chance to host the new member site. It was enough to say JustHost was a bit slow, error-prone, and lacking in customer service. Enough to say that, since being acquired by some host-devouring conglomerate, it was getting a shocking number of bad reviews. I wanted to be discreet. Polite. Didn’t want to come across as some crazed former customer, brimming with self-righteousness and out for revenge. You know the type. The weirdo…


Okay, time to bail. Need your help.

That headline’s not as drastic as it sounds. The reality is merely that if you have a website of your own and you like your host, I hope you’ll let me know. Both this blog and the upcoming new site are (separately) hosted with a company called JustHost. It’s been fair-to-middlin’ for the blog. Bit slow. Frequent server errors. But tolerable. (I thought it was my connection at first; my apologies if you’ve been seeing the same thing.) We chose a budget plan and you gets what you pays for. Might move later. Alas, JustHost has turned out to be…


So, you might be wondering, what’s new with the still-developing parts of this new operation?

I just had to laugh. The fundraising thermometer (on the right sidebar, or scroll down for you on mobile) has been sitting at $6,988 for the last week, and while that’s a glorious sum when my great hope was to raise $5,500, it apparently gave one existing (and very generous) donor an itch between her shoulder blades. So she kicked in another $12, made it an even $7,000 — and order is restored to the universe. Which reminded me, it’s time for an … Update on the new site build While it’s all still happening behind the scenes, a lot’s…


Help me out with a little blog “housekeeping”

We could use some relief after yesterday’s heavy (and eventually contentious to the point of closing comments) discussion. So I thought maybe you could help with a little blog “housekeeping.” Everybody seems to like the new blog (thank you). But I’m still tinkering with fine points of design. On two of those, I’d like to know your preferences. Organizing comments When Living Freedom was at BHM, comments were displayed strictly in chronological order. Here, we’ve got nesting comments. When you reply to another Commentariat member, your comment goes beneath theirs, slightly offset, instead of in the order it was posted.…


Midweek links

  • Okay, in the great debate over victim disarmament, this is trivial. But still: “Get out of gun control, Apple.”
  • Uh oh. All those Loompanicsy books and articles about hiding stuff in your walls just got even more obsolete than they already were. Nifty app for home remodelers, though. (H/T MJR)
  • What a beautiful and unusual piece. Wendy McElroy talks about her experiences as a homeless teenager in “Try a Little Tenderness.” 13 Comments
  • Holeeee freakin’ cats!

    Did you see that fundraising thermometer? Over there on the right side (or scroll to the bottom for you people on mobiles). Did you see that? Holy cats. I owe some extremely serious thank yous and those thanks will be delivered as best I can deliver them. To say this was unexpected when I thought the fundraiser was winding down is an understatement. But every dime will either go into building the new website or go under my house (where the beetles munching on the present foundation beams will be surprised, sometime within the next year, to find themselves evicted…


    Proudly preaching to the choir since 1996

    “Of the 30-50 sites I HAVE to check out each day, yours is one of maybe 2 or 3 that feel like home instead of like work. — Thomas Knapp Rational Review News Thank you, Tom. Starting off like that sounds self-promotional. But that’s not where I’m going. I was honored by what Tom wrote, but more, he got me thinking about my place in this strange, dangerous, “interesting” world. It all began 20 years ago My book 101 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution was published in 1996. Yep, 20 years ago this year. It came out very late…