There and back again

February 4th, 2004 § Comments Off on There and back again § permalink

If you’re seen this entry, you’re seeing this blog in its new server. As far as I know, everything is here. If you experience any problems, please let me know. I believe I didn’t lose any comments, but I’ve wrong before.

Anyway, the new machine feels snappier than the previous one. I hope I won’t run into trouble with my current provider again — at least, not until I move the site to a dedicated server I’m planning to rent together with a couple of friends.

MA in Science Fiction Studies

January 28th, 2004 § Comments Off on MA in Science Fiction Studies § permalink

The University of Liverpool is offering a terrific post-graduate course: a MA in Science Fiction Studies, running for one year and dealing mainly with English-written science fiction, though it will also consider some European writers.

Now, imagine yourself studying your favorite genre for a whole year, with full acess to the Science Fiction Foundation archives, one of the richest science fiction archives in the world. I think I’m going to cry.

I can’t help but think that I live in Brazil, where buying such kind of books is hard because you need to import them, where the national market for the genre is virtually non-existent, and where no university would ever consider the possibility of running such a course. I really think I’m going to cry.

The Wizardry Compiled

July 4th, 2003 § Comments Off on The Wizardry Compiled § permalink

The Wizardry Compiled is the second installment in The Wiz Biz series, by Rick Cook. The series, for those who never heard of it, tells the story of Wiz Zumwalt, a Silicon Valley programmer that is unwillingly summoned to another world to help in a war waged between two powerful magical factions: the Council of the North and the Dark League. Arriving at this magical world, Wiz finds that he has no magic of his own and that people are trying to kill him because they believe otherwise. Pressured, he turns to the only thing he really knows, programming, and creates a whole new kind of magic. The result is a funny and good-humored book, rich in references to the programming world, and able to stand on its own in the fantasy genre. If you are a programmer, you will certainly enjoin the book premises.

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Trouble sires many children

May 29th, 2003 § Comments Off on Trouble sires many children § permalink

Once I read a book in which one of the characters said that trouble sires three children. After the past two weeks, I’d say troubles sires how many children it needs to complicate a life.

As if the events in the last week were not enough, Windows decided to die on my home computer. Not a good thing to happen now, but I thought I could handle it. I made a complete backup on CD, reinstalled Windows, and started restoring the backup. I say started because the CD driver is dying as well. It simply stopped reading CDs properly. Worse, the CD with the backup seems to be damaged too. It is not scratched, but some files are simply unreadable. Life isn’t wonderful? My Linux system is working, but I can’t access the Internet with it because the modem doesn’t work under it. And, of course, all my old e-mail files are in the CD backup.

So until I manage to restore my system to an acceptable level, activity here will be light. Meanwhile, wish me luck. :-)

Small changes in the site

April 12th, 2003 § Comments Off on Small changes in the site § permalink

I made a couple of small changes to the RSS feeds for this site. They now show only the last five entries, down from ten in the previous version. This change better reflects my posting habits. I also changed them to display the full post in aggregated that support this feature.

In a related note, I also changed the layout of the Portuguese version of this blog. I’m still tweaking the templates so expect problems — especially in the inner pages. The layout works better on browsers that support CSS 3, like Mozilla, but it will display fine in any browser (or so I expect).

Hosting troubles again

April 11th, 2003 § Comments Off on Hosting troubles again § permalink

For those who noticed, this blog was almost completely unavailable for the past three days. This problem was caused by a hardware failure in the server hosting this site. The server’s motherboard and HD crashed and had to be replaced. Everything seems to be back to normal now, with the exception of some lost posts — the backup is weekly so the database couldn’t be completely restored. I will attempt to restore them from what I’ve got in my home computer, but I don’t know if it will be possible.

I apologize for the inconvenience. :-(

Hosting matters

March 21st, 2003 § Comments Off on Hosting matters § permalink

I was checking my site’s statistics today, and I confirmed an old suspicion. It seems that my former provider was inflating the bandwidth and used space figures. I don’t know if they did it purposefully, or if they didn’t even realize the number were wrong.

When I migrated the site to Vilago, my new hosting provider, I was surprised to see that the space used by the site had shrunk to half of the size reported in the former hosting service’s control panel. Puzzled, I logged via my shell account in the old server, and checked the actual disk space used. I found that I indeed using only 30 MB of space (for both the files and the database) instead of the 60 MB displayed in the other control panel. Today, I confirmed that the bandwidth numbers were wrong as well. The site is getting the same number of hits it usually gets, but the bandwidth usage is lower. If I had no shell access, I would have to believe the numbers in the control panel, which would likely lead me to upgrade the hosting plan before it was really needed.

Well, hosting matters. When I chose my former hosting server, I did it on the basis of the resources they offered. The actual service turned out to be terribly bad, especially when support was needed. So, the lesson is: know who is hosting your site, and know your neighborhood as well.

1/2

March 13th, 2003 § Comments Off on 1/2 § permalink

I’ve fixed one of the two problems left in the MovableType installation after I changed servers. It turned out that one of the regular expressions used in the script that creates my blogroll was wrong. I don’t know if it was wrong from the beginning or if it was changed when I imported the templates (which is very unlikely), and I wonder how the script was working before as this bug was in a crucial part of the code.

The other problem is in the Related Entries plugin, which is not working properly. I still have to investigate the problem’s nature, however.

Relocation is over

March 10th, 2003 § Comments Off on Relocation is over § permalink

The relocation to the new server is finally over. This site is now proudly hosted on the Vilago server. The problems with the nameservers were sorted out, and the DNS change is probably over by now. I also managed to transfer all blog entries and related data to the new MovableType installation without any major problems. MovableType is complaining when entries are built, but it’s working. Except for those small hitches, everything went well.

Many thanks to Cristiano Dias, Vilago’s owner, for the invaluable assistance during the relocation answering my thousands of questions about the new configuration and guiding me through the new environment.

Relocation redux

March 8th, 2003 § Comments Off on Relocation redux § permalink

I’m having some trouble moving to the new server. The domain is not pointing to the new site yet because of some problems with the nameserver, and the process of importing the old entries to the new MovableType installation was not as smooth as expected (there are five blogs and a lot of templates and plugins to move). Well, as I did expect some difficulties, I’m not complaning… yet. But I hope I can complete the changes before the old server goes offline.

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