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Site flatulence being treated

The randy clusters of zeroes and ones which power the index cards which run the servers which make the 43 Folders blog come to your home computer set have apparently decided to unionize without telling anyone. Consequently, I suspect a wildcat strike may be behind a lot of the unreliable site behavior in the last day or so. So it goes.

I’m on it. I have bought the zeroes and ones an ice-cold keg of Miller Lite to keep them occupied while I’m upgrading to WordPress 2 and spinning the giant wheel that decides which of the 1400 or so plugins I have are now incompatible with each other. Yay, Wednesday! I rule.

Anyhow, I’ll post again here when I get things straightened out, but things are very likely to break intermittently (read: a lot) throughout today, so it won’t offend me at all if you want to go take a nice walk, do a bit of correspondence, or perhaps teach a small child how to make a pirate hat out of a newspaper. Of course, you can still drop by the wiki, the board, or the store; they’re still non-unionized, work for hard candy, and are just happy to have a warm place to sit.

See you on the other side. One hopes.

Edit 2006-01-18 08:42:58: Oh. And apparently MacSlash linked here this morning, too, I now learn. I think I need more coffee.

Edit 2006-01-18 11:40:15: OK, I think things are mostly stabilized for now. You'll still hit little problems, but we're steadily up. Special thanks to Bryan and Ben at A2 Web Hosting. They continue to rule. More soon.

Edit 2006-01-19 10:58:50: Huzzah. We're 90+% back. We now return you to your regularly scheduled life hackery (with thanks for your patience with our awkward growing pains).


43 Folders Text Ads now available

AdBrite (43 Folders Text Ads)

Just a little administrative note. I've had a lot (a lot) of requests from folks wanting to place text ads for their company on 43 Folders, so I'm giving AdBrite a spin. Hop over to their site to get more information or place your own ad.

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43F Board upgraded (big time)

43 Folders Board - Powered by vBulletin

This is just a quick programming note to let you know that the 43 Folders Board just got a posh new upgrade to vBulletin. In addition to being much easier for me to maintain (and much more scaleable, searchable, AJAX-inated, blah blah blah), vBulletin's also got some spiffy features for users. For example, it should now be much easier to navigate threads and keep track of where new and interesting stuff is happening. (Like it needs my endorsement, I'll just say vBulletin is far and away the most powerful and feature-rich messageboard I've used).

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TOPICS: Admin, Elsewhere

Email belches

Fastmail.fm has been taking an unexpected dirtnap since Thursday afternoon that looks likely to stretch lazily through the weekend.

My old mail has reportedly been queued and will supposedly wind its way back to me by Monday or so; my previously unequivocal recommendations of Fastmail will not return with it.

Anyhoo, I've rerouted all my main email accounts to Gmail for now (I'm merlinmann at that particular domain), so if you've tried to send me anything important since about 14:00 PST on Thursday, please just resend it -- with my apologies.


43F Board: Screwdriver Narrowness Considered Harmful

In which I try to help get the ball rolling.

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TOPICS: Admin, Tips

43F Podcast: Weekly Wrapup - 2005-10-21

Weekly Wrapup - 2005-10-21 (mp3)

43folders.com - A marathon wrapup of the week, including: redesign notes; popular posts; interesting stats; and a promise to you, the home podcast listener. (7:54)

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Ads on 43F (and helping improve them)

43 Folders - October 2005 Reader Survey

In deciding to run ads on 43 Folders, it's been important to me to try and get things right. Over the past few weeks you've seen the site go way over the edge, then pull back--mostly just so I could learn where that edge was, although it's also accidentally provided me with a fascinating crash course on how industry standard ad units and software work. I've also listened to you guys, moved some stuff around, and tried to keep things both sane and modestly profitable.

Whether I've gotten that mix perfect on any given day will always be open to debate, but I'll tell you two things that are important to me:

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New home

If you can see this post, you're viewing the site on the new server and all is well.

Otherwise, you're psychic or something.

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Server transition: Expect delays

Sweet fancy Moses, it looks like there's an end in sight for our server woes. Sometime today, the technically gifted elves at A2 Web Hosting will be pushing this enterprise over to a hotrodded new server with more CPU, more disk space, more bandwidth, and cup holders that are ample for a thirsty family of eight.

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Blowing up my pager

You can't spell "success" without "suck." A technology update full of laughter, tears, and Yosemite Sam-like hollerin'. And you might just learn something.

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An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


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