Installing New Software

by W.F. Price on May 10, 2012

I’m working on installing some membership/forum software to better handle comments, and it’s a bit tricky. Site may have some issues for a while. If there’s trouble accessing content, it can be read at: feeds.feedburner.com/thespearhead

If an installation fails and crashes the site and I can’t figure out why, I’m going to have to upload the backup, and that could take a long time. If I have to upload a database backup it will take even longer — this is a very large site by now.

So don’t worry if the site goes offline for a while. I’ve dealt with all the security issues and there are no problems with the host, so any downtime (hopefully very little if any) will simply be due to installing software or restoring the site if there’s a fatal problem during installation/configuration.

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J May 10, 2012 at 13:42

Hey, you have my email here, can you send me some of the stuff you are using?

I know you have been busy, but can you check my site out? I am pretty new, and still figuring out what exactly I want with the blog, keep changing my mind though I think I got it. Also, trying to configure it so I can attain the maximum user-friendly site before I really get going. I have a lot of tools, but I am trying to get it just right to my tastes, before I start smashing out the hundred or so articles I have in my mind to write!

Let me know how you like it, and please be brutal of course!

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Art Vandelay May 10, 2012 at 13:45

Why don’t you keep a backup on the server?

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W.F. Price May 10, 2012 at 13:53

Why don’t you keep a backup on the server?

-Art Vandelay

I do have a backup server with the host, but it can still take a long time and be a major pain.

bruno May 10, 2012 at 14:21

Obama supports now gay marriage.

I didn’t know he hated gays so much.

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AfOR May 10, 2012 at 17:18
AfOR May 10, 2012 at 22:59
Ted May 10, 2012 at 23:21

“Amos waited to have sex with the boy until he reached his 17th birthday.”

Forethought!

“she was charged for the photos she sent while he was 16″

Oops, not quite enough forethought.

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justvisiting May 10, 2012 at 23:36

There is a new form of male birth control being test called Vasalgel, that is being tested.

“New Procedure Is 100 Percent Effective, Reversible
(via huff post)
(i searched, didn’t find a post but delete if repost, thanks)

Male Birth Control

A new birth control procedure shows promising signs of becoming another viable option for people who don’t want children now, but may want them some day.

Techcitement points out that the procedure, which is in advanced clinical trials in India, has been found to be 100 percent effective.

One downside — depending on how you feel about shots — is that it requires the man receive an injection into the vas deferens with a polymer gel called Vasalgel, after a local anesthetic has been given. The substance works by breaking apart sperm.

The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes and lasts ten years or more and is more easily reversible than a vasectomy.

As the Male Contraception Information Project notes, if a man decides he’d like to have his sperm up and running again, he can get another shot and, within two to three months, the baby-making can commence.

Studies over the last 25 years have reportedly found the procedure is safe to use on both humans and animals.

Researchers are hopeful that the procedure will be on the market in the U.S. by 2015, with clinical trials beginning in 2012. Currently, the process is only available to Indian men involved in the trials.”

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freebird May 11, 2012 at 04:48

Good luck w/ the backup!
As to the male birth control article:
Sure,a shot in the scrotum is fair,as long as we change wimmins birth control to an injection in the vagina!

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Art Vandelay May 11, 2012 at 04:52

I do have a backup server with the host, but it can still take a long time and be a major pain.

How large is the backup anyways in gigabyte? If you are using lvm you could also try the changes out on a snapshot which you can later discard.

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Art Vandelay May 11, 2012 at 05:11

Sure,a shot in the scrotum is fair,as long as we change wimmins birth control to an injection in the vagina!

Well once I had that shot I don’t particularly care anymore about wimmins birth control. This is revolutionary.

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J May 11, 2012 at 06:21

@justvistiting

RISUG has been aroung for a long time, but I have a hard time believing that the FDA will approve it, as it mysteriously does not even talk abot all the other “viable options” that have come through its door, I have a topic about that.

RISUG is its name by the way. Vasalgel might be its sale name.

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Thos May 11, 2012 at 06:53

Staged roll out with back-ups.
Rinse and repeat.

Good luck!

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Thos May 11, 2012 at 09:35

Having a back-up on the same server is actually still a single point of failure.

Long and bitter, bitter, bitter experience talking here.

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W.F. Price May 11, 2012 at 09:49

Having a back-up on the same server is actually still a single point of failure.

Long and bitter, bitter, bitter experience talking here.

-Thos

Yep. I keep them locally, too. Before I install this stuff I’m making three backups. One local, one on disk and one on the backup server.

If something goes wrong I’ll be able to restore from one or another, but it will still take a long time.

AfOR May 11, 2012 at 11:00

shouldn’t be that onerous…

and FTP backup of the site structure + a full mysql dump, provided you have a half decent broadband connection you can rebuild in 30 minutes tops.

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W.F. Price May 11, 2012 at 11:03

and FTP backup of the site structure + a full mysql dump, provided you have a half decent broadband connection you can rebuild in 30 minutes tops.

-AfOR

My ftp goes along at a snail’s pace. I’m afraid it would take hours. Restoring the database is faster, despite the fact that it’s much larger.

continent May 11, 2012 at 11:50

Drudge Report
Would this stripper/reporter had inspired some hard drive on readers if she had not been fired.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/sarah-tressler-sues-houston-chronicle-claims-unfairly-fired-stripping-side-job-article-1.1076324

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AfOR May 11, 2012 at 12:52

methinks a new post from Bill then, broadband around the world for MGTOW going ghost…

FWIW 30 mbit down / 3 mbit up uncapped here runs to 22 uk pounds per calendar month, 100 mbit down / 10 mbit up for 34 uk pounds a month

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Art Vandelay May 11, 2012 at 12:53

Having a back-up on the same server is actually still a single point of failure.

No, having the only backup on the same server is a single point of failure, especially if you are not using RAID ;)

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AfOR May 11, 2012 at 13:10

RAID is not a backup, RAID 0/1 is actually significantly less reliable than a single disk.

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Art Vandelay May 11, 2012 at 13:30

RAID is not a backup, RAID 0/1 is actually significantly less reliable than a single disk.

I never heard anyone say that RAID-1 is less reliable than a single disk.

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AfOR May 11, 2012 at 15:06

then you never heard anyone who knew the subject.

if 1 disk has a likelihood of failure of 1 in 1500 in the next 24 hours, then two disks have a 1 in 1500 chance that each individual disk will fail, but if taken as a pair, then the likelihood is increased to 1 in 750 that one of the disks in the pair will fail.

rebuilding a RAID 1 by hot swapping 1 dead disk is a long way short of a 100% guaranteed success rate.

RAID5 etc was invented for a reason.

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Art Vandelay May 12, 2012 at 13:37

then you never heard anyone who knew the subject.

;)

if 1 disk has a likelihood of failure of 1 in 1500 in the next 24 hours, then two disks have a 1 in 1500 chance that each individual disk will fail, but if taken as a pair, then the likelihood is increased to 1 in 750 that one of the disks in the pair will fail.

The likelihood of both disks failing at the same time is far lower than that of a single disk which is kind of the point of RAID-1. With a single disk or RAID-0 you would need your backup then…

RAID5 etc was invented for a reason.

Yeah, mainly to save on disks. Writes are a lot slower for certain workloads though.

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