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    Two years! Where have I been?

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    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2018-10-09 15:07:44.000
    Why, right here, of course.

    The dates show that I haven’t posted on my blog since October 2016, and here we are in October 2018. Well, what has happened since then?

    In the rest of the world, rather a lot. Much of it pretty terrible.

    But in my own personal world, there haven’t been too many changes. I’ve started and abandoned tons of new projects, but I haven’t told the world about them.

    Right now I’m working on a redesign of both and, and a brand new site that I plan to launch to promote my next novel (my fifth, if anyone is counting!)

    I’ll keep you up to date on my progress for these new sites. And I promise, the next update won’t be two years later. :)

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-03-24 19:49:51.000
    An update for me.

    Twenty years have passed. I no longer care for the platform wars which mostly died after Apple wisely dumped the PowerPC. That was itself about fifteen years ago, though I can still hear the echos of the pin drop heard in the Battlefront the day of the Announcement.

    I think it was good for Apple in more ways than one. The great bulk of Apple RDF was tied into selling people a tale of stuff they knew nothing about, which is processor architecture. I think it dispelled some of the air of arrogance and made the platform more approachable. How many times have we heard it said that it wasn't the computer, it was the fanbois that made the Macintosh insufferable?

    Operating system reliability/responsiveness/usefulness is something people can see for themselves, but to go on about the elegance of an ISA as if it were anything but a means to an end was perverse to say the least.

    That said, I don't like the direction Windows has gone. It fails a s a file browser, I think. I miss the "My Computer" icon and the very exposed way the Control Panel used to operate.

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-03-25 02:46:28.000
    I no longer really do technical support. more into operations and escalations, etc. Tech support gives me PTSD, man.,

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-04-27 21:50:10.000
    Hey AYB!!! Great to hear from you . I feel like you're the last person (other than me) to post on OSY. :(

    I too think that the age of platform wars is basically over, and that the purpose of OSY isn't really necessary any more, but I am still going to keep it around just for nostalgia's sake. I might drop the old OSY 2.0 and 1.0 stuff though. I'll keep a personal copy, but I feel it's just too old and outdated for anyone else to care about.

    I really hope that some day if my novel writing (or other non-fiction writing) takes off then maybe this forum might pick up again, but I'm not sure. Forums in general are sort of passe. Everyone uses either Reddit or Twitter or Facebook. It's kind of sad because people owned their forums, but now these massive companies own everyone's posts and relationships. :(

    Sorry to be such a bummer!

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-04-28 00:26:47.000
    Yeah, there’s more to life than maintaining old BB material.

    Actually, I think you would be hard pressed to find something less worthwhile than maintaining a forum that itself existed as a meta-space that just went into happy-crazy land. I’ve never done hard drugs, but its hard to expect anyone to possibly believe that going over OSY 1.0.

    I haven’t seen the Battlefront more than a handful of times this past decade. Nothing really interesting there. Phone wars? No thanks! I’m happy with an iPhone 4. I need mail, facebook, ebay, Youtube, streaming and banking apps. I don't really care if I'm doing it on a four year old screen.

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-04-28 03:09:54.000
    Actually, I'm going over old posts at OSY 1.0 and having a blast doing it.

    I was pretty good at posting stupid things.

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-04-29 12:55:06.000
    I'm really on the fence about OSY 1.0 and 2.0.

    The 1.0 posts I can transfer over really easily because I already built the module to read and parse the old Ikonboard flat files. But to get OSY 2.0 running on my new server means setting up PHPBB and copying over the MySQL database and I just wonder what the point of it is.

    But then again, I did spend a lot of time keeping up that old forum and there were a lot of posts in it. I suppose the Internet Archive has saved most of it, but is it worth saving for any other reason?

    It feels like digital hoarding, but is that even a real thing, given that these things can be saved while taking up no physical space? And what about the few moments in OSY 2.0 that I really treasured, like the thread about my wedding?

    I have to think about it some more.

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-04-29 17:34:22.000
    I've been going through some of OSY and OSY2.0

    There is nothing so delightfully dumb on the Interwebs. Keep the Smam!


    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-04-30 11:42:36.000
    All right! I will keep it then. Actually I can just FTP the files over and then all I have to do is migrate the database, which shouldn't be too much of a problem (hopefully!)

    I've also been having fun going through and reading some of the old smam. We were all so much younger then!

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-05-01 15:59:55.000
    Thank you!


    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-06-07 15:16:27.000
    Well, I managed to migrate the entire OSY 2.0 forum, but it wasn’t easy!

    Backing up the database (a single MySQL command) and copying over the files via FTP was straightforward enough. But there were tons of error messages and many posts were completely blank! Oh no!

    Turns out that the version of PHPBB I was running (3.0.5) was incompatible with the latest PHP7. I tried downgrading to PHP5, but that just made things worse??? I had to nuke PHP5 from orbit, just to be sure. The real fix would be upgrading PHPBB to the latest version, 3.2.7. I figured, hey, how hard could that be? And it’s always a good idea to be on the latest version, in case some new security hole is discovered in an old PHPBB and the script kiddies start nuking old sites.

    But YOU CAN’T UPGRADE straight from PHPBB 3.0.5 to 3.2.7. It blows everything up. There are database upgrade scripts that simply don’t work if you have an older version.

    I ended up having to do the following, based on the testimony of another user who went through this hell:

    - upgrade PHPBB 3.0.5 to 3.0.14
    - upgrade 3.0.14 to 3.1.12
    - upgrade 3.1.12 to 3.2.7

    This involved three separate upgrades, each of which involved deleting and replacing most of the files via FTP and running a database upgrade script, then deleting the /install/ directory.

    Anyway, in the end it worked, although the board looks somewhat different now. A weird bonus is that it formats and flows properly on mobile devices, something the Ars forums can never do because they forked an old PHPBB 3.0.x version years ago and can never merge it back because oh my god I would not want to do that work on a forum the size of Ars, like, ever. You could not pay me enough.

    Anyway, I plan to migrate to my new server early next week, either Monday or Tuesday evening. Hopefully there will be no downtime as I’ll keep the old server up during the time it will take to update everyone’s DNS caches. You may have to log in again.

    But the smam will survive forever! Muahahahaha!

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-06-07 15:17:18.000
    Update: Server is migrated! Still working on some teething issues with MySQL memory usage. Everything is faster though!

    Posts: 10422
    Posted on: 2019-06-08 02:02:47.000
    Yay, it looks way different.

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-06-08 02:26:37.000
    Yes, I migrated the whole board database from my old Monarch web framework to my newLISP on Rockets one. I wrote Monarch first, as an experiment, and then Rockets was the system that I rewrote to do it "properly". It didn't make sense to keep two different frameworks around, so I've merged them by adding Monarch features to Rockets.

    There are still a few tweaks I have to make to the UI to fix little issues. I'll be doing that next week.

    Jeremy Reimer
    Posts: 9291
    Posted on: 2019-06-13 18:22:36.000
    Okay, I've tweaked the UI slightly, and I've added sticky threads to newLISP on Rockets. I put links to OSY 1.0 and 2.0 in the first sticky thread.

    History is preserved!

    Posts: 2
    Posted on: 2019-10-07 20:42:26.000
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