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ONOZ! I have been neglecting to blog again! I had a bunch to write about the other day, but none of it seems very exciting any more… Anyway, the other day, I was checking my blog stats, and I noticed that my views had spiked. On closer inspection, I found that almost all of them had come from http://alphainventions.com. I went and visited the site, and I liked it a lot. On the main page, there is a frame showing the most recently updated blogs on WordPress, Blogger, and whatever that Microsoft one is… I can’t be bothered looking up the name… Anyway, it is really great for finding new blogs – when you see one you like appear, just click the pause button to stop the flow of updates. In other news, the Lair of Tamasys has been down for the past two days on account of the fact that we moved the router and I haven’t reattached the Ethernet cable. Lazy me. Anyway, must dash, it is late. Merry Christmas to all two of you who bother to read my blog and have a good day 😀

EDIT: I forgot to tell you what the title meant – it stands for Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Blogs. Because I was neglecting my blog, geddit? (My God, I hate peope who say “geddit”…)

ANOTHER EDIT: There were a plethora of spelling errors in this post (the result of trying to blog from an iPod…), but they are all fixed now.

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I saw a post on Four Island called Of Books and Memes, and, being the meme loving person I am, felt compelled to read it (not that this is unusual with 4I posts…).

It talked about a meme, the rules of which are thus:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t pick your favourite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

I got these results:

“When a reporter from The Times went to investigate ‘the group’, he found that Arthur was under constant attack from his wife, a veteran feminist who is bigger than he is, owns the house, supports Arthur financially and makes him do all the housework.”
The Return of Heroic Failures by Stephen Pile


Interesting…

At first I loved it. Then I put up with it. Then I hated it. Now I am trying to ditch it.

It started off fine. I spent a good hour or two scouring the internet for the best possible free host, and stumbled upon Zymic. They had heaps of storage and bandwidth, MySQL, PHP, and other language support, FTP access, massive support forums, and heaps more. Sounds great, doesn’t it? WRONG! While they had heaps of great features – all for free – about two weeks after I set up my site on their vndv server it began to experience slowdowns and crashes.

The first one was blamed on a power outage, but soon they began experiencing the dreaded… Read-Only Bug! For some reason, the hard disks of the servers kept putting themselves into a read-only state, so the FTP didn’t work and neither did any server side scripts, such as PHP, which runs almost all of my site.

Every time this happened, they had to take the server down for up to six hours to do a full disk check. This resulted in a lot of downtime, as I’m sure you can imagine. This happened more and more, until they finally decided to upgrade their servers. This was all supposed to happen over the course of three days, but it got put off for a week. Then another week. Then nothing for a month. After two months, they finally got around to it, and halfway through the transfer the company who ran the new server got sued by Microsoft for distributing scareware, resulting in the transfer being cancelled.

I have finally given up. I surrender. Or, rather, I retreat. I am setting up my own server as we speak, and I will host my site from that. Anything is better than what I have now. I hope this works…

On a lighter note, here is one of the coolest animals EVER:

It is a blobfish, or more specifically a Psychrolutes marcidus. It looks really cool, don’t you think?

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