Quiet space

Posted Jun 30, 2004 in si-blog.

Yes, I know. The si-blog has been rather quiet of late. Please accept my apologies if you are a regular reader.

Behind the scenes, I have been working feverishly on the new site, which I now expect to launch in about 2 weeks. I have encountered certain technical problems, mostly related to how I deal with comments. Rather than delaying the new version still further, I will probably deploy with commenting disabled; however, all existing comments will be available.

I have solved the problem of legacy pages. Old entries will be available with both the existing URL scheme, and the new one. I will probably disable the ability to post comments on all of the older pages, just to warn you.

Finally, the new version will be deployed at the same time as a change of server. I cannot access the MySQL database of the new server until propagation is complete, so expect the dynamic aspects of the si-blog to be down for a day or two.


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    <em>I cannot access the MySQL database of the new server until propagation is complete...</em>

    How come? You should be able to access MySQL at any time, Simon. Why do you think you will not be able to?


    Posted by David Collantes on Jun 30, 2004.

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    My web host will only provide access through a subdomain of, and since it doesn't exist yet, I can't get to it. I already asked them (DreamHost) about this, and they just mumbled something along the lines of "that's the way it is." In any case, it isn't such a big deal, because it will only be for around 48 hours.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jun 30, 2004.

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    Thinking about it, I might be able to figure out a way around it. I can have more than one hostname per database, so I might try and create one with my other domain (

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jun 30, 2004.

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    You could also add a DNS entry (IN A) on your DNS to point to the new server IP, such as:

    <pre> IN A</pre>

    Posted by David Collantes on Jul 01, 2004.

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    You should really 301 redirect the old permalinks to your new fancy URI scheme.

    Posted by Anne on Jul 01, 2004.

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    David: It won't be necessary - I was able to create a hostname from another domain.

    Anne: You realize I spent days working and agonizing over this just because you pestered me about it, don't you? Since the old permalinks will remain, is there really any need for 301s? I have no intention of obliterating them in the future.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jul 01, 2004.