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New server

The time has come and I’m moving to a new server.

Its a virtual private server, which mean root access via ssh, and a lot more managing. At the moment I’m fiddling with testing and moving data. Though very soon I will be moving, which probably will give some weirdness here, until everything is settled.

I am looking forward to be able to do all the fun stuff on the new server, ie jsp. In the meantime its just annoying to configure DNS, take backup’s, fixing stuff.

Lessons learned so far :

Its kool to be able to ssh in to the new server and just move everything with ftp and not download and upload.

iconv is a nifty unix command for converting: iconv -f ISO-8859-1 -t UTF-8 file > newFile

DNS is a nightmare at least for me so far.

Its easy to move wordpress: Export everything, install a new wordpress and import the file. (which incidental also means upgrading).

pmwiki is also easy to move.

I have a mediawiki, that I don’t use any more and i couldn’t find an easy way to convert it to static html, so i think ill just have to live without it. Which is a bit annoying since I wikisquatted at it to show of some povray stuff and that will be lost.

I have a lot of old junk files from various experiments.

Annoying db-server

I knew my host didn’t have the best databases, but once I had installed WordPress. Which uses a mysql for every page, i found out just how bad it was. Often I was not even able to get a page to load. So I contacted support.

The answer : since you don’t have a business solution, you will experience lag at peak-hours. Apparently there are more peak than non-peak hours in a day…

The solution : upgrade to business ( which is triple the price ) or

  • backup and delete all databases
  • wait until their controlpanel restart
  • create a new database, which now will be on the database-server with least load
  • restore backup

I did it, and it seems to work better. But I think its bad service and i immediately went looking for other hosting. I have prepaid so I’ll probably stay the year out – but if you know of a good an reliable host (and reasonably priced host ) please let me know.

the annoying host is surftown

The transistion went faily well, meaning i got to restore my blog – before their main controlpanel went down for maintenance?!

After restoring Tinymce wouldn’t show popups ( tinymce – is the visual editor for WordPress). It shouldn’t be related. But anyways i had to add a line to a tiny_mce_popup.js stating the domain. Something about FireFox blocking javascript, i found this fix
edit: which wasn’t a solution after all, something is “bugging” me…

another one bites the bits

Well it was ment to happen.

Everybody has one, so now I have to join in, with another pointless blog.

I will primarily use it to show off :

  • Code – i like programming
  • Weird links
  • I intend to stay away from political and personal rants.