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Countdown to Takeoff

Today's zie big day: the pilgrimage to Mount Athos, the Holy Mountain, in Greece. It all starts with a two hour bus ride to Boston Logan airport. After clearing the TSA anal cavity check, we'll have a seven hour, bone crushing flight to Zurich where we'll enjoy a five hour wait for our connecting flight. Mmm, five hours hanging around a stinking airport with blaring loud speakers and and constant threats of more body cavity violation. Jealous yet? From there, we'll take another five hour flight to Athens, Greece. We'll have four hours to catch the bus for a six hour ride up to Thessaloniki, Greece. From there, the ferry ride to Vatopedi Monastery at Mount Athos. I'll be posting frequent updates and photos at http://mountathos.posterous.com

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Blizzard!

Got a bonafide blizzard going on here! Finally some decent snow to go with the cold. We're supposed to get a foot and half of the white stuff. Cold weather without snow is just depressing. I'll post some winter wonderland pics tomorrow. Meanwhile, making final preps for the trip to Greece. We leave Wednesday. Here's a fun fact to know and tell: AT$T doesn't have an international voice plan for cell phones, it's just a flat $1.29/minute even if someone calls you and even if you don't answer and the call rolls over to voice mail! The only way you don't get charged is if the phone is off. This takes hating junk calls to a whole new level!

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Home Improvements

The move-in process continues. I spent most of the evening getting emoticons uploaded and activated. Now when you post, you'll see taksan more emotes to chose from. Still have a few faves that didn't make it but they're coming. Didn't think it'd be that much of a PITA to get emotes done. I love Invision Power Board software but emote management is the one area I've found that could use some sprucing up. Currently working on getting the Gallery and Downloads sections set up. These can be powerful features to the site. I'm soliciting ideas on how these sections can be most effectively used so if you have any inspiration, please share the love.
 

I Blinked and Missed the Server Migration!

That had to be the most seamless server migration I ever didn't participate in! Been having stability problems with the server that hosted this forum (RE: my last post) and complained to my host who are the same people that wrote this forum software: Invision Power Board. Yeah, I figured have the forum hosted by folks who would know the optimum server configuration to run their software. While that may in fact be true, the reality in my case was a bit different. Another site on the server kept getting slammed with denial of service attacks which would cause this site to hang and not load in the browser. So, after a firmly but nicely worded complaint, they told me they would move Appliantology.org to a different server. I was expecting to be posting updates on Twitter but it was done so quickly that I never had a chance to. An utterly painless and seamless server migration. Them dudes at Invision Power Board are good! Anyway, we're on a different server now so hopefully the nuisance downtime is history.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

More Downtime Today

Yet more downtime today on the server that runs this site. That makes the 8th time this week alone for over an hour and half of downtime. My host tells me that the server running my site has been the victim of several denial of service attacks. Must be another site on this server that draws all the hostiles like flies to a turd. Well, that turd is stinking me out! My host has offered to move me to another server which I eagerly accepted. The move will happen sometime in the next 24 hours, they estimate about 15 minutes of downtime. I'll do updates during the migration on Twitter: @FixitnowSamurai.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Skip the registration process and sign right in with your Twitter log in

Added the Twitter Connect capability to the forum. Now new users can skip the registration rigamarole and just sign right in with their Twitter login on. They're automatically Grasshoppers and can ask questions in the Kitchen and Laundry forums. You can see it on the forum sign in page==> http://appliantology.org/index.php?app=core&module=global&section=login Note that if you're already logged in, you won't see it.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Outage Fever

Been having brief but increasing frequent bouts of outages. This is especially annoying because I'm paying for premium hosting for this forum for the specific purpose of ensuring reliable uptime. Oh, the bitter disappointment! I'll keep limping along and complaining about this to Invision Power Board... for a while. If it keeps up, I'll just give up and revert back to the old forum. I think it was Sublime Master BrntToast who prophetically cautioned about this move, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Back to Work!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day with family and friends. Lots of people have the day off today but, alas, no such luxury for the Samurai. After a good morning constitutional, it's back to work! The other night in chat, BrntToast suggested that I start a forum just for tips and tricks on using and getting them most out this forum software since it's new for all the oldtimers here, including yours so freaking truly. Just did that this morning. You may have noticed the new forum category, "Samurai School of Appliantology Student Union." There's a new forum in there called Orientation for New Students. This is a completely open forum where anyone can start topics and reply to topics on using these forums. So, for example, if you're a lurker here and trying to figure out how to get started, you can ask in the orientation forum without having to register. Similarly, if you're an existing user of the old forums and are confused about something on these forums, this is the place to ask. I also moved the Announcements forum to the Samurai School of Appliantology Student Union category 'cuz it seemed to go better there and gives it a little more prominence at the top of the page.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful that the Great Forum Migration went as well as it did. Wasn't easy but it was definitely worth the hassle. I'll be out all morning, back for a little bit this afternoon and then off to some friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. Back here and online after that. Hope everyone has a great day with family and friends!

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Welcome to the New Digs!

It was a long, tough day yesterday being a keyboard warrior, getting the forums converted to from UltraBB to this new forum software, Invision Power Board. Most stuff came through fine though there are plenty of bugzillas scittering about. If you find one, lemme know and I'll squash it. Some known problems: - About 30 to 40 Chief Apprentice Appliantologists (Permapprentices) transferred over as Grasshoppers. If you're one of those, let me know and I'll fix it for you. - The user titles and groups are handled differently in this forum software. Consequently, longer user titles get truncated in the topic view. Looks kinda weird. Working on it. - The aspect ratio for some of the avatars are messed up. Not sure why. Should be easy to fix by just re-uploading your avatar. Some tips: - Upper RH corner, pull down menu, select My Settings. Poke around in there, tons of stuff to fiddle with. Notably, set your notification preferences for getting updates on topics you've posted in. - Also skim thru the help file-- link just under your name, upper RH corner-- lots of good tips there.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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