Looking Forward

December is almost past, and still little to show for it here. It’s not that one wanted it to be this way, but it just happened. Now into the first full week of “Winter Break” , one would think there would be time to do things that could not be done in the semester. However, thanks to some interesting projects one is part of, the free time will not show itself for yet another week or two. That brings us to January 2009.

There will be no Breadcrumb NavXT 3.0.3, no critical or minor bugs have been reported for 3.0.2, so this month’s release would be pointless. Comming January, Breadcrumb NavXT 3.1.0 will feature some changes in the way default settings are loaded. This may cause a change in the anchor templates, but will allow localized default settings. The Tabular plugin will be removed, and its usefull parts integrated into the Administrative interface.

Berry will be updated with the Build 100 Cran-Berry code. There will be a design refresh either in late January or in late March. No code names yet, but it will probably be a red color scheme again.

A new, previously unannounced navigation plugin will rear its head near the end of December to early January. It is dependent on theme setup, and has been tested to work with Berry and the WordPress Default theme. More on that next week.

The Weblogs.us transistion to its new apache server is suspended until later this week. We setup the new server. Now a process of testing, transfering, and opening up ports on the firewall must take place before things go live. Expect the transition to take place near the end of the year.

-John Havlik

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Server Upgrades

Weblogs.us will be migrating hosted blogs over to the new Apache and SQL servers beginning  on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 4:00PM CST. This will continue through the end of the week. During this time availability of this blog and all others hosted by Weblogs.us may be sporadic. Once the migration is complete, speed and availability for hosted blogs should greatly increase.

-John Havlik

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Looking for an Update

This is not the place to find it. Software wise, nothing new will emerge into this blog until “Blak” is released. The current theme is boring one to tears, but other more important projects are in the way of creating “Blak”. WordPress 2.1 made its debut Monday night, and it’s safe to say all of the plug-ins one has contributed to or written are fully compatible with 2.1, while for the most part they maintain backwards compatibility with 1.5. This compatibility will be dropped by the 2.0 release of each plug-in. In layman’s terms that means by May 2007 if you want to use a plug-in that one maintains, you need to upgrade your WP installation to at least 2.0.7.

People do the darnedest things, especially when it comes to signing up for something. Since when were you allowed to try to signup five times for an account somewhere and have them all accepted? Some of the people trying to enter the queue for a Weblogs.us blog are doing this, typically only trying the sign-up twice, but one individual from Germany did it five times. Guess what happened to all of his submissions; I deleted them. Partially because this individual signed up for five blogs, but also he did so within 3 minutes, and most of the requested subdomains contained spaces and inappropriate language. This guy is a spammer, and will never get a Weblogs.us account.

Sometimes I get the feeling that few of the people signing up for blogs are actually reading the TOS, and are blindly agreeing to it. Most people won’t be affected by the TOS, but that spammer from Germany would, as spamming is strictly prohibited by the TOS.

-John Havlik

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Something Fresh, Coming Soon

Yep, it is launch time; stay tuned for a band-new weblogs.us website. New features include a automated sign-up queue form, automated Recently Updated Blogs section, an official Weblogs.us blog, a automated testimonials section, a new “web 2.0” design with logo, and some AJAX magic. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the final revision. Something much better is coming this spring; simply put the next launch will introduce a new platform based on WordPress.

-John Havlik

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