Anselm Lingnau

I just updated the HTTPS certificates for the Strathspey sites, so everything should be back to normal now after they expired a few days ago. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 9 September 2015 10:34

Anselm Lingnau

Just secured the domain name “scd.club”. This means that I'm now in a position to offer free domain registrations of the form “XYZ.scd.club” if anyone is interested.

I'm probably going to add “frankfurt.scd.club” as an alias of “www.frankfurt-scd-club.org” just for kicks.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 4 February 2015 12:10

Anselm Lingnau

There appears to have been an outage of the Strathspey (web) Server earlier today, which I am unfortunately not in a position to investigate in detail (being in Portugal and all that). I restarted the web server and it appears to run, and we should all keep our fingers crossed that it will continue for the next few days because I don't really know if and when I'm going to be online.

(Before you ask: I used to have an automatic check that would advise me if the server was down, but my mobile phone data plan doesn't work outside Germany, and the infrastructure in question wasn't quite carried across to the new server machine in the first place. I'm going to look into crash-proofing the server better when I'm home after next Sunday.)

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 8 December 2014 1:38

Anselm Lingnau

The update seems to have gone through OK – it was a bigger job than originally planned but the system is now in as good a shape as it ever was.

We're also just half an hour of programming and a 2-hour import run of nearly 70.000 messages away from getting the Strathspey Archive back on track. There are a few loose ends to be tied up (e.g., dealing with the address rewriting that the nasty AOL/Yahoo! DMARC business inflicted on us earlier this year), but I'm quite positive it won't be long now. This goes hand in hand with an updated version of www.strathspey.org, which means I get to finally get rid of the previous version of the framework. Yay!

As always, if you find any anomalies or have other questions, suggestions, or criticism then do let me know.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 20 November 2014 1:59

Anselm Lingnau

The my.strathspey status updates now include news from the “News“ page of the RSCDS web site at www.rscds.org. These are “scraped“ from the actual site at regular intervals as the Society does not publish an RSS or Atom feed (which would be the usual method).

Unfortunately, news items on the RSCDS site do not carry a date, which is why we get a whole bunch of them at one go (the Strathspey system needs to catch up, and we can't easily back-date them to where they ought to belong in the stream). From now on only new items should show up, though.

This is a side benefit of work that I'm doing in order to move the www.strathspey.org site over to the current platform. Devotees of the Strathspey Archive will be pleased to know that the new archive implementation seems to work well on my machine (including PostgreSQL-based full-text search in past postings), and this will also be available on the public server in due course.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 14 November 2014 15:56

Anselm Lingnau

The move to the new machine seems to be done now. Sorry for taking a little longer than planned!

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 13 June 2014 17:56

Anselm Lingnau

I'm currently working on the Strathspey Archive with a view to not only reinstating timely updates, but also improving the user experience with regards to threading etc. This is proving more time-consuming than I thought because I need to re-index all 65.000+ past Strathspey messages, and the early parts of the Archive are in a fairly terrible state when it comes to metadata.

In particular, many messages have the same message ID (which theoretically isn't supposed to happen at all), and rather a lot of messages either refer to one of those duplicates (which needs resolving by hand) or else have something weird in their »In-Reply-To« header (which could be resolved by hand but I don't have the time just now).

The very early parts of the Archive have moved from one machine to the next for a very long time and it seems that the archiving software of the early days had a few nasty bugs. I hope that when I'm finished with the problems within the first few thousand messages things will improve. (Right now I'm in the 1800s.)

The strategic importance of this work is that I'm trying to move full-text search into the Django implementation of the mailing list archive (and in this process can manage to get rid of the external Sphinx search engine), and that we'll also get archives for the other mailing lists hosted on the system, most notably dancedata-friends.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 5 May 2014 11:38

Anselm Lingnau

just added »tags« to status updates on my.strathspey.

When you post (or edit) a status update, there is now another field called »Tags« that lets you enter one or more tags to be associated with the update. For example, I have now retroactively added the »database« tag to all my status updates that deal with changes to the Strathspey SCD Database. This makes it easy to retrieve just those status updates using the URL, http://my.strathspey.org/s/anselm/database/.

You can add multiple tags if you separate them with spaces or commas. If you want a tag with a space in it, put it in "double quotes".

I'm deliberately using this »out-of-band« version because it is more versatile and easier to program. If you want Twitter-style »hashtags« you know where to get those.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 14 February 2014 13:03 (last edited on 14 February 2014 13:19)

Anselm Lingnau

has added an event calendar to the my.strathspey site. (Note also the »Upcoming Events« sidebar in the right-hand column.)

Right now this only displays events from SCD groups which have their web pages on my.strathspey. We'll look at adding events from other sources later.

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· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 2 October 2013 23:07 (last edited on 14 February 2014 13:22)