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  • .Text .95 to Community Server 2.0 Migration Assistant

    Shannon asks me the other day (general wording is mine, not his):

    Will there be an option for all the .Text holdouts who didn’t want to move to Community Server 1.0?  Will we have to upgrade to an interim build first and then to 2.0, or can we go straight from .Text .95 to CS 2.0?

    First off, I’m ecstatic that he’s considering the move over to the CS platform as obviously it’s a kickass product, and .Text is largely dead (though subText seems to be doing pretty well).  Second, that’s a fantastic question:  I wrote my own migration tool back when CS1.0 was released that was essentially a database to database migration using DTS; Kevin Harder came along and trumped me with a very nice tool of his own that used the CS API to migrate the data, which became the defacto migration tool in the community and was generally easier to use and less error prone.

    So I emailed Kevin and asked him just that…the answer is a resounding yes that he’ll be updating his migration tool to support a .Text .95 to Community Server 2.0 scenario.  Before anyone asks…there is indeed a timeframe in place, but nothing is nailed down yet so I can’t mention it here.  It’ll be done when it’s done, and it’ll definitely be done by the 2.0 RTM.  This is great news though, and hopefully CS2.0 will be a compelling enough upgrade to get the rest of the .Text folks over to the new platform.


  • I Blame Bush

    [edit] I made a mistake...they were actually trackback spams.  Not that it makes any difference.  [/edit]

    The comment spammers have f’d it up for the rest of you guys (95 spams today, a new record for me)…for the first time since I’ve started blogging (almost 2 years now), I am going to have to turn moderation on.  I’m pretty religious about checking email so the comment turnaround should usually be pretty quick if you choose to leave one.  Man the internet really pisses me off sometimes…goddamn spammers.

    The good news is that the next build of CS will support IP banning…I’ll get the newest build up and running within the next couple of weeks; I hate having to moderate comments.  Cheers.

  • Aaron Spelling -- Dead at 83

    I don’t want to admit it, but I was a huge Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place fan back in the day.  The man behind those dramas is dead at age 83.  RIP.
  • Community Server Live Demo -- Updated to Beta 2

    I’ve updated my Community Server Live Demo site (login is bob/iambob) to an internal beta 2 build (meaning it’s not released to the general public yet, but it should be soon)…I need you guys to go poke around and try to break stuff/find bugs if/when you get a chance.  Our bug list is getting pretty short, so hopefully we’re getting close to a final release soon…which is fantastic news.

    It’s stable enough that I’ll probably be rolling with this build on my main site soon, perhaps this weekend…so expect some changes in the very near future.

  • Change is in the Air -- Reloaded

    I recently came across this skin and decided that it would be a welcome addition to my site (for now it’s only on the blog page, but I’m working on the rest of; it will also be the theme I’ll use when I migrate over to Community Server 2.0, so I figured I’d get everyone on board early with the GUI changes.  Overall it’s still got the same basic “look and feel” as my previous theme, but “looks and feels” quite a bit more polished IMO.  RSS folks click here to have a look.

    As always, recommendations are welcome, and I’m still in the process of doing some minor CSS tweaks from my end (namely getting back to a dual sidebar layout as the left sidebar is a bit cluttered for my taste).  Thoughts?

    Sidenote:  I’ll be getting back to doing more technical posts once the holidays are over…I have drafts/notes for lots of stuff, but a severe lack of time as of late.  I’ll be doing a “best of” post within the next few days to provide a refresher for any new visitors.

  • News of the Disgusting

    I try not to link to plain news stories, but this is just flat out disgusting (and therefore worth blogging about).  From the article:

    Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a clan bred through incest, was convicted Friday of murdering nine of his children, whose bodies were found in a bloody pile last year at the end of a police standoff.

    Wesson's conviction on nine counts of first-degree murder makes him eligible for the death penalty. He also was found guilty on all 14 counts of raping and molesting seven of his underage daughters and nieces.

    In the words of Jules Winnfield; “This is some fucked up repugnant shit.”  I simply can’t even begin to fathom what possesses some people to act the way they do.  The article also mentions that his family (I'm assuming the members he didn't kill) still supports him?  At some point you really have to just walk away…let it go man.  Bleh.

  • Oh. My. God.

    You simply must be kidding me.  Is this really at the top of America’s priority list right now?  I’m speechless…
  • Heading Off To Dallas -- Revised

    My trip to Dallas for my round of Microsoft interviews was pushed back a week; I'll be flying in on the 12th of this month, interviews will be conducted for most of the day on the 13th, and I'll head back home that evening.  I really wanted to try and stay over the weekend, but other obligations are preventing that from happening.  I'm as ready as I'll ever be, and as I've stated before no amount of studying can prepare anyone for the MS interview process.

    Sidenote:  I hate flying.  Actually, that's not true...I love the actual flying and landing parts, it's the taking off that really gets to me.  I don't know why...I used to fly a lot (half a dozen times a year or so for a few years) but around age 23+- taking off started making my palms sweat.  Maybe it's just the control freak inside of me, who knows.  If I get this gig I better get over that real quick!

  • RFC: Good (Free) WYSIWYG HTML Editors For Mac?

    Does anyone know of a good (and free) WYSIWYG HTML editor for Mac OSX?
  • Lots Of Strangeness Going On

    This post is basically just a wrap up of the past few day's events as it's been a week since I've written anything.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Moving SUCKS.  I'm all done now (but still don't have internet access at my new place, hanging out at TLC's for now), but getting there has been a total PITA.  I was supposed to have a 20' truck rented all day Saturday, but that ended up falling through due to reasons I won't get into.  Fortunately TLC's brother offered up his pickup truck to help out, unfortunately it's a whole lot smaller than a 20' truck...with a 20' truck it would have been 1 (maybe 2) trips, it ended up being 10 with the pickup.  My best friend and I started around 9PM on Saturday, and finished up at 9AM Sunday morning.  Bear in mind I had been up since 8AM the previous day, and even after finishing the move I had to go back to my old place to clean up.  It ended up being a 36 hour day, and unfortunately we couldn't figure out how to take my beloved desk apart, so I had to get rid of it.  I needed a new desk anyways.  I'm still catching up on sleep.

    So I'm all moved in and am in the process of figuring out where to put everything...I lost about 100 sq ft so it's gonna be a tight fit, but I'll be able to make it work with a little elbow grease and creativity.  I'm on a (well earned) vacation right now, so it'll have to wait.

    In other quite troubling news, right now appears to be a really bad time to have a dog amongst myself, family, and friends.  As you all know, my guy is quite sick (and is getting worse with each passing day...another post though).  TLC's girl is also a little sick, but even worse, both of my Mother's dogs died earlier this morning.  She's out of town visiting her fiance's family and had them boarded up...granted, neither one of them are spring chickens (Gidget is a Cairn Terrier, aged 13, and Bilbo is a Yorkie, aged 10).  They've both had longstanding health issues, especially the Yorkie who is seizure prone, but Gidget just recently started having some kidney problems.  Apparently she went into full organ failure around 9AM (and of course never recovered), and then due to the stress of that, Bilbo had a huge seizure which he never recovered from...but the vets aren't sure.  They were sharing a cage at the boarders, once Gidget started having her attack, they took her out to the emergency room...when they came back Bilbo was already gone so they assume that's what happened.  Regardless, this is a huge blow...we've had both of them since they were puppies, and to lose both of them on the same day when neither one of us were present is very upsetting.  I'm sure the vets did everything they could though.

    So yeah, some very strange times around here lately.  I guess when it rains it pours.

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