Oct 15

We’re Baaaaaaack

Some of you might have noticed that the site was down for about a day. That’s because yesterday my Graphene theme wanted to be updated from 1.9.something to 2.0 . Fine, sez I, and hits update.

Turns out 2.0 is incompatible with older versions of PHP. This is the second time I’ve gone down because of a PHP incompatibility–the last time was with my backup plugin. I think it’s time to open a ticket with my hosting service and ask them to move into the 21st century.

Meanwhile, the new version of the theme comes with shiny new colors. Not sure I approve. I’ll wait a day or two, to see if it grows on me.

What really rankles about all this, though, is the waste of time. I picked a hosting service and wordpress because I didn’t want to have to deal with apache or IIS or whatever. I want to be a dumbass, ignorant end user who pushes a button and then forgets about it. But noooooooooooo… I have to get involved in ftp-ing stuff up to the server and unpacking it to recover my stupid web page because there’s no backout option when an update banjaxes your site. Argh!

To paraphrase Homer Simpson: The internet: the source of most of life’s problems and the solution to all of them.

End rant.

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    • Jared on October 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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    Just for updates

  1. Haha… Do you have a bunch of free time now that you quit your job and are writing full time? If I did that, I think Iโ€™d be procrastinating and ftp-ing like woh.
    Oh and super excited to go read Explorations…

  2. Hi Dennis,

    Excellent work on Bobiverse. I canโ€™t wait for the next three volumes.

    Or maybe I can, now that Iโ€™ve found Outland. Any plans for an audiobook version?

    David

    1. Yes, I have a contract for Outland and Earthside on Audible. Just need to edit it first.

        • Ellen on October 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm
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        That’s awesome. I love listening while I drive. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • WIlliam on October 21, 2017 at 6:22 am
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        Outstanding! Can’t wait!

  3. Luckily you are a programmer, FTP should be easy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now that you are an expert on FTP would you like to write an operating system/app/driver/webpage/UI/PhoneOS since all programmers know that kind of thing?

    Just joking ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sean on October 22, 2017 at 11:29 am
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    I think he should write a GUPPI. I want one on my phone. And Ray doing the voice for it. I think It would be great to have “incoming call” in Ray’s Admiral Akbar voice whenever I get a call!

    • D on October 23, 2017 at 7:32 am
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    Awesome job with bobaverse. Are there any plans to continue the story? If so how long are you planning on taking for a break? Pushing out 3 books that good so quickly was very impressive. I found book 1 in early ’17 and it seemed like every time I finished a book another was a month out and each time the books seemed very complete.

    • M on October 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    I could host and manage your web systems for you. For payment I just need leaked drafts for upcoming Bobiverse scripts if there will be any in future.

    • Austin on October 30, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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    I think Homer said something similar about beer.

    • Stefan on November 8, 2017 at 7:25 am
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    Use squarespace , its seems like exactly what you would want as ignorant end user.

    • Frances Morales on November 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm
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    Dockarize it. Hit me up if you need help. I do this stuff at work all the time. I can point you to good resources if you get stuck.

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