thementalmilitia.com server upgrade

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:54:17 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I upgraded the Ubuntu on https://secure.thementalmilitia.com to 16.04, and it all went off without a hitch, but the forums showed a blank page.

This was due to SMF using a deprecated and as of PHP 7.0 defunct PHP API for MySql databases. I found a compatibility patch, and that fixed the problem.

The forums are now working under Ubuntu 16.04.

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Server Updated to Ubuntu 16.04LTS

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:52:26 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

With the release of Ubuntu 18.04LTS, I have upgraded the server for this web site to Ubuntu 16.04LTS. I feel no need to follow the bleeding edge for a stable operating system, but 14.04 will only be supported for another year, so it was time to go to 16.04.

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Disk Full

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:30:25 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I've had a cold for the past few days, so haven't checked my News Aggregator. I check it for two reasons:

1) I find interesting things there.
2) To ensure that it's still running every half hour.

Well, it hadn't run since Thursday. A little poking around discovered that the reason was because my virtual disk was full. Found 2.5 gigs to delete, and I'm back in business.

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No More Google Ads

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:57:43 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I've been running a Google banner ad, on the top and bottom of every page, since October of 2016. $15 total revenue over all that time. Not worth bothering with. Removed from template. All 6,104 HTML pages re-rendered.

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New Logo: Mountain Man Bill

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:54:36 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I got tired of the red words in the upper-left-hand corner, so I replaced them with an image of me in full mountain-man beard, which I cut off a few years back. Here's a bigger version:

Mountain Man

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My News Aggregator

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:01 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

One of the things I like best about having brought End the War on Freedom back from the dead ('E's not dead. 'E's only sleeping), is that I once again have a news aggregator to peruse, instead of clicking on individual web sites. It's available from the "news aggregator" link in the left column's "Navigation" section. I am now aggregating 70 feeds, though some of them are no longer active.

I've been adding new feeds of late. When I do, you'll see a whole bunch of stories from that source, all bunched up. That's because my aggregation code stores its output in static files on my server's disk, so a newly-added site's initial RSS feed provides old stories that will appear as new when first encountered. After that, however, everything is interleaved in post-time order.

Enjoy!

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Google Ads

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:21:04 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I have decided to try a Google ad, to see if I can make a little money from this web page. I have always eschewed ads, but I'd love to make something from my work, so I'm going to put one at the top of every page. I'll try it out here on the main page, and the most recent posts for a little while, and if I think it's OK, I'll re-render the whole site, to put the ad on every page.

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Love That Pink

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:46:58 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I promised to write about bicycling, but first I just have to make a comment.

The pink background of the left column of this blog is a color I discovered by accident one day, messing around with RGB (Red/Green/Blue) numbers. I absolutely love it. I use it on my journal site as well, but I don't go there much. Looking forward to seeing it every day.

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I'm Back!!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:39:19 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

Long time no see, internet. I've reopened End the War on Freedom.

I haven't been a stranger to the internet. Still on Facebook, Twitter, Claire Wolfe's new blog & ClairesCabal.com, The Mental Militita Forums, and a handful of blogs.

Not long after my last post, my wife kicked me out of the house. She invited me back after a few days, but I decided to stay gone. I'm now living in a small town in southern Vermont, in a little hermitage (two-bedroom apartment) just a block and a half from the main drag, but on a dead-end road against a big hill, so it's very quiet. I can walk or bicycle to most of what I need, and get most of the rest from Amazon. I haven't been as insanely happy as I was when my kids were born, but close.

No idea how much I'll blog here. I'm doing technical blogging on lisplog.org, and I still have a journal at billstclair.com/journal, but I think I may start spending more time here. And my political blogging will be more in line with living free in spite of the government, not trying to change the government.

I've owned the etwof.com domain for a while now, and it's always pointed at billstclair.com. I've repurposed it to come directly to this blog.

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Considering digital suicide

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:20:55 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I've been in a very dark space for the past month. It may be time to shut down my digital life again. I did this a few years back, for about a year. If I do it this time, it will be more extreme and more permanent. I'll shut down my web sites, delete my Facebook and Twitter, Hulu, and Netflix accounts. I'll also do my best to hand off the other web sites I maintain.

I'm going to give it until Saturday, March 7. If I decide to do it, this site will simply disappear. So if you care about my bits, you have 5 days to wget them.

I can't take the onslaught of negative energy any more. Time to simplify, live in the physical world I inhabit, and concentrate on making as much spiritual progress as possible in the years I have left on the planet.

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