February 24, 2008

Site Redesign
— Ace

Hey, I know the site is now well and truly fucked, and I've been working most of the day to finally get it fixed.

Pixy has the new site ready to go, more or less... it just doesn't look like Ace of Spades site, but at this point I figure I'll just convert as soon as possible and then do the banner/font/color/layout stuff later. The new Pixy code should run smoothly and have lots of functionality... including New Comments that actually update and trackbacks and searches that actually work.

However, it will not look particularly good. (Sorry, Pixy-- what's with the orange, man? Just kidding, thanks so much.)

But I figure, no problem, can soldier on with a site that doesn't really look like I want for a time as I hammer out the layout/design changes with Phin and Jen.

Anyway, I know I've been promising this for a while but Phin couldn't do it for a time, and it's a fairly massive undertaking for Pixy to convert everything over. But right now, I'm trying to get the new site code up and running, ASAP, and I'll worry about prettying it up later.

It's going to be a little basic for a while. And a little cluttered. And a little... orange.

But it should, at least, work.

UPDATE [Dave in Texas]: I did not suggest burnt orange and I had nothing to do with that. Also, anything that's goobered up is JackM's fault.

UPDATE [Pixy]: We seem to be having two problems. One is that we are getting hit with something - probably spam floods, but I haven't been able to prove that - that grinds the server for an hour or so and then stops before I can track it down. The other is that right now the PJM ad server is playing up, and that's causing loading problems particularly with the comments pages. For some reason, the new system doesn't care whether the ads load or not, which is great.

And while I don't know what's so bad about orange, Ace will be comforted to know that it's history.

Oh, and in answer to a couple of questions: Ace will be staying at mu.nu, just getting new and better software. The new system has been in use for about six months, though not with sites this big, so I may have a few issues to shake out in the first couple of weeks, but it should go pretty smoothly. All the posts and comments are already loaded up, so we just need to check off a few last items and switch over.

Posted by: Ace at 12:08 PM | Comments (56)
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1 'staying at mu.nu?

Posted by: Z Ryan at February 24, 2008 12:11 PM (PDeVA)

2

Ace, would you email me, I am looking for a web developer and the blogger of the year probably knows a few.  I assume you can recover my email address from the commenty thing.


Thanks and good luck with the redo.


Kemp


Posted by: kempermanx at February 24, 2008 12:14 PM (iLWmI)

3 kemper, well I'm going with phin of phin.mu.nu and jen from demurethoughts.com...

was that a serious question? 

Posted by: ace at February 24, 2008 12:15 PM (SXBHu)

4 If you must, but for God's sake, be sure to keep the 2006 Weblog Award Finalist banner.

Posted by: freiherr at February 24, 2008 12:15 PM (bIlSh)

5 There's always mee.nu.

Posted by: Z Ryan at February 24, 2008 12:20 PM (PDeVA)

6 Orange!   Giddy up!

Posted by: Winston at February 24, 2008 12:20 PM (n9JgO)

7
Oh, no. Another forum I read announced they would be dark for 24 hours to update the software. Two days later, they came back for a few hours and then crashed again as their harddrive failed. After installing a new harddrive, they can't get the software to work. It's been 10 days now.

Better post a link to your alternate site.

Posted by: Rinnie at February 24, 2008 12:23 PM (QTe61)

8 Orange?



Posted by: rightwingprof at February 24, 2008 12:43 PM (52wuV)

9 OT : Nader announces presidential run.


He might want to cash Hillary's check before he gets too far into this.


Posted by: jadedinga at February 24, 2008 12:48 PM (OJhOc)

10
Dude, seriously, how tough is it to change the background color tags? 

Do, or do not.  There is no try.
-Yoda

Posted by: Electric Ferret at February 24, 2008 12:53 PM (9afnG)

11 Lets run the two in parallel for a couple of weeks while the new is being debugged. Cross posting in two spots isn't that big a deal.   Call it say acebeta.mu.nu

Avoid disasters - have a plan "B".  This is software.  It will fail.  It will have weird problems. 

Posted by: Purple Avenger at February 24, 2008 12:58 PM (ERV3B)

12 it's mee.nu... everyone on it says it works fine.

Well, doubleplusundead says it does.

it's not new software, mee.nu people have been using it for a while.

As for the orange, sure, I will change that and stuff, but it's more important to me now to get the functionality.  I can fix the look over a period of time.



Posted by: ace at February 24, 2008 01:06 PM (SXBHu)

13 Will there be a dancing hobo in the banner?

Posted by: eman at February 24, 2008 01:09 PM (AKqYm)

14 Hey, orange is the new black. But if you pair it with pink, then I know you have become a full-on gossip blog.

Either way, I will be there like a guest who comes and eats all your food and drinks all your alcohol.

Posted by: Stormy70 at February 24, 2008 01:10 PM (Y+o71)

15

Orange? Well it is better than pink. Really girly hot pink with  lil ewoks circle-jerking in the background.


Wait a tic -- what are you waiting for?!


Serious question: heading towards the inevitable one day where user registration occurs to stop trolls like Tom? And would we want a place you can't spoof that name everytime the word cock pops off?


Posted by: TheEJS at February 24, 2008 01:12 PM (Fi2LQ)

16 It's a little-known fact that orange attracts hobos. Ace - you sly devil! You never miss a trick!

Posted by: Steamboat McGoo at February 24, 2008 01:17 PM (DvoWL)

17 Hey, now! What's wrong with orange? Does orange make my blog look big?

Posted by: Conservative Belle at February 24, 2008 01:54 PM (/v6Id)

18 In order to be remotely useful and encourage more comments plus make it easy for us to follow ongoing discussions we're interested in, the Recent Comments has to be up at the top like Patterico has it; otherwise, it's window dressing, but not very functional.

Carry on and keep at it!

Posted by: Christoph at February 24, 2008 02:21 PM (hawOV)

19

Yeah right, Dave.


I suggest going with a crimson theme. Crimson: the color of blood....and champions.


Posted by: genghis at February 24, 2008 02:26 PM (HwY1l)

20

Well, that invalidates you genghis.


Posted by: TheEJS at February 24, 2008 02:32 PM (Fi2LQ)

21
Will the time be right?

Posted by: JavaJoe at February 24, 2008 02:36 PM (Am6n/)

22 Orange was also the title of a little known Anka album.

Posted by: Winston at February 24, 2008 02:45 PM (n9JgO)

23 I agree with purple avenger there will be bugs have a backup plan in place.  Just because other people haven't had problems doesn't mean you won't; how many of them have 25,000 plus visitors a day and 100+ comments on a post?


Posted by: chad at February 24, 2008 03:10 PM (WNcvq)

24 I forgot:

Atta boy/girl/whatever, Pixy!!!!! I had total faith in you!!! I was rootin' for you all along!

Posted by: Steamboat McGoo at February 24, 2008 03:11 PM (DvoWL)

25 I spent 10 years at IBM working mostly as a test engineer and freelance developer when something struck my fancy and needed work that management wasn't willing to commit official resources to. 

I can break anything.  Usually within 5 minutes, because I know how to program very well and just have to ask myself the question: "if I was writing this code, where are the spots where I'd try to sleaze it?"

Posted by: Purple Avenger at February 24, 2008 03:39 PM (ERV3B)

26

Ace, thanks emailed phinn couldn't figure out how to email jen.

Kemp

Posted by: kempermanx at February 24, 2008 03:50 PM (iLWmI)

27 Spam floods, obamamessah is striking back with floods instead of lightning blots?  Shit we're in trouble.

Posted by: kempermanx at February 24, 2008 03:56 PM (iLWmI)

28 Genghis-  damn right it is. =)
To show my respect for other college football teams and their proud traditions, I've learned how to do many of the traditional hand and arm signals. For example, when you're among University of Texas fans: extend the finger between your ring finger and index, keeping your other fingers and thumb curled. Commit to the signal.  Raise hand high in front of you while extending this digit.  Apply to all Longhorns, wherever you may meet them. Don't forget to smile- smiles are the other international language!

Posted by: Verity Kindle at February 24, 2008 04:19 PM (Db3Hk)

29 Everyone knows who the real UT is- and our orange isn't burnt.

Posted by: Kevin J. at February 24, 2008 04:22 PM (FDLXe)

30 You know what this place is missing?  Hearts and unicorns, Ace. I have just gotten inspired.  You will just love the new header graphic when I send it over.

Posted by: Jennifer at February 24, 2008 05:58 PM (4xBEr)

31 I love unicorns.

Posted by: Joanie at February 24, 2008 06:00 PM (Yyy1m)

32 Yeah, mee.nu works just fine for me, the comments system works like this one, but it...er, actually works.  Dunno if Ace will allow it, but you can post pics in mee.nu comments as well.

Posted by: doubleplusundead at February 24, 2008 06:09 PM (68v+0)

33 I question the timing of this change.

Posted by: DPR VIII at February 24, 2008 06:36 PM (4XUD3)

34

Why is orange UTexas's and UTennessee's color?

So they can wear the same jacket (i) at the game (ii) while dove/deer hunting and (iii) when picking up trash along side the Interstate.

 

Posted by: maxxman at February 24, 2008 06:44 PM (OYeDg)

35 Ace, don't forget your Best of the Web and CPAC '07 awards. Lose the '06 award.

Yub yub  =)

Good luck with the upgrades.

O/T, Kempermanx, get hold of me at azrael556 at hotmail. I didn't think we had that common a last name.

Posted by: SGT Dan at February 24, 2008 06:51 PM (oOQel)

36 I am a test engineer myself but mainly hardware which means i get to hit stuff with a hammer to see if it breaks.  I have found that every system has weak spots and no matter how much testing you do you need a DAU to find them all.

Posted by: chad at February 24, 2008 07:24 PM (WNcvq)

37 Change?  That's scary!  Someone hold me...

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum at February 24, 2008 11:50 PM (YacaW)

38 What you really need to do is edit your blogroll, and by edit I mean provide a link to my pathetic moronic blog.

Posted by: Barry in CO at February 25, 2008 12:47 AM (aJtCl)

39 "What you really need to do is edit your blogroll, and by edit I mean provide a link to my pathetic moronic blog."

What he said.

Even if it is orange.


Posted by: rightwingprof at February 25, 2008 01:13 AM (52wuV)

40 Exciting stuff.

This is like the Corleone Family's move from New York to Nevada.

Posted by: Bart at February 25, 2008 03:16 AM (+JDj1)

41 I did not suggest burnt orange That's fortunate. I don't know what's so bad about orange Oh, mostly because I'll find you and beat you with a wet noodle. If you don't understand, ask Dave in Texas about the love that Aggies feel for that other place that wears burnt orange.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at February 25, 2008 05:09 AM (1hM1d)

42

Exciting stuff.

This is like the Corleone Family's move from New York to Nevada.

heh.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 25, 2008 06:27 AM (t+mja)

43
Exciting stuff. This is like the Corleone Family's move from New York to Nevada.


Then everyone starts dying and Michael Jr. turns ghey. So, which morons are going to sleep with the fishes? Which one of you is Micheal Jr.?

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