A Clean Upgrade to Deep Sand

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Aug 072008

If you visited Deep Sand earlier this week, you might have gotten a message saying we were temporarily unavailable. I was performing an upgrade to a new version of the software. Normally, that’s not a huge task, but this time I wanted to get as clean a database and code base as possible. Over the years, a lot of additional tables for plugins and files and folders and options settings have been left behind. I wanted to get that cleaned out.

I pulled a current back up of the site (site files and database). Then I uploaded the new version and ran the upgrade routine. This meant that database would be updated to the current format (whatever changes that might mean).

I made sure that all the plugins we currently use here were up-to-date (the WordPress team has made that a lot easier). I then took a clean set of the latest WordPress files (2.6, but this technique could be used for any version I believe), and downloaded all the current plugin files and theme files we use here on Deep. I made sure I got rid of plugin files no longer in use. I also downloaded an additional backup of the database file from the upgraded version.  Continue reading »

Update on July 17, 2006

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Jul 172006

As you may have noticed, there have not been a lot posts over the past couple of weeks. For the past three weeks, I’ve been on very tight deadlines with a bunch of very large proposals. For the first pay period of July, I’d put 110 hours on the time sheet. That’s two weeks, and I probably didn’t record all the time.

I was incredibly tired as we went into the weekend. We had Lay’s nephews over Saturday for swimming. As usual, it was fun, but man they can wear you out. I made Pigs In a Blanket for them, They’d never had hot dogs fixed that way, and thought it was very cool. The youngest, 5 y/o Chase, made one of the funniest comments while were eating. All of sudden he says, “I talk too much.” Lay said, “You do?” And Chase came out with (so help me), “Yeah I talk the talk, but I don’t walk the walk.” We’re still laughing about that.

We saw three movies this weekend. Friday night we saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest; Saturday night we rented and watched the first Pirates of Caribbean, and Sunday night we watched “The Devil Wears Prada.”

A couple of weeks ago, I added a neat function to the blog I hope you’ll try out. Whenever I review a movie or book, I can add a little rating utility to the post, and you can select the number of stars you give the movie, and it will average them in and display the results.

Our annual family reunion is coming up next month, so I also printed, addressed and got Mom’s reminder postcards sent out. This will be 80+ consecutive years of the Border’s Family Reunion.