Here we go again...

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Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:36 am

The good lads at phBB have updated the code that drives The Skirt Café from 3.0.12 to 3.0.13 to address some security concerns. This means that I'll be performing another upgrade shortly, although the formal date has yet to be determined and largely centers around when I'll have time to make it happen.

Also in the works will be a slight "facelift" to our "landing page", mainly having to do with some reorganization bits that have been bothering me over the past several weeks. This will entirely likely happen alongside the software update, so be on the lookout for it.

At the moment, the Skirt Café staff are in the midst of assorted disagreements on what the "finished product" of the reorganization is going to look like (mind you, very civilized disagreements) but we should have that all hammered out in the coming days. It won't be huge, so there's no need to get one's knickers in a knot about it,
but it will represent the first change to the "landing page" in years. You have been warned.

I will post here formally when I know the precise timeline in accordance with past practice.

In the meantime, skirt on!
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:03 am

There's still no concrete agreement on the notion of a mild tweak to the forum layout, but the 3.0.13 version of phpBB has recently rolled one more time to 3.0.13-PL1 so it looks like it's time to "rock and roll" as these are primarily security patches. I've prototyped the change in my sandbox here at home (and I must admit that's it's very weird seeing "new" posts from members whom have sadly passed from our ranks) and nothing looks insurmountable, but there are other bits I need to check before I "call the ball" and execute on the production system.

At this point in time, the community may expect a short outage as I install the upgrade, possibly this coming weekend (2015-02-14 or -15). A warning shot will be fired shortly before and immediately after the change goes in.

Long term, the next major roll of phpBB -- to 3.1 -- has been released, but problems with it are being sorted at the moment, so we're going to hold on that one. Likely upgrading to that is going to cause problems for folks who use non-English locale settings and "styles" other than the "Prosilver" one (this includes yours truly).

Consider this "advance warning".
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:49 pm

There will be a brief outage this evening at 2015-02-16 00:00 UTC (19:00 EST) as I upgrade the board's software to the latest version. The change has been prototyped and tested here in my lab, a procedure generated for the change, and the time has come.

I do not expect the outage to last more than a minute or two. You have been warned.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:57 pm

Two minute warning.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:02 am

Game over. The update has been applied.

If anybody sees anything unusual the contact information is at the top of the page.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby melsav » Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:26 am

Seems to be working fine on my tablet. :)
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Stevie D » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:25 am

Working fine for me too on my iMac :)
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby r.m.anderson » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:49 am

I blinked - did I miss something ?
Since I missed the two minute warning - can I get an instant replay ?
Well nothing can go wrong - nothing can go wrong - nothing can go wrong - nothing times nothing = nothing !
Whatever it seems to be the same !
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Caultron » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:06 am

crfriend wrote:There will be a brief outage this evening at 2015-02-16 00:00 UTC (19:00 EST) as I upgrade the board's software to the latest version. The change has been prototyped and tested here in my lab, a procedure generated for the change, and the time has come...

Idle question: Since you're keeping the board software up to date, and so new versions are apparently coming out, is any sort of component available specifically for using the board on a smart phone? Like, an alternate HTML format or even an app?

Just asking...
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:37 am

Caultron wrote:Since you're keeping the board software up to date, and so new versions are apparently coming out, is any sort of component available specifically for using the board on a smart phone? Like, an alternate HTML format or even an app?

Since most of the board's appearance is driven by style-sheets I'd be surprised if there wasn't one tailored to "smart" 'phones. I'll poke around and see if I can find something. However, I'll need others to test it because being a 19th-Century type I don't have a "smart" 'phone. (If it can't be run on steam, it probably doesn't need doing.)

In fact, take a look at this one. Something designed specifically for WAP applications....
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Big and Bashful » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:38 pm

I didn't feel a thing! Well done Carl.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Caultron » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:42 pm

crfriend wrote:Since most of the board's appearance is driven by style-sheets I'd be surprised if there wasn't one tailored to "smart" 'phones. I'll poke around and see if I can find something. However, I'll need others to test it because being a 19th-Century type I don't have a "smart" 'phone. (If it can't be run on steam, it probably doesn't need doing.)

In fact, take a look at this one. Something designed specifically for WAP applications....

No problem, I was just wondering if there was something off the shelf.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby crfriend » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:53 pm

Caultron wrote:No problem, I was just wondering if there was something off the shelf.

The one in the link is a live demo of a (prototyped) forum skinned out for a 'phone-sized screen. Seriously -- if you're interested, give it a go. I see it in a tight vertical format, but have no way to test it on a 'phone. If it works, I can install it here once I understand a bit more about it.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Reaper_Man » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:09 pm

i never used it myself as i don't really bother with forums or even facebook on my smartphone as i prefer to wail till i get home on the pc with it's nice big 22" monitor :D but i often see posts made on smartphones and the favoured app appears to be Tapatalk which is available for Android, IOS and windows phone, .... look for it on your app store, or check it out here >> https://tapatalk.com/
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Tor » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:31 pm

Never had to deal with it myself on ether end (another person sans "smart" phone), but I've seen reference to tapatalk being, shall we say, less than pleasant to deal with on the administrative side.
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