Tomorrow I’m hoping to get a lot done on MacVillage.net to get it ready. Still no launch date. But hopefully I will have one soon. It’s going slow. I’m getting frustrated, but will bring it back.
The new News System for MacVillage.net 4.0 (Daemon of the Abiss) is coming along smoothly, but slowly.
Indexing, searching WAP interface, and RSS Syndication are still to be tackled. They are the more complex, and tedious tasks.
What’s nice is that’s it’s pretty portable and easy to upgrade. Once I get all the necessary stuff plugged in for it to be ready for use, I will beta test for a while (perhaps solicit others to take a look), and put it in production for 3.0, to get the last bugs out.
I can easily revamp the entire system, and put a new version out, with minimal downtime, unless the DB needs serious work (which I doubt).
Once the new system is in place, I can begin the final process of moving over the old site into the new framework and complete the transition.
Then we can start rolling.
So it’s still a while off, but it’s coming along. Each day is a step forward (thankfully). It’s not a moonwalk, but actual forward progress.
In my efforts to rebuild MacVillage.net, today I started sifting through the tons of files on the server. Boy was this a trip to the past few years.
Also found a lot of personal stuff that I threw on the site in hidden directories. Including stuff I’m not sure if they were good times, or things I want to forget ;-). I also found my parody website “University of Bob”, mocking schools in general.
Tons of other stuff. I got to spend some time over the next several weeks cleaning up. Perhaps I will post what I find funny.
While on the topic, I’m going slower than I would like in reviving the site, but it is moving. The news system is starting to come together, so are the structural changes. Authentication has been almost completely upgraded for some time. It’s just a few things that I still need to enable.
To sleep, and get some more done tomorrow.
Lately I’ve been seeing quite a few Apple ads on MacVillage.net. Since it’s done through an ad broker, I don’t know exactly what’s up. But I hope they keep it up.
With the relaunch, I hope to have things churning real soon. Unfortunately things are going a bit slower than I wanted. But they are moving. MacVillage.net should be ported to the new system within the next 6-8 weeks. The rest of the site (with the exception of a few seconds) should follow soon after. By years end Mac PR should move to the new system.
The new system is nice… believe me. It’s worth the wait.
Mac Village.net 4.0 “Daemon of the Abiss” WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT!
That is my promise. It will be worth the wait.
Thanks to all who have been so supportive of the site. It’s coming back, and I will be making up for lost time. The new system will be managable, meaning I could give the site the treatment it deserves. The old system required to much manual effort. It was a losing battle. Rather than suffer and die, I killed the old system, in hopes of a new one. One that is turning out to be pretty dang good if you ask me.
It’s going to be something. A lot has changed already behind the scenes. And quite a bit more will be changing in the near future.
MacVillage.net behind the scenes is starting to show signs of promise again. The backend’s core is in place, and so is the general file architecture. Now comes the hard part:
- Porting the existing contents over to the new architecture
- Redesigning the site
- Finishing the authentication system upgrades
- The 10 billion other things I won’t bother mentioning, since they are all trivial, yet critical.
Boy do I have my work cut out for me the next few weeks.