Well, my new web server is up and running. It gives more space, bandwidth and (if it makes any difference) processing power than the old one, for a fair bit less money (at least once I've moved my sites and don't have to pay the old webhost any more). More importantly, it's running a virtual server that means my space is totally segregated. This means that I no longer have to run scripts in a reduced functionality mode to make sure that users can't hack each others' spaces. And it also means I have the privilege to install whatever software I want to.
Because I get a whole virtual server to myself, there was a bit more setting up, so while the server is up and running, I haven't got as far as putting any content on it. I now have to move all of my websites onto the new server so I can stop paying for the old hosting. The simpler ones should be easy enough, but quite a few have databases that will require a little more planning to move over.
Hopefully soon I'll be showing off some new stuff that will make you all go "ooh" and "aah".
Unfortunately, this has had some impact on my novel writing, and I haven't got as much as I'd have hoped. I'll just have to write faster. Still, I quite like some of what I've written. I think a couple of my characters do bear slightly too close a resemblance to some real people. Might have to disguise that in the next draft.
A bit of a nightmare day at work. One of our overnight processes sent some wrong values to our Polish subsidiary, which they were up in arms about. I spent most of the afternoon trying to figure out why, and by the time we'd figured out we couldn't do any more without getting the DB guys (who'd gone home) to retrieve a different set of data for us to work from, it was after 7pm. I realised I had less than ten minutes to get to the only train in the next hour, so I ran all the way to the station, only to discover it was running five minutes late.
As I had a few minutes to spare, I decided I fancied some chocolate from a vending machine on the platform. It didn't even acknowledge my €2 as it swallowed it giving me nothing in return, despite a sticker on the front saying "guaranteed delivery or your money back", and more detailed instructions saying that the machine would always deliver product or return your money. Well, that's a lie, and they clearly have little confidence in their claim as they don't provide a contact number. My disagreement with the vending machine turned somewhat violent, but my efforts to gain any satisfaction from it yielded nothing but a cut finger.
Mark my words, that machine hasn't heard the last of me. It may have won this round, but the war has only begun. In the words of Arthur Dent, we'll see who rusts first.
In other news, it looks like AVG
are stopping the free version of their excellent antivirus software. This is bad news, and it looks like there will be a lot of people running unprotected computers. I would have thought with Microsoft bundling Windows Defender and Malicious Software Removal Tool, which offers some level of protection out of the box, it would be a bad time to discontinue the free version.