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Sunday, Jan. 23: TechRepublic maintenance for a big upgrade

TechRepublic will be under construction and intermittently offline on Sunday, January 23 as we prepare to launch a major upgrade to the site.

TechRepublic is preparing to launch a major upgrade that will simplify our site and introduce a helpful set of new features -- especially for the online community section of the site (I'll explain more about that on Monday).

We're looking forward to showing you what we've been working on, but in order to make the switch-over to the new site we'll be doing maintenance on Sunday, January 23. The work will begin at 2:00PM Eastern time (7:00PM GMT) and will continue throughout the afternoon. The site will be offline intermittently on Sunday as we migrate servers, run a variety of tests, and make our last-minute tweaks and fixes.

We invite you to come to TechRepublic on Monday morning to check out our new creation!

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29 comments
Michael Jay
Michael Jay

It looks good so far.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

Sunday, Jan. 23... above, still links to .com.com I guess there may be a few of those lurking about.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

have that space taken by who is on line, made up of the users from your own contacts who are on line, with a link to the top 100.

apotheon
apotheon

I think what Nick Nielsen is talking about is the same thing I'm lamenting: the loss of the ability to keep track of subscribed threads on the site, rather than through RSS and email. Part of the reason that keeping track of this stuff on the site is that RSS readers are miserable places to try to keep track of discussion activity, and the interface for managing email alerts for discussion activity is even worse.

David Slade
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Hi Michael. We have this in our post launch items. curious, how would you define this feature? for anyone else interested in this feature, please vote + to this response.

David Slade
David Slade

thanks NickNielsen. There is the option to favorite things on the site, and that appears in the "my stuff" part of your member page. We're working to improve this. Are you wanting to keep track of entire threads or blog posts? Should we expand favorites to include this, or do you see it as something separate? we have subscription options for threads, via RSS and alert emails. let us know, we're all ears!

Michael Jay
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It is different, and not seeing who is on is a negative.

NickNielsen
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So far, I'm liking it, but I think I'm going to have to change how I access stuff. I used to use my Workspace to go to my subscribed threads, but that doesn't seem to be there any more. Oh, well, I'll play with it and see what happens... ;\

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Just to keep this near the top and visible.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

and before I forget again, Happy Birthday dude.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Some people just take all the fun out of life... (goes and pouts in corner)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Dude, I would have been up for a couple of hours already.

NickNielsen
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I knew there was a reason I wanted to drive down one of those Olde roads at 8 this morning with the horn blaring... :D

PurpleSkys
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Darryl and I are looking forward to the upcoming changes. There are bound to be glitches in the beginning, but I'm confident they'll be mended quickly and efficiently :)

seanferd
seanferd

I simply could not make it in that one hour window. ... Gravatar, eh? Just when I can't access my main box where my Gravatar login is to be found. :^0

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I put "my" in quotes since I've always confessed to having "borrowed" it from the SC government home page. (Hey, I pay taxes here; I'm entitled to use the local IP.) It seems Gravatar doesn't like the animation. Or maybe it does; this is my first experience with the service and I can't figure out how to display the linked image. It looks like its usual flag-waving self if I open the file in IE directly from my hard drive. Gravatar displays it as static; at least I haven't seen it budge on my page there yet. I guess I'll wait and see how it looks here (once I figure out how to reference it.)

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

It's simply email address and avatar. You can also fill in profile info and on some sites that info will help populate your info when you sign up for a new account (not on TR). However, for TR there are a few reasons we like Gravatar. They handle all of the image resizing issues quite nicely. Gravatar makes it easier for users to manage their avatars across multiple sites.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

That's why I started looking at it yesterday. I haven't received a reply from them yet, but I've found several comments and posts that animated .GIFs do NOT work. Apparently only the first image in the sequence is displayed. I wonder how one handles situations where one does not want a site to display the avatar associated with an e-mail address.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

be required, or will the current setup, in my case photobucket work as well?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

The only thing you have to do is have a Gravatar set up with the email address associated with a site's account (as long as that site uses Gravatar). It's meant to be easy, but for some reason they don't state that simple fact quite plainly enough. I'm working to add some language in our Edit Profile feature to make this abundantly clear.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

I am patient, and rather than just dive in, I wait for confirmation. Perhaps animated avatars will not fly in the future of TR, that would be sad, but not really a big deal. Many years ago when I first came here I was puzzled that you had to host your own avatar, why, I thought, could you not save it in your profile? I thought that it was server space, and did not think about it again till now. If I was in control I think I would like the folks to store their avatars here, on TR, so as not to rely on any other source, because if the other source is down it would make my site look bad. And there is my ignorance, to make it all work well, perhaps it was easier to use Gravatar.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm not impressed. In addition to my (lack of) animation problem, I also can't figure out how I refer other sites back to the Gravatar-stored avatar. I've sent Gravatar an e-mail asking for help. You know me; never afraid to expose my ignorance.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

is an outsource, I could be wrong, but I would think that TR will handle that. Perhaps not, will we have to use Gravatar on our own?

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

the dust settling quickly.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Hoping this one goes smoothly. With a big upgrade like this, there are a thousand things that can go wrong. We've done lots of testing and are confident that we have all of our ducks in a row, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little nervous every time we do one of these big upgrades. :-)

AV .
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Even if the upgrade goes smoothly, there are always bugs and glitches. Thats just how it is. You know you can count on all of us in the community to let you know when we run into them. AV

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

There's going to be at least part of the upgrade that just won't want to cooperate. With luck, it will be a very small part.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

but, if it all turns to crap, well, there will be added downtime, and it will be sorted and all will be good. As a techie, I know and can appreciate, how things can go badly just when you thought all the bases were covered. Any butterflies you have are understood fully.

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