Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mirror mirror

SiSOP week 3

Relocate php and database from old server - complete.
Merge monkey-x and blitzbasic db forums - mostly complete.
Find poets on twitter - ongoing.
Tune site for googlebot - mostly complete.
Meta enrichment - plan.
Private forum services - to consider.

Relocate php and database from old server - complete.


The 108 thousand blitz topics including  more than 1.3 million posts are now available as wasted.nz and the spiders on bots continue to index the site.

To optimize the crawling the sever was moved from Tokyo to Virgina with a better spec of EC2 instance from Amazon Web Services to boot.

Posts by topic also required an index on topic speed up in mysql and some tweaks to the php code. Last but not least, Apache configs such as KeepConnectionOpen=True were applied. A huge thanks to the Chrome team for the most excellent network diagnostics included in the browser's developer tools!

Merge monkey-x and blitzbasic db forums - mostly complete.

The decision to merge the two sites is now complete.


Find poets on twitter - ongoing.



Tune site for googlebot - mostly complete.


Meta enrichment

Using structured data extra fields are planned.

More standards applicable for this step with some more time required studying some of the definitions at schema.org.

Initially a code tag of bb2, bb, bmx, monkey or monkey2 is planned for all topics and code archives.

Followed by pagecount popularity field and some form of contribution count.

The gallery and manuals when they make an appearance will hopefully both benefit from such treatment when it comes to search.

Private forum services - to consider.

At a minimum https connections and encryption of all content would be required. Apparently the term subtle was appropriate when the web gods issued the spec.

In terms of user services, the dearth of intelligent kiwi discussion sites for our people in particular our youth is one of the factors under consideration.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mirror constellation for legacy engineering

The Blitz Basic universe is experiencing some disruption this month as Blitz Research Limited moves to streamline their operations.

To free BRL from unrequited burden of hosting legacy support services User 5 is busy sharpening his php skills, and with written permission, is moving the site to his own server, allowing a costly premium grade service commitment to end after an extraordinary 16 years.

mirror status - in due course minus 1












the mirror is feature complete, here being tested with some branding and the best Code archives ever to be assembled by an outstanding community of coders

next steps are being discussed between interested parties so stay tuned.