Monthly Archives: July 2007

Twitter and the Missouri River Regional Library

Twitter and the Missouri River Regional Library is the name of the article explaining why my library is Library of the Month for the WebJunction community. Very exciting stuff! Now I actually have to get the twitter account for MRRL active and advertised…

links for 2007-07-26

And now a brief explanation of why I’ve been so quiet

Besides the server issues from the last post and frantically running around like a chicken with her head cut off trying to fix all that up, I’ve been busy with other stuff as well. I’ll be presenting another webinar for MORENet in August on what MRRL is doing with the Web 2.0 tools that we taught our staff in the Library Learning 2.0 program this year. I also received an invitation to speak at the UKSG conference in Torquay, Devon, UK on the Library Learning 2.0 program in April of next year. I’ve been working out travel arrangements (whether or not to take my son, mostly) and getting my passport and all that straightened out. I need to renew the passport that I got years ago for my trip to Italy, and after hearing the horror stories of people waiting forever for their passports, I wanted to hop on that ASAP. Besides all that, I’ve been running my son back and forth to so many camps, baseball games/practices and movies with his friends, that I’ve barely had any time to play World of Warcraft.
Oh, yeah, that’s the other big timesink in my life right now. Fortunately, my SO plays it as well, so we manage to get together and kill stuff on a regular basis and it still counts as quality time spent together. Occasionally, when his schedule allows, my son gets in on it too and we have a 3-way WoW party with all of us playing together. That’s great fun as well!
So, with all that going on, I’ve been a bit quiet lately – but I promise to blog more henceforth!

Ok – A brief history of why my site died…

The server on which I had all of my sites, as well as some friends’ sites, and all of my clients’ sites, died. A combination of DoS attacks and crazy server configuration (MySQL was required for the email system to work – that seemed odd to me…) as well as growing clients that needed more resources than I offered meant that the server was somewhat flaky for a couple of weeks and then down completely for the last 2 days of June. I spent the last weekend of June frantically moving data, databases and various zipped up files from one server to the other and finally got everything (that wasn’t mine) up and running last Monday (with only a few small glitches that have since been ironed out). We are now hosted by HostGator and so far, I’m very happy. Interland/Peer1/whatever they are this week was charging a LOT more for far less in the way of resources and “extras”. HostGator includes what Interland/Peer1 considered extras as part of their standard service (stuff like a firewall and spamassassin). This is a VERY nice change. I felt I was getting nickle and dimed to death at Interland/Peer1 – for something that I was overpaying for in the first place. We are into our second week of service at HostGator and I’m VERY pleased so far!
Ok, now that my clients and friends are up and running, I’ll be able to spend some time working on finding the database of all of my posts (I hope I saved it, I hope I saved it, I hope I saved it…imagine me crossing fingers AND toes while muttering that) and updating the blog to let you all know what is going on with me. There are some exciting things coming up, but I’ll save that announcement for after I get my publications/presentations page back up!!

I’m a dork?

Ummm, I can’t seem to find the database containing the 3+ years of posts that I have made to this blog. I’m sure I downloaded it, but I’m not sure where. Until then, I’ll just post this so the site isn’t COMPLETELY empty…