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Why Urban Semiotic Moved from WordPress to Movable Type

UPDATE:  April 23, 2008.  This Urban Semiotic blog — and all of David W. Boles’ domains and blogs
are once again, and now solely, hosted by Pair Networks!  We will continue to leave article online to protect the
chain of understanding and we will update this space as necessary.

(UPDATE 4/18/08:  We are now using Movable Type Open Source 4.1 on Media Temple.  Here is the story why.)

Hello, and welcome to Urban Semiotic!  This blog is now running — racing, really — on Movable Type 4.1 hosted by pair Networks!

This blog used to run on WordPress and then on WordPress.com and you may be wondering why we decided to move to the MT4 platform.  We’ll tell you the whole story now.

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Media Temple and Movable Type

UPDATE:  April 23, 2008.  You should know this Urban Semiotic blog — and all of David W. Boles’ other domains and blogs
are now hosted by Pair Networks!  We will give you more
information soon on what happened and why.  We are leaving this article online to protect the
chain of understanding and we will update this space as necessary.

This RelationShaping blog is running on Media Temple using Movable Type 4.1.

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Moving to Mosso from Media Temple

I am currently moving my websites to Mosso from Media Temple so parts of this site — sidebar images and the rotating header — may come and go as the new DNS servers propagate across the world.

My email also will drop in and our over the next couple of days so if you sent me an email yesterday or today and I haven’t answered you yet, it is because your note was lost in the transition. Please resend your message.

As well, yesterday and today most of my comments here on your favorite Urban Semiotic were, and are, getting caught by Akismet as Spam.
That’s a big hassle because every time I comment here I have to enter the Akismet admin interface to clear my own messages.

I changed my email address here to see if that will stop from getting me caught as a Spammer.
If you have a moment during the day to post a comment or two to help me test this Akismet problem while our DNS propagates, that would be a pure delight and I do thank you.

Making Your Web Server Crawl

Over the past six months I have increased the server capacity for this blog, and for my other sites, three times. The latest Media Temple upgrade happened last week but there were still moments even after the upgrade when this blog was spiking the server. When a server meets its capacity strange things happen and the “user experience” begins to slow down for everyone and that’s a Bad Thing.

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Network Solutions Confesses

I realize the past couple of weeks have heavily dealt with blog entries here about technical issues that concern my web hosting move from LunarPages to Network Solutions.

Forgive me for another entry in that vein, but I need to share an update with you about the slow database interaction between this blog and Network Solution’s implementation of MySQL (pronounced “My S-Q-L” and not “My Sequel” — “Sequel” is the name of an IBM database — so we shouldn’t confuse the two even though hardcore engineers love to slang it up with the “Sequel” mispronunciation; just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean it’s correct.

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