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13 June, 2010

upgrading Message Centre

Sorry for the lack of blog entries in the last few days. I've been busy upgrading the forum software used for SillyDog701 Message Centre.

The Message Centre has been using phpBB 2.0.x for years. phpBB 2.0.x is still running well, but there are always new few features we can look for as well as security aspects. On top of that, you can blame some open-source extremists who would like to rush to everything the latest version possible. Well, that's the nature of open source extremists. Lucky, we don't have many of them.

The reason it took quite a while for the forum to convert is that I couldn't run the database conversion on the web server. (to Don: my server is not powerful, I can't afford a powerful one.) I would need to do the database conversion in my local computer. Which means I needed some time. I finally found sometime over this long weekend.

The old Message Centre has quite a number of private modifications. One of the major one is the displaying of the browser UserAgent strings in the messages posted. That part took me a while to convert to the new database table.

The Message Centre is not completely updated, but it is in operable status. Well, bear with me for the time being.

Come and join our friendly discussions in SillyDog701 Message Centre. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.

Posted by Antony on 13 June 2010 11:37 PM | website related

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Your server isn't powerful? It sure is when you compare it to my pathetic 233MHz Pentium 2 server.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 14 June 2010 4:11 AM.
Of course, it is not. I couldn't convert the database on that machine, keeps getting timeout messages with tasks half done.
It was the same old machine I signed up in 2003 or 2004. Not a powerful machine then. Not any of the dual-core, quad-core thing.
Posted by Antony on 14 June 2010 12:56 PM.
I can only imagine how long it would have taken on mine. Days or even a week, perhaps.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 14 June 2010 2:31 PM.
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