Wednesday 11th June 2008

I’m sorry for the continued lack of the lists of recent annotations on the Recent Activity page. The database queries that were generating these were taking a few seconds each to run and I’ve been trying to cut back on my sites’ use of the database. I’ve had a quick attempt at making these more efficient but haven’t had any joy yet.

There is a way I can get Movable Type, the software that runs the site, to generate these lists automatically when a new annotation is posted, but I’d like to change the way the software is installed before doing this. (For those interested, I’d move MT to run under FastCGI which should be more efficient.)

I hope to have time to do this, as well as upgrading Movable Type to the latest version, which should also increase efficiency, some time over the next week or so. Apologies again, but it’s been one of those busy weeks.

3 Comments

dirk   Link to this

We can wait, Phil. Keeping a blog like this one in good working order takes a lot of time and effort, and we appreciate what you're doing!

language hat   Link to this

I agree with dirk, of course, but Recent Activity has always been how I've used the site, and I find myself now simply reading the entries and not the comment threads, so I look forward to its getting fixed.

Phil Gyford   Link to this

Apologies for the continued absence. It's a busy time for me at the moment -- I'm in the final few weeks of a two year course -- and have hit a little problem with upgrading Movable Type. I hope to have it resolved this week, with a following wind...

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