Category Archives: Admin

Unloading the Back End

So in the interest of full public disclosure you can no longer read every post I’ve ever written on this blog.  Why? Because I just deleted about 330 old posts from 2006 to 2008 period which sounds like a lot but to be honest we were closing in to 2000 posts on this blog and over 12,000 comments.

You might be wondering why I did that?  Short answer, the blog is almost 12 years old and the overall database to run it was approaching one GB in size.  My web host company was sending me notices that I’m going to run out of memory soon and rather than upgrade my memory for the blog I decided to review some of the older posts and I realized a lot of them were no longer relevant or even useful.

For example, do you care about my commentary on the 2007 Federal budget? Or that post I did about going on vacation in 2008? Or those admin posts about changing domains? Or what I was reading for other blog posts back in 2006?  Well I don’t so I deleted them.

However I did leave some of my favorite posts and of course all my net worth and retirement calculations series.  So the core of what I did in those early years is still there for your reading pleasure…just be aware that some of those older cross links might no longer work.

Thanks dear readers, I really do appreciate you all.  I will return later this week to my first year of retirement series.

Reborn

Well that went on WAY longer than I expected. Yes folks after over two months of vanishing from the internet I am back!

So what the hell happened? Well short version is: I was stuck in tech support hell.

The long version is: I’ve had the occasional problem with the fact I had my domain with one company and my hosting at another company. So around Christmas when another error happened to knock me offline I decided to switch my domain company to the hosting company to keep things simple (or so I thought). But what I didn’t realize is by doing that I was locking in the problem for a while since I couldn’t do anything until the transfer was complete. Then after finally getting the domain transferred I was stuck offline with a less than helpful tech support group. Finally after two other people I know had a look at the issue they sorted out the issue was likely the DNS server settings. So after a few other back and forth with the tech support group the DNS issue was resolved and I finally got a blank screen rather than an error message when loading the site. Then with some additional support from a friend we sorted out a login issue and the blog loaded with a tonne of error messages…and those I could finally do something about. So after troubleshooting a few of those I can finally write you this blog post.

So dear reader, I as sorry this took so long. I didn’t mean to go away and I am happy to be back and owe you several blog posts. Thanks to those that reached out to find out where I went. I was happy to get the messages asking where I had gone.

Of course all of this messing around with the blog has likely screwed up all sorts of things that I know about and those I don’t know about yet. So please feel free to send me an email with anything you notice. I appreciate the help.

It feels really good to finally be back!

Welcome Global News Readers

Good day,

Well in case you didn’t know, Global News interviewed me for a nice little article about early retirement. So for anyone new to the site the following links might be helpful.

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them.

Thanks,

Tim