Server maintenance

Over the weekend my hosting provider moved this site to a new server. There haven’t been any major problems, but you may need to restart your RSS reader for it to pick up the new IP. My contact form stopped working for a while, and there was a problem with comments, but everything should be working properly now. If anything seems broken, please let me know.

I did have an additional problem, and I thought I’d write about it in case someone else runs into the same trouble. MT-Blacklist stopped working after the move, which of course is not a good thing since it made me more vulnerable to comment spam.

When I tried running MT-Blacklist, I got this error:

An error occurred: Byte order is not compatible at ../../lib/ (autosplit into ../../lib/auto/Storable/ line 363, at [path to MT directory]/lib/MT/ line 28

I’m running Movabletype 2.65, with no immediate plans to upgrade – I don’t have time for the inevitable breakage that will be caused by upgrading. I’m using the latest version (1.6.5) of MT-Blacklist available for MT 2.65, and Perl is version 5.8.5.

I was going to ask if anyone knew what to do about it, but I found the answer myself: MT-Blacklist Error : Byte order is not compatible. You need to delete all records in the mt_plugindata table. Just in case it happens to someone else.

Oh and by the way: my hosting provider is Coolhost. Check them out if you need an excellent host, especially if you’re in Sweden.

Update: Seems like there still is a problem related to comments. I don’t get email notifications of all new comments, only some. Weird.

There are both full text and summaries feeds to choose from now. Sorry for messing around with the feeds.

Posted on May 29, 2005 in Movable Type


  1. Adsense in the feeds? Is this just my newsfire-beta going wild or did you put that in there? Oh well, I know too good how much traffic those RSS-Readers are creating compared to regular pageviews. But still, it’s…

    I don’t know.

  2. May 29, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Yes. I’m giving Adsense for feeds a try. If it doesn’t turn out well (i.e. I get more complaints than the revenue increase is worth) I’ll remove them.

  3. I agree with the first comment. I’ve noticed other feeds have started including ads lately, and it doesn’t sit well with me. Ads on a webpage s one thing, but ads and RSS feeds is quite another, in my opinion.

    I thought that RSS was supposed to be a lightweight, text-based method of distributing the latest news. It being used for ads doesn’t seem right to me.

    Just my 2 cents!

  4. I noticed them as well. A bit of CSS attribute selector magic in my NNW stylesheet, and they’re gone.

    I would - maybe - understand if you were sending full feeds, but for excerpts only?

    BTW - have you ever considered moving away from MT? Using Textpattern on 4 different sites, I never had one automated comment spam. Some loners playing a game with manually inputting spam, but that is unavoidable.

  5. I’ve noticed other feeds have started including ads lately, and it doesn’t sit well with me. Ads on a webpage s one thing, but ads and RSS feeds is quite another…

    Way to show support people. Maybe you would prefer to pay for that feed instead? If you don’t like it click around it, or better yet click-through and help keep this site active.

    Roger, you deserve every cent you can muster out of them and this is your site do what you want.

  6. Roger, I hope the Adsense in your feeds brings in buckets of well deserved money. The value and quality of your site deserves every penny you make. Look forward to your comments on their performance. Sorry to be off topic and glad you have a new home for Berea St

  7. While it’s totally your choice to have adsense in you feeds they happen to be completely unreadable using Sage in Firefox, maybe my custom stylesheet is the cause.

    Good to see you sorted your server out though.

  8. May 30, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Ok I see this turned into a discussion about ads in feeds. I guess I should have expected that ;-) Like I said, I’ll let them run for a while and then decide if they stay or not.

    Philippe: Yes, I’ll get around to including the full articles in the feeds. I just need to do some bandwidth calculation first. I don’t want to end up having to pay more for the extra bandwidth than the ads bring in.

    Greg, John: Thanks.

    Nathan: Yeah it’s because the feed ads are image based, and Sage doesn’t scale them very well.

  9. May 30, 2005 by Teddy

    Coolhost huh? Tja, får väll ta en titt på det hotellet nu när Du rekommenderar det, annars hade bara namnet avskräckt mig…

  10. Yes a good provider.

  11. Ever consider making your own blogging software instead? I’d highly suggest it.

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