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Ah - found a problem

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on October 15, 2017 - 9:27am

For some time now I have been a little bewildered by why the performance of the Wis.Community web site has been so doggy at times. I finally this morning realized that the server that the site lives on in a VPS has a mis-configured disk cache, so writes to the disk were not being cached in the controller. This is now fixed, and it appears at least from some preliminary testing that this has helped considerably.  It's still not optimal for people when they are logged in (the Open Atrium software on which the site is built is REALLY big and hard on the server) but this should help.

Pearltrees

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on September 25, 2017 - 12:41pm

We've been experimenting with a web service called Pearltrees. This is an interesting service that allows people to work as teams and build web content together.  I think we will be building a few collaboration pages on the site that will let folks get a free Pearltrees account. and contribute content from across the web that they think is interesting, then building those "bookmarks" if you will into an edited web page.

I have to admit I am still getting the hang of the full power of this, but so far I am really impressed, and unlike the Storify project we had been using previously for this sort of thing, this is truly collaborative and performs well.  More on this next week.

In case you're wondering

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on August 20, 2017 - 12:42pm

We had  a little problem this morning upgrading some software on the site.  We're still looking into that, but we then needed to do a restore from this morning's backup to recover, so what should have been a 10-minute planned outage turned into an hour-long unplanned outage.  Anyway, everything is now recovered.

State Bar Reporter's Workshop

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on August 14, 2017 - 7:06pm

I am happy that I will be attending a State Bar Reporters Workshop in Madison on Sept. 8.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about legal responsibilities, filing FOIA requests, and more.  Any of my pals in Madison might want to know that I'll be there the evening of the 7th, so maybe we can meet up?

Warning - possible site instability ahead

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on July 12, 2017 - 11:17am

This is a little experimental, but at the moment the site is running under PHP 7.0.  This has worked fairly well, though I have found a few code errors that don't work under PHP 7  and have had to go in and fix them. In general though, the current Open Atrium code base is MUCH happer under 7 than it was a few months ago, so I am going to leave things as they are until shown that it is a bad idea. The 7.0 PHP seems to be helping to make the site a little less painfully slow, as it should.  

We'll have to see how things go. 

So --- What's Up?

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on July 11, 2017 - 12:53pm

So many things going on, so little time to write about it.

First off, I want to thank the Save The Hills Association for giving us a grant to help develop the Environment section of the site. A little of that work has already happened - go look at https://wis.community/environment and see some improved look and behavior.  Next up we will be working with various environmental organizations to train them and to help get them more involved in the site. Watch this space!

Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Some minor improvements to the site

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on February 17, 2017 - 6:08pm

I am at the moment working on some performance issues to the site.  I have hand patched some of the software that was not PHP 7 compatible, and the site is now running under PHP 7, which seems to have made some noticeable performance improvement. The next step is likely going to be using php-fpm to run the software rather than php-fcgid.  That may help more as well, but still requires fixing some other issues in the server environment.

Some more developments on the site

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on September 26, 2016 - 4:57pm

The main thing to report at the moment is that I am still working on integrating CiviCRM into the site so that we can maintain databases of people and contacts.  This has been a little challenging and has rooted out a few things that are at least nominally bugs both in CIviCRM and in Open Atrium - the last two were a couple of battles over jquery versions in the two pieces of software and a CSS issue where the media module in Open Atrium was clobbering the popup menus in CiviCRM. This is all now more or less patched and the bugs have been reported. ,,,,,,

More Changes

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on September 10, 2016 - 9:53am

Most of the recent development on the site has consisted of squashing bugs, making items behave better in general, and a few additional features.