New Feature

Now that the server is running nicely I’ve had a chance to add a new feature that’s been on the back of mind for some time.

If you’re a Plus Account holder, details of your journal will now be posted to which is a central site that watches as many updated ‘weblogs’ as possible. It’s averaging 19 updates a minute at the moment, but I suspect it’s seen a lot more than that :)

By default the weblog ‘pinging’ process (as its coined) is switched ON. If you want to switch it off, go to the Customizer and choose General Diary Options, Basic Settings and take the tick out of the box. If you’re not a Plus account holder the tick will be out automatically.

Drop me a line with any comments, suggestions or requests…

And shall we say ‘Welcome’ to the first new Plus Account Feature since ‘I dont know when’ ?


Some More Questions Answered

so I was just wondering is “plus” the same as what was called “premium”…..basically…need I do nothing (my favourite option)…until my next payment is due?

The Premium account has been renamed to a Plus account to try to avoid confusion with AtomIC’s Premium account. However, if you were a Premium user before the name change you’ll be a Plus account for just as long. I guess that with all the technical detail I’ve been somewhat less than clear about the ‘management’ and ‘brand’ (to some extent) changes that have also occurred at this time.

Which leads me to;

just out of curiosity, who is running/owning DD now??

This entry, way back at the very beginning of all this, which has almost certainly been overlooked because at the time it was made there hadn’t been any activity on this diary for some time explains it, hopefully fairly well;

7 Dec 2003 – Important Service Announcement.

Basically, Hamiko now owns DearDiary.Net and OpenFiction in a mutual and amicable split from AtomIC Systems. Hamiko is owned by Steve (DeLancie) and Paivi (Viivi) who are collectively known as Hamis (for those who have never read either of our personal diaries you probably won’t understand the reference :)). AtomIC Systems is still owned and maintained by Matt – but AtomIC now has no involvement in DearDiary.Net. AtomIC’s interest lie in the UKTrainSim arena, which Matt has a keen interest in.

It’s been a tough decision, and it means I’m going to have to find a proper job after 2 years of working at home, but it’s in the best interests of Matt and Steve for a number of reasons which we hope we’ll look back on and go ‘yeah, remember that time when….’.

By the way Matt, if you’re reading this, are you coming up this way for Christmas? We found a great Christmas present for you the other day so it’ll be wrapped and waiting under our tree – hope to see you and the family.

US Dollar Conversions

I’ve added the rates in US Dollars to the payment pages. PayPal tell me they will show the /actual/ dollar amounts when you pay – so let me know if you don’t cos my account is a pounds account. :)

Stuck For a Christmas Gift Idea?

If you’ve got friends at DearDiary who you’d like to buy a Christmas present for, check out the Plus Account Gift Voucher

The system won’t presently tell the recipient of your generosity (i.e. its an anonymous system at present) but of course there’s nothing stopping you from telling them who it’s a from. I may well add an option for saying who it’s from if people want it enough, but I wanted to get something up there before Christmas :)

Payments are through Paypal, which means if you don’t have money on a PayPal account, you can use your credit/debit cards. Accounts will be made into Plus accounts immediately your payment is received.

And there’s going to be some good reasons for becoming a Plus holder this coming year, so they’ll be thrilled with the idea that someone bought them a Plus account for Christmas!

Graphics Upload Re-instated

I’ve finally tracked down the problem with the Graphics uploading and, I suspect the problem was also responsible for the other hung processes we were seeing. Basically there was an area of code that is common to the whole site that if something went wrong with a POST query, could end up getting in a tight loop and never ever returning… That area of code has now been totally rewritten and in the event of a failure with the POST query (which shouldn’t happen anyway as a seperate area of code has also been fixed to sort the real problem!) it won’t get stuck in a loop.

So hopefully the server should fly now and let me get on with some more cooler things than fixing up stuff that used to work :)

Oh, nearly forgot to mention, you can thank sweetsummerbreeze for getting me to fix it now – she sent me a HUGE bunch of images to upload for her (which I offered to do but didn’t realise there would be quite so many :)) so it seemed quicker to dig into the problem than manually upload all her Christmassy pics! :)