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Posted: September 29, 2008, 2:22 am - IP Logged

Okey dokey man! An administrator is got to do, what he's got to do.... fixin' our favorite postin' place....

 

 

 

 

 

Be patient, my soul: thou hath suffered worse than this  -  George Herbert

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    Chief Bottle Washer
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    Posted: September 29, 2008, 5:42 am - IP Logged

    Just a reminder:  Things on the Lottery Post site will be changing within the next 30-45 minutes from now.

    Every way of posting information to the site will no longer be available (such as posting to the forums, blogs posts, posting predictions, etc.)

    This is an important step to lock-in the database, so that we don't lose anything when the system comes back online tonight.

    I will keep the Lottery Post Web site going in a kind of read-only mode as long as I possibly can, until I absolutely have to shut it down.  Once it is shut down, it should resume operation by around 7:30 PM tonight.

    If for some reason it does not come back online by 7:30 PM tonight, just know that I am working behind the scenes as hard as I can to bring it up as soon as I can.

    Thanks again everyone for your patience and understanding!

     

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      Posted: September 29, 2008, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

      Just a reminder:  Things on the Lottery Post site will be changing within the next 30-45 minutes from now.

      Every way of posting information to the site will no longer be available (such as posting to the forums, blogs posts, posting predictions, etc.)

      This is an important step to lock-in the database, so that we don't lose anything when the system comes back online tonight.

      I will keep the Lottery Post Web site going in a kind of read-only mode as long as I possibly can, until I absolutely have to shut it down.  Once it is shut down, it should resume operation by around 7:30 PM tonight.

      If for some reason it does not come back online by 7:30 PM tonight, just know that I am working behind the scenes as hard as I can to bring it up as soon as I can.

      Thanks again everyone for your patience and understanding!

      :::::wipes forehead::::::  phew thank god it's over  lol.


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        Posted: September 29, 2008, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

        Thanks Todd for a magnificent job as always!  I wish I was perfect like you! Heart Glasses 





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          Posted: September 29, 2008, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

          Great job! Just as promised! Professional! Thank You!

          Hurray!

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            Posted: September 30, 2008, 1:03 am - IP Logged

            Thanks c & j.  (Although far from perfect!)

            I just wanted to wrap up this topic (and this event) by saying that I have finally finished the work that was the subject of the downtime today.

            (That is, I have finished just about everything that will affect Web visitors and members.  There is still a lot of work that I personally need to do over the next two days to wrap everything up, but I don't think it will involves any kind of substantial downtime.)

            As there normally is with this kind of thing, there is a silver lining to this event. 

            First, I have built and installed another very powerful sever that will be helping to run Lottery Post over the long term.  In fact, it is running most of Lottery Post right now, and it is performing beautifully.

            What this means for everyone here is that the site will be much more stable when high traffic spikes occur, like the other day, following the big Powerball drawing.  The site experienced a few huccups that will likely not occur now that this new powerful server is in the mix.

            I also upgraded the database that Lottery Post runs on to the latest SQL Server 2008.  It has a number of tremendous improvements to help me continue keeping Lottery Post at the forefront of all lottery resources.

            Finally, I have upgraded the Web server technology that Lottery Post runs on to Microsoft IIS 7.0, which, like SQL Server 2008, is a substantial improvement in technology, and is already showing a really nice performance boost (not to mention being a joy for me to work with).

            So, as painful as today's maintenance window was for you and me, I did take the rare opportunity that was presented to install a number of very important upgrades that in the long run will make us all forget about today.

             

            Check the State Lottery Report Card
            What grade did your lottery earn?

             

            Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
            Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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              Posted: September 30, 2008, 1:06 am - IP Logged

              Oh, and I almost forgot to mention.  Did you all see the neat little cosmetic changes to Lucky's Followers System?  It's something I was able to slip in there when I had a few moments over the weekend.

               

              Check the State Lottery Report Card
              What grade did your lottery earn?

               

              Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
              Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                Posted: September 30, 2008, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                Oh, and I almost forgot to mention.  Did you all see the neat little cosmetic changes to Lucky's Followers System?  It's something I was able to slip in there when I had a few moments over the weekend.

                Nice. All you need were few moments huh? Slick.

                The new look took me back this morning, when I was jotting down some combos on a notepad with a pen.