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Updates from Aaron Lewis, GuildPortal Code Monkey

Posted 3/3/2010 7:06 AM by Aaron Lewis. 128715 reads. Share:

Most of you know that since December of 2003, GuildPortal has been donating $1 from every guild web site subscription and subscription renewal to Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing relief services to the poor, including emergency assistance and educational programs that provide impoverished communities the knowledge they need to better sustain themselves.

Right now, the 40th Annual Hunger Fund is multiplying donations 53 times.  That means for every dollar, $53 in actual aid is shipped for suffering children and their families in Haiti and 13 other countries facing widespread disease and hunger. 

We wanted to bring this to your attention so that you can participate in helping the Hunger Fund save lives even more dramatically, $1 at a time, via your direct donations, if you so choose.  For more information, please visit The Hunger Fund.

A bit of legalese: GuildPortal is in no way being compensated for linking to The Hunger Fund or Food for the Hungry.

Posted 3/2/2010 2:04 PM by Aaron Lewis. 9385 reads. Share:

First, thanks to everyone for your patience during the recent updates.  They were by far, the most extensive and complicated set of changes to the infrastructure during all of GuildPortal's time online.  We apologize for the constant revisions we needed to make to the estimates.

Now, back to normal!  Tonight's code push includes a fix for the news item viewer's commenting functionality (when opened from the small news widget).

Posted 2/26/2010 9:31 AM by Aaron Lewis. 6998 reads. Share:

Links to blogs from the most recent blog entries widget, as well as links to your own blog in both the top and side nav areas have been fixed.

Also, upon entering guild chat rooms, you are shown the help command.  When you type it in, you can see the available slash commands for chatting.  Included are sending a sound to the room, listing available sounds, and sending an emote.

Posted 2/24/2010 9:08 AM by Aaron Lewis. 11823 reads. Share:

From Saturday at midnight until completion (some hours later), GuildPortal will be down for maintenance.  This is the final phase in a series of infrastructure updates we've been making.  It will also address the problem with adding images to your galleries.

Posted 2/9/2010 9:34 AM by Aaron Lewis. 5600 reads. Share:

During an 8 hour service window beginning February 15th at 11:00 PM EST, there will be a data center migration of servers, switchgear, and associated IT equipment from the current facility to a new data center.

Downtime will likely not take the full 8 hours.  Estimated downtime is calculated as follows:

40 minutes - shutdown of servers and un-rack
15 minutes - load time
30 minutes - transport
15 minutes - unload time
60 minutes - re-rack of servers
20 minutes - buffer time for overruns

The migration has been planned extensively over the past 6 months and we anticipate a limited amount of downtime.  This procedure has been rehearsed with test equipment and live ammunition in a wide array of scenarios, such as:

Zombie attacks on the armored convoy while en-route.
Zombie ambush at new facility.
Zombie conversion (via bite) of IT personnel while servers are being handled (IT personnel are expendable and will be sacrificed).

Lesser threats -- such as potholes on the roads -- have also been taken into account.