Maintenance

Category archives for Maintenance

Advertising Note

You may notice that there are some new ads on the site. They’re short videos done by DuPont, with an excessively perky anchor talking about science topics and the wonders of chemistry, and that sort of thing. We were promised that the ads would not auto-play or break people’s browsers, and as far as I…

1,000

Movable Type tells me that this is the 1,000th post to this blog since the move. This comes just short of the one-year anniversary of the move (the first posts are dated earlier, but the official launch was on January 11th, so that’s when I’ll do a full year-in-review. For comparison, the total number of…

I Told You So

We’ve been having intermittent DSL problems here at Chateau Steelypips, which has led to much cursing of Verizon. The fact that their tech support department screwed up the first two service appointments, and repeatedly dropped calls after half an hour spent navigating their miserable phone tree and hold system didn’t help any. The repair guy…

Comment on Comments

Over at Cosmic Variance, Sean is pondering comment policies: So the question is: how can the comment sections be better? To decode this for our more innocent readers: how can we increase the signal-to-noise ratio? Increasing the signal is one obvious way, but that’s hard. The real question that I’ve been wondering about (haven’t consulted…

Exciting Technical Development!

I have discovered a marvelous proof of the Riemann Hypothesis, which is too long to fit in the Excerpt box. Which means that people reading this blog via RSS have no chance of seeing it, as the combined feed is currently showing only the excerpts. It’s not clear whether this is a glitch or a…

I’ve got a silly pop-culture post planned, but we’ll put that off for a moment, because this is the 666th post to this blog, according to the counter on Movable Type. That would appear to demand something evil, so here you go: Behold the Evil! Evil!

Technical Difficulties

If you’ve had trouble accessing the site in the last couple of days, sorry about that. Scienceblogs.com has been under a cross-site script attack for a while, and we only recently figured out what was going on. Efforts are underway to deal with the problem. We’re re-targeting the orbital mind control lasers even as I…

Explanatory Note

I thought about posting something in advance of my annual moment of bloggy silence, to let people know what’s up, as my traffic has increased by about an order of magnitude since the last time I did this. As the post is equal parts gesture of respect and protest against the use of the anniversary…

Banner Month

August was the highest-traffic month since the move, with Google Analytics recording 51,752 “Unique Visits” (whatever that means– it’s not 50,000 different people, I don’t think). I’m sort of boggled by that number, which is about an order of magnitude higher than what I was seeing at the old site. Somewhere in there, we also…

Technical Difficulties

The Internet has been broken all afternoon at Chateau Steelypips, which is where there hasn’t been anything new psoted, and why it’s taken forever to approve a couple of comments that were held for moderation. Sorry about that. (I’m typing this from my office on campus– we turned Her Majesty’s evening walk into an email-checking…