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DearDiary Is No Longer Free To Use

Unfortunately, if you’ve been on the Facebook group this week you’ll know that DearDiary is no longer free for use. We recently had something of a security issue, which although it turned out to be an innocuous event, did highlight significant weaknesses in our ability to deal with such issues. To be clear, the security…

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Patrons – Are You Missing Out?

I’ve just checked the Patreon system and noted that there are at least three of you that are paying to be Patrons but are not presently recognised by DearDiary.Net as a Patron. To fix this, login to your DearDiary account here at DearDiary and go to the DearDiary Options -> Supporters menu (left hand side…

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Covid-19 Pandemic And Social Changes

I just wanted to drop a quick note in to check in on everyone and make sure everyone is OK? This is a really stressful time for many people at the moment. Life has changed for many in ways we didn’t really think could happen in our lifetimes. For me, I’m still going to work…

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Linux On The Laptop?

So, over the past few weeks I’ve been on a bit of a ‘degoogling’ spree. I love Android, and I don’t mind Google per-se. Except the amount of data they know about me (and that’s just the stuff they admit to) is absolutely staggering. I suspect they actually know what I had for dinner on…

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Did Anyone Notice I Was Down?

Hopefully not, since it was only down for about 30 seconds… Maybe a minute. How come it was back up so quickly?!? Well, that’s a very good question. Which can only be answered by first asking Why Did It Go Down At All? I broke it. But if anyone’s been following the news around here…

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Server Move Cancelled

The server won’t be moving now – I have found that the database is way too big to move to Google AppEngine and I’ve tracked down one of the reasons why it was running so slow and eliminated that. I am aware there is some weirdness going on that requires investigation such as some pages…

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Server Move Likely Soon

Hey all, It’s very likely that the DearDiary.Net server will switch to use Google AppEngine since this now supports PHP and the DD.Net is all in PHP. The database is quite large however and there will be a bit of downtime while it’s all copied across and while the nameservices catch up. I don’t have…

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Spammers Begone

I have today released a new feature for the DearDiary.Net site which puts the power to dispose of spammers firmly in the hands of our trusted users. I will no longer need to verify that people who are marked as spammers should in fact be removed from the site. Instead of relying on any user…

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Call for Volunteers

I’m looking for volunteers…. I’ve long since abandoned the idea that DearDiary.Net will ever pay for the server on which it’s hosted and as a result I’ve set up some other websites that do assist with paying the server fees. They can be found at http://imho.qodo.org/ and http://www.reviewmacsoftware.com/ But, and this is where my call for help comes…

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Server Strangeisms

I have updated the server – which should result in increased speed (both the hardware has been upgraded and the software running it) However, the software side of things has caused some compatibility issues which I’ve tracked down and currently believe I have fixed. With that said though, there may be something I haven’t spotted…