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#1 Post by nikki605 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:56 pm

WOW Bill, sounds like you went through a lot to get this conversion done :D

One question though - will this new forum eventually be moved to the "old" URL address (forum.thinkpads.com)?

p.s. not all the smilies work, but I'm sure you have bigger fish to fry than that :wink:
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#2 Post by rkawakami » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:01 pm

Please excuse the construction workers as they come and go. Things will probably suddenly appear (like smilies); hopefully nothing will disappear :) .
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Re: New Forum

#3 Post by nikki605 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:06 pm

Hope they are wearing their hard hats, safety glasses & steel toed boots :!: :lol:
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Re: New Forum

#4 Post by Stargate199 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:09 pm

The url will probably be changed very soon, its not a hard thing to do. This looks like its on the host's website url right now. I already see some of the cool new things that are now available to us now. Hopefully in the next few days and weeks we will see this website become complete with graphics and all.

BTW. Nice job. I just recently completed a database class and I know how troublesome it can be to move EVERYTHING to a new DB system.
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#5 Post by nikki605 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:11 pm

Yeah, I should have read more first :oops: my question was answered in another topic:
JaneL wrote:Eventually, the URL will be the same. Bill needs to flip a few switches, and then it will need to propogate.
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Re: New Forum

#6 Post by JaneL » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:12 pm

Stargate199 wrote:BTW. Nice job. I just recently completed a database class and I know how troublesome it can be to move EVERYTHING to a new DB system.
You have no idea! Bill has been sweating blood trying to get this converted! LOL
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Re: New Forum

#7 Post by tom lightbody » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:17 pm

just logged onto new forum....

this is *GREAT* clean, uncluttered look--seems to load/respond faster

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#8 Post by rkawakami » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:23 pm

Hopefully the servers are fast enough to perform at this level when there's a hundred members online :) .
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Re: New Forum

#9 Post by dsvochak » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:29 pm

I've been waiting, watching, and thinking that, apparently there's no such thing as and "easy site move".

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Re: New Forum

#10 Post by beGi » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:26 pm

Mr Bill, and all others that made this huge conversion successful, WELL DONE !!

It looks almost the same (which is fine by me) but lot faster...

Thanks again... :thumbs-UP: :D

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Re: New Forum

#11 Post by JaneL » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:29 pm

beGi wrote:Mr Bill, and all others that made this huge conversion successful, WELL DONE !!
Thanks! We tried to make it so that it would be an easy transition for everyone, and it will look even better once the avatars and smilies are all loaded.
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Re: New Forum

#12 Post by Neil » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:31 pm

Good job! I've only spent a few minutes on the new forum tonight, but I find it's look and feel very appealing. Some of the added features will, I think, prove very useful. Thanks to Bill and all others who make this forum possible.

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Re: New Forum

#13 Post by PhilD » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:08 pm

The new forum looks great - i know it took a lot of time and hard work to make it happen (not to mention many hours of lost sleep), thank you!

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Re: New Forum

#14 Post by dj2005 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:10 pm

Thanks to all those that were involved to make this change happen. New forum feels and looks great.
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#15 Post by JaneL » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:14 pm

It was mostly Bill and the guy he hired doing all the database conversion work - the rest of us just cheered him on and tested each iteration as he made progress.
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Re: New Forum

#16 Post by CoffeeBeans » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:07 pm

Wow, it's good to have the forum up and running again, and it's really fast!!! :thumbs-UP: :bow:

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#17 Post by syedj » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:25 pm

The new forum looks very nice!!! Many thanks Bill and everyone else who was involved in the upgrade.
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Re: New Forum - please save on vertical space

#18 Post by lophiomys » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:17 am

Hi,
Great new forum.
I would suggest to save on vertical space.
eg. after the signature in each post the little square buttons on the right side cause some vertical space wasted,
and also on the top of each page between the grey master header and the first post there is alwas a lot
of vertical space to regain.
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Re: New Forum

#19 Post by poshgeordie » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:42 pm

JaneL wrote:You have no idea! Bill has been sweating blood trying to get this converted! LOL
Ah so that dirty mark that I thought was on my screen must be spots of Bill's sweaty blood :shock:

it's been said already but adding my thanks to Bill and the team for the hard work.
Personally I love the new search which quickly found what I was after.

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Re: New Forum

#20 Post by dsigma6 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:59 am

Looks classy...It caught me off-guard! I'm having to log in every time I post to a different thread, but at the rate I post lately, that won't be an issue lol...
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#21 Post by OldManClayton » Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:08 am

I'm having a bit of trouble. O_o The forum isn't sending me notifications. I went to set my email, but it's saying that "the password does not contain the required characters". O_o I've tried many different combinations of letters and numbers...

And I can't stay logged in! :cry:

Otherwise, it's great! :D Well worth the switch and initial troubles, methinks... ;)
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Re: New Forum

#22 Post by Purcy » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:13 pm

Thankyou Bill and everyone who worked so hard to convert this forum, the results are wonderful. I agree it is a much cleaner, eye-pleasing look.
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#23 Post by killer » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:51 pm

Congratulations, Bill. It is a big improvement. I like it. 8)
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#24 Post by Temetka » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:18 am

rkawakami wrote:Hopefully the servers are fast enough to perform at this level when there's a hundred members online :) .
<Unix grey beard rant)
I wonder what makes some people say that. I figure any DB that only needs to handle 250+ concurrent connections or so should run like butter on any modern semi-decent dual core server. I mean load the sucker up with RAM and move on with your life.

I only mention this because I built tons of servers for mid to large business and while some do get crazy esosteric in terms of 8 CPU's, 8+GB of RAM, RAID 5 SAS and so on, the bulk of them are quad core Xeon's with 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB HD's mirrored. Surely this type of setup should be more than enough to run a simple DB.

I've done my years in the trenches admining SQL Server and so on. I've written tons of cross platform programs (mostly for use in-house by clients). I have yet to see one monolithic DB crush a server. I've even run a multi-line BBS back in the 90's.

So yeah I hope any 2 year old or newer machine should be able to handle to what amounts to text, some code and some user permissions.
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The board looks great and certainly feels somewhat more responsive. My only questions is why does the page header not line up properly with the edges of the post windows? It rolls from egde to edge magazine style whereas the rest of the page has margins.

Congrats to Bill on getting this up and running. I've been keeping tabs on the status as reported to date and I was beginning to think that it wouldn't be ready for a tad more longer. Nice work on getting it up and running.!!! :) :) :)
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Re: New Forum

#25 Post by BillMorrow » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:12 pm

poshgeordie wrote:
JaneL wrote:You have no idea! Bill has been sweating blood trying to get this converted! LOL
Ah so that dirty mark that I thought was on my screen must be spots of Bill's sweaty blood :shock:

it's been said already but adding my thanks to Bill and the team for the hard work.
Personally I love the new search which quickly found what I was after.
uhmm, that mark on your display is not blood or dirt.. :roll:

think of what else it might be.. :) :parrot:

i came unglued when the guy working on this with me moved the whole site and i was not told..
went to grab a file and ..nothing was there.. i thought OHHHH! sheeeeeeeetttt
%&^%#!(~_*&$#.. :flame: :cry: all that time and work LOST..

things are slowly coming together and i stress s l o w l y..!

thanks for all the kind words and don't hesitate to make a few suggestions..

what i want for the near future is a chat ability though it was not much used on the webboard forum that went away in 2004..

and

an RSS feed..
which will take a little more work once everything else is working as it should...

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Re: New Forum

#26 Post by PhilD » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:42 pm

OldManClayton wrote:...The forum isn't sending me notifications. ...And I can't stay logged in

same here. just growing pains, i'm sure. it'll get sorted out eventually.

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#27 Post by OldManClayton » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:34 pm

I sorted out the notifications by changing my email address, but I still can't stay logged in. On the plus side, (this could be my imagination) the forum seems to be brimming full with posts. 8)
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#28 Post by CRAZYBUBBA » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:16 am

OldManClayton wrote:I sorted out the notifications by changing my email address, but I still can't stay logged in.
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Re: New Forum

#29 Post by hart22 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:07 pm

I haven't visited the forum regularly or posted in a while, but I have to join the others in giving my kudos to the new forum design. Function is efficient and more streamlined, seems like there are extra features, and of course the look is vastly improved. From what little I've read it seems like there's been some issues with the migration, but hopefully the pain was worth it.

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Re: New Forum

#30 Post by OldManClayton » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:59 pm

I read that thread and I still can't stay logged in. O_o Oh well. :D
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