So, I went ahead and released GeeOhTileServer v1.0 a few moments ago. We. Are. Live.
Check it out here!
I thought it was going to take a while longer than it did, so I initially pencilled in the 13th May for the release date, but here we are – ahead of schedule.
Now everything will be geared towards integrating with MakingTracksGPS, and making some strides towards the fuller implementation of Gee-Oh!
I just mean the coastal matching of the base land map, not that the country as a whole is fucked – although you could argue that might be true also…
Anyway, the auto-processing of entire GridSquares has been such an improvement, cutting my processing time down by a factor of 20 or 30. Very pleased with that optimisation. I’m happy to release this map as part of the first version of GeeOhTileServer, on the understanding that only the UK/Eire has an accurate land mass.
Since my VPS on 123-reg has now died, I obviously can’t proceed to release it live (for now), but I will release it on my home server in the meantime, and possibly use that to develop MakingTracksGPS against.
I have yet to decide what I’m doing about 123-reg, but in all likelihood I’ll be migrating my VPS service away from them. I’ll be keeping them in terms of handling my DNS for zmserver.net, and I’ll keep the zacksmohawk.com site and email server etc. but I’m now looking at hosting my critical services on a VPS that won’t just get blatted by the hosting company.
Got an email yesterday (I think, I was out on my stag do) from those nice folks at 123-reg.com, informing me that “we ran a dodgy script, it deleted a shitload of your websites and data, really sorry to all those people who didn’t maintain their own backups, etc.”. Brilliant.
Luckily, I don’t really have a vast customer database, so it’s not catastrophic to my still-dormant company, but it’s certainly given me pause for thought.
I will need to (probably) manually re-upload and reconfigure the entire site/DB. Fairly annoying, to say the least.
Been looking at 1&1 or GoDaddy as potential service replacements. Will update as required.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are liiiiiiive!
Both sites are now online, published, etc. etc. I never thought I’d see the day.
Check ’em out…
And I’m spent.
I am literally one step away from completing work on the websites, and they will be all ready to launch on the 15th June – providing I file my last dormant accounts with Companies House before then.
My last task is to do one final test purchase (and then set all prices to full value), and then I’m done. The whole thing will be cocked and loaded, just waiting to be let loose next Monday.
There is also a very small, security related, task – that I cannot discuss – which I will do before then, but it doesn’t really count as a step in its own right.
It’s nearly time! I’m nervous, mannnnn…
Yep, I’m on the home straight. All I need to do before going “live” with both websites is in this rather small list:
- Confirm that the text now fits in the boxes on Windows/Firefox (fixed by altering line-height in css)
- Do one last test-purchase, and then put the paypal buttons up to full price
And that is literally it.
Okay, the non-js bit might actually take a bit of time, ’cause there are a few pages to do, but there are no complex issues blocking me anymore. Just gonna get it done, and get DiagramBuilder released.
15th June looking good.
I had set the “grand opening” of both websites and the release of DiagramBuilder v1.0 to 1st June provisionally – and I do think that date is still technically achievable – but there is no reason to rush in order to meet this deadline.
So, in order to preserve quality and guarantee a smooth release, I’m pushing it back to the 15th June. That should give me plenty of time to tie up all the inevitable loose ends, and have a completely clear mind once I click the proverbial “Go Live” button.
Gonna get back to it. No rest for the wwwwwwicked.