Updates: New server, Flickr, del.icio.us, podcasts

Well, after that little rant of mine last week, it appears that many of our current technology-induced woes will soon be a thing of the past. Within the next week or so, we'll be moving to a dedicated server that will allow us (finally) to make the necessary changes with our setup that will --fingers crossed-- dramatically increase our speed and capabilities. Yes, I may sound a little hesitant, but in reality it's cautious optimism. When we started this site, we didn't realise how high our traffic would become, nor what our system requirements would be. Now, we're getting a box that should finally address those needs.

Sometime in the next week or two (I'll give due warning here), we'll probably disappear for a day or so as we move, and then re-appear at our new home. Once we're settled a bit, we'll turn on some of the new features we've been dying to try out.

As for own technology issues (my main machine dying, and various hunks of hardware suddenly transmuting into paperweights), I've scraped up enough to order a new MacBook Pro. It'll be arriving in a few weeks, and then it should take over as my new design and web development computer. There's a lot of fixing to do on this site, and so I'll finally be able to tackle those and other outstanding issues. Plus, it's my first new computer in more than six years (a loooong time for a multimedia producer), so I'm very excited to know it's finally on the way.

While I await my new card reader (*sigh*) to transfer my Circa pictures, I've decided to create a new Flickr group especially for DIYPlanners. If you have any pictures of paper-based productivity/creativity gear or ideas you'd like to toss in the pot, please join us at flickr.com/groups/DIYPlanner. And if you have any such photographs that you already have online, please share them with the group. You can also post an announcement in the forums when you have a new Flickr set, so people can easily find and discuss it. This is a public Flickr group, so anybody can join.

I'd also like to remind people that if you find any site you think is worth sharing with the rest of us, you can use del.icio.us to tag it with "diyplanner". You can also see what everybody else has tagged by visiting del.icio.us/tags/diyplanner.

Hopefully, we'll be better able to better integrate del.icio.us and Flickr with DIYPlanner.com very soon, but this should be a good start.

One idea I've been toying with lately has been a DIYPlanner podcast. Good idea? Bad idea? Any thoughts as to what you'd like to hear? (Besides my odd Newfoundland accent?)

While we're at it, what would you like to see on this site?

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Looking forward to a new server

Within the next week or so, we'll be moving to a dedicated server

Running Tiger/Leopard ? :)
he said, donning his flame-proof underwear...
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Flickr

I can never join a group on flickr. I login, go to the group's page and there is nothing that says "join this group." What am I missing?

Invite

Those join pages on Flickr seem eratic. I couldn't find a join link for this group, but noticed the 'invite' link. I was invited, so maybe thats how it works, invitation by existing members. What is your Flickr handle, I'll try to invite you?

judy...

shanaynay25 is my handle! Thanks for the help:)

can't find you

I did a people search, but could not find you - do you have a link to your profile? I may have to make you a contact first before it works.

naynay25?

You sure you're not naynay25?

http://www.flickr.com/people/20481940@N00/

-Kenny

naynay25

Yes, I am naynay25 - DUH naynay!!! :P I still cannot join the group. I logged into Flickr and went to the group, I searched every page (pool, discussion, etc.) and the "Join this group" never shows up anywhere on any page. I tried to join another group last week and ran into the same problem. Not sure why this is happening... I will keep trying. Until then, I can still see all the pics and stuff!
Thanks to everyone for trying to help me!!
nay nay

Doh!

I wouldn't have found 'Join this group' since I was already a member. But I did find a link 'Quit this group' which is probably in the same location as the 'join group' link, and it is on the Pool page, bottom right corner.

Joining the Flickr group

If you're a Flickr member, I think you *should* see a little "Join this group" under the seach box on the main group page. Or at least that's what I see when I go to the main page of a group I don't belong to. Can anyone verify?

dj

Joined Group!

I have no idea why or how, but I logged into Flickr again today and the "Join this group" link was finally there! YEAH! I joined! Now I can join in more DIY Planner games!

Thanks for all of your help and concern everyone!
nay nay

Running Tiger/Leopard ?

Running Tiger/Leopard ? :)

My, aren't you the most adorable troll. ;-)

No, we're going with our favourite Linux distro, Ubuntu.

all my best,
dj

:)

Troll ? Me ? Of course, but not as adorable as the originals
http://www.troll-company.dk/history.html

Ubuntu Linux is most acceptable. My concern was that the new server should be free of the Redmond Virus

Besides, I couldn't be a hobbit. I'm too tall and my feet aren't fuzzy enough.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

1 vote for podcasts

Count me in as a listener!

Good luck with the move and all your new tech, Doug. This place is a major boon to all of us... thanks many times over.

Reese

Another Vote for Podcasts

Since Merlin Mann hasn't put any new podcasts up on 43 Folders in a while, I think it would be very cool to have a DIY podcast.

--Bob

Merlin Mann Podcasts

I've been enjoying Merlin on his new PixelCorp outings, including MacBreak and his video podcasts Phone Guy and The Merlin Show. A very funny guy with a razor-sharp wit. He's definitely one of the best podcasters out there, although he does seem a little tired of the whole 43 Folders thing.

Hrm. Can anyone recommend a decent podcasting setup that wouldn't be too expensive?

dj

Podcasting for a Mac - right?

Hey Doug - since you are a Mac guy, what about using GarageBand to create your podcasts? Unless you need something with more bells and whistles...you can lay down a voice track as well as a music track...and I think it makes it easy to export. Check it out.
Heather

Mac Podcasting

Well, most of us will be on Macs. We're still trying to figure out the logistics. GarageBand has been recommended to me a few times, as has Audacity. Hmm. Perhaps we'll record using Audio Hijack Pro to grab the audio from a Skype conversation. That seems to be a common way to doing it. My biggest issue is that the bandwidth up here in the Far North can be a little unreliable at times.

all my best,
dj

A podcast could be really interesting

I would definitely subscribe. I love the DIYPlanner site. And the topic. And it would be fun to hear some of you rather than just read you.

Podcast vote!

Heck yeah, podcasts! I'll subscribe... :-D

Feature Request: Printer Friendly Output

Especially for the articles type postings.
That is the sort of stuff I to print out and keep in a folder/binder for reading while travelling or in quiet moments.

How difficult would it be ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)