Maintenance in the Den

27 Mar, '07

Heads up: in order to improve the performance of the site, the good people at Rackspace‘s technical support and I are looking into some problems the site has experienced off and on in the hope that we will identify the problem and enact a fix.

The first step is upgrading some components on the server, which means that you might find the site down off and on over the next 24 hours. I’ll let you know when the maintenance concludes and share any discoveries – if any – here too.

Thanks for your support and I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 29 March, ’07: Installed PHP 5.2 and the latest APC accelerator. There are some issues still that need to be resolved. Generally it works fine and so far the site has not crashed as often as it has previously (touch wood!). Will keep you updated, if you notice something weird, please confirm it and then let me know about it. Thanks.

UPDATE 2 29/3/07@1849: There are various incompatibilities between PHP 5.2 and various PHP programs, WordPress included. I’ve asked tech support to downgrade to 5.1.6 as soon as possible. You might notice strange behaviour until then (most of the tabs and the pages are gone for instance). Bear with us a bit longer please.

UPDATE 3 29/3/07@1903: PHP downgraded to 5.1.6, sites appear to work normally now but will keep monitors (let me know if you stumble upon something) but please clear your browser cache in order to ensure that you’re seeing the correct version of the site.

UPDATE 4 30/3/07@1901: reliability is still not as good as I expect and as you have seen there are still some incompatibilities (pages not displaying and the tabs at the top of the page have disappeared) to resolve. So Rackspace tech are now downgrading to PHP 4.4.6 (better compatibility with APC). Let’s hope that at least the pages make another appearance!

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  1. BahBlog | 27 Mar, '07
  1. milter says:


    I realize you may not have any influence on this matter, but, are you aware that some computers may not be able to connect to servers with the “surname” .tv.

    The computers I have access to at my work will not allow access to .tv-servers. I didn’t have any problems with it until about 6 month’ ago and I don’t have any problems from my own computer either.

    I have done a bit of investigation on the subject and it looks like it has something to do with the fact that servers originating from that part of the world are considered a “security threat”.

    You want your message to reach as many people as possible, so…?

  2. mahmood says:

    definitely don’t change it to .bh! 😉

    The .TV domain is actually administered fully by an American company and is exclusively sold through them and they control the DNS servers in the States. Actually Tuvalu, where the domain originates makes a lot of money from domain selling, more than what they nationally export – which I think is bird shit!

    So technology and luck really helped them.

    There is no way I can help brain-dead administrators who discriminate against domain names, unfortunately. Maybe gently percussing their noggin’ would help…

  3. musulmana says:

    Assalamu Aleikum,

    Just passed by to let you know, are you aware that you are posted as a blog of interest on an apostate’s page?

  4. mahmood says:

    yippeee! would you care to provide a link?

  5. LOL! Mahmood you crack me up! Yipeeee indeed! Thanks for the links on the tv island.. interesting place walla.. Can we arrange for the next bloggers meeting there? :tongue:

  6. mahmood says:

    thanks for reminding me, better put that up soon before I get chewed up! :wub:

  7. Mitmallel says:

    I bet getting a server from RackSpace is costing you a fortune :tongue: Congrats on the upgrades 😉

  8. musulmana says:

    I’m sorry, I thought that you were Muslim.

    I haven’t read your blog. I wasn’t aware that there were angry non-Muslim Arabs in Bahrain.

  9. Esra'a says:

    I wasn’t aware that there were angry non-Muslim Arabs in Bahrain.

    Hahahaha. Good one!

    I’m sorry, I thought that you were Muslim.

    No he’s a baptized Jew living in a mosque. Who cares?! One link from an apostate and you actually consider that some sort of a threat? Pffft. Some people.

  10. Zealot says:


    Maybe even typing the ” A” word on a computer is a deadly sin . . . . go wash your hands!

  11. I get a Javascript error when the cursor is in the comments text box. When I submit the comment the page does submit the, but the comment doesn’t show. I had to try several times to get it to work.

    Error:Object Expected

  12. mahmood says:

    thanks, let me know if you encounter it again please.

  13. Cradle of Humanity says:

    testing comment
    Still getting the same javascript error in Line 377

  14. mahmood says:

    weird, is your cache clear? I removed the dynamic preview because it was slowing down the site and that used javascript (there are many other components that are using js too, but they seem to behave ok.)

  15. I raised a ticket with the guys in Askimet and they have just replied me saying that my problem (being identified as spam) should now be fixed. Testing it now!

  16. And it works like a charm..!

  17. mahmood says:

    A triumph! Well done for your perseverance and bothering to take it up with Akismet. Well done indeed!

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