Long time coming…

they.com is now running on new hardware!

There was a happy congruence of tax refund check and Dell having a sale of 45% off servers, so the 8+ year old system (a sun netra t1 with a 900MHz ultrasparc IIi, 1G RAM and an external 30G drive) has been replaced (by a poweredge 2750, with 2 2GHz AMD processors, 8G RAM, and 6 160G drives with hardware RAID). After running for 7 hours, the new system has yet to swap memory to disk!

They have also made the switch from Debian GNU/Linux to Gentoo.

There will still be a few things to work out — for example, they have not decided whether or not to re-export the /docs/ directory (which they don’t think they will do again), and some wordpress upgrading differences have yet to be fully resolved.  Also the installation of gallery2 seems to not want to display .3gp videos, so they need to figure out how to hack that back in again.

For now, though, they are just glad to have made the switch, because they can now re-enable spam filtering on the server, and now have virtual mail delivery (so that there are fewer hackable login accounts).

Oh, and since it doesn’t take over a minute to make a post on wordpress anymore, you can expect more frequent posting!

Here is the new server last weekend, while they copied over the gallery images to save bandwidth:

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they.com re-themed, not that you should care.

They.com has been re-themed, in case you didn’t notice…

It’s been a modest amount of effort re-doing the approximate look and feel of the previous theme, but they now have full widget support, with no extra plugins required to show RSS feeds.

Enough, already, right?

Oh, yeah.  IE sucks. They are pretty certain everyone who deals with CSS comes to that same conclusion.

Privacy Policy

they.com has a privacy policy.

They don’t care about you, or your data. You come here, and they just don’t care who you are.

they use cookies to track individual users and preferences.

they need an email to verify commenting and posting accounts with. Once you reply back to validate the account (or visit the site to validate the account) you should never hear another word from they.com.

they won’t sell, give away, lease, or announce your address. to anyone. ever. or any of your other data, for that matter.

they put this site up just so they could have a page they like. if you like it too… well, they just think that is a happy accident.

and another thing. they don’t care what stocks you own, either.

For that matter, have you even read the disclaimer?