Author: Thomas Piendl

Upgrade Blog Infrastructure on 18th December 2008

Tomorrow, December 18th, we will upgrade our Weblog infrastructure to WordPress MU 2.6.5.
The Weblog-Service will be offline tomorrow, December 18th from 07.00 until 17.00.

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Announcing WordPress MU 2.6.x update

Currently we are testing the new version 2.6.x of our WordPress MU blog system. If the tests are successful, we plan to upgrade on December 18.

In this case, the weblog service would be offline the whole day. We will publish the definitive upgrade schedule within the next days.

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System Maintainance – Weblog Service down from 24.11.08 at 18.45 until 25.11.08 at 08.00

Due to system maintenance the weblog service (blogs.ethz.ch… and blogs.uz.ch/…) is not available from Monday 24.11.08 at 18.45 until Tuesday 25.11.08 at 08.00.

We apologise for any inconveniences which may result from this scheduled downtime of the service.

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ETH WebCD Theme updated

Yves Serrano overhauled the ETH WebCD compatible theme of our blog service. Navigation and layout of the static pages have been improved, subtitles are now optional.

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Weblog Service updated to WordPress MU 1.3.3

Today our Weblog Service has been updated from WordPress MU Version 1.0 –> 1.3.3. Now the Weblog Service shares the code base with the most recent WordPress Version 2.3.3. The new WordPress MU offers a revised tagging system, UTF-8, more possibilities in the blog admin view,…, and a new widgetized ETH WebCD theme. The complete feature lists are available at the WordPress MU-Forum. Enjoy the new WordPress features!

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Blog Service is fully operational

During last night and this morning we received several legitimate emails regarding the “true” operating status of our weblog service. Here a summary of the frequently asked questions and their answers:

  • Are really all data and changes between 19 December 2007 and 01 February 2008 definitely lost and could not be recovered?
    Up to our present knowledge, they are lost and not recoverable. We are really sorry about this.
  • Although rather unlikely, if there would be a chance in the near future to salvage some of the lost data, what would happen to our blogs?
    In this case, we would contact the blog owners individually and ask if and how they would like to get the data back into their blogs. Anyhow, this would be an individual action per blog and would not alter the weblog service as a whole.
  • Is it now safe to post new entries, comments, start new blogs, etc?
    Yes, the weblog service is again fully operational since midnight. The faulty backup procedure has been corrected and works fine.

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Corrupted Database of the Weblog Service caused Data Loss

Unfortunately, all postings, comments, new blogs and any changes on established blogs of our service between 19 December 2007 and 01 February 2008 are lost and could not be recovered. Regrettably we are unable to revocer a functional database from more recent backups. Please consult the Blog Support <blog-support@id.ethz.ch> for further questions on this issue.

The weblog team apologizes for the trouble caused. The faulty backup procedure will be examined and improved.

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Neptun-Windows DVD with Firefox/ScribeFire preconfigured

The  ETHZ-Neptun Windows-Version 2.0.0.6 contains a Firefox Browser preconfigured with the ScribeFire extension. ScribeFire is a handy blog editor fully integrated in  the popular web browser. FireFox 2.0.0.6 ML Neptun is available via ETH’s IDES system.

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