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Falling back to closest date.

  I worked on getting a Ubuntu virtual machine up and running that can mirror the web server from the Blue Dragon.  I started with a Ubuntu server 16.04.1 LTS, but ran into a problem I will have to address in the future.  It comes default with PHP 7.  My gallery scripts are now so old they calls used to connect to the database are no longer supported.  Thus, DrQue.net will not run with PHP 7.  I've been meaning to address that +10 year old script for awhile.  Now I have more reason.  For now my backup server will run 14.04 LTS.  I made some simple shell scripts that synchronize the Apache setup by copying the entire Apache configuration from /etc/apache.  It also synchronizes the MySQL database.  Then I make a blind mount point to cause the source of the website to come from the archives.  With that, the backup server can host DrQue.net.  When it is time to update, I will have a backup server so the Sun Dragon can be taken down.
   Ubuntu 16.04.1 is the latest long-term stable release, and I wanted to get the Sun Dragon up and running on it.  However I found it cannot be upgraded using the automatic methods.  The Sun Dragon is an ARM-based processor, and the manufacturer says it takes some work to get Ubuntu setup for the board.  They plan on releasing an image with 16.04.1 LTS, but I won't be able to update until it is complete.  The current LTS on the server is supported for a couple years yet, so I'm in no hurry.
   I've been watching this building slowly get smaller each time I cycle by.  It won't be too much longer before there isn't a building.
   Watching glass blowers makes me want to try it if for no other reason than to understand how hard it is to control all the variables they have to work with.

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From Noah

September 26, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Glassblowing is amazing stuff! Lots of chemistry involved as well.

   Replaced a crappy hard drive controller in the Blue Dragon this afternoon.  The old controller wasn't very good, but what made it the worst was that you could not boot the system with drive plugged into the controller.  The drives had to be disconnected until the OS started to load.  Strange problem, but history now.