Getting stuck upgrading Bolt and what to do about it.

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UPDATE - 20170512 - More SQL surgery.

So, as you've no doubt noticed I've been running the Bolt CMS to power my website for a while now.  I've also mentioned once or twice that I've found it to be something of a finicky beast and doing anything major to it can be something of an adventure.  I tried to upgrade my site last week (tonight, by the datestamp on this post) and had to restore from backup yet again because something went sideways.  That something was the upgrade process going wrong and throwing an exception because of something in the cache directory …

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To everybody waiting on responses..

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It's the holidays. I'm pretty busy right now, and hoping I don't have a sinus infection. I haven't forgotten about anybody. I'll get to the time-sensitive stuff first, and rest as I can.

Happy holidays.

Still alive.

  meta life tired hope work

Nope. No GLaDOS references today.

As you may or may not be aware, certain parts of the world have come under fire, literally. This has hit me very hard in some very tender places, and I'm not handling it well. Dealing with it has, to a large extent, required staying offline so I don't fry my forebrain.

Work's running me pretty hard, with multiple late-nighters strung end to end.

I'm working on my slides for HOPE in my spare time. I might even get to practice them soon. After that comes more proof-of-concept code that you (yes, you!) can try …

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Changing things up a little.

  blog meta migration

I've just migrated my website over to Bolt because PivotX is effectively dead as a doornail. Consequently, it's going to take me a couple of days to get everything fixed. I think I've imported all of the posts and pages correctly and fixed the relative links so that embedded images and the photo albums are reachable again. The theme isn't really to my liking but I don't have time right now to tinker with it. Suffice it to say that I'll be altering it slowly over the next couple of days to make it more aesthetically pleasing (and restore the …

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Not yet in a position to post yet.

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Home from Pantheacon. Thank you, everyone, for your birthday wishes and greetings - after I got home I slept for a couple of hours due to convention-exhaustion and generally not feeling well at all. I will get back to everyone (and put up my yearly birthday post) in a couple of days, once I'm caught up from being away for four days.

Don't worry, I'm still alive.

  dental_work life meta sick

A friendly heads-up for my regular readers - I'm still alive and kicking. Not necessarily doing well, mind you - I've been sick twice in the last month (sick enough that I didn't have it in me to write anything, let alone study or do more than scan my e-mail for anything important happening and then go right back to bed), and I've been undergoing some fairly painful dental procedures at least once a month for the past few months, which takes a lot out of me. Additionally, I'm still studying for a couple of certifications for work, which is basically about …

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Where have I been lately?

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That's an interesting question.

The short answer is, I've been busy. Very much so.

The longer and more accurate answer is that work has been running me ragged lately and I've been trying to conserve my spoons as best I can, lest I run myself into the ground (again). I've been routinely putting in 60 and 70 hour weeks, often over six or seven days so I haven't really been getting a whole lot of downtime. So some hard choices had to be made. Go out for my birthday or keep it low key? Low key, because I'm on call …

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