you bet your sweet fancy arse you've been too long away, worthi. You owe us a week's worth of highlights in the bar.
For those of us who are vain, how we get around showing our age in the profile section? I tried to get rid of mine (or at least change it to a more desirable age), but it didn't give me any options (in fact the most recent birth date I could select was 1973), so I opted for being born in 1900 – which makes me 107.
Laura, if you check my profile, you'll see that I won't be born for 5 more years. January 1st, 2013 to be exact – I want to be the first child born after the end of the current Maya calendar. (I'm guessing they, whoever the great and wonderful "they" is, updated the pulldown menu in the edit profile section per your suggestion)
In reply to Boyd Mccollum's post on Tue 26 Feb 2008 :
I dunno – I've kind of gotten used to my senior age but being could also have benifits –- all those documentaries yet to be born...
That's weird – it only seems to allow for the year that was set originally plus the following five years.
I think we can officially confirm this as a bug. :-)
I've been informed that the server hosting The D-Word had a brief outage from 00:39 GMT today. I hope nobody was affected by this. Apologies if you were.
I'm looking into the birthdate bug...
And just to let everyone know, our host is going to move our server as a precaution against another outage. So the site will be down for about 5 to 10 minutes sometime between 05:00 and 0:700 GMT on Monday 3 March. Apologies again, but this should cause minimal disturbance and will insure further stability.
Those of you concerned about celebrating the wrong birthday can now adjust your profile and rest at ease. I fixed the bug and it will now let you choose any age between 12 and 100. If your age falls outside of those bounds, please let me know and I'll expand the options.
One hopes that someone makes it necessary to expand beyond 100. smile.
I have a request. It would be nice to be able to spell my last name correctly here on the mighty D. One is not allowed to have an apostrophe (and probably hyphen or any other common symbol used in names), and it's not permitted to have two capital letters in one word. I'm sure there are a few other D-Mc's, Mac's, or O'Whatevers who would also appreciate. I suppose I could simply sign each and every post, spelling it correctly. But the D-Cops wouldn't like that....
Very Truly Yours,
Lenville, this will be fixed with the next update of our software.
Okey doke... thanks!
Lenville, I just figured it was jealousy, that they didn't want us to have too much pride – kinda like "Hey Laddie, why should you get to have 2 capitals letters in your name?" But alas, it's only a software thing...
Well, I just put an apotostrophe into Lenville's name, and if you don't watch out, I'll make you a Mc'collum.
Wow, thanks, Ben! And it didn't hurt a bit...
or M'CCollum. Wow, that'd be 3 capital letters in my name. And an apostrophe. I feel like a Scots-Irish-Vulcan!
Well, apologies to Vulcan and everyone affected by this. I hate it when names are messed with. Peter will fix this ASAP.
No worries Ben (at least for me), considering how good this site is, this is the equivalent of fine tuning/polishing an edit. Now can you imagine what would happen if you made the name field editable like the location?
Btw, many thanks to you and Peter for the continued work that you put in on the site. Very much appreciated!
It's fixed now. I don't know how Ben snuck that apostrophe through four hours ago...
But this change leaves it in our own hands to judge how to capitalize our own names....
That's pretty cool. I already corrected Boyd's name. (As for the others, please do it yourselves! Just promise not to give us ALL CAPS, OK?)
Groovy, guys... thanks!
Can anyone recommend a fixer / production manager in Peshawar Pakistan.
Wrong topic, mate. Please post in Classifieds (Public or Members-only).
For some reason, I can't get the search function to work. This may have been dealt with somewhere, but... I can't get the search function to work. Any suggestions? (I have cookies enabled, btw).
What are you searching for? You need more than two characters in the search.
Well, I was looking for "Schoeps", "Inconvenient Truth", "pmw ex1", things like that.
The search function appears to work fine. What browser (version) and operating system (version) are you using?
I think I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't know how to use the hyperlink feature. Can someone 'splain how I can type a word and have it link to my trailer on youtbe.
I searched the pages and found nothing, so I swallowed my pride (not so hard once you get use to it) and am asking for help
mark, in order to link to a site you have to do the following:
(quotation mark)visit my site(quotation mark):www.yourlink.com
note: the part between the quotation marks can have spaces and be any length you choose
Thanks, Christopher. Don't tell anyone I asked.
Mark, just click the blue question mark icon on the top right of the text box you're writing in, and it'll give you the whole range of linking and formatting options.
It's amazing what you can do on the internets.
This morning I completed a move of our database. Apologies for the inconvenience caused. This change should improve stability of the website.
Thanks, Peter. I had never even noticed any instability... You do great work behind the scenes!
There, there. And even hear hear!
Yes, thanks, I noticed. Now about the speed....
I'll be making a few more performance updates over the next few weeks before building the new features as part of our "Milestone 2" update... Stay tuned...
I've just made another wee upgrade. I will make a major upgrade next week.
I will post info about planned downtime soon.
Thanks for your patience!
OK, I apologize for the long period of downtime today. We had a server emergency this morning which required me to move the entire site to a new server. This took longer than I expected, but it has great benefits. I ended up doing next week's major upgrade today!
The server software has been updated to the latest versions and we are using some new and efficient technologies that will speed things along on The D-Word. Enjoy!
Thanks Peter, and though I haven't conducted a poll, this probably mirrors the appreciation of the full stable...! (By the way, it does feel faster).
It does feel much, much faster now, doesn't it? (But maybe that's because those people who usually spend their whole day on The D-Word simply couldn't log on during the downtime.)
Go Speed Racer!
Already big improvement in velocity... thanks!
well done, peter. thanks for improvising on your feet.
Turns out it takes a bit longer for some people to get back on... This is because the new server for d-word.com needs to be propagated around the net first. No need to worry, and nothing has been lost! Good night...
I haven't been able to connect at all today..Still can't through my own access point.
I'm borrowing a neighbour's wifi in order to write this. Weird.
don't know if this relates to you, joe, but when i typed in "d-word.com", all i got was a page that said "It Works!" when i typed in "www.d-word.com", then i got in without any problem...
Hi, I have noticed that other people have more than one URL listed under website on their profile. I too have several URLs that I think would interest the community. How can I do this?
There's a field "Other website" when you're editing your profile.
Also, you can just put URLs into your bio.
I don't get that field – is it only for members? I'm planning to apply to be a member, but wanted to get my profile together first.
I don't actually know... but I can assure you that the number of websites won't determine eligibility for membership... :-)
Fair enough, thanks! I applied.
In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Tue 13 May 2008 :
Yeah, I had the same experience as you, with the "It Works!" page. Likewise, I eventually typed in the complete URL and got in. Just out of curiosity, what was that page anyway?
I'm still getting occasional "bad response from server" messages and the pages are often very slow to load. Will look into Opendns.com...
Appears that problem is fixed, Mikal. I had it, too. Peter will come on sometime soon and explain. Anyway, the pages should load now with lightening speed.
minor loading issues here this morning – just letting you know. Some threads worked well and some not at all.. All fine this evening.
Doug, you know, the funny thing is that just after I made that last post, I couldn't get in at all. I had wanted to add a thank you note to Peter and the hosts for keeping this great site together. So, there, thanks!
P.S., seems to be working fine for me now. Yes, "It Works!" indeed.
All should be ironed out now. Technical details hidden below:
I won't pretend to understand all that technical stuff just extend my thanks to someone who obviously does. Thanks Peter.
Yep, we're just creepin' and crawlin' with spiders and bots here.
One of which seems to have built a web in the little bit of code that resets the already-read topic lists when I click on Topics. Was that clear? Here: I read the new posts in a topic, click Topics, but when the Topics page comes up, the topic I just looked at still has the circle with the number of unread posts in it. Just so you know...
Okey dokey. Never mind. Working now.
I found out that the Skype extension for Firefox (at least on Win XP) plays havoc with a number of websites, including The D-Word. For example, I couldn't open image attachments. Disabling the extension fixed my problems.
Anyone know where, in Seattle, on a Saturday afternoon (for an out of town Monday a.m. shoot, so we need by Sunday), one can get an XD Cam disk? have tried all the usual suspects (companies) to no avail. Thanks...
Next time, please post in Public Classifieds . This Help topic is about The D-Word itself.
Humbly accepted. Believe me, having to play a topic cop here works against my nature. If I wasn't a bloody co-host, I would get sidetracked all the time. Like, I could really start one of my XDCAM rants now... I learned to hate the cameras, so I really hope you didn't find that disk. ;-)
XDCAM rants in the Camera Topic, please!
I don't understand how the posting works on this site. It's impossible to follow any thread or specific question. It's just one giant heap of responses, but how do I track those responses to the original question? The main topic page is well organized, but if I go to any section, all I see is hundreds of pages of responses with no way to find any of the information I'm looking for. If I'm using the site incorrectly, please advise.
try the search engine, zack. and, yes, obviously this place works better for those who come here regularly and participate in the discussions.
Apologies to everyone for the site being down most of past 24 hours. Peter will hopefully have an explanation soon, and we'll do what we can to find a more stable web hosting situation.