Other XTech presentations, including Layout Algorithm Improvements for Web User Interfaces, Microsummaries for Firefox and on the Web, SVG and Canvas: Graphics for Web Apps, and Converging Rich-Client and Web Application Development with Mozilla XULRunner are available here: XTech 2006 Presentations.
Last night we upgraded the MDC wikis to MediaWiki 1.6.5. Unfortunately we missed something in testing and the upgrades needed to be rolled back this morning. The result is that we have, at the moment, lost whatever changes were made to the MDC wikis between ~6:30p and ~10:30a Eastern time. We will endeavour to reapply those changes, but due to possible data corruption it may not be possible in all cases.
I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, I can assure you that we’ll be reviewing our processes to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Thanks for your patience.
Update: we’re still noticing some issues and have thus locked the database for the time being. Current rollback is at almost a full day right now, but we will hopefully preserve the majority of yesterday’s changes by the time this is sorted out.
Update 2: We’ve managed to preserve the majority of data for all languages except Japanese. There is still a chance we’ll be able to get it all back, so in the meantime we’ll be leaving the MDC wikis as “read only” (ie: no changes to the db). The logic here is that we’d rather block changes for a few hours rather than lose changes if we manage to revert to a even-more-recent backup of the databases. Again, I’m very sorry for the inconvenience. As it stands all dbs are currently rolled back to their state as of ~6:30p Eastern yesterday, except Japanese which is back to ~4:30a yesterday.
Update 3 (and final): I’ve decided that, unfortunately, we’re going to accept last night’s wiki changes as lost in the main databases. We do have a record of those changes, however, and hopefully I’ll find some kind volunteers on the MDC mailing list to help out with reimplementing those. So, any changes to the MDC wikis made between 6:30p last night and 10:30a this morning (Eastern time) are no longer in the live databases.
As of now the MDC wikis are reopen for editing. Thanks to everyone for your patience, and I’m really sorry we messed this up.
Update (really final): Thanks to Victory, all “lost” data has been restored to the EN wiki. I would also like to thank Aravind, Oremj, Polvi, Nickolay, Callek, and Shaver for all being basically awesome and helping sort out yesterday’s mess.
If you have ever had pain in your mousing wrist/arm, I suggest you run (do not walk) and order yourself an Evoluent Vertical Mouse. Three buttons + scrollwheel/button + thumb button, nice and light, fast fast tracking, and fully programmable in OS X using USBOverdrive. It is so incredibly comfortable. Sadly the Canadian distributor I ordered through (ErgoCanada) erroneously sent me the black/black version rather than the super-sexy purple/black version, but I love it way too much already to bother sending it back.
I call mine FATMOUSE.
This evening I attended the first of six beginner’s stained glass classes at Northern Art Glass, a local studio that (in addition to offering a whole bunch of courses) does custom and restoration/conservation work. They do some seriously gorgeous work (one, two, three) so I was pretty excited when I stumbled across their website poking around for a place to take a class.
What surprised me most (and is clearly an indication that I need to get out of the house more often) was that the store (in spite of the “Closed” sign on the door) was full of people. There was at least one or two other classes being taught, and it seemed like a bunch of other people were there using the studio/workshop space for personal work. My class only has three other people in it, and Lynne (the instructor) was fun and friendly and obviously excessively knowledgeable about her craft. I’m pretty sure she could have gone on for the full two and a half hours just talking about the various types of glass available.
After a quick rundown on the whole process of doing copper foil glasswork, we finally got down to the serious business of turning larger pieces of glass into smaller pieces of glass using a variety of glass cutters (and, to the man, drawing blood in the process). Lynne, after watching me struggle valiantly with a pen-like glass cutter, made fun of me a little, asked me how sore my arm was, then suggested a more ergo-friendly cutter. Valuable advice, in that it made my cuts easier, more accurate, and significantly less stressful on my wrist/fingers/arm. Yay! Ergo stuff rules. (Aside to shaver: Yes, I ordered my Kinesis gear.)
So after chopping up some plain old glass into random bits, we spent some time chopping plain old glass up into non-random bits, following a very simple three piece apple pattern. Once we got a hang of that, we moved on to actual coloured glass and chopped it up into the apple bits. Then, surprisingly, it turned out that 2.5 hours was over, and I jumped on a bus to come home.
I had a lot of fun, and am already looking forward to next week. I’ve always loved stained glass (windows, doors, lamps, candle holders, panels, room dividers, what have you), so I could see this actually becoming a relatively viable hobby. The equipment and materials aren’t exceedingly expensive, and it might be a nice way to get away from the machines for a while. Hm!