A happy discovery!

While monkeying around with the list server provided by our new host, I noticed that the response it sends to a poster includes the ability to cancel said post. This feature is similar to the “cancellize” feature that was contained within the old HBD scripts, and part of the reason why there was always minimal hostility and a high information-to-detritus ratio on the old ‘gest.

I don’t know that I can implement the same “deadman switch” moderation as the Digest had; however, since it allows the posters to cancel their post before publication, I think that’s enough to make me willing to use this system to serve as a new HBD mailing list server. Not that I expect it to roar back to life again, but I still field subscription requests now and again, so it may still have some value as a tool in the online homebrewing community.

It will, of course, still be a once-daily mailing as, without such a throttle, it has been proven to quickly get out of hand (not to mention that there is no way to moderate it in “real time,” anyway…). I will keep you posted through this site as things develop!

Cheers!
Pat Babcock
Chief of Janitorial Services
HBD, Inc.

FTP HBD Archive Is Back Online

The g-zipped ftp-connected archives are back online. ftp://hbd.org will take you there. I kept the same structure pretty much as was on the old server – digests are stored in annual folders, and the path is pub-hbd->digests->{Year of interest}. I did make one change for “presentation:” I added a hyphen to the start of the index files names so that they always appear at the top of the list.

Enjoy!

Pat Babcock
Chief of Janitorial Services
HBD, Inc.

Houston? We have a problem…

Still plugging away at The Recipator. Turned out to be a little more than I had initially expected when I set out to do make it compatible with the new site. Still plugging away at it (when not at work, fixing toilets – what’s up with all the dag-nabbit toilets lately?! – or other stuff around the house, and doing other HBD janitorial and family husband, son, and dad kinda things). It will yield to my programming prowess. Eventually…

Pat Babcock
Chief of Janitorial Services
HBD, Inc.

It’s ALIVE!

Well, Brews And Views is online! Note that, even if you were a Brews And Views user on the old system, you will need to register on the new. There will be many tweaks and improvements made as we go along, but I saw nothing to keep us from going live today!

Now: The Recipator…

Pat Babcock
Chief Janitor
Home Brew Digest, Inc.

Recipator and Brews And Views

Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager…

Getting a lot of questions and concerns related to the Recipator and the Brews And Views Bulletin Board.

Rest assured: BOTH will return.

The Recipator, written by Mark Riley circa 1998 or so is a suite of compiled c programs. Mark is incommunicado, but I did locate a cache of his source files from various instantiations of his great program. My c experience was about 30 years ago, but I think I can muddle my way through modifying the source code and compiling the suite for its new home without having to go back to school. It should be back with all of its data and in all its former glory shortly. I would like to give you a better ETA than “shortly”, but see that stuff about how long it’s been since I even looked at c…

Brews And Views is another story. The old Discus platform is WAY out of date – so much so that I have been unable to port the old system to the new vBulletin system without really screwing up the vBulletin. Therefore, the new Brews And Views will require its user to join as new users when it comes on line. As for the discus Brews And Views system, I am working out just how to bring its archives online on the new server. I hope to do this without having to port the discus mess onto the new box, but that may be an option. The new vBulletin Brews And Views system should be up shortly – though there will likely be bazillions of tweaks and enhancements made after it goes online.

So fret not, Beerlings! Everything but the mailing list will be back here before too much longer.

Oh: and if you had a club, a “preserve” site, or a mailing list on the old box, be sure to contact me to have them reinstated or to get access to those already back online.

Cheers!

The Home Brew Digest Janitorial Staff
janitor at hbd dot org