Information Request

For those of you who have been users of The Recipator, I have a question. The Recipator home page has links to the following (what I assume to be) widgets and pages:

  • Hydrometer Correction
  • Carbonation Calculator
  • In The Brew Kettle
  • Links

Can anyone tell me if these were functional on the old server? How long ago since you remember them working? The reason being: the links on the old server were pretty convoluted. In running down what the links suggest to be the path to these files, they don’t exist. Rather than wasting time chasing ghosts on the old box, I just need to know if they were actually there.

Please weigh in via the comments.

Thanks.

Pat Babcock
Chief of Janitorial Services
HBD, Inc.

Tick-Tock…

My apologies to those awaiting The Recipator – and thank you for your patience. My experience with the C programming language is decades old, and, unfortunately, time has been very tight recently – active work life and family life occasionally interfere with my volunteer life.

As stated in a previous post, I have narrowed the issue down to the user security model of our host vs. how the program was designed to execute. I have replicated the site on a local machine, and am s-l-o-w-l-y making my way through the programs to better understand their structure and intent.

Again: thank you for your patience. Just wanted to pop up a status report so that you know where I’m at.

Cheers!

Pat Babcock
Chief of Janitorial Services
HBD, Inc.

Aaaaarrrrghhhhh!

As promised, I have spent some quality time alone with The Recipator code and the html error logs on the VPS. In this continuing saga of me vs. The Recipator, I’ve now found that the entire user model under which it is written is incompatible with the enforced (ie: I can’t change it) security model of our new host. (For those who, for years, chided me that a VPS was where the HBD belonged: told ya so!)

It will be a while longer as I now have to find a way around this problem, and then recompile the code. Bear with – I’m learning a lot about the structure of The Recipator (this is a good thing!) and I AM working to make y’all whole again.

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

Phwew!

OK. Got THAT straightened up. Still no idea what caused the theme to collapse like that, but at least I know how to fix it in the future!

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

Something is amiss…

Well, now. I thought it was on my computers, but it seems something has gone wonky with the HBD.org site. Will see what there is to see, and do what there is to do to make it whole again. In the meantime: bear with – the menus are at the bottom of the page…

On a happier note, I think I have figured The Recipator out, and should be able to bring it back online shortly. Lots of editing to do…

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

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.