Over the weekend I migrated legoktm.com and associated services over to a new server. It's powered by Debian Jessie instead of the slowly aging Ubuntu Trusty. Most services were migrated with no downtime by rsync'ing content over and the updating DNS. Only git.legoktm.com had some downtime due to needing to stop the service before copying over the database.
I did not migrate my IRC bouncer history or configuration, so I'm starting fresh. So if I'm no longer in a channel, feel free to PM me and I'll rejoin!
At the same time I moved the main https://legoktm.com/ homepage to MediaWiki. Hopefully that will encourage me to update the content on it more often.
Finally, the tor relay node I'm running was moved to a separate server entirely. I plan on increasing the resources allocated to it.
The only person who would dare upstage Patrick Marleau's four goal night is Randy Hahn, with his hilarious call after Marleau's third goal to finish a natural hat-trick: "NATTY HATTY FOR PATTY". And after scoring another, Marleau became the first player to score four goals in a single period since the great Mario Lemieux did in 1997. He's also the third Shark to score four goals in a game, joining Owen Nolan (no video available, but his hat-trick from the 1997 All-Star game is fabulous) and Tomáš Hertl.
Marleau is also ready to hit his next milestone of 500 career goals - he's at 498 right now. Every impressive stat he puts up just further solidifies him as one of the greatest hockey players of his generation. But he's still missing the one achievement that all the greats need - a Stanley Cup. The Sharks made their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, but realistically had very little chance of winning; they simply were not the better team.
The main question these days is how long Marleau and Joe Thornton will keep playing for, and if they can stay healthy until they eventually win that Stanley Cup.
For the next 10 weeks I'll be posting sports content related to Bay Area teams. I'm currently taking an intro to features writing class, and we're required to keep a blog that focuses on a specific topic. I enjoy sports a lot, so I'll be covering Bay Area sports teams (Sharks, Earthquakes, Raiders, 49ers, Warriors, etc.). I'll also be trialing using Reddit for comments. If it works well, I'll continue using it for the rest of my blog as well. And with that, here goes:
This week the Green Bay Packers will be facing the Atlanta Falcons in the very last NFL game at the Georgia Dome for the NFC Championship. A few hours later, the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the New England Patriots in Foxboro competing for the AFC Championship - and this will be only the third playoff game in NFL history featuring two quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl victories.
Neither Bay Area football team has a direct stake in this game, but Raiders and 49ers fans have a lot to root for this weekend.
49ers: If you're a 49ers fan, you want to root for the Falcons to lose. This might sound a little weird, but currently the 49ers are looking to hire Falcons offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, as their new head coach. However, until the Falcons' season ends, they cannnot officially hire him. And since 49ers general manager search depends upon having a head coach, they can get a head start by two weeks if the Falcons lose this weekend.
Raiders: Do you remember the Tuck Rule Game? If so, you'll still probably be rooting for anyone but Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots. If not, well, you'll probably want to root for the Steelers, who eliminated Raiders' division rival Kansas City Chiefs last weekend in one of the most bizarre playoff games. Even though the Steelers could not score a single touchdown, they topped the Chiefs two touchdowns with a record six field goals. Raiders fans who had to endure two losses to the Chiefs this season surely appreciated how the Steelers embarrassed the Chiefs on prime time television.
Software Freedom Conservancy is a pretty awesome non-profit that does some great stuff. They currently have a fundraising match going on, that was recently extended for another week. If you're able to, I think it's worthwhile to support their organization and mission. I just renewed my membership.
Barring any bugs, the last set of changes to the MediaWiki Debian package for the stretch release landed earlier this month. There are some documentation changes, and updates for changes to other, related packages. One of the other changes is the addition of a "powered by Debian" footer icon (drawn by the amazing Isarra), right next to the default "powered by MediaWiki" one.
This will only be added by default to new installs of the MediaWiki package. But existing users can just copy the following code snippet into their LocalSettings.php file (adjust paths as necessary):
Today texvc was re-accepted for inclusion into Debian. texvc is a TeX validator and converter than can be used with the Math extension to generate PNGs of math equations. It had been removed from Jessie when MediaWiki itself was removed. However, a texvc package is still useful for those who aren't using the MediaWiki Debian package, since it requires OCaml to build from source, which can be pretty difficult.
Pending no other issues, texvc will be included in Debian Stretch. I am also working on having it included in jessie-backports for users still on Jessie.
And as always, thanks to Moritz for reviewing and sponsoring the package!