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  • 22 Mar 2011
    I sometimes wonder why I bother at all.  Every time I've said we are just a day or two away from making this site live, I have been scuppered by one huge problem or another.   It seemed like we were all set to go a few weeks back and I told everyone to say goodbye to the old site once and for all.  Then we discovered a huge problem in the membership system which would not allow anyone to log in unless they had a valid subscription.   I protested to the developers and said that the vast majority of our members are on our free membership level and we can't force them to start subscriptions.  I was told I would have to create a new subscription for $0.00 and get the programmers to automatically assign all Basic members to it, just so they could log in.   That job is still ongoing as I speak.  And so, it is now almost April and we are still on the starting blocks.  You have no idea how upset I am about this and about the sheer amount of time it's taken to get this far.   Many times over the last few months, I have thought seriously about just walking away from this altogether instead of throwing good money after bad - money we just can't afford.   Maybe I should just concentrate on Frock Magazine and leave it at that.  Perhaps that's what the gods want me to do.   Or maybe I should just give up altogether and get a job on the bins.   Glum Katie   :(
    2322 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I sometimes wonder why I bother at all.  Every time I've said we are just a day or two away from making this site live, I have been scuppered by one huge problem or another.   It seemed like we were all set to go a few weeks back and I told everyone to say goodbye to the old site once and for all.  Then we discovered a huge problem in the membership system which would not allow anyone to log in unless they had a valid subscription.   I protested to the developers and said that the vast majority of our members are on our free membership level and we can't force them to start subscriptions.  I was told I would have to create a new subscription for $0.00 and get the programmers to automatically assign all Basic members to it, just so they could log in.   That job is still ongoing as I speak.  And so, it is now almost April and we are still on the starting blocks.  You have no idea how upset I am about this and about the sheer amount of time it's taken to get this far.   Many times over the last few months, I have thought seriously about just walking away from this altogether instead of throwing good money after bad - money we just can't afford.   Maybe I should just concentrate on Frock Magazine and leave it at that.  Perhaps that's what the gods want me to do.   Or maybe I should just give up altogether and get a job on the bins.   Glum Katie   :(
    Mar 22, 2011 2322
  • 02 Mar 2011
    We are so close to launch now.  I feel a bit like the Launch Director at Kennedy Space Center.  Our new site seems to be good to go, sitting on Pad 39A with the public still being kept a safe distance away.  But before we do anything rash, like pressing the 'launch' button, we have to make absolutely sure that all of our critical systems are working properly.   There will always be little bugs here and there in a site of this size and complexity, and as we add new functionality into the site over the coming weeks and months, we will undoubtedly introduce more bugs into the system, which we'll have to identify and deal with.  But that's the way dynamic, constantly changing sites like ours work.  It's an occupational hazard. It goes with the territory.   Rather, what I'm talking about here is the core functions that make the site work - the stuff we absolutely cannot do without.  If our News Feed went down tomorrow it would be annoying but the site would still remain on air.  If our Q&A feature suddenly stopped working, the rest of the site would still be there.   However, if our core software was not right, that would impact on everything else.  So we need to get this sorted out once and for all and we must not bow to pressure from other parties to launch prematurely or give in to the temptation to just do it and to hell with the consequences.   So once again I find myself apologising for the late arrival of your new site, but like the Launch Director I'd prefer to be certain that all systems really are 'go' and avoid the potential for a crash on the pad.   Thanks for your patience.  Hugs, Launch Director Katie   x
    3360 Posted by Katie Glover
  • We are so close to launch now.  I feel a bit like the Launch Director at Kennedy Space Center.  Our new site seems to be good to go, sitting on Pad 39A with the public still being kept a safe distance away.  But before we do anything rash, like pressing the 'launch' button, we have to make absolutely sure that all of our critical systems are working properly.   There will always be little bugs here and there in a site of this size and complexity, and as we add new functionality into the site over the coming weeks and months, we will undoubtedly introduce more bugs into the system, which we'll have to identify and deal with.  But that's the way dynamic, constantly changing sites like ours work.  It's an occupational hazard. It goes with the territory.   Rather, what I'm talking about here is the core functions that make the site work - the stuff we absolutely cannot do without.  If our News Feed went down tomorrow it would be annoying but the site would still remain on air.  If our Q&A feature suddenly stopped working, the rest of the site would still be there.   However, if our core software was not right, that would impact on everything else.  So we need to get this sorted out once and for all and we must not bow to pressure from other parties to launch prematurely or give in to the temptation to just do it and to hell with the consequences.   So once again I find myself apologising for the late arrival of your new site, but like the Launch Director I'd prefer to be certain that all systems really are 'go' and avoid the potential for a crash on the pad.   Thanks for your patience.  Hugs, Launch Director Katie   x
    Mar 02, 2011 3360
  • 17 Feb 2011
    Get ready for some disruption girls.  I know I keep saying this site is almost ready for launch.  Well it really is... almost.   Our developers are still putting in the billing module (you know, the one I said was still just a spec in my last blog entry).   A new version of our core software has been released which must be installed for the billing module to work.  That will mean that several of our toys will break temporarily, until they are updated to work with the new version of the core software.  And so it goes on...  A vicious circle.   Behind the scenes we have been very busy working on all kinds of important admin things which are required to run the site, things you may not see on the front end but which are essential all the same.  Our Page Peel thingy is now working correctly and our TG News pages have also been fixed, along with the Profile badges which we had a lot of trouble with.   There are still some items which we will not have however, when we go live but we are saving up to have them recreated for this site.  I'm thinking of stuff like our profile photo vetting system which will have to be written specially for us.  We will also be putting in more toys like surveys and quizzes, games and our new shop.  BTW, have you noticed that we now have over 700 videos in our Video section and it’s growing daily?  Over the coming weeks there will be much, much more to do here.   Be warned too, that the actual day we go live, a number of features will break immediately, because of the change of domain.  I will be spending many hours updating paths and links, API's and licence keys to reflect the new domain (i.e. gendersociety.com rather than this temporary domain - gendersociety.org.nmsrv.com).  I'd guess that within a day or so, things should be settling down and everything will work normally again – I hope!   Thanks for your patience and continued help with spotting things that don't work.  If you have any ideas for making the site better, please let me know them.   I feel a trying time coming up but it should not last long and on the other side will be the best site for TG people on the web, bar none!   Thanks and hugs, Katie   x  
    1583 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Get ready for some disruption girls.  I know I keep saying this site is almost ready for launch.  Well it really is... almost.   Our developers are still putting in the billing module (you know, the one I said was still just a spec in my last blog entry).   A new version of our core software has been released which must be installed for the billing module to work.  That will mean that several of our toys will break temporarily, until they are updated to work with the new version of the core software.  And so it goes on...  A vicious circle.   Behind the scenes we have been very busy working on all kinds of important admin things which are required to run the site, things you may not see on the front end but which are essential all the same.  Our Page Peel thingy is now working correctly and our TG News pages have also been fixed, along with the Profile badges which we had a lot of trouble with.   There are still some items which we will not have however, when we go live but we are saving up to have them recreated for this site.  I'm thinking of stuff like our profile photo vetting system which will have to be written specially for us.  We will also be putting in more toys like surveys and quizzes, games and our new shop.  BTW, have you noticed that we now have over 700 videos in our Video section and it’s growing daily?  Over the coming weeks there will be much, much more to do here.   Be warned too, that the actual day we go live, a number of features will break immediately, because of the change of domain.  I will be spending many hours updating paths and links, API's and licence keys to reflect the new domain (i.e. gendersociety.com rather than this temporary domain - gendersociety.org.nmsrv.com).  I'd guess that within a day or so, things should be settling down and everything will work normally again – I hope!   Thanks for your patience and continued help with spotting things that don't work.  If you have any ideas for making the site better, please let me know them.   I feel a trying time coming up but it should not last long and on the other side will be the best site for TG people on the web, bar none!   Thanks and hugs, Katie   x  
    Feb 17, 2011 1583
  • 22 Jan 2011
    Surely, nobody can be as frustrated with the recent lack of progress in getting this site live than me.  Well, lack of progress is not really fair because we have accomplished a great deal since my last blog entry.  However, a new tide of work has emerged that we had not reckoned on.   Several of the new toys we installed just didn’t work as they were meant to.  We have a new menu system ready to go but it's still under wraps because we don't want to confuse the various developers working on the site.  That took quite a bit of work to get it right and it's still not quite finished.   We recently installed a new news system which has turned out to be a bit problematic.  We're still tweaking that.   Then there's our new Profile Badges which seem like a good idea on the face of it.  The idea is that you can put a little snippet of code on your own web site and it appears as a GS Profile Badge.  Well that's the theory anyway, but so far we have been unable to make it work.  This item has had more problems than any other.  It was full of bugs.  I really don't know how a developer can sell something like that knowing it's not yet finished.   And our migration of the data from our old site is not finished either.  There are still many problems with that but our developer who was handling that seems to have gone AWOL as we have not heard from him for a couple of weeks.   Add to that the fact that a new, unstable version of our core software has been released.  We will now have to wait for another two weeks for a stable version to be released, then about another couple of weeks or so after that our developers will be able to create new versions of their modules which will work with the new core software.  All of that will have to be installed and tested.   There are at least twenty other smaller jobs which I am personally juggling right now.  I'm getting through them slowly though but more keep appearing.   We also have some more toys to install to enhance the site even more and offer even more features to our members.  I wonder how many of those will work out of the box and how many will need weeks of work before they do what is says on the tin?   Finally, we have a custom job on the go to add a billing module to our new site so that we can continue to charge membership fees to our existing Full Members.  This needs to be tried and tested and in place before we switch sites.  Currently however, it is still just a spec and nobody has even looked at it.   So, I'm sorry but it may be a while yet before we can launch but when we do, this site will undoubtedly be the very best site on the web for TG people.   Sorry that everything has got so far behind.   Hugs, Katie   x
    1400 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Surely, nobody can be as frustrated with the recent lack of progress in getting this site live than me.  Well, lack of progress is not really fair because we have accomplished a great deal since my last blog entry.  However, a new tide of work has emerged that we had not reckoned on.   Several of the new toys we installed just didn’t work as they were meant to.  We have a new menu system ready to go but it's still under wraps because we don't want to confuse the various developers working on the site.  That took quite a bit of work to get it right and it's still not quite finished.   We recently installed a new news system which has turned out to be a bit problematic.  We're still tweaking that.   Then there's our new Profile Badges which seem like a good idea on the face of it.  The idea is that you can put a little snippet of code on your own web site and it appears as a GS Profile Badge.  Well that's the theory anyway, but so far we have been unable to make it work.  This item has had more problems than any other.  It was full of bugs.  I really don't know how a developer can sell something like that knowing it's not yet finished.   And our migration of the data from our old site is not finished either.  There are still many problems with that but our developer who was handling that seems to have gone AWOL as we have not heard from him for a couple of weeks.   Add to that the fact that a new, unstable version of our core software has been released.  We will now have to wait for another two weeks for a stable version to be released, then about another couple of weeks or so after that our developers will be able to create new versions of their modules which will work with the new core software.  All of that will have to be installed and tested.   There are at least twenty other smaller jobs which I am personally juggling right now.  I'm getting through them slowly though but more keep appearing.   We also have some more toys to install to enhance the site even more and offer even more features to our members.  I wonder how many of those will work out of the box and how many will need weeks of work before they do what is says on the tin?   Finally, we have a custom job on the go to add a billing module to our new site so that we can continue to charge membership fees to our existing Full Members.  This needs to be tried and tested and in place before we switch sites.  Currently however, it is still just a spec and nobody has even looked at it.   So, I'm sorry but it may be a while yet before we can launch but when we do, this site will undoubtedly be the very best site on the web for TG people.   Sorry that everything has got so far behind.   Hugs, Katie   x
    Jan 22, 2011 1400
  • 09 Jan 2011
    Funny, I've been saying that we're nearly there for ages now, thinking this new site would be up and working in just a few days.  Months on and we are still only nearly there.   There are a number of problems on the new site which we have to fix before we make it live.  We have also just installed two new toys which are not working properly yet so they have to be fixed too.  One is our new Profile Badges which you will be able to put on your own web site or in your blogs on other sites around the web.   The other new toy is perhaps a bit more subtle but becoming more needed every day.  As we install new software features for you to play with, you may have noticed our main menu getting more and more crowded.,  We're at the stage now, where we need to have a drop down menu once again so that's our other new toy.  It works fine but it needs configuring which will take a couple of days to get right.   In the meantime, my apologies if you think the site is running slow.  That's because we are back in Development Mode and so pages are not cached.  That means they will take much longer to load.  Our developers need that mode though.  As soon as the site is live we will go into Production mode and most pages should load within 5 seconds.  The site's main page is much bigger but that should still load within 10 seconds.   We are also looking for people to help with the forums at this time so if you think you'd like to host one, please let me or Cristine or Wendy know.   Oh yes, I meant to mention, in case you don't already know, Cristine Shye and Wendy Larsen have taken over as our new forum managers, from Nikki Hollm, who did a great job for a couple of years.  Big thanks to Nikki and congrats to Cristine and Wendy who I know will be great!   That's it for now.   Hugs, Katie   x 
    1242 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Funny, I've been saying that we're nearly there for ages now, thinking this new site would be up and working in just a few days.  Months on and we are still only nearly there.   There are a number of problems on the new site which we have to fix before we make it live.  We have also just installed two new toys which are not working properly yet so they have to be fixed too.  One is our new Profile Badges which you will be able to put on your own web site or in your blogs on other sites around the web.   The other new toy is perhaps a bit more subtle but becoming more needed every day.  As we install new software features for you to play with, you may have noticed our main menu getting more and more crowded.,  We're at the stage now, where we need to have a drop down menu once again so that's our other new toy.  It works fine but it needs configuring which will take a couple of days to get right.   In the meantime, my apologies if you think the site is running slow.  That's because we are back in Development Mode and so pages are not cached.  That means they will take much longer to load.  Our developers need that mode though.  As soon as the site is live we will go into Production mode and most pages should load within 5 seconds.  The site's main page is much bigger but that should still load within 10 seconds.   We are also looking for people to help with the forums at this time so if you think you'd like to host one, please let me or Cristine or Wendy know.   Oh yes, I meant to mention, in case you don't already know, Cristine Shye and Wendy Larsen have taken over as our new forum managers, from Nikki Hollm, who did a great job for a couple of years.  Big thanks to Nikki and congrats to Cristine and Wendy who I know will be great!   That's it for now.   Hugs, Katie   x 
    Jan 09, 2011 1242
  • 22 Jan 2004
    This morning I was pleasantly surprised to find the server up and working.  I emailed Eric, the programmer in Canada, to let him know we now have server falling over problems.  I couldn't tell him last night because the server was down. Eric says that he's now fixed the forum posting problem.  I wonder what else doesn't work. Today I hope to get this blogger integrated with the rest of the site.  I'll also check out some of the new things in V5.1 and make sure all the old things still work. I also need to find some advertisers for the next Tranny Tribune.  We are running really low on money and the wolf is at the door.  So what's new! I can't get the events of last Saturday night out of my head.  It was wonderful!
    1183 Posted by Katie Glover
  • This morning I was pleasantly surprised to find the server up and working.  I emailed Eric, the programmer in Canada, to let him know we now have server falling over problems.  I couldn't tell him last night because the server was down. Eric says that he's now fixed the forum posting problem.  I wonder what else doesn't work. Today I hope to get this blogger integrated with the rest of the site.  I'll also check out some of the new things in V5.1 and make sure all the old things still work. I also need to find some advertisers for the next Tranny Tribune.  We are running really low on money and the wolf is at the door.  So what's new! I can't get the events of last Saturday night out of my head.  It was wonderful!
    Jan 22, 2004 1183
  • 27 Nov 2010
    This will probably be my last blog entry in this site.  As you can see, I'm not exactly a prolific blogger and we will shortly be moving to our new community web site which is awesome.  I hope to continue blogging over there, perhaps a bit more often than I have here.Thanks, Katie   :)
    1182 Posted by Katie Glover
  • This will probably be my last blog entry in this site.  As you can see, I'm not exactly a prolific blogger and we will shortly be moving to our new community web site which is awesome.  I hope to continue blogging over there, perhaps a bit more often than I have here.Thanks, Katie   :)
    Nov 27, 2010 1182
  • 16 May 2008
    One of our girls says she can't post her blog entry so I'm just posting this to test the system.Hugs,Katie   x
    945 Posted by Katie Glover
  • One of our girls says she can't post her blog entry so I'm just posting this to test the system.Hugs,Katie   x
    May 16, 2008 945
  • 14 May 2008
    Today I did something quite radical.  I had my first ever electrolysis session – not for hair removal but for vein removal.  Having spent a long time in the sun and having drunk far too much in my lifetime, my face was covered with fine veins and “spider nevuses”.  It was not a pretty sight and I had intended to do something about it for years.I finally did it today and I couldn’t believe how quick the procedure was and how very effective too.  It was relatively painless and took about fifteen minutes.  When it was finished my veins were gone.  I now have a lovely clear complexion again, like that girl on the L’oreal commercials.  If I’d know how well it would work and how easy and inexpensive it is to have done, I’d have had my veins removed years ago.Today has also been interesting to say the least, because it’s the second day of our software upgrade and Eric the programmer has been installing all kinds of new stuff.  Unfortunately, one of the programs he installed disabled 216 of our member’s accounts and then emailed them to tell them they were disabled.The first I knew about this  was when I returned from my electrolysis session this afternoon to find about a hundred angry emails.  Eric immediately sorted it all out and the accounts were all reactivated but please accept my apologies again, if you were one of those affected. This has been quite a week and there’s more to come.  On Friday I have to visit the dentist! 
    855 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Today I did something quite radical.  I had my first ever electrolysis session – not for hair removal but for vein removal.  Having spent a long time in the sun and having drunk far too much in my lifetime, my face was covered with fine veins and “spider nevuses”.  It was not a pretty sight and I had intended to do something about it for years.I finally did it today and I couldn’t believe how quick the procedure was and how very effective too.  It was relatively painless and took about fifteen minutes.  When it was finished my veins were gone.  I now have a lovely clear complexion again, like that girl on the L’oreal commercials.  If I’d know how well it would work and how easy and inexpensive it is to have done, I’d have had my veins removed years ago.Today has also been interesting to say the least, because it’s the second day of our software upgrade and Eric the programmer has been installing all kinds of new stuff.  Unfortunately, one of the programs he installed disabled 216 of our member’s accounts and then emailed them to tell them they were disabled.The first I knew about this  was when I returned from my electrolysis session this afternoon to find about a hundred angry emails.  Eric immediately sorted it all out and the accounts were all reactivated but please accept my apologies again, if you were one of those affected. This has been quite a week and there’s more to come.  On Friday I have to visit the dentist! 
    May 14, 2008 855
  • 07 May 2008
    I have spent the day answering TW emails, doing a little programming, a little writing and organising all kinds of stuff. This afternoon, I went to our local DIY store (B&Q) and bought the FBT (that's a rather large tent).I was amazed at the price because if we had hired a marquee of around the same size (10 ft x 30 ft) for the weekend it would have cost about £500.However, B&Q actually sell them for £89.99. That's a bargain!So now we have the FBT. Next I've got to get all the other little bits and pieces together - catering tables, balloons, TW banners, some seating, food for our luncheon and people to help run the whole thing. It's a massive job and I'm already feeling the strain, trying to fit it in around my normal workload!It's been a lovely sunny day here today. We don't get many like this so we should all make the most of it.Hugs, Katie x
    929 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I have spent the day answering TW emails, doing a little programming, a little writing and organising all kinds of stuff. This afternoon, I went to our local DIY store (B&Q) and bought the FBT (that's a rather large tent).I was amazed at the price because if we had hired a marquee of around the same size (10 ft x 30 ft) for the weekend it would have cost about £500.However, B&Q actually sell them for £89.99. That's a bargain!So now we have the FBT. Next I've got to get all the other little bits and pieces together - catering tables, balloons, TW banners, some seating, food for our luncheon and people to help run the whole thing. It's a massive job and I'm already feeling the strain, trying to fit it in around my normal workload!It's been a lovely sunny day here today. We don't get many like this so we should all make the most of it.Hugs, Katie x
    May 07, 2008 929