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  • 27 Feb 2004
    There always seems to be a lot of work to do on the TrannyWeb site and never enough money to pay for it.  Today we are having our new Instant Messaging system installed and possibly our new chat room software too. I'm very excited by the prospect.  I really think that the messenger will revolutionise Trannyweb.  However, if the past is anything to go by, I'm bound to be let down.  Something terrible always happens when we install new things. When we had our recent software upgrade, the server fell over four times a day for two weeks, making me look very silly. When we installed our new birthday girl script, it was supposed to send members having a birthday an email greeting but ended up sending them over forty greetings each, making me very unpopular! The new chat room is supposed to be solid and reliable to replace the naff one we have now.  I bet it'll gobble up the server resources or suchlike.  It can't just work okay.  The new messenger will probably do the same and them Katiekins will have to fork out a heap of her own money for another new server. Am I becoming a moaning minnie in my old age?  Well I still firmly believe that this new stuff will be wonderful for us when it is working.  Hopefully it will encourage more girls to go for paying membership which in turn will benefit the community. There will be several new member only features appearing soon, not least the option to receive fairly good discounts at many tranny retail outlets. Anyway, the Canadians have just started work.  It's 3.20pm where I am but 9.20am in Canada.  Should be hearing from them at any moment, that they've begun the installation.  Fingers (and legs) crossed. I do so hope this goes okay.  I just want everything to be perfect - it's not much to ask!
    757 Posted by Katie Glover
  • There always seems to be a lot of work to do on the TrannyWeb site and never enough money to pay for it.  Today we are having our new Instant Messaging system installed and possibly our new chat room software too. I'm very excited by the prospect.  I really think that the messenger will revolutionise Trannyweb.  However, if the past is anything to go by, I'm bound to be let down.  Something terrible always happens when we install new things. When we had our recent software upgrade, the server fell over four times a day for two weeks, making me look very silly. When we installed our new birthday girl script, it was supposed to send members having a birthday an email greeting but ended up sending them over forty greetings each, making me very unpopular! The new chat room is supposed to be solid and reliable to replace the naff one we have now.  I bet it'll gobble up the server resources or suchlike.  It can't just work okay.  The new messenger will probably do the same and them Katiekins will have to fork out a heap of her own money for another new server. Am I becoming a moaning minnie in my old age?  Well I still firmly believe that this new stuff will be wonderful for us when it is working.  Hopefully it will encourage more girls to go for paying membership which in turn will benefit the community. There will be several new member only features appearing soon, not least the option to receive fairly good discounts at many tranny retail outlets. Anyway, the Canadians have just started work.  It's 3.20pm where I am but 9.20am in Canada.  Should be hearing from them at any moment, that they've begun the installation.  Fingers (and legs) crossed. I do so hope this goes okay.  I just want everything to be perfect - it's not much to ask!
    Feb 27, 2004 757
  • 15 Feb 2004
    I'm not moaning - honest!  Although there is a lot of red tape and mundane stuff to do, I actually love running Trannyweb for my girls.  I do wish that we could have a bug free society though, so we could concentrate on the business of being girly. Some things to do this week - we must write some help pages for the blogger - even I'm not sure exactly how it works.  I also need to do something about voting for pictures in the galleries. Gotta get going on our next Tranny Tribune and need to get Eric to install our recurring memberships add-on which should hopefully eliminate the bugs we've been experiencing in our billing module.  If the past is anything to go by, it will fix the old problems and introduce some new ones. I'm waiting on the two messenger companies to get back to me with their final prices and will then pick one.  Then we'll need to get Eric to integrate the winner into the community.  Could take a while.  I'm also expecting this little exercise to be very costly. The messenger could be the most expensive piece of software we've ever bought (more that all of the other software put together). However, I think it will be money well spent because it will make Trannyweb membership absolutely irresistible. This is no ordinary messenger we're talking about here!  All will be revealed soon! Hugs,  Katie  :)
    821 Posted by Katie Glover
  • I'm not moaning - honest!  Although there is a lot of red tape and mundane stuff to do, I actually love running Trannyweb for my girls.  I do wish that we could have a bug free society though, so we could concentrate on the business of being girly. Some things to do this week - we must write some help pages for the blogger - even I'm not sure exactly how it works.  I also need to do something about voting for pictures in the galleries. Gotta get going on our next Tranny Tribune and need to get Eric to install our recurring memberships add-on which should hopefully eliminate the bugs we've been experiencing in our billing module.  If the past is anything to go by, it will fix the old problems and introduce some new ones. I'm waiting on the two messenger companies to get back to me with their final prices and will then pick one.  Then we'll need to get Eric to integrate the winner into the community.  Could take a while.  I'm also expecting this little exercise to be very costly. The messenger could be the most expensive piece of software we've ever bought (more that all of the other software put together). However, I think it will be money well spent because it will make Trannyweb membership absolutely irresistible. This is no ordinary messenger we're talking about here!  All will be revealed soon! Hugs,  Katie  :)
    Feb 15, 2004 821
  • 31 Jan 2004
    It's Saturday morning and I really feel that things are starting to come together now. Eric has fixed the Who's Online problem and has promised to get back to me with a date for installing the new chat room.  We've also discovered a new messenger system which will be much better than the one we had originally intended to use.  It appears to be easier to configure and Eric has already had some experience of integrating it into the rest of the system. There are still a few niggly bugs to sort out but we're getting there.  The new chat and IM should really revolutionise the way the site works.  I think it's going to be a real milestone. We've invited some of the membership to have a go at our new blogger before it get's it's official launch in the next issue of The Trib.  Haven't had much feedback yet but there are a lot of new blogs appearing. We'll soon be getting going on our Great Trannyweb Survey of 2004 - the last one was two years back and led to the simple message boards we had then, becoming the large and busy community you see today. Our main concern for the present and the future is funding.  We don't receive any grants and rely only on advertising revenue and membership fees.  Together, they just about pay for our hosting bills and a little towards new software.  The rest of the bills are paid for by muggins here, but I can't afford to continue like this. With the advent of new and more expensive software being used and the possiblility that we may need to move to a larger, faster server, we will have to address the funding situation as a matter of urgency. What we really need is for Elton John to make a large donation which will pay our hosting and software costs for the next ten years!
    811 Posted by Katie Glover
  • It's Saturday morning and I really feel that things are starting to come together now. Eric has fixed the Who's Online problem and has promised to get back to me with a date for installing the new chat room.  We've also discovered a new messenger system which will be much better than the one we had originally intended to use.  It appears to be easier to configure and Eric has already had some experience of integrating it into the rest of the system. There are still a few niggly bugs to sort out but we're getting there.  The new chat and IM should really revolutionise the way the site works.  I think it's going to be a real milestone. We've invited some of the membership to have a go at our new blogger before it get's it's official launch in the next issue of The Trib.  Haven't had much feedback yet but there are a lot of new blogs appearing. We'll soon be getting going on our Great Trannyweb Survey of 2004 - the last one was two years back and led to the simple message boards we had then, becoming the large and busy community you see today. Our main concern for the present and the future is funding.  We don't receive any grants and rely only on advertising revenue and membership fees.  Together, they just about pay for our hosting bills and a little towards new software.  The rest of the bills are paid for by muggins here, but I can't afford to continue like this. With the advent of new and more expensive software being used and the possiblility that we may need to move to a larger, faster server, we will have to address the funding situation as a matter of urgency. What we really need is for Elton John to make a large donation which will pay our hosting and software costs for the next ten years!
    Jan 31, 2004 811
  • 29 Jan 2004
    Gosh, is it Thursday already?  Doesn't time fly when you're having fun. Here's the update - The best brains on the planet have deduced that the reason our server was crashing every 6 - 8 hours was because it was running out of memory, which in turn was caused by our move to Mod_PERL, which uses more memory but less processor time. Eric has tweaked the server to prevent it from runing out of memory in future - well kind of.  It's seems to be a temporary fix.  We may need to move to yet another bigger, better, faster, server, with more memory at some stage.  For now this should help - I'm keeping an eagle eye on it over the next few days/weeks. We still have loads of bugs to get sorted.  The Who's Online feature doesn't work.  Our new birthday script doesn't worlk.  Mass deletion of mass mail doesn't work.  There's still a problem with some members accounts being disabled for non-payment, when they have in fact paid. I can't seem to get the new drop-down menu system to work, which is unfortunate now that we've paid for it. We still have the worst, slowest, chat room on the planet with no sign of Volano turning up or Jabber being installed.  Eric may get back to me on that today. I wish Eric would get more staff.  Because everything has to go through him and because he's inundated with requests for help from all of his other customers, it takes forever for us to get anything done. I also need to get going on the Trib if there's to be a February edition.  We didn't manage a January issue because of all the technical problems.  That cost us valuable revenue. Anyway, enough of my problems.  This morning the sun is shining brightly although it's bitterly cold.  It snowed a bit last night so the scene outside my window is sunny, crisp and white - very pretty. There is much to do - onward...
    950 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Gosh, is it Thursday already?  Doesn't time fly when you're having fun. Here's the update - The best brains on the planet have deduced that the reason our server was crashing every 6 - 8 hours was because it was running out of memory, which in turn was caused by our move to Mod_PERL, which uses more memory but less processor time. Eric has tweaked the server to prevent it from runing out of memory in future - well kind of.  It's seems to be a temporary fix.  We may need to move to yet another bigger, better, faster, server, with more memory at some stage.  For now this should help - I'm keeping an eagle eye on it over the next few days/weeks. We still have loads of bugs to get sorted.  The Who's Online feature doesn't work.  Our new birthday script doesn't worlk.  Mass deletion of mass mail doesn't work.  There's still a problem with some members accounts being disabled for non-payment, when they have in fact paid. I can't seem to get the new drop-down menu system to work, which is unfortunate now that we've paid for it. We still have the worst, slowest, chat room on the planet with no sign of Volano turning up or Jabber being installed.  Eric may get back to me on that today. I wish Eric would get more staff.  Because everything has to go through him and because he's inundated with requests for help from all of his other customers, it takes forever for us to get anything done. I also need to get going on the Trib if there's to be a February edition.  We didn't manage a January issue because of all the technical problems.  That cost us valuable revenue. Anyway, enough of my problems.  This morning the sun is shining brightly although it's bitterly cold.  It snowed a bit last night so the scene outside my window is sunny, crisp and white - very pretty. There is much to do - onward...
    Jan 29, 2004 950
  • 26 Jan 2004
    Today Eric is monitoring the server with some Linux thing called TOP, which means nothing to me.  If things start to turn turtle, it should give him an idea as to what the problem is. I've been busy working on the new Trannyweb navigation system.  We already have so too many features to pack into our main menu at the top of each page and with the addition of this blogger, TrannySurveys and Jabber coming soon, we really need a new way to navigate through the site. So I've bought and am now setting up a new DHTML drop-down menu system.  I've also identified some new bugs, introduced by the software upgrade, which I've passed on to Eric.  One of which is the fact that our birthday script doesn't work!
    733 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Today Eric is monitoring the server with some Linux thing called TOP, which means nothing to me.  If things start to turn turtle, it should give him an idea as to what the problem is. I've been busy working on the new Trannyweb navigation system.  We already have so too many features to pack into our main menu at the top of each page and with the addition of this blogger, TrannySurveys and Jabber coming soon, we really need a new way to navigate through the site. So I've bought and am now setting up a new DHTML drop-down menu system.  I've also identified some new bugs, introduced by the software upgrade, which I've passed on to Eric.  One of which is the fact that our birthday script doesn't work!
    Jan 26, 2004 733
  • 25 Jan 2004
    Yesterday was a very frustrating day with the server going down about four times, once for about two hours.  The Canadians are off till nine o'clock on Monday morning (that's 3pm here) so I can't get any help from them. The hosting company want to charge me $150 an hour to look at the server logs for me.  As I don't have that kind of money, I've taken to reading my huge Linux tome to try to figure out how to look at the logs myself. Today (Sunday), I've managed to look at some of the logs but I haven't a clue what anything in them means.  I think I've also deleted the contents of the most important log, Spooler, by mistake 'coz I don't know what I'm doing.  AAAAAaaaaaaaggghhhh!!!  Stop the web, I want to get off!!!!! I think I've also discovered a new bug which disables members accounts if they make any changes to their profiles and then emails me to say that they requested an upgrade but didn't pay!  That's the kind of thing you'd expect a nasty virus to do! There appear to be loads of other bugs too, which are going to make my life difficult over the next few days.  Because the Canadions have rolled out this new software upgrade to all of their other customers too, they must be inundated with angry emails about all the bugs.  They obviously don't have time to mess about with our problems. If we were not so heavily immersed in their software, I think I might start to look for another software company.  The Canadians have always been friendly but they are a very, very small outfit and don't seem to have enough staff to cope when something like this happens.  So very many of the technical problems we've had at Trannyweb have been because of buggy software - we must be getting a poor reputation for reliability around the web. Some of it must be down to me too.  I'm not a proper programmer - just an amateur who bitten off more than she can chew.  I didn't get into this thing to be a computer boffin.  I just wanted to be a girl and run a community for like-minded people. It's at times like this when I think of chucking it all in and putting the site up for sale, not that anyone would want to buy it with all these technical issues. 1303 on Sunday afternoon - I struggle on...
    926 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Yesterday was a very frustrating day with the server going down about four times, once for about two hours.  The Canadians are off till nine o'clock on Monday morning (that's 3pm here) so I can't get any help from them. The hosting company want to charge me $150 an hour to look at the server logs for me.  As I don't have that kind of money, I've taken to reading my huge Linux tome to try to figure out how to look at the logs myself. Today (Sunday), I've managed to look at some of the logs but I haven't a clue what anything in them means.  I think I've also deleted the contents of the most important log, Spooler, by mistake 'coz I don't know what I'm doing.  AAAAAaaaaaaaggghhhh!!!  Stop the web, I want to get off!!!!! I think I've also discovered a new bug which disables members accounts if they make any changes to their profiles and then emails me to say that they requested an upgrade but didn't pay!  That's the kind of thing you'd expect a nasty virus to do! There appear to be loads of other bugs too, which are going to make my life difficult over the next few days.  Because the Canadions have rolled out this new software upgrade to all of their other customers too, they must be inundated with angry emails about all the bugs.  They obviously don't have time to mess about with our problems. If we were not so heavily immersed in their software, I think I might start to look for another software company.  The Canadians have always been friendly but they are a very, very small outfit and don't seem to have enough staff to cope when something like this happens.  So very many of the technical problems we've had at Trannyweb have been because of buggy software - we must be getting a poor reputation for reliability around the web. Some of it must be down to me too.  I'm not a proper programmer - just an amateur who bitten off more than she can chew.  I didn't get into this thing to be a computer boffin.  I just wanted to be a girl and run a community for like-minded people. It's at times like this when I think of chucking it all in and putting the site up for sale, not that anyone would want to buy it with all these technical issues. 1303 on Sunday afternoon - I struggle on...
    Jan 25, 2004 926
  • 23 Jan 2004
    Today has mostly been an accounts day while I wait for various people to come back to me with news of the server problem, which caused it to fall over every seven or eight hours. Eric, our programmer in Canada, seems to think it's a network problem at the hosting company and not caused by anything he's done.  However, he does admit that the timing of the problem's emergence does point the finger at him, as he was working on the server at the time. The hosting company, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are investigating. Meanwhile, I've identified some problems with the new Birthday script which has just been installed.  It's supposed to send each of our members a birthday greeting.  Eric has just sorted the probs out though.  He's also looking at fixing the lack of images in the blogger - it seems the wrong image folder was specified in the blogger config settings.  I'm hoping to unveil Trannyblogger in the next day or so. Last night I interviewed Andrea Hillaire, who runs Stormes Transgender Nightclub, for The Tranny Tribune, so she will be our celebrity interviewee in the next issue.  Stephanie Ann Lloyd, who started Transformation, has also agreed to appear. I need to find some well known tranny icons / celebs from outside the UK though.  Trannyweb is supposed to be an international organisation but I feel that it's been very British recently.  All suggestions for celebrity interviewees will be greatly appreciated. That's my day so far - how exciting!  
    932 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Today has mostly been an accounts day while I wait for various people to come back to me with news of the server problem, which caused it to fall over every seven or eight hours. Eric, our programmer in Canada, seems to think it's a network problem at the hosting company and not caused by anything he's done.  However, he does admit that the timing of the problem's emergence does point the finger at him, as he was working on the server at the time. The hosting company, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are investigating. Meanwhile, I've identified some problems with the new Birthday script which has just been installed.  It's supposed to send each of our members a birthday greeting.  Eric has just sorted the probs out though.  He's also looking at fixing the lack of images in the blogger - it seems the wrong image folder was specified in the blogger config settings.  I'm hoping to unveil Trannyblogger in the next day or so. Last night I interviewed Andrea Hillaire, who runs Stormes Transgender Nightclub, for The Tranny Tribune, so she will be our celebrity interviewee in the next issue.  Stephanie Ann Lloyd, who started Transformation, has also agreed to appear. I need to find some well known tranny icons / celebs from outside the UK though.  Trannyweb is supposed to be an international organisation but I feel that it's been very British recently.  All suggestions for celebrity interviewees will be greatly appreciated. That's my day so far - how exciting!  
    Jan 23, 2004 932
  • 01 Mar 2004
    Hooray, it's March!  White Rabbits!!! It was a very busy weekend here at TW (yes, I do work seven days a week)! Eric managed to get the new chat room software installed by the time he went homeon Friday.  I spent most of Saturday configuring it.  I also wrote a 'Frequently Asked Question' page for it. On Sunday I tried the new chat out on some of the girls, listened to their comments and tried to act on them.  It is difficult though.  It's got to be a trade off between speed and stability and a chatroom with formatting and pictures. The latter just won't work and it's especially slow foe those with a phone connection to the internet. I think we'll leave both rooms running for a while till everyone gets used to the new one being there. Today I've been a very busy girl.  I've been trying to redesign someof the blogger pages, taking into account the feedback that the girls have given me over the past few weeks. It's coming on.  Tina has said that she'll write some new blogger help pages, which will be most helpful (no pun intended). There's such a lot of work to do here! We need to get the new Instant Messenger up and running this week. Mabel needs to be reinstalled to run on Mod_PERL (whatever that is).  The TrannyPix pages need to be redesigned to incorporate the voting system and the new Trannyweb FAQ's page needs to be installed. We also have a new drop-down menu system in the wings because we have far too many features now for the existing menus. Gift certificate and member discount voucher pages are on the way. I also have to write the March edition of The Tranny Tribune and find some advertisers to help pay for it. We need about twenty staff to help but there's only me.  Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh! Anyone feel like being our Advertising Department?  Any help will be much appreciated. Hugs, Katie :)
    836 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Hooray, it's March!  White Rabbits!!! It was a very busy weekend here at TW (yes, I do work seven days a week)! Eric managed to get the new chat room software installed by the time he went homeon Friday.  I spent most of Saturday configuring it.  I also wrote a 'Frequently Asked Question' page for it. On Sunday I tried the new chat out on some of the girls, listened to their comments and tried to act on them.  It is difficult though.  It's got to be a trade off between speed and stability and a chatroom with formatting and pictures. The latter just won't work and it's especially slow foe those with a phone connection to the internet. I think we'll leave both rooms running for a while till everyone gets used to the new one being there. Today I've been a very busy girl.  I've been trying to redesign someof the blogger pages, taking into account the feedback that the girls have given me over the past few weeks. It's coming on.  Tina has said that she'll write some new blogger help pages, which will be most helpful (no pun intended). There's such a lot of work to do here! We need to get the new Instant Messenger up and running this week. Mabel needs to be reinstalled to run on Mod_PERL (whatever that is).  The TrannyPix pages need to be redesigned to incorporate the voting system and the new Trannyweb FAQ's page needs to be installed. We also have a new drop-down menu system in the wings because we have far too many features now for the existing menus. Gift certificate and member discount voucher pages are on the way. I also have to write the March edition of The Tranny Tribune and find some advertisers to help pay for it. We need about twenty staff to help but there's only me.  Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh! Anyone feel like being our Advertising Department?  Any help will be much appreciated. Hugs, Katie :)
    Mar 01, 2004 836
  • 29 Dec 2010
    Well I think we are almost ready to switch sites.  Our developer did a rehearsal earlier today and only found a couple of problems.  I won't pretend that they were minor probs.  They were enormous actually but I think we can get round them.   Maybe we'll do another rehearsal and see how it looks and it if all works okay, we'll go for it.   By the way, please accept my apologies if you get a lot of email notifications in the next day or two.  This is our last chance to test things and I know there is a problem with the suggestions module which we will have to fix.  That may involve sending out some notifications by email.   Thanks for your understanding.   Hugs, Katie   x
    1231 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Well I think we are almost ready to switch sites.  Our developer did a rehearsal earlier today and only found a couple of problems.  I won't pretend that they were minor probs.  They were enormous actually but I think we can get round them.   Maybe we'll do another rehearsal and see how it looks and it if all works okay, we'll go for it.   By the way, please accept my apologies if you get a lot of email notifications in the next day or two.  This is our last chance to test things and I know there is a problem with the suggestions module which we will have to fix.  That may involve sending out some notifications by email.   Thanks for your understanding.   Hugs, Katie   x
    Dec 29, 2010 1231
  • 18 Dec 2010
    Okay, so maybe I was being too confident about launching this site "in the next few days".  Perhaps I was too cocky.  Anyway, it hasn't happened and we still have a number of problems which are causing trouble for us, which we need to get fixed.   This has put back the schedule for adding new toys to the site.  The migration is still being worked on but is taking longer than I'd hoped.  Still, that gives us a bit more time to fix as many problems on the site as possible before we open the floodgates.   In some ways, I will be sad when we do, because we have had a nice little private club here for a few months and it's been fun.  Thanks for your good company and ongoing testing of the site.  It is much appreciated.   It's funny how small the world has become.  I wanted to say a special thank you to some of our developers in Pasadena, California, who have worked very hard to ensure that their software is working right.  I really appreciated the extra time and effort they have given us so to say thank you, I decided to buy them lunch!   A decade ago this probably could not have happened but all I had to do was check the Dominos Pizza web site, find their local store, choose a couple of large pizzas from the menu and then call, order and pay for them.  Actually, to be honest, I asked one of my colleagues to order it but the outcome was the same.   Their piping hot pizza was delivered to their office and they were so happy to be fed that they sent us this picture of them tucking into said pizza... That made my day!   Hugs, Katie   x
    1052 Posted by Katie Glover
  • Okay, so maybe I was being too confident about launching this site "in the next few days".  Perhaps I was too cocky.  Anyway, it hasn't happened and we still have a number of problems which are causing trouble for us, which we need to get fixed.   This has put back the schedule for adding new toys to the site.  The migration is still being worked on but is taking longer than I'd hoped.  Still, that gives us a bit more time to fix as many problems on the site as possible before we open the floodgates.   In some ways, I will be sad when we do, because we have had a nice little private club here for a few months and it's been fun.  Thanks for your good company and ongoing testing of the site.  It is much appreciated.   It's funny how small the world has become.  I wanted to say a special thank you to some of our developers in Pasadena, California, who have worked very hard to ensure that their software is working right.  I really appreciated the extra time and effort they have given us so to say thank you, I decided to buy them lunch!   A decade ago this probably could not have happened but all I had to do was check the Dominos Pizza web site, find their local store, choose a couple of large pizzas from the menu and then call, order and pay for them.  Actually, to be honest, I asked one of my colleagues to order it but the outcome was the same.   Their piping hot pizza was delivered to their office and they were so happy to be fed that they sent us this picture of them tucking into said pizza... That made my day!   Hugs, Katie   x
    Dec 18, 2010 1052