Squonk server updates

I’ve finally managed to get everything working (I think) with the latest Amazon Linux Update. However because I was working on a backup virtual server until I got the problems fixed I’ve decided it is simplest just to put the backup online rather than repeat the procedure.

As a result the blog has reverted to yesterday. I can restore the missing posts and hopefully will shortly.

Watch this space. If anyone sees a problem let me know

PS: WordPress was also updated to 3.9 “Smith” at the same time along with several plugins including the cache. I was feeling brave or foolish – take your pick :-)

Edit: Comments now restored – except for some of my own which I’ll post about again later.


Blake’s 7 – Lucifer

Way back in 1981 millions of tv viewers were shocked by the final scene of Blake’s 7 (seen here in dodgy VCR copy).

Three decades later we finally find out what happened next!


Written by Paul Darrow, who played Avon and set 20 years after the final scene, some professional reviewers didn’t like this book but it has 4.5/5 stars on Amazon from customer reviews and I think that’s deserved. I loved this show. No not for the scientific accuracy – it never scored highly on that and neither does the book but who cares – Avon and Servalan are in it!

And fans of the series should also check out the Audio Play Warship which reunites the original cast. Warship’s author is Peter Angelhides who was a contemporary of Craig Murray’s at Dundee University.

In this reunion photograph Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan) was recovering from cancer treatment thus the lack of hair even by Servalan standards.


The General Discussion Thread

Okay as an experiment here it is. Discuss your favourite generals here!

Well perhaps… Really this is simply the place to post news-items, fun-items or whatever takes your fancy, if you can’t figure out what other thread to put it in. I might spin-off particularly interesting topics, which stimulate conversations, into their own thread. As an extension I could even possibly allow individual posters to “own” their own threads including the ability to moderate the topic.

The purpose of this topic is not to discourage posting in the other active threads. If you feel a subject is related to an existing post or just fits better there then post it there.

This is just another wee experiment so comments welcome.


[Image: General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett (Stephen Fry)]

Squonk Technical Stuff

Free SSL Certificate
Free SSL

As the more observant may have noticed, I’ve obtained a free 90 day real security certificate for squonk and switched the blog over to secure access by default. As everything on the blog is public it isn’t really needed other than to protect administrative access but it does protect poster email addresses from plain-text sniffing so I might as well turn it on for all. I can extend the 90 day cert to a full year for only a few dollars through selected Comodo resellers. I had no idea such cheap certs were available now until recently and if every website had one it could only be good for internet security.

The only difference you should see is https in the URL field and a browser padlock symbol indicating you have an encrypted, secure connection to squonk.tk – Let me know if anyone has a problem.

I’ll also be turning on again soon some cache features that had problems with mixing http and https sessions. Shouldn’t be a problem with all connections being https now but again if anyone sees any problems with stale pages let me know.

And thanks all again for being here :-)