After going offline for a bit, I'm back. I'm not going to go into much detail, but basically summer rolled along and I picked up an engineering / network ops internship. I hit it off with the lead engineering type and we've been jamming on a lot of large sites like PA. After spending 10-12 hours infront of a computer I just didn't have the energy to sign on to the forums. That said, much like an eerie stalker, I was always watching... (The forums are tied to my cellphone, so if you guys go offline, I know about it) Some cool changes went down without you guys noticing, and some more cool ones are slatted in the "real soon now" category. That brings me to my next point....Downtime!
I have to drag you guys offline for a bit tonight. MySQL has some fun security vulnerability that I just can't ignore, so it is going to get patched. At the same time I'm going to move the database to a new piece of hardware. (RAID 10, Dual Opteron Processors, 4GB RAM) It was created from the fallen ashes of the box that used to run the whole site and it's slave box which was never stable due to its flaky parent. If I have time during this maintenance window, I'll try and get a fix on outbound email. The whole thing should take ~1-2 hours, barring any major problems. If I run into problems, I'll let you guys know via the usual means.