October 28, 2001
Waiting For Propagation
spent the entire weekend waiting to be propagated.
is neither as painful
nor as much fun as it probably sounds. Basically, it means that I've
registered my server changes with the domain registrar, and I'm now
waiting for the registration information to propagate through the
Internet so I can FTP my files to the new server.
I've signed the
lease and paid the deposit, I've got everything from the *old digs*
packed up and ready to go, and now I'm just waiting for the landlord
to call and tell me it's OK to start moving into the NEW
propagation process can take
"anywhere from 12 to 72 hours," according to the help site. So I check
every couple of hours or so to see if the changes have gone through yet
-- it's about as thrilling as watching toenail polish peel, frankly --
but so far nothing has happened. *FootNotes* remains in a state of
temporary suspended animation.
that's OK. It's given me a chance to do some serious "housecleaning,"
while I wait.
the years, I've routinely
saved all of my website-related files (text, art, e-mail, other
relevant stuff) to three different offline sources: one copy to our
computer's hard drive, then an additional two copies off-computer. This
is my back-up system. It may sound cumbersome and excessive, but anyone
who has ever lost their back-up
files in a hard drive crash will probably understand the extra measure
caution. Over the course of four years -- I started building
*FootNotes* in the fall of 1997, although it took me until the
following summer to finally plug it in and flip the switch -- that
amounts to one helluva lot of files. A lot of it
link pages filled with broken URLS, old graphics that don't belong
anywhere, outlines for entries that never saw the light of day. I've
spent a good part of this weekend going through everything, one file at
a time, and excising anything that isn't totally, absolutely critical.
The stuff that I'm sentimentally attached to gets tossed into the cyber
equivalent of Grandma's attic. The rest of it just gets tossed.
little animated feet!
So long, half-written flashback episodes and stoopid slow-loading
thumbnail pages! Seeya later, obsolete guestbook entries!
things didn't work out, sidebar!)
my website is down to nice
manageable bazillion megabytes in size, so that when I'm finally
propogated (whenever that may be) and I'm ready to start uploading, I
can expect it to take an hour, instead of an afternoon. The moving
process will be significantly streamlined, the *new digs* will have
lots more room (so I can immediately begin filling it up with NEW
junk!) and the new landlord will almost certainly be impressed by
how tidy and efficient his groovy new tenant is.
once I'm safely and
completely moved in, I can finally call up the OLD landlord and tell
him to kiss my fully-propagated ass.