Fully back in business!

The site is back up, running, and possibly a little better than ever.

For those who might be searching for a solution to a MU WordPress self-hosted losing all the images in the media library, except not — you know, all there on the server, editable, etc?  Well look no further than your rewrite rules in your .htaccess file.  Seriously, that’s all it was, but WordPress doesn’t put this line in by itself, you have to do it.  Go figure.

RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$2 [L]

Here is where I found the solution.

Thank the gods that’s over.  Pre-orders for Shannon’s next book are open.  I’ll put links as soon as I’ve finished getting them all ready.  Book should be out the Friday before Easter (20 April for those who don’t know).

Site has half-nuked itself

For reasons as yet unknown the site has utterly lost its mind.

It is being rebuilt or repaired as soon as I can figure out just what in all Hells is going on.

Most links should work, but many files/images seem to be under the impression they don’t exist.

This is definitely not a host issue — the files are all there unharmed.  This is not, I believe, a server configuration issue as everything attempts to resolve as expected.  I’m just starting to think I should very seriously shop around for WordPress alternatives as, clearly, this thing is not half so well written as it once was (other issues, luckily most of them invisible to readers, have been cropping up randomly now for several months).

Stupid bloody hackers

Well, site’s back up — obviously.

Long story short there’s some idiot group of punk hackers targeting various sites, among them WordPress powered ones.  We were recently hit.

My host did all they could, and my security settings held up in terms of protecting the site from damage, but it could do nothing about the overload it put on the server.

Since then trying to visit the site has given all manner of idiotic PHP errors.  No idea why, but I’ve tweaked a few files in a way that compensates for it (I’d say ‘fixes’ but I didn’t really — I shouldn’t have had to make the changes I did so it’s ‘compensate’).

In any event, my applause for MacHighway, they did what they could and did it without the slightest fuss, all ready and responsive and lots of other superlatives that tech supports ought to be but all too often aren’t.  Seriously, need hosting?  I can’t recommend these guys enough.

Theoretically, the site should do a better job of staying up now.  But until the hackers pulling these idiot pranks finally get caught or bored I wouldn’t hold my breath.  Also — if you frequent any WP sites, assume they’re a target or an eventual one too.

Website issues

English: en.wikipedia error message

English: en.wikipedia error message (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apologies for any issues connecting to the site.  We’ve no idea what’s causing the problem, but our host has been contacted and I’m poking around in the guts of the blog’s config files trying to sort it out.

In the mean time if you get the error message about memory and wp-db.php line 855 just please hit your browser’s refresh button, I don’t recommend just going to the address bar and hitting enter again — this is more likely to load from cache and just give you the error message again (because the browser will simply fetch the error message from its own memory rather than actually trying to connect to the site again — ain’t computers grand!?).

With luck this should be sorted out by end of the day.

Hello, and welcome


This will now be the point of check for anything new and exciting in the world of Universal Nexus.

Jason and Shannon’s Blogs still exist and will be updated, but they’ll be all manner of things, not just Universal Nexus (in fact, they’re already that).  This won’t update as often, there won’t be a word by word update on our projects and such, but here’s where you’ll definitely learn if and when a new book is coming out, here is where you can learn when a new short story/vignette has been posted.

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