May 2015 Website Updates and Changes

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  1. Mike

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    Good news to report!

    For May 7, 2015
    • Today we have updated the forum software to the latest version. This fixes some small bugs and performance issues.
    • We are talking about removing the Profile Posts from the front page and will be discussing this.
    • PHP upgraded to 5.5.24
    • Main server was restarted to apply some updates.
    • The mobile API was updated to correct some problems.
    • If you are using an invalid e-mail address and our mail server receives a hard bounce, you will now be required to re-validate your e-mail address automatically. This may help prevent quite a bit of spam.
    • Some moderator permissions were fixed so that the Media area can actually be moderated.
    • With the release of Windows 10, we are looking forward to doing some tutorial videos. Check out @Josephur's YouTube channel.
    • Very special thanks to @Pauli for donating to the website.
    We intend to have a official team meeting this month. Details are still being worked out. Stay tuned!

    Thanks to our members and community for use of the website.

    Sincerely,
    Mike Fara
    Windows Forum
     
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    I think the idea of removing the Profile Posts is a good one. They only cause unnecessary hustle - while people seem to be more and more tender about loosing a contact for one second, I believe Longer Term to be a crucial item. One should be able to make an appropriate question if one has a question. Not to doom anyone in distress but still, building takes time and requires at least some patience.

    Or maybe I'm just getting old? But I still have the catch for lure, not so much women these days, but fish intrigue me. Sorry f I insult the fairer sex of humans.
     
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    For the 13th of May:
    • The media gallery code was extensively updated to fix bugs and compatibility with YouTube API.
    • The resource manager was updated to cover a number of bug fixes.
    • The enhanced search engine has been improved with a number of performance improvements.
    • The forum code itself has been upgraded, once again, with the latest stability enhancements and bug fixes.
     
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    For the 30th of May:
    • The web server was upgraded to support HTTP/2 and a number of other cache improvements.
    • There was an update to PHP. These changes did require a quick reboot of all essential services.
    • Looking into upgrading the database code to improve performance next month.
    • The database has had a major overhaul which should increase performance right now.
    • There were a massive number of server side updates performed, making this the largest "under the hood" update in a long time.
     
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    For the 31st of May:
    • The website is now using SSL and this is only enforced by the browser header change Header set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000" env=HTTPS, although there were numerous template changes. This means the mobile apps and old browsers (that can't even use SSL) will still work in regular HTTP mode. Chrome v40+ and the latest Firefox support SPDY and HTTP/2, so that is why this change has been implemented.
    • Looking into gravatar issue not being in SSL, but it could be a cache issue.
    • Re-issued SSL certificate so that it would be encoded in SHA-2 and not (deprecated) SHA-1
    • IE 11 and Project Spartan in Windows 10 Technical Preview also support the HTTP/2 protocol.
    • A good example of why this was done for modern browsers: https://http2.akamai.com/demo
    • The SQL database was further updated to the latest version. There were also a number of library updates.
    • Fixed 3 404 dead links on the main landing page.
    • The site should be performing in an excellent manner. If not, please throw a hint. Thank you!
     
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    Working nice... Thanks Mike!
     
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