Happy fourth anniversary!

Free Radical was born 4 years ago today. Thank you so much to all my friends who’ve made this such a fun and rewarding project! Each of you has brightened my world a little in your own way.

Upgraded to 3.3.0

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.3.0.

Upgraded to 3.2.2

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.2.2.

Upgraded to 3.2.1

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.2.1.

Less power to the people

In my 9 years in this city up until now, we’d lost power once. And now, in the last month, we’ve had three outages for completely unrelated reasons. Our lights went off about 3 hours ago and we don’t know when they’ll have the busted transformer to our part of the city fixed. Until then, Free Radical’s database server (and its Internet connection) will be offline. Sorry, gang – I don’t have the budget right now for a many-hour battery backup.

Upgraded to 3.2.0

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.2.0.

Switching to invitation-only

In the interest of curtailing spammer signups and developing a more personal community, we’re at least temporarily switching to an invitation-only membership model. If you would like to create an account on this instance, or if you’re already a member here but would like to invite a friend, send a direct message to @tek@freeradical.zone.

Upgraded to 3.1.5

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.1.5.

Upgraded to 3.1.4

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.1.4.

I fought PostgreSQL (and eventually won)

We had severeral hours of downtime yesterday because of a “fun” PostgreSQL problem (see Beware of your next glibc upgrade for details). Short version: because there are lots of ways to encode text, and they can change subtly when you upgrade your OS, some of your unique database keys may end up being not so unique. This resulted in quite a few Mastodon tables having duplicate rows, despite having unique indexes.