Well, I blew it. I overreacted and because of that, I lost a year uptime on
tower, the colocated server serving up this website (as well as several
other websites, and email).
What I thought might be the machine going a bit marginal on me turned out
instead to be a rather show-stopping bug (cough cough) in the
software that drives this online journal. The ANSI-C spec for time is a bit
more weasly than I thought.
The problem is that I thought (erroniously as it turns out) that
mktime() would renormalize (say, if the day was set to 32, the
month would be incremented and the day set to 1) the time given. An
implementation could do that, but it isn't mandated.
And I was counting on that.
I'm not sure why I didn't notice the problem before, but with Mark's level
headed guidance (should have called him before I rebooted the
server) I was able to track down a problem I should have.
You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go
ahead, I won't bite. I promise.
The dates are the permanent links to that day's entries (or
entry, if there is only one entry). The titles are the permanent
links to that entry only. The format for the links are
simple: Start with the base link for this site: http://boston.conman.org/, then add the date you are
interested in, say 2000/08/01,
so that would make the final URL:
You can also specify the entire month by leaving off the day
portion. You can even select an arbitrary portion of time.
You may also note subtle shading of the links and that's
intentional: the “closer” the link is (relative to the
page) the “brighter” it appears. It's an experiment in
using color shading to denote the distance a link is from here. If
you don't notice it, don't worry; it's not all that
It is assumed that every brand name, slogan, corporate name,
symbol, design element, et cetera mentioned in these pages is a
protected and/or trademarked entity, the sole property of its
owner(s), and acknowledgement of this status is implied.