A Quick Status Report

I haven't been having much luck with technology since the New Year, and it's affected a few things around here.

First, regular visitors may have noticed that our site seems to disappear from the radar every few days. There are some problems with our ISP switching our host server, and we're trying to rectify that. On the bright side, the whole affair has given us a good reason to port the whole site over to the shiny new version of Drupal, version 5. Our good friend and co-founder eric (small "e") Farris has re-joined our little team, and is valiantly porting the site into the new architecture. When Drupal 5 is finally released in a few weeks, we should be good to go. Trust me: there should be some drastic improvements in this site.

Speaking of which, suggestions for a possible re-design are very welcome. Feel free to leave them in the comments.

Second, my poor seven-year-old Mac G4 --the computer used to design the D*I*Y Planner templates-- is on the verge of shuffling off this mortal coil. Among its many terminal ailments is a faltering hard drive, and this has led to losing a few weeks worth of template development, including the 2007 calendars.

The good news is that I've been working diligently on my two-week-old template backup via a seven-year-old PowerBook G3 Pismo (oy!), and the calendars are almost ready again. They should be fit for release within a day or two. Then I'll respond to everyone in my burgeoning 300-strong email queue, I promise. (Note to all: Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CS2 should not be run on a Pismo unless you don't mind taking plenty of coffee and dog-walking breaks. However, these do help keep one awake while watching the hypnotically spinning beachball, especially if said dog-walk takes place in -40C weather.)

More good news, though: the aforementioned eric is also hard at work on some letter-size D*I*Y Planner templates, a subset of the most popular forms, including calendars. More on that later.

Bear with us, folks. We're doing our best, even if it takes us volunteers a while.

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I'm sorry to hear that things have been rough going for you lately. If Karma does exist you should have tons of good things on the horizon for all that you've done to help strangers!

Best of luck and I hope all works out...

Thank you for everything you are doing, have done and will do in the future! ♥

my artwork

off topic: "Pismo"

Forgive my ignorance: your computer is named after a California beach and its clams?

Apple :)

Sure. I have a Pismo, too.
And a WallStreet, a Lombard, a Kanga, and a QuickSilver


"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Thanks for the info

As a angry windows user, my nicknames for a computer are usually unprintable in public ;)

Lose the anger, Lose the Microsoft

in other words, get a Mac


"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


I second the above opinion... and might need to add the disclaimer that this opinion is my own and does not reflect any official standing of D*I*Y Planner.com or its primary creator.

*hands you a biz card*
jaymi elford
Mac Messiah... I convert the masses.

I'd give Macs another try... they're really handy and slick. Unless you want a game machine, then I suggest you get an XBox 360 or another console.