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Event Coverage An update on the long hyped new version of THE JALOPY JOURNAL...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,370

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    So, the new version of The Jalopy Journal/H.A.M.B. was planned to launch on the Monday after the Lonestar Round Up. But that weekend, we had a really big development from a technology partnership standpoint (more on that later) that was essentially a really cool opportunity I couldn't pass up. It also meant, however, that we were going to have to do a lot of new code on the new version of the site that we had just completed.

    So, we spent a lot of sleepless nights writing all of this new code for this new mysterious feature. Yesterday, we started testing on the development server and when all of the sudden, the production graphic server crashed. Excuse the french, but it was fucking horrifying. We back up everything on the hour, but because of the new development taking a lot of server resources we hadn't backed up in three days. I thought we had lost A LOT of content.

    Long story short, we lost nothing... And we figured out the issue. Unfortunately, it had everything to do with the code we had been writing the past week on the dev server. It's a complicated deal that I don't truly understand - thank god for Germans.

    Anyway, we are now getting the development server back up and running and will soon start testing again. However, we are going to be a little bit more deliberate this time so as not to effect production again.

    If I had to guess, we are now two weeks out from the new launch. I want to test this thing thoroughly even though I know that no matter what we will launch with all kinds of bugs... cuz well, I'm an amateur and I do stupid things. It's gonna be cool though.

    So there ya have it. Hold on to your hat cowboy... This is by far the biggest and most ambitious version update of TJJ/HAMB that we have ever done in our 20 YEARS of doing this. You guys are probably going to want to kill me until you get used to it and figure it out... but once you do, it's gonna be something else.

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  2. pila38
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
    Posts: 763


    Now I'm all excited.
  3. monkeywrenching
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 299

    from maryland

    Looks cool to me. My son writes code for NASA and they go through the same stuff, testing on a seperate server. Good luck with the launch.
  4. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280

    from Anoka. MN

    I'm excited to see it!

    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!

  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,369


    Interesting. I thought I saw a little bit of the new layout, right before it went black
  6. Been there, had that happen. Glad you got everything back, I do that sort of thing for a living so always interesting to hear the "nuts and bolts" of what's going on behind the scenes. Whatever it is, can't wait to see it. I really like the look and feel of the screenshots you posted too.
  7. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    well shit...just got a new computer and upgraded to Windows 7 from XP, and am now re-learning how to get around... and now this. Don't know what I'll do when I have to upgrade again to Windows 8....always 2 steps behind. :D
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  8. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    The headers are cool.
  9. bill s preston esq
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 315

    bill s preston esq

    it fully filled my widescreen monitor from side to side. i liked what i saw before it went down.
  10. I've got ants in my pants.

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  11. We have managed to get the hang of the new format every time there has been a update,,thinking back to the format that was current when I joined I don't think we could post photos. HRP
  12. So fresh, so clean, I dig.
  13. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,908

    El Caballo

    Ha! I remember the days of HAMB 1.0 and the wailing and gnashing of teeth when that changed. Embrace the suck; you know it will be good and you will get used to it.
  14. You will be re-educated and you will accept new system. Mau! Mauuuuuuuu!!
  15. Looks clean. I like clean.
  16. Ulu
    Joined: Feb 26, 2014
    Posts: 1,766

    from CenCal

    I'm praying and crossing my fingers. When they did this at Motorcycle USA, they lost most of their members like overnight. Guys who were 60, 70 years old just said screw it. Too hard to learn all this over. Some with older hardware were just unable to recover from that fact.

    (I do IT for an engineering company, and for 20 years I've backed our stuff up daily off-site and on, but still I suffer this frequent phobia of data loss, whenever there's a frikkin patch or upgrade. There's 100 patches a week now, so the horrors of what you're undergoing are all too familiar.)
  17. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,656

    from Nebraska

    Looks like the new layout will be cool and very functional/user friendly! I like the @user and alerts features... similar to some social media sites?

  18. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,074


    I WILL embrace the new technology, I WILL embrace the new technology, I WILL embrace the new technology, I WILL embrace the new technology, I WILL embrace the new technology, I WILL embrace the new technology, I WILL embrace the new technology,.............................:D
  19. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    I was able to figure out the other changes. I'll try again.
  20. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,370

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Some of you guys are going to be so pissed at me. :)

    But you can take comfort in the fact that we have actually simplified A LOT of things. Just creating a thread or making a post is very simple. Uploading photos is crazy easy and much less of a hassle.

    Where the pissed people are gonna get pissed is when it comes to the new features. In reality, they are actually very easy to use and understand... BUT, they are new... and new shit often causes issues with people.

    The private message system, for example, has been completely revamped. Sending and receiving is just a simple as before. However, you will be able to hold "conversations" with multiple people now... and those conversations will be threaded with image uploading, etc...

    Like I said, it's easy... but before people get what's going on, I can see that as a place where people will be pissed initially.
  21. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    I hate it already, I don't like change. But I am a technophobe? ;)
    I am looking forward to this since I haven't got around to posting pics.
    "Uploading photos is crazy easy and much less of a hassle."
    Thanks much for all your hard work.
  22. Cool, it's always good to keep things fresh & up to date. The old layout was beginning to look like everything else out there. This will further set the HAMB apart from the rest of the pack. 'Looking forward to it.
  23. Cool....a stalker bar down the side!
  24. TR Waters
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,439

    TR Waters
    from Vermont
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    Change is good. Period. All the haters will be the same ones...who 20 years ago.. swore they would never use a computer. Yet, here they are. Now.. if they would just get over that black primer/red wheels thing............ :)
  25. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,440


    They shoulda had you do the health care roll out. It would have saved the USA tons of money.
  26. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,098


    I am usually pissed anyway, so some new challenges really won't make a difference.

    hope it goes smooth and that we are all capable of adapting.
  27. I don't want to talk with multiple people! :eek: No country for old men.:confused: I'm sure I can learn something new.:rolleyes:
  28. I like the term "Launch". I hope it comes out the hole like a cat with a sandpapered ass, covered in turpentine! Can't wait.
  29. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    I don't know if it's going to piss me off or not, but there will likely be things my dumb ass doesn't understand. For instance, the @Ryan or whatever. I don't know what that is.

    One thing I find interesting is that we will be able to see who rated a thread and what their rating was. I predict there will be fewer one star bandits since they won't be anonymous.

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