It's June! or what happened to May?
(If tech talk bores your, skip the next couple of paragraphs. You can think of puppies or kitties instead!)
Some may have noticed we had a service interruption the first weekend of June. The site itself was ok, but we had to move our Domain Name Servers (DNS). This is the system that converts URLs to IP addresses. So for a day and half, the internet could not see our servers.
We made this change as a result of a series of events that resulted in an attempt to protect the site from DDoS attacks. DDoS is a ty... [more]
There are a couple of bits of news I want to pass along.
The update of the site - Mid April, I asked the coders to stop work on the update. There were a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the estimate was once again increasing and was way beyond what was budgeted for this attempt. URNA is a complex site with most of the code not readily apparent. Just think on all the links built in to your profiles, thumbnails, etc. Almost 99% of this is auto generated by the site. The most manual thing about the site is photo approval and that is by design. Also, since the first of the year, Gold ... [more]
After a 2 month hiatus, time for a monthly update.
There are a couple of topics to bring to URNA Nation:
First, we are back working on URNA 2.0 and even better, making real progress. Since we have been burned before, not making predictions on when done. Maybe in a few weeks, I will be able to post a link to the beta of the new site.
Next, for the "newbies", to make your profile visible, you have to fill in about 50% of the blanks. It really is not hard, takes a couple of minutes. And for all of you have done that and your profile is not visible, ad... [more]
Monthly update for November 2015
First, I want to start by thanking all of the people who donated to the update of the site. I wish I could say the update was going well, but the coders are now several months late. The underlying code is much more complicated than a typical website. The links to profiles, pixs/galleries, chat, etc., all add complexity. It is a testament to Jon and Dan that they put this all together. Also, what makes it possible to manage the site is the admin functions. Even with built in shortcuts, scripts, etc., still takes hours each day to keep up with the ... [more]
Monthly Update - October 2015 (Oct 20, 2015)
Last month, I promised to provide a monthly update on the site. Well, here it is.
1. Update to the Site – I wish I had good news to share. The coders are now almost 2 months behind and no firm end date. I talk to the project manager once a week. The latest target is early October.... [more]
Monthly Update (Aug 27, 2015)
Originally this post was called "not allowed" It was basically a rant against meanness in chat. I was pissed but as the principle here I should never post something in anger. I wasn't wrong, but there is usually a more positive way to make a point.
Starting with this rewrite, I will ... [more]
URNA 2.0 - Update July 29 (Aug 1, 2015)
July 29 - Looks like the date for the beta is now August 10. We should start testing and if everything goes well, will go live two weeks later. I will provide more updates once the beta is live.
June 16 - had the 2nd meeting to review progress on the update. My... [more]
URNA 2.0 New Main Page First Look (Jun 8, 2015)
Pam - June 8 2015
These are screen shots of the new main page for urnotalone.com. All pages will automatically adjust to the screen size. They are still very rough, but will give you an idea of what's coming.
One of the goals is a greater emphasis on information and new... [more]
URNA Announcement: Change of Ownership (Mar 30, 2015)
The Change of Ownership of URNA is complete. Ownership of URNA is now in the hands of Pamela, who will be able to devote a lot more of her time to URNA than I've been able to over the last year. Pamela has been slowly familiarizing herself with the Administration of the site and little by little, sh... [more]
New URNA Chat Room Mods (Mar 10, 2015)
As many have noticed and already commented to me, URNA has a few new Chat Room Moderators or Mods. Since some have asked, I thought I would share how I went about making the choices.
URNA means a lot to me just like many of you. I have a strategic vision that I apply to every decision... [more]
Deadly Cyclone Pam Leaves Vanuatu, Targets New Zealand (Mar 1, 2015)
accuweather.com - Kristina Pydynowski
At least eight people are dead in the wake of powerful Tropical Cyclone Pam, which is now tracking toward northern New Zealand. Despite undergoing some weakening, Pam remains a dangerous tropical cyclone with its strength equal to that of a Catego... [more]
URNA Maintenance Complete, Disk Replaced (Jan 13, 2015)
There were disk issues which were causing problems for our Subscription holders. As a result, our Hosting Company had to take the site offline to clone the disk and replace it. This was completed around 7pm Eastern US Time on Tuesday, January 13th. Everything should be working fine now. Sorry for th... [more]
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! (Jan 1, 2015)
Hi, it's Jon, your Host. First off, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
I also wanted to let everyone know that I'm taking Monday's off during December and some days off here and there. On weekends and when I'm taking a day off, I don't go near my computer. Be... [more]
Server Upgrade (Sep 11, 2014)
Thursday, September 11th.
Much of the site is working properly, unfortunately we had to move back to our old hardware.
If you do run into any issues, please report them via the Support Request link at the bottom of the pages.
Dan is working on a total re... [more]
Jennifer Leitham - Triple Play Project (Feb 20, 2014)
With less than 3 days left in the Triple Play Project, it's crunch time, and with your donations we can reach our goal. Please join the elite 98 folks who have joined together to help make this dream a partial rea... [more]
Dan and Jon at Club xTra on 11-2 - Saturday evening (Nov 1, 2013)
Dan's visiting Hollywood, FL. Dan and I will be at Club xTra in Hollywood, FL Saturday night, 11/2 and will get there at 10pm and stay until closing at 2am. Stop by and say Hi if you're in the area. I'm always around, but this is the 1st time that Dan's visiting in well over a year.
Temptress Is Back With A Vengeance!!! (Oct 29, 2012)
Temptress Is Back With A Vengeance!!!
Launches Outrageous Website, Announces Reunion Show
October 21, 2012, New York City, NY – Temptress is back with a vengeance, launching a new website that is “All Temptress, All The Time” and promises to follow the wild world... [more]
This is a heartfelt request from me to all of my friends and fans. I am asking your indulgence in reading this rather wordy post. Your support in this competition would mean so much, I humbly ask for your votes.
Many of you are aware of the award winning d... [more]
The Queer Man's Guide for Straight Girls (Sep 8, 2012)
Many of you know Dan as the webmaster here at URNA. Some of you have met him, most of you have not.
Did you know he's been working on a book? For about six years, Dan has been taking notes, experiencing life and generally trying to make sense of things.
He's releasing ... [more]
We're Back! Jon and Vicky were on Vacation: 11-12 to 11-27 (Nov 28, 2011)
eMail sent to Jon between 11/11 and the morning of 11/28 will have to be resent!
Vicky and I were on vacation in Puerto Rico from Saturday, 11/12 through Sunday, 11/27. So much eMail piled up while we were gone that it was impossible to pull it from our eMail server (over 100,000 eMai... [more]