Time for Another Reboot

The Dell PC hosting my web server will have been running continuously for one month as of Thursday afternoon.  During that period I have downloaded and installed two new Linux kernels, and now I really need to boot into the newest version.  Therefore, my website will be briefly inaccessible beginning at 15:00 (3 pm) EDT tomorrow.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Also, sometime between now and the end of the year, I will be performing some hardware maintenance and software upgrades on this server over a longer period of time, perhaps a couple of days.  During that time I plan to put one of my new Raspberry Pi computers in its place.  It will be running the latest version of Raspian, a Linux variant developed for the Raspberry Pi and the Apache2 web server to host a copy of my genealogical website.  There will be plenty of warning, and the transition time from one server to the other should not take longer than one hour and might take considerably less.

My server has a status page, and there is a link to it on the welcoming page, the one with the dinosaur and flags.  The Raspberry Pi will have one, too.

Time for a Reboot

The Dell PC hosting my web server has been running continuously since Wednesday, August 7.  During that period I have downloaded and installed two new Linux kernels, and now I really need to boot into the newer version.  Therefore, my website will be briefly inaccessible beginning at 21:00 (9 pm) EDT this evening.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Dark Mode Developments

More web browsers have begun to support dark mode detection, and I have updated my mode detection page accordingly.  If your browser is listed but you still do not see green, then you probably need to update your browser.  For most of them the easiest way is to visit the About page or select Check for Updates from a drop-down menu.  My page offers links for downloading an installation file for the latest version of each supported browser.

While the preceding should work fine for Windows and MacOS systems, browsers running on either Android or iOS, though they may support dark mode detection, are unable to utilize the feature since neither mobile operating system offers system-wide dark mode.  This, however, is about to change.  Android 10, formerly known as Android Q, has a dark mode setting; its release date is Tuesday, September 3.  As for iOS, Version 13 is to be released in mid-September, the most likely date being Wednesday, the 18th.

With regard to the rollout of Android 10, as in the past, Google devices will receive the upgrade first, and other manufacturers’ devices will not see it for days, weeks, or even months.  For Samsung phones and tablets this delay has sometimes been six months.  If your phone or tablet is still running Android 8 (Oreo) or earlier, you may not ever receive it.  For reference my smart phone is a Google Pixel 2 running Android 9 (Pie), and my tablet is an old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 running Android 7 (Nougat).  I am considering the purchase of a new tablet sometime after Android 10 becomes more widely available.

Downtime Today

Beginning at 12:00 EDT today my website will be inaccessible while I perform maintenance to my home network.  The maintenance consists of small modifications to both my cable modem and to my server, each of which will require a reboot to activate a new configuration.  This work should take no more than one hour and might take considerably less.  Sorry if this causes any inconvenience.