We're getting there! Big job today - 35 linear metres, approximately 80 metres square of conifer hedgerow - trim, thin and top! Phew, nothing like a bit of hard work to make you feel alive!
Expecting to be carting around 100 cubic metres of waste over to the recycling centre once we've finished cutting. Not looking forward to that - I've just brushed out the van! 🙈😂
Apologies for the lack of updates recently - we've been mad busy throughout October - although admittedly November has been quite quiet, I've had some problems with our Web host. Not found the root of the problem as yet, but apparently there is an issue with our current CMS, causing spikes in the server's disk IO. Since we are on a shared host, rather than a dedicated VPS, there is a hard limit on daily IO use. Not something I've come across before in my previous IT career - I've seen CPU, bandwidth, memory, storage space being capped, but not disk IO - but something is causing it. Unfortunately, the host provider does not offer detailed logs or statistics, so its difficult to track down the issue. The only information I am given is "warning, you have reached 50% of your daily disk IO allowance" and, a little later that same day, that "your website has been suspended for 24 hours due to excessive disk IO"...
I've finally given up trying to debug the issue, and taken the sad step of moving host provider. I'm loathe to take their offer of upgrading to the premium host package when they have not provided me with any logs or other information to help me track down the issue. What would you do if someone told you "hey, you've got a problem. You're overloading our server for a few minutes each day. We can't tell you where, or why. We could, but we won't. However, we can make it go away if you pay us." Sounds fishy to me!!!
My new host offers more detailed statistics, so if the problem occurs again I'll be better positioned to fix it. I'm not saying the new host is perfect, far from it - so far, they have their own collection of issues that I've had to overcome, such as not being able to send emails from within the CMS, and all non-port-80 outgoing traffic from my host to the Internet being blocked. Coupled with a non-functioning phpMyAdmin, it was very difficult trying to upload the database backup without being able to connect to a remote DB host! Ahh well, hopefully all is well that ends well!
Chow for now! 👋