April 23, 2008

More technology drama in our blogs

Software Memories has a new theme. In the immediate future, that new theme will be rolled out to most or all of our other blogs.

We’re not doing this because we want to — it’s a nice theme, but we have a nicer one yet under development. Rather, this change is necessitated by an emergency upgrade to from WordPress 2.13 to 2.5, which our old and no longer supported theme can’t be counted on to handle.

If you’re reading here, you’re not affected by the emergency (except in that it caused the upgrade). Rather, the problem is that I got a de-indexing notice from Google this afternoon for DBMS2. Clearly, until fixed this will lower the number of new people who read our research. And why did I get the notice? Because there were 20-40K of hidden spammy links injected into Line 23 of the index.php file on DBMS2, Text Technologies, and Software Memories.

And I do mean “injected.” I deleted the code by hand, and naively applied for re-inclusion to Google — whereupon Melissa Bradshaw discovered it was back the next morning. The working diagnosis is SQL injection bug.

What this means to you is mainly that there will be an immediate look-and-feel change, followed by a second one as soon as we can get our development act together. And because the roll-out is hasty … well, everybody who reads this should know enough about software development to be able to complete that sentence for themselves. ;) Please let me know of any issues, whether via post comments, email, AIM, or carrier pigeon.

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  1. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services » Blog Archive » Optimizing WordPress database usage on April 25th, 2008 12:11 am

    […] previously noted, we’ll be doing an emergency site upgrade ASAP. Once we’re upgraded to WordPress 2.5, I hope to deploy a rich set of back-end plug-ins. […]

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