Lots’ of blog news today.  I will present them one by one:

New homepage format:

Many of you have complained about the new “thematic” presentation of the new blog’s homepage.  As I have mentioned before, there is an easy fix: bookmark http://thesaker.is/latest-articles/ instead of http://thesaker.is/.  This way you will always immediately see the “chronological” presentation of every single article posted.  But after discussing it with my webmaster, we have decided to do one more thing: we have added a new item on the home page called “latest articles” which will not only immediately present you with the four latest articles posted, but also allow you to scroll through them using the <- and -> buttons on the top right of this menu bar.  Alternatively, you can also click on the top left of the menu bar, where it says “latest articles” and it will direct you to the “chronological” presentation of all the articles.  Finally, you can also click on the “latest articles” on the top left of the home page (right between “home” and “rss”) and that will also get you to the very same “chronological” presentation of all the articles.  Hopefully, with all these easy access options those who were upset with the new “thematic” presentation will feel more at home again!

PayPal vs Snail Mail donations acknowledgements:

I have decided that since PayPal normally emails you to confirm the reception of your donation, there is no need fo me to do that separately.  However, this is not the case for snail mail donations which, besides the donation itself, often also include letters.  I feel that these must absolutely be acknowledged here, on the blog.  So here is the list of those form whom I have received either a donation, or a letter, or both:

LHD (two letters), anonymous from PO Box 2705 (two letters), DL, JR, MZ, OS, Oscar, WD, AR, RB, P, BC, DL

I want you all to know that I am grateful for both the donations and the expressions of support.  If the former help me pay for my bills, the latter help me get through the days when I feel the 3Ds: “desperate, despondent and disgusted”.  I won’t pretend like I don’t have 3D days, I do, but somehow they often coincide with the days when I go and check my PO Box and there, on many occasions, I have found solace and reasons to smile thanks to the warm expressions of support and encouragement you have sent me.  Thank you SO MUCH for writing and reaching out, your letters really make a huge difference in my daily life!

Changes on the server and computer crashes

I have to thank my webmaster (Gevorg) and two other members of the IT team (LL and AA) which have done a spectacular job identifying and fixing some of the problems we have had, including the very slow loading of the blog and the recent crash.  For evident security reasons I cannot go into technical details, but I want you to know that we are pretty sure that we know what happened and that we believe that these issues have now been resolved.  However, the experience of other anti-Imperial blogs tells us that the chances that we will be attacked are pretty high, so always remember to check the old blog at http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/ if you suddenly cannot see this blog at all.  That old blog is now frozen (though the archives are still online) but the first thing I will do if I see that this blog here is under attack is unfreeze the old one and use it as a temporary “news update and meeting place”.  All in all, I am happy with our current status and I have high hopes for our future as with each growing pain we do get stronger and stronger.

Moderation:

I have to say that not to have to moderate the comments has been an absolute blessing for me.  Especially at a rather high stress time with the move to the new blog and the subsequent difficulties.  However, it is also rather obvious that I have rarely participated in the discussions.  I hope that as things clam down I will have more time to do so and, in the meantime, I ask for your understanding and forgiveness.

Saker Community chats:

I want to remind you that since 2008 I have opened my own Internet Relay Chat channel.  At the time I wrote:

For those of you familiar with the concept here is the info:

server: irc.maddshark.net
channel: The_Vineyard
full URL: irc://maddshark.net/The_Vineyard

For those of you who are no familiar with IRC, this is a virtual place were people can chat (via keyboard) with each other very informally and, unlike a forum, where no record is kept of the chats (at least not by default, this can be done, of course). To join such a chat you need a little piece of software called an “IRC client”. If you use GNU/Linux (which you should), the best known one is Xchat. If you are still using Windows or Mac (why?!) you can install an extension to Firefox (you are *not* using Internet Exploder, right?!) called ChatZilla which you can find here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/chatzilla/ Just click on “download”, then accept the installation, then restart Firefox, then go to “tools” and then click on “ChatZilla”.

You can get all the info on how to use ChatZilla here: http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/

Another option is to use the excellent mibbit website: just click on “start chatting now”, then choose the “Maddshark webirc” from the IRC drop down menu, then enter any Nick (nickname) you want, then enter the channel #The_Vineyard and press “go” and that’s it!

IRC channels is what geeks like myself use to communicate with each other (-: we live fora for the noobs :-).  If you want to exchange news, or chat with each other, please use this channel.  You can also easily create a private room to talk one on one.  Finally, it is far less likely that the bad guys will record your posts then on a regular forum.

We are making a difference!

A bit of auto-backslapping now.  In his latest article, Paul Craig Roberts has quoted this blog not once, but twice!  See for yourself: Putin Predicted Washington Would Employ Assassination Tactic Against Russia by Paul Craig Roberts.  Clearly, we are now making a difference and this is the main goal of our entire community: spread truthful information to counter the Imperial propaganda machine!

Kind regards and many thanks to all!

The Saker

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