Mycrocosm is back up and it’s server is now in a much cleaner, cooler space! Thanks for your patience.
Mycrocosm will be down for an extended period around noon tomorrow as we relocate the server that mycrocosm runs on. Will update here and on twitter (@mycro) when we are back up.
Its been a while since I posted here and this update is definitely long overdue. I basically want to update you with what is going with Mycrocosm now and the near future. As many of you know, Mycrocosm started out as a research project in the first year of my masters at the Media Lab. I have recently graduated :-) so some clarification is in order on the future of the site.
While I believe that it should be up and running for a while to come (in terms of hosting at the Media Lab), Mycrocosm is pretty much a side project for me at this point —actually is has been a side project for a while as my research took a completely different direction a while after launch. There are a few bugs I want to fix (including the front page not refreshing the updated graphs and a bug in the rendering of some line graphs) and I gave the site a bit of a visual refresh to mark the change in status (and for fun — let me know what you think!). But new features may be few and far between as I’ll only get to work on this in my spare time. Let me know if there are broken things that need particular attention and I will do my best to improve them.
I also want to alert you to some upcoming (but unspecified) downtime. The Media Lab is expanding into a new building in the near future and this process will involve some downtime for Mycrocosm as servers are moved and whatnot. Not actually being there anymore means I am not sure exactly when it is going to happen or the logistics of the move. I will keep you updated as best as I can (either via this blog or on twitter). Apologies for the downtime and for the vagueness around it but a number of factors are out of my control (and now out of my direct site), once again thanks for using Mycrocosm.
We have completed our planned downtime and the server is humming along on the new version of Ubuntu :). All should be back to normal, though site performance may be a bit slower for a little while as the caches fill up.
Mycrocosm will be undergoing several hours of downtime as we will be performing some server upgrades. It should be starting at around 8PM Eastern Time. As we only run one server the service will be completely unreachable (i.e. no cute fail whale equivalent). But don’t worry it should be back up and running again soon.
Just posting to let you know that I will be going away on vacation for a few weeks. As mycrocosm’s maintenance is pretty much a one man operation this does mean that I won’t be able to respond to any issues or problems with the site for a little while. Not that I expect that to happen but wanted to mention it in case any one is looking for support (or if something happens to the site). It may also explain why bugs often take a long time to get fixed (apologies, trying my best to balance everything). But thanks everyone for contributing to the site and even commenting on this blog.
See you in the new year.
To fill out a survey… Hey all, I will be giving a talk on mycrocosm in early next year and would really appreciate being able to better understand how people are using and responding to mycrocosm (basically i have to do some kind of evaluation of the system – this feeds into the research motivations behind creating mycrocosm). So I have created a brief survey here. Please please please take a few minutes of your time to fill it out. You can also send related comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks a lot! Once again the link to the survey.