July 21st, 2008


Tech Support Announcement - From Aranel Took

From one of our intrepid tech support volunteers. :-) ~Marta

Hey everyone,

I need to give up the Tech Support job at the end of this year's awards, so we are looking for someone to take my place. You would be working with Tanaqui to maintain, upgrade and troubleshoot the MEFA web site. If anyone out there (or maybe a spouse, friend or SO) would like to work in Tech Support, please email us and we'll fill you in on the specifics of the job. We'd like to get you started ASAP, so you're up to speed for the 2009 site.

The basics of what is required--

Most importantly, you have to be comfortable with computers and have a basic knowledge of programming (such as how IF-ELSE statements work or using functions) and how servers/web sites work.

Ideally, you should have at least a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and/or MySQL, but as long as you have some programming experience, those will all be pretty easy to learn. If you have experience with Object Oriented Programming, that is a big bonus. You will need to be comfortable using a command line, since we use CVS to manage the site.

If you don't have programming experience but would still like to give it a shot, it will take some effort but can be done. There's a couple books I can recommend for learning HTML, Javascript, PHP & MySQL that will get you up to speed very quickly, but it's going to require some time and motivation.

On the technical side--

You will need to have Apache, PHP, MySQL and CVS installed on your own computer. You will also need a text editor to work on the code itself. Your platform doesn't matter -- Linux, Mac OS X and Windows users can all do this. Mac and Windows have some free software that makes setting this up very easy.

Any questions, just reply here or you can email us.

Aranel Took

technical problems at HASA

Hey guys,

I've been informed that the Henneth Annun Story Archive (http://www.henneth-annun.net/) is having technical problems. You may experience troubles with stories nominated there, because the webpage where you can read the story will not load.

I am sure the HASA volunteers will have this problem fixed as soon as possible. In the mean time, I recommend that if you find a HASA-hosted story that you'd like to read, that you add it to your wish list and proceed to stories posted at other archives.