Performance, Downtime, etc UPDATED!

Well my web host’s performance has been quite disappointing lately and I’ve gotten quite frustrated with it so I decided this last time the host just slowed to a crawl for a day solid to just switch web hosts. We’ll see how this one works out. Right now I’m still working the kinks out of the new webhost so please bear with a few bumps and bugs. If you notice any problems please use the contact form or email me at mtbogre -at- gmail.

Update 4/14: D’oh! So my Contact Form was one of the things that was down. Turns out I thought I had most of my site back online I still have a long ways to go. Thanks for being patient! The Contact Form is now working so please accept my apologies. Still broken is my newer image galleries/ ride report along with the Trail Map. If you find anything else let me know.

Grrr… Wayback machine.


What lousy timing. Well I restored most of the older stuff, I’m working on getting the rest online.

It looks like I restored most of the articles ok,  probably a little weirdness in them but not too bad.  I lost some comments on the articles, I’m working on getting those back up.

PHP Contact Form Script

For some odd reason my “Contact Me” form disappeared from the Ogrehut’s web server. It was a cut and paste form and was pretty ugly but it worked. I use a contact form rather than a mailto: link because spammers glom onto mailto: links on websites. A contact form allows people to contact me while keeping me secure from spammers so I needed to replace the form.

So the quest for a replacement begins… Continue reading PHP Contact Form Script

New Front Page

I am now using WordPress for my main page. I’ve used a homegrown tool for my frontpage since the dawn of the Hut. I’m switching to WordPress because it simply has too many features which would take me too long to implement. I’m trying to bring forward all of my existing work into the new format so it will be easily accessible. Hopefully, the new features wordpress gives me will allow me to post more often and share a bit more.

Please use the Comments field below to let me know what you think.

Web Developer For Rent

It’s been a little bit since I last posted, I haven’t been idle. For starters I made some significant changes to the Trailhead Map Page. Those changes have been in place for a while but you might not have noticed there is now a “Link to this View” link on the top of the page which you can use to save the current page, including the exact map zoom and location. On top of that, what you probably didn’t notice is that my web site has move to yet another new home. The last one host was getting a bit sluggish and this one offered more space and better performance.

I’ve also been quite busy at work and I’ve picked up a lot about Oracle. In fact it was a real “Crash Course” in the most literal sense, the server crashed and I had to learn fast or die. The other thing I’ve been learning quite a bit about at work is more advanced web site techniques. I’m pretty jazzed about some of the things I’ve picked up lately and just hope I have the time to put some of them into action. The sort of thing you see on the map page is just the tip of the iceberg.

Additionally I would like to start doing independant web development. This site showcases some of the things I’m capable of but there is so much more. What I really specialize in is database driven applications and interfaces to outside applications. If you are looking for a web developer for a project or if you know someone who is looking for one, drop me a line.

The Map Revisited

Rev 2 of my Trailhead Map is mostly ready. I actually crashed version 1 and don’t feel like fixing it because this version was so close to being ready. So what you get is almost all of the features I’d intended but I don’t have the database built completely yet. However even at this point I think it is pretty unique and cool. Currently the map includes the Folsom/ Auburn Area trails like the old one did plus a few others. I have a database backend on it now so I can add trails to it very quickly so I expect it will grow very quickly.

While working on this I’ve realized that my site has really started to become quite large and cumbersome at it is quite a chore trying to keep everything up to date. Also at one point in time I lost quite a bit of content and I need to rebuild it but time is just slipping by.

If anyone would like to help me add locations to the trailhead map please Contact Me! and I would love to set you up. Incidentally for those who have used my contact me link on the site and found it broken it is now a web form. You can email me at ogre -at ogrehut -dot- com or just use the form (which emails me).


With this heat I’m not going outside much so since I’ve been stranded around the house I’ve been doing a little hacking on the web site.

Well I just finished what I think is a really cool new page for the site. It is a clickable, dragable, satellite photo enabled map with all the trails in the Auburn/ Folsom Lake area listed on it with links to trail reviews for each trail. I am hoping that this is just the beginning. I would really like to build a database with all of the trails in Norcal and link the database to the map. You should really check it out, I impressed myself this time :)

I also created an RSS feed for the front page stories on this site. There are a variety of ways RSS feeds are used but the primary way I use them is to create Live Bookmarks in my browser. You can also use a news agregator to allows give you a sort of birds eye view of all the sites you use. Lastly RSS allows sites to syndicate each others content to some extent. Still confused? Well fortunately I didn’t spend too much time on it and it doesn’t affect anything else on the site so don’t worry about it.

Web Site issues

Apparently my site has been attacked and many of my pages were wiped out. I am working on getting a backup restored and getting the affected pages rebuilt but in the mean time bear with me. Most of the pictures are intact but the text content was wiped out.