Adventures in Upgrading: The Story Thus Far

This is my first post since the upgrade. If you’re reading this, then the upgrade went well, or at least so far. I had expected more trouble than I got.
Thus far, I’ve upgraded MT and loaded the Right Fields to Custom Fields plugin. The upgrade went smoothly and Chad’s plugin was easy and effective. My RF data came in flawlessly into CF. I expected that to break every entry with an image and It did, but only briefly. Thankfully, when I set up RF, I had the foresight to set up the template code for placing the images in it’s own template module. That made it easy to replace the RF tags with CF tags. In fact, I was able to do that before rebuilding my blog. Easy.
Next, I upgraded Notifier, the plugin that powers the email notifications that some of you get. This plugin is by Chad Everett as well, and the upgrade was also straightforward. However, the way the notification signup works has changed, so the form at left will not work for now. But, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute, I can’t update that left column yet.
Lastly, I updated the plugin that builds my blogroll at left, MT Blogroll. MT Blogroll was replaced by Linkroller but there was supposed to be a means of importing the data from MT Blogroll into Linkroller. I say supposed to be because I followed the instructions and got an error that blocked the upgrade process. Only be removing my old MT Blogroll data was I able to get the Linkroller upgrade to run. Now I’m not sure if I can recover my MT Blogroll data or not. I’ve posted a question about it on the Movalog support forums, but frankly the folks there have more questions than answers because of the sparse documentation for Linkroller and Arvind hasn’t logged in there in months. I’m not hopeful. If necessary, I’ll start over, the blogroll was hopelessly out of date anyway.
In the mean time, most of my left column is built from MT Blogroll tags. Thankfully it’s a server side include file built by a template that doesn’t automatically rebuild. That means I can leave it alone for now and it’ll display just as it has for months. That’s why I can’t yet fix the subscription template though.
That’s where I am. Tomorrow’s unplugged Sunday around here, so no more work until Monday. I haven’t tried to upgrade Photogallery yet, but that’s a bit lower on the priority list. There are a whole bunch of new things to try in MT4.21 as well, once I’ve gotten these glitches worked out.


This Sunday, Doug gave a combination sermon/communion lesson (which he likes to call a ‘Sermunion’). As he was transitioning to the communion, he read an article about a car crash from a small town Indiana paper. My first, highly spiritual, thought is “how did he hear about this?” Then he read the following:

DCSD Sgt. Brian McCullough said five men traveling behind the Bosses witnessed the crash and decided to intervene. Todd Hager, Westerville, Ohio; Brian Cunes, Cincinnati; Joe Stanwick, Columbus, Ohio; Andy Erickson, Cincinnati; and Mike Meyers, Dayton, were at the same charity bike ride event as the Bosses although they had never met.

Wait a second – Todd and Joe are members of my church and and the three of us along with Andy and Mike all went to college together back in Cincinnati.
The news story covers the overview, go read Andy’s blog for more details on what happened and the emotional effects. You might think that pulling two men from a burning truck with only minutes to spare would be perhaps uplifting or exhilarating. From Andy’s perspective, you’d be wrong:

The bottom line is that, despite our efforts, we left the scene with more questions than answers. And now, a few days later, that is the part that is difficult to live with. We felt, deep down inside, less than adequate. Why on earth would I question whether or not we should stop and help? These guys were badly injured and we were pulling on them like rubber bands to get them out of the burning truck. In tears, Todd questioned his own actions, “We had to get them out. They would have died.” The balance of our own safety, our families, vs risking our lives to get these guys out. The questions bounce around like a racquetball inside our heads – on and on and on.

It’s an amazing story that makes me proud to know these guys.

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