Overcast now supports ad purchasing for Apple Podcasts’ new top-level categories added this summer: Fiction, History, and True Crime.

(I’d been waiting to support them until a lot of podcasts had self-identified into them. Otherwise, ads would be matched against too little.) twitter.com/IanMikutel/status/

Yes, sorry about that. Still investigating, but it appears to be an issue at my host, @linode. Fortunately, this means it’s out of my hands () and should fix itself soon. twitter.com/chrismanbrown/stat

Back to full speed now — and, in fact, sync should be MUCH faster than before if you've updated to the latest version (2019.8).

Working on some server overload issues this morning. Sync requests may be slow in the meantime. Sorry about that.

Some recent episodes from @art19co podcast feeds are missing or late to Overcast.

I’ve contacted them about it — it appears to be a feed-caching bug on their end, where these episodes aren’t in the feeds when Overcast fetches them.

I’m sorry for the trouble in the meantime.

I need more beta testers! Join here if you’re interested: testflight.apple.com/join/ua0o 

Report problems or feedback in the Overcast Slack group: overcast.fm/betaslack 

Current build revamps the sync engine to be much faster and handle lots of subscriptions better (I hope?).

The question about how alpha-sorted Uploads should be integrated into playlists with chrono-sort settings is tricky.

Maybe Uploads are alpha-sorted in their own list, but chrono-sorted by playlist direction in playlists?

Or is that too finicky?

Premium members who use Uploads:

Should they sort alphabetically by filename instead of most-recent-first?

I’ve gotten requests for alphabetical sort from people who upload big audiobooks split into a bunch of sequentially named files.

(I’d rather not make it another setting.)

Stars still determine what shows up in the Most Recommended section and the directory categories (“Technology”, “Business”, etc.).

For the 90% of users who never connected a Twitter account, it was always this way.

Still a good idea to encourage listeners to star in Overcast! twitter.com/dbuntinx/status/11

Sorry, today’s update crashes on the login screen under certain circumstances. (No beta test is big enough to catch everything, apparently.)

I’m submitting an emergency fix.

Sorry for the sync outage right now. @Cloudflare, which serves as Overcast’s front-end CDN for performance and protection, appears to be completely down for all websites that use it.

Fortunately, there’s nothing I can do about it again (), and they have people working on it.

No. But I’ll tell you one of the boring things!

I finally have the database columns needed to allow separate download and sorting preferences for each podcast. twitter.com/timstringer/status

(Of course, I ran some huge, badly needed ALTER TABLEs before the changeovers. Much easier to change a 300 GB table when it’s not being queried by anyone.)

Not my first rodeo.

This was a master-database changeover, my biggest and most stressful server change.

I tested and cherry-picked the fastest, most stable @linode instances over the last month, moved the replication slaves last week, and finally moved the master tonight. twitter.com/cpragman/status/11

Upgrade’s done. Thanks for your patience.

(This will enable some cool stuff down the road.)

Sync service and the website will be down shortly for an upgrade. I expect the outage to be brief.

RT @marcoarment
What happened this morning to Cloudflare, AWS, and lots of the internet: blog.cloudflare.com/how-verizo

(Short version: it wasn't their fault)

Sorry, the servers are having issues this morning due to problems at my CDN, @CloudflareHelp.

The bad news is that there’s nothing I can really do about it.

The good news is that there’s nothing I can really do about it.

(seriously, they have good people there, it’ll be OK)

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Mirrored.Social [BETA]

This Mastodon instance is dedicated to mirroring the social media accounts of interesting/useful people and organizations from elsewhere on the Internet. At least until such time as they create their own accounts on the Mastodon network.

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