Power Start

After some tweaks, we changed a bit of things on Gioorgi.com in Winter 2019

  1. First of all, we moved Gioorgi to a powerful server at the end of 2018, tuning it during the autumn.
  2. An Apache Solr server was added to get better search results, with indexed stuff.
  3. Quality
    We decided to reorganize the major theme, moving away from Magazine lite and trying Astra, which is higly customizable.
    We reorganized content to use only categories and menu, dropping the Series plugin we used for a long time.
    NEW Editing Policy
    Our article will be edited after a short time, to fix typo and adapt to comments and so on. 
  4. We set up a monitoring system and discovered JetPack slow down a lot WordPress.
    So we decided to move away from it, replacing with some ad hoc plugin for related pages and so on.
    By the way the new monitoring system is powered by Apache Kafka, and it is our implementation backbone for internal analytics.
  5. Removing JetPack forced us to rethink things like:
    1. Twitter streaming become more important then the other socials.
    2. Related posts was re-organized via a more plastic plugin, getting better control over the content and the discovery process
    3. JetPack analytics was replaced with old evil Google Analytic

Last but not least, no advertisement on front page!

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Gioorgi Seeearch (updated)

The button on the right

We are happy to announce a Solar-powered search engine on our web site. The search is integrated with the site, so click on the right upper icon to open the search box, type your words and the search will be far more relevant.

Use “+” and “-” to do precise searching like this example focused on Arduino and Z80.

Also Solar “facetting” is supported on the right sidebar:

Facet Example

We  tried Elastic Search first. Elastic Search documentation is well written and overall package is a lot refined. For instance the jvm configuration is very well written, with Garbage collection tuning. Also there are different options for JDK 8,9 and 10. At boot time the system do some sanity checks.

But we failed to find a working wordpress plugin for elastic search: the installation was a pain.

Apache Sol(a)r has a lot less wordpress plugins, but seems easier to set up. 

By the way, comparing ElasticSearch and Solr we found a lot less memory hungry the latter.  For indexing 1000s articles, we squeezed solar with less then 320 MegaBytes and it is working fine, so far.


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Let’s Encrypt Gioorgi!

At last, Gioorgi.com too become part of Let’s Encrypt . You can enjoy full SSL super encrypted website from today.
We will leave the no-SSL version for a while, to let you choose between the fast and the secure.

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New Syntax library: Crayon

After some trial and error, I decided to switch to a new syntax highlighter library, mostly because the old one stopped working. I am very satisfied with Crayon because it is backward compatible with  the previous plugin based on SyntaxHighlighter3 and offer also a nice in-line editor.




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2017 Site redesign

After 6 years, Gioorgi.com is in “redesign mode”: site design is evolving!

New Site design will slowly roll out in the next month: stay with us until mid-January for new feature articles.

New shiny WordPress theme is on the go: menu bar and layout will “pop” during the next three weeks.

ObjectsRoot.com domain has been dropped after 16 years: please udate your bookmarks because it is not here to stay….

A new strong oracle expertise area is on the go, like this article shows.



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New Theme Juggling

After some year, we decided a new theme shake up..

The new PinPress theme spot article auto loading; more important, you get also auto artilce rearrange when you resize the window (try out).

We are planning some refinement on the newxt week so stai tuned and… we hope you enjoy the new style!

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Site News

We are happy to announce the integration of Intense Debate on Gioorgi.com.

We hope the the new commenting system shake our site, givng us better visibility and a faster comment roundtrip

Remember we are also on Facebook and on Twitter, as you can see from our Twitter link above :)

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