iPhone and iPad 70007 issues

During the last few weeks I’ve encountered a number of people reporting an error along the lines of: “(70007) The timeout specified has expired”.

The only thing I could figure out for certain was that it seemed to happen only to users of apple devices, mostly iPhone6′s, and newer or recently updated iPhone5′s and iPads.

Today I discovered something of an explanation:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6543180

In the discussion linked above, several different solutions and workarounds have been described. I can’t vouch for any of the ideas, as I don’t have an apple based device that I can test with.

I can tell you that I have not been able to find a way to force it to work from my end. It seems to be something with the current version of safari (default web browser for apple devices).

Thanks,
Chris

Another Database Reboot

Another database was rebooted this morning, triggering what looks like an approximately 3 hour outage. If you placed an ad during this time and received a confirmation, your ad may not be on the site yet, but it will show up within the next 20 minutes.

If you paid for a premium feature during this time and it isn’t reflecting, please bring it to my attention so that I can make certain it is fixed.

Thanks,
Chris

improved image uploads

I’ve received a number of complaints regarding images uploaded from cell phones not being oriented correctly. I knew that the problem was that cell phones often tagged the image with orientation data according to how the phone was held during the photograph, but I didn’t have a good way to address the issue.

Today I’ve included a code change to the website that will attempt to detect the orientation of the image, and automatically change it so that it is upright.

Feedback is welcomed. If you’ve run into this problem before, and it is better or worse, please let me know. If you find a picture turned sideways or upside down in the future, please let me know.

Thanks!
Chris

more scam by text

I’ve had several people report to me that they’ve received text messages from “PennsWoods” requiring them to send their username and password to address one issue or another.

Folks, I do NOT need your password. It offends me when I receive an email asking for assistance, and including their password in the email. Don’t give your password to me. Don’t give it to your neighbor, don’t give it to anyone.

I don’t ask for passwords, and I’m not going to contact you via text unless we arrange something ahead of time. If someone contacts you via text out of the blue, it isn’t me, and it isn’t any representative of PennsWoods.

Thanks!
Chris

Sci-Fi Valley Con

I’m participating in my first “Con” this weekend.

I’m sharing booth space with Snake Eyes Gaming and Atlantic Broadband at the Sci-Fi Valley Con at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona, PA.

If you get the chance stop by and see me.

Messages Waiting on Site

Lately several ISPs have been forbidding me from handling their email, notably yahoo. In short, they tell everyone not to accept mail unless it originates from an approved server, and they are not going to approve little guys like me.

This part isn’t new. What is changing is that more and more companies are respecting that request, and bouncing mail from PennsWoods. Comcast and gmail in particular, but others are as well. This really is a good thing, as it will reduce spam over all. It just happens to be inconvenient for PennsWoods.

Other email providers are going to be doing the same shortly. With the big guys doing it, it will be that way everywhere eventually, and I’m going to need to change the way PennsWoods handles messages between people.

In response to comments from PennsWoods members I’ve modified the alerts that I am sending. They will now include a link to the missing message to simplify locating and respond.

Again I apologize for the inconvenience.

In every case where I can still deliver the email directly, I absolutely am going to continue doing it. In cases where I cannot, I will make it as painless and straightforward to retrieve the message as I am capable of making it.

Thanks!
Chris