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simon3
2017-05-09 07:10:17
"Shenick Island, north County Dublin, reachable at low tide" from simon3 Expand pics
Shenick Island, north County Dublin, reachable at low tide (Expand pics)
Islands, islands, Irish islands.
Context of comment:Some background. MountainViews has had some islands for many years, for example we have had say Inishnabro, a mountain of the coast of Dingle in SW Ireland. It wasn't so much we had this place as an island as that it had a peak which met the criteria for one our lists, in this case the Binnions, summits with a prominence over 100m

Inisnabro is the sort of wild interesting place that can only be reached with some form of non-public transport such as a rented boat or a sea-kayak. There are hundreds of islands around the island of Ireland, some small, some very large. When we were offered the possibility of using a list of islands we jumped at the chance. The opportunity came from David Walsh, sea-kayaker and author of Oileáin "The Irish Islands Guide". With David's permission we took the geographical data from this magnificent book and constructed the list of additional islands that we have added today.
There are some 549 extra islands. The considerable work to transcribe the data was done by Mark Brennan with normalisation done by Simon Stewart.
Message:So now we have the extra islands inserted. The data we have includes something of the way MountainViews does things and something of the way sea-kayakers as in Oileáin do things. So we have the information about highest point on each island as the position and the position of a suggested landing place suitable for kayakers as an additional field. Islands are not included in "Mountain Areas" unless they meet the criteria for one or more of our other lists such as the Binnions. Instead they are grouped by county such as "Kerry Islands"

You can now see the islands on the "main area display", the first page most people view when looking at the website. You can do much the same as you can with summits such as entering information about them with photos, including gps tracks around them, clicking where you have visited them etc.

I suppose you might ask "What has this to do with hillwalking or even walking?" The short answer is that for traditional hillwalkers not immediately a lot. The longer answer is that you may find that the islands include a huge reservoir of interesting wild space that you can explore over time. A few can be reached "On Foot" (we attempt to say which), you can hire a boat or take up sea-kayaking. Of course, if you are already a sea-kayaker then we hope this will be a useful resource to allow you visualise where the islands of David Walsh's book are and to mark which ones you have visited. There is a rudimentary facility for showing who has visited what which will be improved over time.

Also, can we mention that the islands information is part of a further project to include coastal hills and coastal features such as headlands and points. The next phase will be coastal hills.
Additional points:Finally, although the data in Oileáin is extremely mature and virtually error free, the process of getting it to MountainViews with additional information wasn't. We expect there are dozens of errors of various sorts. You can propose changes using the "Propose Places Database Change" button. So if you find the highpoint of an island that has been assigned the wrong county, the wrong position, the wrong status as to whether it can be reached on foot etc, make a change proposal.

ENJOY!
simon3
2017-02-08 12:46:27
Website is failing periodically
Context of comment:[ partially resolved ] For the last few days the website has been crashing or going slow.Bear with us while we attempt to resolve this.
simon3
2017-01-12 09:50:08
System problems
Context of comment:[Resolved] For the last few days we have been experiencing apparent difficulties, cause unknown.
This has been manifesting itself as various parts of the system failing leading to odd screens or sometimes nothing happening.
Message:We are working on it.
simon3
2017-01-08 21:29:09
Re Hill of Uisneach
Context of comment:Sounds interesting Bryan
Message:Could I suggest you use the "Propose Database Change" option for your suggestion.
bryanmccabe
2017-01-08 20:47:36
Hill of Uisneach
Context of comment:A worthy candidate for Irish local historical cultural list:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_of_Uisneach
https://www.irelandsancienteast.com/discover/stories/featured-stories/hill-of-uisneach?gclid=CIm07La0s9ECFUqx7QodooYHig
http://uisneach.ie
David-Guenot
2016-05-20 14:08:45
"Binn Bhriocain SE Top (558m) from the col with Binn Bhriocain." from David-Guenot Expand pics
Binn Bhriocain SE Top (558m) from the col with Binn Bhriocain. (Expand pics)
Possible New Arderin Beg ?
Context of comment:I have been over the Maumturks last week and I noticed a summit which might be a contender for the Arderin Beg list: Barrlugrevagh, or Binn Bhriocain SE Top (pt 558) might have the required prominence of 15m. I did not have a look at the height on my GPS when I was up on the top,but even though I am not too sure about the real accuracy of its altimeter, I could read 541m at the col and the graph on Basecamp suggests the prominence would be about 17m. Another good reason for which it would be nice to have it added is its impressive SW slopes, between Binn Bhriocain and Cnoc na hUilleann.
simon3
2016-04-16 18:24:51
Users Online oddities - FIXED perhaps
Context of comment:All
You may see some weird "users" in the Users Online list.
There is an error here that's being researched prior to correction (hopefully).
admin@mountainviews.ie
Message:A fix for this apparent error has been applied. Please let admin@mountainviews.ie know of any unforeseen side-effects.
Additional points:Postscript. This was a curious and odd fault. It has usually proved worth investigating such odd errors (instead of just covering them up) because they are often pointers to some deeper malaise.
In this case and after hours of investigation it turned out that the most probable cause is search engines attempting to access an ajax .php file. The urls of the accessing hosts were all Google or Bing bots. Through MV usage tracking such accesses lead to insertion of a bogus record into MV's recent user list. If you are experienced with search engines you will be surprised to know that it appears that search engines can crawl addresses that only appear as literals in javascript. By crawling this the search engine caused problems for the website. The ajax modules now return a 401 error code and do not alter the MV recent user list. In the meanwhile various other nasty errors were found and corrected.
I can guarantee any developer assisting MV that you will emerge with some penetrating insights into modern web practice.
simon3
2016-04-11 23:02:25
Outage on MountainViews, Mon11 Apr.
Context of comment:All
There was an unusually long spell with MV down yesterday, regrettably. It was caused by a "networking fault" at our hosting company. The problem appeared to start at around 12:30 and wasn't corrected by the hosting company until around 22:45.
If you are interested in such things you can follow what happened here:
http://www.letshoststatus.com
simon3
2016-03-30 08:22:47
re Website errors - try fix
Context of comment:Donal
timeout error is usually corrected by reloading mountainviews in the browser. If this doesn't work, please get back to me.

Cannor write to uservisit 7027 hasn't occurred previously and is probably a side effect of a hosting company operation yesterday morning where they moved the website to a new server. This also has not happened before. It is quite a subtle error, not manifesting itself till many hours after the move.
Message:A correction has now been made and marking a summit as climbed now appears to work.
Additional points:Please let me know if the fix works or there are any other errors yet to be uncovered.
donalhunt
2016-03-29 23:31:47
Website errors?
Context of comment:Receiving 2 types of errors when trying to mark peaks as climbed...

Error: possible timeout error 3682

and

Error: Cannot write to uservisit 7027 (0)
Duplicate entry '134640' for key 'PRIMARY'
insert into uservisit (placeid, userid, mvnotified) values ('455', '16870', '2016-03-29 22:29:01')
Message:N/A
Additional points:Happy to test fixes.


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