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John T. Haller's blog

Server Hardware Issue Fixed, 2hr Unscheduled Maintenance Complete (May 1)

Submitted by John T. Haller on May 1, 2014 - 1:51pm

The PortableApps.com website and updater/app store database download experienced 2 hours of unscheduled downtime today due to a hardware issue. The box was pulled and RAM, CPU and chassis were swapped to determine which was causing the kernel panic. Everything is working again now. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.


Surgery On April 30, Recovery (Updated May 20)

Submitted by John T. Haller on April 30, 2014 - 12:01am

As many regular visitors know, I was injured and had surgery on my leg in December and last posted an update about it last month. I'm heading in for my followup surgery today and wanted to post a quick update.


Surgery and Injury Recovery Update (Updated: Mar 19, 2014)

Submitted by John T. Haller on March 13, 2014 - 5:12pm

As folks following along in my last blog entry know, I broke my leg/ankle in December, which affected app updates and site updates for a while. I wanted to post a quick update on where I'm at with recovery for folks who've been asking.


Surgery Today (Dec 17), Slowdown in releases and updates for a few days (updated Dec 22)

Submitted by John T. Haller on December 17, 2013 - 9:27am

Greetings fellow Portable Appers. I wanted to give everyone a heads up that there will be a slowdown in new and updated apps for a few days. I'm going into surgery for a broken leg/ankle due to a fall on an icy sidewalk here in NYC. The surgery isn't suppose to be too bad, maybe an hour and a half. Recovery will take a couple months. I have to run as they're taking me earlier than expected. If something happens to me, there are contingency plans in place. I'll update as soon as I can.


Organ Donation: A Message From PortableApps.com Founder John T. Haller

Submitted by John T. Haller on June 30, 2013 - 12:10am

John T. Haller pictureI wanted to make a quick blog post today to remind everyone of the importance of being an organ donor. As some long-time users know, I donated a kidney to my father back in 2000. 13 years ago today, as a matter of fact. So, I know the importance of living donor organ donation first hand.


Twitter Account Change, @PortableApps for new apps, stories, big updates. @PortableAppsAll for everything

Submitted by John T. Haller on June 5, 2013 - 12:33pm

We wanted to take a minute and let everybody know that we're splitting up our twitter account into two accounts. Now that we have over 300 apps, pushing every app update announcement to Twitter makes the channel a bit too much of a firehose, too much for some Twitter fans. And the volume will only increase as we keep adding apps. So, we've decided to split things up into two Twitter accounts.


PortableApps.com Status Update (2012-11-16): Hurricane Sandy Impact, New Apps, 12.0 Schedule, Donations, Site Status

Submitted by John T. Haller on November 17, 2012 - 2:21am

Now that we've caught up after the impact of Hurricane Sandy, we thought it would be a good time to do a 'PortableApps.com Status Update' to let everyone know what's going on. We've got new apps, an update on the first 12.0 platform beta, some more site tweaks, and more. Read on for the details


Hurricane Sandy and PortableApps.com (Updated Nov 15, 2012)

Submitted by John T. Haller on October 29, 2012 - 10:55pm

Greetings Portable-Appers,

I wanted to take a moment to update you all on the possible impact of hurricane Sandy on PortableApps.com. Firstly, our servers for our website and downloads are located outside of the affected areas, so we've got nothing to worry about there. One of our US mirrors for downloads of open source software hosted by SourceForge may be affected, but the system will automatically fail over to the other dozen plus mirrors, so users will likely not even notice. You can continue downloading the platform and apps and using the website.


A personal appeal from PortableApps.com founder, John T. Haller

Submitted by John T. Haller on September 27, 2012 - 9:00pm

Dear PortableApps.com User,

Today, just after the new 11.0 release of our platform and the start of work on 12.0, I am going to ask you to support PortableApps.com with a donation. Why, you might ask, would a a popular software platform like ours need donations? Read on to find out the full story and to help PortableApps.com free and growing for years to come...


Firefox 3.6 End of Lifed, Extended Support Release (ESR) of Firefox and Thunderbird Portable 10.0.4 Released

Submitted by John T. Haller on April 26, 2012 - 2:02am

For those who don't know, the 2+ year old Firefox 3.6.x release is officially discontinued and unsupported. It will receive no more security updates or bug fixes. All users on 3.6 should upgrade to the current Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition 12.0 immediately to ensure they are running a secure and stable browser going forward.