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offroadgeek
Posted on: Nov 5 2017, 05:58 AM





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Sorry I missed this thread until now. I have OESF set to auto-renew every year, it's not a big deal at all.

That reminds me, I do need to get Paul (and others?) admin access to dreahmost.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Apr 10 2010, 10:22 AM





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All - I wanted to first apologize for the recent outage with the site/forums. If you've been around for any length of time you'll know that an outage like this rarely happens.

I want to make sure that everyone knows that Roy and I are still dedicated to the site and forums. We know how important it is to the community, even after all these years.

If you want to know the details of what went wrong, read on. Otherwise, please rest assured that the site and forums are here to stay. We can't of course guarantee no down time ever, that just wouldn't be realistic. We do appreciate how much knowledge that this community has built over the last decade (or more). I also want people to know that the Roy is able to get a hold of me outside of the forums. Also, even though I'm not on the forums much anymore, I'm still very much connected to them and I know when things go wrong.

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The site/forums are registered with Dreamhost, and at one point they used to be hosted with Dreamhost as well. Many, many years ago I had the site/forums hosted on dedicated servers to accommodate the bandwidth and usage needs. It cost me a couple hundred each month and as you know I've been very deliberate about keeping annoying ads out of the forums (unlike many other forums). My desire has never been to make money from this, just to provide a service to the community. After a while Roy and I found out that we could leverage ibiblio (thanks ibiblio!) to host the site/forums for free. I changed from a dedicated hosting plan with dreamhost to a regular shared server plan (to have the site/forums hosted on ibiblio, but the domain registration/renewals and DNS stayed with dreamhost). For some reason I couldn't just "change hosting plans" with my dreamhost account, I had to create a new account, move the sites/domains/registrations/DNS over and close the old account. This is where the problem apparently started...

I received an email a couple weeks ago (can't remember the exact date, but that's when the site went down) saying oesf.org has been deleted from the registry (as well as elsix.org, zaurususergroup.org and a couple other domains). There was no explanation or anything... just that it was deleted. I worked with dreamhost support to have them explain what the hell went wrong and apparently they didn't complete the move of the domain registration/renewls from my old (dedicated server) account to the new (shared hosting) account. Because of this, the annual domain renewals for the last couple years had not been paid. They never emailed me saying, 'hey, you have an outstanding balance' or notified me within the dreamhost control panel. They didn't say anything for years!

Because the domain was deleted from the registry, it of course went down completely. After working with (the largely incompetent) dreamhost support team (all via email, they have no phone support) they told me that I had to pay the past due domain renewals AND I had to pay $100 per domain for redemption, or wait 60 or so days for the sites to become available to re-register. This to me was complete bullshit. They didn't let me know that I owed anything, didn't let me know that the sites would be deleted.. no communication prior to them all being deleted. Yet, I got the email saying that they had been deleted... so they did know how to email me (it's not like they had an old email).

I immediately paid the past due renewals (rightfully mine to pay) but told them that I would not pay for the $100 redemption fees for each domain. I told them that because of their screw up (many) they should cover the costs. Ultimately I got to a support manager and he agreed that they had made the mistake and agreed to cover the redemption. I would have paid the redemption for oesf.org just to get it back online, but had I done so I wouldn't have any leverage to get them to reimburse me.

Dreamhost has fixed the account and the domain is setup for auto renewal (like all of my other domains). I haven't been happy with dreamhost for a while now, and last year registered/created a site with godaddy.com. In the near future, I will be migrating oesf (and my other domains) to godaddy. Dreamhost doesn't deserve my business anymore.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jun 17 2007, 06:54 AM





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I by no means started the community... it was around long before I bought my first 5500. I simply tried to help out where ever I could.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jun 16 2007, 05:43 AM





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God, I hate that I haven't been on in ages. Work is just all consuming now and it will just get worse as I may be moving to India for a year...

I will get dz access to everything I have (which should be everything), but we also need help with the sites.

I would like to hand over 'ownership' of the sites so they can be better maintained, but I would only do this with a select few people that have been here for years. I'll PM them to see if there is interest.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jan 21 2007, 08:55 AM





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I've just changed it so that ~50mb files can be attached. If people abuse this I'll put it back to a lower size.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jan 20 2007, 07:38 PM





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I have changed it so that an admin will have to validate all new users until I get the forum software upgraded. Hopefully the newer version will help combat the spam.

The upgrade will happen within the next couple days and will require some downtime.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jan 3 2007, 07:57 AM





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sorry, it was a minor config issue (changed directories) that took longer than expected to find.

all existing attachments are downloadable again and you can upload new files as well.

enjoy
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Dec 25 2006, 01:10 PM





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it will be fixed.. please be patient. I am going to finish having xmas with my family and I'll get to it tomorrow
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Dec 24 2006, 08:03 AM





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hopefully we won't have to move again as ibiblio is completely free.

very sorry about the long delay in getting the forums back online. there was a problem between dreamhost and ibiblio which I finally got resolved on two days ago.

enjoy and happy holidays!
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Dec 13 2006, 01:39 PM





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Yippee! That wasn't too hard. I had some troubles with the slightly different versions of mysql servers (the ibiblio server barfed at a few of the default settings from the dreamhost server).

Thanks for everyone's patience!

offroadgeek
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Dec 12 2006, 01:52 PM





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OK... everything is ready and I'll be moving the site right now (12/12/2006 ~4pm CDT).

While the move is happening, I will be locking the forums so that people can still access the forum in a read only mode.

I will also keep the forum locked and available via the server's IP address until DNS fully propogates: 64.111.96.127.

Thanks for your patience while we go through this transition.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Dec 3 2006, 08:44 AM





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the site was down for (probably) a few hours this morning... it looked like the automated log rotation failed and it clogged things up. we're back now.

I'm also going to be moving the site to the ibiblio servers very soon (maybe today), so there will be more outage while dns is updating.

please bear with us.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jul 12 2006, 07:27 AM





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Yep, all of the sites on the dedicated server were down for a short while. I noticed it shortly after 9am (CDT).

Apparently something had eaten up all of the memory and the server just slowed to a crawl. We had to bounc the server and everything came back up quickly. I'm working with Dreamhost suppor to get rid of anything unnecessary processes.

Sorry for the troubles!
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jun 17 2006, 10:40 AM





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The server has been working great ever since we disabled locate on the box... I'll delete the extra posts...

I also received all 9 PMs from you wink.gif
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offroadgeek
Posted on: May 26 2006, 06:02 PM





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We think we found the issue which has been causing the site to clock or completly timeout in the mornings. Apparently updatedb has been running daily to refresh the locate db and the process lingered for several hours eating up memory and cpu utilization. Since we obviously don't need to use locate on the server (as much as we need responsiveness!) we've removed it from cron.

Hopefully this will fix the issue. This however doesn't mean that we'll continue to stay on the dreamhost dedicated server indefinitrely. We'll continue to persue moving the site to ibiblio.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: May 23 2006, 07:03 PM





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Congratulations Kevin on releasing your second book! I was an absolute pleasure to help with proofing it smile.gif

I have to tell everyone... this book is a great read, and a wonderful sequel to Z4CK! If you haven't already read Z4CK , you're really missing out.

Please support a wonderful member of our Zaurus community!
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offroadgeek
Posted on: May 15 2006, 06:09 PM





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QUOTE(DaemonsGR @ May 14 2006, 03:40 AM)
QUOTE(ken @ May 13 2006, 10:02 PM)
QUOTE(dz @ May 10 2006, 12:19 PM)
I know we've been having a lot of issues lately with our hosting here.  Mike has been dealing with our hosting provider and trying to get that resolved.


what kind of bandwidth does this take? and space?
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I also have this question?
Maybe I can help.
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It's not that there are space or bandwidth issues... we're on a dedicated server that has plenty of bandwidth and disk space... the problems are with the actual dedicated server, something is taking CPU utilization and the server gets bogged down.

We currently use ~200GB/month bandwidth and just under a gig of disk space, just so you know.

Hopefully the move to ibiblio will be successful and that will help by eliminating the hosting costs.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: May 13 2006, 05:57 AM





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QUOTE(dz @ May 11 2006, 04:46 AM)
QUOTE(pgas @ May 11 2006, 12:43 AM)


Right.. notice the date on that though. That was well over a year ago.

I assure you that I wouldn't even consider switching the site over to them if I wasn't 100% confident in their abilities to host us. Mike and I have been on their mailing list for the past year and we've seen all the upgrades and fixes they've done.
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That's correct. It was just a matter of bad timing... apparently when we tried to move the sites to ibiblio in Jan '05 they had some hardware issues (unplanned) and ended up needing to upgrade their infrastructure, IIRC. Many high profile sites (much larger than our small sites) are hosted on ibiblio.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: May 2 2006, 05:37 PM





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Sorry for the issues everyone... I've just been slammed at work.

I'm going to call dreamhost tomorrow to see what's up... I paid $1200 for an f'ing dedicated server and we've had more problems on it than on the shared server.

Please be patient with us.

Thanks!
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Feb 23 2006, 08:10 AM





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We have a few admins (global rights): me, dz, foxdie, taim, tapjpa. As dz mentioned, we won't be adding people to this group unless I know that they are a solid member of the community, etc.

We have several moderators (rights to specific forums). If people want to be added as a moderator to one or more forums, please just send me a PM. If I don't know you already, I'll look at your history on the forums.

With regards to the spam we get... by the time I get on the forum to check the spam it's usually in the trash can already. From there and admin either suspends or deletes the member and put their member name and IP address in the ban list.

The forum already has email validation in place (you receive an email and have to follow the link to become active and be able to post). I don't see the benefit of having admins approve new members as we won't know if they are spammers until they actually post.

I will look into the keyword filter and quarantine option... I think that's a great idea.

Thanks for the feedback.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Feb 4 2006, 12:41 PM





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Don't know exactly what caused the server to hang up so bad... dz and I are looking into it and we'll post more info as we get it.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jan 19 2006, 12:46 PM





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I just found out about the issue about an hour ago. We're on a dedicated server now so it shouldn't have to do with overtaxing a shared server anymore. As far as I could tell all of my services were down (email, etc.).

I'll find out what happened from dreamhost and post an update here when I get the answers.

Sorry for the interruption!
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Jan 15 2006, 07:53 AM





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Great poll! I was temped to not reply for a while to see what other theories people come up with smile.gif

I took a new job last June and it has just taken over my life. It's been regular 60 hr weeks for several months now. sad.gif I'm looking to hire more people to help with the work load, hopefully it will get to a normal level soon.

Regarding the OQO - I actually don't like it nearly as much as my c1000. I bought it so that I can have a mini laptop for work use (unfortunately working for a large company forces me to use windows). Although it is nice to see it boot into ubuntu. My biggest gripes with the OQO are 1) the screen isn't bright enough; 2) the keyboard just sucks (crappy for typing, buttons are too hard to push, not spaced well); and 3) the fan spins up quite loud. Makes it quite annoying when in meetings at work (it sounds like a model airplane taking off).

I'm going to sell the OQO and looking at getting a thinkpad instead.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Dec 17 2005, 07:04 PM





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QUOTE(koen @ Dec 7 2005, 04:34 AM)
I bet there will be a 'brainstorming session' and oesf will be renamed to 'Internet Device Talk Forum' wink.gif

Koen - why are you such a blatant jerk? I'm seriously getting tired of your aggressive and hateful posts. After everything I've done for this community, and just because I chose to shorten the name of the forums from OESF to OE you continue to think I stole the name and you continue to be rude to me and the community.

So unless you can change your attitude just leave. We don't need people like you here.
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offroadgeek
Posted on: Oct 31 2005, 05:19 PM





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I just received my OQO 01+ and it's a decent little unit. So far I much prefer the keyboard on my C1000 to the OQO. I do really like the ability to plug in the adapter and connect a mouse, monitor and keyboard.

Now I need to spend some time to get linux on it and I'll be real happy.
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