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June 08, 2004

FTP is down

    FTP went down today after a crash on the Red Dragon.  Looks like the config file get corrupt because of the crash.  Darn non-Linux OSes and their crashing!
    I didn't bother keeping a backup for the config, since I wanted to be off the non-Linux FTP server anyway.  Since I don't have anytime, null79 is going to look into setting up a Linux based FTP server.

June 02, 2004

The Garage Crowd site is back

    Zen informed me the Crowd site is back after a replacement DSL modem was installed.

June 01, 2004

The Garage Crowd site is down

    The Garage Crowd site is down due to DSL problems at Zen's shop.  He's contacted the ISP and someone is scheduled to look at it.  Zen tells me if the site looks to be down for more then just the day, he will temporarily move it to Park Place. 

May 11, 2004

E-mail is back

    About a week ago, I noticed e-mail was not being delivered. At first, I thought this was a sendmail config problem, thinking maybe something didn't restart correctly when the White Dragon rebooted. After several very unsucessful atempts to get what seemed something very simple, I decided to abandon sendmail, and try an other e-mail server.
    So, we installed Mercury again-- our trusty e-mail server of old. It didn't work either. At this point, I was confused. Then, a thought dawned on me, I check on our ISP's site, and my suspicions were confirmed. Due to the most recent set of viruses-- SPAM sending viruses, our ISP firewalled outgoing connections to port 25. Unfortunately, I don't think we can remove this block despite the fact we are not your typical brain-dead user that wouldn't notice something like a SPAM virus.
    To get around this, we set up a mail relay on a diffrent port on a remote computer. It's setup to only accept connections from our network and relay anything we send it. Then, our server here was modified to use that relay when sending mail.
    It's kind of a long route for getting e-mail out, but it works. It's too bad most people are too stupid to be trusted with an unfirewalled internet connection-- makes things harder for those of us who can.

April 22, 2004

The White Dragon crashes

    After 190 days of non-stop activity, the White Dragon locked up. was down for about 6 hours before it came to my attention.  The computer rebooted fine and everything came back.  Due to the White Dragon's prior record, it is my guess the heat as of late is taking it's toll.
    The Black Dragon has crashed a couple of times already, mainly when it's much warmer.  This is going to be a problem as the heat increasers for the summer months to come.

April 01, 2004

March a complete record month January daily averages

    Our busiest day last month was the 12th where we received 21,304 hits-- a new record for daily hits.  On the 1th, we sent out 2,073,412

   We set all new records for monthly hits, visitors, files and pages sent, and unique sites to make requests.  In an incredible show of support for our friend Jerry Shea, we jumped from our standard 6,000 hits a day to over 21,000 and maintained around 10,000 hits a day for the next 5 days.  Even google seemed to honor Jerry's memory, as his site showed up the 2nd day.
    In all, the month yielded almost a quarter of a million hits and just under 20 gigs of data transferred.

March 30, 2004

'Nelson' leaves the network

    Zam's computer, 'Nelson', leaves the network.  Zam moved his primary residence to Janesville and Nelson went with him.

March 19, 2004

Server monitor dies

    Our trusty Magnavox 15" monitor, after 9 years of faithful service, finally quite.  It will likely be replaced with our 17" MagView.

March 16, 2004

Farewell Jerry Shea-- we'll never forget you!

    Thursday, March 11, 2004, our friend Jerry Shea died.  It would come as a shock to everyone who knew him.  The following day, we constructed a memorial website to honor our friend.

March 09, 2004

FTP bandwidth

    FTP has been draining our bandwidth a little too much.  With some users who have large bandwidth constantly exchanging data with our FTP server, the network has been crawling.  Our current FTP program, WarFTP, don't have bandwidth limiting.  We're looking into alternatives and we'll be switching when the right server is found.