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Reply #165 - Apr 11th, 2013 at 3:40pm
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Is this why I couldn't post an awesome news article this morning?
  
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Reply #166 - Apr 11th, 2013 at 3:51pm
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Yup, but don't worry, I've got Top Men™ on the job.




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Reply #167 - Jun 13th, 2014 at 1:32pm
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Not that I'm complaining, Bob - it may be just me - I have been having trouble in the past month being able to load the forum.  Not sure if you're working on it or whatnot, but just wanted to let you know in case you needed to.

Thanks again for keeping this up and running - I think we can thank this and the past forums that allows us to keep in contact and remain friends after all these years.

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Reply #168 - Jun 13th, 2014 at 2:22pm
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I haven't had any issues over here, but I access the forum locally 99% of the time.  I also pulled it up just now using a cellular modem with a VPN and it came right up.

When you have a problem with the forum does it just load slowly, load partially, or not load at all?


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Reply #169 - Jun 13th, 2014 at 2:59pm
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Not at all...usually times itself out.
  

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Reply #170 - Jun 15th, 2014 at 6:08am
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You know I had the same problem the other day, but when I tried again a few hours later it was fine so I just chalked it up to a bad connection or internetz woes.
  
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Reply #171 - Jun 16th, 2014 at 10:54am
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On a hunch, I went full-bore with some anime torrents and maxed out my VPN connection, just to see if that would impact external access to the forum.  At ~25Mbps download, my upload rate is still good and I can get to the forum instantly from a cellular connection.  I'll keep digging, thanks guys!


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Reply #172 - Nov 24th, 2014 at 5:33pm
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The forum will be going down repeatedly tonight while I complete upgrade VMware on the box running the web server.  Sorry for the short notice!
  

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Reply #173 - Nov 26th, 2014 at 12:59pm
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I'm doing some hardware upgrades this week on the VMware server that runs the web forum, so there will be some limited downtime today and Friday/Saturday.  Here are the highlights:

  • Installing additional RAM, bringing the server from 96GB to 138GB.
  • Installing a new Adaptec 71605Q RAID adapter, five more hard drives, and (temporarily) a 128GB SSD for flash acceleration.  My goal is to use three 512GB or 1TB SSDs for flash acceleration down the road, but I've got the 128GB drive laying around and may as well put it to use now!  The new adapter also has twice the cache (1GB instead of 512MB) compared to the existing adapter.
  • Installing a dual-port 10Gb fiber network card to replace the existing 4-port 1Gb network card.  Only one of the two 10Gb ports will be connected right off the bat until I can afford to buy another Cisco switch with more 10Gb ports.  They are still incredibly expensive on eBay.


I'm also hoping to upgrade the CPUs in the server in February/March.  The server is currently running two Xeon X5620s with four 2.4GHz cores.  I'd like to swap them out for two Xeon X5690s with six 3.46GHz cores, bumping overall CPU power from 19.2GHz to 41.04GHz.  That should help this beast last a few more years.


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Reply #174 - Dec 2nd, 2014 at 9:56am
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The forum will be going down for a few hours today (assuming my SAS cables arrive) so I can install the new RAID adapter and reinstall the VMware OS.


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Reply #175 - Dec 3rd, 2014 at 6:10pm
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The forum is back up for now.  The 10Gb network cards will be here Thursday or Friday, so there will be another 30-60 minutes of downtime while I get that configured.


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Reply #176 - Dec 4th, 2014 at 6:29am
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Wow...10GB...technology never seems to stop impressing me with how far we come since we first got into the game ourselves and where we were at 5 years ago.

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Reply #177 - Jul 14th, 2015 at 8:54am
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Something caused the forum index to blow up, so the index wasn't showing any posts.  I blew away the index and rebuilt it.  Let me know if anything looks shady.


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Reply #178 - Nov 4th, 2015 at 3:06pm
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I've been implementing some stronger crypto on the network, so apologies for any interruptions to the website or FTP.  I'm done, so I don't expect any further interruptions.

Also, I upgraded my Internet connection from 27x7Mbps to 75x15Mbps.  Hopefully that will help with some of the outbound bandwidth issues.


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