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Oct 17th, 2005 at 10:02am
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I changed the avatar limits from 65x65 to 80x80, but only because my own avatar looked squished.

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Reply #1 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 10:14am
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I've fixed the attachment feature.  I've allowed uploads of attachments up to 10mb with the following extensions...
  • *.jpg
  • *.jpeg
  • *.gif
  • *.png
  • *.swf
  • *.zip
  • *.txt
  • *.bmp
  • *.mp3
  • *.doc
  • *.xls
  • *.ppt

Let me know what other extensions you guys want me to allow.

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Reply #2 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 10:17am
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I removed the "notify me of replies" icon, since I don't have an e-mail server running at the moment to process the replies.  This might be a fun "rainy day" feature to work on in the future, once I get my other server working.

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Reply #3 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 10:34am
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There are two problems I'm trying to fix...

1) The time seems to be an hour off.  Even though the server is set to GMT -5 (EST) and the forum software defaults to the same, all of the posts are appearing an hour off to me.  Are you guys seeing the same thing?  (This post should be listed at 10:34am or so.)

2) The "Post last modified on..." label isn't showing up, even though the feature is turned on.  I'll have to scrape around within the code a bit to find a fix.

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Reply #4 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 10:50am
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I fixed the time issue.  I forgot about Daylight Savings Time, which was a separate option.

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Reply #5 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 11:20am
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I renamed the existing pictures from the "More Smilies" column so they made a bit of sense (since I can't read German) and added a bunch of new ones.  Here's a few that were added...


Crucifix Smiley
Cry2 Smiley
Farmer Smiley
FlagConfederate Smiley
FlagUS Smiley
FlameThrower2 Smiley
Fortified Smiley
Jester Smiley
Sheep Smiley
Soldier-Shooting1 Smiley
Soldier-Shooting2 Smiley
ToiletGremlins Smiley


A zip file of the new ones is attached.  If you've got any personal favorites you want added, give me a URL or attach them here.

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Reply #6 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 2:11pm
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More fun with smilies.  Lots of cool guns!


BarneyKill Smiley
BullCrap Smiley
ChainSaw Smiley
Borg Smiley
BooHoo Smiley
DrillSergeant Smiley
GrenadeBlowUp Smiley
Guns-AK47Animated Smiley
Guns-AR15Firing Smiley
Guns-AK47Reload Smiley
Guns-AR15Reload Smiley
Guns-Assassinate Smiley
Guns-DeckCannon Smiley
Guns-DualFist3 Smiley
Guns-DualFist2 Smiley
Guns-DualFist1 Smiley
Guns-FNFAL Smiley
Guns-Jailed Smiley
Guns-Sniper1 Smiley
Guns-Sniper2 Smiley
ImWithStupid Smiley
Hick Smiley
MedievalSword Smiley
LurkersMustDie Smiley
LightSaberBattle Smiley
Microwave Smiley
Moped Smiley
ShootYourself Smiley
WesDownersMom1 Smiley
WesDownersMom2 Smiley
StewyThePirate Smiley
WTF Smiley


This is just a small number of the total I added.  There are 187 total now.  If you click the "View all Smilies" link underneath More Smilies when you reply to a post you can see all of the available ones.  Too cool...

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Reply #7 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 3:21pm
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Lol bob you went nuts with the gun smilies Smiley Smiley

The attachment option is pretty hot, those that dont host images should love that
  

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Reply #8 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 3:24pm
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Yeah, I can create a virtual directory to link to that folder so people can host their own images here.

How about...

http://www.TWNCommunications.Net/Hosted

Then, if you upload a picture, you can link to it directly.  It'd look like this...

{Img} http://www.TWNCommunications.Net/Hosted/Picture.jpg {/Img}

Sound good?

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Reply #9 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 3:27pm
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Here's an attachment to test, NotepadHang.jpg.
  

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Reply #10 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 3:31pm
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Wow, never mind.  I guess it automatically displays a photo inline if an image is attached.  Well, as long as you guys don't leech all my bandwidth, I'll leave the new virtual directory I created so you can use the attachment option to host files for other websites or whatever.

I uploaded BadFragmentation.jpg, so the following URL should work to access it.

http://www.TWNCommunications.Net/Hosted/NotepadHang.jpg

I should also be able to use an inline photo tag to display photo attachments in other threads.



So, if you guys want to host a file for another website, just attach it to a post somewhere (we can create a Random Attachment thread if need be) and use the following URL...

http://www.TWNCommunications.Net/Hosted/Filename.ext

Be sure to replace Filename.ext with the name of the file you attached.  Remember to read the post up top about acceptable file extensions.  Only certain file extensions are permitted, but I can always add other file extensions if I missed something.  If you try to upload an unpermitted file type, the forum will warn you about the error.  Just let me know if I missed one and I'll add it.

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Reply #11 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 3:46pm
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Sweet deal bob, I've got a few 12 gig files i need hosted. Its ok ill make sure only about 10 people a day download it. Grin
  

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Reply #12 - Oct 17th, 2005 at 3:55pm
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Live preview is fun too, you can check out how your post looks while you type it. Click the plus near the top to open it.

I was standing behind those firefighters. That fire was MASSIVE. The whole city turned out to watch it. It was like a football game, people were appearing with beer cups in their hands, lol. Everyong was parking on yards or random empty baseball fields. You could see the smoke for miles and it was drifting into Canada, making the skies hazy.



  

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Reply #13 - Oct 19th, 2005 at 3:23pm
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PoopHitsFan Smiley


For all those times when TSHTF.

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Reply #14 - Oct 19th, 2005 at 3:44pm
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you all should be proud.


you live up to the name of "geek".



i'm glad to have met you all.




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Reply #15 - Oct 19th, 2005 at 7:23pm
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It wouldnt be the "geek crew" without us. 

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Reply #16 - Oct 19th, 2005 at 8:54pm
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Yes, and it wouldn't be The Geek Crew without more smilies!  Bahahaha!

GetOut Smiley
HugeShock Smiley
HugeShock 2 Smiley
PleaseDie Smiley
WTF2 Smiley
HeadBang Smiley
Computer Trouble Smiley

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Reply #17 - Oct 20th, 2005 at 9:37am
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282, baybee!  I might get rid of some of the bigger ones, since they're rather annoying.

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Alien-Mononoke Smiley (For those of you that liked Princess Mononoke!)
BadDog Smiley
Bomb Smiley
Car-Cop Smiley
Constipated Smiley
Fart Smiley
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Guns-CaptureFlag Smiley
Luigi Smiley
Mario Smiley
Pong Smiley
Smurf1 Smiley
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Reply #18 - Oct 20th, 2005 at 1:40pm
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I got rid of that last piece of #c0c0c0 border on the front page, since it looked kind of funky all by itself.

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Reply #19 - Oct 20th, 2005 at 1:45pm
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Thanks bob, it was funky but i wasnt in the mood to hunt it down. Which value was it btw?
  

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If I remember correctly, it was BorderContainer.  From what I can tell, it only affected two lines on the front page.  I'm not sure why it needed a separate denotation.

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Reply #21 - Nov 1st, 2005 at 10:26am
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More smilies!

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Reply #22 - Nov 1st, 2005 at 11:05am
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I added a few more smilies, and deleted several of the huge ones.  Here are some of my favorite new additions.

Bump Smiley
Censored Smiley
CloudNine Smiley
DeadHorse Smiley
EndOfTheWorld Smiley
DontTreadOnMe Smiley
Fart1 Smiley
GrouchoMarx Smiley
IAmSmiling Smiley
MickeyMouse Smiley
OffTopic Smiley
Oops Smiley
Same Smiley
STFU Smiley
VoteBush Smiley
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Reply #23 - Nov 1st, 2005 at 12:08pm
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wtf bob   Smiley Smiley
  

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Reply #24 - Nov 1st, 2005 at 12:26pm
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I never said I agreed with it.

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Attachment goodness...

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More smilies!

  

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Here they are!


Banana Smiley
Abused Smiley
BeatChair Smiley
Chainsaw2[smiley=Chainsaw2.gif]
DeadHorse2 Smiley
BS Smiley
ButtKick Smiley
Dropkick Smiley
Flame Smiley
Newbie Smiley
Owned Smiley
ROFLMAO Smiley


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Reply #29 - Nov 6th, 2005 at 10:36pm
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ThreadHijack Smiley

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Reply #30 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 6:39pm
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this is a good one
  

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Reply #31 - Nov 7th, 2005 at 8:18pm
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BananaDance Smiley

Good catch!

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Brick Smiley
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Reply #33 - Dec 6th, 2005 at 5:37pm
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If anyone can write a story incorporating as many of the smilies as possible, I'll treat you to lunch.  That would rock.  (the story, not me dishing out for lunch)
  
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More smilies!

BananaRasta Smiley
BeatWithStick Smiley
Bulldozer[smiley=Bulldozer.gif]
Gay Smiley
Crossbones[smiley=Crossbones.gif]
DUTroll Smiley
Greedy Smiley
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Horse Smiley
JackInBox Smiley
LollerSkates Smiley
NoImage Smiley
NoImage2 Smiley
Penguin Smiley
PinkElephant Smiley
RetardedLOL Smiley
Sheeple Smiley
Sleep2 Smiley
Snorkel Smiley
Spider Smiley
STFUSlap Smiley
Survivalist Smiley
Survivalist2 Smiley
TooHappy Smiley
Vikings Smiley

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More!  More!  More!


Bananas Smiley
BlowKiss Smiley
Cartman Smiley
Chug Smiley
CopBeat Smiley
Couch Smiley
Deserted Smiley
Dupe Smiley
FlagSalute Smiley
Guns-Gatling Smiley
Guns-M4 Smiley
KnightThatSaysNI Smiley
NutKick Smiley
TTIWWOP Smiley
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Zombie3 Smiley
DestroyComputer Smiley
DomokunFloppy Smiley
OfficeDance Smiley
PlzDie Smiley
RunWithScissors Smiley
Twinkies Smiley
Weiner Smiley

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Reply #36 - Jun 7th, 2006 at 4:18pm
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The bananas remind me of the fluffy white "Yay!" things in the movie Rejected.  They also make me smile.
  
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Zelda Smiley



Should I add more as I find them?

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I apologize for the downtime on the forum over the weekend.  Apparently, the edge router Comcast provided for my cable service reset for no apparent reason.  That killed the port forwarding that allows traffic to come in to my web server, hence the downtime.

I didn't realize it was down since I still had outbound Internet service and could get the forum just fine myself.  Tex let me know on Sunday that he wasn't able to get to it, hence the fix.

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On a related note, I'm going to be defragmenting the server today, so if things are a bit sluggish throughout the afternoon, that's why.

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There's a huge (read: AWESOME) storm raging right now, and it's been knocking the power out intermittently.  That's screwing with my cable Internet service, so even though my UPS's are keeping the server and my PC running, the Internet service is up and down.  That will cause some random outages until  the storm has abated.

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Reply #42 - Aug 3rd, 2006 at 3:38am
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GREETINGS FEDERAL AGENTS!!!

I'm sorry to inform you that we are not Al CIA-eda operatives bent on taking down this country!  Our own govt officials are doing that well enough!  And no, we will not take $40,000 dollars and a video camera to do "terrorist activities"!  And no, you shouldn't try to send us 1,000 pounds of explosives in the mail and have us arrested right when it arrives!  The internet doesn't have "free speech zones" that is until you bastards try and pass Internet 2.  So just go on your merry way and keep plotting to take down this country you might think you are protecting!

63.27.202.103
63.27.196.54
63.27.132.62
Now I'm not saying these are the IP addresses of these govt agents...I would hope they'd be more slick about it!

Although according to your FBI Training Manuals Christians, Gun Owners, and THOSE WHO MAKE FREQUENT REFERENCES TO THE US CONSTITUTION" are terrorists...so I really have no clue if we're terrorists or not. (see pic)

I mean we're not as big as the government is...we're just the patsies!

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Reply #43 - Aug 3rd, 2006 at 3:41am
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Ooo ooo! im a defender of the US constitution! can I be charged and held against my will!?

Pick me! Pick me!

Oh and this thread has too many smilies.

Smiley

...but this is by far my favorite.

  

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Reply #44 - Aug 3rd, 2006 at 9:31am
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That pamphlet is older than dirt, but it's still pretty funny!  For what it's worth, the first 25% of the 63.* block is registered to UUNet, so everything from 63.0.0.0 to 63.63.255.255 belongs to them.  UUNet is a wholly owned subsidiary of MCI, who now belongs to you-know-who.

The first two addresses are from Dekalb, Illinois, with the third one registering to Boston, Massachusetts. 

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Reply #45 - Aug 3rd, 2006 at 1:34pm
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(...notes that you really are a patsy.)


He He...that what I was going for.

And while that particular paphlet is old, there are new ones out that describe the same thing.  They also add terrorists might "wear blue jeans" and "be nice".  I kid you not.  I can find you the doc if you want me to.  So everyone who is nice and wears blue jeans are terrorists.

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Reply #46 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 2:37pm
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The forum will be down intermittently this afternoon while I install Server 2003 SP2 and a couple other updates.  It might also be a bit sluggish while I defragment.

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Reply #48 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 3:50pm
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Ohhh boohoo!

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Reply #49 - Jul 9th, 2007 at 3:53pm
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Whales, the reason the ocean is salty.


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A Message from Wes

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Hey there Patsy you sexy ass bastard! Haha

Tell Briney he sucks for never answering his phone, and call b0b a homosexual for me at least once...

Oh and tell Craig his mom has great tits.

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Yeah once....before the morning meeting, after the meeting, at lunch, when 2nd shift gets here, when Tom yells something stupid.  Yeah I have that one covered.
  
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Reply #52 - Jul 23rd, 2007 at 3:49pm
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That's alright, I know you mean it in a loving way.

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Reply #53 - Jul 23rd, 2007 at 3:57pm
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Ya...wishful thinking for Spanky there.

Also to keep you up to date with Wes.

  • He no longer is a Wal-Mart stock boy

  • He just got promoted in his carny work and he's actually going to be making a good chunk of change.

  • He no longer has a computer however he did purchase a PS3, surround sound system, and plasma TV.


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Reply #54 - Jul 23rd, 2007 at 4:22pm
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He can afford a PS3 and all the goodies, but he doesn't have a PC at all?  WTF?

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Reply #55 - Jul 30th, 2007 at 9:52am
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The forum was down because I stupidly tried to install FrontPage components on the server.  I've never, ever been able to install them on any server without having a metric crapload of problems.

In this particular case, the installation overwrote all of the security permissions on the server, hence the problems you saw today.

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Reply #56 - Jul 30th, 2007 at 11:25am
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It's ok...it was only down for a bit...shh don't be angry...how about a back rub?

  

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does this so called back rub come with a happy ending?
  
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How about a bubble bath with smelling salts?

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Reply #61 - Mar 4th, 2008 at 5:04pm
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The forum will be going down for about 20 minutes tonight so I can install another gigabyte of RAM.  I'm going to defragment the system drive once I get it back up and running, so expect some sluggishness later tonight.

Hopefully this will help reduce the overall slowness of the forum.

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Reply #62 - Mar 4th, 2008 at 8:30pm
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Screw it.  I'll do it tomorrow.

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The problem is definitely related to the Interweb connection, not the server.  I'm going to troubleshoot the problem after work tonight so expect an hour of downtime between 6:00pm and 10:00pm.

I'm going to replace the slightly damaged cable between the wall and the modem tonight and move it into the network rack.  I highly doubt that's the problem, but I want to eliminate that issue before I call Comcast and sit on hold until the sun shrinks into a small black sphere the size of a walnut. 

I'm also going to pop an extra gigabyte of memory into the server to keep Exchange 2003 happy.  It's one hell of a memory hog, considering I only have a handful of mailboxes on it.

Once all of this is done, I'll call Comcast and try to get a tech to come out tomorrow afternoon.  That should resolve the lag issues on the forum.

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"And the lord said, 'Lo, when Bob's server begins to lag, that shall be the water breaking and the start of the birth pains for the world.  Take heart that the dragon of old shall come to kill and destroy...and takeths thou bandwidth'.  Then Peter spoke, 'Uhh lord, what's bandwidth, yo?'"

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Reply #66 - Mar 12th, 2008 at 9:59am
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Well, the good news is that it isn't a server problem and it isn't a cabling issue.

The bad news is that COMCAST IS #@$^%#$^ INCOMPETENT.  I spent over an hour on the phone last night trying to get them to fix my connection.  During that time, I got disconnected twice, pushed into a voicemail box once, and never, ever got to talk to a business rep.

I'm sitting on hold once again this morning, so I'll let you guys know what I find out.

In case you're interested in the technical details, I spent some time troubleshooting the problem yesterday.  Their nearest router is dropping packets like crazy.  15-20% packet loss with an additional 3-5% packet corruption.  That's why the forum is loading so incredibly slowly.  If I can get a speed test to load, I'm getting 800Kbps up and down, even though I'm paying for 8Mb/1Mb.

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I swear, if I hear "It's not complex, it's Comcast!" one more time, I'm going to scream.

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The Comcast technician should be on-site tomorrow afternoon.  Assuming they don't send out another moron that wipes out the NAT table on the edge router, the connection should be fixed by 5:00pm.

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I have a kinda Verizon story...but it no way compares to the stupidity of Comcast.

Back in the days of dial up we got two phone lines for the house since we were online so long, it being dial up and all.  I only got around to canceling the second phone line and transferring the DSL to our main line.  This happened in October and we disconnected the second line completely.  That means we ran all of Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb fine with the DSL on the main line and being billed just fine.

Yesterday we received an email that looked legit, but in today's world I am never not paranoid.  Anywho it turns out it was legit, and the bill got fixed to the old second line number and they were unable to charge us for the DSL.  The good thing, among many things, that I like about Verizon is that they didn't shut off our service.

I'm still wondering how from four months all can be fine and another something changes to a service we haven't had in five months.

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Reply #70 - Mar 13th, 2008 at 1:21pm
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Wow, I hope the technician calls.  I'm up to 17% packet loss again and the forum is crawling.

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In case you guys are wondering, the Comcast guy showed up today.  Not only did he not fix the problem, but things are noticeably worse now that he came out.  Another tech will be here tomorrow.

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Reply #72 - Mar 13th, 2008 at 9:54pm
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I swear, I am incredibly close to telling Comcast to blow me.  I'm a fairly patient guy, but I've frickin' had it.

In case any of you were wondering why the site has been down completely for the entire evening, Comcast swapped out my router this afternoon and forgot to forward my static IP to the new router.

Of course, their offices are already closed, so I can't get anyone to change it until tomorrow morning.  I've forward TWNCommunications.Net and GeekCrew.Net to the new IP address until they can get their shit together.

If Comcast had any real competition around here, I would tell them to get their equipment out of my house before I set it ablaze.

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Verizon doesn't reach you?  I know I'm close, less than a mile away, but I figured they'd be competing big with Comcast seeing as Comcast's officers are less than a mile from Verizon's.

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Reply #74 - Mar 14th, 2008 at 8:24am
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You can't really host a web server on DSL, unfortunately.

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In case you were wondering why the forum has been down all morning, the problem was (believe it or not) Comcast.

I called them this morning to get them to set up the public IP again, which they did.  Of course, they decided to reset the router at the same time, which wiped out the port forwarding I have setup for the web server and VPN access.  This prevented us from being able to get to the forum, and prevented me from fixing the problem remotely.

The Comcast tech today verified that none of the equipment in my apartment was causing the Internet issue (duh!).  The main cable line that runs into the apartment building needs to be repaired, so this may take a couple more days.

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So you are still blaming concast, huh?

Suuuure, it is the computers fault...


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MOVE!

Comcast finally got their crap fixed on Friday night.  Let's hope it stays that way!

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As soon as the cheap licenses start showing up, I'll snag one.  I've played with the Release Candidate and I love it.  The EasyPrint feature alone has sold me on 2008 for all future terminal servers.  What a godsend...

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Too bad you aren't good enough of a friend.  I indirectly have 1500 licences of it.  (legally too).  I love the remote desktop programs protocal. We're implementing it next year at work.
  

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The only problem with the new RDP software is that the client SUCKS.  Not "kinda" sucks, not "sorta" sucks, but "CAPS LOCK to max" SUCKS.

I don't know what Microsoft was smoking when they release the XP/2003 update of the TS6 client, but it was one of the shoddiest production releases I've seen out of them since NT4 SP6.

First, they shipped it as a Critical Update.  I'm sorry, but a variation in RDP is not a "critical" update by any stretch of the imagination.  Since they labeled it as critical, anybody running a WSUS server (like me) pushed it straight into production.  What a frickin' mess...

The first release (6.0) completely destroyed the RDP client on about 35% of the machines it was installed on.  Every time it ran, the client would somehow trigger the NX bit XP SP2 and would fire off a Data Execution Prevention message.  This would happen even on 32-bit machines that didn't have an NX-capable processor.  How the heck did they pull that one off?  Thanks for the QA, Microsoft.

I found an unsupported workaround to get past the NX errors, which would allow the RDP 6.0 client to run, but it would crash with a page fault error every time it made a connection to a terminal server or RDP server.  Again, this was on ~35% of my machines, which represents a wide variety of hardware, software, and manufacturers.  Suffice it to say that I had to roll those machines back to RDP 5.0, which was a complete pain in the butt. 

Of course, Microsoft didn't enable roll back functionality through WSUS, which meant that I couldn't uninstall the client through WSUS.  I had a choice between writing a script to uninstall the stupid program or removing it manually at either machine.  Scripting to the rescue...

For the machines that didn't have a problem with the new client (and I never did find what the heck caused the problem), the radically different interface confused the heck out of the end users.  I understand 6.0 has a lot of nifty features when used in conjunction with 2008 servers and Vista RDP endpoints, but the basic functionality of the client is identical.  Why change the interface?  What purpose does that serve but to confuse the heck out of the users?  I work with factory employees, for crying out loud, not rocket scientists!

Finally, my last rant about the client is the requirement for pre-authentication.  Instead of just connecting you to the terminal/RDP server and allowing you to authenticate through the logon screen, you're forced to provide your credentials up front before even connecting to the server.  That's not just retarded, it's powerfully retarded.  What is the point of that, outside of (once again) confusing the heck out of your user base?  Do you know how many phone calls I got about that?  It completely screws up the domain authentication factor because it doesn't read Active Directory trusts.  If your users don't understand the concept of domains (and I'm guessing 99.5% don't), God help them because the RDP client certainly won't.

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Doesn't it pre-authenticate because it's piped through https now.  Isn't that worth the hassle.  A secured connection is always a plus.
  

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Doesn't it pre-authenticate because it's piped through https now.  Isn't that worth the hassle.  A secured connection is always a plus. 


Pre-authentication is great - when the server supports it.  Unless you're running Windows Server 2008 or have an ISA Server 2006 box sitting around, pre-authentication is pointless.  We've got an ISA server here, but it's sitting between the network and the WAN connections, not the users and the servers - just like 90% of ISA deployments.

Why didn't Microsoft include a pre-authentication check box to enable the option, instead of forcing it on everyone as a compulsory "feature."  If it had a check box, Microsoft could even add a Group Policy option to allow administrators to control the feature over the entire domain or forest.

It's a great feature when it's supported, but it's poorly implemented.

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Sorry about the downtime.  Some retarded Comcast technician came to the apartment complex yesterday to install an ingress filter.  If you've got crappy equipment that is backfeeding to the cable company, they'll put a filter on your line that keeps your stuff from screwing up cable service for all of your neighbors.

Of course, this dumbass technician didn't put the filter on the cable leading to the apartment with the faulty equipment.  He put it on the primary cable that feeds the entire building.  As such, any digital equipment (digital cable, cable Internet, etc.) didn't work, including my Internet gateway.

It took five phone calls, a lunch-hour trip from Sturgis to TR and back, and 32 hours to finally get a technician out to my apartment, even though my commercial business contract states a maximum 4-hour repair time.  You do the math.

I have to take a picture of the conglomeration of cabling that makes up the "lock box" at the apartment complex.  It's a freakin' joke.

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The forum will be going down for a few minutes tonight so I can finally get around to adding that gigabyte of RAM I bought in February.

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The forum will be going down intermittently tonight while I install a new SATA RAID adapter and the 750GB hard drive I bought this week.  It may run somewhat slow during the file transfer process, too, but it will have lot more storage space when I'm done!

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If anyone was wondering what happened to Wes and how to reach him.  Also, TR paper had an article about Andrew Azzam graduating from Tech...so ya...he's still alive too!

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Farewell dear Colorado....I will miss you....


To any who may have not heard yet that care. I will be flying out of Colorado next Thursday afternoon and moving to Florida. This may be a permanent thing and it may not....either way I wont be back for a very long time.


I'll miss all of you, you were all kick ass friends. I'll miss the parties and the good times I had with all of you.



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WTF is in Florida besides old people?

Somebody should warn him that his blubber is going to melt if he gets that close to the equator!

As for Shizza, I thought he was dead?  I wonder what the heck he is doing these days?

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I finished installing the new hardware in the server tonight.  It is now sporting 2TB of dedicated FTP storage, in addition to the storage space for the forum, OS, and mail server!

I've still got a few things to move over, but I'll be ready to start working on the FTP server and related networking challenges sometime later this weekend!

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The current forum turns 1,000 days old tomorrow!  That makes it just about as old as the last forum before the great crash of '05.



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Sorry about the downtime.

I replaced my older DVD writers in the Bobulator last week with some shiny new SATA LightScribe drives, and I took the server down tonight for a bit so I could move the old "hand-me-down" drives into the server.  It had a crufty DVD-ROM drive and a completely b0rked CD writer, so this was a much-needed upgrade.

I promise, I'm done screwing with the server for a couple days.  I've even put the case cover back on, so you know I mean business!  Hopefully, I can start working on the FTP server later this week.  I'll keep you guys posted!

I did find a fan that needed replacement, though, but I should be able to do that later this week without taking the server down. 



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You guys may have noticed several spurts of downtime lately.  I'd love to tell you what's going on, but I really haven't figured it out yet.  A critical system process on the server (LSASS.exe, which handles logons) has been spiking to 100% for several minutes at a time, and I can't figure out what is causing it.  Every time I think I've got it pinned down, the server starts acting up again.

I was hoping to put off rebuilding the server until early winter, but I might have to bump those plans up a bit.  The plan is to go with an Intel dual-core 64-bit processor and run Server 2008 Standard 64-bit and Exchange 2007.  I'll upgrade the forum software to the recently released v2.2 while I'm at it.

Once I save up some cash (which will be a bit tight during the job change), I guess I'll make it happen.  A stable forum is a happy forum!


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There weren't nearly enough smilies on the forum, so I added 55-60 more.  That brings us up to ~467, most of which have never been used.  Enjoy!


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The forum and mail servers will be going offline for a quick reboot in the next few minutes for an emergency security patch installation.

Just in case any of you guys are running any version of Windows Server at home, be sure you install all of the security patches and update your antivirus and firewall definitions.  A nasty security vulnerability on the Windows Server platform is being heavily exploited, and a worm is already in the wild.

The patch was released early this AM, but Patch Tuesday was just three days ago, so a lot of systems won't be patched for a full month.  This is definitely a "perfect storm" scenario.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-067.mspx

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Oops, PERL died.  The server needed a reboot.


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Sorry about the downtime.  The craptastic Comcast router was locked up and needed a reboot.  Hopefully this is just a fluke...


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The forum will be going down for an hour or so this afternoon so I can update IOS on the edge router.


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Done!  I updated IOS and installed some cryptographic options that will allow IPSec encryption and high-security VPN access.  I plan on replacing the router with something a little beefier next month.

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Cisco IOS Software, C1700 Software (C1700-ADVSECURITYK9-M), Version 12.4(25c), RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)
Copyright (c) 1986-2010 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 11-Feb-10 22:20 by prod_rel_team

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 12.2(4r)XL, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

TWN-Router uptime is 0 minutes
System returned to ROM by reload
System image file is "flash:c1700-advsecurityk9-mz.124-25c.bin"


This product contains cryptographic features and is subject to United
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Cisco 1760 (MPC860P) processor (revision 0x500) with 53479K/12057K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID FOC064006W0 (3619802113), with hardware revision 0000
MPC860P processor: part number 5, mask 2
2 Ethernet interfaces
1 FastEthernet interface
32K bytes of NVRAM.
32768K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

Configuration register is 0x2112


Sadly, this killed off ~2 years of router uptime.   Cry


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Sorry about the downtime tonight.  I did a quick port swap to provide a bit more upload bandwidth to the server.


Before



After



For some reason, the craptastic Comcast modem didn't want to properly negotiate full-duplex on an Ethernet port, so I moved it over to Fast Ethernet and swapped the core switch over to the Ethernet connection.

As I said earlier, I'm planning on replacing my edge router with something a little beefier.  Probably this:




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OMG FORUM DOWNTIME!  I tried checking the forum Thursday from the hotel lobby in Chiba, Japan, to no avail!  I couldn't connect remotely to either of my routers, either server, or my PC, so I knew it had to be a network issue. I figured out the problem as soon as I got home, but unfortunately it was entirely my fault!

When I was making the "work-around" fixes last week, I forgot to write the configuration changes permanently.  There was a nasty storm sometime this week that wreaked a ton of havoc in the Schoolcraft/Vicksburg area, and apparently it caused a lengthy power outage here.  My routers and switches are on a UPS array that provides ~2 hours of backup power, but the outage must have exceeded that.

Long story short, the core switch lost power and my temporary work-around configuration was lost.  When the power came back on, the switch came back online with the old configuration.  Suffice it to say that it didn't work.

The good news is that I had a chance to throw the memory in the router that arrived while I was gone.  That should give it a bit more oomph!  Also, I plan on buying the replacement router listed in the previous post sometime tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully it will arrive by the end of the week!


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FORUM!!!!

  

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The forum will be down most of the day Monday while I do some massive overhauling of my network.  I'm replacing my puny Cisco 1760 router with a massive 3745 router, and upgrading the 24-port Cisco 2924M switch to a 48-port 2950 switch.

I'm also implementing three VLANs (sub-networks) to separate my secure traffic, laboratory network traffic, and guest traffic.  This will require every device to be migrated to a new IP which will take some time.

Things should be much smoother once I'm done.  I'll put pics and details in the Networking Fun thread.


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Before the upgrade...



After the upgrade...




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Sorry about the downtime last night.  I finally convinced Comcast to disable the routing functionality on the crappy SMC cable modem they gave me.  Now, everything flows directly to my router from the Interwebs instead of being double-routed through the SMC and my router.  Yay!

Although this won't really increase my outbound connection speed, it will drastically increase the number of connections I can support simultaneously (great for Torrents).  It will also make it much simpler for me to add new services because I won't have to forward them through two routers anymore.

If you have any trouble getting to anything, let me know!


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The forum will be going down for roughly one hour sometime this afternoon.  I'm throwing a new battery expansion on the UPS to extend battery power from ~15 minutes to ~85 minutes.  Just in time for winter!

I'm also throwing a network analysis module in the edge router so I can get a better idea of what's going on with my network traffic.  Pics later!


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Bob,

I know we don't say it enough...but thanks for all that you do for keeping this forum up and going.  When I tell people who my friends are I can be one of a few people that say I'm still friends with the guys I knew in high school.  This forum is a huge factor in that and that's what I tell people.

So, thanks again for all that you do!

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Yeah I agree Bob!  It's hard to imagine we've almost been out of High School for 10 years, and yet we all keep in touch through these forums!  Heck I haven't even seen most of you in years!

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The forum will be down most of the day Saturday for a complete network overhaul.  All of the equipment I've been talking about in the Networking Fun! thread is finally going to be implemented.  It'll offer a significant improvement in security and scalability over the existing configuration.

While I'm at it, I'm also going to revamp the battery configuration to use the new UPS I picked up a couple weeks back.  Both servers and all of the "production" networking equipment will run off one large battery, as opposed to the two smaller batteries I'm currently using.  This will allow me to control power to all of my hardware remotely using a single power distribution unit.




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Reply #120 - Oct 28th, 2010 at 10:54am
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By the way, here's a link to a larger version you can actually see:  Large Version.


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Reply #121 - Nov 5th, 2010 at 9:02pm
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The forum will be down again intermittently tonight and throughout part of the day tomorrow as I continue to implement the firewall, VPN concentrator, and intrusion detection/prevention systems.  Hopefully, I'll be able to wrap up most of the project by the end of the day tomorrow.  In the meantime, here's an "in progress" picture of the overhauled rack after I got everything installed last week, but before I started running cables...





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Reply #122 - Nov 14th, 2010 at 5:09am
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It's 5:00AM, do you know where your forum is?

I've finished the final push of the network upgrade.  Both firewalls and the intrusion prevention system are now online and fully operational.  If you encounter any issues, let me know!


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Reply #123 - Feb 1st, 2011 at 8:49pm
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The ongoing snowpocalypse finally motivated me to develop a script for a "graceful" automated shutdown of the forum server and network hardware in the event of a power outage.  I haven't actually had a chance to test it, but hey - what's the worst that could happen?   Cool

If the power goes out, we've got approximately 45 minutes of battery power for the production network hardware, forum server, and mail server.  The mail server should now shutdown after 15 minutes of power loss, and the forum server will shut down after 30 minutes.  The script will save the running configuration on the network hardware and shut it down at the 35 minute mark.  The script is running on a laptop that has ~90 minutes of battery life after the UPS fails, and it will automatically turn everything back on if utility power is restored.  If the power outage lasts longer than two hours and the laptop shuts down, everything will have to be turned on manually.


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Reply #124 - Feb 1st, 2011 at 9:55pm
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But I need to post Wes' mom jokes and kittens in costumes at a moments notice!!!

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Reply #125 - Apr 17th, 2011 at 1:06pm
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I bought some hardware and finally got around to building my new VMware server out of the remnants of the Bobulator VII.  I've got the VMware infrastructure completely built and I'm starting to assemble the new forum server.

The new forum server will run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and IIS 7.  This should provide improved security, but won't have a noticeable effect on the operation of the forum itself.  Once I get everything transitioned over, I'll upgrade the forum to the latest version.  We're about five versions out of date, mostly because I'm a slacker.

In short, expect a bit of downtime.  Once I'm ready to do the transition, I'll throw the forum into maintenance mode for a couple of hours to ensure no posts get lost.


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Reply #126 - Apr 22nd, 2011 at 11:32pm
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The shipment from NewEgg arrived today.  I've got two Intel Pro/1000 NICs installed along with 8GB of RAM (the maximum for this motherboard).  With this installed, I can get to work on completing the VMware infrastructure.  Hopefully, I'll be able to move the forum over sometime this weekend or early next week.




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Reply #127 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 12:52pm
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I got the mail server migrated last night.  Since I upgraded that server a few months back, I simply imported the system from the physical server directly into VMware.

The forum server will be a total rebuild from scratch.  It's running Windows Server 2003 and I really need to upgrade the OS anyway, so it'll be in our best interests if I just build a brand new system on VMware and manually migrate everything over.

Once I get all the non-web stuff moved over (encryption/certificate services, Active Directory, etc), I'll move the forum over in one big chunk.  After I make sure everything is running properly, I'll upgrade to the latest version of YaBB.  I've got to work most of the day Saturday, but I might have a chance to do it Saturday evening or sometime Sunday.  I'll let you guys know.


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Reply #128 - Jul 3rd, 2011 at 3:52pm
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Well, it only took me two and a half months to get around to it, but I finally migrated the forum to the new VMware server.  As you can probably tell, the forum has also been upgraded to the latest version.

We were five versions out of date and I didn't feel like upgrading through each version, so I did a new install of v2.5 and migrated the old forum data into the new infrastructure.  It took a couple tries, but everything seems to be working now.  I locked down the forum application and files as tightly as I could on the back end, so if you encounter any problems, let me know.

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  • Fix "Advanced Settings" under Forum Administration
  • Create a new CSS for forum coloring (Might need Briney's artistic talents)
  • Upload all four million smilies we collected years ago...
  • Verify operation of the mail server.



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- Caps Lock detection
- Accessibility in Admin Center, Forum side
- Added "None Selected" Radio Button in Extended profiles
- UK Time Selection
- Context Help
- CSS Fader Text
- Add to YaBBC and "don't parse" checkbox
- [noparse] also for Smilies
- Number Format
- "X Posts Before Signature"
- Gender selection on Register page, if admin enable it
- SyntaxHighlight implemented in Code Box
- Image List implemented (default, ordered and images)
- Username, Display Name and Email Check (Ajax) on Add Member (Admin Center) Register and Edit Profile Page
- Clipfish and Gametrailers Media support
- Admin: add IP to registration log
- Improved Search Engine bots list
- Added Search Engine bots auto-sort feature
- ALL CAPS Alert; Admin can select number of uppercase characters to cause alert
- Layout of Registration page improved
- Improved free disk/host space checking; added two methods: find, and quota
- HTML-label tags to support screen readers
- Random function to News Fader
- Facebook and MySpace options in contact information
- Register button in login section at bottom of Board Index
- Selectable static/dynamic clock at top forum bar
- Media support for .3gp, hulu, vimeo, thenutz.tv, and dailymotion formats
- Transliteration for non-latinic language characters in uploaded files
- Option to disable Smilies in the row below the Post window
- Ability to change existing User Displayed names to include capital letters without getting error
- Expand/collapse feature to seldom used input boxes under the Post window
- Ability to turn off recent posts by user or set a maximum number of returned posts by user
- Function to end Polls automatically
- Registration form validation via Javascript
- Server Environment Module Checker
- Media support for My Video, MySpace,
- Search within YaBBC tags option
- Net::SMTP::TLS mail option
- More accurate last online X days and XX:XX:XX hours ago
- Recovery feature added to Backup
- Ajax & Javascript enabled for Favorites, Notification Clicks, Moderator/Member QuickSearch and Admin Delete
- Post sort arrows for Topic View in Boards
- Password Strength Meter
- Output Compression methods available on server determined and only shows appropriate options
- Enhanced move popup
- New sessionid after profile login
- Quick Reply Advanced Edition
- Reverse Post in Topic Advanced Edition
- YaBB Backup
- Top of Page Button
- Pie Charts for Polls
- Showcase Poll
- Preselected Smilies
- Category Pictures
- Image Resize
- Multi-Attachments
- Avatar Uploader
- Split/Splice Advanced
- Expand/Collapse Advanced
- New Members E-Mail Notification (to Admin)
- Extended Profiles
- Spell Checker
- Improved speed/performance in deleting Member Groups
- Speed/performance improvements to Rebuild and Recount maintenance functions
- Code improvements to allow single setting of max process time
- Color selection palette added to Forum News settings
- Ability to search by Email in Member list
- "Go back to search" link added on search results page
- Ability to search by user name in PMs
- Made PM text area resizeable consistent with Post text area
- Language selection at login
- Revised Pop-Up PM/email notifications and added selection functions to Admin Center
- Birthday greeting for user on their birthday
- Direct link to new PMs
- Improved PM listing background colors
- Selectable option for either pictures/picture links in quoted posts
- JavaScript-alert on multiple login clicks
- Default forum language selection at forum setup
- Support for 10 additional fonts in posts and PMs
- New icons (online, info, login)
- Reason tag for approved registration E-mails
- Carsten's Advanced Tabs Mod
- Post Reply Textarea resize
- Reorder Post independent Member Groups
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- Google Video (just copy the browser url to the Google Video in between the media tags)
- .flv files (just copy the url to the file in between the media tags)
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Reply #129 - Jul 4th, 2011 at 1:26am
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Reply #130 - Jul 4th, 2011 at 2:13pm
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Yeah, I don't understand why anyone thinks the default silvery BS looks good.  It's blinding!


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Reply #131 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 5:06pm
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Did anyone else get a spam PM about Windows/Office keys?  I disabled broadcast messages to keep it from happening again, but the spammer wasn't even a member so I'm not sure how the message was sent.  Weird.


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Reply #132 - Jul 6th, 2011 at 7:21am
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Negative, I did get a 2008 PM for a prayer request for you on a sort of secret job interview.

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Reply #133 - Jul 6th, 2011 at 8:17am
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Awesome, only took three years to get there!  For what it's worth, I could use more prayer in that same direction.  Wink

I changed the registration completion timer from 168 hours to 12 hours.  We get a ton of spam registration attempts that never complete (~30 per day), and the new forum software blares the incomplete registrations across the top banner.  Besides, I can't imagine why someone couldn't complete a registration in 12 hours. 


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Reply #134 - Jul 11th, 2011 at 9:52pm
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The forum should now open immediately instead of opening an interstitial "Go to the site forum" page.  This might require a browser refresh.

I'm still working on the CSS issue, but I've not had much time to dig into it.  I got it a step further, so now you'll get a "Can't find default.css" page instead of a 404 error.  Progress!


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