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Connie
Advanced Member
Username: Connie

Post Number: 688
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.98.248.244
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 07:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Or is it just my Comcast connection? Reckon there's a light bulb burned out somewhere?
 

Keith M Williams
Member
Username: Grok

Post Number: 158
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 192.250.112.193
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 07:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Very slow. I think the hamster may need a rest.

This space for Rent!
 

Mike Huss
Senior Member
Username: Mikhu

Post Number: 1037
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.123.94.154
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 07:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes. Excruciatingly slow.....
 

Nate Kendrick
New Member
Username: N8sbrewing

Post Number: 19
Registered: 07-2005
Posted From: 209.232.158.20
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 07:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And I thought it was my computer
 

Wayne Pratt
New Member
Username: Wayne_from_wisconsin

Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2006
Posted From: 144.92.72.154
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 08:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad to hear that it is not just me.
 

Paul Hayslett
Advanced Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 989
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 67.163.171.138
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think she's been hacked. "casino poker" posts are showing up, posted by unregistered users in threads which aren't supposed to allow that. Anyone have Pat's email address at work?
"Vime's approach to paperwork was not to touch it until someone was shouting, and then at least there would be someone to help him sort through the stacks." -- Terry Pratchett
 

Connie
Advanced Member
Username: Connie

Post Number: 689
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.98.248.244
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I sent a note to Pat. Maybe when he gets a chance he'll look at it.
 

Connie
Advanced Member
Username: Connie

Post Number: 690
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.98.248.244
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 08:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The only email address I have is the one listed here, not his work email.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 4835
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.229.8
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's slower than maple sap before the spring thaw, which is expected here shortly, and I hope on the B&V server as well.
 

Ken Anderson
Senior Member
Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1463
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 69.168.141.10
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know much about networking, but where is the server for this board located?
 

Connie
Advanced Member
Username: Connie

Post Number: 691
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.98.248.244
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 09:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heard from Pat, he says the problem is "network issues"
 

Bill Walton
Junior Member
Username: Vladie

Post Number: 87
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 68.47.204.132
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 09:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat's wrong. His computer has a brett infection.
 

Dan Listermann
Senior Member
Username: Listermann

Post Number: 2543
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.215.203.195
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 09:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there a symbol for a rim shot?

Dan

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Chumley
Senior Member
Username: Chumley

Post Number: 3999
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maybe the extinct Russian oak cabinets that house Pat's server has caramelized its wires?
 

PalerThanAle
Senior Member
Username: Palerthanale

Post Number: 1646
Registered: 04-2002
Posted From: 65.168.73.104
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

rimshot
Water separates the people of the world, beer unites them.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 4838
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.229.8
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The HBD servers are located in a spare room at Pat Babcock's house. He's a "roll-your-own" kind of guy and deserves a "Pat" (bad pun) on the back (and an occasional donation to the nonprofit server fund) for his efforts.
 

Ken Anderson
Senior Member
Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1464
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 69.168.141.10
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Man, that's like going from being a kid with monsters under your bed, to growing up and having one in the next room.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 4840
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.229.8
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I certainly don't speak for Pat, but in this age of reliable and relatively inexpensive Web hosting I'd opt for farming out the hardware aspects of the process and doing only software maintenance. One of the problems Pat faces is the fact only a rather low speed DSL line is available to his home. This is the biggest reason for slow performance. However, he's been burned before when the servers were hosted by a (volunteer) third party. Moreover, as he points out, the low cost of the current operation keeps him from having to shill frequently for money or seek commercial sponsors who might want to influence the content and/or presentation.
 

Dan Listermann
Senior Member
Username: Listermann

Post Number: 2545
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.215.203.195
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 11:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you PTA.

Dan

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Pat Babcock
Moderator
Username: Pbabcock

Post Number: 153
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 136.2.1.101
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 01:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, Bill, you did a pretty good job of speaking for me :o)

One of the main reasons I've maintained the servers at home (monster in the next room is pretty apt, sometimes!) is that all of the "hosting solutions" I'd reviewed (when I was reviewing them...) placed restrictions either on the volume of data or on the applications I'd be allowed to implement. I have incredible flexibility in the current arrangement, and when not overwhelmed by life and family, experiment with things to improve the B&V and HBD as a whole. Plus, having all these humming boxen in the basement has provided me with one hell of an education - one that none of my masters degrees could ever have provided. Recommended for any IT wannabees out there who do not actually work in the field. I've been made a pretty proficient Linux system and network administrator without having spent a single hour of class time to do so.

I have begun looking into external hosts once again; however, I'm still finding DNS management to be an issue - I require the ability to manage my own DNS, and they don't generally let you do that.

Per the speed of the board, Covad, my backbone provider, has a very consistent problem with the node just past my router. The system (and this board - note the day these posts were initiated ) usually goes to molasses on Monday. They claim that it is bandwidth utilization on my side, but my metrics indicate that I'm usually under 10% utilization on any of the machines (except the main nameserver - it's always pegged...) when they're crying wolf. Normally, I can tell them to "reprovision the line" (Covadese for reset the routers along the route), and the bottleneck resolves itself almost immediately.

I'm waiting for T1 technology to take another drop or two in price. Once it gets into the ~200 - 250 range (currently at about $500 for a full line), I'll have them pull a line. I've looked into upgrading my little pipe to something bigger than the 1/4 I currently have, but, even though I'm well within a mile of the switching station, the phone company apparently ran the wire into the next county and doubled back to me, so I'm currently as fast as they'll certify on a commercial DSL line.

Then there's the hackers. The HBD network gets a bazillion probes a minute, and is usually in a condition which the security software I use calls being under active attack. I re-implemented a rather draconian countermeasure which will "black hole" my networks to anything the system deems as an attacking network (already over 1/4 million networks have "earned" that distinction to its systems, if that gives you any idea of the volume of irrelevant traffic the server fields each day...)

The downside is that it will occasionally see legitimate users as threats and whack them. If this happens to you, contact me via email with as much information regarding the network you are coming in from (IP address would be best), and cc Bill Pierce. I'll see about putting you into the "allow" file.
Pat Babcock
HBD Chief of Janitorial Services
 

Paul Hayslett
Advanced Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 993
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 67.163.171.138
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat,

One of my clients had the same situation as you: He needed to have complete control over a few servers and their DNS management but no fat pipe to his office or home. His solution was to locate the servers in the office of a web developer in a town 10 minutes away and pay for a portion of that guy's T1. So he got all the bandwidth he needed plus physical access to the boxes cheap.

Here's the kicker. As long as he was running his own nameserver, he was dealing with massive bandwidth and attack issues, just like you. So he opened an account at changeip.com. For something cheap (like $100/yr or thereabouts for 5 or 6 domain names) he gets complete control over his DNS records but their servers take the load. His servers are still always under attack (any public machine is) but the attacks aimed primarily at the nameserver have gone away, and that was a surprisingly large percentage.

From what I've seen, changeip.com's service has been excellent. Especially for so cheap. You might want to check them out. NAYYY.
"Vime's approach to paperwork was not to touch it until someone was shouting, and then at least there would be someone to help him sort through the stacks." -- Terry Pratchett
 

Connie
Advanced Member
Username: Connie

Post Number: 698
Registered: 10-2000
Posted From: 24.98.248.244
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 03:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Pat, you continue to rescue us when the board slows beyond endurance, thank you!