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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 23:37 on 16 March 2012.
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A hard disc failure seems to have put us out of action again. However we are back online with a new disc and two days ahead of the planned resurrection date.

My apologies to all members.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 06:57 on 17 March 2012.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW.
 Member since 28 January 2011.
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Thanks, Brad.

Oddly enough, 3 of my favourite sites have crashed this month, one of which seems to be unrecoverable. Obviously you do regular backups.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 09:03 on 17 March 2012.
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I've got copies of all static website files in two locations though the really important thing is the database as it grows a little bit each time a comment or article is added. So the database gets backed up every day by a USB connected hard disc with software that manages the automation process.

I used to run enterprise-grade rack servers which pretty much prevented this sort of failure because they have two discs, two power supplies, two local network connections, etc; and with all that they can manage their own failover procedure. The big problem with these servers is the electricity they consume and the noise they make.

For now, all six of those servers are in mothballs and I am using fairly standard equipment at the moment. If I ever find out how to make a perpetual motion generating set then I'd be back to the rack servers so fast...

It is amazing how many times I hear of websites disappearing from the radar screen all because commercial webhosts do not follow their backups procedure or simply have no procedure at all. Their excuse is that their customers should keep backups and to an extend this is true but the problem is that a lot of people that own websites are not tech-savvy and don't realise the importance of it though with a webhost it is tantamount to professional incompetence when good backups aren't kept. Vintage Radio and Television used to be hosted by Ilisys Webhosting over in Perth a lomg time ago - their backup routine is second to none and proved its worth a couple of times when I'd overwrite files by mistake.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 20:46 on 21 March 2012.
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 Location: Birkdale, QLD.
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How much would it cost all of us old farts per person to keep you in shape Brad? Maybe a membership fee?
Go on, you know you can ask us.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 23:19 on 21 March 2012.
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I once had advertising banners here though I removed them some years ago despite the clicks well and truly helping me break even. I don't think I'd return to having advertising here though - I think the site is better for a commercial-free environment.

As for subscriptions, it wouldn't be fair on you guys. I think of it this way - in the beginning when this site was merely a personal website I provided all the content and the updates to it. Since the forums kicked off in 2005 this tide turned and now it is the members that provide the content, even though this fact would be seldom thought about. It wouldn't sit right with me to charge members for their hard work so all members will be pleased to discover that unlike plans being hatched by News and Fairfax, there will never be a charge for being a member here. Smile

The other thing is, hardware failure is part of the game we are in these days. A computer's disc is like any other piece of machinery and will either fail quickly or last for a decade or more. The way to make sure that failures don't lead to permanent problems is to make sure there is a good back-up regime in place and that's what we have here. Not a single forum post was lost due to what happened last week and that's how it should be. Wink

In a way, having this website online is merely an extension to what is a great hobby and pastime. If only webservers ran on valves - how lucky would we be...

Also, this site turns 10 on the 1st October, 2013. Something to look forward to.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 11:09 on 22 March 2012.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW.
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Brad, is there still a problem of sorts? A number of times over recent days I have found this site unreachable.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 18:21 on 22 March 2012.
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Not that I am aware of however I will check things out tonight across the network.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 01:09 on 27 March 2012.
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How you going their young Doug ?

regards Steve .


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