The Case of the Exploding Battery

If you’ve recently tried to access ec.je, you might notice that the server is unreachable.

This is because the battery in NEO-14S decided to expand and nearly blow up. This is not a glorious thing, since that is what was running the web, gopher and email server.

For now ec.je is kind of offline, I’m working on a replacement to get it all back up. But we shall see how that goes.

One still can access it via telnet, nntp and ftp.

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I can’t get to sleep as usual, happy days, since I’m waiting for the liberating feeling that is payday. Considering my end of monthing has left me a tad bit short on change, the excitement of ordering the menu off PFK (j/k we call it KFC here in France) is basically like christmas day. One can not wait.

However, in the spirit of doing things whilst limited to the joke that is my 3G connection, I was considering doing a bit of work on the ec website, perhaps going back to the old BBS theme. I get bored of chopping and changing frequently, and I miss that old friend of a theme from back in the day.

However, my web host has other plans for being able to access my panel and fix up some domain links. Namely :

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My Hosting Panel, Unknown Error, March 2019, Medium ASPX

Somewhat disapointing but hey, it’s the first time it’s happened and everything else is running fine. Plus at 79kr I can’t really complain either, overall this site has done pretty well for its self, no major dramas, slowness or downtime.

Since my hands are tied I’m probably going to play a bit of 3DS in the hopes I’ll pass out and it’ll be chicken time.

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I Did a Thing, is it a Good Thing ?

By now you must know I’m really in to using things in different ways than they are intended.

It seems that I’ve done that again, having setup an account on groups.io with the intention of moving some of my mailman based lists, because my beloved DreamHost isn’t going to be upgrading it to fix deliverability issues.

What ended up happening is when I created the account, I realised that I can have subgroups, amazing things like a list in a list.

Then I started to use the extras, databases, files, photos, hashtags, like I went cray cray.

Then I realised that I accidentally made a decent BBS mirror, since I stopped using the web front end, the BBS site has been served from the Gopher server at ec.je.

I updated the tagline in QWK to include my new work, which you can view at mmn.groups.io.

Question is, have I done the right thing and does this follow in to the BBS’s ethos ?

There is also another thing that has come up, does the BBS need to be renamed since I now have a seperate business unit of a very same name on the old BBS domain.

Answers in the comments or via the group, I’m game all the same.

I’ve Slapped a New Modem On

Tonight after not being able to sleep without urgently finding a modem that I’ve been putting off for weeks to do, I finally did it.

Since the BBS has come in house, I’ve not really got the modem side up. Even though I have a fully functional Vonage line for just that.

I bet you haven’t seen COM1 in a while

But now it’s got to be tested, and as you can imagine the calls aren’t exactly rolling in. Understandably here in France, the fixed line is truely dead, we’re all kinds of VoIP and no fixed connections now.

If there is anybody in Canada or the US willing (to be fair, actually able to) dial in and report back, I would be forever in debt.

Also, it’s running at 2400 so it’s pretty old school slow – (416) 548-4117

Smells Like The 80s

In a fit of getting my shit together, this evening I started to clear out the mess that is my un-used wardrobe, since it’s full of junk.

I managed to whittle down the boxes to four from 10 and a few clothes that I probably need to chuck along with a lot of carrier bags.

However, I did hit one of my game boxes, and boy does it smell special. It’s my tapes and amiga disks, genuinely they have a special smell of the past, it’s amazing to get my hands on these things that were well used back in the day, like a modern artifact.

When I was a kid, I didn’t have a tape drive, we only had a disk drive, so I missed somewhat out on this occasion.

The box art is an art of it’s own

But as I start to get everything in order now, I really look forward to getting this working and getting to try them all out.

My second box is going to be tomorrow, followed by re-arranging the shelving and my games desk below the télé.

Thanks for all the Fish mmn.cx

It’s time we said good bye to mmn.cx, the domain is gone because a lot of registrars need to reel their necks back in.

I’ve been steadily with one for about 10 years and another few here and there to diversify pricing.

However, they’ve all pumped up their prices in the laqt two years by about 200%, which is totally foolish. Most registries have applied minor costs and most in local currencies, for .cx I believe the going rate is somewhere at around 50$ AUD. My registrar however translates this to 105€+TVA @ 20%.

There isn’t much point in this and it’s a bit of a joke, since the domain is for a hobby system and I’ve started moving my properties under ec.je (or ao.tc, ax.pe and vx.sg) it’s not really worth my time or money to be taken the piss of like this.

For ao.tc, ec.je and ax.pe the costs are indeed a bit higher, mainly because they come from smaller registries and the additional costs to run a smaller ccTLD is understandable. But I have managed to bring in a couple under my own registrar shaving off a huge markup.

It’s a good thing I did my change over when I did, otherwise I’d be left in shitsville before putting in place a decent handover. And I’m glad to report back the only thing coming in to mmn.cx at the tme of writing happens to be spam, nothing but spam.

I’m going to setup relevant records under ao.tc, vx.sg and ax.pe for the BBS as well and I’ll write more about that later. Project side for these I’ve also installed wordpress on to all these domains to compartimentalise various projects, since I love me my gopher server, but it’s not able to fully handle some of the things I’m working on.

I also have to really put it out here, I’m happy that I’ve gone with Binero for my journal, I’ve had no problems what so ever and it is running as good as it did on Dreamhost (which still hasn’t fixed the issue causing this blog to fly around to different servers mind).

FIXED : BBS Offline – Unplanned (10/03)

The BBS is back online and I fixed the file lock on msg0.dat causing General on DOVE-Net to become unreadable.

Everything is now running off of the networked drive with 500 GB of space, which is great as I can now start tidying up Disque 1 without shit getting real.

Now that the minor details are out of the way, following on from my last update on this topic, I present Scott Evans.

proof of concept

BBS Offline – Unplanned (10/03)

I’ve had to take the BBS offline as there seems to be an issue reading off of a network drive, so I rebooted the machine.

But while I’m here, I’m copying the message base on to the new hard drive from the old network drive. I wasn’t planning to do this, but it seems like a good idea since space on Disque 1 is a bit tight and the message base is in the gigabytes.

The BBS should be down for a good half hour, may be a bit longer.

edit : I found a mega file lock issue, so just saying this could take a lot longer.

proof of work

BBS Maintenance Today

I’m going to take down the BBS this afternoon for a bit of maintenance, moving the data files and rearranging the filing system off the machine it’s hosted on to a network drive.

A new 500 GB SATA disk drive

Hopefully there shouldn’t be too many issues with the data files being off the system, but it’ll make it easier to swap over the system to a virtual box in case anything goes wrong with the Frankenserver currently running the system.