What’s this? StatServ is back?!

In all seriousness, I did a bit of thinking and decided to bring it back and run it on one of the servers. Its running a lot better since MySQL will be local on that box. Problem: phpDenora can’t remote to the database at the moment, and I haven’t been able to get in touch with the person about that. Believe the reason is college and stuff, so it may be a few days before that’s back.

Keep an eye out for updates and I’ll post something on Twitter when I got it going finally. I already made the changes, so its just a matter of waiting now.

Offered Server

Got a server offer maybe, so at the moment its a matter of working out the smaller details about how things will be done. It will not be Luna, but under a different name, as I’m waiting for a VPS or Dedicated box to put Luna on as a hub. I’ve got some ideas perhaps on that, but its an investment I’ll have to think about.

Luna is Going Away

The constant DDoS’ing of the main datacenter and I doubt they’re going to get better DDoS mitigation when it continues to take ’em offline, I’m no longer going to do business with them. Their support is good, but their servers are not. Thus, we will be short one server for now with LoliFox being a temporary hub until I can look into another service. I’m thinking of talking to the people who run the actual servers that LoliFox is on and see about setting one up there on another datacenter, if possible, and go from there. That’s the idea anyway.

With that being said, DNS records have been updated, so please allow for 48 hours for things to settle down and ISP’s to flush their DNS cache. (the good ISP’s, most are stupid these days…) irc.shadowhime.net should take you to either Ganymede or LoliFox, and I’m going to terminate the process on Luna and we’ll go from there. I can’t use my server box here because my internet is unstable as hell, which won’t make it ideal to host anything much. Sucks with the crap I have to deal with, but such is my ISP…

Luna Back, Sorta

Luna is back in the round robin DNS, but things are still not as stable as I’d like. I was told the main datacenter is being DDoS’ed occasionally and it still gets taken offline. I don’t know how long this will continue or not, but if it does, I may decide to drop the server entirely and just stick to the two we have. I can’t really continue using a service if they’re going to be attacked constantly and taken offline. That isn’t my idea of stability, so I need a stable enough server with better DDoS mitigation in the event of an attack. We’ll see how it goes in the next few months, and if things don’t improve, we will drop the provider and possibly seek a new one for the main hub server for ShadowHime.

Luna Temporarily Offline

I forgot to update the Information page, but I guess its a good thing I didn’t. Server stability has gone crap the past few days with the Luna server, so for the moment, only Ganymede and LoliFox are accessible. I don’t know what’s causing the downtime right now, but if things aren’t fixed at some point tomorrow or the next day, I’m gonna raise hell. The huge downtime is one thing, but with random instability, not quite appealing, is it? Anyway, just a heads up. irc.shadowhime.net has been updated to remove Luna from its DNS for now, but luna.shadowhime.net will remain even though it may not work. If it doesn’t, there’s a chance it may not be linked with the main server network, in which case, use the other two addresses under the respective server.

One last note. I’m having more trouble with StatServ again, and at the moment, I’m debating on what I’m going to do about it. Turning on SQL with it is causing the stupid thing to freeze up and crash. So, there’s a chance I may not even bring it back at this point… Just leaving that out there just in case.

Going Offline? Nope.

Y’all may have heard about the protest for today that is against SOPA and PIPA that’s making their way through the US Government. I’ll make it clear, we, as ShadowHime staff, are against the two bills. But, we aren’t we going offline? No, its not to do with the fact we’re not popular or anything. I just don’t see a point as to why.

Wikipedia went offline, some other sites are as well, for 24 hours in a black-out as a protest. Coming from me, protests can work, but at the same time, they don’t. I don’t see a need, personally, to shut down ShadowHime’s website and forum in a protest that will most likely do very little against the two bills. What other site admins do is their business though, so if they wish to shut down, they’re welcome to do so.

There’s quite a few resources here on this site, as well as the forum that help the users is one reason why I won’t shut down my site.

Keep in mind, I don’t plan to post anything political here, nor on the forum. What goes on IRC is another matter, and we do have a channel for it: #politics. But I will say this. US Government is corrupted, has been for over a century. If nothing stops or delays the two bills, they will be passed before the 2012 elections occur. I firmly believe they will end up getting passed, bringing the destruction of the Internet pretty quick. Call me pessimistic if you wish, but I don’t see how these two bills will be stopped with the current administration. They want to stop piracy, but they don’t know the first thing how the Internet works, nor its fundamental values either. But don’t forget, there are many big name companies that are lobbying for the bills to pass, and they have the money to prove it.

You may ask me what I think might work… Eh, not easy. I’ll say this at least. Google for a list of companies that support SOPA/PIPA. Boycott them to make them understand your position. My own ISP is supportive of the motion, yet there’s nothing I can do. Time Warner is my current ISP, AT&T is my only other option, and they also have support for the same objective. Boycotting in my case would be pointless as that would leave me without an internet connection.

There y’all go. ShadowHime will not be going offline. Protesting in that sense is meaningless to me and serves no purpose in that regard. There are better ways to protest bills and acts of Congress than to take a website offline, even if its to show what could happen if they do pass in the end.