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If you have been on any Squidge.org hosted site in the last few days, you may have noticed a slowdown. This is because, besides the dozens of hackers trying to get into the database, Yahoo! and Bing have somehow decided to attack us with hundreds of requests every second. I've put in code to slow them down, but they're ignoring it for now. Hopefully their furious indexing will stop soon.
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New to Squidge.org - SSL Everywhere!

Over the next few days, you may have your web browsing session interrupted slightly. I am installing SSL certificates for every domain that is hosted on Squidge.org, which is quite a few in number. Now anytime you go to a website hosted on Squidge.org without the secure "https://" prefix, your browser should be redirected to the secure session instead.

Doing this means that we have to move configuration files around, causing us to have to cycle the webserver twice per domain group. This is going to be a bit frustrating, and I'll apologize in advance. But we need to have https everywhere for everyone's web surfing safety!

Questions? Let me know!
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WE'RE BACK, as of 19:45 Pacific time, 1/12/17.

We came up with a bit of an unorthodox solution to be able to get everything back up.  The big issue was power to the ONT, the network point between my ISP and the server farm.  We solved that tonight, and we're back up!
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Here's what's going on.

Our server farm is located in our home, specifically in a loft in the detached garage.  As it's a separate building, it has its own power, which is fed from a powerline from the house.

This winter has been more brutal than most, and the powerline to the garage (which is original to the dwelling) has frayed with the influx of ice.  This fraying has caused the line to short out.  This is why the power is out, and Squidge.org is down.

An electrician was able to come out last night on an emergency call (electricians are about 30 days out where we are, due to weather).  He diagnosed the issue, and said that he was going to have to replace the line between the house and the garage.  He was going to expedite it; someone is supposed to come out today - but that doesn't necessarily mean that the job will be completed today.  I'm hoping it will be, but I'm not holding my breath.

More updates as I get them.  Think good thoughts for them to complete the work today and that we can come up later on - hopefully that will happen.   
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SquidgeStatus is now mirrored at Dreamwidth, so if you want to join us over there, you can. We will be crossposting to LJ, but will be primarily found at DW now.

Contact us at either.
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There were a few pressing issues that caused the outage we're in right now; this is what's going on.

First, there was intermittent Internet outages due to our ISP.  Then, our mini "datacenter" (which in reality is a loft in our garage) started having power fluctuation issues.  The circuit breaker to the garage blew for some unknown reason, and stayed on for a short period of time.

During that time, it was found that the power issues caused the firewall server to go kaput; so the firewall machine is dead.  It will not boot at all, so I took it out of service and started installing on another machine as a backup.

Then the circuit breaker tripped a few more times.  After doing research, it seems that there is a short somewhere in the wiring, so the system is shutting itself off - which means no power to the garage, and thus, no power to the servers.

So an eletrician is being contacted to come out and figure out what's going on.  They'll have to fix whatever the issue is, and then we'll be able to restore service.  Hopefully that will be in the next 24 hours.  Then once completed, we'll run without a firewall until a new one is put into place.

My apologies for this unforseen issue; we've been running in this space for 12 years now with no real power issues (besides the occasional outage) so I know this is disconcerting.  More updates as I get them.
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FYI, there will be a short downtime Friday May 6th around 7am Pacific for a network update.
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I ran one final update today that should have reset the dates stories were created and the dates they were updated, and they should reflect what was found over on the old archive.  So if you're looking for something you know was created in 2009, the original date is back on the story.
Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to become an admin, please let me know.  There's really nothing much to do, but it's better to have more than one admin than not.  You can contact me at walterh@squidge.org or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/Squidge.org or just leave a message on here.
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So in the original import from the old software to the new, there were about 2,000 stories that didn't import properly.  After deleting the orphaned stories, I was able to reimport about 80% of the stories with the correct details.  Now there are only 7 stories without authors, and another ~300 that could not be imported due to errors.

If you find any stories of yours that are missing, and they are not part of the abandoned fic listing, please reupload them.  And again, if you haven't logged in since the cutover, you will need to request a new password. 
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So after the hacking event, I put NCISFiction.com on lockdown, changing everyone's passwords and locking down the site to read-only while I converted to a new, more secure software package.  The work for that is complete, and all access has been restored.

NCISFiction.com (as well as mirrored domains NCISFiction.net and NCISFiction.org) is now up on a software package called eFiction.  I managed to import all users (except spam users), all stories, and all comments.  You can head over to NCISFiction.com and you should see the archive in a slightly different format, but everything should still be available.

An email is going out now to all users saying that you need to change your password.  If you need assistance, don't hesitate to ping me on here, on Facebook.com/Squidge.org or on Twitter @squidgeorg

Thank you!
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There may be multiple short downtimes today, due to some maintenance done by our ISP.  The upgrade is to increase our service speed, but it will require them to change out some equipment.  They haven't given me an ETA as to when the technician will show up, just "Sometime today."
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Mea culpa.
So we were down until about 4pm, when the power came back on.  But this new server that I set up, I forgot to set something in the computer's bios to automatically reboot on power failure, so it automatically recovers.  That's my fault, and I apologize.
Secondly, after my husband got the server rebooted, I found our initial network issue came back.  Not sure why, but it did - which it shouldn't have since we're on a brand new server.  But I think I found the issue behind it *finally*, and resolved it.
As of 18:30 Pacific time, we are all back up.  And I hope it stays that way!!!

Reinstall

Oct. 18th, 2015 06:52 pm
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Webserver (except for mailing list web interface), email, and IRC is up and running.  Still working on mailing list issues - FRUSTRATING!  Let me know if you see stuff not working properly.  Thanks!
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We have acquired a new webserver, which should hopefully help with some of the stability issues we've seen as of late.  Over the next few days, I'll be prepping that new server to make sure everything is up to date, installed, and ready to go.  And once that is completed (probably mid next week) we will do a switchover.  It should be transparent to end users, though there will be some downtime involved.
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I'm adding in some new hardware and will be having to unplug and move some servers around, so there will be intermittent connectivity issues between 4pm and 5pm today.  All services will be affected.

Back up!

Aug. 31st, 2014 02:04 pm
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Good news! We are all back up and running. Looks like we had a few issues that were resolved with some proper reseating of cables, and then a quick networking issue - but we're up now!

Don't hesitate to comment if you see issues.
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I need to install a new UPS (battery backup) so there will be a very quick downtime at 11am Pacific time as I shut down machines and rewire.
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I'm going to be installing and setting up a firewall in response to the massive amount of hacking attempts that are escalating as of late.  This should help both with keeping the hackers out, as well as cut down on the amount of spam Squidge users receive.

It will be important to let me know if there are any issues with access (web, mail, IRC, etc).

I will implement the firewall about 3pm Pacific time today, 8/29/14.  You can contact me here, or my off-squidge email: squidgeadmin@icloud.com
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So occasionally we get someone who comes to us and asks that they have their stories removed from the Internet one one of the Archives that I host on Squidge.org - and I've always complied.  But recently I found something intriguing on AO3 and wanted to try and replicate it.
Basically, if you want to abandon your stories and remove all traces of your identity from them on AO3, there's something called "Orphan Account".  What that does is take all of your stories and strip them of your identifying information, and attribute them to a generic account called "Orphan Account".  That way your stories stay available for people to read, but yet they are detached from your identify.  Your account can be deleted, but your stories stay.
What do people think?  Good idea?  Bad?  Thoughts?
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Taking the webserver offline for about an hour starting at 11am Pacific to do some major upgrades.  More news as it happens!

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