Old News: (30 Aug 01) *SMACK!* One of these days I'll learn. When we came up on the DSL circuit, I @*$#ed up the FTP rules (again). Consequently, the LDP site has not been updated in about two weeks. Oops. It's fixed now.
(13 Aug 01) DSL!
(12 Aug 01) Yes, maybe was down for most of the day today. It took a while to track down the cause, but basically the motherboard is toast. We're running on a standby machine until we decide whether to repair or replace the old hardware.
(08 Aug 01) We have finally seen progress on the new DSL line. The wire is to the side of the building, and the case has been handed to Covad to finish up. We SHOULD have the connection up by the end of next week.
(10 Jul 01) Things are slowly coming around again. Some much needed
updates are being made to the Tiger
(08 Jul 01) The Jolly Rodger site has gone away. At the request of the site owner it was taken down this morning, and will not be back in the forseeable future.
(15 Jun 01) I really have been slipping lately. We're up and
running, and have been since about 11 Apr. We're on dialup right
now, and that's just awful.
(09 Apr 01) Everything has been moved, but the IP block is still
living on the DSL line. As soon as our ISP fixes our routes, we'll
be back on line.
(26 Mar 01) Moving again
(16 Feb 01) Planned downtime
(21 Jan 01) I think I finally have all of my DNet clients running RC5 again. Our team was starting to slip there for a while. NextTime should start climbing back up the ranks shortly.
(16 Jan 01) Happy New Year!
(19 Nov 00) I finally 'fixed' the button bar. I realize that making everything tiny is a nasty hack, but I'm too lazy to put much effort into a design that's going to be scrapped Real Soon Now.
(11 Oct 00) Before anyone asks me, or tells LinuxDoc on us, our LDP
mirror WAS out of date recently. There was a misconfiguration in the
filters that broke active FTP sessions. Oddly, it seems that mirror
was the only program notably affected by it.
(26 Sep 00) Bear with us if this page looks nasty right now. I'm playing with the font settings, and it would appear that the rendering of my selected fonts is somewhat inconsistent. In other words, it looks fine in MSIE, decent in Netscape for Windows, and hideous in Netscape for Linux/X11. I'm working on it.
(15 Sep 00) If you're sick of this page layout, take a look at the work in progress on the .org side of the house. It's about time we updated the look. Expect to see the new design fully deployed in less than a month, I hope.
(12 Sep 00) We're running on a completely new router at the moment. I tweaked the filtering rules. Let me know if you can't read this page.
(25 Aug 00) Is it just me, or is Netscape's interpretation of CSS
truly broken? I'd think it was just me if I hadn't heard the same
problems from several other people.
(5 Jul 00) I find it surprising that Design-Theory
(http://www.design-theory.com) claims credit for "Site
Design/Maintenance" of this site. It is true that a single
individual who may or may not be part of Design-Theory did the
graphics and layout for this site's redesign...over a year ago.
Since then only the button bar and the VERY general layout has
been kept. The title has been altered, the buttons
rearranged/replaced, the ad bar removed, oh and most of the code has
been hand edited since to meet XHTML/1.0 compliance.
(5 Jul 00) I've mirrored the Emacs Manual here. I seem to need it far too often. This is the full 1.6MB single file, so be warned before clicking.
(25 Jun 00) It's getting there. Mail delivery and web service are back. Almost all of the user files are in place. I'll be adding SSH access as soon as everyone's home directories are back. We're running off the secondary DNS right now, so that'll get fixed today, too. Remote mail will happen Real Soon Now.
(22 Jun 00) Upcoming Downtime: We'll be down (or more specifically, maybe(www, ftp, shell, ns1) will be down) for an extended indefinate period on the night of the 23rd. We're going to do a full server upgrade including all software and some hardware. Each service will only be coming back online AFTER it has been properly locked down. This time we're starting from nothing and adding what we need instead of running around disabling things we don't want available. Incoming mail and web will be back first, with remote mail, shell, and news following sometime later.
(14 Jun 00) It's done. I'm just SO excited. I'd probably feel better if it weren't five minutes into the 14th at the moment. The renumbering and rerouting seems to have taken hold, and I'm going to go pass out for a few hours.
(13 Jun 00) We're in the middle of renumbering the network. Things could get a bit weird for a few days. None of the servers are affected, but both of the routers between them and the ISP will be twiddled. Everything should be just peachy once DNS caches expire and the new info gets loaded.
(28 May 00) With a little help from Alter-Net Communications, we've got the new UPS on-line. This one is a Best 610, 2kVA. With five systems, two hubs, and the DSL router on it reports about a 31% load and 32 minutes run time. I'm pleased with that.
(26 May 00) Well, it's about time. BA FINALLY sent a tech
today. The nice surprise was that they combined the Covad and BA work
into one visit and the line was working when he left. I called and
had Cyber Aceess switch the routing back, and we're on the air. It
only took 23 days, too.
(24 May 00) I'm not sure who's worse, Bell Atlantic or Covad. We're now projected to have a tech fix the DSL line tomorrow. That's 22 days after it went down. Cyber Access has been really good about this, but their power only extends to complaining at Covad. Covad doesn't care since I'm only a "residential" customer, and BA doesn't care because they're the phone company, they don't have to.
(20 May 00) The first UPS is in place. It's a Best Power 610,
1kVA. It's a nice unit. It's small, fairly quiet, and has plenty of
juice. This one is powering until and again and reports about 25
minutes potential runtime at the current load. The 2kVA model is on
its way for maybe, perhaps, moo, mort, and toast.
(16 May 00) In spite of unpredictable power and line issues, we managed to add yet another domain to our family. Bit Hose goes online today. Aren't you thrilled?
(15 May 00) Bell Atlantic bites. MOST of their technicians
couldn't find their, um, posterior with both hands, much less install
a phone line without destroying someone else's service. The only
helpful and competent techs they have get sent out to clean up the
mess long after it's too late to do it right. That leaves them
powerless to fix anything in a timely fashion and makes the whole
company look bad.
(7 May 00) Irony is just wonderful. As I was browsing some catalogs looking for power supplies for the servers, the power went out. So we were down for a few hours while everyone rummaged for candles and flashlights. The UPS will be ordered in the next few days, so this shouldn't happen again.
(5 May 00) We're still disconnected from DSL, and it could be a while. I brought the dial-up back up in the mean time. Hopefully it'll be fixed EARLY next week.
(4 May 00) The DSL line is down right now. No one seems to be sure why or who needs to fix it.
(20 Apr 00) Oops. Virtual hosts are working again. Why didn't somone point that out several days ago?
(16 Apr 00) Network Solutions FINALLY got around to updating the root
DNS this morning. It's a good thing they did, too, since the machine
that was hosting the old numbers died during the night.
(13 Apr 00) Thanks today to CyberAccess and Covad, we've got the DSL
line back. I wasn't real thrilled about finding out about the install
appointment at 0815 today, but all worked out for the best.
(12 Apr 00) Perhaps is back, in all of its glory. Again is down, awaiting a new processor. There's nothing wrong with the old one, but the MB is now configured for the new chip and I don't want to mess with it. The firewall upgrade is planned...soon. Probably this weekend at the latest. Maybe is still slated for upgrade, but seeing as that will take an entire day, don't expect it real soon.
(3 Apr 00) I figured out the problem with the RH6.2 install. There is
something incredibly wonky with the NFS installer. After beating on
it some more I finally switched to the FTP install and it's working
fine. In another 2-3 hours it should be done.
(30 Mar 00) Well, I got three things accomplished. I put the new drive in Perhaps, I ate, and I slept. Other than that I spent most of the night TRYING to install RH6.2 on one machine. After three floppy drives, two cables, and rebooting the NFS server, I still got stuck on trying to load the SCSI module. Maybe tonight.
(29 Mar 00) Things might be a little messy tonight. I'm planning on being very ambitious and:
(26 Mar 00) Don't EVER use Seagate Hawk 1.05GB drives. I thought
the ones we had at work were just the usual bad apples. I figured that
having only four out of twelve go bad in five years was pretty good.
(24 Mar 00) For whatever reason, Northpoint is no longer
partnered with CyberAccess in providing DSL access. This left me with the
choice of moving to a different ISP to keep the Northpoint line, or staying
with CyberAccess and losing DSL. Well, the new ISP they offered (Net 1
Plus) would have cost about 150% of what I'm paying now. CyberAccess
instead offered to get Covad to provide a DSL circuit using the equipment I
just finished paying for. In the mean time they offered to reconnect the
(11 Jan 2000) That server upgrade is coming, really. Just give me a few more days to get the hardware sorted out.
(31 Dec 1999) In addition to the server upgrade, expect to see a new site layout soon. This one is just wearing a little thin on me. Maybe this time I'll go with one that doesn't require a browser window of 1280x1024 just to be useable.
(31 Dec 1999) And now for our Y2K statement: "I didn't expect that to happen." Yes, here at NextTime we've spent the last two years diligently ignoring the possiblity of Y2K problems. So, come midnight things might get interesting. I'm not really worried, but it's more than just coincidence that I'll be upgrading the last server to RedHat 6.1 this weekend. In other words, if the servers are down, it's a planned upgrade, really.
(25 Dec 1999) Happy Whatever You're Having. If anything breaks in the next day or two, it can wait to get fixed.
(23 Dec 1999) The DSL line is finally up. Now it's time to suck up all of the available bandwidth downloading useless crap for a few days.
(17 Dec 1999) I've got the line to the house and the router sitting in a box. On Monday the tech comes to put it all together. After that we'll actually have access speeds worth getting a little excited about. Of course, that also means the connection will be down Monday afternoon while I switch over. We'll also be down for a little while this weekend as I add another NIC to the firewall to accomodate the DSL box.
(19 Nov 1999) I went ahead and did it. We now have an order in for a 144k IDSL link from Cyber Access. That may not sound impressive, but considering that right now we have, at best, a 49k/37k connection, it sounds really nice to me.
(17 Nov 1999) NextTime is currently competing in the CSC through Distributed.Net. I don't care if you care or not, I'm telling you anyway.
(21 Oct 1999) Oh God why? Now we're actually helping someone create LibbyDance. What is this world coming to?
(7 Sep 99) Okay, so I neglected to tell anyone beforehand, but we're in our new location now. It's so much nicer to have a table to have all of the consoles on. Oh, and we're back with Bell Atlantic for the phone lines. It MAY have taken their techs over a week to get all of the lines up and running, but that's much better than RCN's month or more to do the same job.
(25 Jul 99) NextTime will again be relocating its hardware sometime in the near future. At some point between the middle and end of August expect an extended downtime of at least a day or so. I'll do my best, but in the end it will depend on Bell Atlantic and RCN more than anyone else.
(25 Apr 99) Yay! We finally have a faster than 28.8k link. At approximately 1745 this afternoon we went online at 56k (v.90). The faster connection supplied by Cyber Access, and as usual is being paid for by mbrodeur.
(10 Mar 1999) I'm working on a new section for our front page. Right now it's called Who Are We and it describes our history, our hardware, and our mission. Great reading for anyone who has a morbid fascination with the inner workings of the internet.
(24 Feb 99) The recent downtime and strangeness has been a result of physically relocating all of our hardware. Everything should be back to normal now. On a side note, RCN is just about the worst choice one can make in telephone service. E-mail me if you want the details.
(13 Jan 1999) The New and Improved ICD 'Cats Pages are finally up. So there.
(12 Jan 1999) Just strike everything I've said about the paintball pages. The ICDOG link now takes you to the "real" ICDOG, and I don't have a definate location for the 'Cats stuff yet. It'll be fixed Real Soon Now.
(5 Jan 1999) Red Hat 5.2--It's a big deal, really. If all works well, no one will notice any difference 'cept those of us who run the place.
(20 Dec 98) Been a while, eh? I'm probably converting the Alley Cat page to some sort of ICD owners group page. The URL will change to http://www.NextTime.com/ICDOG/, but the old address will still work, at least until I update all the links.
(12 Sep 98) Right now I'm working on a page of information about the Indian Creek Alley Cat paintball marker. It's in its early stages, but I wouldn't mind input on what you'd like to see there. If you own an Alley Cat, or any Indian Creek gun, or are in the market for a new paintgun, take a look. It's at http://www.nexttime.com/AlleyCat.
(11 Sep 98) Donations are still being accpeted. Actually, It would be nice to get any donations at all. Right now we could really use a good UPS. Maybe Best Power or APC would like to make a donation in exchange for free advertising?
(27 Aug 98) We've finally got our own line! I still make no promises of stability, but it should be a lot better.
(26 Aug 98) NextTime now hosts a mirror of the Linux Documentation Project. Frustrated Linux sysadmins are encouraged to pay a visit. Just remember, I don't write it, I just host it.
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