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by DrSpooky
Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

Is it not possible to amend it so that it accepts Visa debit as well as credit cards? I didn't see anything on PayPal's site about debit cards being unsupported but I do see other people on the web with a similar problem. They all appear to be getting a message indicating the card can't be validate...
by DrSpooky
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

I finally got round to trying to make my donation, and this time it all worked to get past the 'update my total' hurdle, but then wouldn't accept my card. I tried with two of them, both Visa debit cards, both rejected. I use them for online payments regularly with no trouble. Any reason they won't ...
by DrSpooky
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: Upgrade Plans Over Holidays
Replies: 59
Views: 110805

Re: Upgrade Plans Over Holidays

I posted in another thread but just in case you missed it. The new server arrived last week and Friday night I switched us over to it. JohnE spotted a couple of oddities and I resolved them Saturday morning. As far I know everything is behaving properly. Now that we are on the new server, if anyone ...
by DrSpooky
Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: Now on New Server
Replies: 42
Views: 105914

Now on New Server

I have switched us over to the new server. It looked like everything went well and everything is working again. I think I checked everything but it is always possible I missed something. So if you see anything amiss, please post and let me know. In a few days, if all looks well, I will move the hard...
by DrSpooky
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

I want to let everyone know that the fund raising goal for the new server has been met. YEAH!!! Thanks to everyone that has contributed in this campaign. The server arrived today and I have begun to do the configuration that will let us move to the machine. I hope this goes quickly and smoothly. :) ...
by DrSpooky
Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

Thanks again to everyone who has contributed. If my math is correct, we have almost reached the goal. The server was ordered Tuesday (today is Saturday) and should be here in time to do the transition over the holidays. If anyone is still having trouble with the PayPal Credit Card link, please let m...
by DrSpooky
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

I hope this works for those who don't have or want PayPal accounts. Afraid I can't get it to. It keeps on resetting the amount I've entered to 0 when I try and pay and telling me to enter an amount greater than 0 (would have more fitting if it had said an amount less than zero, boom boom!), so I've...
by DrSpooky
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. We are now at about 70% of our goal and only $230 short. In anticipation of meeting the goal and wanting to switch from the old to new server over the holidays, I went ahead and placed an order for the machine today. This is a custom configured server which...
by DrSpooky
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

I have added a button to http://www.elviscostellofans.com/helpthesite.html which should allow folks to make donations with a credit card WITHOUT having a PayPal account. It is a PayPal service so it is still a PayPal button but once you click it, you get an option to use a credit card OR login to Pa...
by DrSpooky
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:16 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

Dr Spooky, Was very pleased to send you some $$ for the server just now. Best of luck raising the money. Hope it goes very quickly. Also signed up for the monthly $5. Have wanted to do so for a long time, but the financial aspect of the Ypsilanti household has been too scary. But I think we've fina...
by DrSpooky
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

Well done and thank you for upgrades. Any way I can donate that avoids PayPal? I had my account hacked there and a payment made illegally in my name, and so have kept away since. To be fair they intervened very quickly and refunded the not huge sum, but it left a bad taste. Any way I can donate jus...
by DrSpooky
Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

Re: New Server Fund Raiser

Well done Doc & thanks for all the effort. I've sent of a few quid. Not wanting to be too self adulatory , it'll be in addition to the $5 I already automatically send every month. It's the least I can do, in appreciation of grateful I am for being allowed to use this forum and the many benefits...
by DrSpooky
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: New Server Fund Raiser
Replies: 26
Views: 69029

New Server Fund Raiser

Hi, The time has come to replace the server that is running The Board and the Wiki and I hope that those of you who enjoy the content hosted here will contribute to the fund. If you have been around here a while, you will know that this is the first time money has ever been mentioned for equipment o...
by DrSpooky
Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: Board Software Updated
Replies: 12
Views: 41361

Re: Board Software Updated

Hi,

I think all is well now. I managed to do the other long part last night before I went to bed and left it loading updates from the Net overnight. A reboot this morning and we are right there on the bleeding edge again.

If you spot anything not behaving right, just let me know.
by DrSpooky
Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: Board Software Updated
Replies: 12
Views: 41361

Re: Board Software Updated

migdd wrote:Thanks again for keeping us afloat, Doc.


You're welcome.

The first large portion of the upgrade is now complete. There will be another outage of an hour or so sometime over the next few days.
by DrSpooky
Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: Upgrade Plans Over Holidays
Replies: 59
Views: 110805

Re: Upgrade Plans Over Holidays

Hi again, it is a long holiday weekend here in the States for Thanksgiving. I am taking this as an opportunity to upgrade the operating system on the server running the Wiki and The Board. If all goes well, this should result in two outages of 1-2 hours and a few reboots. The first "long" ...
by DrSpooky
Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:52 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: Board Software Updated
Replies: 12
Views: 41361

Re: Board Software Updated

Hi,

It's that time again. I updated the software that runs the board yesterday. No one complained so I assume it went OK. :D
by DrSpooky
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:50 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Mediafire Down
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

Re: Mediafire Down

In my experience, it's not unusual for it to be unavailable for a few hours from time to time. It seems to be fine now. Ironically I had a few files that were not EC related and were too big to email. This was the first time I had ever used it to host anything for me. And it went down very soon aft...
by DrSpooky
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Mediafire Down
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

Mediafire Down

Hi,

I noticed mediafire.com is down today and can't find any official news. I found some sites claiming there was a long term problem -- like shutdown for good. Any ideas?

Thanks.
by DrSpooky
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: Blocking Entire Countries
Replies: 0
Views: 19382

Blocking Entire Countries

Hi, Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a large increase in the number of spam account registration attempts. It was getting to the point where we were getting multiple attempts within an hour from the same IP address. Spooky has to do some due diligence on every account registration to ma...
by DrSpooky
Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: Bandwidth Upgrade
Replies: 0
Views: 19999

Bandwidth Upgrade

Hi, We got a nice surprise recently. Our ISP upgraded our service without bothering us. We didn't have to swap modems, get a visit from the cable guy, or pay more. This doubled our incoming speed and tripled our outgoing speed. This should be noticeable to users of The Board and Wiki. Random goodnes...
by DrSpooky
Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Costelllo fans meet-up, London Dec.12 '09
Replies: 9
Views: 5128

Re: Costelllo fans meet-up, London Dec.12 '09

Well that post card was certainly a welcome surprise. I look forward to the day when we can make a London or Dublin meetup. :)

Thank you.
by DrSpooky
Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:10 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: November 22 2009 Operating System Upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 29218

Re: November 22 2009 Operating System Upgrade

Hi again, Yesterday (Thursday) I think I completed the upgrade/update activities. I upgraded the Wiki to the latest version of Mediawiki. I stayed up late last night figuring out why the automated backups were not working and fixed that. While looking in the logs for other issues, I noticed that the...
by DrSpooky
Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: November 22 2009 Operating System Upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 29218

Re: November 22 2009 Operating System Upgrade

After the operating system upgrade, there was a brief period where you might have seen errors from The Board. i think they are resolved now. It is currently downloading some updates and will automatically reboot when they are loaded. Hopefully that will be the end of this phase. After things settle,...
by DrSpooky
Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: From the management
Topic: November 22 2009 Operating System Upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 29218

Re: November 22 2009 Operating System Upgrade

I just loaded an update to The Board software. There are some updates to the Wiki software which need to be made and one more operating system update.

So one down and a couple more to go over the next few days.

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