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The Return of The Fan Forum

Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 8:22 am

Hi All,

As you know, the site was broken into on November 27. Since that time, I have worked to restore a September backup and rehost the site on another computer that is dedicated solely to hosting The Fan Forum. This has some nice advantages. We now have no limits on bandwidth or disk space consumption.

In setting up the site again, I have made some minor changes.
  • Updated phpBB and phpMyChat
  • Logo on Upper Left Hand Side now rotates. Submit your 300x150 logo and see it there. :)
  • Visual confirmation (type in what you see) required when registering
  • Automated nightly backups to a different machine. This way, there is no human involvement and if this machine dies, we have it somewhere else.
I still have a few things on the TODO list:
  • Links to Amazon (.com and .uk), CD-Now and PayPal so we all can help pay for the site. This will include direct links to EC material on Amazon since that improves the kickback.
  • System News Blog.
  • Users in Chat displayed on top page.
  • Page with complete set of logos shown.

If you have any ideas or notice any problems, please feel free to PM myself or Spooky or just email her.

--DrSpooky
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Postby pophead2k » Mon Dec 06, 2004 8:53 am

A million thanks for all your hard work Doc. I'm sure I'm speaking for everyone. Hopefully everyone will find their way back.

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Postby BlueChair » Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:03 am

I missed you guys. :cry:
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

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Postby martinfoyle » Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:20 am

Ditto.

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Postby Goody2Shoes » Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:57 am

I just want to thank Mom and Dad for working so hard to keep the kids together!
It's a radiation vibe I'm groovin' on

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Postby mood swung » Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:23 pm

ditto that!
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Postby Boy With A Problem » Mon Dec 06, 2004 1:25 pm

pophead speaks for me -

Thanks Dr. Spooky !!
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Avatars

Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 1:40 pm

Spooky just pointed out ot me that no one has avatars. Let me
get home and see what I can do about it. I have eithe rnot restored
them or the board is configured to look in the wrong place.

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Postby noiseradio » Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:09 pm

It's like the Stepford Fans around here--everyone looks like Bobster!
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Postby so lacklustre » Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:10 pm

Thanks Dr S.
signed with love and vicious kisses

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Postby Gillibeanz » Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:24 pm

Thanks for all your hard work Mr & Mrs Spooky - and death to the hacker shitbags who have nothing better to do than spoil other peoples fun!! :x
COME ON YOU SPURS!!

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Postby Tim(e) » Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:15 pm

Nice to be back... it was like being locked out of my own home :cry:

Anyway, thanks Dr S for all of your hard work getting this thing up and flying again.

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Avatars return

Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:41 pm

Thanks to Mrs S, I was able to login remotely and restore the old avatars.

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testing watching a topic

Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:03 pm

I just started watching this topic.. let's see if I get email when I post.

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Postby Poppet » Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:07 pm

thousands of platonic smooches upon your head dr. spooky!

and more thousands of smooches for mrs. spooky, who does all the wonderful stuff necessary so dr. spooky is able to fix the board!!!


i wuv you guys!!!! **big group hug**
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Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:14 pm

Thanks for the platonic smooches. :)

And thanks for tripping it so I got an email that the topic had been posted to. I don't know whether people will have to recheck that or not. It definitely works if you check it now though.

What do you think of all the nice logos?

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Postby spooky girlfriend » Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:24 pm

It's a team effort here at the Spooky house. We're just glad to be back. Hopefully all this will smooth out soon. Don't freak if you guys see a problem here and there - this will still take some work. We're here if you guys need us. :)

My hat is off to the Dr as well. All kidding aside, he is damn near a technical genius. I appreciate all he has done and will continue to do for this site.

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Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:40 pm

Ahhh Mrs S... you make me blush...

Everyone.. I have setup a "Dynamic DNS" name for the site which will work even if the cable company changes the IP address. You should be able to get here as:

http://ecfans.dyndns.org

If it all works as it claims, our hardware firewall/router will update the address at dyndns.org if it changes. That should reduce some of the pressure.

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Postby Mr. Average » Mon Dec 06, 2004 7:23 pm

It is good to know that the Huntsville area is home to brilliant minds who are not all rocket scientists.

Thank you.
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Postby DrSpooky » Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:22 pm

Rocket scientists are a dime a dozen.. software is where the action is.

As an unrelated aside, I should apologize for losing all the user names that registered since the last backup. Bummer dude!

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Postby El Vez » Tue Dec 07, 2004 1:18 pm

Thanks for everything, Doc & Mrs. Doc.

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Postby DrSpooky » Tue Dec 07, 2004 2:24 pm

No problem. I really just want to get things running smoothly and make the site grow.

Any ideas?

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Postby bobster » Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:44 pm

I also just wanted to thank you again for doing all this work...and I'm especially happy now that I'm an "original" again!
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Postby DrSpooky » Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:51 pm

I am a bit worried about your avatar. I don't see anything now where before you had that great X. Did I miss restoring it? <grin>

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New Logo Rotation Algorithm

Postby DrSpooky » Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:50 pm

I was looking over the access logs for the past couple of days and am impressed. If I am reading the logs correctly, we have had over 250 unique IP addresses hit the site in the past two days! And that's without the real domain name!!

Unfortunately, there are a couple of issues I am tinkering with:
  • Some users have missing avatars. I am pm'ing folks as I notice them in the logs. If your avatar was lost in the Great Crash of '04, then please upload it again.
  • Greater than 50% of our used bandwidth has been due to the frequently changing images. I am now rotating the logo once per hour. This should work better for everyone as your page refreshes should be faster.

If you spot anything, please post or PM me.


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