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Wherein I throw in the proverbial towel for hosting websites and other things. - Paint It Black
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Wherein I throw in the proverbial towel for hosting websites and other things.
Personal server has been acting crappy for the last few days. This morning it locked up when I opened pine -- a perfectly reasonable thing to lock up on, don't you agree? -- and when the hosting provider went to reboot it they found the motherboard/processor was fried. Install new motherboard and processor, turn the unit back on and away we go. Should be set, right? Wrong. It locked up again at around 5:30 tonight. This time it was the hard drive that failed. Again. Which I believe means I have won some sort of trifecta of technological suck. It's like an inverse lottery -- hit all the numbers and you lose. So there's a freshly installed operating system and none of the data could be saved. Didn't I do this already, back in July?

I believe that this is a sign that I am not cut out for this "job" of running a personal hosting service any longer. Add in that I'm frustrated and tired of doing this "oh SHIT explosion quick put all the pieces back together!" dance on a steadily more frequent basis (before July the last big melt-down was in November of 2005. This is getting harder as time goes on and my life places other demands on me, such as my job, my relationship, my house, etc. I am tired of putting my hard-earned cash into this server and having all these problems with no hope of recouping any of the expenses I incur on a monthly or per-incident basis. Most of all I'm tired of the responsibility: For the last five years or more I have been hosting other people's websites, e-mail and games -- which makes me responsible for maintaining this ongoing nightmare.

I give up. I can't do this anymore, I just don't have anything left in me.

I'll send whatever data I can recover to everyone who had websites hosted on there. In the mean time any address ending in "@black-panther.us" is boned and unreachable. Same goes for any other domain I hosted.

it all fell apart

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: frustrated frustrated
Current Music: Cheap Trick - Surrender

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ottr From: ottr Date: November 4th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes you just need to flip the proverbial bird to technology and step away before it consumes you. I can't say as I blame your decision, and hopefully things improve for ya.
doomsey From: doomsey Date: November 4th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Computers suck.
angelwind From: angelwind Date: November 4th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear technology has made you it's bitch (or maybe it was the company, who knows...). If it's any consolidation for any future endevors, I use linode.com, and they have been wonderful.

In any case, thank you for being my backup MX for all this time. It's been greatly appreciated.
markvd From: markvd Date: November 4th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
If you need whitestar for anything let me know, I have virtualhosting ability and DNS.
calisi From: calisi Date: November 5th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Bleah. I don't blame you, sounds like panther's been giving you a lot of grief, qat. :/

Just wanted to thank you for hosting me all that time (and for FF too, when I was still a part of it), it was muchly appreciated.
From: tetragon Date: November 5th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
IMO you have to be making a reasonable amount of money off this kinda thing to do it with some measure of security. You could buy a server off-the-shelf with support and not worry (as much) about it, but thats probably more expense than you felt was worth it.

Nowdays I am pretty much interested in hosting only my own crap and the odd byte for friends with no guarantees of service. Having to tell "customers" their stuff is down sucks.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't say I blame you! Don't worry about salvaging any data from my sites -- I have copies here.

We should coordinate moving the cthulhucoffee.com domain name over under my own accounts, so you don't have to worry about it anymore.

Thank you for all yoru hard work and agony over the past several years. Much appreciated!
tugrik From: tugrik Date: November 5th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you need a co-host... holler?

I have a few other friends who also host things like I do, and we help each other out. Cross-backups, co-administration, etc. So that we have each other to lean on when things get ugly. I'd be honored to help out with your stuff in similar ways, if you wanted.
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