published by mikefairbanks on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:26
Well I hope everyone has a terrific 2014! We are now in the 17th year of the builders list, and rapidly approaching 50,000 messages in the archives! We're also approaching 2 years now on the new site format, and I hope everyone is enjoying the additional capabilities over the old Wildcat! site.
published by mikefairbanks on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:32
As I'm sure you all noticed, the site was down for the last couple of days. We had 2 big winter storms back to back in Interior Alaska, the second was 2 days of heavy precipitation alternating between snow and freezing rain, with the end of the storm bringing 40+ mph winds. Well as you can imagine trees went down all over the place as did power lines. We were without power for about 54 hours... which is why the site has been unavailable. I do have a generator, but it is only large enough to keep the essentials running... water, heat, refrigerator, and some lights.
published by mikefairbanks on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:44
In the last 18 months the "Rebel Builders List" has changed from an email list run on servers in my basement, with an old archive/file library interface based on Wildcat! bulletin board software that I started running in 1996! It was definitely time for a change, and while I know there was some resistance to the Forum based "Murphy Builders Site" we are currently using, I hope and believe that everyone has now had a chance to see the benefits it offers over the old system.
published by mikefairbanks on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 13:43
Well hopefully this will be it! 2 days ago I updated my hosting account to a Virtual Private Server.
It was supposed to be completely seamless and invisible to the users. Well, that didn't turn out to be quite true... but we got through it without too much down time, and everything appears to be working now. As always, if you find something that doesn't work right... please let me know so I can take a look at it. I have quite a few sites on this account, so it takes a lot of time to go through and test every aspect of every site.
published by mikefairbanks on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:12
Well it's been a bit since I updated everyone on this, and I'm afraid the news isn't good.
My host (www.bluehost.com) enforces a limit of 2000 outbound emails in 60 minutes. The way this works is when I (the site) send an email, their server looks to see how many I've sent in the previous 60 minutes, and as soon as that number hits 2000 they just drop the email... thus, you don't ever get it. There is no throttling, no hold queue... the message just disappears.
published by mikefairbanks on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:35
If you read the article below you'll know that I updated my hosting account to try to alleviate this problem. But with 251 members now, we hit the 2000 emails per hour anytime there have been 8 posts to the site in the last 60 minutes. I've requested a waiver from my hosting company to allow more email to go out, but have not received a response to my request yet. If they are not willing to grant the waiver, then I will be looking into other solutions.
published by mikefairbanks on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 14:19
I just discovered today that my hosting company was throttling my outbound email traffic to 150 messages per hour. Well, with over 200 members on the site, that means everytime anybody posted, that limit was exceeded immediately, and that means the system would reject any and all outbound messages from that point until the top of the next hour.
published by mikefairbanks on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 09:41
I am upgrading my hosting account today to a "Pro" account... which will give me a dedicated IP address, 30 Mbps bandwidth, as well as other features and capabilities that should improve the performance & reliability of the system.
There may be a few short outages during the course of the day as the entire site is migrated to the new server.