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Raspis service disruption.

There was a short downtime of Raspis server due to system crash.
All seems fine now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Zebra server (zebra.ddscentral.org) is down due to ISP maintenance works.
Maintenance is scheduled to complete at 5:00 AM EET, but connectivity should be restored sooner.

EDIT: Zebra seems to be back online, will update should it go down again.

I was given a badly damaged 500 GB hard drive from a laptop to recover data from. As always, computer owner had no backups (sigh !).
At first, I’ve tried mounting the drive in Windows (it was an NTFS formatted drive with Windows on it after all) but no go. I could get the drive letter to appear but when trying to access it, Windows told me the drive wasn’t formatted.
I was about to quit on trying to recover the data but then (as a last resort) I’ve decided to try to mount the drive (read-only, of course) on my Linux server with NTFS-3G. And (LOL !) it worked !

WTF Microsoft ?

Zebra maintenance

I’ll be doing some maintenance on Zebra server. Some downtime possible.

Raspis troubles

Raspis server is down, no idea why. Let’s hope it’s just temporary and not a hardware crash.
Will keep you updated.

EDIT: it’s down for over 2 hours. It may be a hardware crash after all. In that case, the earliest time I can resolve this is tomorrow at about 2:00 PM EET, since that’s the earliest time I can get to server’s physical location.
I’m very sorry for service disruption. If you need any downloads from Raspis, don’t hesitate to contact me by email: dds[alpha]ddscentral.org

EDIT: Nov. 10th, 1:45 EET: server back online.

Zebra upgrades

Zebra server is currently being software updated, some downtime possible.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

EDIT: Update complete, should be fine now.

Server issues

Sorry for the downtime, hosting provider did some maintenance and it seems that not all services were restarted correctly on boot.
Should be fine now.

Raspis downtime

Raspis (raspis.ddscentral.org) server software is being updated, some downtime is possible.

EDIT: update complete. Everything should be fine now.

New server online

I’ve recently upgraded my home connection to Gigabit fiber (1000 mbps down /500 mbps up) and, since I now have 500 mbps of upload bandwidth, I’ve set up a new server.
https://zebra.ddscentral.org/

Since this server has faster upstream connection that that of Raspis, I’ll probably move some of my stuff from Raspis to this new server in near future.

Server specs for those interested:
CPU: Intel G4600
RAM: 4 GB DDR4
NIC: 3x Realtek Gigabit NICs (separate NICs for Router, Internet and IPTV)
Storage: 6 HDDs, approx 3.33 TB of storage.

EDIT: Speedtest (that’s with IPTV and some other stuff running).
Speedtest

Again, I forgot to make a new year post… Dammit.

Let’s start with some good news first. I bought myself a Raspberry Pi 3 ¬†for Christmas.

Bought it without a case, because I wanted to buy a Kodi edition FLIRC case for it.

Now, the fun part. There are 2 suppliers of this case: The Pi Hut in the UK and FLIRC (the manufacturer) in the US.

I’m in the EU. Guess which supplier I’ve ordered from ? No, you guessed it wrong. I had to order it FROM THE USA, because the Pi Hut, despite all my attempts to convince them, refused to ship the case to my country, telling me some bull**it about too many lost parcels. Yeah, right… I’ve ordered from the UK dozens of times and had only one or two lost orders. If the US supplier CAN ship to the EU why can’t they ?

I had to wait 3 weeks for the case to arrive from the US (instead of just a week, had I ordered the case from the UK supplier). Had to run my Pi barebones during that time.

That was the good news.

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The bad news is that the primary server is down again. But this time it seems it’s the server’s ISP (yes, an entire ISP) went offline, because their homepage and corporate page are both down too, not even DNS works. WTF ?

Will update on this.
EDIT: it seems everything is back online now. Downtime lasted about an hour.

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