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ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
Posted by Eric on 1 February 2001, 00:03 GMT

As you may have noticed, ticalc.org was inaccessible for much of the day yesterday due to a problem with DNS that we experienced after BIND (that's the DNS server for you non-techie types) was upgraded. The daemon has been restarted and all is back to normal now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

 


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Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
Ryan Pelletier  Account Info

i was wondering what that was about. nice to know

     1 February 2001, 00:47 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
JaggedFlame Account Info

Well, in light of the problems Microsoft has been having recently, there's always the possibility that ticalc.org is hosted by Microsoft... :-P

     1 February 2001, 04:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
MathJMendl  Account Info
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Come to think of it, ticalc.org does have a suspicious near monopoly on large TI calculator file archives. Maybe they've been unfairly undercutting competition? =-) I think we should bring this to the Justice Department...

     1 February 2001, 06:24 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
miguel5  Account Info

Stop apologizing and make sure it doesn't happen again. We don't pay for a subscription to this site so it can go down every five minutes. (end of sarcasm)

     1 February 2001, 04:01 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
S67  Account Info
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Yeah! I could take my $100 a month elsewhere. I could buy a new calculator a month ... Hey, that is not a bad idea.

     1 February 2001, 04:43 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
Dark_Ninja

You're only paying a $100 a month!?!?! What the %#(*@)&#.

<sarcasm end>

     1 February 2001, 05:12 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
MathJMendl  Account Info
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Make sure it doesn't happen again?!?! No offense, but it sounds like you are wholly unfamiliar with DNS systems. Changes to DNS systems can cause downtime, and it is in no way the fault of ticalc.org. Some downtime is inevitable, even big sites like Yahoo! and Microsoft experience it from time to time. Plus, the DNS system does not update in real time (you have to wait several hours sometimes), and the normal domain name registry updates even less often (changes can take a few days to update), and so if the DNS system is down there's nothing that can be done about it.

     1 February 2001, 06:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
JaggedFlame Account Info

I might be wrong, but I think he was only kidding about that.

     1 February 2001, 18:37 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
MathJMendl  Account Info
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The funny thing about this is that if you go to tinews.net when ticalc.org is down, its file archive update parser depends on ticalc being up, and so tinews.net doesn't work well. =-) It takes longer periods of time for pages to download, and you have to click "stop" because it doesn't get past a certain point (where it says how many new files the archive has). I personally think that they should have it take the update list from a file on their computer, and attempt to update it every few minutes, so if ticalc.org is down tinews.net works too. I don't know about you, but if one calc site is down I'd like to get what news there is elsewhere.

     1 February 2001, 06:30 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Experiences Unscheduled Outages
Misha Nasledov  Account Info
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Actually the Microsoft thing is completely unrelated. MS ran their own crappy Microsoft DNS server shit. I'm sure the reason why ticalc.org had to restart their BIND is because of the security hole recently found and fixed (refer to slashdot for more info on this). I'm also sure that Microsoft's DNS servers have a lot more holes >=)

     1 February 2001, 06:48 GMT

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