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Yesterday, FUMBBL went down due to a power failure. Once power was restored and the servers were up and running again, it was fairly late (a bit past 1am or so) and I went to sleep. On waking up, I noticed that the site was being incredibly sluggish.

So, I spent some time trying to localise the issue and found that one of the hard drives that the database is running on was failing (read speeds of 1MB/sec, which is about 1% of what I expect from the drive). Further investigation showed multiple errors being reported by the drive self-test (SMART).

This meant that I rushed off to the local computer hardware store and picked up a replacement drive, which is now installed in the system. At the time of writing, the RAID array is recovering and will likely be doing so for the next few hours (the drive is 2TB running as part of a RAID5 array).

Bottom line is that the site should be functional again and because of the RAID rebuild will be slightly sluggish for a few hours (although not nearly as bad as it was while the failed drive was installed).

I apologise for any inconvenience this downtime has caused you guys.
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Christer on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 16:01
As many of you probably noticed, FUMBBL was inaccessible for a while this morning. All the FUMBBL servers are fine and have been running flawlessly during this, and my investigation seemed to imply an issue with DNS servers.

I've been having some issues with DNS in the past, and have now switched name servers from Zoneedit to Amazon, and am also in the process of transferring the domain registry to Amazon as well (the latter may take a few days).

The reason I'm doing this transfer isn't only because of this incident. We've had some trouble with Zoneedit in the past and my hope is that switching to a reputable host for domain and name servers will improve stability. Amazon certainly has a smoother configuration system for domains and DNS records, so that part will certainly become better.

The domain registrar switch may cause some minor teething issues, but I hope it won't be too bad.

Either way, I apologise for any inconvenience this downtime may have caused you.
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Christer on Sunday, September 07, 2014 - 13:38
At approximately 18:30, one of the FUMBBL servers will be taken down for maintenance (replacement). This will mean that the FFB game server is going to be down and the IRC chat server will also be inaccessible.

I am unable to give a very good estimate of the time it will be down, but am hoping to be able to have the new server in place and running both the IRC chat and the game server within 2-3 hours.

Thank you for your patience and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Update: The migration is mostly complete and both IRC and FFB game servers should be back online. Let me know if you run into issues.

Update 2: The game name requirement should be fixed.
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Christer on Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 17:16
So the summer is here, and it is time for the BLACK CUP VI

The last of the B division only Majors for 2014.
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PurpleChest on Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 15:12
Hi everyone!

Closely following the ISP issue, we just ran into another problem. This time, it's out of the ISP's hand and in the realm of ageing hardware.

Zara, the server responsible for IRC and the FFB game server, is showing further signs of deteriorating. It essentially stopped functioning this morning and the motherboard was making clicking noises for a while when I tried to power cycle it.

In the end, I managed to get it back up and running (it effectively needed a short rest), but I feel this is serious enough that I really need to replace the hardware as it could simply die on me at any time.

So, in order to be able to do that, I need you guys to help me out with donations to cover the cost of the replacement. Given that the old hardware is so old, I practically can't reuse anything of it other than the case (Zara is from around 2005 or so).

Doing a quick price check on reasonable new hardware to take Zara's place, I'm looking at a cost of just shy of $1000 for the things I want to buy.

In order to give something back to those of you who donate, I will offer sending one of the FUMBBL poker chips (random colour) to those of you who donate $25 or more during this drive as a token of appreciation. In order to get this poker chip, I will need you to make the donation and then contact me (Christer) with a PM on the site with the name and email of your Paypal account (for verification purposes) and the shipping address you want the poker chip sent to. I really don't expect to run out of these poker chips during this donation drive, but there is a limited supply and I may not be able to send one to all of you who donate. If that happens, I'll get back to you and offer a refund on the donation.

I also have a very limited number of the dice from the Kickstarter campaign that I can send to those of you who are interested in donating a bit more (let's say $50 or more, a bit depending on what dice you are interested in). To take advantage of this, you will need to contact me (again through a PM) *before* you make the donation with information on which dice you are interested in, and the amount you intend to donate. Once I have confirmed that there are items remaining, I will reserve them for you and get back to you with a response so you can go ahead with the donation. This more complex process is needed in order to avoid me running out of dice.

Thank you very much for your interest in supporting FUMBBL!

Update: The donation drive has been a success and I have placed an order for new parts. I will, however, extend the time for it for another day or so in order to give some people a chance to get their hands on the last couple of sets of dice I have available from the Kickstarter project.

Thank you everyone who chipped in. It's truly heart-warming to see that so many people care about the site and what we do here.
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Christer on Friday, August 01, 2014 - 12:30