Sorry for the downtime – was moving servers

Hey Friends,

My apologies for the ~4-5 hour downtime. You see I have been in the process of moving servers and the lack of quick DNS resolving on my ISP’s part forced me to turn a blind eye to dotTech’s new server for a couple of hours. Moving servers itself is a challenge, but my goal was to move servers with no downtime; that in of it self is a whole different challenge. Apparently I failed the second goal =(. However, everything should be up and running just fine now!

That being said, as I mentioned, I have moved dotTech to a new server. The hope is this new server, which has 2-3x as much processing power, will make dotTech load faster for most, if not all dotTechies. Now the new server is located in Flordia, as opposed to Pennsylvania, so people living in or around New England may not necessarily feel a speed increase. Overall, though, most everyone should be able to connect to dotTech more quickly now.

That being said, while moving servers unexpected things happen. So please if you see any broken links, screenshots, posts, forum threads, etc. please post below and let me know (Yes I know “About dotTech” is broken; I just haven’t got around to writing that page yet =P.) Similarly, data lost is inevitable when moving servers. When I say “data lost” I am mostly referring to dotTech’s comments and forum posts. If you made a recent comment or forum post yet you don’t see it anymore, unless it warranted being deleted (I hardly delete things unless spam), chances are it got “left behind” on the old server. For this I do apologize; simply re-comment or re-post. On the same note, if you sent me a recent e-mail, it probably got left on the old server too so feel free to send it again.

(P.S. Enjoy the new server; it costs me almost 2x a month more for it, but money well spent, right?)

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15 comments

  1. Doug

    Knowing all to well that FREE, is always costing someone, even if they are trying to squeeze a few advertising dollars, from their efforts to offset costs. I have found dottech.org very helpful, so I’m just taking this opportunity to say thank you Ashraf. Thanks a million.

  2. rachana

    ASHRAF SIR

    TANK YOU FOR THE STEP TAKEN

    THERE ARE MANY PERSONS READY TO ASSIST MONITERLY

    BUT ALL ARE AFRAID OF TO USE CC AND DEBIT CARDS IN NET

    IF YOU SHOW A SECURE WAY OF USING THESE THINGS ON WEB WE CAN HONOR YOU TO THE EXTENT WE CAN.YOU ARE NOT A PERSON TO DONATE ONLY WE CAN HONOR YOU BY MAKING YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE.

    SIR,PLEASE SHOW US A RIGHT WAY,AS WE ARE ALL LOST MANY TIMES IN NET TRANSACTIONS.AND GIVE US A CHANCE TO DO WHAT WE CAN.

    THANK YOU

    rachana

  3. Ramesh Kumar

    @Locutus:

    yes I initially got the webpage alright but could do nothing with that web page. As you rightly mentioned that was phase 1. Subsequent to that even that became unreachable – exactly like you mentioned Locutus. Indeed there were 3 phases – a phase 1 when only the website came on, phase 2 where even that did not & Phase 3 was when the problem got solved :D
    Ramesh :D

  4. Neville

    Ashraf, a much better connection speed for us in the Southeast. Many Thx!

    You do an amazing job, as well as Jean Luc, er, Locutus and the other contributors you have featured.
    Well written & thorough reviews. Even more impressive is how many reviews you do, and still keep the quality up.
    Good job sir(s).

  5. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Ramesh Kumar: Hehe. DFEoJM is so useful, I keep a bookmarklet of it on my bookmark bar.

    @Georges N.: Thanks but in all honesty, the revenue from Google Adsense does cover the cost of the server. However, any donations are very much welcome and appreciated because they do help out. So thank you for encouraging everyone and thanks to anyone that donates.

    @David: I do hope you don’t see a speed decrease though. And yes, that “could not connect to database” was part of the downtime.

    @sean: You are welcome. Also, the reason why you may have gotten a different result from DFEoJM than Ramesh is because of ISP-DNS resolving issues. Without getting into technical details, when changing servers, it takes time for ISPs to “fully” recognize the shift. From the time when the shift takes place initially to when the shift is “fully” recognized by an ISP, there are moments were an ISP may recognize the shift, and there are moments when they may not. Hence why two people may get different results using the same service.

    @chuck: You are welcome! Thanks for being a daily supporter =).

    @Locutus: While technically dotTech was up during that time, I consider that part of the “downtime” because I was unable to fix all issues – which include deadlinks which are a result of moving servers – because my ISP was being dumb and not properly resolving the new nameservers at the time so I had limited access to dotTech on the new servers.

  6. David

    Hi Ashraf!
    I am in New England, so as you said, I don’t see too much of a speed increase. I hope all other dottechies do, though! Earlier today, I logged on to dottech.org and it said “could not connect to database”. Was that because of the move?