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Discussion in 'Announcements and Site News' started by Joe Blow, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. Joe Blow

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    Some of you may have noticed the forums are loading a little slower than usual at certain times of the day. ASF has been getting very busy recently and we are rapidly outgrowing our current hosting. I plan on staying with the same company but need to upgrade to cope with all the visitors that stop by every day. Last month ASF received an average of 1,300 visitors a day.

    However, at the moment my host is in the midst of moving to a new datacentre and as a consequence it will be anywhere up to a month before I can upgrade. So you may all just have to bear with me during this transitional period. I'm hoping we will hang on just fine until this upgrade occurs.

    When I ugrade the hosting I also hope to upgrade to the latest version of this forum software. It just so happens that a new version is going to be released within the next few weeks so hopefully things will work out nicely timing-wise.

    The new version of this software has many new features which I know you will all find very useful. I also plan to trial a live chat feature and see how that goes. I think the ASF community is large enough now so that by introducing a live chat room it wont take away from the forums. Those who wish to use the live chat feature can do so and those who wish to just access and post in the forums will simply carry on as usual. Who knows, we may even get some of the long term forum lurkers to register and join us. :D

    Anyway, just thought I'd keep everyone updated. If you experience times of the day where the forums are a little slower than usual, I apologise. Help is on the way and I'm hoping in about a month we will have upgraded both the hosting and the forum software.
     
  2. ctp6360

    ctp6360 Well-Known Member

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    Joe do you need any donations to help contribute to the costs of the new server, I'd be happy to put up $100 if it helps?
     
  3. Joe Blow

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    Thank you for your kind offer, Chris. Any amount helps and is always welcomed.

    If they wish, members and visitors can make a donation to ASF via credit card or Paypal by clicking on the 'Paypal Donate' button at the bottom of the page or via cheque (made out to Aussie Networks) at:

    P.O. Box 1130
    Carindale, QLD 4152

    All donations are sincerely appreciated and will go towards the running costs of the site. :)
     
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    crackaton Well-Known Member

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    I'd gladly donate 100$ but I'm out on the street yet again. Maybe if POO POG and POS rise I can chip in a buck or two.
     
  5. Joe Blow

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    A big thank you to the couple of people who have made donations so far.

    Your generosity is very much appreciated! :)
     
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    Joe,

    I think I read somewhere that you are currently hosted in the US. It sounds like you have a good relationship with your current host, but believe me, the site would download a lot quicker if hosted in Australia with a good host.

    I have had many sites hosted both here and the US over the years, and the Aussie hosted sites win hands-down. The only problem is finding a good host as there are many that promise you the world and deliver nothing.

    Anyway, many thanks for all your efforts.
     
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    Joe, I would think that any donations to ASF can be claimed as tax deductions, being in a similar category as subscriptions to other stock market related information. Yes?

    I've decided to discontinue my subscription to the Shares Magazine and will be happy to send you a $50 cheque instead of sending it to the said mag.

    anon
     
  8. Joe Blow

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    anon,

    Thank you very much for your offer of a donation. All donations are very gratefully accepted. Feel free to send any cheques to the address I listed above. :)

    Hi blueroo... yes, I'm lucky my current host understands the needs of forums which tend to eat up more server resources the busier they get. Unfortunately I haven't had much to do with hosting in Australia and wouldn't know where to start looking. If you have any suggestions please let me know. The thought of changing hosts gives me nightmares as the last experience I had was a very painful one. I plan on staying with my current host as long as they maintain their current level of service, which is excellent. However down the track it may be a different story.
     
  9. ctp6360

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    Joe in about 70 days I will have a 20mbs/20mbs connection in King St Newtown where I am setting up my new office, we can talk about hosting it there for free if you like. I certainly don't need all that bandwidth!
     
  10. Joe Blow

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    Wow.... thanks for your offer Chris! Let me know when you get everything sorted out and we can discuss it further then. It certainly does sound like you'll have some bandwidth to spare! :D
     
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    Yeah! Its actually cheaper for me to get that connection installed than it is to get 2mbs/2mbs SHDSL. I'm going to be able to run a callcentre of 12 people using VOIP, all our office internet usage (17 people), and probably 10-20 web servers comfortably, plus I could probably provide wireless internet to local shops if any of them need it. Its a fantastic deal! Its with Exetel just to give them a plug ;)
     
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    It does sound like you're going to be very busy! Good luck with everything and let me know how it goes! :)
     
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    Hey Ants I can't reply to your PM unless you free up some space ;)
     
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    Ctp6360,
    How do you know if somebody’s box is overflowing with posts?

    Do they bounce back?
     
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    ctp6360 Well-Known Member

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    It literally tells you like

    "Ants private message box is full, you will have to wait until he deletes some messages"

    or something like that!
     
  16. Joe Blow

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    Hi everyone...

    I realise ASF is running slow right now. My apologies for the inconvenience.

    I have contacted the host and hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

    Please bear with me. :)
     
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    Everything seems to be back to normal now.

    Thank you for your patience and my apologies again for the inconvenience. :)

    The host is still trying to figure out what went wrong but hopefully it wont happen again!
     
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    Glad to hear. I thought it was my end this morning, too many 40 degree days in Adelaide, is making my broadband connection very slow.

    I was just about to put my modem in the freezer to cool it down.

    We are about to crack an all time record here, with the longest heavewave ever recorded in the history of Adelaide. Damn hot:cool:
     
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    I heard that on the ABC this morning - I feel for you Kris.

    Good to see ASF up and running again i was going into withdrawls

    ASF - The crack cocaine of stock forums
     
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    Hi Joe,

    Wanted to know if anyone else is having problems today. ASF is running real slow (pages taking ages to load or timing out with the "cannot display webpage" message).

    All other sites are working fine, only ASF I'm having problems with.

    Cheers
    Warren
     
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