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Date : April 2006

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Wikipedia back up – recovery from power outage

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Published on: April 10, 2006

Wikipedia is now up again after several hours down time. I found the Wikipedia/Wikitech Server Admin Log which provides some insights about what happened.It seems that they had a major power failure. Even though they seemed to have gotten power back fairly quickly, did it take a lot more time to get all the servers up and running properly again.See here the excerpt from from Server Admin Log. Please note that the Date and Times are GMT Time.April 10 04:26 jeluf: ixia, thistle, lomaria, db1 have broken replication settings, webster has database page corruption. Taking db2 out of rotation to create copies from it. 04:20 jeluf: mounted /home on all DB servers 04:03 brion: ran mass-correction of bad-timestamped entries on enwiki (1529 revision records) 03:05 brion: srv71-srv79 had wrong clock, apparently set to local time instead of UTC. 01:45 brion: irc feeds online. had to rescue udprec from kate’s old home dir 01:38 brion: taking thistle and db1 out of rotation; broken replication. 01:32 brion: turning read_only off on adler. seems to be set to go on always on boot. 01:28 brion: things look mostly good; tried to take site read/write but someone has put adler into read-only? examining 01:23 brion: got fs-squids on the right ip. seems to work now. 01:20 brion: had to start lighty on amane 01:18 brion: trying to get fileserver squids+lvs up. (avicenna as lvs master) 01:10 brion: run-icpagent.sh didn’t take previously; seems to have helped now 01:04 brion: trying to add 10.0.5.5 on dalembert[…]

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Wikipedia down?!

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Published on: April 9, 2006

I was in the middle of updating the article about ASCII Art at Wikipedia.org when the site suddenly hung when I attempted a preview of my changes.When nothing happened after over a minute did I quickly copied my changes to a local file as backup and check further. Yes, Wikipeda is down. It’s now over 1 hour and no sign of of Wikipedia coming up again in sight. It can’t be routine maintenance or reboot of servers that’s causing this. It must be something more serious. I checked my network, just to make sure that it is not just me who has the problem. Network is fine. I also connected remotely to a completely different network and tried to access Wikipedia.org from there… nothing.I did some other changes before today, which I did not backup locally. I hope that this “crash” of the Site does not result into any data loss and that they are up again soon, that I can complete my modifications.I am an active user at wikipedia and updated or extended already multiple articles at the popular and free online encyclopedia. It’s the first time that I see the Site being down for such a long time which worries me a bit.I hope that everything will be alright again later today.Carsten a.k.a. Roy/SAC

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My personal Virtual Trade Show Experience

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Published on: April 6, 2006

This post is a bit business related. It has to with my Internet Marketing activities. Anyhow, the reason is a different one. I like to describe my experiences and the look and feel with my first Virtual Trade Show / Expo I ever attended. It’s the eComXpo The Virtual Tradeshow for eCommerce Marketers happening completely virtual in cyberspace since April 4th until today April 6th. If you get a chance, check it out yourself. Admission is free for visitors. What amazed me what the general presentation when you are in the Virtual Exhibit Halls which give you the actual feeling of a busy and crowded Exhibit Hall in the real world, such as Affiliate Summit. The Noise, the look. You have virtual Booth’s of Exhibitors you can visit. Chat with people at the booth or other attendees that are “walking around” on the Exhibit Floor. You can collect Documents and add them to your virtual Briefcase, exchange Virtual Business Cards, the whole deal you would get from a real world expo, but without the need to travel, booking flights and hotel rooms and the other costly expenses you get automatically when it is a show at a physical location which requires to attend physically. In this case can you enter the Expo without wearing a uncomfortable suit. A pajama will do just fine. you also don’t have to walk and spent the time to find the booths of presenters or people you know who are just a visitor as you[…]

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The Fool on April Fools day

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Published on: April 2, 2006

Lolly, an Admin at deviantART.com seized the opportunity on April Fools day to fool a lot of Deviant’s with his article about the new Web 2.0 powered mock-up of deviantART.com. This Article caused comments from thousands and thousands of mostly shocked Deviant’s worldwide. C’mon, this joke was so obvious, that even a blind man could have seen it. A close look at the mock-up itself and you can tell right away, that this is a joke, not to mention that the mock-up looks ugly and not dA worthy nor make the shown features any sense for a site like deviantART.The thing with the creative commons license “NC-1701-D” was actually funny (Trekkies know) and the “powered by AJAX V1.5″ should trigger a laugh or at least a smile from any Web Developer.I could not resist and jump on to this bandwagon and counter proposed an alternative mock-up for a new version of deviantART.com. The people that were not fooled had a good laugh. I am always amazed how easy people can be fooled. The Mock ups Lolly’s version of deviantART with Web 2.0 Technology, including Tag Cloud.My Alternative Mock up of deviantART.comAnd while I had so much fun, did I create a fun Version of “my” Windows Desktop, which can be seen here.I also did something more serious and finished my entry for the “Art of Threes Resolution” contents which is titled “The Three Styles of …” and about the Three Styles of the PC Underground (Text) Art Scene during the[…]

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