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State Report and Announcements

Postby The Freezer » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:49 pm

I know this site has been inactive for a while as SetupS was being developed and finalized -- also didn't help any that after switching domain registrars the dns records were a mess (so email was not working for quite a while). But it's all good now and everything including emails are working great.

Anyway, here's what's in store for the future:

  • Update forum software to v3.0.9.
  • In addition to using the resources of LastOS, we've gotten a big increase in bandwidth that will allow for downloads from here as well -- but still limited to only about 100 kbps per transfer thread... oh well, it's a start.
  • Fix QoS/server-load for the site.
  • Dusting off the stalled development of ssGUI (strangely similar to ssWPI only using AutoIt instead) ;)
  • Adding more open-source projects such as a SetupS-related Uninstaller, a Registry Cleaner, and a FAT Sorter.
I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.

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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby bphlpt » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:42 pm

I've been, silently, checking in on the site at least a couple times a day, and will continue to do so.

Cheers and Regards

EDIT: Current site reaction time is miserable. (Off and On)
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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby The Freezer » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:13 pm

bphlpt wrote:Current site reaction time is miserable. (Off and On)

Yeah, that's next. Tweaking the QoS on it and moving some of the load to other servers (mostly heavy p2p traffic on it right now)

The hardest parts were getting everything to work correctly: the forum, emails, and http file-serving, etc.
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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby The Freezer » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:54 pm

  • Update forum software to v3.0.9. -- Done.
  • Increased bandwidth to about 100 kbps per transfer thread. -- Done.
  • Fix QoS/server-load for the site. -- Done.
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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby The Freezer » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:32 pm

bphlpt wrote: Current site reaction time is miserable. (Off and On)

So what do you think of the response times now? I'm curious if it's any better or not :)
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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby bphlpt » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:21 pm

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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby bphlpt » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:39 pm

Just to let you know, overall response is good. At initial load there is sometimes is a delay, but lately, once the site has been loaded, switching between pages seems fairly responsive. So apparently your updates helped.

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Re: State Report and Announcements

Postby The Freezer » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:21 pm

I've decided to rename the ssTEK ssWPI v9 to ssGooey v8 for several important reasons:

  • WPI stands for Windows Post (or Pre) Installer. But ssGooey will basically be a front-end for SetupS. it can also be used as a pp-launcher. And it'll not be exclusive to Windows either. ;)
    • The development parallels work being done on LastOS's RealBASIC version. The two apps were even sharing the same major version number! -- this is very confusing even to the developers :lol:
      • Though the two apps appear similar and ssGooey appears to be a fork of ssWPI, in actuality their goals are very DIFFERENT:
          • ssWPI has a rather long history already and is an on-going effort by a rather talented team at LastOS; whereas, ssGooey has been coded "from scratch".
            • ssWPI is using the commercial RealStudio as its development platform ... ssGooey will be more in tune with the goals of open-source software by using the freeware AutoIt as its development platform instead.

              Note: the above two points make it clear that ssGooey is not a fork of ssWPI since they share no code (or even a development platform) in common with each other.
              • LastOS's ssWPI is geared more towards the OS-modder scene and as such carries with it an unwanted association to Warez. ssGooey on the other hand, will be aimed towards general end-users and IT professionals alike.
            Hopefully, the renaming and re-versioning will help distinguish the two apps better :)

            UPDATE: Hope to have a new preview available soon...
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby The Freezer » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:48 pm

            Site's been updated to use "ZB Block" to help fight the recent spam -- and hopefully any future defacement attempts ;)

            It's also Open-Source ... so fits in nicely here.

            BIG thanks out to BP for finding this!
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby The Freezer » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:22 pm

            phpBB board version updated to 3.0.10 :)
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby The Freezer » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:13 pm

            phpBB board version updated to 3.0.11 and ZB Block to the latest :)
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby bphlpt » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:42 am

            Thanks for keeping everything running smoothly.

            Cheers and Regards
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby The Freezer » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:56 am

            The site's now using Google's reCAPTCHA v2.0 (Google's newest -- the tickybox one) for spambot countermeasures for registrations. As it says on their website, "Tough on bots. Easy on humans."

            Hopefully, eliminates even the small trickle of spambots we've been getting recently.

            Also, I added the vergitek.com domain to Cloudflare services. For DNS speed/security mainly. I doubt the ssTek forum will be under DDoS attacks anytime soon. LOL
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby The Freezer » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:39 am

            Huh?!?

            There doesn't appear to be any automatic update package available for phpBB 3.1.9 to 3.1.11 (or even to 3.2.x). Weird.
            How to update your installation with the Automatic Update Package
            The recommended way of updating your installation listed here is only valid for the automatic update package. You are also able to update your installation using the methods listed within the INSTALL.html document. The steps for updating phpBB3 automatically are:

            Go to the phpBB.com downloads page and download the "Automatic Update Package" archive.

            Unpack the archive.

            Upload the complete uncompressed "install" and "vendor" folders to your phpBB root directory (where your config.php file is).

            Once uploaded your board will be offline for normal users due to the install directory you uploaded now present.

            Go to the downloads page, and you get this:
            [ AUTOMATIC UPDATE PACKAGE ]
            If updating from phpBB 3.1.x then please see our guide for the recommended updating method.

            Update packages are not currently available.

            To update from a previous version of phpBB 3.2.x please follow the update guide.

            Their own upgrade guide instructs getting the upgrade package 3.1.x to 3.1.11; but there's no link to download that package. :wtf:

            The closest relevant information I could find was this from "What Happened to the Automatic Update package?", which led me to the FTP location for the actual Automatic Update Packages: https://download.phpbb.com/pub/release/3.1/3.1.11/

            Not sure how they messed it up so badly; it's always been a pretty reliable/dependable upgrade path (even if the upgrade to 3.2 nearly caused aneurysms for many) :-Q
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            Re: State Report and Announcements

            Postby The Freezer » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:36 pm

            Seems to have successfully updated to phpBB v3.1.11 -- which is supposed to be the last update for the v3.1 branch.
            Please note that this is the last maintenance release for phpBB 3.1 as it has now reached end of maintenance (EOM). It will continue to receive security updates until December 2017.

            It's already the end of December 2017 but I'm unlikely to update to v3.2.x as there appears to be issues with it still (Styles, Database, BBCodes, etc.). Styles especially, as I'm rather fond of Aero -- it scales perfectly on any device/screen.

            (Plus there's the whole unreliable auto updater issue) :roll:
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