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« on: February 09, 2004, 07:12:37 pm »
Hello again, Furtopia members!



This is WhiteShepherd with some VERY important Furtopia updates.

First off, Furtopia is a non-commercial site that was designed to allow furries that are willing to volunteer whatever skills they have to build a supportive and artistic community for their fellow furs. By mainly word of mouth, Furtopia has grown to nearly 400 hosted art related sites (artwork, writing, music, and other endeavors of furry creativity). To build up for this growth in popularity members of Furtopia staff have been and will be working to upgrade Furtopia's services to provide faster and better services to our members and visitors.

THE PROCESS:
Furtopia currently runs on a 1.5 MB net feed (this is the equivalent of a T1). To keep our members hosted sites fast (as strived for here at Furtopia), we have been working this month to move our servers to a new co-located site where we will have a new 40 MB feed to the internet! We feel the speed benefits will justify our costs in this new transition. Also, of interest to our members, we will be switching our web servers over to Apache. This change will allow our users "if they wish" to perform heavy and personal customizations (personalized error pages, passwords, etc.) to their site by an Apache .htaccess file. We will be adding documentation into this feature in the Furtopia FAQ.

ETA:
The estimated time of Furtopia to migrate to its' new location will be 5 days (2-14-04 Happy Valentines Day!'<img'>. During the final 24 hours of this transfer FTP uploading to sites will be turned off. However, all websites should remain reachable all through the upgrade. Until our upgrade is complete please be patient with our occassional net slow-downs. We have a TREMENDOUS amount of web data to transfer which must go through our existing feed but in the end the pay off should be, we hope, a HUGE performance increase for all of our members and visitors.

Furtopia, on 2/20/04 (current estimated start time will be 7 p.m.), will start a new on-line radio program (rated PG) hosted by our own Kattywampus! This radio program will include music, commentary, and live phone interviews with artists and people connected with the furry community. We will include more details as Kattywampus finalizes her program. If you have ideas for the radio program or have a good idea for an interview, feel free to stop by the Furtopia forums http://cgi.furtopia.org/cgi-bin....1;&#top ( http://forums.furtopia.org ) where the topic is being actively discussed! '<img'>

For the latest updates and goings on internal to Furtopia always remember to click the news link on Furtopia's main page ( http://news.furtopia.org ).
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2004, 12:22:53 pm »
For what it's worth I thing that is a cute pic Kada!  '<img'>
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004, 12:46:53 pm »
(smiles) Thanks love but I think you may be a little biased! '<img'>
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2004, 05:02:40 pm »
Wow, you guys really put a lot into this place.  We thank you for it!!  '<img'>  '<img'>
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2004, 08:41:52 pm »
Thank you Varge! (smiles)
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2004, 07:29:18 pm »
Ok I am taking the Furtopia FTP servers offline soon to move the Furtopia webpages over to the new server.  Wish me luck! ;D

Downloading from Some Furtopia sites WILL be slow at times as we migrate our hosted websites.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2004, 08:28:21 am »
In case some of you are wondering, yes, FTP is now down till the transfer is completed.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Please be patient.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2004, 11:27:19 pm »
We're still uploading.  It's a HUGE amount of data to upload.  ETA from this point is 7 hours befor Furtopia's main websites are finished being transfered.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2004, 08:03:10 am »
Ok I got the BASE servers up and running under Apache with PHP, Perl, and Open SSL.  Websites should be up and working.  I can tell I am going to have to put more work into our FTP server.

Let me know of any problems and give me feedback on your speed to the service.  Is it better/worse?

If your site is not working let me know so I can track down the problem.

  Thanks!  WhiteShepherd
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2004, 09:49:39 am »
It seems to br running extra super fast today! You guys are the best! HUGS!  '<img'>
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2004, 01:09:54 pm »
Thanks Ayame!  Anyone else I'mm looking for some feedback.  The forums are on the old site.  But the Furtopia main page and websites are on the new.

So a little feedback from others is the Furtopia hosted webpages loading faster or slower for you?

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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2004, 07:28:37 pm »
Subjectively, it does feel like there's a noticeable speed improvement, both on the main page and on the sites. Okay, so my site is mostly writing anyhow, but it still feels smoother. '<img'>

Only thing that doesn't seem to be working (yet?) is the public record logs - I don't get asked for the usual username and password, and if I click on my site name anyway I just get a blank page.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2004, 02:03:30 am »
WhiteShepherd,

Since your server transfer I have noticed some moderate to severe corruption in the text of many of my pages, especially pages that use special symbols such as the "TM" (trademark) symbol.  Here is an example of a corrupted page:

http://www.hoagiebot.furtopia.org/foxeene....on.html

There are a couple hundred question marks distributed throughout the text in the page, and there shouldn't be any!  Is the a temporary problem, or am I going to have to check every one of my pages and reupload all of the corrupted ones?  I would appreciate it if you would look into this issue for me and let me know what I need to do.

I appreciate all the effort you have been putting into Furtopia lately, and as always I am grateful that you are hosting my website.

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2004, 09:30:01 am »
WS is going to check into it for you. I clicked on the link you provided and saw all the tm's and no question marks myself. Love the page though. (smiles)

At the moment the records are still in the process of being transferred over. They need to be reprogrammed for the transfer and he will be doing those after he gets everything else moved over.

Please be patient. He is working hard to get everything transferred over and working correctly.

Thank you all!
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2004, 12:22:12 pm »
Ok Hoagiebot i want to check into this right away and find out what is wrong.  I checked that link you gave and your page is displaying properly IE6.  

Check your page again and then press CTRL-F5 to reload it without cache and tell me if the page is still corrupted.  Also what OS/browser version are you using?

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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2004, 12:27:02 pm »
As far as Furtopia services I have to recode them ALL. '<img'>  I just spent an entire day recoding the add-user tool (we are now processing applications again).  Next will be the program that keeps the Furtopia indexes up to date.  After that I will begin work on Webreports.

During this upgrad/programing process late at night there may be a few 1 to 3 a day small 5-6 min outages as I add new code to the server.  Other than that the websites will remain up in their new blazing glory (I hope '<img'>.  

Keep up the good feedback!

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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2004, 08:44:59 pm »
All of my webpages seem to be loading correctly now!  I don't know was caused the temporary problems yesterday, by I am glad that everything worked itself out!  It would have been a real bummer if I had to re-upload everything!  Who knows, maybe it was my IE6 browser cache that became corrupted.  In any case, I had never experienced what happened to me yesterday ever before, which is why I was so alarmed about it.  Anyway, thanks a lot for looking into it for me-- I am very thankful for your support!

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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2004, 08:59:35 pm »
No problem!  Let us know if anything else pops up we should know.  Thanks for telling us!

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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2004, 09:15:11 pm »
Quote (WhiteShepherd @ Feb. 15 2004, 5:27 pm)
As far as Furtopia services I have to recode them ALL. '<img'>

Yipe! ':.' Every time I learn more about the scale of all this, I get more impressed. Goes without saying, of course, but like the others I am seriously grateful for the amount of work you're putting in on this. '<img'>
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2004, 05:05:06 pm »
Thanks Logan!  Yeah I think my behind is getting sore from sitting in this chair for so many days straight days.  But the benfits are comming to light.

At around noon I took the server offline for 6 minuets (sorry folks) to add the modules for SSI.  We now have full use of our SSI codes back again (except textcounter which I'm working on).

With Chaz's help *hugs* we have .htaccess support now enabled!  

I have also writen a program for easy password protection of your web directories: http://www.furtopia.org/fprotect.exe by automaticly creating the files you need.  You can read about it's use here: http://www.furtopia.org/tools/fprotect.txt

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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2004, 11:57:15 am »
I fixed a small bug and added some newbie-error catching code to the fprotect.exe I will me e-mailing users soon with an update.
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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2004, 03:55:27 pm »
Hello! I'm so glad that Furtopia is expanding! I'm really glad to be apart of this whole thing!  '<img'>  I have a leetle bunch of questions about the .htaccess and other whatchamacallits! The first is, are we definitely allowed to use .htacess now? Like officially? Or do we still have a while to wait? Also, does the server support .shtml files for SSI coding? That will be all. Keep up the good work! You guys are amazing! n_n
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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2004, 06:01:44 pm »
I have no answers for your questions Shygurl but I will let WS know you posted the questions and he will be able to answer them for you. '<img'>
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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2004, 07:39:17 pm »
Quote (Hoagiebot @ Feb. 14 2004, 6:03 pm)
There are a couple hundred question marks distributed throughout the text in the page, and there shouldn't be any!  Is the a temporary problem, or am I going to have to check every one of my pages and reupload all of the corrupted ones?  I would appreciate it if you would look into this issue for me and let me know what I need to do.

It sounds like what you came across was a browser/html encoding type error. It was probably also a one-time problem. I couldn't tell you why, though - perhaps the page was translated during transmission (ASCII?) and your browser got confused.

I don't believe it's something to worry about now - but I thought it might be interesting.
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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2004, 09:38:57 pm »
ShyGurl: Yes and yes!  .htaccess is oficialy open and we have SSI codes enabled.  I may enable mod_rewrite as well if this is strong demand (we'll see).  If you see any problems or issues please bring it to my attention so I can deal with it quickly.

Enjoy the new services. '<img'>   WhiteShepherd
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