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The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« on: May 16, 2020, 05:24:57 pm »
As many of you know I retired about 8 years ago for life and health reasons. I did keep the forums running and they were successful. Though the forums grew quiet over these last years of the closing. So it came to a decision. Should Furtopia itself retire and close for good or return and change with the times?  After some heartfelt discussion with other furs I have come to the decision it's time to reopen! For that goal some work this month has already been done. I have acquired a new hosting server with Samsung enterprise level SSD (FAST) drives configured for RAID backup. Pushing for a new planet friendly and technical edge the new Furtopia server will be %100 powered by it's very own solar panels and a large battery backup requiring NO power from the grid! Pictures of the setup will be posted for you all to enjoy when finished. I have been working very hard all this month programming the hosting back end. Furtopia hosting will be made FREE to ALL furry artists who want to express their art THEIR WAY with their very own web page. Furtopia free hosting will provide PHP along with MYSQL. Furtopia hosting will also include a built in automatic gallery that can be used by any Artist who cannot or does not wish to make their own web pages. We are also looking for web coding volunteers who would like to be a part of the Furtopia rebuild! I will keep you all informed!

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments you would like to see in the new rebuild I would be glad to hear them. :)
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 05:54:40 pm »
Nice to see you drop in, WS. :) Long time, no see.

I do have some questions, concerns, and suggestions. I'll see what I can do to write something up in the next two days.

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 10:42:30 pm »
Feel free to call me too if you like Kobuk. :)
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 09:49:07 pm »
Feel free to call me too if you like Kobuk. :)

Well, I could. But I lost your number.  :-[ I'll be PM'ing you soon this week.

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 03:57:01 am »
Long time no see in deed!

This is fantastic news! Welcome back, WS, you've been missed!

I'll likely have some questions, but will wait until I've had some sleep before I ask them so I can think them through and make sure I'm making sense.  :)
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 11:32:59 pm »
Coding has been ongoing. I hope to have hosting applications open by the end of the month or early next month with a open beta application process.
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2020, 03:10:56 pm »
Good to hear/see some news!

I like the forum layout, but it couldn't hurt to have a few UI updates; this one is a bit... old fashioned, to say the least.

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2020, 02:35:58 pm »
I am currently porting the old server code over to Linux and making some security mods. When finished I would like to start working on a visual site facelift.  We can take member input at that time on design as well. :)
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2020, 04:41:09 am »
is this why the chatroom gives me a
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how many neon pink and black rabbits does it take to screw up a lightbulb factory?

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2020, 04:56:07 am »
Yeah, IPs are changing as servers/services are updated. Should be fixed now. Let me know of any issues.
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2020, 03:40:36 am »
Been working on the hardware all this week. Installed 700 watts of solar panels in the back yard. Upgraded the batteries and ran new power lines. The main server, router, and modem is now powered by %100 solar. :) I'm hoping we'll be accepting beta hosting applications in the coming week. 

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Battery bank, charge controller, pure sine inverter, and computer hardware. ;)
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[05:01] <Kai_Misou> We cats sleep when we want and where we want.
[05:01] <WhiteShep> We dogs sleep WHEN we can. :/
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 02:15:18 am »
I might put up a mirror here.  It will be good to return home.

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 11:38:07 am »

It is good to know that Furtopia has a future . Though my vision is failing, I will try to remain a member of
this fine forum. \

I do appreciate all the work you do WS and I am greatful for
your hosting of my webpages over the years.

As of late when I sign onto Furtopia  I get a bad cirtificate
message, so when you have time  please look into it.

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2020, 02:50:26 am »
Working with Weis on the cert. Should be back in a day or so. Had surgery which took me out for some weeks. Back to migration and suspect we'll be moving the forums soon as well.
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[05:01] <Kai_Misou> We cats sleep when we want and where we want.
[05:01] <WhiteShep> We dogs sleep WHEN we can. :/
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2020, 11:39:22 pm »
Me and Weisseman have migrated the forums over to the new solar powered server. :)  Feel free to let us know of any bugs/issues.
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[05:01] <Kai_Misou> We cats sleep when we want and where we want.
[05:01] <WhiteShep> We dogs sleep WHEN we can. :/
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2020, 03:37:49 pm »
I think my avatar went missing...perhaps some people are glad, but I seem to remember it being there before the upgrade.
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2020, 02:40:02 pm »
Can you relink your avatar?

https/ssl is now fully working. So all those insecure forum errors should be fixed. Working on FTP later today.  Sinapu saw that. Avatars should now be fixed.
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[05:01] <Kai_Misou> We cats sleep when we want and where we want.
[05:01] <WhiteShep> We dogs sleep WHEN we can. :/
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2020, 12:14:57 pm »
I think my avatar went missing...perhaps some people are glad, but I seem to remember it being there before the upgrade.

I can see your avatar. Same cute fuzzy Gshep as always. :)

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2020, 10:05:59 pm »
 Hey I'm back!!
But seriously,  in my desktop computer issuing Firefox,  no avatar.  Using phone,  there I am.  So I don't know what happened.

Thanks Kobuk for verifying my mug can be seen. 
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2020, 04:33:31 am »
Working with Weis on the cert. Should be back in a day or so. Had surgery which took me out for some weeks. Back to migration and suspect we'll be moving the forums soon as well.

Glad things went well. I hope you're on the mend.

Jade, I'm using a desktop with Firefox and can see your fuzzy face just fine.
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2020, 05:13:03 am »
I'd like to sign up, please.  :)

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2020, 09:26:06 pm »
Kada-Ru has been sick. But I'm hoping we'll have website applications open in a week or two. Right now the main site redirects tot he forums. Soon it will start showing the new changes.
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[05:01] <WhiteShep> We dogs sleep WHEN we can. :/
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2020, 03:11:47 am »
*Bouncebouncebounces eagerly.*

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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2020, 01:41:09 am »
Kada-Ru has been sick. But I'm hoping we'll have website applications open in a week or two. Right now the main site redirects tot he forums. Soon it will start showing the new changes.

Poor Kada. Give her a hug for us, and take some time for yourself, too. I know you tend to work like, well, like a dog. :p
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Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2020, 03:36:23 am »
Kada-Ru has been sick. But I'm hoping we'll have website applications open in a week or two. Right now the main site redirects tot he forums. Soon it will start showing the new changes.

*Sends chicken soup to Kada's house.