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Friday, July 31st, 2020
7:03 pm
Issues? Post them here!
This is a sticky post for issues.  Got an issue or question?  Post it here! 
Sunday, February 18th, 2018
3:37 pm
Quick Downtime
There will be a short downtime around 4:30pm Pacific Time today (in about an hour) for the installation of some hardware.  Shouldn't be more than 30 minutes or so. 

Originally posted at https://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/74399.html - Please comment on whichever system you prefer.
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
7:55 am
Network issues
Frontier, our network provider, is having some network issues this morning.  It may be slow to respond, but should be back to normal soon. 
Originally posted at https://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/74167.html - Please comment on whichever system you prefer.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
7:38 pm

Power issues are something we deal with on a regular basis, and come back from relatively quickly. Only issue with today's power issue is that it seems to have fried our firewall. There's not much we can do, because we need to minimize running unprotected. I hope to have things in place by late tomorrow (Thursday). My apologies, folks.  Originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/73271.html - Please comment on whichever system you prefer.
2:59 pm
Power Issues
It appears that we are having power issues, and all services are currently down.  Excessive heat is causing a huge demand for power in Oregon, so this could take a while to resolve.  Updates as I get them.

Originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/72989.html - Please comment on whichever system you prefer.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017
5:51 pm
Attention Squidge Artists and Authors
It has come to my attention that some artists and authors, through another site (the AO3), have been utilizing sites like Patreon, GoFundMe, and the like to take money for fanfction and fanart.  What these people are doing completely invalidates the Fair Use doctrine that we rely on for the ability to play with a universe's characters in our own playgrounds.  It has been shown that the doctrine of Fair Use covers us when we create realms, character pairings, new worlds, etc for a fandom.  You are free to do this, as long as what you are doing is for non-commercial use. However, taking money for the act of creating fanworks is completely out of bounds and will not be tolerated at Squidge.org or any affiliates.

What is allowed:
  • Creating fanfiction for personal use, sharing it on squidge.org or an affiliate site
  • Creating fanart for personal use, sharing it on squidge.org or an affiliate site
  • In either your profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, offering fanart for sale, as long as the sale covers the cost you incurred.  You cannot profit off of it, within reason.  If a print costs you $5.75 and mailing costs $2.00, then charging $8 is appropriate.  But charging $20 or more is not.
  • In either your profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, calling for submissions and offering for sale Fanzines.  Fanzines are designed to share stories, not for profit.
  • Hosting a non-profit fundraising event for the sole purpose of raising money for a specific function like our Help Japan auction a few years ago, or as a surprise to help fun raise events for people in extenuating circumstances.  
What is NOT allowed
  • Putting a statement in your personal profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, that you are taking money for the creation of fanworks.
  • Having a link to Patreon, Gofundme, etc for the express use of raising money for the act of creating fanworks.
  • Anything else not covered that would allow a person to use Squidge.org or its resources for the act of raising money solely for their own benefit.
Questions?  Please don't hesitate to contact me on either DW, LJ, or email.

Originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/72830.html - Please comment on whichever system you prefer.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
7:59 pm
New to Squidge - https Everywhere!
New to Squidge.org - SSL Everywhere!

Over the next few days, you may have your web browsing session interrupted slightly. I am installing SSL certificates for every domain that is hosted on Squidge.org, which is quite a few in number. Now anytime you go to a website hosted on Squidge.org without the secure "https://" prefix, your browser should be redirected to the secure session instead.

Doing this means that we have to move configuration files around, causing us to have to cycle the webserver twice per domain group. This is going to be a bit frustrating, and I'll apologize in advance. But we need to have https everywhere for everyone's web surfing safety!

Questions? Let me know!

This entry was originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/72133.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
4:46 pm
Sudden Downtime
I just voluntarily took squidge.org webserver offline, because we are in the midst of a massive, coordinated attack by hundreds of hackers who are trying to gain access to the system.  I am trying to wait it out.  And while they haven't gotten access to anything, I'm still taking steps to make sure they don't.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
4:09 pm
Short downtime today at 16:30 Pacific time
I need to make a few changes, so I we will lose power for about 15 minutes.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
3:47 pm
Possible short downtime 1/19/17
FYI, we may have a short downtime today as there will be some electrical work done. Should not be more than an hour at most (if all goes well).
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
7:51 pm
WE'RE BACK, as of 19:45 Pacific time, 1/12/17.

We came up with a bit of an unorthodox solution to be able to get everything back up.  The big issue was power to the ONT, the network point between my ISP and the server farm.  We solved that tonight, and we're back up!

This entry was originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/71818.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
7:11 am
Outage Update
Here's what's going on.

Our server farm is located in our home, specifically in a loft in the detached garage.  As it's a separate building, it has its own power, which is fed from a powerline from the house.

This winter has been more brutal than most, and the powerline to the garage (which is original to the dwelling) has frayed with the influx of ice.  This fraying has caused the line to short out.  This is why the power is out, and Squidge.org is down.

An electrician was able to come out last night on an emergency call (electricians are about 30 days out where we are, due to weather).  He diagnosed the issue, and said that he was going to have to replace the line between the house and the garage.  He was going to expedite it; someone is supposed to come out today - but that doesn't necessarily mean that the job will be completed today.  I'm hoping it will be, but I'm not holding my breath.

More updates as I get them.  Think good thoughts for them to complete the work today and that we can come up later on - hopefully that will happen.   

This entry was originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/71446.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
6:40 am
FYI - Squidgestatus now at Dreamdwidth
SquidgeStatus is now mirrored at Dreamwidth, so if you want to join us over there, you can. We will be crossposting to LJ, but will be primarily found at DW now.

Contact us at either.

This entry was originally posted at http://squidgestatus.dreamwidth.org/71375.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Monday, January 9th, 2017
8:35 am
Extended downtime - Update
There were a few pressing issues that caused the outage we're in right now; this is what's going on.

First, there was intermittent Internet outages due to our ISP.  Then, our mini "datacenter" (which in reality is a loft in our garage) started having power fluctuation issues.  The circuit breaker to the garage blew for some unknown reason, and stayed on for a short period of time.

During that time, it was found that the power issues caused the firewall server to go kaput; so the firewall machine is dead.  It will not boot at all, so I took it out of service and started installing on another machine as a backup.

Then the circuit breaker tripped a few more times.  After doing research, it seems that there is a short somewhere in the wiring, so the system is shutting itself off - which means no power to the garage, and thus, no power to the servers.

So an eletrician is being contacted to come out and figure out what's going on.  They'll have to fix whatever the issue is, and then we'll be able to restore service.  Hopefully that will be in the next 24 hours.  Then once completed, we'll run without a firewall until a new one is put into place.

My apologies for this unforseen issue; we've been running in this space for 12 years now with no real power issues (besides the occasional outage) so I know this is disconcerting.  More updates as I get them.
Sunday, January 8th, 2017
6:52 pm
Power issues
Because of power issues, we are having many periodic outages. FYI.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
3:53 pm
Back up!

We are back up!

Awesome husband is awesome.  He's our true failsafe failsafe.  We are back and running!  Now to figure out what happened...

12:27 pm


Due to unforseen circumstances, the main server AND the failsafe are both down. We are in an extended downtime at the moment.  There is no ETA at the moment.

6:22 am
Down as of 10/12/2016 06am PST

We are down at the moment!

Appears that the main server went down sometime overnight on October 12th.  I'm doing what I can to remedy the situation.

Saturday, July 16th, 2016
3:25 pm
Intermittent Network Issues
It appears our ISP is having intermittent network issues every hour or so.  If a page doesn't load, wait about 30 seconds and then try again.
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
4:12 pm
Short outage 5/6/16 @ 0700 Pacific
FYI, there will be a short downtime Friday May 6th around 7am Pacific for a network update.
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