It’s dead Jim

20091003PowBBSA

( mtlgeek.synchro.net is down)

So after 11 years of service this poor power supply (on the picture) fried, I had to do a shutdown for an update, when i turned it back on everything was fine, but after like 10 min. “SCrihhhhhhhhhHHHH” and a bad smell (known as “Blue smoke” see the : Blue Smoke Theory) invaded that room.

This old Pentum II 450 as been in operation since 1998. So very antiquated.

So I don’t know what I’m going to do. I was also using this server at home for storage. (this old box has more that 750GB for storage capacity) so it also was the multimedia server too. The data is safe so I’m not freaking out.  But I wonder if I’ll still be hosting a BBS, days have changed even from the 2002 when I restarted it (use to have one in the 80’s) . The thing is that in fact the scene is still very somehow active (check synchro.net for example) but yet I feel it’s fading a bit more faster lately.

With technologies like E107, yaBB someone could easily maintain a web board that would be quite similar to forums on an old text based BBS. And it could easily be hosted instead of having to dedicate a box at home for the same purpose. Any hosting with PHP/MySql would do.

The only thing right now tjat i can’t duplicate is Tradewars, it need a windows box. But I didn’t promote it much anyway because i wasn’t sure about the future of this box and if this game was still relevant. I don’t have much player for “The Legend Of The Green Dragon” and it’s simpler to access being web based and all. I feel that if it’s not a game based on facebook it doesn’t work. Sad! it feel like the web is getting too monolithic. I would like to believe that there is more to the web than google, gmail, twitter and facebook.

So I’ll see to get a replacement power supply for that box before next weekend, if there is more damage I’ll probably let it go, I probably could use an old laptop to do the same work, would take even less space. But i don’t know if I have the time and if people have the interest.

I’ll keep you posted.

5 comments for “It’s dead Jim

  1. 200910.12 at 11:19

    Man… facebook really sucks! I would actually delete my account if it weren’t for the fact that some of my loved ones are on there. Twitter I can handle, because I was using tumblr which is exactly the same thing. I don’t actually know how or why twitter got so much attention when tumblr was there before twitter was. (I think.) The only difference I can tell between the two is that twitter got television mentions and tumblr did not.

    Twitter is like Christopher Columbus in this respect. “Twitter.” “Twit.” Ever feel like a big joke is being played on us?

    “Just say it on TV a lot, the twits’ll come.”

    There IS more to the web. I just don’t know where it is yet. But I’m looking for it.

    Also, I’m looking for an alternative to google news. It’s the refresh issue. I had a refresh blocker add-on for firefox that used to work. Stopped it from reloading when I’m in the middle of reading the headlines or watching a video. (Yeah it refreshed in the middle of me watching a news vid.) My blocker is still there, but somehow stopped working. It’s not like I didn’t keep it updated.

    I made the recommended changes in about:config, to no avail. Google seems to be actively circumventing a user’s settings, in regards to this issue.

    Maybe there’s some setting at google that I haven’t been able to locate. I really feel like I’ve looked everywhere though. Tried different browsers, too.

    Shit. At least on bing there’s a contact/feedback option. How does one let google know that they hate their ever-lovin’-guts? I used to like google. It was a great alternative to yahoo. I think I was using dogpile before I discovered google. But that was many moons ago. Google got too big for its pants and no longer gives a shit if we don’t like their bugs (“features”?).

    All I can say is… when folks were fed up with yahoo’s seizure-inducing search page (which has gotten better since then), they went to clean, smooth google. That’s why I remember choosing google.

    Ppl are now fed up with google. Well—at least I am.

    So for many reasons… you certainly are not alone. I’m seeing more and more ppl becoming dissatisfied with these services. Or—at least they have the same type of complaints. I can’t tell you how many of my friends (who are active on fb) tell me how much they hate facebook… or twitter, etc.

    And of course I do it too. It still sucks, though.

    • 200910.14 at 12:52

      Try this link: http://search.yahoo.com/ 🙂 while the big bad Bing take over. This is also a sad thing, independent survey say that yahoo search return more relevant link that google. But like twitter it’s google that has the hype.

      It’s sad that the open source search project got canned (was the wikipedia of search)

      we will see where it goes !

      • 200910.14 at 13:28

        Hey thanks.

        I actually did go over to Bing to check it out, but I couldn’t do it. They require hotmail or that live ID crap. I can’t abide that. If I had no other choice, I’d do it. I tried. But they suck.

        And for some reason, somebody over at Bing has the idea that we would LIKE for vids to initiate and play simply if our cursor moves over it. Sometimes I wonder where these ppl get their ideas. (“Just tell me who to choke!”)

        I did finally find NoScript, it’s a script that actually does work on the google news problem. I had to dig forever to find it, though. I’ve been looking for awhile, several months. (Trying out other firefox add-ons that didn’t work took up some time…)

        It seems you fixed the UPS problem, glad to see that. =)

        • 200910.14 at 13:31

          Sometimes I do not read carefully. =P

          • 200910.14 at 13:35

            Me too 🙂

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