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Message 903336 - Posted: 3 Jun 2009, 22:00:49 UTC

Today started messing with one of the new Intel servers. We're still waiting on drives to ship before doing much with it, but at least it boots off of DVD. There are some other kinks to work out as well. I think we're going to call it "mork." We hope to at least replace sidious with this machine, and if we get the other servers working, than replace others. In general we always wish to reduce the hardware we need to maintain - i.e. have less machines doing more stuff. However, we'd like to do so without increasing our single points of failure (redundancy is nice). And given we never buy anything we have to generally stick to a "work with what you got" philosophy.

A small note about the front page "weekly outage" status - that's a line at the top of our project_news data file which is commented out. Every Tuesday morning I uncomment it (if I remember to) so people can see it, and hopefully later that day (if I remember to) I comment it back into oblivion. Sometimes I forget, or recovery is slow enough that I keep that warning there so people can get some idea why they're having trouble connecting. In any case, it's human controlled and therefore prone to error.

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Message 903349 - Posted: 3 Jun 2009, 22:44:45 UTC - in response to Message 903336.

thanks, Matt, that answers my question on the other thread; moving to fewer/better/but_redundant sounds good.

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Message 903355 - Posted: 3 Jun 2009, 22:55:26 UTC - in response to Message 903336.

...I think we're going to call it "mork"...

That Mork from Ork? (I think the original title was "Mork and Mindy" :-)

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Message 903357 - Posted: 3 Jun 2009, 23:02:30 UTC - in response to Message 903355.

...I think we're going to call it "mork"...

That Mork from Ork? (I think the original title was "Mork and Mindy" :-)

I was going to suggest that the obvious next name is Mindy.
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Message 903375 - Posted: 3 Jun 2009, 23:44:58 UTC - in response to Message 903355.

...I think we're going to call it "mork"...

That Mork from Ork? (I think the original title was "Mork and Mindy" :-)

Mork was on Happy Days ways before Mork & Mindy was created. He also showed up on Lavern & Shirley.

Yes, it was Robin Williams each time.

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Message 903382 - Posted: 3 Jun 2009, 23:59:19 UTC - in response to Message 903357.

...I think we're going to call it "mork"...

That Mork from Ork? (I think the original title was "Mork and Mindy" :-)

I was going to suggest that the obvious next name is Mindy.

I was thinking "Orson."
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Message 903384 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 0:04:56 UTC - in response to Message 903382.

...I think we're going to call it "mork"...

That Mork from Ork? (I think the original title was "Mork and Mindy" :-)

I was going to suggest that the obvious next name is Mindy.

I was thinking "Orson."


Me too.


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Message 903415 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 1:25:24 UTC
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Matt, would it not be better to make the maintenance notice permanent. It may even be a good idea to expand it a bit to warn of communication problems after the servers are back on. It could serve as an advisory to new users of what to expect every week and might reduce the number of posts inquiring why they have problem contacting the project.
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Message 903463 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 3:22:17 UTC - in response to Message 903415.

Matt, would it not be better to make the maintenance notice permanent. It may even be a good idea to expand it a bit to warn of communication problems after the servers are back on. It could serve as an advisory to new users of what to expect every week and might reduce the number of posts inquiring why they have problem contacting the project.


Thats a good thought - I'll second that :)

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Message 903481 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 4:15:44 UTC - in response to Message 903415.

Matt, would it not be better to make the maintenance notice permanent.

Then you'll have people that are confused as the outage occurs on Wednesday for many of us, not Tuesday as advertised.

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Message 903492 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 5:13:43 UTC - in response to Message 903481.

Matt, would it not be better to make the maintenance notice permanent.

Then you'll have people that are confused as the outage occurs on Wednesday for many of us, not Tuesday as advertised.

But the message does say Tuesday PST/PDT.
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Message 903505 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 6:55:33 UTC - in response to Message 903492.

Matt, would it not be better to make the maintenance notice permanent.

Then you'll have people that are confused as the outage occurs on Wednesday for many of us, not Tuesday as advertised.

But the message does say Tuesday PST/PDT.

But the outage occurs on Wednesday CST, EST & WST.
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Message 903524 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 8:31:04 UTC - in response to Message 903505.

But the message does say Tuesday PST/PDT.

But the outage occurs on Wednesday CST, EST & WST.

It still says Tuesday PST/PDT, and the outage does happen on Tuesday PST/PDT... They can just link to this page as they've atleast ocassionally done before...

Hmm, CST = -6, EST = -5, WST = ???

None seems to be in line with having anything to do with time-zones in Australia...


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Message 903530 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 9:13:21 UTC - in response to Message 903524.

They can just link to this page as they've atleast ocassionally done before...

Seeing how it doesn't even show e.g. CEST (Central European Summer Time), it may be better to link to something like Time&Date Worldclock. Of course, then you need to know where approximately you are according to those cities and that Berkeley lies in San Francisco to compare against. ;)
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Message 903533 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 9:30:13 UTC - in response to Message 903524.

Hmm, CST = -6, EST = -5, WST = ???

None seems to be in line with having anything to do with time-zones in Australia...

CST Central Standard Time = UTC +09:30. EST, WST/ Eastern, Western.
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Message 903534 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 9:31:31 UTC - in response to Message 903530.

They can just link to this page as they've atleast ocassionally done before...

Seeing how it doesn't even show e.g. CEST (Central European Summer Time), it may be better to link to something like Time&Date Worldclock. Of course, then you need to know where approximately you are according to those cities and that Berkeley lies in San Francisco to compare against. ;)

Yep.
Which is why i reckon what's done now is as good a method of informing people as any.
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Message 903590 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 14:12:36 UTC - in response to Message 903534.

Lets not over complicate the issue searching for perfection, no matter what is done there will always be some who get it wrong - nature of life. Most people on the internet are comfortable with Time Zones, its not any real issue.

Just adopt the standard protocol and express it as GMT or UTC. Most know their time zone relative to GMT/UTC, and if they dont they soon get it, its not rocket science.

One in a hundred will never get it no matter what system is adopted, its life, meanwhile the other 99 get information better and quicker than before, which can only be a good thing.

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Message 903629 - Posted: 4 Jun 2009, 16:05:15 UTC - in response to Message 903533.

Hmm, CST = -6, EST = -5, WST = ???

None seems to be in line with having anything to do with time-zones in Australia...

CST Central Standard Time = UTC +09:30. EST, WST/ Eastern, Western.

The U.S. also has "Central Standard Time" with the same abbreviation.

It's GMT -0600.
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Message 903829 - Posted: 5 Jun 2009, 2:19:54 UTC

It would also be possible to generate a local timezone date using JavaScript...and of course use some standard like GMT time as a fallback when JavaScript is not available.
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Message 904048 - Posted: 5 Jun 2009, 18:45:35 UTC - in response to Message 903533.

Hmm, CST = -6, EST = -5, WST = ???

None seems to be in line with having anything to do with time-zones in Australia...

CST Central Standard Time = UTC +09:30. EST, WST/ Eastern, Western.


EST & CST generally, particularly if the writer is American, refer to North American Time Zones... and are UTC -4 & -5, respectively. I believe that the Aussie Time zones are usually abbreviated "CAST", "EAST" and "WAST" to prevent this confusion. (for ___ Australian Standard Time, the ___ being Central, Eastern, and Western...)
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