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#1 User is offline   scottb613 

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:41 PM

All,

Did you guys see this post by Yuri ???
Sounds like we are in danger of losing an extremely valuable resource...
I use that site all the time...
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Re: Steam4me access ????

Postby steam4me on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:13 am

BrianB wrote:I have noticed that when Railpage 'goes down' it takes S4M with it, as they seem to be on the same server - and it used to take CTN out with it as well, although I believe that is now on a different server.

The other thing (but I can't verify it) is I think the Railpage/S4M/CTN servers must be located in a 'business' office somewhere that is not attended over the weekend - over the past X years - SNIP - but when it is free, you take whatever service the operator is willing to give you.


The steam4me site has been on a different (commercial) server to the rest of RP for a few years (since 09/2007). The last outage of note was Oct 2009 when the site was moved to its own (brand new and fast) server due to the bandwidth demand. ISTR s4me was down for a couple of days, CTN, VR, Locopage were down for a couple of weeks. Prior to that, the site had very few outages and since then none until last week.

The server racks are located in a large, secure multi-storey Telstra facility in Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (http://tinyurl.com/ya6z3te). After-hours access has always been an issue.

It would appear that this outage is MUCH more serious as it has taken down the whole of Railpage - even my site which should be insulated from "normal" fallover issues. The host's site, http://www.omni.com.au, is down as well and emails to the CEO at omni.com.au bounced back with the ominous message "Domain <omni.com.au> does not exist (in reply to RCPT TO command)".

In addition, the DNS entries for these 2 sites (omni and railpage) have gone missing.

I've also tried to contact two of the original RP coders, but their I have only their PM addresses which are dead in the water.

Emails sent to digitalriver.com.au (the ultimate owner of these sites) and to their support desk have gone unanswered. RP moderators who have rung DR are told that someone will get back to them, but no-one has. One moderator tells me that Brian Evans, CEO, is on leave and has "out of office" contact settings.

The steam4me site uses about 600-1,000G of bandwidth per month: I can't find any hosting that offers anywhere near that volume without significant cost that could never be recouped by pop-up ads or subscription (just ask Mike Simpson how MSTS users love to contribute donations<g!>) .

I will post when I have anything further to report.
Yuri


Regards,
Scott

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:52 PM

View Postscottb613, on 04 February 2010 - 04:41 PM, said:

All,

Did you guys see this post by Yuri ???
Sounds like we are in danger of losing an extremely valuable resource...
I use that site all the time...
8>




Regards,
Scott


Scott,
I hope Yuri is aware of many very low cost web hosting options in the US that provide unlimited or more bandwidth than the site presently requires.
chrisvw

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:11 AM

Hi Chris and Scott,

Yuri is working on the problem, but the head honcho is on holidays so we have to wait.

Derek

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:29 AM

Morn'n guys....

Thanks for the info...

Yeah - I've worked with Yuri to post turorials before - always a perfect gentleman... I hope this problem doesn't cause him too much grief... His site does seem to be the repository for the guides to all thing MSTS and I'm lost without it... If he were closer - I'd run over and offer to give him a hand... Hmmm - always wanted to see Australia...
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Maybe somebody else in a different geographical location with some idle bandwidth could host a mirror ???

Best of luck to Yuri !!!

Regards,
Scott

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 09:37 PM

Gents,

I was talking with Yuri this morning and Steam4me is back.

http://steam4me.net/

Early days yet, but he's working hard to upload all of the excellent material that was on the old site.

Cheers,
Matt

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 06:10 AM

It is a shame that http://steam4me.net/ has been running into issues. that is an excellent site fro tutorrials and it is a good resource for downloads too. I :sign_oops: I salute the creators of http://steam4me.net/
:thumbup3: for making such a good resource.






p.s. that would be more dramatic it i had a saluting emoticon.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 09:25 AM

What we need is an MSTS Wiki...

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 10:17 AM

View Postrdamurphy, on 04 March 2010 - 09:25 AM, said:

What we need is an MSTS Wiki...

You could volunteer to expand the existing (poor) one. :sign_oops:
http://en.wikipedia....Train_Simulator

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:16 PM

Actually, Steam4me is up and running on its own site.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:50 PM

We were doing one at UKTS and I contributed a lot of my knowledge, but it's never gone public.

Cheers Bazza

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