Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ptarmigan Park in now on Zetaworlds but.........

...... The regions got installed in the wrong places. I hope to have it fixed by tommorow. 

I just ordered a region to be installed on the Metropolis Grid!

My thought is that I will have my 4 main regions on Zetaworlds and a single satellite region on Metropolis connected with Hypergates. 

Wish me luck!  :)

Notice how I never onced mentioned the "O" word......

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More rumors flying because of the lack of official up to date information from OSgrid

Yesterday, I heard the same thing from a couple of different people who are more connected to the "Powers that Be" at OSgrid then I am.  I was told that OSgrid is NOT going to recover from the crash of two months ago.  If it does come back at all, everything will need to be recreated from individual .oar files and anyone who doesn't have an .iar file will lose all of their OSgrid inventory. 
 I have heard this same rumor from other people, in other forms with various ominous outcomes and I believe these rumors are getting fueled by the lack of official up to date information from the good folks who are running (or ran) OSGrid.

Here's my opinion....
Rumors left to run rampant, gain power and credibility, and will often contribute to the end result.
A lot of OSgrid residents have already moved to other grids.  Most had the idea that this was just going to be a temporary move, but as these rumors are flying I am hearing from more people that they kind of like their new grid and will probably stay.  I originally had the idea that I would move my regions to another grid and then move back to OSGrid when it came back online but leave a smaller satellite region on the new grid.  Now, I am thinking that I may be better off doing the opposite.

My decisions, just like everyone else's right now are based on rumors and lack of credible information from OSGrid.  If the good folks at OSgrid truly want to bring OSgrid back to where it was before the crash ..... they really need to start communicating "the plan" to their residents.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I'm moving my Ptarmigan Park regions to Zetaworlds

Zetamex Virtual Service Network

Why Zetaworlds?

The grid is fairly new and owned by Zetamex, who is my hosting provider.  I have been impressed with Zetamex's dedication to improving their customer service and support.   Their support system in the past has been a little challenging at times because of a lot of factors outside of their control such as hacking attacks to their servers, OSgrid crashing, and Metropolis performance issues.  I think a lot of their problems come from growth pains in the company and a cumbersome help ticket structure.  But, I am seeing consistent improvement coupled with an tenacious effort to make their customers happy.

To be honest, I would have preferred to locate my regions on the Metropolis grid but after having just one region there for a very short period of time it was clear that the grid would not be able to support what I would like to do.  There servers were over taxed and the download and upload performance between the United States and Europe was horrible.

What am I going to do when OSgrid comes back online?  I'm not sure yet.  Traffic is important to me. I'm a builder and I like to share my creations with other people. I won't be happy just building and have nobody visiting my regions. I am seriously thinking about maintaining my primary regions on Zetaworlds and setting up satellite regions on OSgrid and Metropolis with Hypergates between the three.  If I can't maintain a good flow of traffic I may put my primary regions back on OSgrid and have satellites on Zetaworld and Metropolis.

But for now, Ptarmigan Park will only be on Zetaworlds.  I'll let everyone know when it's up and running.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There...... I said it!

Call me stupid.... but.... huh?

OSgrid went off line on August 18th, 2014 with the message:
Grid is currently offline, no ETA at this time. Sorry folks!

Latest OSgrid News:
I tried running this through Google Translate, but it didn't help.......

(from irc, oct 15)
< leTwitch> The news is, there really isn’t much new to tell. Three different organizations spread geographically all over Texas are all struggling with a broken raid volume. We get two steps fwd and one back; be patient. There really isn’t a good way to give an eta on work like this; once we can certify that we have the volume back in a readable form, then we can start pinning down certain tasks and registering progress. Even then, ETAs will be just that *estimated* time to arrival.
< leTwitch>  The real showstopper at this juncture is that the data recovery folks can see the data, but when they ship it to the datacenter and we get it hooked up to the server, we cant. So right now what’s happening is a straight up dump of the paths and directories to a big volume (single partition). The last thing that didn’t work for us was a set of partition copies. The thing we’re doing now is the last trick up the sleeve of the engineer doing the data recovery; if this doesn’t work, we’ll be left with nothing more to do than rebuild the server and start rebuilding from archives.
My understanding is, we dont pay anything if they dont get our stuff back, so if thats how it winds up, we’ll be talking with them about getting back what we have already paid them.
< leTwitch> so if nothing else, the end of the waiting will soon come to pass.
< leTwitch> we’ll be moving forward one way or another.
< leTwitch> Heh, I guess that is news of a sort.
< leTwitch> o/

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I heard a rumor that OSgrid will be back up in a few days!

It's unsubstantiated, but still.......
Please!  Please!  Please!