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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2018
     
    Perry Chalmers just submitted his first map to the atlas, Elben's Demise.

    Thanks for contributing, and welcome to the atlas project.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018
     
    Another drive just failed in the server, had to take it down to replace it. Atlas will be back in a few minutes.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018
     
    Is this a common thing in machines that have multiple drives?

    I just wonder about it sometimes. I used to have a twin drive PC with RAID. I used to lose one or the other 500GB disc once a year on average. That's why I got rid of it. It was costing me half a laptop to repair each time it happened, so I figured I'd actually buy the laptop instead.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: LoopysueIs this a common thing in machines that have multiple drives?

    I just wonder about it sometimes. I used to have a twin drive PC with RAID. I used to lose one or the other 500GB disc once a year on average. That's why I got rid of it. It was costing me half a laptop to repair each time it happened, so I figured I'd actually buy the laptop instead.
    It is an indirect cause. Having more drives doesn't increase the chance of a drive failing, but if the average life of a drive is 5 years, and you have 5 of them in the computer, then on average, one will fail every year, which makes it feel like drives have a shorter life span, while in reality, it is no different from having 5 computers side by side with one drive in each.

    My server runs a raid setup with 5 drives, in addition to a couple of standalone disks for backup, SSD's for performance and such, so I do expect to have to replace drives fairly regularly. The drives are also at work 24/7, which also contributes to much more wear and tear than you would have on a desktop computer.
    I do run monitoring software, so I usually replace them when it is predicted they will fail, I don't wait until they actually fail. Sometimes, they can live for a year or more still in that predicted state, but I don't want to take that chance. I always also keep brand new disk around for spares, ready to replace immediately.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018
     
    Mine were only lasting 2 years each time. They must have been cheap discs, or RAID must somehow put more stress on them.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018
     
    Posted By: LoopysueThey must have been cheap discs, or RAID must somehow put more stress on them.
    Depending on the level of RAID, it will put a little more strain on the disks, but not significantly. Normally, I don't recommend RAID solutions in home PC's though, it just adds another layer of complexity and is usually not worth it. For a two disk raid, your are stuck with either RAID 0 or 1. Raid 0 isn't really raid at all, because it provides no redundancy, it is just raid technology used to pool all the space from two drives into one volume, with the added disadvantage that if one drives goes bad, you loose all the data on both. Raid 1 is mirroring, which means you basically pay for two disks to have the storage space of one. You've got the redundancy, great, but it isn't a replacement for backup (several things can happen to the machine that effectively causes the loss of both drives anyway), and if you need to keep backup anyway, that extra redundancy is usually wasted for the average home user. Great for servers, and for important workstations at work, but not for standard PC's.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018
     
    This was Raid 1 - two discs mirroring one another. It proved useful because the discs always failed at different times. The greatest pressure was on my purse.

    It was a machine bought for me by a friend about 10 years ago, when 500MB was really huge, and RAID was dead impressive :P
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: LoopysueThis was Raid 1 - two discs mirroring one another
    I had one of those back in the times myself too (Two 60GB drives I believe). I stopped doing it when I needed to replace my motherboard, and realized the raid implementation were proprietary, so I couldn't read the raid discs on the new motherboard at all, only option was to reformat them and start anew, problems you don't get with a single disc. Add to that the raid implementation on consumer motherboards are really shitty, even today (real raid solutions have battery backups in case of power failure during write and a dedicated processor to handle the raid operations, consumer solutions don't have either, just offloads the workload to the system CPU instead.)


    about 10 years ago, when 500MB was really huge
    I clearly remember when 500MB was really huge. It was a bit more than 10 years ago though :)
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2018 edited
     
    LOL! I was being kind to myself :P

    Actually that's a typo. I meant GB, not MB!

    I blame the fact I have flu at the moment!
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2018
     
    I remember my first computer that had a hard drive. My Amiga A3000, one 52 meg and one 105 meg SCSI hard drives. And it was considered on the I-Amiga listserv email list I had an excessive amount of space.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2018
     
    Today, you couldn't even fit your map collection on that, even with .fcw's still being quite tiny.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2018
     
    Something seems to be seriously wrong with the core hardware in my server. I am not sure what exactly, but I suspect the motherboard is bad. I think this may also have contributed to the higher than normal disk failures I have been experiencing the last 5 months.

    I've ordered a new server to replace the old one, but it will take a week or two to arrive. I'll hopefully manage to keep the old one running until I have the new one up, but if you experience any interruptions for the atlas website in the near future, this would be why.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2018
     
    Maybe we should try to leave it alone unless we really need something, until you say its ok?
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2018
     
    No, that won't be necessary. The atlas is just a tiny part of what that server handles, accessing it won't make any difference.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2018
     
    So, just got my new server box. I am currently in the process of testing it to make sure everything is ok, and then I will install it and get the atlas (and everything else) moved over from the old server. I hope I will get everything done tonight, and that will result in a bit of a downtime for the atlas (up to a few hours).
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2018
     
    :O

    Sounds like you might need a bit of downtime yourself after all that!
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2018
     
    Good Luck !
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2018 edited
     
    So, the new server is installed, and everything is running off it now. That is, things took a bit more time than planned, so it is only running with a temporary setup with some manual routines and such, I need to tweak a bunch of configuration, but at least everything seems to be working fine so far. I guess I'll just have to see what I wake up to in the morning. Unless something major unforeseen happens though, future service breaks while I tweak stuff should be very short.


    For those interested, the new box is running a Core i9-7940x CPU, 14 cores (28 threads) @ 3.1/4.4GHz. 128GB of RAM (Quad Channel).
    Note that the box does not just run the atlas website, it has loads of other tasks as well.


    Of course, the cat immediately claimed the new box as his the moment it arrived:
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2018
     
    I note the evil eye emanating from your cat.
    • CommentAuthorJensen
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2018
     
    Yes, an i9!!! great machine, he needs a name! :-)
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2018
     
    Is that the very same cat who can manage to stand on ALT+F4 at the same time?
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: LoopysueIs that the very same cat who can manage to stand on ALT+F4 at the same time?
    Yup. He has also thought me that I had previously misunderstood the term keyboard shortcut. Obviously, a keyboard shortcut is when walking across the keyboard is a shorter distance than walking around it (even if you only save a couple of inches).
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: QuentenI note the evil eye emanating from your cat.
    I think it is his possessive stare. He looks the same when I photograph him along with money (he likes to play with the stuff).
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2018
     
    Remy, can I have reserved this area on Kentoria, and the small circle, about 70 miles, can I add an island there, which I Will do (have done)?
      Kentoria - Sophos.png
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2018
     
    Great. Reserved.

    As for the island, I'll leave the decision up to you, but in my view, it should probably be kept just a tad smaller than the islands already on the map (to justify why it didn't show up on the continent map)
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2018 edited
     
    I would like to work on the northern entrance area of Basher Bay. About 25 x 20 miles, with some details around the light house and the keeps.

    edit: I downloaded Quenten's map of Fisher Island to make sure I had the latest. I'll stop short of what to my eyes looks like a marsh area north of the map I posted here. This is really a wonderful map of Fisher Island, thanks Quenten !

    edit 2: Hmmm... now it looks like a brush area. Anyway, I'll stop short of it for my overall map.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2018
     
    Great. It's reserved.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2018 edited
     
    I made a small improvement to the search feature on the atlas website. You can now also search for text in a map. Great for finding that over-world map containing a particular city or counting how many maps contain a temple to the spider queen. This search option searches through all text associated with a map, such as the text labels on the map, but also the description and other map notes.

    You've always been able to do this in the actual .fcw atlas, but I've now also started bundling it with an index file to make searches faster, with any map open, just point the text search dialog to $..\index.idx, using this index files makes searches MUCH faster than having CC3+ search through the actual map files.
    (The website search uses this same index file).

    For those not familiar with a CC3+ index file, it is basically a file containing all the text of all the map files in a certain directory (and subdirectories), and it can easily be created with the INDEX command.
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2018
     
    792 views for my posts about Interactive Atlas on Dragon's Foot. ( I subtracted my post number on the subject there and the times I remember looking but not replying. )
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2018
     
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2018
     
    The Ghost Forest on the upper part of the east Basher Bay. Maybe some bits like a village near it.
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