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November 30, 2000

Giles is working again now so the main part of the network is functioning. However, I had to butcher cray to do it so all the mailing lists are down until I can manage to get a replacement 10Base2 ethernet card (with IRQ jumpers). If any member of the region has one please contact me urgently on 4954 8912.

November 30, 2000

Giles, our terminal server, the machine responsible for all dialin connections and mail and news delivery crashed overnight. I've managed to get it functioning again by putting its hard-drive into the old cray which I rebuilt last week but the system needs to be reconfigured before our network will be fully functional again. I'm sorry but I need one of the sysadmins to help me do that and I've been unable to contact any of them so far so I don't know how long giles will be offline.

November 27, 2000

A severe electrical storm which struck this area around 11.30pm caused our network to be taken offline for about an hour.

November 23, 2000

We've had two problems with our network today. Cray, the listserver, is currently offline due to major file corruption in the root directory (we hope that can be fixed tonight). And our dingoblue link dropped out, so the proxy wouldn't have been working (I don't know for how long though), but it should be know.

November 21, 2000

Information has been received advising that Australia is currently suffering one of it's biggest "Internet Jams" due to a broken cable between here and Singapore. This has been confirmed by a member of the Regional Committee who has reported experiencing difficulties accessing some sites through his commercial connection. However, no problems as yet have been reported by members accessing our network.

August 28, 2000

Our system has been unable to make a connection to Ozemail since the electrical storm caused a power disruption about 45 minutes ago. Those facilities which use the proxies should still work as they are directed over our backup link, but there will be no new news or mail until the Ozemail connection is re-established.

August 11, 2000

The hard-drive in Cray, our listserver has crashed and therefore none of the mailing lists will be operational until a replacement drive can be installed.

July 20, 2000

The next meeting of Hunter's Regional Committee will be held at Carolyn's place (21 Reservoir Road, Glendale) at 2pm on Sunday July 23rd, 2000. All members or prospective members of the region wishing to attend will be welcomed. A fix-it session will be held after the meeting and the possibility of some downtime may result while the new newserver is being connected to the hub.

July 16, 2000

Our first CDROM drive is out of operation at least until the whole system is next rebooted. However the second one is still working and the first of this month's CDs is there now. (Click on Local FTP and select the second 'here').

May 14, 2000

Cray, the listserver, is now a Pentium. My apologies for the brief periods the network was down yesterdday. I had a slight problem with the ethernet cables again and it took me a while to find one that worked and hook it up. There is now a second CDROM drive for the region so I'll be able to include 2 CD's for Local FTP access at the same time. More about that later. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the mothers in the region and elsewhere.

May 07, 2000

Three massive power spikes in quick succession hit at about 1.10am disconnecting most of the modems which consequently required manually resetting. Cray which is the only server not connected to the UPS also crashed. Three of the modems remained connected and none of the other servers were affected. The system appears to be functioning normally again now.

May 05, 2000

The EXPRESS DIALIN LINE is now operational and allows members to connect for 15 minutes . Please refer to the Configuration webpage for setup details and use it for quick connects to mail, news and web in preference to the main dialins.

May 02, 2000

The next meeting of the Hunter Regional Committee will be held on Sunday May 7th, 2pm at the hub. All members and/or guests are welcome to attend. A fixit session involving maintenance of the network will follow so some downtime should be expected later that afternoon. All efforts will be made to keep the system online or if not possible to keep downtime to a minimum.

April 16, 2000

Our apologies to members for almost 6 hours of downtime today. The good news is that Bombadil has a new hard-drive and the network appears to have been running smoothly for the past 9 hours. If you detect any problems please notify the Admin Team immediately.

April 15, 2000

Emergency repairs to or replacement of Bombadil's hard-drive will commence at 11.30am this morning. There will be some downtime today as a result.

April 13, 2000

Major problems with Bombadil necessitated an emergency reboot tonight. Problems still exist and I'm awaiting confirmation from the admin team that these can be fixed. In the meantime at least Bombadil seems to be active again, although it's not clear yet whether members are able to access their mail.

April 01, 2000

SEVERE STORM WARNING has been issued for the Hunter region. The hub may be shutdown for the duration when it hits within the next few hours.

March 22, 2000

The Regional Committee Meeting that was scheduled for March 26th has been postponed. If any member is having problems with their computer and requires hands-on help from the Admin Team then please contact the Regional Co-ordinator so a fixit day can be organised.

March 10, 2000

Last night around 1.30am, there was a power spike that knocked out 6 of our 8 dialin modems, our Kastlore link and one of the permlink modems. These were all reset at 7.30am this morning and everything seems to be working again now. Yesterday on two occasions there was a slight problem with one of the ethernet cables - a bit of cable jiggling rectified the problem but later today I will be replacing that cable if I can find one to fit so there may be a few minutes disruption to the network while I do that.

March 07, 2000

A localised power outage at the hub this morning around 4am had the system down until 7am. All machines are now up again, although response times may be a bit slow until the backlog clears.

February 29, 2000

There was a slight problem with the proxy cache tonight, but it's fixed now. Please ensure that you use the proxy and notify any problems with it immediately. Thanks!

February 2, 2000

Our invisibility continues (as of 10am) as Ozemail still have not replaced the modem on our line or given us a useable alternate one. We have now been invisible to the outside world for over 45 hours with no end in sight or Ozemail initiated contact.

February 1, 2000

Our Ozemail link died at 12.45pm yesterday and we have no other option but to wait for them to remedy the problem. They have guaranteed a 24 hour turnaround time to fix the problem. Only EXTERNAL email, news and access to our network are affected as we are using our backup link to provide all other services to members.

January 23, 2000

The next Regional Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30th at the home of the Regional Co-ordinator at 2pm. All members and guests are welcome to attend. A 'fix-it' session will follow the meeting. Some maintenance on the hub will also be carried out with the likelihood of some downtime during the late afternoon.