Fixed?

We’ve made a couple of changes, notably to the web server software itself, that appears to have done the trick with the lockups. We have a secondary option up our sleeves just in case but it looks like we may well have fixed it.

For those that noticed no slow down for the last 90 minutes, you have Matt to thank for his excellent download software for UK TrainSim, which has now taken the load right off the server. Coupled with the extra RAM, the server is now flying again.

Steve.

More info on the Klez Virus

If you want to know more about the virus that sends mail reportedly from us, please visit this link;

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,52174,00.html

And PLEASE, if you have any of our addresses in your address book, please do us the honour of subscribing to Microsofts’ Critical Update Notification. The security hole this virus utilizes was PLUGGED, well over a YEAR ago. Microsoft Critical Update Notification is FREE and will knock most of these problems in an instant. http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com to use Windows Critical Update Notification.

Steve.

Emails, reportedly from us

I’ve, rather interestingly, been receiving emails to abuse@deardiary.net that claim to have come from support@deardiary.net! Which leads me to the conclusion that the latest wonder worms from the minds of those intellectually challenged enough to have to resort to write VB Script email worms, are now faking the sender’s details to be a random address from someone’s address book.

If you receive an email from a deardiary.net that you didn’t expect, and it contains an attachment, we recommend you put it in the bin and don’t open it.

Hopefully one day someone will come up with a useable standard for ensuring the validity of a sender – this latest batch of worms shows just how vulnerable the internet is and you should trust NOTHING from an internet source.

Again, update your antivirus software (http://www.grisoft.com/) and don’t open attachments unless you asked for someone to send them to you first!

Steve.

Some residual issues

There still seems to be some residual issues for us to clear up with the http process, since its still locking up tighter than a drum for some reason. All I can say is, we’re looking into it and will do our best to resolve it as soon as we can!

Steve.

Server Upgrade Achieved

The server upgrade happened yesterday as planned, thanks to Verio for their prompt service on this!

The extra memory has enabled us to increase the capacity of the various servers, and significantly increased the memory available for the database which should also speed things up significantly. Last night seemed to go well, and hopefully its gonna fly…. For a while. Until it doesn’t :-)

Steve.