Well my DNS VPS ChesterVm host disappeared, 7 days offline now, no responses to tickets etc, pretty normal with that market. I did however after trolling WHT for a while find Hostsailor (affiliate link of course). They have openvz servers from 1.99 and Xen from 3.99. I am using one of the 1.99 openvz for my DNS master now, 5 days in and its just great. Its the first VPS that everything worked perfect, every template I tried, RDNS, every CP feature. Anyways just wanted to share as I see folks on #diaspora IRC ask about budget VPS all the time.

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Well my DNS VPS ChesterVm host disappeared, 7 days offline now, no responses to tickets etc, pretty normal with that market. I did however after trolling WHT for a while find Hostsailor (affiliate link of course). They have openvz servers from 1.99 and Xen from 3.99. I am using one of the 1.99 openvz for my DNS master now, 5 days in and its just great. Its the first VPS that everything worked perfect, every template I tried, RDNS, every CP feature. Anyways just wanted to share as I see folks on #diaspora IRC ask about budget VPS all the time.

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Just a tip on how to update a pod users email address if you need. In my example I need to edit production postgres DB user #5 and change their email. cd diaspora RAILS_ENV=production DB=postgres rails c user = User.find_by(id: 5) user.email = ‘newemail@example.org’ user.save And that is it. You can of course use this to edit other user. items where needed.

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Just a tip on how to update a pod users email address if you need. In my example I need to edit production postgres DB user #5 and change their email. cd diaspora RAILS_ENV=production DB=postgres rails c user = User.find_by(id: 5) user.email = ‘newemail@example.org’ user.save And that is it. You can of course use this to edit other user. items where needed.

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I added this little nifty JavaScript bar for 2016 pod donations and it worked well to get the server and costs paid for. Wanted to share with other podmins, so a step by step! With links to my code base so you can see it. Edit app/views/shared/_right_sections.html.haml Add to beginning: :javascript   $(document).ready(function() {progress(103, $(‘#progressBar’));}); Add an empty div (in orange) for the bar to live in somewhere in your donate text. You can see I have a custom donate text area. .section .title %h4{:style => “display:inline;”} = t(‘aspects.index.donate’)   #progressBar     %div .content Diasporg costs about $1000USD to keep alive and running a year. For 2016 we are at $1034/$1000!

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I added this little nifty JavaScript bar for 2016 pod donations and it worked well to get the server and costs paid for. Wanted to share with other podmins, so a step by step! With links to my code base so you can see it. Edit app/views/shared/_right_sections.html.haml Add to beginning: :javascript   $(document).ready(function() {progress(103, $(‘#progressBar’));}); Add an empty div (in orange) for the bar to live in somewhere in your donate text. You can see I have a custom donate text area. .section .title %h4{:style => “display:inline;”} = t(‘aspects.index.donate’)   #progressBar     %div .content Diasporg costs about $1000USD to keep alive and running a year. For 2016 we are at $1034/$1000!

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I have not been using this blog much, I just updated it to https and upgraded it a lot, I will try and blog more this year! diaspora is looking better and better and my interest is back up a lot in the project. WordPress always amazes me how easy it is to use and update and configure. Well I found the old one of these network maps from 2013 and things have changed a lot. I don’t know the official way these should be done, this is just the way my brain works. Here is a new one on how the diasporg pod makes it happen! I use a nice

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I have not been using this blog much, I just updated it to https and upgraded it a lot, I will try and blog more this year! diaspora is looking better and better and my interest is back up a lot in the project. WordPress always amazes me how easy it is to use and update and configure. Well I found the old one of these network maps from 2013 and things have changed a lot. I don’t know the official way these should be done, this is just the way my brain works. Here is a new one on how the diasporg pod makes it happen! I use a nice

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So I decided also on the update to move to postgresql. I found http://blog.koehn.com/technology/2014/08/21/diaspora-mariadb-to-postgres.html to be my best place to start, however I had lots of crap in my DB to also solve. First I have open_aspects and password_salt in my users table that should have dropped, so I did. Second, I had tons of created_at and updated_at that were NULL and that wont work to move to postgres so I populated them with now() as the date, hope that does not wonk things up a ton. From the example post above I just needed to add the 3 new tables around chat and I was ready to run. The pod

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So I decided also on the update to move to postgresql. I found http://blog.koehn.com/technology/2014/08/21/diaspora-mariadb-to-postgres.html to be my best place to start, however I had lots of crap in my DB to also solve. First I have open_aspects and password_salt in my users table that should have dropped, so I did. Second, I had tons of created_at and updated_at that were NULL and that wont work to move to postgres so I populated them with now() as the date, hope that does not wonk things up a ton. From the example post above I just needed to add the 3 new tables around chat and I was ready to run. The pod

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Well its been a year again since my last blog post.. I moved to the east coast from the west coast, getting settled in. We have a new dog and 2 new cats here at the house. Not been as active on the pod as I would like, I think the slowness bugs me, but the new server and the move to postgresql makes a HUGE difference. Happy 2016! On the pod front, I got a new dedicated server to move the pod to at the same host. I have it set up, but still working on migrating the mysql db to postgresql first. Specs on new server are: Dual Intel

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Well its been a year again since my last blog post.. I moved to the east coast from the west coast, getting settled in. We have a new dog and 2 new cats here at the house. Not been as active on the pod as I would like, I think the slowness bugs me, but the new server and the move to postgresql makes a HUGE difference. Happy 2016! On the pod front, I got a new dedicated server to move the pod to at the same host. I have it set up, but still working on migrating the mysql db to postgresql first. Specs on new server are: Dual Intel

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Well its time to upgrade Ubuntu to the new LTS so I can keep up on packages. Tomorrow 1/10/2015 at 8am (UTC-8) I will start the update, a extra db backup even though I have a offsite nightly, db backup takes several hours to dump. I imagine pod will be offline for 2-3 hours if all goes well, 5-8 if not. I will post updates to twitter  

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Well its time to upgrade Ubuntu to the new LTS so I can keep up on packages. Tomorrow 1/10/2015 at 8am (UTC-8) I will start the update, a extra db backup even though I have a offsite nightly, db backup takes several hours to dump. I imagine pod will be offline for 2-3 hours if all goes well, 5-8 if not. I will post updates to twitter  

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Well here we go today is November 5th, its been 4 years today since I launched diasp.org. I won’t try and recap it all, its been a lot of learning for me and I truly enjoy it. I have a host for the pod that is great. I get enough in donations most months to keep my share of the bills in check. I personally have gone in and out of paying attention to the code base and what is going on (make sure you follow https://blog.diasporafoundation.org/). I am a computer geek and always love keeping the server going, currently debugging some Nginx to Unicorn timeout issues again, had them years

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Well here we go today is November 5th, its been 4 years today since I launched diasp.org. I won’t try and recap it all, its been a lot of learning for me and I truly enjoy it. I have a host for the pod that is great. I get enough in donations most months to keep my share of the bills in check. I personally have gone in and out of paying attention to the code base and what is going on (make sure you follow https://blog.diasporafoundation.org/). I am a computer geek and always love keeping the server going, currently debugging some Nginx to Unicorn timeout issues again, had them years

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Pod is humming along on its new host. Having everything on one server is working ok, our numbers are way down on users. I have registrations open, mostly because new users = some donations and we can handle the capacity, once I see that change I will close them again. Backups without the db on a single server were bogging down. I was able to pipe the sqldump’s out to cstream and make things better. wait, iowait and cstream are my friends now.   I continue to work the issue that we are blocked from all pods hosted at datashack (my old host), my new host has blocked all IP’s in

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Pod is humming along on its new host. Having everything on one server is working ok, our numbers are way down on users. I have registrations open, mostly because new users = some donations and we can handle the capacity, once I see that change I will close them again. Backups without the db on a single server were bogging down. I was able to pipe the sqldump’s out to cstream and make things better. wait, iowait and cstream are my friends now.   I continue to work the issue that we are blocked from all pods hosted at datashack (my old host), my new host has blocked all IP’s in

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Well since closing signups we have become a much quieter pod, donations are pretty quiet also, so its a chance once again to trim the pods server needs and move to a single large dedicated server. New datacentre, New host, the old one is very cost effective, but when things go wrong they are slow to get resolution, the servers are now also old and out of date. So new one is up, the specs are 8 core Intel, with 32 gigs of ram, 1 tb drive. Should be more than enough for the pod. I have things setup and will plan the move this Sunday Feb 2nd 2014 at 7am-noon

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Well since closing signups we have become a much quieter pod, donations are pretty quiet also, so its a chance once again to trim the pods server needs and move to a single large dedicated server. New datacentre, New host, the old one is very cost effective, but when things go wrong they are slow to get resolution, the servers are now also old and out of date. So new one is up, the specs are 8 core Intel, with 32 gigs of ram, 1 tb drive. Should be more than enough for the pod. I have things setup and will plan the move this Sunday Feb 2nd 2014 at 7am-noon

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