2024 Diaspora Update/Status

Not a lot of updates again this year! New network map here for transparency, only real change is I offsite my backups to my home nas first then off to backblaze. Donorbox continues to work well for donations, and not begging for them is also still working well using my scripts to ask people for… Continue reading 2024 Diaspora Update/Status

2023 diaspora status

Not much has changed, things are humming along with diasp.org and stable. I suppose I need to delete and move the https://twitter.com/diasporg account soon. On my to do list probably the end of the year unless twitter blows up. Not sure what to do about this old blog either. I think I will make a… Continue reading 2023 diaspora status

Mid year 2021 check-in

Well after a bumpy start to the year with the server blowup things are smooth sailing. New server is doing great! I have updated the server diagram with the new info. Sponsored By: Titan Investments

2021 diasp.org server setup

Every year this seems to get a bit more simple and cleaner! Lots more CPU power for 2021! diasp.org server move is scheduled for 11/17/2020 15:00:00 PST, 22:00:00 UTCwindow is 3 hours planned Here are the network updates: IPv4: 216.18.218.21 IPv6: 2607:f2d8:4010:35::21 I2p: diasporg.i2p Note, i2p is adding ssl certs, so you will be able… Continue reading 2021 diasp.org server setup

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Disable email on a diaspora user with bad email

I get some folks that are very active with bad email addresses and it causes a lot of extra work on postfix. To solve: RAILS_ENV=production bin/rails c user = User.find_by(email: ‘bad@email.net’) user.disable_mail = true user.save

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2020 diasp.org server setup

Things will remain about the same as last year for the servers The diaspora code base has lightened up slightly as has the user base activity of the year This seems to keep things about right, the server is not blowing smoke but keeping up well

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2020 Donation bar how to for diaspora podmins

Pod donations trickle in over the year, but doing a fundraiser with a  progress bar seems to really help out to raise donations. How to: 1. /app/assets/stylesheets/stream.scss app/assets/stylesheets/stream.scss You need some css syles so add: #progressBar { width: 710px; height: 15px; border: 1px solid #111; } #progressBar div { height: 100%; color: #fff; text-align: right;… Continue reading 2020 Donation bar how to for diaspora podmins

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Find user by photo random guid

diasp:~/diaspora$ RAILS_ENV=production bin/rails c Loading production environment (Rails 5.1.6) 2.4.4 :001 > Photo.find_by(random_string: ‘369c458d9b5b659a8333’) => #<Photo id: 2135366, author_id: 377, public: true, guid: “fba50340b6990136292d047d7b62795e”, pending: false, text: nil, remote_photo_path: “https://diasp.org/uploads/images/”, remote_photo_name: “369c458d9b5b659a8333.jpg”, random_string: “369c458d9b5b659a8333”, processed_image: “369c458d9b5b659a8333.jpg”, created_at: “2018-10-20 13:28:41”, updated_at: “2018-10-20 13:28:52”, unprocessed_image: “369c458d9b5b659a8333.jpg”, status_message_guid: “025389a0b69a01362935047d7b62795e”, comments_count: nil, height: 3264, width: 1836> 2.4.4 :002 >… Continue reading Find user by photo random guid

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update your diaspora pod

I made this simple script to make my life easier and do updates with no downtime. https://git.feneas.org/diasporg/diaspora/blob/master/script/update  

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Removing spammers on your pod

Assuming the issue is in your production diaspora db Grab the spam script. Mine is here https://git.feneas.org/diasporg/diaspora/blob/master/script/spam.rb Edit and add your users to remove on line 4. If more than one separate by space. Use full handle. Run it from command line ‘RAILS_ENV=production script/spam.rb’ Spammer gone. This also works for GPDR removal requests.

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2018 progress bar for diaspora podmin donations

Pod donations trickle in over the year, but doing a fundraiser with a  progress bar seems to really help out to raise donations. How to: 1. https://github.com/diasporg/diaspora/blob/master/app/assets/stylesheets/stream.scss app/assets/stylesheets/stream.scss You need some css syles so add: #progressBar { width: 710px; height: 15px; border: 1px solid #111; } #progressBar div { height: 100%; color: #fff; text-align: right;… Continue reading 2018 progress bar for diaspora podmin donations

2018

I know I have been horrible about blogging and all communication in general. Server is moved to a new host. Blog moved to new host. I will get a network map up soon!

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i2p and tor access for diaspora

Well the pod now has some alternate than https type access https://diasporgc3d32vv4.onion the tor site uses the *.diasp.org ssl cert, since you trust that now you should trust that for .onion. .onion ssl certs are too hard to get for now. http://diasporg.i2p you need to enable “accept headers” in your http tor relay to allow… Continue reading i2p and tor access for diaspora

Change email address for a diaspora user from rails console

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… Continue reading Change email address for a diaspora user from rails console

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Progress bar for diaspora pod donations

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’));});… Continue reading Progress bar for diaspora pod donations

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Migrating diaspora from mysql to postgres

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… Continue reading Migrating diaspora from mysql to postgres

Happy New Year *Again*

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… Continue reading Happy New Year *Again*

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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

Summer Update

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… Continue reading Summer Update

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Fall pod update

Its been a rough week with getting hit with a spam flood of some sort, I was able to make some adjustments on the fly to connections and speeds, but need to spend some time to do more and get the OS’s updated on the servers. So Saturday 10/19/13 at 9am Pacific time I am… Continue reading Fall pod update

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podupti.me site

My VPS tanked 9am on 8/16. I am still working with my VPS host for a solution. They spun up a new VPS but it was not performing well. I hope for resolution today and will get the poduptime site back online first on the new box. Also it looks like the dia.so site css… Continue reading podupti.me site

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Pod down IP issues

My IP’s have been suspended by my host for to much email traffic or some BS, working to resolve. http://www.senderbase.org/lookup?search_string=204.12.211.42 Moved email to 3rd party smtp and waiting for them to unblock the IP’s Make sure you follow me https://www.facebook.com/Diasp.org and https://twitter.com/diasporg

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restoring blog and dia.so

Found a partial blog backup and restored. Working to restore dia.so currently, I do not think I will find a db backup for in 🙁

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Android App for podupti.me

Well I spent sometime setting up Eclipse and the Android SDK. Then I remembered App Builder and wanted to give it a try. So I wrote this little ditty for podupti.me to promote Diaspora overall. Its just basic and I am sure some ideas will come to mind on how to make it better! Click… Continue reading Android App for podupti.me

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August Pod Update!

Well we survived the doors of my host closing and are now on a dedicated server! Its humming along just fine.Still trying to get back some $ from the VPS jumps and loosing the clubuptime one. But people have been donating and signing up for the coffee subscription and helping out, Thank You! The Diaspora… Continue reading August Pod Update!

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July Pod Update

I first want to really thank the folks who have subscribed/flattrd or donated, I really appreciate your help and am back at the break even point and that’s right where I want/need to be! The server speed seems to be holding steady and all is working ok. I personally have been working on other things… Continue reading July Pod Update

Pod Privacy Policy

Here is the privacy policy of diasp.org, http://diasp.org/privacy-policy.html My main connection, http://www.wholesaleinternet.com/ I store my pod database backups and photo backups at another host I use,  http://order.1and1.com/xml/order/PrivacyPolicy

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Server move tomorrow the 30th

Tomorrow morning I will be moving the pod to its new home. My host ClubUptime has discontinued their OpenVZ VPS and only offers Xen VPS now, this is a good thing. Downtime should be very minimal as I have things all set up, however it does have a new IP (50.23.213.171) and updating DNS always… Continue reading Server move tomorrow the 30th

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New pod domain name poll

My friend wants to start up a pod, I have some domain names he can use but not sure what to use! What do you think would be hip and cool? [bwpdaddy id=’4960752′]

Diaspora NYU case study

http://www.nyu.edu/about/university-initiatives/entrepreneurship/nyu-ventures/case-studies/diaspora.html