Sunday, December 15, 2013

So far so good

Looks like smooth sailing so far on this new server.

Friday, December 13, 2013

We're migrating...again!

13-DEC-2013, 05:30 GMT
Hi everyone, we're migrating... yet again! 

 Please remember to flush the DNS cache in your router, your OS, and your browser.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Half hour downtime while I upgrade the server [DONE]

Hi everyone,

I'm going to try a temporary measure of upgrading the server to avoid these performance issues. I'm doing this to try to identify whether the problem is poor performance of the host or some sort of performance problem with my configuration. So we'll be down for about a half hour while it upgrades.

Again, my apologies, this is an frustrating for me as it for you.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Still working with the host for performance improvements [DONE]


It will probably take about 24 hours for the new IP address to reach everyone. If you still can't access the new site, please try to flush your DNS cache. Remember there can be as many as three DNS caches: On your router, your OS, and your browser.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Working with the host to improve performance again. We'll be offline again unti about 21:30 GMT. My apologies!

Hi everyone, BLF will be offline for about 2 hours until aproximately 19:00 GMT while I migrate the server to a different datacenter. There will be no configuration change and the migration should be seamless. But it will take several hours. You may need to close and re-open your browser and/or flush your DNS cache to get the new IP address.

Sorry about this, and thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quick server reboot [DONE]


Hi everyone, I'm going to be doing a quick server reboot to upgrade the underlying operating system. Should only take a few minutes.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Down for maintenance [FINISHED]


Should be done around 02:00 AM (GMT). Sorry for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Routine site maintenance underway [DONE]

Back online.

Offline for a few minutes while I do some routine site maintenance. Shouldn't take long.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Please excuse our dust

Sorry for the downtime. I was working on the server since early this morning, and I needed to run a few tasks with no additional user load on the server, so I temporarily took it offline.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Working on the configuration

Back online.

Hi, we're offline at the moment. I'm working on some configuration issues. Please hold tight.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Server rebooted

Hi everyone, we had a brief period of downtime as I tweaked some configurations and did a routine server update and reboot.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Migrating to a new server

Hi everyone, I'm currently migrating the BLF database to a new server. It's not quite ready yet.

Update 02-OCT-2013, 1:50 GMT
The migration is complete and the site is now online. You'll probably see frequent brief periods of downtime as I continue to tweak settings and fix bugs.

You will need to refresh your DNS information to get on the new server. It may take up to 24 hours for the new server address to reach everyone across the globe.

Thanks for your patience!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

[RESOLVED] Site down at the moment

Back online. I'll be working on migrating to a new host during the next few days and I'll keep you posted before making the transition.

Not sure what's going on, but I'm currently trying to get the server back online.

Update 19:30 GMT-05 
Host contacted me. No solution in sight.

Update 17:00 GMT-05 
The server still won't boot and I can't access any of the consoles to see what's wrong either. No news yet from the host. They're obviously working with a skeleton crew on Sunday afternoon and aren't handling this promptly. Looks like I'll be searching for a new host again as soon as I have access to the server to get the data off it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Offline for maintenance and troubleshooting

Ok, I'm done. :) Thanks for waiting!
I'm running some maintenance and troubleshooting. I took it offline this time. I hope to be back online soon.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Three hour outage

Hi, I found the site offline after about three hours. I'm currently trying to investigate the cause of the outage.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Another outage caused by a mistake at the host

Hi everyone,

You’re probably tired of apologies by now, but at any rate this is to let you know that there was some sort of an automated glitch at the host related to the mistaken suspension of my account yesterday. I sincerely hope this will be the last time, as they assured me that the suspension glitch is now “cleared” out of the automated system.

Glad to you have you all back online.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Waiting on the webhost

Back online now.
I will not defend the host’s terrible handling of this issue. They completely bungled the whole deal. First of all, we’re not sending spam and we never have. Instead of disabling the entire site without prior warning, they could have simply asked me for my information without shutting the site down. Or at worst, they could have simply blocked all outgoing mail from the server until they get the necessary compliance information. What a nightmare. Sorry for the downtime, and thanks for sticking around!

Hi guys,

It's not my fault this time. Thanks to our friends, the spammers, all webhosts are forced to be ridiculously cautious about all customers who send emails from their servers. Since BLF sends a LOT of notification emails, they are currently asking me to verify some personal information just to make sure everything is legit.

Sorry about this.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Back online

We're back online now after a few hours of downtime. Not exactly sure what happened, and unfortunately I'll be away from my computer all day today. Hope to look into it more tonight. Sorry about that!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

[DONE] Offline for troubleshooting [DONE]

Sigh... You learn something new every day. The database server by default creates *huge* transaction log files that completely filled the disk. The logs are disabled now. Sorry about that!

Might be a few hours.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Reconfiguring again

Done, hopefully for a while now. Thanks for your patience and support!

Hi everyone,

I think I just figured out the problem with the slowness of the new server. I'm working on re-importing BLF into a new configuration, and we should be ready to go. Hopefully I'll be done within an hour.

Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Migrating again to a different datacenter

I'm currently in the process of migrating to a different datacenter on the new host. It might take an hour or two. But when it's back up there won't be any DNS changes, so there should be instant access.

Sorry for the hassle again!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Working on server upgrade

Hi everyone,

I'm working on the server upgrade. I hope to be done in a few hours.

Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

"Resource Limit" problem

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately our web host has enforced a new, very restrictive limit on our hosting account. I'm currently trying to figure out a solution with them. Meanwhile, we'll probably keep seeing this error from time-to-time.

My apologies.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

[FIXED] Offline for now

Trying to fix a weird error I just noticed. Sorry for the hassle!

Update: 2:00 PM GMT -5:00
Still working on it... Sorry for the delay!

Update: 6:00 PM GMT -5:00
Back online.