Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Status of TFFN.NET / Running a website off grid.

FINALLY! I'm making some progress on getting my site back online. I can tell you right now this has been a hair raising experience. This all started when the service on the old server got so lousy that I didn't have any choice other than to move it to another server provider's server. I got a higher end package because over the years each different provider did good at first and then started saying my site was too big with too much traffic and also saying I needed to go to a dedicated server. Now that is HIGH end and way out of my $$$ range. Anyway the new name servers are setup and it could take up to 24 hours for the site to come back on line. I shutter to think what I'll need to do once that happens!

BTW December the 15th will start the 13th year I've been running the site and I've been through a LOT of problems over the years, but this has to be about the worst yet. It seems now days there is no such thing as good tech support. Some providers are evidently outsourcing their tech support yo India or somewhere else which seems evident on the last server the site was on. I think everyone has probably gotten in to a situation like that.  The tech support on the new server doesn't seem to be much better because my correspondence with them has been the same answers over and over how to resolve the problem, but then them saying they didn't have that information. The tech support I'm getting now isn't even through them.

Now, the point to all of this is IF you think you'd like to start a web site and you live off grid then you should know that it will probably be tough.

8 comments:

  1. I admire your perseverance. Good luck with the new server.

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  2. Allen, so far it isn't looking good at all. The tech I was in chat with when I got the new server package said they would move the site from the old server to the new one. He failed to mention that I had to fill out a form and no one else told me that either. I thought the site had already been moved so more or less cut the ties with the old server as far as them being able to successfully move it. Fortunately I have near a full backup so will more than likely have to move it myself again. Last time I had to do that I had FIOS in Plano and it wasn't too bad. Of course as bad as the DSL is down here that process could take for ever. Its only about 5+ Gigs of files I'll have to upload which makes it even worse.

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  3. Nothing like some good old 'puter problems to keep things interesting!

    Good luck on getting things worked out, my friend!

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  4. HJ, it looked like more than I could handle here and they said they would move it for me. The tech said it could take up to 72 hours, but when I filled out the form (after I filled out the form) a screen came up saying it could take up to 30 days. DAMN! Its one thing after another with these people! I shot them a hot email after that and haven't heard back. They still haven't started with the move either. IF it isn't done within 72 more hours then it will be back to me moving it. Will just take a long time for me to get it done! (No where near 30 days or even a week though)

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  5. I hope it goes quickly and no other problems.

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  6. Got an MRI and some Xrays done yesterday, with the CT scan last week, I should ne glowing in the dark now. If I lived in Terlingua, I would light my house up without solar!

    Hang in there with the computer stuff tffnguy.

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  8. Par for the course I guess. good luck

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