It’s been a while since I wrote anything here, but I thought I might summarize the past year and tell you a bit about what’s been happening behind the scenes at Blinkenshell. The service is much the same, but there has been some changes that you might not be aware of.
In August I moved from Linköping to Stockholm, and the main server moved with me. There was quite a long downtime here, but everything went well overall. I’ve also started a new job in Stockholm, so I’ve not put very much time into Blinkenshell this autumn.
In November when I was just about to start my one week vacation to go to Dreamhack and help build the network infrastructure, something happened with the server I use to tunnel IPv4 traffic. This was ofcourse on a friday, so the service provided did not respond until monday. It tunrned out that the server had rebooted, and the harddrive was not ok. They helped me install a new server the next week I tried to recreate the configuration from old backups and some from memory. Everything did come back up online, but it was a long downtime of several days.
Everything seemed to work fine for some weeks, but on the 21st of December the new server I had been moved to stopped responding. Since this was also on a Friday, and there was Christmas holidays after that, the service provider has still not responded to me about why the server went down. A friend of mine helped me set up a new server for tunnelling the IPv4 traffic now, so everything is back online. This was however an even longer downtime than the one in November.
The new server means we do have a new IPv4 address, and some IRC networks has not updated their I-lines yet so we’ve had issues connecting to Freenode and IRCnet for a couple of days for example. I do however think this new server should help improve response times since it has better connectivity in general.
I believe the new server will be more stable then the old was was this last autumn, but I can’t guarantee anything as usual. I hope you will stick around and see what happens in 2013, and a big welcome to all the new members that continue to join this great community! 🙂