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By: falcon | January 18, 2019

Now that the server has a long-term domain name, I have been adding e-mail software.  In light of this, I wanted to let members and prospective members know that I am not going to read anyone's e-mail messages, ever.

I still assert the right to check files in your home folder to make sure there is no illegal activity.  As this is an educational service only, I think that is a fair approach.  I already had one situation with criminal activity.  I don't like people who hurt or scam others, To prevent this happening, my only choices are to make the registration process much more difficult than it currently is, or to keep it easy but follow up with inspection of home folders.  Since this is a zero cost service, the latte...

Category: Server Info 

Tags: registration, abuse, email 

By: falcon | November 14, 2018

I have been having difficulty finding the time to sit down and process the backlogged applications received since the fire in November 2017. I am sorry that I have not been able to respond in a timely manner, but I still have all the applications and will answer them.


Instead of emailing applicants, I have been dealing with problems currently affecting the service.


Unexpected reboots The VPS has been randomly hard rebooting about once a week since August, and only this week did the hosting company agree that their system was at fault, and migrated the shell server to another hypervisor that I am hoping will be more stable.


Zoho is being annoying As you will see on the "Contact Us" page, Zoho has started rolling out a new account po...

By: falcon | July 07, 2018

I have rented a VPS as of today.  It is Debian 9 64-bit.  I need to get the home folders uploaded and then process all the pending applications.  I can see there are a lot of duplicates, so again, please don't re-apply until I announce that I'm caught up.  And of course my depression has to be getting in the way as I take on the task of getting it all going again.


Once the basic configuration is done I will be available on IRC again.


Thanks for your patience!

Category: Server Status 

Tags: downtime 

By: falcon | July 07, 2018

It has been about a month and I have been feeling terrible. I experienced such overwhelming negative emotions that I went to hospital to see a crisis counselor.


It sucks that depression has been blocking progress, even after I paid the first month's rental to get a VPS running. But on the other hand, if my mind was stable and I was employed or attending school, I probably would have even less time and energy to allocate to this service.


For now, I expect that you've got service with another shell provider. I am sorry that mine has been down for so many months.  It should be simple to sign up for a shell account, because of their educational value and because they are free of charge, but I know it isn't the case.  From my experience,...

Category: Monologues 

Tags: downtime 

By: falcon | April 07, 2018

I have been thinking about the first year of running YFS and what I need to improve on. The first and foremost issue is finances.  I thought it would be smart to re-use an old laptop for the shell server, but because the cost of a residential Internet connection is way more per system than at a data centre, I am going to have to run YFS on a virtual private server.


Even if I go ahead with my plan to make a CentOS server available as an option for members who prefer to work on that system, having two (or five) VPSes will still be cheaper than what I was paying for my own Internet connection.


Secondly, in reflecting on my performance as an administrator for this service, I see that there are times when I am more active and times where I am...

Category: Server Status 

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