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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 wher...

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By: falcon | November 22, 2017

There was a fire at my house. It started in the bedroom next to mine and luckily I was home to notice it when nobody else was.  I called the fire department and they put it out before it could spread to other areas of the house.


Because of the remaining dampness from the fire department putting out the fire, I was asked to unplug all the outlets on the side of my room closest to the affected area.  This includes unplugging the laptop that was the free shell server.


This means the free shell service will be suspended indefinitely until I get the okay to plug my electronics back in - and even then, I might have to subsequently move out temporarily for repairs to be done to the structure of the house.


All I can say is I'm sorry for this...

Category: Server Status 

Tags: shell, server, downtime 

By: falcon | September 19, 2017

Last week I got an email from the abuse department of my ISP.  Their automated message said that there is a service with an exploitable vulnerability running on "one of my devices".  Apparently it was SSDP - the Simple Service Discovery Protocol, which can be used to facilitate a DDoS attack.


Their system found that this SSDP service was available on UDP port 32788.


This could be one of the users of my shell server violating the terms of service, or it could be unrelated to the shell server altogether.  I tried to log into my modem, and found that the administrative web page would not load.  Even though the Internet connection was up, this part of my modem was down.  So I power cycled the modem.


 When it...

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Tags: security, ports, abuse 

By: falcon | July 20, 2017

This morning, the power went out for the fourth time in about two weeks.  The shell server is directly connected to the power and although it is a laptop, the battery has no capacity and so it will turn off each time there is a power failure.  I turn it back on as soon as I can.


I don't know what is happening with our power grid, since prior to these two weeks, there hasn't been a power outage in two months.  And the power was steady for nearly a year before that.  But nonetheless, it is rendering my service quite unreliable.  I apologize to all users who have been inconvenienced by these outages.


What are my options?  I can try to obtain battery backup, either by purchasing another laptop with a working battery ...

Category: Server Info 

Tags: shell, server 

By: falcon | July 04, 2017

First, this is a notice to everyone that the server's temporary address is yfs1.sytes.net.


I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on, and this week will be the week that I put time into doing so.


First, I have almost 40 applications to process, which basically means sending out emails inviting the applicants to the IRC channel for a quick interview.  The daunting part is that I face having to actually work out times to talk with all these applicants.  I know, I know, it is a pain to have to do this, but it is necessary to help ensure that applicants know that I have zero tolerance for violations of the terms of service.


Next, I have emails to answer.  I will reply to the messages in my gmail as well as any local emails sent to my a...

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