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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...

By: falcon | June 21, 2017

Due to health-related problems, I was away throughout the month of May and the first three weeks of June. I could not attend to the server and it went offline due to a power outage at my residence.


I am sorry for the disruption of service and I do not foresee any major interruption in the future.


Annoyingly, the dynamic address provider has stolen the address from me while I was away.  I have had to pick the new address, yfs1.sytes.net, for the time being.  After a few months, the dynamic address provider will release the original address (probably giving up that I am not going to pay for their service) and I will be able to go back to that.

Category: Server Status 

Tags: shell, server 

By: falcon | January 17, 2017

In setting up this service, I put my own time and money into it without expecting anything in return.


I intend to create an environment which supports learning how to use unix-like systems, learning programming, and learning how computers work at a better level than most people do.


I did not set up the service for criminals to take advantage of innocent people.  I recently invited the police over to my house to investigate suspicious activity on my server, something I was greatly displeased with having to do.  But I will do it again if necessary.


If there was ever an idea that a free shell service is a safe place to commit crimes without anyone noticing or caring, THIS IS NOT THE CASE HERE.


There is only so much that one can do to pre...

By: falcon | January 09, 2017

On December 31st, 2016, I changed the network scheme for the server.  It was set to DMZ and now it is not.  I forwarded ports 22 and 80 for the essential functioning of my shell service.  This effectively closed all other incoming ports for users of the server.  Quite a few of the users were running IRC bouncers, and I am aware that this has interrupted service for those users.


Since one of the reasons to close the ports was for increased security, I need to take some time to get a better understanding of the security issues surrounding this before I make a decision.  Originally, my intention was to provide an environment for learning and practice at the command line, which really doesn't need any ports to be opened.


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