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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...

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Tags: shell, server, downtime 

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 ...

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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.

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Tags: shell, server 

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.


On the other hand, if I o...

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