Squonk server updates

I’ve finally managed to get everything working (I think) with the latest Amazon Linux Update. However because I was working on a backup virtual server until I got the problems fixed I’ve decided it is simplest just to put the backup online rather than repeat the procedure.

As a result the blog has reverted to yesterday. I can restore the missing posts and hopefully will shortly.

Watch this space. If anyone sees a problem let me know

UPDATE: The squonk.tk server is currently running on an alternative low cost VPS to Amazon. I switched it over for a bit to see how it performed – the answer was so well that I’m leaving it there for the time being for an extended test. I can still switch back to Amazon if needed.

19 thoughts on “Squonk server updates

  1. I could only start typing in this box and in the one on your Ukraine post by clicking on the word ‘comment’ or in the corner of the box under the word ‘comment’.

    Sometimes when trying to click elsewhere within the box, the ‘recent comments’ in the list on the right hand side all turned blue similar to being highlighted! Is it me or is there a bug?

  2. Mary,

    I’m not seeing that problem myself. Anyone else?

    The blue-highlighting sounds like a mouse button or keyboard button might be sticking. Could be other reasons though. Are you still seeing it happen?

  3. Sorry for the outage there. Network problems in a data centre resulted in 95% packet loss. The server was running fine – just you couldn’t get to it. Fortunately I could via another route and could see it was okay and the problem was elsewhere.

    All seems back to normal now.

  4. Anyone here affected? Doesn’t inspire confidence does it?

    16 May 2014
    Adobe apologises for global Creative Cloud failure
    Adobe’s Creative Cloud system is based on an ongoing subscription model

    Adobe has apologised for a system failure that knocked its Creative Cloud service offline for users around the world.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27439189

    ~~

    Criminals and miscreants are wiping their Google records following a recent EU court ruling. I think it is wrong.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27439194

  5. Sorry about the downtime there for just over four hours. It was a hardware fault at the service provider. Hopefully that’s it fixed.

    The problem earlier this morning was a minor software glitch that’s resetting some of my configuration settings to default on the 1st of the month.

  6. ??? Scare stuff???

    The National Crime Agency is warning computer users they have two weeks to protect against a “powerful computer attack”.

    Two pieces of malware software known as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker are at the centre of the alert.

    People are being warned to make sure their security software is installed and up to date, and to run scans to check for any problems.

    Important files should also be backed up, said the National Crime Agency (NCA).

    “GOZeuS (also known as P2PZeuS) has been assessed as being responsible for the fraudulent transfer of hundreds of millions of pounds globally,” said the NCA

    “Recent intelligence has suggested that more than 15,500 computers in the UK are currently infected, with many more potentially at risk.”

    http://news.sky.com/story/1273922/two-weeks-to-prepare-for-cyber-attack

  7. “Does this hacker go for those who do their banking online?”

    No, anyone with windows. It holds your data to ransom.

    You open an email attachment and the malware installs. It encrypts all your files (including any external back up drive) and tells you where to pay to get your data back.

    That’s what they said on TV a few nights back. Including a woman who lost her photo collection and recipes. I think this is the same thing.

  8. “You open an email attachment and the malware installs. It encrypts all your files (including any external back up drive) and tells you where to pay to get your data back”

    So, let’s see. You shouldn’t open dodgy attachments but you should regularly back up your stuff on an external drive that you keep disconnected from your computer when not in use. You learn something every day.

  9. ““Recent intelligence has suggested that more than 15,500 computers in the UK are currently infected, with many more potentially at risk.”

    There are some 54 million computers in the UK, so the 15K currently affected is like three one-thousandths of one percent? Is that facebook acolytes who leave theirs on 24/7 with no thought of the consequences?

  10. Mary,

    They don’t appear to be as serious the bugs found this time. In any case I updated the squonk.tk server earlier today. Fortunately it’s a very simple process involving two commands “yum update” and “reboot”- and even the reboot can be avoided. Takes less than a minute and the web server itself is offline for only about 15 seconds even during a reboot.

  11. ‘A pinch and a punch, the 1st of the month.’ What’s that all about?

    My mother used to say ‘Rabbits’. Equally puzzling.

  12. Mary,

    Happened on 1st May and 1st June as well.
    Basically the server config is getting reset to the default on 1st of the the month . Still don’t know exactly why but it is easy for me to fix if I remember.

  13. Thanks Squonk.

    I was asking for the origin of those sayings. Do you know any others? Obviously superstitions.

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