Diana the Valkyrie

Diana the Valkyrie's Newsletter - July 2015

June 2015

Summer is here, but it's not too hot, not too rainy and very pleasant.

New and updated Galleries

Galleries added this month.

The Library

Stories added this month.

The Movie Theatre

Movies added this month.


Working fine.

Down on the server farm

I had a minor blip in power, which should have zero effect because all the computers have UPSes (uninterruptible power supplies). Except that three UPSes switched themselves off. When I investigated, I found that one of them (the one that powered the main ethernet switch for the whole network) had totally failed, and even new batteries wouldn't revive it. So I replaced that with one that is working and has been re-batteried recently.

The second one that failed, only supported half a dozen computers. Investigation revealed a faulty battery. I put those six computers onto one of my main UPSes, replaced the faulty battery, and now that's a spare UPS. The third one wasn't important, it was only powering the computer I use as workstations. Switching it back on fixed the problem.

And then, a couple of days later, my firewall failed. When a firewall fails, all the computers behind it are cut off, which is very bad news. I cycled the power, but that didn't help. Eventually, I found the fix was to power it off, wait a while, then power it on again. I think that means that the power supply was getting too hot, so I've put it where it should get less hot, and I've ordered a replacement, because I want to be able to do an immediate swap if it fails again.

DtV Family web sites

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Back Page

I checked the site statistics that Sandra counts up each night.

At the end of June 2015, there were about 1,543,000 pictures (328 gigabytes), 533 gigabytes of video, 15630 text files (mostly stories) and a total of about 863 gigabytes. There's 540,000,000 pictures altogether in Newsthumbs, increasing at about 5 million per month.

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