Diana the Valkyrie

Diana the Valkyrie's Newsletter - November 2010

A hard man is good to beat

October 2010

New and updated Galleries

Galleries added this month.

The Library

Stories added this month.

The Movie Theatre

Movies added this month.


Running well.

Down on the server farm

I had a contact breaker trip, and I didn't know about it for several hours. As a result, the UPS ran out of power, and the computers connected to that power strip stopped. That mostly meant Older newsthumbs stuff, but also some of the servers I'm building for the move.

When a server goes down like that, you'd think that all you have to do is power it up and start it going again. Sadly, it can be more difficult than that.

One server just wouldn't start. On investigation, I needed to replace the power supply. Power supplies do seem to, eventually, wear out, and the time you find out is when you try to start up a server, which needs more current than just keeping it running.

On Ellsa, three hard drives were bad. They've probably been bad for a while now, and I didn't know because they aren't in use; they're waiting to be loaded up some time in future. But when the server wouldn't start up, I had to look at why, and ... three bad drives. They're still under warranty, so back to Seagate they go.

And, subsequently, two more drives on Ellsa reported that they had zero sectors. Huh!

Clove reported a bad drive, but after I opened it up to have a look, the bad drive fixed itself. Since that's one of the new servers, I was a bit surprised that a drive had gone.

Elora wouldn't start. I don't know why. After a couple more power cycles, it started fine.

So I spent roughly twelve hours sorting all this out.

And my secondary browser, Epiphany, has started to crash every time I access Google. That's annoying because Google is the home page, so that means it crashes as soon as I start it up. I need a secondary browser to test passwords. So I've installed Opera. Free software is so nice!

I had a power blip, and one of my UPSes didn't do its job, so six servers crashed. I brought them back up, and replaced that UPS.

Preparations for the Big Move continue. I need to be moved by January 2011. I now have all the servers (19 of them) ready, and the firewall. Now I'm just running them, so that if one fails, it fails before I install it.

DtV Family web sites

Here's the full list of DtV family web sites

The Clubhouse

In the Chatroom

Chatter of the month




The usual folks are still the top chatters

On the Message Boards

110 posts this month.

Most posted Board of the month

Poster of the month



Boomer's sports chat 61
Buffy's Pub 21
ThighGuy's Tantalising ThinkTank 6
Politics and economics 5
Lift and carry 4
Sergeant Wick and PFC Kandor's Crush Camp 4
Readers and Writers and Artwork 3
Wrestling 3
ThighGuy's Alternative Femme Fatale Forum 2
Videos 1



Buffy's Pub died

Very little activity

Board access

Mavis is counting the number of times the message list is checked for each board. This gives a very different picture from the one above.

Most listed Board of the month

Most read Board of the month



Boomer's sports chat 283
Wrestling 282
Sergeant Wick and PFC Kandor's Crush Camp 210
Lift and carry 203
Readers and Writers and Artwork 127
ThighGuy's Alternative Femme Fatale Forum 121
Videos 118
Buffy's Pub 109
ThighGuy's Tantalising ThinkTank 102
Scooby's Femme Fatale Forum, for mixed action 95



Sergeant Wick and PFC Kandor's Crush Camp 595
Boomer's sports chat 404
Lift and carry 341
Wrestling 220
Readers and Writers and Artwork 181
ThighGuy's Alternative Femme Fatale Forum 151
Scooby's Femme Fatale Forum, for mixed action 148
ThighGuy's Tantalising ThinkTank 128
Videos 123
Buffy's Pub died The scissors board is still active.

Back Page

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

At the end of October 2010, there were about 1,259,000 pictures (219 gigabytes), 409 gigabytes of video, 13200 text files (mostly stories) and a total of about 629 gigabytes. There's about 440 million pictures altogether in Newsthumbs, increasing at about 5 million per month.

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