Happy Birthday to Diasporg and Happy Holidays

Well here we go today is November 5th, its been 4 years today since I launched diasp.org. I won’t try and recap it all, its been a lot of learning for me and I truly enjoy it. I have a host for the pod that is great. I get enough in donations most months to keep my share of the bills in check. I personally have gone in and out of paying attention to the code base and what is going on (make sure you follow https://blog.diasporafoundation.org/). I am a computer geek and always love keeping the server going, currently debugging some Nginx to Unicorn timeout issues again, had them years ago and they are back..

I do notice I get a lot of alerts to look at post and comments that people flag, so far all of them have been from another pod, so I just move on, nothing I can do there. Not sure why it was coded to alert the pod owner of the user not the owner of the pod content. I also would not have removed any of them if they were on the pod, yes sometimes people will say things you do not like or agree with, that’s life on Diaspora. If you don’t want to see them anymore, just ignore and move on! If something violates the Terms then yes I will do something.

TONS of new pods on podupti.me and that is great! I have done some cleanup there and hope its usable for everyone, its open source and on github so everyone can edit and help out with features of course.

And personally things are just fine here in Portland as we settle in for some rain, some end of year holidays, and then start the hope for spring. Have a good holiday where ever you are and what ever you do or do not celebrate, just have some damn fun!

 

David

 

Summer Update

Pod is humming along on its new host. Having everything on one server is working ok, our numbers are way down on users. I have registrations open, mostly because new users = some donations and we can handle the capacity, once I see that change I will close them again.

Backups without the db on a single server were bogging down. I was able to pipe the sqldump’s out to cstream and make things better. wait, iowait and cstream are my friends now.

 

I continue to work the issue that we are blocked from all pods hosted at datashack (my old host), my new host has blocked all IP’s in their range due to abuse. As of yet the two entities can not seem to connect and talk.

Happy New Year && Spring Cleaning Time!

Well since closing signups we have become a much quieter pod, donations are pretty quiet also, so its a chance once again to trim the pods server needs and move to a single large dedicated server. New datacentre, New host, the old one is very cost effective, but when things go wrong they are slow to get resolution, the servers are now also old and out of date. So new one is up, the specs are 8 core Intel, with 32 gigs of ram, 1 tb drive. Should be more than enough for the pod.

I have things setup and will plan the move this Sunday Feb 2nd 2014 at 7am-noon PDT. Will update here and twitter @diasporg as the day progresses but plan for a large downtime as I want to get a lot of things cleaned up from the initial install back, way back and I still have the old config files hacked together with the new, time to make it all pretty again!

Also support sites will move to a VPS with this host, dia.so and b.diasp.org and anything else that supports the pod, but I will do that after the pod is back up and there should be no downtime.

 

UPDATE: Well this took almost 12 hours of me working on it to get up moved over and find all the issues and get them fixed (not in the main code, server and my changes). The images from the last few years are still moving over, so you might see some broken image links, I think its got 5-6 more hours to get moved over. Server needs a reboot still but I do not want to interrupt the image transfer on the back end. I am done for today my eyeballs are shot!

 

1/3/14 Update, still moving old images over, rcync died off a few times, working away, there are a lot!!!

Fall pod update

Its been a rough week with getting hit with a spam flood of some sort, I was able to make some adjustments on the fly to connections and speeds, but need to spend some time to do more and get the OS’s updated on the servers. So Saturday 10/19/13 at 9am Pacific time I am opening a maintenance window for 4 hours. Plan on the pod to be offline and unavailable starting at 9, I will post on twitter if things will take longer than the 4 hours as always.

podupti.me site

My VPS tanked 9am on 8/16. I am still working with my VPS host for a solution. They spun up a new VPS but it was not performing well. I hope for resolution today and will get the poduptime site back online first on the new box.

Also it looks like the dia.so site css is dead, the bootstrap cdn is gone, so updating that to work again also now, its on another host.

dia.so URL and Diaspora service hub

If you are a diasp.org user you have seen dia.so URL’s and can shorten any URL with it inside Diaspora.

I have offered others to use it, but no one has bitten, that’s ok! I did just launch a profile shortner on the main dia.so page. Idea is to simplify connecting with others via a central hub. Since it sets a cookie with your pod name it would be a nice central hub for things, all things! If you have created something or know someone that has that “needs to know” the users pod to work properly please suggest it!

Android App for podupti.me

Well I spent sometime setting up Eclipse and the Android SDK. Then I remembered App Builder and wanted to give it a try. So I wrote this little ditty for podupti.me to promote Diaspora overall. Its just basic and I am sure some ideas will come to mind on how to make it better!

Click him to download the app! (creepy Diaspora Eyes!) Sorry I can not put it in the market yet, http://www.appinventorbeta.com is bugged and they are working to fix it!

August Pod Update!

Well we survived the doors of my host closing and are now on a dedicated server! Its humming along just fine.Still trying to get back some $ from the VPS jumps and loosing the clubuptime one. But people have been donating and signing up for the coffee subscription and helping out, Thank You!

The Diaspora dudes are plugging along and making things better! I got ejabberd xmpp server stuff set up in prep for them pulling that into the master, think its close.

I updated podupti.me just a bit, some looks and some back end code. I put the Translate script up on github.

This week I moved DNS over to dnsmadeeasy.com for ns since we have had 5 outages from namecheap and done dealing with DNS issues. Think I will stick to namecheap for domains and ssl certs for now.

Some stats for the pod!

Users in db: 23,660 (~15,000 are active in the last 2 months)

Database size: 2.6gb

Photo size: 12.3gb

Photo count: 124,396

Piwik overview last 30 days:

41363 returning visits
194430 actions by the returning visits
4.7 actions per returning visit
8 min 29s average visit duration for returning visitors
44% returning visits have bounced (left the website after one page)

Still working massive work weeks so not a ton of time to play and learn more ruby..

David