Member Rara Avis
In July, 2002, our twin web servers, Apollo and Artemis, went on-line and have served our poetic community faithfully ever since. But six years is an awfully long time in this computer age where, according to Moore's Law, the trend is for our electronics to improve exponentially, doubling every two years. That essentially means that today's computers are roughly eight times more powerful than our aging twins.
Even the Greek gods didn't last forever.
Sometime in the next few weeks, pipTalk.com will be moving to a new server. In all honestly, I've put this off for about as long as I dare. The amount of data in our database is prodigious, and the prospect of moving it to a new computer is daunting. However, for that very reason, I can no longer afford to delay. The 18.2 Gigabyte SCSI hard disk on Artemis is, literally, almost overflowing with poetry. We're running out of places to put stuff.
I've spent the past several weeks writing scripts to automate the process of moving bytes, reassigning ownership, setting permissions, and all the other various functions required to move the forums. Very soon, probably by this coming weekend, we'll be ready. I don't have an exact date and time yet.
Obviously, the forums will be closed during the move. Less obviously, since we're moving to a new computer and a new IP address, the forums will remain closed even after the move is complete, while we wait for the Domain Name System (DNS) to be updated. The last time we moved that took several days, with some people not finding the new server for nearly a week. Technology has improved since those days, however, and DNS usually takes less than an hour. So, with any luck, we'll be down no more than three or four hours.
I have a lot of admiration for Moore's Law, but I have a lot of respect and downright fear for Murphy's. If you have anything in the forums that you haven't already backed up on your own computer (shame on you), now would the time to do that. I think the chance of losing any data is infinitesimally small. But that never seems to matter to Murphy. Stuff happens. Make darn sure it doesn't happen to you.