Well my exam and coursework period is now officially over and the university term is over until October. To "celebrate" I have purchased a fourth file server for TESNexus to deal with growing demand on the site.
Many people have complained about slow download speeds recently but unfortunately I have been too busy to investigate. As a result an above average number of people have signed up for premium accounts that has enabled me to fund a fourth file server for the site.
Located in Texas, USA, FS4 can serve up to 10TB of bandwidth every month. Give the server a go and report back on your findings!
I may well be upgrading the Chicago server as well. Lots to come over the summer :)
If you have emailed me by any means, including the contact form, in the past 48 hours then I have not received the email. The webserver was under a mail attack that meant I had to take the mail server down while I tried to rectify the issue.
Hopefully all is sorted now!
The old poll that asked "Are your Morrowind/Oblivion characters the same gender as you?" is now finished. Here are the results:
- Yes - 7127 votes - 49%
- No - 2738 votes - 19%
- I have more than one character, some are different genders - 4099 votes - 28%
- My character has no gender! - 532 votes - 4%
The new site poll is now up and asked "What is your favourite game genre?". I'm expecting an RPG runaway with FPS coming a second.
The server will be going down very soon so that techies can get into the hardware and install some new memory modules. The server was meant to have 4GB of memory as standard but has actually only been running on 2GB since it was installed due to a fault in one of the memory components.
Fingers crossed this is the cure to the recent site stability issues!
The server is back up with the 4GB of memory now installed. It's possible further tweaking will be necessary but lets see how it goes.
The server move went down yesterday without a hitch, and only a couple of hours downtime. There are a couple of "bugs" that have arisen as a result but both should be easily fixable.
Image uploading is currently broken pending the install of a missing Apache module that handles the automatic generation of thumbnails. That should be back and working within a few hours.
A few people have reported problems with file names not being accepted for their file uploads despite following the character guidelines. I cannot replicate the issue but have asked a few people to help out to try and iron out this problem. More than likely it is a legacy issue with the different versions of Apache and PHP being used.
Those are the two bugs that I know of. If you've found more please get in contact.
The results from the Files of the month feature on the site where each unique member is given a single vote for the file of their choice are now in. 750 members voted in March. Here are the files that you voted to be recognised last month:
Kvatch Rebuilt -- 45 votes
Verona House Bloodlines -- 35 votes
The Lost Spires -- 29 votes
HG EyeCandy Body -- 24 votes
Akatosh Mount -- 22 votes
Congratulations to the files that made it. Remember that all the votes have now been reset and you can now vote again for your choice for file of the month.
The scheduled downtime for today has been postponed 24 hours until tomorrow. The server was loaded in RAID 1 but I need both drives to store all your mods so I've had to request an OS reload that will take some time to do.
Once again I plan to take the site down at 2PM GMT and have the site back up around 8PM GMT.
After Oblivion's release in Asia the site has seen a significant growth in traffic from 950,000 unique visits and 8,500,000 page impressions to 1,500,000 unique visits and 14,000,000 page impressions each month. I have just purchased a new server for the site and forums to keep it upgraded to meet the current demand and hopefully keep things in check for the foreseeable future.
Thankfully The Planet, my server provider for the website (not including file servers), have a double-up promotion on at the moment that has meant I've been able to double the bandwidth on this server to 6,000GB from 3,000GB and add in some quad core xeons at the same expense as the current server that only has dual core xeons. Good news I'd say!
Approximately 6 hours of downtime is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 1st of April starting from 2pm to 8pm GMT. Understand that this time might decrease or increase depending on how the process goes, but the 6 hours alotted is accounting for a few minor unforeseen hiccups along the way.
It is important I take TESNexus offline during this time to make sure that new files, comments, forum posts and all the statistical data generated during the transfer period are not lost.
Thank you for your understanding.
PS. just realised the date might make this news hard to believe, but I promise it's true!
At last, the long awaited update to Tamriel Rebuilt map 1 has been released today. The big difference between this beta and the last one? It has quests now! This version doesn't add all the quests yet, but more than enough to keep us entertained for a while.
Go get it now!
As always, the Tamriel Rebuilt team is recruiting new modders for the project (For both Morrowind and Oblivion), so feel free to help them a hand if you can!"TR is still recruiting! If you have any interest in seeing this project coming to fruition, you might want to consider helping us out. Texturing, modelling, exteriors, interiors, scripting, dialogue or simply play-testing; if you can do it, we want to hear from you!"
I am not affiliated with the Tamriel Rebuilt project in any way, I'm just spreading the good news. Cheers!
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