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Posted 04/11/2020   9:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They didn't know when I checked last week. But reloading everything must be time consuming under ordinary circumstances. The way things are right now........?
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Posted 04/11/2020   10:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Actually the hard drive got fried, according to my info.


RAID arrays are your friends, folks.
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Posted 04/11/2020   10:35 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Especially for web servers. RAID 10, and at the very least RAID 1 at the minimum. And regardless, there should be nightly off-server backups. It should be no longer than a 1-day restore process at the longest. Datacenter staff should be able to handle it relatively quickly.

Unless they are hosting everything onsite at the PF offices and access due to social distancing is the problem.
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Posted 04/12/2020   03:30 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Dan.

After losing data twice while using RAID, I gave up relying upon RAID. (For example, what do you do when you when a controller fails and sporadically writes crap to all drives for a few hours?)

For a situation like PF, which does not really need instant real-time data protection 24 hours per day, using drive imaging backups would be by far the easiest and most inexpensive solution. Sector level drive replication is blazing fast to do and gives you a perfect duplicate of the entire drive. Then simply change out the imaged backup drives once a day and you end up with a nice weekly backup.

This setup does not take someone with years of IT experience to implement nor does it take someone with experience to rotate the drives or switch over to one of the backup drives.

It also prevents the scary situation of performing a non-reversible RAID configuration procedure of switching over to the secondary drive after the primary drive has failed. This procedure is rarely used and the screens unfamiliar, you sit there staring at the 'less then helpful' screen and knowing that you have to be 100% sure that you are reassigning the drive destinations correctly. One misstep you lose your last remaining drive and all the data on it.

But with a set of replicated fully imaged drives always available, it takes less than a minute or two to retrieve a single file, a directory, or replace an entire drive if it fails.

And if desired, you can setup an even more robust backup process by extra adding drives and removing some from the rotation. These extra drives can then be removed from the building. RAID does not help you if the entire server catches fire or the location is hit with a tornado.

I also use drive image replication on external drives here at home with my computers around the house. Fast, easy, inexpensive and very reliable.
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Posted 04/28/2020   6:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add widglo46 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Does anyone know when the PF site is expected to be working again?
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Posted 04/28/2020   7:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I saw your comment Lorry and checked for myself. It is pretty shocking that it is still down. It will be a month soon. Wow.
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Posted 04/28/2020   7:48 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Expertizing organizations in philately are a shadow of what exists in numismatics. Even before I got out of coin collecting approximately a decade ago, if I sent in coins to NGC or PCGS, the two premier certification companies, I could log into my account on their websites, see the statuses of my submissions, get notifications when grading was done, etc.

Philatelic expertizing organizations are operating using antiquated analog methods. They are a full 20 years behind the times. No email notifications when submissions are received or completed. No tracking provided when shipments are sent. No accepting credit cards or PayPal, only checks. No end user account functionality on the websites.

It's an industry operated by old people for old people using old mindsets.

I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but as capable as their philatelic knowledge may be, their adoption of technology in the daily business aspects is atrociously poor.

This site should have been down for at MOST a week, and that's giving them far too much latitude. Assuming they weren't running the site on an 80386 in the back room or on a Go Daddy $10/month shared hosting plan, and actually have a business-level hosting arrangement and/or IT functionality, this should have been resolved within days, even taking the coronavirus into consideration. If they didn't have some sort of cloud-based backup with nightly incrementals and weekly snapshots (at the worst), someone should be relived of IT duties pronto.
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Posted 04/28/2020   8:14 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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...They are a full 20 years behind the times...


Well, in their defense, they are in stride with the rest of the hobby.

Early adoption would have been around 1996-8, a bit late to the game would have been around 1999-2005, really late would have been in the 2006-2011 time frame. Not sure what to call it now...
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Posted 04/30/2020   11:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Search is back up.
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Posted 04/30/2020   11:48 am  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's good news. I sent in a package just a few days ago. Given the circumstances I am glad that 1) someone was there to sign for it and 2) they acknowledged receiving it in email. They may not be up on tech, but at least they are up and running, and according to their recent mail - all healthy.
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Posted 04/30/2020   6:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is good news.
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Posted 04/30/2020   6:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jogil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Are there any other expertizing services that also have searches of their certificates available online?
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Posted 04/30/2020   6:42 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 04/30/2020   7:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
With serious limitations.
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Posted 04/30/2020   7:25 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That kind of feedback makes it feel the all the effort that was put it worthless; if it has such serious limitations I guess I should take it down.
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