New Server

Feb 28 2019

Over the past week I've set up a new server, and moved everything over to it. The new server has the following specs:

  • Intel Xeon E3-1270 V6 CPU
  • 32 GB DDR4 ECC RAM
  • Two 1 TB SSD's
  • 1 Gbps uplink (unmetered)
  • DDoS protection

The server is running Linux, however I won't list the distribution or version. I prefer to keep the versions of software used on the server private, at least from those who don't know how to figure it out themselves.

If anyone is curious, the old server had dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPU's (each had 6 cores), 32 GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, two 1 TB hard drives (probably WD Gold or WD RE4), and originally 10 TB of monthly bandwidth (which was later upgraded to 20 TB). Unfortunately, while having 12 physical CPU cores was great, the individual cores in those CPU's were rather underpowered, and the new server's CPU is much faster even though it only has 4 cores.

Due to the new server's CPU being significantly more powerful, I have been able to restrict the HTTP server to run on only two cores, which should allow me to set up and run an ARK server again. Hopefully this CPU will be powerful enough to be able to run ARK without lag/desynch issues, as the old CPU couldn't even remotely handle ARK's poorly multi-threaded server software (seriously, almost everything the server software does happens in a single thread, regardless of how many threads it actually creates, which is a horrible way to design software in this age of multi-core CPU's).

New Site Design

Aug 12 2018

For a while now I've been planning on updating the HTML/CSS for the parts of my site that were static pages (the home page and other pages that aren't automatically generated by a blog, forum, wiki, etc). The old design served me well, however it's rather old, and was never that great. Some time ago I found this website template and decided that I was going to replace the old site design with it, however due to various health issues and some initial trouble I ran into while trying to adapt the template's CSS so I could have fancy drop-down navigation menus I was never able to force myself to sit down and get it done. Fortunately, with my health improving recently (candida can go to Hell), I finally decided to revisit this project and get it done.

So, for the first time in many years, has a new look. So far I'm rather pleased with it, even if there are still some issues to iron out.

If you have any feedback/comments, then please feel free to leave them on the forums, as that is currently the only way to contact me via this website if you don't know my e-mail address.