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All systems going offline (or are they?)

Published: 30th Sep 2001, 00:49:21 | Permalink | Printable

Attention please, attention please. Updated 7th Oct

A quick note to say the drobe editors are moving into Uni tomorrow. This means drobe news coverage will be severly distrupted for several weeks (as well as email) until we get our computers connected to the unis' networks (or not as the case may be). Please don't send us any mail unless it's urgent.

Thank you very much for reading drobe.co.uk and we hope to see you soon.


Ok it appears the editors have found that there is life beyond the union bar and Tesco-brand Pastabake :) Things should start rolling very soon now and thanks to the people who've mailed us, I for one have a nice big backlog :)

Chris, Peter, Robin

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wil miss the news here in france wil renaud

 is a RISC OS User on 1/10/01 1:19AM
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Why don't take an old PC, install Linux on it and use it as a router?

- Julian Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS User on 1/10/01 2:04PM
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Or just take an old PC, install Linux on it and use it. Period.

 is a RISC OS User on 1/10/01 6:04PM
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Surely this site doesn't run on RISC OS. The FAQ seems to suggest that you'd need PHP 4, MySQL and Apache to run the portal system...

So, they probably do use Linux, or something like it, anyway.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/10/01 4:31PM
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Drobe.co.uk is probably remotely hosted at an ISP (DSVR.net according to traceroute). Peter and the gang were probably talking about their personal machines that they use for updating the site.

 is a RISC OS Userbeebware on 5/10/01 9:00AM
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Drobe is hosted at a professional host. The headline means the lads *could* be offline whilst they get hooked up to the uni. networks. Drobe might go quiet for a while but they'll be back!

Michael Stubbs (Friend of Drobe!)

 is a RISC OS User on 6/10/01 1:18AM
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Hi guys,

I've just managed to get into the computer labs for the first time here at Lancaster. Drobe is actually hosted by Designer Servers Ltd. in London and Manchester but at the moment both Chris and I don't have inet access on our own RISC OS and Windows machines.

As for myself, I just need to buy a network cable then I'll be online 24/7 from my room :)

Thanks again, Peter. -- Peter Price, News Editor

 is a RISC OS Userpeprice on 6/10/01 4:09PM
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DVSR, eugh. Yes, let other people who rent virtual Linux boxes from DVSR crash yours! That's what you want!

(DVSR supply virtual Linux boxes by only having a couple of real ones, and then using FreeVSD (Virtual Server Daemon) which is a hacky ld preload, and there are numerous ways around it in order to get root on other VMs.

What you *really* want is a big IBM box that can run hundreds of virtual Linux boxes properly.

 is a RISC OS User on 6/10/01 5:34PM
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jesus! who gives a crap? these geezers are off for a few weeks till they get sorted out. now enough of the server slagging, linux suggestions and the like.

cya guys later! and dont get too stoned/ratted at uni! :P

 is a RISC OS User on 8/10/01 1:19AM
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Woohoo! Finally I got this RPC onto a network and I can check mail! Big thank you to the guys at Aleph1 Ltd. Dear God, this net connection is fast. Um, right, Pete I'll send you a message about my new email address.

Chris @ drobe

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/10/01 1:54AM
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You lucky person! I'm still struggling with this 30 year old 56K line! Must get ISDN...

Glad you're back online Chris :-)


 is a RISC OS User on 8/10/01 3:48AM
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Aha! So that's why University Bills (TM) are so damn huge - the net access costs them a fortune!

 is a RISC OS User on 9/10/01 4:43PM
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Of course, It's not the net access thats the problem for it,... They've suddenly got access to a variety of drink, and girls. Stuff computers. :)

 is a RISC OS User on 10/10/01 11:21AM
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Stuff the girls instead?

 is a RISC OS User on 10/10/01 12:52PM
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stuff the girls with what though??!!??!!!??

 is a RISC OS User on 10/10/01 5:32PM
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The computers, obviously ;-)

 is a RISC OS User on 11/10/01 9:46AM
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I see we're all on the same wavelength here ;)

-- Chris Williams, News Editor, chris@drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/10/01 11:43AM
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