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By Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Dec 2003, 14:41:27 | Permalink | Printable

It's blue, quite popular, likes MicroDigital and is also missing [Updated]

Hold the front page!
You'll pleased and relieved to know that Iconbar.com is finally back online, after their webmaster Richard Goodwin heroically spent the weekend rummaging around in racks at the Redbus datacenter. Three cheers and let's hope that 512M holds out.

Drobe Special Projects has today published and distributed leaflets and posters in a dramatic bid to find iconbar.com. Iconbar hosts a lively forum and oh, sometimes news, while also providing generous webspace for free to key RISC OS software projects and at least one hardware company. Its disappearance has distressed us all - please, if you see or hear the 'bar in your corner of the Internet, let us or its owners NoughtPointOne know.

thumbnail of TIB poster

Thank you for your time. It's appreciated.

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I wonder if the issue is hardware, network or administration failure. Has there been no comment from any of the TIB guys at all?

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 3/12/03 8:58PM
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First time in ages I felt like doing a news update (about the finnybank stuff) and the sites not there for me to update it! Doh! Chris: You don't like our blue tables?


 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 3/12/03 10:00PM
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The Doctor: I was going to do the RISC OS Manuals on Monday night too

According to Stu Tyrrell in this drobe forum post [link] it's a hardware thing

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 3/12/03 10:09PM
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Yes, turns out it was a dodgy DIMM - unfortunately Knox had to be removed from Telehouse to find this out.

She (Knox) is now alive (and I've ftp'd our sites from her to place elsewhere in the morning), but unfortunately in the wrong city, and apparently IP forwarding isn't possible.

Apparently :bowdown: :richg: is going to escort her back to London over the weekend. Somehow I don't think :bowdown: :richg: is going to be buying his own :lager: for a while - life just isn't the same without TIB for Drobe to take a swipe at ;)

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 3/12/03 11:52PM
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 is a RISC OS UserPhlamethrower on 3/12/03 11:59PM
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For some weird reason, I can rarely access TIB from the US - is the colo facility on a 56K international link or something! ;)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 4/12/03 12:53AM
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/me strokes Kingston RAM.

Although IME, a machine failing to POST is normally a fried motherboard, or fried RAM anyway.

Nice long period of downtime, that. A few years ago, when Pepperfish was small, we had an exciting night. We upgraded salmon's cooling. Except it didn't turn back on. In the end, we ended up driving between Cambridge and Telehouse 3 times in one night to get it going again before people started waking up. Ouch that was nasty.

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 4/12/03 12:59AM
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Pah. It's just a publicity stunt. I expect this news'll be on the front of tomorrow's Times, then the endless TV interviews about coaxing it back to life, letters to publications from upset Iconites wanting their site back etc, etc.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 4/12/03 8:20AM
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They probably didn't want to be their own DNS server on that box, either

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 4/12/03 10:33PM
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The Register managed to make an article out of their downtime a while ago - mildly amusing to those of us who sometimes have to spend time in datacentres. But I think the writer concerned spent most of the fix time without leaving the location.

The "iconbar" saga sounds almost as if some of the people involved were connected with Argonet in some way!


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 4/12/03 11:03PM
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dgs: I remember that. The editor sat on the floor of telehouse reseting the hardware every so often until their supplier turned up and got things working.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/12/03 11:07PM
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diomus: Are the Iconbar using a PC supplier, or something?

Thus far their supplier seems to have fallen rather far short even of the most basic "next day response" service :-(


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 4/12/03 11:30PM
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dgs: AFAIK Knox is completely privately owned. This wouldn't be an issue except she was moved from her old home (away from the rest of her family where she could be supported within the hour) to Telehouse (which makes hardware issues more interesting to deal with).

With hindsight the vulnerability should have been anticipated. However, even large ISP's that are owned by Scottish Telecoms companies get things very wrong sometimes.......

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 5/12/03 9:22AM
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Demon have beeen getting things wrong for years. :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 5/12/03 12:12PM
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I do not like this, that iconbar has gone !!!

Have a look at the next url : [link]

Still saying that this domain is active.


 is a RISC OS Userdatawave on 6/12/03 4:11AM
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It appears to be here: [link]

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 6/12/03 12:17PM
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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Iconbar is back :D

 is a RISC OS Userlittlewhitey on 6/12/03 2:16PM
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datawave: Why is that wierd? Just because the server isn't there doesn't mean the domain can't be ACTIVE

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 6/12/03 2:49PM
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