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Delorean loses a hard drive...


Hey, everyone.

Well, it was bound to happen. Delorean had a hard drive crap out on me at the end of last month, which of course means there's going to be some cleanup to do. The bad news is I lost my solid-state drive, which was the home of my minecraft and mysql partitions. So, Delorean lost the home to all of my databases, as well as the home to all of the minecraft files.

Of course, I do run backups, so it's not the biggest deal in the world, but now what gave Delorean extra speed in running minecraft is gone, as my quick solid-state drive is no longer usable. I am currently in the process of restoring my forum databases from backup, which will take some time.

The minecraft data is still intact without issue. I just have not recovered it yet.

The really bad news is that when I set up backups on this server, I missed a critical component: the wordpress database for the minecraft website. So, all of the data for minecraft.eagleworld.net is lost at the moment. I still have a chance of recovering the database, but it will involve me screwing around with the solid-state drive in hopes I can keep it alive long enough to run a sqldump on it. So, we'll see how it goes.

Stay tuned, however, as the two databases will be coming back online later today. They won't be as speed as they were before, but for the forums, you'll hardly notice a difference. The only reason I had my databases on solid-state in the first place was because of minecraft.

Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused!

Eagleworld is now on Port 80!


Hey, everyone!

Well, I know it's not the most exciting news out there, but I am happy to announce that the website is now running on the default port (80). Why the big deal? Well, now there is no more need for messy redirects nor using port 8000, which means when you type www.eagleworld.net, you are actually going to go there, and not to http://web.eagleworld.net:8000/.

Additionally, the two major sub-sites of Eagleworld.net have been moved to their own Virtual Host and their own subdomain. From now on, you can get to the Minecraft server at minecraft.eagleworld.net, and you can get to the EGB Forums at egb.eagleworld.net.

The only side effect is that some of the links will no longer work, but I have put up redirect pages in place to stave off this problem. So, if you accidentally go to www.eagleworld.net/minecraft, it will automatically bring you to the proper place after letting you know the URL has changed.

I hope this change makes the site easier to use and gives a much more refined and cleaner experience. Enjoy!

Hurricane Sandy Update


Hey, everyone!

Just a quick update to let everyone know I'm alive here. Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey pretty bad, so I lost power on Monday night. Power just came back on here in NJ around 6PM EST. I am currently working on fixing Delorean and restoring services. I will provide more detailed posts later.

In the meantime, Delorean will be running with limited services as I fix things along the way. Keep posted!

Delorean takes a fall...


Well, Delorean's reign of long uptime has finally come to an end. While I was on vacation in South Carolina, there was a power outage on July 31st that drained all of the power on my UPS (which is only set up to run for about 15 minutes or so), so Delorean was shut down automatically (so it could be done gracefully, and not by a hard cutoff of power).

Thankfully, I had no hardware failure in Delorean. After almost 700 days of uptime, the server had a nice cake of dust on the heatsink. I clean the system even if it is running, but I had a chance to remove a good amount of the hardware and give it an in-depth cleaning. I also finally installed the SSD used for Minecraft and my mysql partitions inside the case itself.

The system came up with little issues. It is running on the latest kernel for Debian stable and is fully upgraded. The backup disk array, however, came up degraded and I need to resync the mirror. As result, I am keeping the services I run on Delorean (such as TF2, minecraft, etc.) to a minimum until the server is fully ready on the software side.

I apologize for the extended downtime of Delorean. Had I been home, I would have been able to resuccitate the server much more quickly. Either way, I'll ensure my services are back up and running as quickly as possible!

Delorean gets an SSD!


Just a quick note: I am going to be performing some data migration on the server tonight. I need to do this for the Minecraft server and for the server's databases. You can get more info in the Minecraft Blog, but all services that use the database server (including Minecraft and the EGB Forums) will be down for 30 minutes. I'll put an addendum to this post when all services are back up.

NOTE: - The server is now back online. All systems are go!

Minecraft News


Hey everyone. Unforutunately, thanks to Beta 1.2 getting released, the Minecraft server is going to be temporarily down. However, I AM creating a blog specifically for the Minecraft server that has a nice link on the right hand side of this page, as well as below:


I will keep everyone abreast about the server there as to when it can be expected to be up, as well as any server updates. Thanks!

Minecraft is now on Delorean!


Well, leave it to me to get addicted to yet another game. It seems to be a permanent fixture in my life, that I will incessantly jump from game to game in the everlasting quest for digital happiness. This time, I have found myself squarely addicted to a game that hasn't even been released yet, a nice game called Minecraft.

If you are unfamiliar with Minecraft, you can head over to minecraft.net to get a look at what the game is all about. Simply said, it is a sandbox-style game with old-school graphics in a 3D world. The game requires you to survive the nightly onslaught of zombies, giant spiders, and other evil creatures by creating shelter for yourself and lighting up the area to stave away evil. You also have the challenge of taking a completely virgin world full of resources ready for the taking and crafting your own personal universe to your liking.

The game requires you as the player to learn how to craft tools, work with raw materials, and make many different items or finished materials that will allow you to build what you want. Also, the game is completely open-ended, as there is no objective in the game (other than to survive-of course).

Depending on the type of person you are, you might decide you wish to mine as much as possible and make a Moria-like underground world, or you might want to foster your inner-architect and craft your own castle, or maybe even your own city!

Basically, those of us that loved to play with Legos as a kid are the kind of person that will really get a kick out of Minecraft. However, instead of having to have your minifigs live in your grandiose creations, you can do so yourself!

And, of course, the best part about this is that Minecraft has a multiplayer version! So, you can get together with your friends and build an even bigger world than before. The only caveat is the game is still in development, and isn't quite finished. However, that didn't stop me from jumping into the fray and setting up my own Minecraft server.

The server can be accessed by going to delorean.eagleworld.net over the default port (25565). Anyone who has purchased Minecraft can play on my server. However, I have to check you out first before I will allow you to build. Here's some info on my server:

I am still adding services (I plan on adding iConomy soon, for example), but feel free to join now to get in on the fun. You can also look at the server maps at www.eagleworld.net/minecraft to see an overview of the world so far (North is top left of the map).

So, feel free to join and get building! Eagleworld awaits!

[Ch0De] moves to TF2


Well, it's been a little while that I've updated, but that hasn't stopped me from continuing my improvements to Delorean and making it the best server I can. My focus as of late has been on gaming on the server, and I think some big steps have been made towards making Delorean better equipped for serving the gamer's needs. :-)

First off, I am still running the [Ch0De] Clan Server, but I have made the decision to switch the server from Counter-Strike: Source to Team Fortress 2. The decision was made due to my newfound love for TF2, but also this is where most [Ch0De] players are spending the bulk of their time at this stage. With CS:S taking a back-burner, I will leave the CS:S server down until further notice.

Additionally, there was a major update in how srcds games are configured, which left the CS:S server basically unusable. Due to this, if I want to run CS:S again, I will have to reconfigure it from scratch. While this is not a big deal, it will give me an opportunity to improve the server if we decide as a clan to frequent CS again.

Anyway, the TF2 server is running nicely, and I have made the following configurations to it:

Note that PsychoStats has been removed from the server since HLStatsX can provide inter-game statistics. In the event that a CS:S server is brought back to Delorean, I will configure it to use HLX instead of PsychoStats.

As always, you can connect to the srcds server by connecting to chode.eagleworld.net on the default port, 27015. The server is set to accept 24 players, which is the default maximum in TF2. If the demand for slots increases on the server (and Delorean can handle it), I can increase this number in the future.

Anyway, enjoy the new TF2 server and have fun!

The EGB Forums are Live!


Well, after plenty of tons of configuration and testing, I'm proud to announce that the EGB forums are now ready to rock! You can get to them here: http://egb.eagleworld.net. Feel free to log in and create an account. Note that I might need to cross-reference your request, but you should be activated within a day.

I hope these forums are more usable and enjoyable for the members. As always, PMs, IMs, or whatever are welcome and I'll be willing to help out however I can!

EGB Forums are coming to Delorean!


Well, anyone that's been part of the EGB for any period of time should know by now that I am not a big fan of the current EGB Forums, which are currently hosted at the Invision Power Boards site (Link). The forum management is lackluster in my opinion, and our forums have been hacked into multiple times in the past. As such, there's little I really can do to prevent these hacks, since I don't really have control over the boards that I would like to have.

The other major complaint I have is that I am basically at the whim of Invision to pray and hope that our accumulated information will remain available day-to-day. I have no way of backing up the forum data, and if I want to export the data to a tangible archive, Invision charges for that. Not very good for someone like me that hates the concept of "cloud computing."

So, I've taken it upon myself to resurrect the older style of the EGB Forums, which were originally hosted at another free forum site using PHPBB2. Instead of finding another site, however, I'm hosting it here at home. This way, I'll have full control over the forum and the underlying OS. It'll make my life much easier dealing with any riff-raff.

Security aside, I find PHPBB a much nicer BBS to use. It's ultimately more powerful and (at least in my opinion) more flexible and easier to configure. I can get granular with user access and forum configuration, plus it's easy to modify and skin. While the forum theme I wanted (SubBlack) is not available for PHPBB3 yet (it was originally a PHPBB2 theme), I've chosen a nice alternative until SubBlack is available.

I hope to have the forum completely configured by the end of June, ready for users to register and start posting. I will also have regular backups of all of our posts. Even if Delorean explodes, I'll be able to restore the form data and configs to one of my (multiple) backup servers to keep the forums alive. So, there will not be much redundancy lost by moving away from Invasion.

If you're interested in checking out the forums, head over to http://egb.eagleworld.net and take a look. Registering an account requires Administrator activation, and I don't plan on letting anyone on the forum until it's complete enough for testing. If you just can't wait, though, hit me up on IM or send me a PM on Newgrounds and I'll reconsider. :-)