settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 11:31:17 -0500
>Apologies if this has been covered before but does anyone know what >has
happened to Joe and his service on vhm.com
Here's a copy of what I posted here earlier last month. Things have not
changed as of this morning:
As of this Saturday afternoon (14 June 1997), I've mirrored my index page
(called "The Tree") and several other pages to a new site. This is to let
fellow Scouters and those that have had difficulties accessing not just my
old site (www.vhm.com/~uscardnl/) but those of other Scouting organizations
using the Virtual Hobby Mall's free space know of what I've been able to
find out about the status of Joe "Fox" Nietman's webspace.
Two years or so ago, Joe "Fox" (for his Wood Badge patrol) Nietman, the
owner of a small business in Texas and the "mall director" of the "Virtual
Hobby Mall" announced the opening of the mall and the allocation of FREE
webspace for Scouting units, districts, councils and individuals as long as
he had space and as long as he could afford to do so. Several local
Councils and Districts, as well as several Arrowmen, APO brothers and just
plain Scouters like myself all took him up on the offer, and displayed with
a great deal of pride our webpages, collections and photos.
All Joe asked in return was a simple link to his home page and some kind of
acknowledgement...a small price to pay for as much space as we needed.
Joe is a longtime Scouter and District committemember in Houston, Texas.
This is from Joe himself:
>The short story is this:
>About a mounth ago we lost the primary hard disk on our web server. >This
was not a problem as we were running a fully redundant system. >However,
the mistake we made was to put the same hard disks in as >primary and
backup. A couple of weeks ago, the backup (Also a >Micorpolis) failed. Now,
these drives are not even a year old and are >under warranty. However, I
have not been able to get Micropolis to live >up to the warranty, and that
is the problem. I cannot keep buying hard >disks ... they are VERY
expensive. And, while I am committed to >providing these web services for
Scouts and Scouters, I cannot jusity to >my wife why I am spending thousands
on this service and I will not buy >her a new mini van. :)
>Seriously, my time has been limited. In fact, I am in Colorado with my
>sons for summer camp right now! And, I have my laptop with me to work
>while I am here! The camp staff was nice enough to set me up with a >phone
line that I can use to work.
>Anyway ... I finally got tired of waiting on Micropolis and purchases new
>Seagates drives ... but ... of course ... CDW had them back ordered and
>they did not arrive before I got on the plane to Colorado. So, they are
>sitting in the boxes at my office awaiting my return. When I return, I am
>going to throw out the Micropolis drives and switch to Seagate >Barracudas!!
>I apologize for the delays ... but it has been very busy. Many people
>have asked me how they can help ... and I appreciate that! The best way
>to help is to bombard Micropolis with letters explaining what my server
>being down has caused! Maybe they will at least make good on the >drives!!
Although, I would rather have Seagate at this point!
>Thanks for you patience ... I will e-mail you when I am back in Texas!
>Joe "Joe Fox" Nieten
Because I value Joe's friendship over the last few years, I'm NOT about to
"turn tail". It's possible that Joe's having some sort of financial or
personal problems that would be embarrassing to discuss or explain in an
open forum. What I've decided to do is to MIRROR what I have backed up onto
another server, and to promote that address until either I've heard
personally from Joe Nietman (which I have now) or be confident that this
downtime is more than a *temporary* thing. I was unable to get my backups
to my pages until this past week, when my personal effects and Scouting
materials that I've sent to Germany and Croatia during my active duty tour
finally made their way back to me at my new address here in Kentucky.
(Note: Everything with the exception of the Scouting Insignia and the BSA
Council Directories are back up now at the below address; I'm still waiting
to get my diskettes back before I can d/l them and rebuild the insignia
pages on the new website)
The new website URL is: http://dynasty.net/users/blkeagle/
If your APO chapter, OA Lodge or Section, Council, District, or unit ...or
you as an individual....has space with Joe, I ask that you continue to have
patience with him and at the same time consider pulling out those backups
of your pages and mirror them at another site. Also be advised that links
to any page starting with "www.vhm.com" WILL NOT WORK...please adjust your
links page(s) to reflect that fact.
There are no userfiles at the FTP site "defiant.vhm.com", which previously
was the webserver which housed Scouting-related pages and directories.
Therefore, if you did not keep backup copies of your page(s) and graphic or
other file(s), you will NOT be able to get them from the FTP server.
Thanks for your time in reading this, and thank you for your extended
patience in this matter!!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
(settummanque, the blackeagle) http://dynasty.net/users/blkeagle
241 Fairview Dr., Henderson, KY 42420-4339 email@example.com
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