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#951 Pat

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:25 AM

 

I'm looking for some email help. In particular, if anyone out there has done the following, and can help us out with a little volunteer work, please contact me via PM:

 

1) Setting up a new email account on Gmail.

2) Transferring an existing (soon to be deleted) email account's contents into the Gmail account.

3) Forwarding new incoming email into the Gmail account, setting up pointers, etc.

4) Sending email from the Gmail account as a different address (the reverse of 3)).

5) Explaining it all to me (this will be the most challenging part).

 

There would need to be a privacy statement signed, so please know that before saying yes. I can't pay you, but will give you a little token of my appreciation.   :)

 

Is #2 even possible? I'd love to know if it is...

 

Yes.  There is a link in the settings for doing that.



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Posted 20 November 2014 - 09:05 AM

I don't know if anyone has ever brought this up before, but I think the order of cities listed under Hamtrak should be:

 

DC

Baltimore

Philly

NYC

 

Isn't putting NYC at the top indicative of an inferiority complex?  :wacko:

 

I agree. BTW, why is it called Hamtrack???!?!


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 12:44 AM

I was just doing a very similar thing today, 8 times over, plus with a few more complicated steps. Took about 10 hours. My project also involved Gmail. While I came through it, hopefully, pretty successfully, I don't think I'd be the one to handle the whole thing without someone else's guidance. :blink:

 

I am not IT by any means, but have just enough knowledge to get through. So if you do need some input I'd be happy to contribute, as I did learn some valuable steps in how to do our move. We just moved to Hostgator--hope that won't be a mistake as I hadn't heard much about them. So glad we decided against Dreamhost though, based on what you've posted!


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Posted 23 November 2014 - 02:51 PM

Well, f**k.  I hate writing about restaurants any more, but decided to start this thread anyway, and twenty minutes later I was almost done and f**king Invision or whoever lost the post.

 

Ouch! That's why I always write a long post in Microsoft Word first and then copy it into DR.com.  Had that happen one too many times myself.  

 

[Please, please, please remember that there's an auto-recover feature!]


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 07:16 AM

If it works when you do something really stupid like navigating to a different page while working on a post, I haven't figured out how to use it.


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 08:19 AM

If it works when you do something really stupid like navigating to a different page while working on a post, I haven't figured out how to use it.

 

It should work if you've been typing long enough for auto-save to kick in.  I had started to write a post in this thread yesterday and abandoned it, and as soon as I clicked on "quote" to reply to you, "View Auto Saved Content (Yesterday, 3:19 PM)" popped up in the lower left corner of the reply box.  I clicked on that message and it brought up a box with the post I had been writing, with the option to "restore content."  I didn't want to restore it, but I could have.

 

After a minute or minute and a half of starting to type this, a new "Last auto saved" message popped up.

 

So, if you spent more than 90 seconds writing the post, it would have been there to be restored.



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 08:25 AM

Well no doubt it was a user problem, but I swear I looked for "last auto saved" and never found it.


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 08:46 AM

Well no doubt it was a user problem, but I swear I looked for "last auto saved" and never found it.

 

I'm having problems with pages not fully loading, so maybe that is what happened to you and the "View auto saved content" message didn't show up.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:53 PM

This site is perpetually slow on loading, on switching pages, on almost any action.  I go to a different forum using the same invision forum package.  Its dramatically faster in every way.  I did notice on the bottom of their site they are using invision software version 3.4.2.  I don't know if you have updated software or not.    The other point is I don't recall that forum ever being this slow.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:58 PM

This site is perpetually slow on loading, on switching pages, on almost any action.  I go to a different forum using the same invision forum package.  Its dramatically faster in every way.  I did notice on the bottom of their site they are using invision software version 3.4.2.  I don't know if you have updated software or not.    The other point is I don't recall that forum ever being this slow.

 

Yes, we're leaving Dreamhost. The delay in loading the server is unacceptable.

 

I just now bumped the memory up to 2 Gigabytes just in case that might help.


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:06 PM

This site is perpetually slow on loading, on switching pages, on almost any action.


I suspect that the board's cache isn't set up properly or the indexes are wrong.

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:13 PM

This site is perpetually slow on loading, on switching pages, on almost any action.

 

The only action that works almost instantly is clicking "Mark Community Read."  :(



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

The only action that works almost instantly is clicking "Mark Community Read."  :(

 

I'm rebuilding all the indexes right now and am temporarily moving to a private server.

 

Invision will take care of all our problems once we port over there.


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:36 PM

None of this will matter in another week or so - we're leaving Dreamhost, and Invision will handle any gremlins that snuck into the system.

 

Pat and Rovers2000 have been working diligently behind the scenes - please buy them a drink because I think they need one (or two).

 

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Hello,

 

Thank you for contacting DreamHost.

I tested the website of http://www.donrockwell.com/ in multiple browsers,
but I was unable to replicate latency in the load time of the website. I
tested the access to the many forum topics available and I was able to
navigate to different topics/forum posts without latency. I also
conducted a site load speed test and obtained the following results :

http://tools.pingdom...onrockwell.com/
- test of index page

http://tools.pingdom...gelinabad-wine/
- test of one of the forum posts

Unfortunately, I was unable to replicate latency in the load time of the
website of http://www.donrockwell.com/ . Before revisiting the domain, It
may help to clear the cache from your
browser and flush the DNS cache from your computer. Please review the
following articles regarding clearing the cache and flushing DNS :

http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Flush_DNS
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Clear_cache

If you continue to experience latency in the load time of the website,
please contact us back along with the following information:

http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Traceroute

http://wiki.dreamhos...ng_Ping_Results

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact
DreamHost.

Thanks!

Matthew O.


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:45 PM

To quote Bob Dylan....  if he were to speak to DreamHost.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:55 PM

To quote Bob Dylan....  if he were to speak to DreamHost.

 

I knew you weren't talking about me, silly. :)

 

(I just wanted to let everyone know I'm not taking this for granted. Again, please thank Pat and Rovers2000 - they've done a lot.)


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 10:18 PM

This is costing me a lot of money, but I don't want to inconvenience our members more than they've already been inconvenienced.

Cheers,

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Hello, Don,

This is just a note to let you know that we have moved your account to a new server, ds7293! We apologize if we were unable to send you notification of this move beforehand and would be glad to help you address any potential problems that the move may cause.

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE, as it may help you fix any problems that come up as a result of the move.

We have also created a wiki article that explains everything you will need to know about why we moved you and solutions on how to fix anything that may have broken because of the move:

DreamHost Wiki: Server Moves

Below is a brief summary of the more common problems we're seeing after customers are moved to their new server. You can get more detailed information at the wiki article above though. If you don't understand any of these directions, please reply to this message and we'll be happy to help you further.

UNIQUE IP:

If you have a unique IP on your account, it has likely changed with the move. See below for details.

CUSTOM DNS:

If you run your own DNS outside of DreamHost (i.e. you're not using ns1.dreamhost.comns2.dreamhost.com and ns3.dreamhost.com as your domains' nameservers) you'll need to update your records now. You can always go to the 'Manage Domains' section of your web panel and click on the 'DNS' link for your domains to see what the new IP is for that domain. You can then use these new IPs to point your services to us from the outside DNS provider which is managing your DNS. For your convenience, here are your new IPs:

FTP:

If you are using your server name (server.dreamhost.com) as your FTP hostname, be sure to change that to your domain name. A fully hosted domain name will always point to the correct server in the event that it is changed again in the future. If for some reason you can't use your domain name, your new server name is included at the top of this message.

That's it, really... and we really apologize for any inconvenience which may have resulted from this move!

Thanks! 
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Posted 30 November 2014 - 10:20 PM

New posts page is painfully slow to load.  So much so, I have been giving up.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 10:34 PM

New posts page is painfully slow to load.  So much so, I have been giving up.

 

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 10:42 PM

New posts page is painfully slow to load.  So much so, I have been giving up.

 

We are in the process of porting to another host. If it's that bothersome, take a week off - it has been no picnic for me, either (imagine trying to do administrative work).

 

That said, not only has system load been very light over this holiday weekend, we're also now on a private server, so don't expect things to resolve immediately after porting back to Invision - there is something inside the system that is causing this.

 

What porting to Invision will do is give them total control over both the hosting end, and the software end. It may take hiring a programmer/auditor, but I will find what's causing the delays regardless of cost.

 

Until then, there's nothing to be done about it.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 12:12 PM

I got this email at 11:15 PM last night:

 

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I apologize for any issues you've been experiencing with your service.

It looks like your databases are on a shared server still. We can move
the databases over to your dedicated server so they'll be accessed
locally by your sites. The only caveat is that there will be downtime
while the migration takes place.

If that's something you would like to try, please let me know and I will
have an admin start the migration of your databases.

Thanks!
Jen D

 

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In other words, the software is on one server, and the data (e.g., the posts) are on another server. So basically, every time you click, you have to queue up to access that second server - definitely *not* what I had in mind when I paid *big bucks* to get on a private server. I told them, yes, please move the databases onto the private server as well, so there may be some downtime today (not much; maybe ten minutes). This should certainly help with the delays, in theory.

 

But this is still a temporary patch because we're going to be porting everything back to Invision's hosting service. If people could have lived without the website for a week, I wouldn't have had to do this, but they say the first rule of maintaining the Appalachian Trail is that the trail must be kept open at all times.

 

The thread is locked because there's nothing else to say, and all these comments do is stress me out.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 02:32 PM

Okay, I think that took care of the problem. Every click was being queued up to a separate server; now, everything is on the same machine. 


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 07:31 PM

Okay, I think that took care of the problem. Every click was being queued up to a separate server; now, everything is on the same machine. 

 

What has been a minor inconvenience for everyone else was, I'm sure, a major headache for you.  Thanks for working so hard on making this site an enjoyable place for the rest of us.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 08:12 PM

Virtual drinks for Don, Pat, & Rovers2000.

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 08:23 PM

Super fast now!  It must have been a bear to fix.



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 09:43 PM

Greased Lightning!  Props.



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 11:46 PM

"View New Content", instead of a 30-60 second delay, is now near-instantaneous. Fabulous!


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Posted 02 December 2014 - 01:31 PM

"View New Content", instead of a 30-60 second delay, is now near-instantaneous. Fabulous!

 

Agree



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 02:23 PM

Well no doubt it was a user problem, but I swear I looked for "last auto saved" and never found it.

 

Waaa!! I just lost 3/4 of a page of content and "autosave" only "saved" the first paragraph, despite mine typing for waaaaay longer that. Just had to vent.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 06:02 PM

I've noticed during the past few days that I'm no longer receiving email notifications. I checked my profile, and I still have the email option checked. Anyone else experiencing this?

(But the site has been fast!)

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 06:27 PM

I've noticed during the past few days that I'm no longer receiving email notifications. I checked my profile, and I still have the email option checked. Anyone else experiencing this?

(But the site has been fast!)

 

This may be something you need to unset, clear your cache and reload, and then reset (not sure; just guessing).


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Posted 07 December 2014 - 09:42 AM

Well I hadn't experienced the severe slowdown previously, but I am now.  I don't know if it is the wifi that I am on that is painfully slow, or if something else is up. Other web pages do load, sometimes slowly, but DR pages keep timing out.


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Posted 07 December 2014 - 11:36 AM

Well I hadn't experienced the severe slowdown previously, but I am now.  I don't know if it is the wifi that I am on that is painfully slow, or if something else is up. Other web pages do load, sometimes slowly, but DR pages keep timing out.

 

Hmm, this is the first I've heard of this lately. Try clearing your browser cache and getting rid of all cookies - we have a different URL now, so each local computer needs to start anew.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 04:42 AM

PLEASE READ THIS as an example of how to utilize the Auto Save (and Auto Recover) feature.


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