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I don't bother with a UPS: every one I've had refused to work properly. :P

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It's hard to figure how big it needs to be. I used to buy APC units and they would take the unit back and give us a new one if the one we bought didn't work. I think that if we bought one for our game machines, we'd need a unit capable of 1000W and that would be pretty expensive. APC uses VA for the capacities, so it's hard to equate that to the amount of power your PC uses.
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Oh, my issue has always been that the battery didn't work. So I just used them as surge protectors. Never had a single UPS with a good battery. :P

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APC makes good solid units, but yes, they are expensive. You get what you pay for I suppose.

 

When I was still running MUD servers here I had an APC capable of delivering 1000 watts on its own and I extended that with two accessory battery packs. The decision paid off twice. We had a pair of power outages a week apart during a stretch of bad weather with severe thunderstorms that both lasted nearly 4 hours each. The units outlasted them both.

 

The Cyberpower I have now on my PC is only 500W but it's enough to keep the system up for ~5 minutes which is usually all I need to get out of everything and shut down cleanly. I have never trusted Windows to handle uncontrolled shutdowns properly. Something always goes wrong.


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Time for an update: we're still not done moving downstairs!! The contractor has had to find other work while they wait for us. It's been really frustrating, but Jimi is getting hammered at work, so we can only do stuff on weekends. I can't do much by myself. Anyway we're hoping to finish this weekend. In fact the guys will be coming on Monday to seal off the kitchen and start gutting the second floor.

Forum upgrades: Support stops on 3.4.x tonight. I won't be able to get the forums upgraded before then, so we'll have to be vigilant about new registrations until I get the forums upgraded. We might have to set them to be approved before new members can post. I hope to get the forums upgraded in the next week or so.
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I think it's actually April 17, not tomorrow. So you should still have 2-3 weeks remaining. Unless they revised the date again.


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Maybe it was an old blog post I read then because it said Mar. 31. We'll see what happens.
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Ok, there will be no further security updates as of April 1st. Our SPS seems fine, so hopefully we've got until Apr. 17th as Arthmoor said.


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The Spam Prevention Service is still running, so there's no security risk in that regard.

I have finally gotten my Mac set-up, along with the desk, so I'll start getting the server and site updates done, as I can. This means that the site may be unavailable for short periods of time. I plan to keep each block to an hour or so. When I take the site offline, you'll get a message saying the site is offline and I'll provide timing as to when I expect it to be back. I may have to have the site offline for a longer period of time when I upgrade the forums.

The updates encompass routine updates to the server software, update to the server operating system, installation and conversion to HTTPS (SSL), updates to the forum software which includes the final update to 3.4.8 and then the update to 4.x. I will be adding a donation button to the forums and will be looking for some financial help with the costs of running TAL and purchasing a dark forum skin after the update to 4.x.

Once I apply the update to 3.4.8, IP.Content will become available and this means that we'll finally have a forum-based bug tracker and content provider. IP.Content is not a blog, but it allows you to publish articles. It would be a better medium for our tutorials and game guides, for example.
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Thanks for the information Anda.

 

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It should be fine. :P
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Wasn't the last 3.x actually 3.4.9?


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Whatever it was. :P I didn't look up the numbers.
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