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  • ZoneAdmin
    ZoneAdmin created a new forum post in Welcome Mat
    I don't suppress commentary on SDR's here. I will only suppress those being disrespectful or who are being demeaning to others. If you don't wear an Elmer hat here to help others and like to make snide remarks to newer hams, you simply wont be tolerated.

    Examples that are Ok:

    I don't like the Flex 6500, I think they have lousy software.
    I think Apache labs should support the software for their radios

    Examples that are bannable:
    You suck!
    You don't have a clue what your talking about moron!

    Better responses to critical feedback:
    What makes you say that, I like my Flex a lot and thing the software is excellent?
    I like the open source concept for the Anan's and I think the team does an excellent job, what is it that makes you believe that Apach Labs needs to support it?

    Hopefully folks get the idea and will find this a more competent place to discuss issues without moderators suppressing valid questions or trying to belittle you.

    73
    NI0Z
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  • Thanks Adam as always for your hard work and sharing this with us!

    73
    NI0Z
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    ZoneAdmin thanked the user va7oj in the forum post, Adam VA7OJ/AB4OJ's ANAN-8000DLE Test Report
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  • ZoneAdmin
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    A busy ham is mostly a happy ham!
    In my estimation being busy with a hobby means you’re having fun!  Now bear with me a minute here before you disagree, lol.  I got caught in this trap as well when I came back into the house from the shack and said I was tired.  It was when I had just completed another review and finally got it published.  It was the Anan 8000 DLE review in fact.  Anyways.. I was saying it was hard work and my wife said you mean you had fun playing right?    Now I knew I was going to have a hard time with this debate, but I tried it anyways and ended up seeing her point.  Anything you do that is not contributing to bettering one’s self or the household is deemed as play.  That really seemed harsh in my mind because I had worked really hard on the review and at times certainly didn’t think I was having fun. Here is the thing though, if your hobby creates work for you, its still part of your play and hobby time if your not making money for it or bettering yourself. Oh, and let me stop you right there if you thjink relaxing and learning about ham radio is bettering yourself because if your not going to directly make money from it then it doesn’t count and even if you do make money, if your spend is greater than your profit, your still deemed to be having fun. If you didn’t have your hobby which in general you should be enjoying, then you wouldn’t be doing the work that may come along with it, ergo, its all part of your hobby or play time.  And when you look at it that way, no matter how hard your hobby makes you work, what you’re really doing is playing and having fun. So today, I am getting the FM DUO back up and running as I move towards doing a review of it.  And the other improvements I am making to the shack today, well, that’s playing and having fun.  Oh, and opening up my ham computer Hamzilla, you, despite not liking it, I was having fun! So with a smile I just wanted to remind you, then you think your working hard on your hobby, you’re really just playing and having fun!  So enjoy it by golly and if its stressing you, just slow down, take a deep breath, and remember why you ham, its to enjoy and have fun!   73 NI0Z
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  • ZoneAdmin
    ZoneAdmin created a new forum post in Welcome Mat

    Thank you for enduring the move, its been a rough ride but the folks at InMotion have been great so far! Looks like the sites perform better here as well.

    There may be a few more gotcha's but I think your ok to post now and I will take a backup after I finish shaking out the site over the weekend. I would say it should be all clear Monday.
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    ZoneAdmin unlocked the badge Story Teller
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    Loves sharing stories. To unlock this badge, you need to post at least 30 different story posts.
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  • An apology to my users!

    Over the past few weeks I had a series of incidents with GoDaddy.com hosting services.

    These series included incorrectly upgrading me to a vastly more expensive plan. One plan was selected and projected at an additional amount of $5.55 per month and when the upgrade didn't work, while on the call they upgraded me to a $20 a month plan. Only noticed it after looking at credit card statement.

    When they were performing that upgrade, it was an incomplete upgrade to the wrong plan and ended up breaking the 3 of the 4 sites I own. They were then telling me it would take 72 hours to resolve despite my protests to the effect that they are the ones that broke my sites. I had managed to somewhat get them back up running again and then they broke them again 4 days later when they finally responded to the ticket to fix the bad upgrade. I spent several hours rebuilding sites from my own backups yet again.

    After it was all working on the upgrade, I only then noticed the charges on my card and they refunded me and initiated a Downgrade once again assuring me it would only take a few minutes and then it ended up breaking all the sites I own again with them yet again telling me it would take up to 72 hours to resolve.

    They then Performed a restore with symbolic links to my main live directory (should never ever be done in a million years) and consequently when I cleaned up the backup files after all was running again it blew away all my sites yet again because it wiped out the public html directory. This is the equivalent of you having a home directory with a backup directory and a HTML directory at the same level and then deleting the backup directory and it wiping out the HTML directory as well.

    I spent 2 days rebuilding my sites again from my own backups. The reason this took so long is that the databases and my own backup files didn't match up and I had to go back to before the first upgrade to get it all working again. None the less, I had them working again.

    Then they provided incomplete backups with mismatched database and file dates with an inability to provide a disaster recovery restore, mixing August Database with May files. This wiped my sites out yet again even after I asked them to call me back before doing the restore. I woke up and found an e-mail telling me my issue was resolved and going online only to find yet again all my sites down again and broken.

    During the course of all this I asked for supervisors and was told they would call me and only ever had one call me back in the end. After sharing my nightmare all to say we are sorry, we did things wrong, but your responsible for your sites and other than the backups we have provided, we cannot provide you any additional assistance. When I asked if they cannot or will not, they answer was they will not and cannot.

    After all this the sites were corrupted and running very very slow and throwing strange errors.

    Another broken restore was provided as a consolation and an offer for free backup service for 1 year. That’s a $36 dollar give away in case you were wondering. Thank you Godaddy for so strongly standing behind all your mess ups and for all the rapid responses to all the issues you caused! At one point I was even charged for the restore due to the symbolic file links and incorrect restore.

    Here is what I learned about Godaddy from all this:

    Their Disaster Recovery Backups are not guaranteed and obviously for a reason, they weren’t any good and in my case and they couldn’t even give me a good one from 2 months back.

    They perform those bad backups every 4 days. Why bother if they are no good?

    Their customer service reps will omit call notes when things go bad and they can’t handle your issues. I was told 3 times my requests for supervisor call backs were noted and then subsequently after not receiving a call back was told there was no note of my request.

    I was repeatedly told Godaddy can’t be responsible for issues.

    This is just one story of many I have had with Godaddy over the past 5 years. If you host there and your smart, you’ll take your own backups before you let them touch anything on your account, because they wont be very accountable for their own mistakes and tell you its your fault when they make them.

    I highly recommend you AVOID GoDaddy!

    The bottom line is I lost about 10 days of your activity because of this. My sincere apologies if you registered and cant login now and or you made a forum post and its now missing.

    It's a good thing I had backups before they started all this. It was just a shame that I couldn't get good ones during the various stages things worked for a few days here and there.

    I am almost done now moving to Inmotion Hosting, we’ll see how it goes! The offer free backups and malware scanning as a part of their plan.

    Thanks as always for using and visiting my sites!
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