Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas season, and that it brings you many good memories.

There are a couple of things I’d like to share with you. Recently we as a nation experienced a great tragedy, in the form of the school shooting in Connecticut. I hope that you’ve joined in prayer for the family and friends in the community.

Unfortunately some of the most rabid rights grabbing politicians have jumped on board to push their gun grabbing agendas. Their idea is to take the means of defense from law abiding citizens. The real solution, as implemented in many schools, is to replace the soft-target appearance with armed guards.

Ask Joel Myrick, principal of Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi. Like the Connecticut shooting, it involved a gunman who first killed his mother. Unlike the principal in Sandy Hook, CT who died when confronting the gunman, Myrick had retrieved his handgun from his truck. Mynick not only stopped the shooting cold, he likely also saved the life of the student doing the shooting.

The reason I bring this up, is that AR style rifles have disappeared off the shelves of gun stores. I was in and out of several gun stores this week while I was purchasing a pistol. I watched the shelves go empty. The market for a used AR is now very much a sellers market, and the prices have sky rocketed.

A kel-tec sub 2000 that I bought 6 months ago now sells for literally three times as much on gunbroker. This isn’t a scam, it is just what the market bears. If you want a rifle from someone who wasn’t really planning on selling it, you need to offer a price to convince him to sell.

Rather than mis-reporting ads, and possibly forcing me to close accounts that are abusing the reporting system, call your law makers. Let them know that their job is to act responsibly, protecting our rights.

You can locate them here:
Contacting the Congress website for PA (non-PA residents, they’ve got your state listed too)

A short call expressing the concerns we have over our rights does a lot more good than being upset during Christmas. A gentle reminder that the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban sent a lot of congressmen and senators into premature retirement is well in order. After all, there is little a politician understands better than the threat of being unceremoniously replaced.

Chris

Wikipedia on Pearl, MS shooting
Wikipedia on Sandy Hook, CT shooting

Happy Holidays

So it’s been a few weeks now, and the machines seem to be behaving themselves. This is a good thing.

I’ve been having some troubles with PayPal getting the Pennswoods.net Classifieds a timely notice of payment. If you’ve had problems with ads not activating via PayPal, please let me know.

Tomorrow is the informal Atlantic Broadband IT Christmas celebration, as well as the winter solstice. Oh, and it also happens to be the end of the world. You know, if you are into reading way too much into a calendar written by a people who apparently didn’t predict their own demise.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope it is a splendid event!

Chris

more headaches

More database problems, more web server problems, all add up to more server errors and software errors.

Thanks for your patience. I’ve tried to answer as many emails as possible, please forgive me if I haven’t replied to yours.

Tonight, I unlocked some more database capacity. Right now it seems to be helping, but we’re also somewhat past the 6-9pm rush now as well.

The banner ad server is locked up, but I just managed to access it and am in the process of bringing it back online.

Thanks,
Chris

updates


Last night I spent part of the afternoon and most of the evening in the local hospital. I’m fine now, thanks. But it means I was away from my keyboard last night when we had a large number of errors thrown by the classifieds.

I’ve removed one of the old machines from the pool of available servers, as I suspect it isn’t keeping pace with the rest.

Thanks,
Chris

System Errors during peak time

As I’ve written to several hundred people, the worst of the errors being reported has been during the 6-9pm peak usage. Last night I had very few errors reported, and so far tonight I’ve gotten a total of 6 emails, compared to several hundred a day.

Only one of those was regarding a system error, and that was from this morning. I haven’t run into a server error page yet tonight either.

I’m cautiously optimistic that we might be on the upward swing of these errors, and I thank you all for bearing with me while I straightened it out.

I’ve rather backlogged on email right now, and I regret that I wasn’t able to send a personal response to everyone who emailed me. I will attempt to come current with my emails early this coming week.

Thanks!
Chris

More issues

The page errors are continuing. I’m working to alleviate it as fast as is possible.

Additionally tonight I have a database on the login server that is no working, and is starting to cause log in problems.

Chris

Site Update

I’ve finished installing the last of the new machines earlier this evening. Hopefully this will alleviate the problems we’ve been seeing the last few days. We should have an additional 30% server capacity over what we had been running over the summer.

Thanks for your patience, and please let me know what you see.

Chris