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August Donation Goal August 9, 2009

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For the past 9 months since we relaunched last November, I have been shouldering all the costs of keeping this hosting online and fully operational. The cost is hundreds of dollars a month, leaving me thousands in the red. I typically work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week so that I can afford to do this.

I do this because I believe in this hosting and the enourmous impact it has enabled in the world. It is truly amazing to be a part of so many new projects, to be the one who enables them to happen each and every day. So many people have come through our gates and left as leaders.

This month I am setting a simple goal to raise $100.00 in donations, that will all go towards the servers, covering a fraction of their costs. Any extra will go towards next month’s goal of $200.00. Although one-time donations are appreciated, my main goal is to gain some monthly donors, permanently increasing the sustenance and growth of this website.

Meeting these goals not only means we have more to work with and can expand and improve this hosting to better meet your needs, it also means more time is available to help with the client experience, and we look more solid as a community. More time would be available to help with updates, like getting a team together, finally finishing the advertising system, fixing up the website review system, and more.

Basically, meeing this first goal is the key to getting back on track, offering the best possible service, and making the difference we all want to make. All I ask is, give what you can afford to give. It could be $5.00, $10.00, $20.00. Even $1.00 helps. Even better is to commit monthly, so you will know you are always doing your part.

As a donor, your contribution is recognized on the wall. You gain worldwide recognition and make a huge impact on thousands of lives. The record for the largest donation we’ve received is $190.00, and it’s since been matched twice, but not beaten. With many other organizations, your money will pay wages and facility costs. With us, it all goes straight into the servers, which are employed with special low-cost deals with only the best specially-selected hosting companies. Nothing is wasted.

Here’s our donation website: http://www.ismywall.com/

Domains Expiring February 13, 2009

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Hi again,

Sorry it’s been a while since the last post. Just been really busy, but that’s to be expected with a double major and over 3,000 clients (building up to where we were before November).

Anyways, just wanted a quick note that the following domains will be, or already have, expired:

cyb3rpiety.com
funkynchic.net
puppi.info
gonebydawn.net
branden-media.net
pokeglobal.com
rzoneservers.biz
gopstorrent.net
proxtn.net
shopinternational.biz
digihornet.com

Unless I hear from the original registrants soon, these domains will be publicly available for registration very soon. I have only heard from the owners of two domains so far, so I thought I should make a public note here. The two domains renewed are:

magnxpyr.com
itsbytes.net

So just let me know if you need your domain. I’m not sure how many we can afford to renew at this point, but definitely I can help you transfer the domain elsewhere or renew it for a donation of $15. You can email me.

What’s New At Crissic Solutions? July 3, 2008

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Several hours yesterday were spent in heated discussions regarding our future with them. A short 2 weeks ago, there were discussions regarding the Crissic banner design competition, as well as a reduction of $2/mo off our hosting cost to show up as a donation on our donation wall. However, three days ago, the following email came in:

“I am sorry to say that we can no longer support the bulk accounts that you have placed on our server. The amount of accounts you have placed on the server is causing the shared server much stress, causing FTP, HTTPD, and other services to fail on a regular basis. Last night we had downtime in excess of 25 minutes due to these issues.”

110 accounts were terminated immediately. (These had been already moved to other nodes.) On top of this, it was requested that we move 150 further accounts off the server to bring the level to “keep it around 650-700 accounts TOPS”. We selected approximately 350 accounts that would be moved to Node 10, lowering the number of accounts to 505. This is the official statement released by Skylar from Crissic:

“We had to pull out due to the amount of strain the amount of accounts had been placing on the server. For IsMyWebsite to run correctly, they need a medium-sized cluster of dedicated servers. The reasoning behind the time constraint on asking clients to move their data in one week is because the issues that are being caused are too large. FTP and HTTPD are constantly failing, causing outages for hundreds more paying clients with Crissic Solutions. For the sake of our paying clients, holding [the] additional clients that are free clients with IsMyWebsite is not worth [what] Matt is currently paying us. We have [also] received a few isolated cases from the free clients that include warez forums, spam email, and a few other items. The never-ending risk of a free client potentially rooting into the server, or another hacking incident that happened a short few months ago with IsMyWebsite is too large to risk for our paying clients. We wish the best of luck to all at IsMyWebsite, and hope that your future endeavors are successful.”

Skylar MacMinn, Crissic Solutions, LLC

Despite additional attempts at a settlement, the final verdict was reached.

“You have until the morning of the 8th of July to move all data off. Regardless if you are transferred off or not, all remaining accounts will be deleted.”

Skylar has stated that all data currently on the VPS may remain, and we are looking into the potential purchase of a dedicated server with them. As Mike puts it, “I am pro-Crissic is because the servers are fast and reliable and we are getting a good deal”.

The new server wont be here for another 1-2 weeks. Skylar has promised your data will be safe for this time.

Another Node Status Report May 31, 2008

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Work continues on virtually all nodes.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Still preparing to send a mass email regarding the transfer, and possible upgrade the ‘Hosting’ section to also display this (as a button to the ‘Old cPanel’). I’m hoping the button and email can be finished tonight, perhaps sent through the virtually unused SmokyHosts server.

Node 2 – IsMyHost.com
We’re giving away hosting for 2 more days on the top node, which you can just reply to get. We have just installed Installatron, so you can do some installing of your favourite scripts. (It’s like Fantastico.) Also upgraded all accounts to the top stage yesterday, since with the recent trouble I thought everyone deserved it.

Node 3 – IsMyWs.com
Not much to say. Still working well.

Node 4 – IsNumberOne.org
We will be switching to another hosting company here for sure. All accounts in queue for creation on this node are being moved to our new Node 9. All accounts already created will be transfered to the new server when we move. Due to the restrictions in place on this node, we cannot enable extra features of any kind, but it is possible to switch to a new node once all the old accounts are successfully created.

Node 5 – IsMyWe.com
Nothing’s changed… Still great, working node.

Node 6 – IsMyWb.com
We are running into the same trouble with PHP URL file access. Except now, Nixism wants me to send it to their technical department. It’s already been a whole month’s worth of hosting down the drain. Should I switch or continue pursuing this?

Node 7 – SuperbHost.us
Starting to feel a strain. I’ve also received word that Mike wants to get a VPS in place of his reseller with the domain ismyhost.net, which will be great. So given those two factors, all remaining accounts are being created on Node 9 for now.

Node 8 – IsMyWebs.com
Remember the company that originally hosted us on a VPS for a short period earlier and was also originally going to host IsMyHost.com. Well, now they’re back to hosting a reseller for us. Everybody welcome Crissic Solutions, run by Skylar.

Node 9 – IsMyWall.com
I’m reusing the domain name of our donation page simply because it’s already registered. I thought it fit the part fairly well, and it might attract more donations if it’s used for something. Anyways, this domain is going to host the remainder of accounts from IsNumberOne.org and SuperbHost.us.

Node 10 – IsMyHs.com
Just registered 7 new domains, this being the first one, with plans to build 7 new domains. I have found a small company to host this one, which is new to reseller hosting but confident in their ability. (The plan is to host a low number of accounts here to start.)

Node 11 – IsMyHt.com
Another domain seeking a server.

Node 12 – IsMySe.com
Node 13 – IsMySi.com
Node 14 – IsMySt.com
Node 15 – IsMyWi.com
Node 16 – IsMyWt.com
All seeking a reseller. I have a number of companies in mind, that I will be utilizing as we need them for future expansion. (Could be you who hosts them if you want to.)

So just a few hundred accounts left to build, and they are actively being created throughout the day.