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Happy Easter and welcome back!
#1
Friends,

Please accept my apologies for the time it has taken to get the board back up and running.

When it first broke, I tried reconfiguring it to work with the mandated security updates that caused the problem to begin with. As the version of vBulletin that we were on was very outdated, support was not available. I did what I could but after spending a good deal of time and realizing much more was probably needed, I came up with a new plan... reassembling everything in a "Docker" container with the older operating system and software configuration. That turned out to be a frustrating endeavor just getting all the components setup and working together, and then finding that Docker just would not work with the older configuration no matter how much I tried to find a workaround.

So I tried new forum software, but had trouble importing from our old system. The new vBulletin does not get very good reviews, so I was trying other systems. Finally, I found this one, and over the holiday weekend was able to finish importing SOME of our threads and attachments. I'm going to keep trying, and hopefully will be able to import many more historical posts and pics.

I am hopeful that you will like this new forum software. It is actively developed and should hold up well going into the future. Please let me know what you think and how it should be tweaked and improved. Your accounts and passwords should all be working as they were in the old system - let me know if you have any issues.

For those who are tech curious, here are some details I can share:

We are on the latest and greatest of everything now - hardware and software. The server is a 28 core Xeon with 256GB of RAM on a 2 gigabit connection. It is one of hundreds that I have setup and manage for companies in the financial industry. I put us in the coveted Equinix NY4 location, which is actually in Secaucus, New Jersey. I have a 24/7 direct Skype connection with the hands in the datacenter.

I'm looking forward to hearing what y'all have been up to!
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#2
(04-21-2019, 06:35 PM)duff Wrote: Friends,

Please accept my apologies for the time it has taken to get the board back up and running.

When it first broke, I tried reconfiguring it to work with the mandated security updates that caused the problem to begin with. As the version of vBulletin that we were on was very outdated, support was not available. I did what I could but after spending a good deal of time and realizing much more was probably needed, I came up with a new plan... reassembling everything in a "Docker" container with the older operating system and software configuration. That turned out to be a frustrating endeavor just getting all the components setup and working together, and then finding that Docker just would not work with the older configuration no matter how much I tried to find a workaround.

So I tried new forum software, but had trouble importing from our old system. The new vBulletin does not get very good reviews, so I was trying other systems. Finally, I found this one, and over the holiday weekend was able to finish importing SOME of our threads and attachments. I'm going to keep trying, and hopefully will be able to import many more historical posts and pics.

I am hopeful that you will like this new forum software. It is actively developed and should hold up well going into the future. Please let me know what you think and how it should be tweaked and improved. Your accounts and passwords should all be working as they were in the old system - let me know if you have any issues.

For those who are tech curious, here are some details I can share:

We are on the latest and greatest of everything now - hardware and software. The server is a 28 core Xeon with 256GB of RAM on a 2 gigabit connection. It is one of hundreds that I have setup and manage for companies in the financial industry. I put us in the coveted Equinix NY4 location, which is actually in Secaucus, New Jersey. I have a 24/7 direct Skype connection with the hands in the datacenter.

I'm looking forward to hearing what y'all have been up to!

Nothing you need to apologize for. We are glad it is back.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made non Fishermen.
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#3
Happy Easter   and a BIG thank you Duff... 

it's nice being 'home' again.. and the GG is still puffing away at top-- it don't get no more better-er than that Big Grin Big Grin
Ray

 
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#4
Well played Duff!!!. But I have totally forgotten on how to post jpgs... When you get time, a quick tutorial would be helpful. cheers
bryan
There is always one more bottle of BatJuice to be drunk, one more woman to admire, and one more fish to catch before you die! Smile
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#5
Thanks Duff. Fishermen have to be patient Smile
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#6
thanks Duff!
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#7
Like Howard said, no need to apologize. Great to see the ol' Grouper again. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

I went up to our church yesterday and helped a few others in cooking scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy and hash browns for the whole congregation. We had a great breakfast and a really great Easter service. 

Things are really greening up here in NW Arkansas including our vehicles! Pollen is really bothering those folks that are sensitive to it. 

Dodie spends more and more time on oxygen these days as her COPD has progressed. I broke the heel of my foot las July but my Doctor and I both thought it was a "stone bruise". After month of pain and limping, I went to a Podiatrist and found my heel was broken. He put me in a boot for 6 weeks and a brace for several more and that sucker still hurts! It is getting better and my Podiatrist is getting wealthier! LOL! Glad I have insurance.

We love it here in Arkansas and I've had to learn new ways to fish. However, I do miss saltwater fishing. 

Anyway, good to "see" you guys here!  Big Grin
Time's Fun When You're Having Flies!
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#8
Hard to believe that the 2nd (my first) Grouper gathering was 19 years ago. We had some wonderful characters as members that have passed. So good to see some of you still around.  I was a youngster of 64 when I first joined in.

So glad I took and have so many pictures of this August group. Cool  Some fun times, for sure. I don't think Joe, PK, Greg nor I will ever forget the trip we made to the boil. We stuffed caught fish in every place we could store them. After unloading the fish at the cleaning dock, went to tie up the boat and found another compartment full and had to go back.

Yepper! a thousand great stories and times.

I can only say how happy I have been to know and continue to know all of you.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made non Fishermen.
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#9
A belated Happy Easter to you Duff. And thanks for getting the site back up.
"Fishing is an excuse to be on the water"
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