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Wednesday, 30.10.02
SERVER UPGRADE: PPCW.Net is back - again! :-)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:22 CET under 06 - Site News

Well, the most stuff I've migrated now but not everything works proper.
First of all you noticed that you are forwarded to an IP address. This is a temporary server address and will become changed back to as soon as possible.
Also you may noticed some small layout changes. Well, this is because something which happens in near future.

Beside this good news I have two (temporary only) bad news:

  • The Wireless channels for Mazingo doesn't works right now but I will take care about this tomorrow.
  • A little bit more difficult will be the Forum migration which needs some more redevelopment of the code.
    This can takes a little bit longer and therefore the Forum isn't available right now.

I hope you enjoy the new location and the improved performance. The system I'm running now is a dedicated server with the following features:

  • Intel Celeron 1.200 MHz-CPU
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 40 GB-IDE HDD

I hope this will fulfill my needs for - at least - the next 12 months! Also I'm happy that I can tell you that I found a generous sponsor which covers some of my provider costs! Only this support - of the currently unannounced company - enabled me to upgrade to the long awaiting dedicated server! Thanks "anonymous"!

Cheers ~ Arne

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SERVER UPGRADE: PPCW.Net is temporary down for Maintenance!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 06 - Site News

Thanks friends for all your E-Mails but I can allay you, nothing dramatic happened! The reason for the maintenance is pretty easy -> the move to the new and necessary server. I'm migrating from a shared server package to a dedicated server.
This means uploading ~ 10 GB of data to the new server (hell, I never imagined that I made so many pictures and screenshots in the pas 12 months) and migrating from the old MySQL database to the new one. Thankfully I have a DSL flat access here with 1024/256 KBit/s. Doing this stuff with slower DSL connections or even ISDN sounds impossible for me right now.

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Monday, 21.10.02
RAFFLE: Do you ever wanted to win a Socket CF Modem, W-LAN or Bluetooth Card for your PPC?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 06 - Site News

Within the next 14 months (until end of 2003) you can win every month one of the finest Socket Communications accessories here at PPCW.Net - starting in November 2002.
Socket Communications supports PPCW.Net with this raffle which means for you 14 chances to win. Every month you can get one of the coolest communication accessories available for your Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002:

How it will works, all details and so on I will post here within the next few days. But you can start thinking about what you want to get if you win. Just as much: you have to do nothing else than registering that you want to win! :-)

Thanks to Socket Communications for this support of PPCW.Net and its readers! Stay tuned for more information!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Thursday, 17.10.02
HOSTING: PPCW.Net is currently Down [UPDATE 17.10.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:53 CET under 06 - Site News

Due to high MySQL database traffic, my provider decided to deactivate the MySQL database of PPCW.Net (hopefully) temporarily only. I don't know why I had such a huge traffic on the database today but that's the fact what I've heard from them.
Right now I have no idea when/if PPCW.Net will be back again. Hope this doesn't takes me to long but I'm afraid I have to find another solution. With every story I post here I will get more and more MySQL traffic and therefore I'm not sure how to sole this problem... :-(

See you later - I hope. Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE 15.10.02: I didn't got a response from my hosting service right now, seems that this guys (at least the responsible one) don't work today anymore. So I'm afraid that the site will be down at least the next 18 hours...
If you came here through Google, try the cache functionality.

Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE 16.10.02: That's unprofessional. :-( Deactivating the SQL database and asking me by E-Mail how I want to go forward. Shortly after I got the E-Mail I answered for sure and this morning I wrote the second E-Mail, both without a reply until now... And the 'best' is that that "Admin" guys are available through E-Mail only not by phone.

Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE 16.10.02: Okay, back in business but limited. I got a pretty short E-Mail from them that they reactivated the database that I can backup all my data. The side-effect is that PPCW.Net is available again but I'm not sure how long it will stay available.
Fact is that I have to change to a dedicated server and this guys might shut down the DB again. However, currently I try to find different solutions to re-launch PPCW.Net as soon as possible on another location BUT until that I have lot of administrative stuff which limits me to update PPCW.Net as you used to see it. Also I don't want to invest to much work into a server/database which I'm not sure how long it stay available.
Please be patience. The good news is that a solution is on the way... :-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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Wednesday, 02.10.02
OFF-TOPIC: Going for a new Camera - but which one?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 06 - Site News

Last week we had the photokina, the world's leading trade fair for the photographic and imaging sector and a meeting place for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world here in Germany and some pretty interesting digital cameras was announced. Because I have to make a lot of pictures for PPCW.Net, mostly in the Macro distance and also I want to improve the picture quality in general, I've decided to go for a new camera.
Some requirements are more than 2 megapixles, CF card for picture storing, short videos would be nice too... And for sure a "brilliant" optical zoom (not this digital stuff only) plus a good Macro for detailed hardware pictures.

So I've decided to give this two models a closer look: the brand new Canon PowerShot G3 and maybe the Nikon COOLPIX 5000.

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