October 12th, 2014 by Bone Head
Sunday morning, hung over a tiny bit after spending last night at my oldest mates 50th birthday bash, which was slightly spoilt I guess knowing that I was going out to have fun leaving all those of you who like me like to hang around Battle-Fields.com on an evening / morning / night (delete as appropriate depending on your time zone) with no servers to play on.
Im now sat in the B-F server bunker drinking coffee waiting for the IT guy who looks after the network here to turn up and hopefully tickle his router back into life. When was the last time you sat at a computer with no internet connection and no games installed? It’s a bit strange let me tell you! All of a sudden I have time on my hands, the computer is useless without the Internet, or games. I mean I could be writing this by hand couldn’t I?
Anyhow a quick summary of what went wrong. If I said we were using the network and our servers in a desperate cloud effort to combat an alien drilling attack which was hovering above planet Earth cloaked and gathering power ready to drill a hole straight through the middle before threading a plasma string through the hole to use Earth in a game of planetary conkers you might not believe me. So I will say that there was a power outage (come on don’t sigh it hasn’t happened for a good while!) and after a substantial investment by myself all our servers did indeed continue to function thanks to the nano nuclear power packs I bought (sometimes called Battery Backups or UPS). The trouble is the router that connects them to the outside world (and unfortunately out of my control) didn’t continue to function.
So in summary, power goes off servers keep going router doesn’t power back on servers still working fine router not working. Im more than a little annoyed as I did offer to pay for a backup system for the router but my kind and generous offer was turned down.
So here we are (or at least here I am) waiting for the router to be kicked back into life and so I can resume my life and go home after making sure all is well. You will know it is well because if you read this it means the internet connection is back up which meant I could post this message.
For those of you who support the servers, the ones who pay each month to make sure Battle-Fields.com continues I offer my sincere apologies, for those who have paid with their hard work by building maps and keeping things running nicely, likewise; sorry. To those who turn up regularly and could help out financially but don’t; what did you expect? I have looked into moving the servers back into a ‘normal’ data centre but it is just not affordable if we want to have the flexibility we have now.
So for now I’m afraid we are stuck with what we have unless we scale back or we get more income to pay the bills, something that I doubt will happen any time soon. Although I did win the Euro Lottery the other day! I got the email saying we have news about your ticket, unfortunately it was only £8.50 and I spent that driving to the server hut today!