Magazines Coming Back Online, New Downloading Quota
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:49 PM
The entire section of Game Players is now online and available for downloading.
Because all the downloads will be directly from the server, I have reinstated the download limits that used to exist before everything was moved to MegaUpload. This is to prevent people from downloading 20 issues at a time, and having 50 members doing that at once. Overloading the site's servers will draw unwanted attention to us and what we are doing. And if we put too much strain on the system, Dreamhost might temporarily take the site offline to alleviate things. So here are the download limits:
Guests, Validating Members, Banned Members: 0 per day
Inactive Members: 1 per day
Newcomers: 1 per day
Everyone else: 5 per day
Inactive Members and Newcomers also need to have at least one post before they can download anything.
Members, Team Members, Moderators and Super Moderators are also able to download two files simutaneously.
Up next I will work on getting the Nintendo Power issues back online.
If any of the links are broken or go to the wrong file, let me know so that I can fix it. We'll get there eventually!
Posted 07 February 2012 - 02:38 PM
Cheers ... Kiwi
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:48 AM
If any of the links are broken or go to the wrong file, just let me know.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:19 PM
Where exactly is the team uploading all these files? I just snagged an Official Dreamcast Magazine that Team Member Wonderman uploaded. In the process I discovered a long list of files he has been uploading lately yet he has no posts and has been around a hand-full of years.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:47 PM
And after approving Wonderman's stuff for a while, I moved him up from Newcomer so that I would not have to approve everything anymore.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:36 PM
I am the only one uploading to the server. They all go in a specific folder in the Retromags domain that I created. I am not worried about 75-90 gigs a month as the bandwidth with Dreamhost is unlimited, as is the storage space.
While Dreamhost and many of the other "shared" hosting companies say "Unlimited Bandwidth" and "Unlimited Space".....they are all full of shit!
What’s not allowed in “Unlimited”?
Basically, sites whose essential purpose is to use disk or bandwidth.
When making a website, you should be thinking about “How can I make an interesting site for my visitors while minimizing my server storage, bandwidth, file system, memory, and cpu impact as much as possible?”
The result will be a better experience for your visitors, your web host, and yourself!
Here are some specific examples of things not allowed:
Copyrighted content to which you do not hold usage or distribution rights.
File upload / sharing / archive / backup / mirroring / distribution sites.
A site created primarily to drive traffic to another site.
Making your account resources available (whether for free or pay) to the general public.
This is the same crap I went through with HostGator. They said UNLIMITED in the sales pitch, and then later made me read the fine print that said Retromags could not use more than 25% of "any" system resource (cpu, ram, hd) for longer than 90 seconds. That pissed me off, and I canned them as a service the following week. Most website hosting companies try to operate like your local gym. They want you to pay a fee each month, and they hope you don't show up. Their goal is to cram as many amateurish websites onto a server as possible. They like the grand-mom's who have a blog that only gets 50 visits a month, but forks over $9.99 every 30 days. Its really a piss poor model for people who are trying to build up a website as a business. You start off with no traffic at all, and then the first time your website makes the front page of Digg, or Reddit......the hosting company says you were pulling too much bandwidth. This prevents websites from being able to grow, because every time you get any kind of spike, your hosting company pulls the rug out from under you.
No matter what, each hosting company can tell exactly how much disk space and bandwidth their customers use. Then some pencil pusher looks at the monthly reports for each server and looks for 'oddities" in the numbers. If they see that Retromags last month used 4GB of disk space, and now is using 600GB, they will go through the directories of this website and track down what is going on. If I were you, just as a precaution, I would back up the databases and most critical files pertaining to this site.....because if they lower the hammer....you might not be able to get back in and retrieve a current backup.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:31 PM
In any case, I am not that worried about DreamHost lowering the boom. I've got a backup of the site from last month, and I'll grab another one in the next couple of weeks.
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