PDA

View Full Version : What happend to The Cosmos?



FadaBullet
03-04-2009, 08:32 AM
I went to the Ukulele Cosmos webpage and got this message:

"This Account Has Been Suspended" :confused:

tnjeff
03-04-2009, 08:51 AM
i was wondering the same thing.
was working fine earlier today.

GX9901
03-04-2009, 08:58 AM
Hopefully it's just a server glitch or something.

Stackabones
03-04-2009, 09:54 AM
Yeah, it's too bad. I wonder what's up?

anomoly40
03-04-2009, 09:56 AM
Could be a black hole or another singularity.

cjensen91910
03-04-2009, 09:58 AM
Looks like they got hacked!! Another forum I am on got the same deal. Took a couple of days to get it back up.. Hackers try to get any info they can off a forum.

buddhuu
03-04-2009, 10:11 AM
Bummer. Hope Alli can get it back up soon. :(

upskydowncloud
03-04-2009, 10:15 AM
I went to the Ukulele Cosmos webpage and got this message:

"This Account Has Been Suspended" :confused:

That message comes up if you don't pay your web host as well!

Pippin
03-04-2009, 10:43 AM
Yep, same thing. It might be a redirect hack.

ichadwick
03-04-2009, 11:00 AM
Could be a black hole or another singularity.

Had me ROTFL, that did. But I suppose some people might not realize they're the same thing...

seeso
03-04-2009, 11:20 AM
The account suspended page and the whois information for the cosmos are the same company, so it doesn't smell like a hack.

ukantor
03-04-2009, 01:47 PM
Alli tells me the host complained of too much activity on the site, and pulled the plug. She is working with them to sort out the problem.

Ukantor.

h-drix
03-04-2009, 02:00 PM
thats depressing "the ukulele scene is growing, so we've got to shut you off" =(

rayan
03-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Alli tells me the host complained of too much activity on the site, and pulled the plug. She is working with them to sort out the problem.

Ukantor.

Sounds like either a hack or a spambot raid. phpBB is an open source platform which sometimes lends itself to those things. I never had anything against Alli, she seems like a nice enough person. Hope they get it back up soon.

SamWise
03-04-2009, 08:20 PM
They had some spammer problems earlier in the day. I guess they got worse.

buddhuu
03-04-2009, 10:48 PM
Had me ROTFL, that did. But I suppose some people might not realize they're the same thing...

Ah... can o' worms... :D

A singularity is usually considered to be a part (the crucial part) of a black hole, but they're not quite the same thing. Not all singularities are associated with a BH.

Some models describe the pre-Big Bang point as a singularity.

And then there's the Vinge Singularity in AI theory...

[/sad geek who reads too much SF, physics and cosmology and needs to get out more]

Meanwhile, re. Cosmos - A spam or hack attack seems likely :( Any time one of my sites exceeded bandwidth through normal-seeming activity the host always let me know rather than just suspending the account. If Alli's host has good customer service I'd expect the same, so perhaps they recognised suspicious activity and took a precaution.

At least a Cosmos announcement page is now showing, so fingers crossed.

Alli Bee
03-05-2009, 02:29 AM
Hi all,

Firstly thanks to Rayan for his comments.

Cosmos is down because Bluehost (the website hosting company) say that processes are too slow and traffic is too high and therefore there is a knock on effect to other users of their server. I don't know if this is normal or acceptable. What I find unacceptable is the suspension of the account without warning and then on top of that they are saying that they will only keep the Cosmos files for 15 days. At the moment I've managed to sweet talk them into being a bit more helpful and they have given me a very long list of things to do to try to get things up and running again as normal. Unfortunately, with the time difference between me and Bluehost plus the fact that I have a full time day job, it's going to take longer than just a couple of hours to fix.

I'll be working on it this evening (GMT) and hopefully will be up and running again soon.


phpBB for Dummies anyone??

ukantor
03-05-2009, 03:18 AM
That'll be a relief, Alli. Going cold turkey is cruel - I'm getting withdrawal symptoms!

All the best,

Ukantor (JC)

WS64
03-05-2009, 05:25 AM
phpBB for Dummies anyone??

Most important thing is to go to the Administration Panel/General Admin/Backup Database.
That way the forum data will be stored to your computer (when you got this file make a backup for yourself too and store it somewhere else).
In case you will host Cosmos somewhere else you can install phpBB there and use Restore database to get the data back.

Woodshed
03-05-2009, 05:30 AM
Bluehost are notoriously crappy (but often get recommended because they have a generous affiliate program). I'd move to Hostgator as quick as you can.

buddhuu
03-05-2009, 09:42 AM
Good luck, Alli.

I'm afraid that sounds like crappy service from a host. :(

seeso
03-05-2009, 10:13 AM
Hi Alli. I would also suggest you move to a different company, that sounds like unacceptable behavior to me.

Good luck.

rayan
03-05-2009, 10:27 AM
Alli your database sql file must be huge, are they letting you export it? It's really important to get that export file asap because you don't want to lose all those threads and accounts. If they're not letting you get that, I hope they're willing to do the backup and send it to you.

Wish I could be more help, I haven't worked with phpBB in ages.

Bonnie
03-05-2009, 08:26 PM
...What I find unacceptable is the suspension of the account without warning and then on top of that they are saying that they will only keep the Cosmos files for 15 days.This certainly does not bode well for their affiliate program if they treat their existing clients this way. Best of luck, Alli. We shall patiently await better news.

Houston Tootsie

Woodshed
03-05-2009, 08:42 PM
Bonnie: No need to worry about their affiliate program. There are no shortage of people willing to push crap to make a few extra $s.

ricdoug
03-05-2009, 08:45 PM
Hi all,

What I find unacceptable is the suspension of the account without warning and then on top of that they are saying that they will only keep the Cosmos files for 15 days. At the moment I've managed to sweet talk them into being a bit more helpful and they have given me a very long list of things to do to try to get things up and running again as normal. Unfortunately, with the time difference between me and Bluehost plus the fact that I have a full time day job, it's going to take longer than just a couple of hours to fix.

I'll be working on it this evening (GMT) and hopefully will be up and running again soon.

phpBB for Dummies anyone??

Sorry about the host, Alli. I know you've moved servers in the past and it's a ton of work. Glad to see your post here on the UU. Many of the Cosmos faithful read and post here, too. Ric

ichadwick
03-06-2009, 02:35 AM
PHPBB is notorious for security problems. It's a GPL package that has oodles of features and has been creatively-cooperatively coded by a large online community, but it has been subject to waves of DOS and spam attacks over the years.

That's not unique to PHBB, but is generally more prevalent among open-source boards than commercial ones.

I started a forum on PHPBB a few years ago, but after a local server using the same system got trashed and had to shut down, I switched to Invision board (IPB). It's had its own share of problems, but has managed to react to security issues much faster. Ali might be able to get a translator to port over to a different system if the software's the problem.

But I appreciate the bandwidth problem. While my forum is much smaller - about 1,500 members - it sometimes caused problems for the local host. Later least year, I ended up switching to a larger, outside server who could handle the traffic better.

Yes, the files must be huge! My own board exports the full MySQL database at about 120-130 MB and growing - the Cosmos must be several times that. I had a few hiccups making the switch to another server, but got it running with relatively few issues. Having a good admin panel on the server helps.

I don't think anyone could have predicted the space and bandwidth requirements would become so large when these boards started appearing in the late 90s. The sheer popularity of some communities has demanded massive infrastructure - something that hosting fees (competitively priced) can't accommodate.

I also tip my hat to anyone who runs a board. Not only can it be time-consuming, it can be expensive. If not supported by advertising or corporate sponsorhip, the owner has to pay for the hosting and any bandwidth charges, software, etc. on his/her own. So donations are always welcome.

John Kavanagh
03-06-2009, 07:56 AM
Alli, if throwing money at the problem will make it go away let us know. I can throw a little.

jhob
03-06-2009, 08:32 AM
Alli, if throwing money at the problem will make it go away let us know. I can throw a little.

ditto for me.

phil hague
09-29-2012, 03:15 AM
my internet security says something about a trojan

kaizersoza
09-29-2012, 04:49 AM
yep same here phil

Ukuleleblues
12-01-2012, 01:15 PM
Went to UC to see if they fixed their Trojan problem from Sept. New site, but can't log in or register, tells me to contact the admin, no link to the admin?? Is this site dead? If it is, I'll take the link off my site. Anyone know?

Ken Middleton
12-01-2012, 01:40 PM
I've just checked Cosmos. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong. It works fine.

Those of you getting all sad and despondent over its demise, and experiencing warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings about how great a site it used to be, can stop worrying.

Those who can't access it are maybe not logged in.

The other thing I would suggest is to go to Google, type "ukulele cosmos" and click on the top link. i know it sounds complicated, but believe me, it works.

Pondoro
12-01-2012, 01:43 PM
I've been there every day these last few weeks, it is up and running.

Pippin
12-02-2012, 01:19 AM
By forum standards, this is an ancient thread somehow revived. Cosmos is fine.

Ukuleleblues
12-02-2012, 06:01 AM
It was me, after I posted there was a message in my e-mail from them with a link to unlock my account. I haven't been there in six months so it appears they made some changes. Funny thing is I still haven't logged in, I was just bored last night and thought I would check them out.