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May 19, 2004
I'm Back With Big Plans
Once again, sorry for not updating you in the past two months.
Nothing has happened that is worth updating. However, I'm coming up with
something that is going to make things a lot easier on me, existing
members and members trying to sign up with TZN. The first
improvement is we have a secondary server up and running on the network.
This was implemented a week ago and it has cut load times in half.
Using load-balancing technology with Windows Server 2003, everything runs
smooth once again. However, the best part is that I will be
accepting applications again effective Monday, May 24. The second
server has freed up some room and it is nowhere near capacity. So
new accounts can start being set up on that server next week! The
second "Coming Soon" improvement is an Advanced Web Control Panel for our
existing members and we will be implementing an Automated Web Host System
on the network. This means that applications will be automatically
processed and set up, however the plan is that they will not become active
immediately. I must approve the account or decline the account depending
on the information provided. This process will be 10 times faster
than the process I use today (email). So account applications will
be completely automated, there will be a support knowledge database
(common questions answered instantly), and you will be able to control
every aspect of your account. So, when is all this going to happen?
I'm shooting for End of June thru Mid-July. It will bein beta
testing stages when first online, but should open to the public sometime
midsummer. I will keep you updated on this ongoing improvement.
As for now, I will be accepting accounts... I'm cleaning out the email of
all the 34,000 old applications I received in the past two months, so
BEGIN APPLYING NOW and your applications will be checked Monday, May
24. Thanks for your continued support and emails!
March 21, 2004
All Bad Things Happened Today
Today was not a very good day. Early this morning, we had a DNS
server crash and all the domain names were down for a good part of the
day. I apologize for this issue, but it seems that the DNS is
slowly, but surely coming back online. Everything should be fully
functional by this evening. Also, we are cutting down on accounts
and not accepting anyone. The server is EXTREMELY over-crowded and
members are abusing the server. Accounts will be deleted without notice
tomorrow. So, backup your files just in case.
March 14, 2004
Image Galleries Banned, Accounts Being Deleted
After a few weeks of extremely increased bandwidth usage, I have
determined that numerous image gallery scripts are to blame. They
are slowing down server resources and are no longer allowed to be used on
The Zack Network. If accounts continue to use image galleries, they
will be deleted without notice. I am also cleaning up our
network, so accounts not following the rules or just using our services
mainly as storage space, will be deleted WITHOUT NOTICE. The network
has been somewhat over-capacitated and congested and I have to clean this
up in order to keep our services stable and reliable. Thank you.
February 14, 2004
E-Mail Server Outage Fixed....Other Updates
First of all, let me apologize for the severe lack of updates these
past TWO months. The site has been running incredibly stable for the
past two months and nothing new has come up that I needed to update you
on. The 48-hour problem with the E-mail server has been resolved
now, some of you did not even notice it, but most of you noticed that you
weren't able to send emails. That has been fixed and should not be
an issue anymore. All the emails that you tried to send during the
problem have been delivered so you don't have to resend them again.
And about account applications. I know I have not been accepting a
lot of you, I've been called the "hardest host to join." So this
week, Monday-Friday I will be accepting a total of 20 applications.
So your chances, if you make your application especially good, are looking
pretty good. Granted I do get over 8000 applications a day, I will
still be able to recognize the good from the bad. So if you tried to apply
in the past and did not get accepted, reapply again and you will have a
good chance of getting accepted. Also, mention in your description
you had applied before and did not get accepted. So that's all for
today. Next update will be in 5 years ;-).
December 29, 2003
E-mail Server is Back Online... Problems Still May Occur
The E-Mail server is online and running at the moment, but the server
is still not stabilized. You still may get errors when trying to
send email. But at the moment, you should be able to send/receive
email. We're still working on the issue.
December 28, 2003
E-mail Server is Down
We are having issues with our email server. At the moment, you
will not be able to send/receive email. We are working to resolve
this issue as quickly as possible. However, the current ETA of the
E-mail Server is more than 24 hours due to major complications.
Please bare with us!