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Friday, October 5th, 2007
5:41 pm
pinkstuff downtime and IP address change
Tomorrow I'll be servicing pinkstuff. It will therefore be down from about 9am on Saturday 6th October 2007 for hopefully less than about 6 hours.

When it comes back, it's new IP address will be "". It may take a little time for all the DNS records to update.
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
11:26 pm
pinkstuff domain owners : notice of config change

This is an important message if you own a domain which is hosted on pinkstuff. We will also attempt to contact domain owners by email, but the message is reproduced here for reference.

As you may be aware, our previous hosting company (Black Cat
Networks) was taken over recently, and this is causing some changes
to the operation of pinkstuff. In particular, the old secondary DNS
servers are being removed, and we are expecting pinkstuff's IP
address to be changed.

You must follow the instructions below to make changes to your domain
configuration, otherwise your domain will stop working! Your deadline
is the end of September.

1. Contact your domain registrar, and change your domain settings.

A: If pinkstuff is already the primary name server, please use the
following secondary nameservers:

secondary DNS server: ns1.rapidswitch.com (
tertiary DNS server: ns2.rapidswitch.com (

If the dns record lists pinkstuff's current IP address, please
remove that and refer to the name only:

primary DNS server: pinkstuff.publication.org.uk

All other settings remain the same.

B: If pinkstuff is not the primary nameserver, you will need to
change your primary nameserver's configuration at exactly the same
time that pinkstuff's IP address changes. Please contact us for
further details. You may wish to consider using pinkstuff as your
primary nameserver and rapidswitch as the secondaries, as it will
simplify the IP address switch.

2. Email support@pinkstuff.transformers.org.uk to notify us that you
have done this. We will make the corresponding change on the DNS
service offered by RapidSwitch if a change is necessary.

3. Bookmark the pinkstuff community journal:

We will post to this journal when we have progress reports, status
updates, or any more information on the schedule of pinkstuff's
configuration changes. Currently the planned schedule is as follows:

Some time in the first week of October, pinkstuff will be moved
between services and the IP address will change. There may be a
period of up to 48 hours downtime though we hope it will be
significantly less than that.

As soon as the IP address changes, we will change the configuration
on rapidswitch DNS servers for all domains to point at the new
address (I expect we will complete this before the server is even in
its new rack). However, the DNS system is cached and it may take a
while (days, perhaps) for the changes to propagate out to the whole

We apologise for any inconvenience all this may cause, but hope that
you will understand that we only make these changes in order to
safeguard pinkstuff's future viability. If you have any questions,
please don't hesitate to ask by emailing

Your friendly pinkstuff cabal
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
4:11 pm
scheduled downtime

We are expecting pinkstuff to go down for a few hours starting 11pm BST on 3rd September. The server is being physically moved from London to Maidenhead, because our hosting company Black Cat Networks have been taken over by RapidSwitch. Services should be restored by 7am the following morning.

We are hoping that a side-effect of this change will be a stabilisation in hosting prices, and as a result we are increasingly confident in pinkstuff's long-term viability. We are trying to arrange things such that users are not inconvenienced by the move. However, it may turn out that domain owners would need to do a small maintenance task: there will be further posts in this forum when we have confirmed details of any operations which may be required.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
11:35 am
Monday, October 30th, 2006
4:49 pm
Any idea when we might be able to get some sort of (possibly skeleton) apache service up? I'm getting a *lot* of messages from frustrated joule users :(

As ever, wherever I can help I'll be glad to.
Thursday, October 26th, 2006
7:25 am
rumours of pinkstuff's death have been greatly exagerated
Bottom line:

Pinkstuff should be okay, most data is intact, and the repair is progressing nicely! It will be a while before email is back, but logins should hopefully be back fairly soon. Ask me (dickon@cantab.net, +44 776 1131188) if you really urgently need data from the hard drives and I'll see what I can do.

Gory details:

shadowphiar and I had a good time at RedbusII last night. While we didn't solve all the problems, the machine is network accessible in maximum lockdown mode for now.

There's been some kind of problem with the IDE subsystem, possibly related to a rather sickly optical drive. As a consequnce, fsck was getting stuck and the filesystems are somewhat damaged, and we saw various disk related errors. We are fairly sure the machine was not hacked since these look like hardware problems. Also, there's a problem where the machine gets stuck in the BIOS configuration, but this can often be solved by a remote controlled reboot. And it seemed only one out of three case fans was actually running, although the other two may be temperature sensitive since they are fed from the mainboard.

Pinkstuff has a new disk subsystem (300GB 2 way RAID 1 :)), and a new OS install (Ubuntu Server 6.06 LTS). However it's going to take at least today to get home directories on to the new system, and then we have to carefully copy across the service configurations to the new OS install and reactivate one by one. Also, due to lack of bits of metal we were unable to mount both RAID drives and the old disk, and we didn't really want to wait 24 hours in the build room for the old data to copy over :), so for now there's only one disk in the RAID array... The other usable bay is taken up with the old hard drive, which we'll mount read only no exec unchecked for now. At some point we'll probably swap out the dodgy old drive and rebuild the RAID array, but that can wait.

Email is one of those things really needs to be done right, otherwise the pending email may get lost or we may create lots of work for others. Therefore, don't hold your breath for email to return. Volunteers to carefully help setup and verify the email configuration before we start accepting mail are welcome (I'm out of my depth with email!), and if we get enough skilled help we'll get email back much sooner.
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
6:26 pm
Pinkstuff failure
Just to keep people informed, it looks like pinkstuff was either compromised or suffered a hardware failure, and unfortunately we have not been able to recover it remotely.

Dickon and I will be going to London tomorrow evening to see what we can do about it; until then I regret pinkstuff will remain off-line.
Monday, October 23rd, 2006
11:05 pm
Anybody know anything?
Anybody know what's up with pinkstuff? It pings, but I can't get any services to respond. The bandwidth stats at blackcat indicate everything just stopped at half past seven (in some unit - possibly GMT):

If anybody's done something at it, please email me with my lj username at gmail.com (obviously my usual address relies on pinkstuff itslef so isn't working at the moment.)

EDIT: marnanel - if you read this, please can you look and see if blackcat ever sent a "master switch" password to you when first setting up pinkstuff? I set up a new customer account on their web access control panel, but this account doesn't seem to allow me to log on to the switch and perform a power cycle on the appropriate port.
Monday, October 9th, 2006
1:52 pm
Pinkstuff is saved
... for the time being, anyway. The current contributers - thanks to all involved - have committed to pay for hosting until beginning of September 2007.

(In fact, we're pretty sure that arrangements will continue after even that date, but probably not in the form of the same computer on the same co-location plan. More details will be posted as soon as they become important.)
Friday, October 6th, 2006
4:38 pm
Pinkstuff's existence uncertain
Just a brief heads up...

Pinsktuff may cease to exist on Friday 13th October. Sorry for the late notice; we only found out today.

Discussions are ongoing as to whether we can fund it for the next year.

Stay posted for further updates.
Friday, February 24th, 2006
4:49 pm
pinkstuff trouble
Pinkstuff became very slow responding sometime this afternoon. Before losing connection completely I managed to get this much of a process list:

ps auxwwCollapse )

I think these may be related:

tag       8310  0.0 68.6 757016 353704 ?     R    May22  83:27 SCREEN
tag      13154 83.5  0.1  1688  876 ?        R    Jan30 30076:53 nano gypsy

Unfortunately "Connection to intensity.org.uk closed by remote host." after that and I haven't been able to reconnect since. Any tips?

If tag happens to read this, will you lose anything vital if someone manages to get in and kill those processes?
Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
11:06 am
Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
9:15 pm
pinkstuff hosting bills
We've just had a hosting bill for pinkstuff, and what with the weak value of the dollar and my now having a family of my own, I can't afford to pay it.

I'd like it if those of you who get something out of your pinkstuff accounts, whether it's domain registration, web hosting, email, programming, or just spodding, could contribute something. Pinkstuff has always been free at the point of delivery, as long as the server lasts-- though it won't last beyond another year if this money situation continues-- but contributions towards the expenses are gladly accepted. If you were using a commercial service, you'd be paying anywhere between £30 and £130 for the services you get from pinkstuff. You can contribute using the paypal button on the joule page. Please consider doing so.

Also, please let me know if there's anything we should be providing that we're not. How about the return of TrikiWiki? How about a MUD? How can we make pinkstuff something exciting again?
Thursday, April 22nd, 2004
1:34 pm
pinkstuff is back
Pinkstuff is back. Thank you, mock2, and fizaratan!
Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
8:08 am
pinkstuff down
Pinkstuff is down because there was a power outage in the colo centre last night. Most of the machines came back up, but pinkstuff wasn't one of them (I suspect there must have been problems with adding new kernel patches). There are people working on getting it back. More news as we have it.
Thursday, October 16th, 2003
6:55 pm
Have there been any developements about allowing those that want to to make payments for pinkstuff?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, September 6th, 2003
2:35 pm
Pinkstuff and the future
Well, the bill for the third year of pinkstuff's existence just came in: £500 plus tax, same as last year (£587.50 in total). Since I'm out of work at the moment, and don't know when I'll be allowed to work again, I want to find out whether anyone would be interested in contributing towards the cost (you may remember that we had this discussion a while ago, before the box came down).

Now we have a chance to rebuild the machine, I'd also like to ask you for your opinions on what could be done better.

Poll #177117 pinkstuff and the future

If you'd be willing to contribute to pinkstuff, how much would you be willing to contribute? (No user is going to be pressured into contributing.) This isn't a firm commitment, it's just to get an idea.

What do you think pinkstuff could provide that it doesn't, or could do better?

Any other thoughts?

If you do give money, do you want it to be anonymous?

yes: both the amount and my name
you can say my name but not the amount
Friday, September 5th, 2003
4:17 pm
OK, anyone who previously had an account on the old pinkstuff will need to let us know an address to send the new password to.

Poll #176813 Pinkstuff accounts

What was your account name on the old pinkstuff?

What email address should we send the new password to?

What's your favourite kind of ice-cream?

Are you fluffy?

No, I'm spiky.
Monday, September 1st, 2003
8:37 pm
to think about when things get more properly uncombobulated
Just a niceity, of course, and nothing can can be done immediately at this point anyway-- but has anyone thought to:
a) make this journal match the pinkstuff webpages that had been up prior to the hack (the beautiful black and pink ones)
b) link this journal from the front webpage of pinkstuff?
Saturday, August 23rd, 2003
12:29 pm
In case you didn't notice
Pinkstuff is entirely down. The script kiddies had left themselves so many back doors there wasn't really a choice.

It may be back sometime.

If you want files you had on the machine, contact me and I'll look in the backups.

Current Mood: drained
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