07.15.21

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Increasing Capacity in Techrights

Posted in Site News at 5:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 94a5fe500ffb72aa2e2cb5ee76304162

Summary: Increasing capacity (about five-fold) at the network backbone for the self-hosted bits of Techrights; today will be a day of infrastructure upgrade and maintenance

THERE probably won’t be many new articles today. We’re moving to optical fibre/fiber later today. This will help Techrights in a number of different ways. We had lots of issues with our connection in recent months, mostly due to capacity limits. That sometimes meant that it would take hours just to upload a video. Backups could take days.

Well, after these incidents (that we covered earlier this year) I’ve managed to convince them to charge me even less for the fibre than they charge for copper. It’s about 30 pounds a month inclusive of everything and it’ll address the hassle associated with hosting some things from home (low-bandwidth stuff like Gemini, not videos).

“We’ve learned to assume risk of DDOS, SLAPP, and other gagging attempts (when outsourcing to platforms such as Medium, YouTube and Twitter people risk censorship by a private corporation which can do almost anything it wants without legal consequences).”Doing Techrights over IPFS, Gemini, IRC, and Web servers isn’t easy because there are many moving parts to keep track of. But when one is down the others are likely to remain up (more so if they’re decentralised) and in IRC’s case we have multiple networks connected by a bridge. We’re actually quite unique in that regard. We’ve learned to assume risk of DDOS, SLAPP, and other gagging attempts (when outsourcing to platforms such as Medium, YouTube and Twitter people risk censorship by a private corporation which can do almost anything it wants without legal consequences).

IPFS at TechrightsI should definitely mention that there’s a very serious problem with this video (the one above), as will soon become evident to those who watch it (like the moment I realised what had happened). For a period of about 5 minutes I was showing something on the screen, but the focus was not shifted to the screen so instead it shows me talking to the screen, unaware that it is recording me instead of the screen. But given the nature of what I was showing, it’s possible to imagine more or less what I was trying to show and get the key message regardless (similar to what’s shown on the right; that’s in Firefox). I watched the video (which I very rarely do after recording) just to ensure I didn’t do anything too embarrassing. It’s strange, but not unacceptable. I’ve left is all in tact. As the clothing indicates, it has gotten hotter in Manchester lately. Maybe later this week we’ll exceed the temperature of the warmest day of the year so far (the day shown blow; highest temperature was 25 in the shade that day, so we hiked outdoors).

Highland cows and sheep
Feeding a calf (a special breed of cow) in Manchester a few weeks ago

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