Back up.. for now
Seems like I keep talking about this over and over, but whatever.
My Counter-Strike server (188.8.131.52:27015) has been an ongoing up-again/down-again thing. This is mostly because a) It's Linux and b) It's Linux. A lot of stuff going on has been the old trial-and-error method.
Update: Finally found out why the server kept crashing so much. Louis (the guy who owns the box and graciously lets me use his internet to run a server there,) kept opening Linux bash sessions and never shut them down properly. He would remote into the box, then just "x" out the application - meaning the session never closed properly.. and there'd be something like 20 sessions open. OBVIOUSLY this would crash the box because it would suck up all the memory with 20 running processes. He asked me today "Um, does it matter how you exit a Linux bash session?", and I say "Um, YEAH" and explained why. We both had a good laugh about it.
Other updates: The server is now running RAID-5 drives. Noticeable increase in performance. Who'da thunk it. And no this is not that crappy SATA-Raid (which is garbage,) this is real-deal true blue server style RAID, with controller and all. Really packs a punch concerning how fast those drives are.
The server box (for those interested) is a P4 with 768MB of RAM and the aforementioned RAID-5 setup. The linux flavor is SuSE 9.1. Very solid. The difference between the SuSE setup compared to the Windows XP setup is like night and day. Windows was slow, doggy and just plain awful. The Linux is amazingly stable and smooth considering how OLD that box is.
I highly recommend to anyone to learn Linux for LAN parties and use it instead of Windows. You'll only need 1/2 the power/speed you would normally need for an XP setup.
In other CS related stuph:
Decided to going back to my old player name "Schecter". I am usually welcomed with a round of "sup's" and "yo's" whenever I arrive in certain servers - it's a very recognizable name which is why I picked it in the first place. Everyone is still spelling my game name wrong - which is spelled properly as Schecter. I have seen it spelled as "Shecter" "Scecter" and a few others. I used to complain about it but ah, whatever. Who cares. No one knows how to spell, big surprise. (grin)
It will be a bit sad when I have to eventually hang up my gameplay guns to concentrate on more important things in life (coming around real soon). For now I'm just enjoying the game.