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CS server down (maybe for good)

Remember how I was all happy about the CS server running great? Not anymore, it broke again, and I know why: Lou continually messes around with things he shouldn't be on that box. It seems that every other night I hear "Oh I wanted to try [this] or [that]" and the result of those actions is a blown up server.. again. To note: It's not Linux's fault and it's not HLDS' fault either. It's Lou. If he left the box the way it is - nothing would break. Yet he continues to "try" things. Bad idea.

Personally speaking I have more than enough experience under my belt concerning setting up a proper HLDS (Half-Life Dedicated Server). I can install Windows or Linux versions easily and also do any add-ons necessary like AdminMod or AMX. I know my installation was not "bad" because it was basically all stock.

So anyway, unless the server magically comes up I'm not starting it again. Definitely got more important things to do than babysit a server that someone keeps breaking over and over.


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Taking the low road

Every day I drive on Interstate 395 (Connecticut) to get to work. I go Southbound to get there, Northbound to go home. Today it rained. It wasn't a hard rain by any means, but it was enough to turn the skies to gray and put a mist on the highway from all the cars that were driving, sort of like a man-made fog.

At Northbound exit 83 I see a wave of tailights ahead.

"Uh-oh, must be an accident."

I was right. In the distance I see a car that is semi-sideways and a few other cars that were definitely not going anywhere. Couldn't really tell that much more because of the rain and mist. I happened to be right next to exit 83. I take it. I've never taken that exit before but I'm sure as hell not going to hang around to wait for the highway cleanup.

At the end of the ramp is a gas station.

"Methinks I should fill up since I'm below a 1/4 tank."

I pull in and there are basically no cars there. I fill up, then go inside to pay. Inside I see a very cramped and tiny store. I go and grab a Mountain Dew AMP drink, a bottle of dry gas and head to the counter. As I'm paying, all of a sudden the store fills up. What was once just a few people turned into almost twelve. As I finish paying and leave, every single free gas island spot is taken with cars.

"Whoa, time to get outa here."

I put the dry gas in the car, get in, start up and off I go. I make the decision right there to not take I-395 home because as I'm leaving I see a cop going the wrong way up the ramp to give assistance. It must be bad.

I head North 97 then pick up East 138 towards Jewett City.

Small note about 2 and 3-numbered rural routes in Connecticut: Very windy (that's wind like a clock, not like blowing wind) roads. CT is full of these everywhere you go. Best thing to do is take them slow if unfamiliar with them. Even though I knew 138, I'd never been on this part of it.

I get into Voluntown and remember I dated a girl named Susan here once. Cute butt. Should I stop by to see how she's doing? Nah. I dumped her for a reason.

I get into Jewett City, get on to 12 Northbound and dead smack in the middle of the road a truck breaks down right next to Jewett City Savings bank, effectively blocking my side of the road entirely.

"Great. Just great."

My frustration was short-lived. I was able to get around the guy after two minutes.

I continue on 12 North and pick up I-395 North in Plainfield. From here on out I consider 395 "safe" for the rest of the distance home. It was. Got home without a scratch, save for arriving 20 minutes later than I would have ordinarily.

As I get home I am reminded that life is short and that taking the road less traveled is sometimes the best choice.



Back up.. for now

Seems like I keep talking about this over and over, but whatever.

My Counter-Strike server (69.0.103.230:27015) 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.

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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.