I’m updating a lot of the computers in the shack. Basically for more powerful yet power efficient machines. This means there are going to periods when SMS spotting will be unavailable or unreliable over the next few days. This only affects the European server, there’s no change to the North American server.
During the normal activation times for Europeans I’ll have it running on the old server but after 1900Z it will be running on the new one whilst I test things. One of the advantages will be auto recovery after a power failure. The current server cannot be automatically restarted, you have to push and hold a button whilst it chugs into life. The new server can start up itself but I need to change the software to allow for this, hence the need to play with the system. Initial tests show that despite moving from PowerPC to Intel architecture and from a 5 year old Linux kernel to an almost new one the bot worked first time. I’m not sure if that’s because I know what I’m doing after all these years or if I was lucky!
Now to put everything back on the old server…