A Dysfunctional Playground


Qwas Dogs Work – Stop Motion Animation

by on Dec.08, 2013, under Blog, Youtube

Stop Motion Animation video showing the Festool table and Qwas Dogs at work :)

Qwas Dogs are a bench dog used for perfect alignment on the Festool MFT work bench.

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Sternnation forums closing temporarily

by on May.28, 2013, under Blog, News

Mike from sternnation.com forums announced that due to personal issues he would be closing the sternnation forums for now. Between possible moving and taking care of his own stuff he didn’t have the time to keep eye on the forum and of course didn’t need all the aggravation that comes with that for the moment. So his decision to keep the domain and such but close the forum was a good idea so he could focus on what he needed to do.

For regulars of the sternnation.com forums you can find most everyone over on http://forum.dude-suit.net I have registrations set for manual approval so once you register I have to approve it. And the forum is set to members only, so it’s just a hangout for the sternnation members until Mike gets things taken care of and returns. Since I will be manually approving new accounts on http://forum.dude-suit.net you can leave a comment to this post with what nickname you signed up with if you don’t get approved right away.

Big thanks to Mike for running the forums and wish him well with the personal issues he has to take care of and hope to see him soon.

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SternNation forum temporary outage info – Updated 5/18

by on May.16, 2013, under Blog, News

Update May 18, 2013

http://sternnation.com forums are back online, Mike got everything back up today after the Godaddy screwup. I’ve closed the backup forum for now. See you on the SternNation Forums!

 “What happened?”

Regarding the outage of the SternNation forums May 15, 16…
Spoke to Mike, there has been a wave of people who have had hosting through GoDaddy have had their sites go down recently. There are posts on the godaddy forums as well as wordpress forums and various others. The reason Godaddy have been telling everyone including Mike of SternNation is “excessive DNS” issues.

Now to take hundreds of sites offline for this particular reason is a bit like chopping your toe completely off just because you had an ingrown toe nail. I spoke to Mike via emails and reading everyone’s complaints on other forums what I’ve been able to piece together is the common factor is a runaway sql server. Now those sites that host with Godaddy use Godaddy’s sql servers, and it’s probably a safe bet that the sql servers aren’t all shared. It’s probably all seperate virtual hosts, it’s very possible that the sql servers vhosts are on it’s own machine while the web hosting accounts are on it’s own machine. Anyhow it doesn’t matter how it’s really setup, but from I can piece together the majority of people with issues all ran forums or wordpress/drupal/joomla type sites.

In the case of a forum it could have been set to not disable hostname lookups, which if there were tons of abandoned accounts or lots of incoming traffic that would cause a whole lot of reverse ip dns requests you then combine this with hundreds of other Godaddy hosted forums also set to do hostname lookups, each time those logs or specific sections were accessed it would send a huge spike in dns traffic to Godaddy’s dns servers creating a type of “internal DDOS” in a sense. Blog sites like WordPress and such also have options to turn on hostname lookups or not.

This is my conclusion going on the posts on godaddy forums and wordpress.org forums at least. The annoying part is Godaddy never informed it’s customers of this issue and dropped the sites offline to deal with the problem without telling the customers creating a huge hornet’s nest of angry customers.

Anyhow with that said, Mike will have the sternnation forums back up and running shortly. But until then I tossed up a temporary forum for those looking for news can swing by and check it out until sternnation is back up. I do have registrations tightened down a bit, so when you register it may take a little bit as I have to approve it manually. But don’t fret, it’ll be taken care of as soon as I see it :)

Update 5/18: Stern Nation Forums are back online! See ya on the forums.

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Been a bit quiet lately

by on Mar.16, 2013, under Blog

Things have been a bit on the quiet side lately with the site. Although I do try and keep links fixed on some past posts. The Dude Suit Radio station does keep updated and I try to add new tracks every other week, currently in rotation Dude Suit Radio has over 1500 tracks. I myself have been a little under the weather and dealing with some family sickness also. So there haven’t been any new posts lately.

Hopefully things will get back to normal and we’ll see where things go on the site. I was thinking of offering some small services for gamers and/or possible people wanting to run their own radio stations by renting out teamspeak server space and offer shoutcast server rentals. But I’m going to hold off on that for a while for now.

Anyhow if you like Trance, Trip Hop, House music then feel free to enjoy Dude Suit Radio 24/7 stream, just click the ‘click here to listen’ over on the right. Or if on the mobile version of the site just go to the Dude Suit Radio page.


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SternNation forum down at the moment

by on Jan.18, 2013, under Blog

Update (1/20/2013): The site is back up, Mike had been a bit under the weather and didn’t see the domain renewal notice, he renewed and the site is back up now. So come on over if interested in nice place to hang out, uncensored , unfiltered :)


The Sternnation.com forums are down at the moment. Well the forums are probably up and just fine. The problem is the domain name has expired today 1/17/13.

Don’t know if Mike was aware of the impending renewal fee or that the yearly term was up so soon and the reminder email may have slipped his mind.

I’m just speculating. Anyhow soon as I hear anything I’ll update this post.

I know Mike stays pretty busy, so you usually have a grace period to renew before the domain releases, so if that’s the case once Mike notices it should fire back up once the DNS propagates.

otherwise as they say on old tv serials “Stay Tuned…”


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