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I think I’ve gotten the forum back operational… minus the posts from the last month. My October backup failed, so I had to resort to my September backup. Sorry about that.
Anyway, it’s open for business again.
This is a rather convoluted tale, so sit tight as I walk you through it.
First off, our server hosts decided it was time to update all the software underpinnings keeping all their various websites running. Including ours. Which is cool, I’m glad they did, because some of the stuff was getting a bit out dated.
So when the day came for the software updates, I completely missed the email informing me of the action… Strike 3,412 for me. Of course that means I wasn’t able to let the squadron know the site was going to be down for an unknown amount of time, as databases and software were maneuvered around.
I started getting emails from various squadron members regarding the outage. As soon as they started arriving, I did a quick check and found the answer… the update I missed. But, it should be no problem, our hosts are pretty dang good at what they do. That is why I recently renewed our contract with them again, after all.
So a day or two goes by, and the squadron’s forum still isn’t operating. The WordPress front end is, but not the forum. Seems hinky, but okay… I can handle this. I wake up early and start delving into my database backups to upload, only to find my own internet connection has now decided that it’s traveled back in time to 1992 and is barely uploading at 2400 baud. I run out of time on this early morning exercise and have to get into work, so I leave everything up on my computer and disgustedly go into work. This is Thursday morning.
At about 10:00 am central time I am becoming aware that something is not right in this old man’s guts. By 10:15 I am in pain. I head back to my home terminal, offload empties and strap everything remaining in place, then run my truck to the shop where it’s scheduled for it’s annual DoT (Department of Transportation) inspection. I get a ride back to the terminal, eyes watering… I punch out and go home, thinking I am bound up in some bad way, blaming a bunch of new cheeses my daughter had me try the night before. I take a liberal dose of Advil followed by a large gulp from the Milk of Magnesia bottle, and wait for it do it’s work. A couple agonizing hours later, I am rewarded with … very little. And still have the pain. What the hell??
Friday morning comes after a nearly sleepless night. I text my boss, letting him know I’m not going to be coming in. My wife graciously agrees to drive me to the urgent care place for a checkup. As we’re going there, I realize that I’m not feeling as bad as I was… Whatever it is, must be getting slowly better. My wife disagrees, and we’re already half way there. Okay, fine. I hate doctors, but let’s see what’s going on.
Check in, do the paperwork, pay my co-pay. A few questions later, pee in a cup and offer my arm to the first of many needles, this one simply for a blood draw. Twenty minutes later, white blood cell count is very high. Doc says… maybe appendix. CT scan today. Wait, what? Today? Yes. Go to the hospital, check in at (a certain desk.) Checked in, drop trow and get poked with a spatula and some really smelly stuff goes in my veins. I get shuttled in and out of the giant donut, then re-dress and go wait. Half an hour later, the doc calls me, tells me my room number, go there. Wait… Room number? How about checking in, and what the hell is going on? He tells me CT scan confirmed I have appendicitus, and that my infected appendix is coming out today.
Holy hell… today?
And he wasn’t joking. By two in the afternoon I was wearing one of those funny backless gowns (which makes no sense, they need the front open, right?) … and lying on a gurney getting pushed down the hallway to the operating room. My wife and daughter are standing there wide-eyed… Then an oddly handsome young man puts a syringe into the I.V. doo-dad in my arm, and everything goes black.
I wake up back in my room, and don’t feel a damn thing… other than hungry. The last thing I was allowed to eat or drink was before we left the house. I hadn’t even had a cup of coffee yet. They tell me I can eat, so I order up some food from this extremely expensive hotel, wolf it down. And promptly throw it back up. Okay, maybe later for that. Hugs all around, I survived, my tummy now only hurts in the three places where they poked the knives through for the … something-scopic operation. My belly button will never be the same. But my guts feel much better.
Saturday, I get to go home. Amazingly enough I still have taken anything other than some Tylenol for the incision pain… Until I get home. Then it doesn’t take long before the ache sets in. Take one of their magic little oxycodone pills, and the edge of pain is brushed back enough for me to sit down at my computer. And see the mess of this non-functioning forum still staring me in the face.
I try to do some backup-restore functions, but for whatever reason it’s not working correctly. Since it looks like I’ll be off work for a solid month, I will probably have time to get our hosts to install one of their recovery database backups. My efforts have failed.
So… that is where I’m at with the forum and the site and my now appendix-less self.
Just a head’s-up to let folks know the WW forums will be going offline for a bit while some required maintenance is being performed. This is a full update of our forum’s software. Should be completed fairly quickly, but posting this here in case something goes amiss with the process.
Announcing a shake-up of the WW Staff, with WWTharn retiring as Commander (and going back to being an active member/pilot.) The new Staff is as follows:
Commanding Officer: WWSpardog
Executive Officer: WWGeezer
Recruiting Officer: WWPierre
Training Officer: WWLily
Administration Officer: WWSandMan
Merit Officer: WWDubya
Congratulations to the new Command and Staff members!
Received this note from our web server hosts, posting in case it turns out to be an issue for any of our regular visitors:
Hello, In an ongoing effort to provide the highest quality service, we will be performing network maintenance on July 18th, 2013 10PM - 4AM PST. During this maintenance window we will be upgrading the networking equipment associated with the server that is hosting your account. We do expect brief periods of packet loss and latency while Ethernet connections are transitioned to the new switch. No servers will be powered off during the process, but we are planning for a service disruption of up to 10 minutes while the new hardware is deployed. We apologize for the inconvenience but we are very excited about the improvements this will mean for our customers. Thank you for your patience during this time and we will work as quickly as possible to minimize any disruption. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. Thank you, Lunarpages System Administrator Team
Here’s a link to the original release thread on the banana forums (aka: the 1C Publishing forums) : http://forum.1cpublishing.eu/showthread.php?t=40131
Dear IL-2 fans.
On behalf of 1C:Maddox Games and Daidalos Team, we are pleased to present you the patch 4.12.
The development of 4.12 patch took us once again much longer time to complete than expected. Our main focus this time was on delivering some of the most requested features plus AI & mission building improvements. Development was started by gathering a list of most requested features from several forums and trying to figure out what we can implement with our small team. This time we also included some visual improvements (in form of effects, textures & UI changes) instead of the usual simulation & realism tweaks only. And of course the patch would not be complete without few new flyable & AI planes. All of them our dear favorites that we’ve hoped to fly for the past decade or so. For example the Curtiss Hawk-75 external model was delivered to Maddox Games almost exactly ten years ago by a member of our team. Now ten years later it is time for the cockpit. So you can expect to see Beaufort cockpit in 2023 (or in two weeks).
As with the previous patches we would like to ask the IL-2 community members to please report any relevant issues or errors we did not catch through our beta testing process. We will open new 4.12 debugging threads soon.
Of course you can also use our DT email for the bug reports: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank all those who made their mirror servers available for the 4.12 patch download. Please note that Mission4Today download links are available for its registered members only.
[list]4.12 English/International version:
4.12 Russian version:
4.12 Dedicated Server:
More mirrors will be added soon.
My apologies for the non-working menu links. I have no idea what happened. Updated to the latest/greatest version of Word Press (as our web host -LunarPages- was adamant that I do) and now I find that all the various pages and links in my menus no longer work.
I will be trying to find out WTF is going on and get it fixed, asap.
Just wanted to take a minute of your time and brag about a group of friends who have been flying flight simulations since 1992: The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron.
It’s been my distinct pleasure to be a member of the WW’s for 99% of that time… While I wasn’t one of the few who started the squadron, I was part of the first rounds of recruits to join a couple months later. I am also one of the few remaining from the 1992 era who is still actively part of the squadron.
Earlier this month the WW’s had their 20th Anniversary “Get Together” in San Diego, California. The center-piece of the WW Get Together was enjoying the MCAS Miramar Air Show. Once I get our site’s gallery issues figured out, I’ll have links to hundreds of photos from the airshow and other events and venues we visited while in San Diego. For now, you can browse manually through the various contributor’s folders on our web space here: http://www.wingwalkers.org/vault/2012_SanDiego_Gathering
I wanted to highlight a couple things… First, a group photo of the attending Wing Walkers members:
High-def image here: http://www.wingwalkers.org/vault/2012_SanDiego_Gathering/ww_20th_groupshot.JPG
Back row, l-r: Tom “WWGeezer” Emme; Peter “WWPierre” Legere; Dan “WWPlague” Strayer; Monte “WWSandMan” Lewis; Ron “WWChunk” DeRespini
Front row, l-r: Jay “WWDubya” Stein”; Ron “WWSpardog” Street; Erik “WWFlybert” Aamot; John “WW8Ball” Fesler
Missing the “Get Together” after making plans and reservations, but real-life health, employment and/or family issues made it impossible for them to attend, Tom “WWHappy” Madron; Ian “WWWringer” Smuck; Brian “WBrian” Sawyer; Pat “WWTaco” Mesich.
Tom “WWHappy” Madron was awarded the prestigious “Art Stacy Memorial Award”, commemorating the life and friendship of Art “WWKat” Stacy, who was the first WW member to have passed away. This award is given to the active WW member who best represents the ideals and philosophies of the Wing Walkers squadron. It is the highest honor amongst the WW squadron members to be presented with the Art Stacy Memorial Award. For WWHappy, it was a well deserved and well-earned honor.
We have a video of the award ceremony, such as it is, recorded during our visit to the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant in San Diego. As a plug for the restaurant, if you have an interest in WW1 history (and of course in fine dining!) then this is a “must see” spot in San Diego.
(I hope to get a high-quality version posted to YouTube soon)
A special part of the Get Together this year was meeting Chris “WWFalcon” Herr in person… Chris is an active duty U.S. Marine Corps RQ-7B operator. Chris first joined the WW’s when he was 16, demonstrating a maturity level beyond his youthful age (the WW’s generally don’t consider applications from folks under 18). Chris was, and is, a very good combat simulation pilot… and we like to think that his success in the Marines as an RQ-7B operator was at least partially due to his time spent flying with us. Well, it sounds good any way… 😉
Here is Staff Sergeant Chris Herr, U.S. Marine Corps:
As a final note our current Commanding Officer, WWTharn (a musician at heart), put together a heart warming original musical tribute for the WW’s 20th Anniversary… For any online gaming group/clan/squadron/unit who do most of their group activities via TeamSpeak, Ventrillo or any other real-time voice communications method, this song will certainly feel ‘real’.
Here’s looking forward to the next 20 years of flight simulation! Cheers!
Okay… As is usual with me, the most intricately laid plans literally unraveled in front of my eyes. What we’re left with on this early (early… early!) Monday morning is not what I was hoping to give my friends in the Wing Walkers.
It all started with an effort to update the old forum portal, and instead we wound up here. So hang on over the course of the next few weeks as the WW site make-over happens.
At the very least, the forums will remain intact. 🙂 Speaking of which … there’s a little tiny “Forum” link up in the top left. That should take you there. You may not make it back here without some effort, so please update your bookmarks with the following forum link: http://www.wingwalkers.org/Forum/index.php Once I get full access returned to me (thank you Lunar Pages, for blocking my IP address because I was doing a lot of work on this site, and you so helpfully crashed me out of!) I will get things more resolutely on track.
July 15 … nope, July 16, 2012. Date of the change.
Monte “WWSandMan” Lewis,
aka WW Administrator