The Origin of Species of GamersThe Origin of Species of Gamers

Posted on Oct 5th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, RetroWorld Expo, Booger Star Destroyer, Mashed potato pizza, hashtags

As I write this, I'm sitting in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport on a 3 hour layover. I've been up since 4:45am after going to bed some time around 2am.

Totally worth it!

A photo posted by @retroworldexpo on



Back row (left to right): russlyman, bickman2k, Fleach, Crabmaster2000, singlebanana;
Front row (left to right): Izret101, Duke.Togo, wildbil52, ericeskapade


Continue reading RF Generation - BACK FROM RETROWORLD!



Posted on Apr 1st 2014 at 11:58:46 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site news, What day is it, No one reads these, April what

So, we just migrated everything over, but we're moving back!

This new server is just too fast. It reminds us on staff about broadband and new technology. Pages loading when you click them? Pshaw. We need to go back to the golden age of the Internet.



Until we make this switch, I'll be artificially throttling the speed on the server so everyone can get used to it again.

Also, after working with theGrue, we're going to dump the Android app and develop only for Palm.


  Palm Generation
 
RF Generation coming here soon!



We feel that this will take the site back to its roots in classic gaming, when you didn't need "day one patches", "DLC on disc", and "stability updates". Things broke when they did and that's the way we liked it!

As always, be sure to keep it on channel <4-1>...



Posted on Mar 29th 2014 at 12:31:12 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site news, Minor breakage

Site's back on the new server. Will be working on fixing avatar images in the morning.

Please let us know of any issues you run in to.



Posted on Mar 28th 2014 at 04:37:23 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site news, Server change, Download More RAM, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The big server move is going to happen beginning tonight. At 6pm Central time, when I get home, I'm going to begin the change so this site is redirected to our new emergency blog. This will let us finish transferring some items as well as pull a fresh DB backup so we can move it all, optimize everything, and bring the site back up on the new server.

Feel free to get your IRC client ready for the down time.

Server: irc.quakenet.org
Room: #rfgeneration

Feel free to stop by and chat with myself and others while this is in the works.

Maybe I'll even start a Google Video Hangout tonight...

Thanks for your patience!



Posted on Oct 23rd 2013 at 02:42:24 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, Hard drives, hosts, dinosaurs



Drive swap was successful. Server stats seem to be much better as well.



Posted on Oct 21st 2013 at 10:52:36 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, Downtime, Booooourns, Site Host, Ubuntu Forums

So, we have some word from the web host. After my investigation, I found that one of our drives had some bad sectors. After unmounting it, the site seems to be running much better. Good news is that it was our backup drive, so none of the site data should be damaged. They will be replacing the drive, but in order to do so, they will need to power down our server to swap out the drive.

We have this planned for Wednesday during the day. Most of you will probably be at work or school, so there shouldn't be many that this will affect. We will be making solid backups ahead of time, just in case. Smiley

So, to sum it up, site is having planned downtime to resolve a hardware issue that should help our performance once it is resolved. It'll be down Wednesday during the day and hopefully back up by that night. I don't have a time as of right now, but we'll redirect somewhere. Smiley

Go ahead, kick it over to channel 4 for a little bit on Wednesday, but be sure to bring it back over to channel 3 soon!



Posted on Oct 5th 2013 at 10:49:04 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, Slow, Sloth, Zzz, Waiting, We are sad too



Site's been slow for you? Yeah, us too.

We have been running over our logs and settings and are in contact with our host as well to try to sort out exactly what is going on.

Please be patient. Your calls are very important to us. Have you considered buying an extended warranty? *shakes head* Sorry, went in to call center mode for a second.

We know just how important this site is to you guys. Personally, it means the world to me to have this site up and running well for everyone to experience. We hope to have everything running better very soon.

Don't forget to keep it on channel 3! (Even if there is a little static every now and then.)



Posted on Sep 10th 2013 at 04:28:33 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, RFG Thanks, Submissions, Stats, Numbers

Hey guys! I'm late on this one, but we have another set of thanks to give out for August!

In August, we had 2550 submissions! 2324 of those being games and the other 226 were hardware. That's back up from our summer lull of July! This month also pushed us over 30,000 submissions on the year! Thanks to everyone who submitted!

The top submitters for August were: ApolloBoy with 1043 submissions! Nearly half! Then there was Shadow Kisuragi with 328, thegreatska with 236, Sirgin with 154, and ericeskapade with 127 to round out the other members with over 100 submissions.

The top approvers for August were: Shadow Kisuragi with 390, Tynstar with 215, Paully3433 with 198, and ApolloBoy with 118!

Great job everyone! Let's keep up the awesome work!



Posted on Mar 23rd 2012 at 09:39:04 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, Downtime, Forum, Database

The site is going down again.

Now, breathe.

This is planned downtime and it's for the better. Our host recently merged with another company and, along with this, they are changing our server configuration. We were on a VPS with 1GB of RAM and a meager 20GB of drive space. We are moving to a dedicated server with 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB drives! More everything! This should allow us to remain stable and hopefully lessen the database connection issues we have been experiencing.

This all goes down Saturday night at 10PM Central US time (3AM GMT). We will be placing the entire site in a maintenance mode. We did it Saturday night in case there were problems so we could have Sunday to fix it, again, if needed.

If you need your fix right away, please go ahead and bookmark this page to get to the IRC room.

See you when we're back!



Posted on Feb 12th 2012 at 03:52:09 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site News, Database, forum

Well, here we are, back up again. After over a week of downtime, we feel that we are ready to give this another shot as well as explain what had happened.

Last month, we were informed that our server was hosting a PayPal scam site. Our host was working with us to close up the exploit. It seems that whoever got in may have used more than an exploit. I found a couple of new domains on the server that were not set up by us. After further investigation, it was thought that they had the root password to the server. This fear was confirmed when the site went down.

Our initial check led us to the fact that our database tables had been dropped. That's bad.


This effectively removed our forum and game databases. We have been working to try to restore the forum from the information that was left on the server, but after all of the effort, we were stuck. Eddie was able to get the game database back from early December. This also included the blogs. The forum, however, was not so lucky.

The initial forum restoration that we found was from 2009. This included the member table. I happened to attempt to make a backup back in January, but it only partially backed up. Fortunately, this was successful in including the member list and even PMs. So, while we have now lost a ton of the forum, that can be recreated. The important part is that we were able to recover a fairly recent backup of the game DB and almost all of our members (not sure how many registered in the few weeks since my backup).

Now what happens? This experience has certainly left an impression on me as well as Dave, Eddie, and Mike. We will be implementing means to do (starting off) biweekly backups and as we get things honed in, we hope to get this down to possibly daily. We will also be working to have a system in place to test these backups and make sure they are good to prevent this sort of downtime in the future as well as making it easier for us to move hosts in the future should we need to do so.

We are very sorry that this has happened and that it was down for so long. We hope that it hasn't tarnished our image for you and that you continue to come back. Personally, I appreciate everyone that came in to the IRC room during the down time to keep the conversation going and your words of encouragement really meant a lot. The community has always been fantastic here and now that we're back up, I hope we continue to get stronger as a result. Thank you for your patience with me and my stubbornness to try everything I could to try to get it back to where it was before the disaster struck.

Welcome back to Channel 3!



Posted on Sep 8th 2010 at 12:11:24 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Podcast, Gaming, Site News, RF Generation

I just posted episode 1 of the RF Generation podcast minutes ago. Give it a listen and tell us what you thought! Your feature requests, show topic ideas, and just plain comments about our initial go are also welcome!

http://rfgeneration.podomatic.com

Enjoy!



Posted on Jun 24th 2009 at 11:09:25 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under RF Generation, podcast, site news

Ideas are interesting. For those who don't frequent the chat, I at one point made a YouTube video highlighting a portion of my collection that was kept in storage to show just how much was missing from my online collection. Fairly soon after that, logical123 posted a forum post of a video that he put on YouTube showcasing his collection and his setup. That's when I realized that I don't necessarily think that I can fully express myself with text like I can with my words.

Announcing the RF Generation podcast!

This will be for the members. While I was talking with logical123 one day, I was talking about how I got into collecting and other stories regarding finds, deals, or just interesting parts of collecting. I was able to elaborate much further on this than I feel that I could if I was typing it out. I also feel that the possibility of a co-host or an interview would allow the podcast to focus on the members of the site and their collections and experiences with the fluidity of conversation and truly allow their voice and excitement to be expressed to you.

As I mentioned in the forum, I will probably do a few episodes to see how it works for you and me. I also will be taking suggestions for show ideas so that this will become our show instead of just my experimental project. I hope to be hearing from you all soon.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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As much as the world has changed, our still somewhat niche spot as gamers has adapted to the times as well as the games. We have created our online museum of our past. We share our experiences about the present. And we will evolve together as the gaming community continues to change. I hope to write about some of my experiences with gaming, as well as on some topics that were not directly relevant to me, but to the community or you personally.
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