Some of you may have noticed in the news, recent info about the Heartbleed Vulnerability. While we have been silent until now about the issue, it does not mean in any way that we don't take your privacy or security seriously. In fact it means quite the opposite.
When news of Heartbleed first hit the public wires, we rushed to check all our servers and services to discover that only our newest servers were vulnerable. The older servers were always using an older version of SSL that never had the Heartbleed Vulnerability. As many of you know, BigCloset was only on the new servers for a matter of days before Heartbleed was announced, and they were patched almost immediately, just as soon as our upstream OS vendor made a patch available.
We did some essential software updates (Core and Modules) and things seem to be running a tad bit more efficiently.
Beholden of the Heart
Story Contest Winners Announcement!
Yes, yes yes! People have won!
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This is just as important as Rule One. If you think someone has deliberately offended you, think a second time.
What if you're wrong?
This is a friendly place...
Three sorts of limitations apply:
We're doing well with donations for this month, though we could use a bit more to finish off. If you notice, we've spent $700 on equipment this month which is reported in the Server Fund numbers.
Hi everyone, Just a quick note.
Amy (My Fiance), Liam (Our Son) and I are headed up to Bridgewater, NJ today so that I can rack more equipment and get two other servers that were left un-configured, online.
We've got BC up and running on the new server, Buttercup, and it does run faster!
So yesterday, I spent 6+ hours in our new datacenter, racking, and configuring equipment.
Beholden of the Heart
Story Contest Voting!
Voting Starts now through April 2, 2014!
Right now we thought we would have our new servers installed and operating, ready to move BC over to them by, perhaps, Friday. Ain't going to happen.
We Are Janglewood LLC
As of last week, Piper, Cat and I have incorporated as Janglewood, LLC.
Whatever happened to this great story (author is xoxox I think)? Is it and the remainder available anywhere? I think it is a great story and I want to know 'what happens next'.
Here's an interesting chart, prepared by a friend of mine.
Here's a link to the list of "lost stories".
|Can anyone tell me who wrote this story please?
Beholden of the Heart
Contest Starts February 1, 2014!
We'll be working on problems here for most of the weekend it looks like, so be patient and be kind. :)
Here's a list of known problems.
We got a good head start on February this month and I want to thank everyone who contributed. We even got some donations for the hardware fund. :)
We're a almost halfway through the month and more than a third of our goal. Thanks, everyone.
Just a little note, we have switched from sending our emails via our own home-grown email servers (exim) to using a 3rd party SMTP service.
Something has gone wrong! Seriously, perhaps humorously, but definitely -- wrong!
Okay, this is just a title that keeps recurring to me, I don't have time to write the story. But maybe someone else does? :)
First of all, Merry Christmas to all who want to celebrate that holiday and Happy Holidays to those celebrating some other day and Seasons Greetings to everyone else!
I set the donations goal for November at only $1000 so we could start December at $0 instead of continuing to be a whole month off. November also completed our 14th year of running BigCloset!
After a minor repair to the database, Tuckerspawn is back up. It went down because of the brownout at our ISP in Denver last week.
Weather in the Denver area interrupted power and connectivity to the server farm. They worked on the problem for quite a while then it took even longer to get all the servers rebooted.
I had one of those tedious dreams last night.
I'm feeling better now but I woke up at 330 AM last night with diarrhea and vomiting that lasted till a bit after noon.
Contributions to the Hatbox continue to be what keeps Piper and I able to keep this website and a dozen others used by the TG community active and running.
Angela Rasch's "Voices Carry Over Water" is now available to contributors to the Hatbox and we will soon have the revised version of "To Alleviate Suffering" there, too. Thanks very much, Angela. :)
Three Wise Men
Okay, Christmas is just around the corner, and I am still designing the official Contest page. My medical condition has worsened and money is very tight.
|The 2013 TopShelf's October 2013 Costumes Contest has ended.
But who won?
Muwhhahhaahaaa! *Evil laugh*
... if you really want to know....
"YES! Tell us already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
then click the title link above... and enter at your own risk!
Story Contest Results
The Contest Submissions Deadline ends tonight at 11:59 pm Pacific time.
We're going to try a new capability here after a recent request. Now you can subscribe to your favorite authors to be notified when they post new stories. :) At least, we hope this works.
Back from the con, I had a great time. I'm working in the bookstore today and have a writer's group meeting tonight but I will be on and off. And Piper and Amy had their baby!
What a weekend!
Much too hard to do this on the phone, see you all in the morning.
With there being roughly 20 some days left for the submissions, I have looked through the entries and found only a dozenish.
We just payed our $1572 hosting bill and will have another smaller one next month (or maybe it is in November).
We're halfway through September and have half of our goal received for August.
It's the middle of August and we still aren't halfway to our goal for July.
I've made this twice recently, it's good hot weather food and it comes out differently every time so this recipe is just a guideline.
Disrespecting anyone's profession of belief in a comment, blog or forum post is not allowed on BC. Please don't attempt to embarrass someone with public comments here.
We made our goal and thanks to everyone who contributed. I have a couple of checks here still to deposit that didn't get done because last week I was sick and the week before I was on vacation.
This is a new extension to the friendly rule; titles and teasers that appear on the front page should be work safe and if there are non-work friendly images past the teaser, that should have a caution