So I felt a little goofy the other night, and decided to pull off a little April Fools prank on BeGroovy, since it had been such a long time since doing so. I didn’t actually have time to build a theme so users here could pick the theme for good, like I wanted to. Oh well. For those of you that missed it and want to feel a little nostalgia, you can see the page here. Got a lot of comments that it looked better too. Maybe we’ll go in that direction (somewhat) for the rebuild currently underway (note the new logo that we’ll likely use).
Well, wasn’t as difficult a problem as I thought… should have looked into it weeks ago. Somehow the settings file got blanked out - but there was, strangely enough, a backup file of it. Just renamed it and all is now well.
Sorry about the outage guys and gals!
BeGroovy is preparing for a website redesign, among other efforts, and we have an urgent need for someone that does graphics arts better than Yez or I can (which isn’t asking for much), since Cougar is a bit too occupied recently to do anything for us. The work will be mainly logos, the category icons and the like at a minimum, and helping out with the entire look of the website for the initiated (and for the extremely initiated, some work beyond that as well). Unpaid, unfortunately.
If you are interested in helping out, email me - dj at thisdomain.
Just looking through some of the old posts from a long time ago, and 6 years ago today, we assumed the features of the former BeDope website at the request of Mike Popovic. These features were the Icon Tarot, the Haiku Generator, and the Quotable JLG. BeGroovy is proud to have kept them running in the community for the past six years now… wow, time sure flies.
Anyways, we have been thinking about new features that we can add to BeGroovy lately, and I thought we could solicit your inputs. Give ‘em to us, be they needed (such as a new HCL section, or a software repository), or be they cheezy and/or just plain fun (you know, something like the above features ). Comment below on any suggestions, ideas or thoughts.
Well, we’re back. However, there is some more obvious tweaking required, and the forums and IconTarot are still down at this time, but finally, we’re getting there.
Stay tuned, and sign up for a user account if you’d like to help post news!!!
UPDATE: The forums should be back now… Still have to fix that “default theme” issue, but for another day - I’m tired. Icon Tarot to be fixed later as well.
In celebration for the upcoming 7 year birthday of BeGroovy… Okay, that’s a stretch…
To help me pay for server fees (it’s that time again)… there’s some CafePress items I’ve put up with a “BeGroovy” brand. To start out, I’ve used a modification of the first BeGroovy logo from back in 1998 (and still visible on BeBits ). Each item purchased will help me pay for the BeGroovy server fees, so if you feel the need to help out, get a Retro BeGroovy Messenger Bag or Yellow T-shirt. I’ll add more BeGroovy (and maybe other) branded stuff there if this proves to be helpful in paying for the cost of BeGroovy’s operations. Or, you can just help out by donating a few bucks to my PayPal account (email me for my PayPal email account).
I must thank all our visitors over the years for keep me motivated to keep the site up and running, and a special thanks to all those that have been around for most (or all) of those years. But now, I need a little more help to keep it going - it’s not that I don’t have the money too - but keeping a server running for 7 years can add up to quite a bit of cash, not a bit of which a certain significant other is appreciative of.
And it will be appreciated by all those that visit here (and at least one person that I live with ). Thanks.
Update: At Euan’s request, I put up mugs there as well. Here’s the official storefront. Yes, eventually, I’ll get a better logo for the actual storefront banner in there.
And, a big thanks to all for the email about keeping the site going. Just to clarify - this isn’t a “life-saving” measure. The site isn’t going away, this is just a request for a little assistance from those that can afford to help out some - 7 years does add up.
Well, nothing looks different… so I suppose everything with updating the backend scripts is a success then. Let us know if you run into any issues.
As a side to this, certain keywords in the comments have been blacklisted and are dumped to ‘void’. If you are posting comments and they aren’t showing up, check for any words that might be causing your comment to be percieved as spam (you can see a copy of our list of keywords here so you can avoid them). It’s also possible that your comment is awaiting moderation as well (such as if you put more than one link in your comment).
BeGroovy’s host will be physically moving locations on the 25th between 12am and 6am. Expect a short bit o’ downtime. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for the understanding.
So here you are… due to some circumstances that forced us to move faster than planned on creating the new BeGroovy (is it 4.0 or 5.0? I’ve lost count over the past 6 years), it is not quite finished as far as the asthetics. This was rather a temporary mockup that was pushed through to completion. We have new logo’s and colors we are looking over and debating still. So, the look will likely change as we move along, but the new engine is in place, and commenting should work again now with less spam (Spam Lite? ). Also, if you have links to submit for the left column, send them in.
Anyhooos… let’s just call this version BeGroovy 4.0 - and we are still shooting for our own “Maui 4.5″ with a snappier look to it. Enjoy.
As many of you have noticed, Begroovy has become a resort hot spot for SPAMMERS. Well since it has become very annoying to continuously filter out the junk that’s posted in the comments section of every news article here, we have decided to lockdown the commenting privileges so no more SPAM can be posted.
If Begroovy readers would like to post a comment regarding a specific article, you may do so by posting your comment in the Begroovy forums in the News Discussion section with the title of the news article you are commenting on.
Please note that this is only temporary.
Okay, so altp pulled some stats for me (I didn’t even know this was hosted by him!) - averaging 1,126 visits a day. That’s enough to tell me that we need to stick it out. I had thought we were less than 100, judging by the forum activity, but it appears I was just being doomy and gloomy.
Also, Allnew appears from the ether to help with a redesign. For those that do not know, Allnew (aka Adam Olson) was one of the founders of BeGroovy, and has done pretty much all the graphics you have seen here over the various iterations of BeGroovy (minus that ugly blue and gold one I did in 1.0 that still shows up on BeBits once in a while).
So, at any rate, we’ll stay on the server we are on, taking our time to migrate whatever it is we need to move over to a newly designed site, and TRY to kick things in gear here again.
That all said, any volunteers with coding a new version of the site, or after completion, news posting, article writing, and/or forum moderation - or if you just have an idea or comment on new/current features, email me!
Okay, so here’s a topic that always ends up hot…
With the name change to Haiku, does BeGroovy change it’s name and start anew?
On one hand, BeGroovy has long been there for news and chat, as slow as things have been lately, we are still here. BeGroovy was a name chosen with a unthought about side benefit - it can be used in many a situation, and didn’t explicitly rely on Be in the name of the OS it supported.
But then, Haiku brings a new era to the BeOS community. It reeks of old, classic Be, yet is fresh as a spring breeze through the community. A site should move from it’s past and be re-invigorated with this new life, even at the expense of the old.
However, with Haiku’s new forums, and with the other news sites out there - and the lack posts to these forums and lack of enthusiasm to post news here - we haven’t gotten a single news submission in over a year - it’s all what we find and post, and we don’t post duplicate news unless specifically important.
Now, our server has only 1 month of life left. Yez and I need to move the entire site to a new server somewhere else, which will include a lot of re-coding and exporting/importing data - a lot of time that I’m not sure we have to commit to the task. Or we pay for the server and just leave things as is, at a loss to us (money for the ‘extra’ server), but we can keep the data intact as is.
Just starting anew or calling it done is more tempting with that upcoming task or the extra costs in mind.
It seems BeGroovy is now at a fork in the road. One path must be chosen, and the decision must be made soon. Which road to take? I leave that to you…
I’d like to take a moment to welcome Jonathan Flacke (aka skiBUM) as a news editor here at BeGroovy. As you can see, he’s already jumped in head first and posting like a madman!
I wish to thank Jonathan for his most needed help here, and encourage all of you to comment here - welcome him aboard and let him know what a good job he is doing already!
Contrary to popular belief, BeGroovy is NOT dead! The typical news posting and admin ranting will commence immediately. With this in mind, please take the time to remove your deleted BeGroovy bookmark from the trash. Dust it off and let your friends and family know that they can once again turn to BeGroovy for the news that matters and is usually fun to read. So, without further adieu, on with the show!
Once again, we are back from the dead. Domains are still resolving (i.e. the forums are down as I write this) and tweaks are still happening (i.e. i just fixed the haiku generator)…. but overall, BeGroovy is back on the air.
Our old dedicated server crashed and burned in a pretty spectacular manner… not only was it having hardware instability issues, but it was also hacked to the point that the kernel itself contained script kiddie security holes. It has since been fired. We now have a new host, Rackspace, who pride themselves on fanatical support and server security, etc. This means that the site should load faster, and be down far far far far far less than it has been over the past year. It’s not cheap, but having a 24/7 phone hotline to get problems solved instantly is worth every penny.
On another note, the long awaited forum merge between here and synapselounge is still underway. The lounge now has several new (and hidden) forums prepared to house content from this location, and the algorithms to merge the id tables are being written. Our first crack at it went well, but had some data leaks. We will keep testing until we get it right and won’t lose a single bit of the data we have collected over the years. Then we will do it for real. Until then, things on the begroovy forums will be business as usual.
In any case, thanks for bearing with us while we experienced our growing pains (or shrinking pains, as the case may be.) I will be contacting all our new contributors to give them the updated secure server sign in to post, so we can get the news flow ramping up around here.
Right. So I know that in the past I issued a call for authors to help liven the site up, and ended up not really doing anything with the surprising number of responses I got. I apologize to all of you who offered to help for my lack of response. The issue was that there was no real security on the admin interface, and I didn’t have time to code it in place like I had planned.
Since the redesign and redeployment on movabletype, the admin side is much more robust, and it seems an appropriate time to re-invite you to join up. If you are interested in posting news to BeGroovy, and helping to keep the site fresh, please email me at email@example.com with the following information:
I am going to be pretty open about signing people up, and will then remove people that don’t seem to fit. Seems like a more interesting way to do it.
So, if you previously wanted to help, and are still interested, we are ready for you. Let us know!
Apologies for the hopefully brief outage last night. I just noticed that the server was down today, and Site5 got it up and running within 5 minutes.
The issue is a remnant of our last major outage, in which one of our hard disks failed, and we crammed it all on the other disk. This means some very important parts of our disk are almost full. We are looking into pricing for replacing the initial hard disk so that we can spread things out and stabilize them, etc… it will happen as soon as we can afford it regardless, but if anyone wants to help us out so we can get it done sooner, it would be appreciated. email me if you want to help or whatever.
Anyway, we will try to stay on top of these things. All services should be up and functioning properly, including bemail which essentially is good to go for 3 more years (at least), provided we can get some server stability. :-/
Anyway, apologies for the outage. Hopefully it won’t happen again.
Right… So by now all of you who use (or used) BeMail have noticed it’s down. Turns out that the domain expired a little while back, and the notification was sent to some old contact information.
Several people noticed and sent me an email, and one even went so far as to track me down on the phone (which I am afraid I didnt handle with too much grace as I was in a bit of shock.)
One “anonymous donor” went ahead and renewed the domain for 3 years, so it should be back as soon as DNS propagates. I will keep an eye on it and make sure it works. We are going to do everything we can to stabilize and be more active in the mainanence of bemail. It’s a pretty useful thing, and we are sorry for the hiccups.
Well, after a long period of decay, it was time to rejuvinate BeGroovy yet again. Thus, I present BeGroovy 3.0. The last redesign took place back in November 2000, after 1.0 was lost in a server crash. All contents since then have been imported into our new cms (movable type), and things should progress smoothly.
What you are currently seeing is simply phase 1 of a larger plan involving BeGroovy, and Dreamcatcher Industrial, our newly named development group. ‘Course, it’s really still just Deej, AllNew, Myself and a few new guys.
In the next week or two we will be merging the BeGroovy forums into the forums at synapse lounge. This means all the posts, post counts, users, etc will transfer intact. nothing will be lost. this will entail some downtime, but will be worth it.
Until then, enjoy the new BeGroovy. Hopefully this new site design will serve as a good foundation for reporting on all the new BeOS contenders out there - all of which are getting to the point of being very promising. We plan on tracking all of them to see which (if any) emerges victorious.
Okay, we had a pretty extended outage there. Sorry all. It was due to a hard disk problem in the SCSI chain, but luckily not the one that holds everything here. Unfortunately, we weren’t around to notice due to the holidays.
Well, we’re back, and now that I remember the info I need to post news, hopefully this front page can become more active again too! But then again, don’t hold your breath on me.
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