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WANTED: Some people to post news

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 05 Sep, 2002 @ 10:31 AM
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Hey peeps..

I am looking for 1 or 2 people to start posting news regularly on BeGroovy. I just don’t have the time to do much more than update now and then, and I would like to see the news flow.

If you have the time and the ability to post well written, sometimes amusing news, which has far to many commas, email me and volunteer. I will let you know if you are picked, etc etc, yada yada.

Nostalgia reigns

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2002 @ 9:24 PM
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Hey all,

If you were around back in the golden era of beos, have I got a link for you.

Check this out. the wayback machine is cool. :)

Anyway, this has made me nostalgic, and it’s also made me interested in spending some time to explain whats going on w/ begroovy.

Deej is doing his thing with BeUnited, and updating here when he can. I am off with full time employment, based in Dallas, TX, and working on a Linux distribution (*gasp* *shock* *horror*). That said, I am actively following openbeos, and contributing to the discussion on synapselounge (which ranges from beos to just about everything else.) I am also in the midst of buying a Be machine to use for my mp3’s and email and such, as I sold my previous machine for the cash to get a powerbook (double gasp, shock horror)

Basically, BeOS as it used to be is dead. Most of us have moved on. Because of this, BeGroovy is too big for the times. We have too many little features to keep working, and too many things can break. But the BeOS community still exists, and openbeos, blueeyed os, and others present a beacon of hope. And BeGrovoy will continue to exist as long as that hope does. After all, its what we are all about. But we cant continue on like this.

The answer? I dont know. But what I am considering doing is simple:

Tear down the glitz, and get back to roots.

I am working on a new, simple news script. I want to tear this down, and go back to the “good old days”. I figure we would track all sorts of weird stuff, as well as the obvious (open beos, new releases, etc)

I am interested in your thoughts on this. Is it worth the effort? Would anyone out there want to contribute news or participate? Should we even bother?

Anyway. thats my rambling for the day. What do you think?

Close call, but back - hopefully for a while

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 11 Mar, 2002 @ 11:54 PM
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Well, we found our gremlin - or, more accurately, it finally showed itself. In a very, very close call, BeGroovy’s hard disk crashed in a big way and wouldn’t spin up at all. We didn’t have a recent backup either. But thankfully our host was able to retrieve the data on the hard disk and replicate it to a new hard drive. Plugs to Site5 for that one. Needless to say, we now have a very recent backup, that we hopefully won’t be needing for a while. ;)

Back yet again, again.

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 07 Mar, 2002 @ 2:21 AM
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We just can’t seem to keep the server up, now can we?! :) Nutcase has been working on the system, and is settled in at his new apartment/location, so we should see less downtime [crossing fingers].

Back again

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 25 Feb, 2002 @ 2:21 AM
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Well, we’re back, again. I still haven’t heard the explaination for the last outage from the host, but then again, I’m not the registered server administrator, so it’s likely they just _won’t_ tell me. :P

It also seems that our forums are beginning to break down. I’ll get Nutcase to look into this issue.

BTW, if you have any news, send it in! BeFAQs, TotallyBe, and yes, even {gasp} BeNews have been doing a good job picking up our slack in these days of troubled server boxes - Thanks guys and gals! ;)

Sorry about the downtime

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 04 Feb, 2002 @ 6:14 PM
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Sorry about the downtime all. Both Nutcase and myself are internet-less poor b***ards over the weekends, and thus, we had no idea it was down until late sunday, at which point I put in the ticket. Hopefully we don’t see this happen too often [again]. :P

Submitting News…

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 22 Jan, 2002 @ 3:31 AM
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It was also recently brought to my attention that news being submitted was not getting posted… I am NOT ignoring you! The “Submit News” link above no longer works correctly - but without admin access on the server, I cannot fix it. I will not get any submitted news sent there!

Submit news to my email account - deej at beunited.org!!!

Wow - what a week!

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 22 Jan, 2002 @ 2:59 AM
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What a week it has been! Probably the biggest week in BeOS news since the focus shift announcement - bigger than any of the Palm announcements.

We (well BeUnited) first got a definite “No” from Palm - big bummer. But at the same time, yellowTAB comes out with some really interesting, and hopefully good, news.

Then, OpenBeOS had a couple of major breakthroughs in the proof of concept area - the replacement media kit was able to play sound files through SoundPlay and CL-Amp, and a prototype of the app server was drawing to the screen. Small as it may seem, these were HUGE items that proved much about OBOS.

As if this wasn’t enough, shortly after, a leak of an unreleased version of BeOS hit the net, and has been the talk of the town since - I guess that about proves those screenshots weren’t fakes. :P

And where have I been during all of this turmoil? Barraged with well over 1000 emails, many of which were directly to me, and you all know me, I answer as much as I can, as soon as I can. Between that and not having internet access but at work, work being more busy than usual, I lagged behind seriously. I am extremely sorry about that.

And in response to that, I am bringing back to the “news department” one of the original co-founders of BeGroovy - H-kon - to help me keep the news of BeGroovy fresh, especially since I go 3 days each week away from the internet completely. Many of you old-timers will remember that H-kon posted news on Comdex the first year BeGroovy was around, back in ‘98, and then he disappeared into the dark corners of our forums as a moderator since. Prying him out of his hiding place and back out into the light of the front page, I expect he’ll be warmly welcomed. ;P

BeGroovy will not go away, especially not quietly, into the night of BeOS’s demise as long as there is a possible dawn in the tomorrows with OpenBeOS and/or BlueOS.

Note: While I cannot and do not speak for the OpenBeOS team in any way, I would like everyone to understand that OpenBeOS does not condone, nor support, this unreleased version of BeOS - do not send questions or feature requests about it to members of the OpenBeOS team. The OpenBeOS team will only support and develop OBOS in it’s first release to the released version of BeOS R5, so don’t bother asking them to include features in any initial version of OBOS based off of an untested, unreleased, beta quality build.

I am not sure about BlueOS’ feelings on this matter, but I suspect that they are similar in attitude, but would be more capable of doing work similar to this leaked version sooner rather than later.

Happy Holidays!!! BBIAB

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 26 Dec, 2001 @ 1:25 AM
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Well, here I am, working on Christmas day… but it’s so that I can go home for a couple of days afterwards. Being so, I’ll be gone starting tomorrow until the new year.

Everyone have a good, safe, holiday season, and I’ll see you all when I get back. You can still submit news, but do not expect it to be posted until the 2nd of the new year, at the latest (depending upon how often my family lets me connect to the internet over the next week :P ).

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Great BeOS Machine for sale

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 04 Oct, 2001 @ 10:07 PM
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Hey all… I know there hasn’t been much news here recently, but thats mainly because there hasnt been much news recently. :P This article can’t really be said to solve that problem. Basically, in my quest to get my life together after graduating college, I am working on getting rid of a LOT of stuff I don’t need. A part of that is moving to a laptop computer. To do that, I need to sell my current pc. So, thats what this is. an ad for a custom built, 100% BeOS compatible, really fast computer. It also runs windows and linux quite well. Read More for all the system details. (P.S. I know the commenting is screwed up. We are working on it. Its due to a server software upgrade gone awry. For now you can discuss this article here)


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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 25 Sep, 2001 @ 11:29 PM
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Hey all… many of you have been wondering exactly what’s up with BeGroovy. One of you even sent leBuzz an email about it. This is just an explanation.

Basically, I have been really busy, and simply havent had the time to update the site. There hasn’t been MAJOR news for a while, so nothing pressing made me update. And the time I did have to work on web sites was spent coding the new BeUnited site, based on Helmar’s design. I will post news about that later on, but check it out. It’s all about how to save BeOS.

In any case, I am actually going to be quiet again for the rest of this week, since i am on the road for 3 days, and saturday is my birthday. Then next week I am going to take a train into New York to see the damage with my own eyes, and try to get a sense of the tragedy from something other than TV. But in the meantime, I will post some news tonight to keep people happy. :)

Oh yeah, the sidebars not working is a cron issue. I am working on it, but i havent nailed it yet, due to time constraints.

Also, time is becoming more of an issue as I look for work, and work on several other planned sites. If any of you think you can make a contribution to the site, such as posting news or such, get in touch with me at nutcase@begroovy.com and let me know how,why,etc… basically convince me to give you news script access. We need all the help we can get to keep the site lively during this somewhat news-less time. Thanks.

BeGroovy server fixes & new pseudo-feature

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 12 Sep, 2001 @ 1:03 PM
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Hey there all.. Just a quick note to let you in on a few changes to the server. First of all, all the @begroovy.com email addresses should be working. As far as I can tell, bemail.org is also working, but I will continue following up on my end to make sure that it is, and stays that way. Anyway, to those of you emailing me only to be bounced, we are back in business. Also, I got bored and decided to remove the security from the as-yet unfinished search engine. As such, you can all beat the hell out of my horribly buggy code searching all our old stories and comments. It was going to be a much grander thing, but I simply don’t have time to finish it at the moment. Should i have time later, i will. In the meantime, head over to search.begroovy.com if you need to find something. :)

BeGroovy server mostly back

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 28 Aug, 2001 @ 1:26 PM
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OK. Some of you (probably a lot of you) noticed that we have been down for nearly a full week. This is the fateful tale of what happened this time, how it was fixed, and why it wont happen again any time soon (hopefully.)

Well, all the downtime before was due to a dying harddisk. We didnt pick up on it in time, and last wednesday, it actually did die. This was obviously not a good thing, and it was even worse considering that I was due to get in my car and go on a sort of “BeOS Road Trip” on Friday. Well, the trip is ongoing, and it is great (To those of you I met.. thanks for the hospitality! You know who you are!) Anyway, while I was away, Site5 put in hours of weekend work, and installed a completely new hard disk for us. They then remounted what they could of the old one, and salvaged almost everything. The only thing that was lost is our email config. This normally isnt an issue, as I can rebuild as I go. But our server also hosts BeMail.org. Needless to say, those people probably arent very happy.

For those of you who use bemail, and havent quit because of the downtime, It should be back for good now, and very stable. It may take some time for the new emails to kick in and get you back up to speed. But things should start flowing by tommorrow for sure.

Anyway, thats the sordid tale of the BeGroovy server. We arent going anywhere, if we can help it. :P

Oh yeah, in a nearly completely unrelated note, I have to give “mad props”(tm) to BeOSJournal for stepping up to bat and getting tons of news up to keep things flowing. And of course, their is BeFaqs who run a BeOS server, and thus dont have our kind of problems (they have all new kinds. :P )

Anyway, we are back, and should be ramping back up very quickly now. Thanks for bearing with us.

BeGroovy server problems solved

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 18 Aug, 2001 @ 4:28 PM
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Our server crashed on wednesday, and due to a comedy of errors (mainly my fault), we werent able to get it restarted until today. Sorry about the downtime. Despite the recent bad news (see below), We aren’t going anywhere. We are going to keep fighting the good fight, trying to keep BeOS alive any way we can. We will let you know if we come up with anything. In the meantime, keep using it, spreading it, and promoting it. Its likely beos is dead. But if not, its gonna come back stronger than ever.

Black & White Fund to Shut Down?

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 17 May, 2001 @ 3:22 PM
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Well, I recieved an email from one of the B&W fund contributors asking when I would be returning the money. I figured I would answer here. I am about thirty seconds away from shutting down the Black & White port fund, and refunding people’s donations. The fund was actually proving to be a catalyst for talks, and I personally talked with several people at Lionhead about the port. We had BeOS developers lined up. We had interest from Lionhead. We were good to go. Then all hell broke loose among the community, and the fallout made me literally embarassed to call Lionhead and continue to push for a port. Because, quite honestly, it’s too late. Read on..

Rio300 Drivers… Finally

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 07 May, 2001 @ 8:03 PM
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Wow. Ok. So ages and ages ago, we ran a fund to develop drivers for the Rio300 under BeOS. That fund actually worked, and driver development happened. The drivers were very delayed when their developer left BeOS development. He agreed to finish the flash expansion support however. To date that hasn’t happened, though I trust he will do it eventually. (soon?) He has a problem with people not keeping deals. :P Well, I am sick of waiting, so I am going to release the drivers as is. They aren’t packaged nicely, but they should work. Here they are: First, get the actual drivers (http://news.begroovy.com/files/rio-1.0.7.zip) and install them. I don’t know if they install correctly as stated in their readme, so someone figure this out and post the how-to in the comments. Then you can grab the Rio Manager (http://news.begroovy.com/files/Rio Manager.zip) and use it to copy files. Again, these drivers are as-is, and hopefully will be continued to be developed. No guarantees though. I hope you find them useful. :)
BTW: The drivers were developed by a Mr. Christopher Plymire, also responsible for AbiWord on BeOS among other things. (There, that should get him moving… :)

I’mmmm Baaaccckkk!!!! :D

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 26 Apr, 2001 @ 12:07 AM
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“Howdy Capt’n Talbos… Messa Back!”

Well, after a very long period of not posting news to BeGroovy, I’m back. As most of you know, I was once a very active BeGroovy member/founder, but was required by a certain job to not post news to BeGroovy. Well, as I’m sure most of you have heard, I no longer am held under those obligations.

Nutcase is graduating this week, and will be on vacation (without a computer) for a while… so, in his absence, he asked me to come back aboard and cover for him, keeping the site active, while he’s gone. When he returns, I’ll still stick around, rest assured.

It’s good to be back. :)

BeGroovy does nothing to celebrate April Fools Day

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 01 Apr, 2001 @ 11:07 PM
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BeGroovy, a leading BeOS portal site, shocked all three of its visitors by doing nothing unusual for April Fools Day. "BeGroovy? What is that?" replied a clearly shocked passerby when confronted with this news. We couldn’t agree more. Read on to learn all the sordid details that in no way fit what BeGroovy didn’t do.

Downtime no more

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 18 Mar, 2001 @ 12:34 AM
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I just wanted to post a quick item explaining the downtime recently, as several people contacted me about it. I was in the process of travelling home from break when the error occured, and didnt see it until 20 minutes ago. I notified site5, and it was immediately fixed. The page you were seeing was our old page before we launched with 2.0. Apparently the routing tables were pointing to the wrong server location and thus the wrong results occured. It’s a testament to how great site5’s service is that they fixed it that quickly. (under 10 minutes from time reported to time fixed) Sorry for any inconvenience.

Congratulations to Eugenia And JBQ!!!

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 12 Mar, 2001 @ 5:10 PM
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This doesn’t really fit any standard BeGroovy categories, but I wanted to post a quick note congratulating Jean-Baptiste Queru and Eugenia Loli on their recent wedding. Eugenia met JBQ using the BeOS (she works for BeNews and he works for Be). They were married on Saturday in Nancy, France. Congratulations to you both!! :D

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