The Future of the QL Wiki

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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby RWAP » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:10 pm

You cannot use a dynamic IP address for hosting (as DNS entries can take up to 24 hours to update around the world, the chances are that they would never be pointing to the correct IP address).

Quanta have offered some space on their server - which would certainly be ideal for development, but not necessarily a long term solution, because we do not know how much longer Quanta will be able to keep running (as they are struggling to find committee members and their membership numbers are decreasing year on year).


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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby janbredenbeek » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:32 pm

tcat wrote:I am now thinking of either:

[a] registering a domain, with my IP that is dynamic, question is how I could update DNS entries automatically.

There are a number of dynamic DNS providers around, both free and paid - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_DNS. These work in conjunction with software on your router which updates your IP address in real-time.

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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby XorA » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:10 pm

[a] registering a domain, with my IP that is dynamic, question is how I could update DNS entries automatically.


You register with a dynamic DNS provider and use their tools to automatically update DNS entry.

You then make your domain like www.qlwiki.xxx use a CNAME of the dynamic dns entry.

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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby XorA » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:12 pm

You cannot use a dynamic IP address for hosting (as DNS entries can take up to 24 hours to update around the world, the chances are that they would never be pointing to the correct IP address).


Incorrect, a short TTL makes it possible, thats how the dynamic DNS providers do it.


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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby RWAP » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:16 pm

XorA wrote:
You cannot use a dynamic IP address for hosting (as DNS entries can take up to 24 hours to update around the world, the chances are that they would never be pointing to the correct IP address).


Incorrect, a short TTL makes it possible, thats how the dynamic DNS providers do it.


Never heard of that as a possibility - although there is the issue that the PC will need to be connected 24 hours a day otherwise the QL Wiki is not going to always be available!

In my opinion a real long term solution needs to be found for this and the various other sites, but alas no-one seems interested.


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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby Timbucus » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:52 pm

All and Rich in particular

I know I am a latecomer back to the QL party - despite once sitting on a train from Cambridge with a large Jiffy bag with several other people with the same bags unable to talk to them as I had just signed a really heavy NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement). But, I think people do care, they just lack the time that you have obviously lavished on this topic. I am currently spread over several fronts trying to preserve hundreds of disks, cartridges, tapes (including paper) in my personal collection.

I too would like to ensure that the massive contribution the sites you (and others like Dylwin) have made so far to preserving the legacy of these systems. I have certainly only come to it just in time to recover some of the things I have that would otherwise be lost. Without your push last year that last floppy disk with QL Adventure Writer (the other quill) A03 on it would have been in the skip and lost forever - at least there is a copy with its original Author now as well on the other side of the world, so twice the chance it will make it online at some point.

Considering I have put in around 40 hours and quite a bit of cash over the last few weeks to get a handle on the Retro QL scene to properly approach a remaster of it I can see the dedication needed.

You are at the point where it is becoming a museum issue for preservation so perhaps that is the correct way to approach it - I have seen several entities starting to emerge around this preservation topic using that approach; so as you say, some form of non profit to protect the individuals and the group aligned with a museum may offer a method to at least ensure continuity. Again this should be based on the general approach of museum quality preservation of materials and not specific systems.

I did see someone musing somewhere that the price of retro equipment is being driven high just for a short while by those of us of a certain age realising what we risk losing or recapturing the fun of our youth - as you say my Children will have little interest in the topics, but, that is not to say others will not.

So happy to do what I can to help come up with a stable future.

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Re: The Future of the QL Wiki

Postby tcat » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:53 am

Hi,

Re dynamic DNS, I have found these packages on my RPI.

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dhis-server - Dynamic Host Information System - server
dhis-dns-engine - Dynamic Host Information System - DNS engine
dhis-mx-sendmail-engine - Dynamic Host Information System - sendmail MX engine
dhis-tools-dns - Dynamic Host Information System - DNS configuration tools

Can it be that I can myself become DNS updater, as `dhis-server' appears to have `dhisd' a server side daemon?

More info to read here, I am still far from understanding it properly.
http://dhis.org/

Tomas



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