In Apple’s recent OS update, they generously included a new emoji: “live long and prosper” aka “Spock salute”. Pictured below in case your system doesn’t support it natively:

Live long and prosper emoji


I like Star Trek and I like Spock, so I went ahead and registered Live long and prosper
For now it just forwards to this blog, I’ll see if I can come up with something more clever in the future.

In our effort to get more and more services into our own hands & to be able to blame ourselves and nobody else if something goes wrong,?Hirschy successfully attempted to install MyDNS on a couple of our servers.
We already took a go at it after the second last outage of our fellow DNS provider Awebs (now Quickstep) but didn’t have the time and energy to completely finish the task. Now after the next outage which is still kind of un-explained by the DNS provider we though it’s time to move on.

After a couple of hours of testing and writing a custom update script that replicates our DNS data to the secondary and tertiary nameservers via mysqldump and scp I think we are ready to migrate all our domains to this setup.
Now the only thing left is an answer to my eMail to Quickstep and then we’ll begin moving.

I really hope with those measures all the domains will be saver and suffer from less timeouts. Many thanks to Hirschy for his excellent work 🙂

There is a good HOWTO at Howtoforge that explains the installation of MyDNS and the easy-to-use webfrontend namend MyDNSConfig.

No it wasn’t my fault but the stupid DNS provider’s.
They had a partial outage of their service for the whole weekend (even their own website wasn’t reachable) and didn’t answer ANY of our calls or email enquiries.

As a result all of the ~20 domains that I run on this server will be migrated to our own DNS servers.
HowtoForge has a good tutorial on MyDNS which we will try and most probably use.

Sorry again for the outage and I hope with taking the matter in our own hands, such things won’t happen again in the future.