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Postby FrankT on Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:31 pm

As you probably noticed, there was a problem with the forum for several days, making it impossible for anyone to post.
As you (obviously) have noticed, the problem has been fixed.
Thanks, Cat. :)
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Re: Outage

Postby cony on Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:49 am

FrankT wrote:As you probably noticed, there was a problem with the forum for several days, making it impossible for anyone to post.
As you (obviously) have noticed, the problem has been fixed.
Thanks, Cat. :)

Yes thanks very much

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Re: Outage

Postby old guy on Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:24 pm

Any idea what the problem was?
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Re: Outage

Postby FrankT on Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:37 am

old guy wrote:Any idea what the problem was?


No.
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Re: Outage

Postby calgarymark42 on Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:33 am

Thanks for the information, FrankT and thanks for fixing it, Cat. We take what you do so much for granted, and only when the forum goes away do we realise how much we rely on what you do. You must have been looking after us for more than 20 years now! In Canada-speak: Wow, eh?
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Re: Outage

Postby Cat on Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:50 pm

The forum makes cache files when people read and post things. It makes the forum run faster. Sometimes those files get messed up and it can't recover. The way to fix it is to delete them. If it happens again then I'll know what to do. It took a lot of hunting around online to find the solution.
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Postby calgarymark42 on Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:38 pm

Cat wrote:The forum makes cache files when people read and post things. It makes the forum run faster. Sometimes those files get messed up and it can't recover. The way to fix it is to delete them. If it happens again then I'll know what to do. It took a lot of hunting around online to find the solution.

Thanks for the explanation. Is there anything we, the users, can do to help? I noticed that Old Guy reports a lot of unidentified visitors which FrankT identified as 'probably bots'; could they be the source of problems?
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Re: Outage

Postby cony on Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:51 am

Frank, Cat,

I encountered the following 'error message' when I tried to connect via Mozilla Firefox :

Websites prove their identity via certificates, which are valid for a set time period. The certificate for http://www.chatbocks.com expired on 12/1/2020.

Error code: SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE


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Re: Outage

Postby FrankT on Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:46 pm

cony wrote:Frank, Cat,

I encountered the following 'error message' when I tried to connect via Mozilla Firefox :

Websites prove their identity via certificates, which are valid for a set time period. The certificate for http://www.chatbocks.com expired on 12/1/2020.

Error code: SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE


For your information

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Cony, I'm puzzled, because I am NOT having any problem connecting--either using Firefox or Microsoft Edge. And it appears you DID manage to connect--otherwise you wouldn't have been able to post this.
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Re: Outage

Postby JimZ on Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:48 pm

Evidently, the latest security certificate expired on 1-Dec-2020. While it is possible to bypass the "error" situation (which I also did with FireFox), it takes a couple of extra steps...each time we access the site. Getting an updated certificate is the best solution. Not sure of the cost involved. This latest cert was issued 2-Sep-2020, so it was a short-term thing.
Some browsers pay more attention to the security certs, it seems. Or...I had to clear my cookies yesterday, so it may only appear after a refresh.
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Re: Outage

Postby cony on Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:33 am

Thanks to everyone, it seems to have cleared up now

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Re: Outage

Postby calgarymark42 on Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:39 pm

Firefox is taking an aggressive approach to internet security to protect us from trackers, hackers (and probably textile-wearers!) I appreciate their interest and ethics but it can be frustrating when they block access to favourites - but are those favourites secure? My regular browser is Firefox, and I was using MS Edge as an alternative (until I discovered it is powered by Chrome) and Chrome belongs to Google, so that's a no-NO! Does anyone have suggestions for otherwise secure and non-invasive browsers?
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Postby Cat on Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:40 pm

calgarymark42 wrote:Firefox is taking an aggressive approach to internet security to protect us from trackers, hackers (and probably textile-wearers!) I appreciate their interest and ethics but it can be frustrating when they block access to favourites - but are those favourites secure? My regular browser is Firefox, and I was using MS Edge as an alternative (until I discovered it is powered by Chrome) and Chrome belongs to Google, so that's a no-NO! Does anyone have suggestions for otherwise secure and non-invasive browsers?


I use the Brave browser. All the Chrome extensions work but scripts are blocked by the browser without an extension.
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Re: Outage

Postby calgarymark42 on Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:00 am

Cat wrote:
calgarymark42 wrote:Firefox is taking an aggressive approach to internet security to protect us from trackers, hackers (and probably textile-wearers!) I appreciate their interest and ethics but it can be frustrating when they block access to favourites - but are those favourites secure? My regular browser is Firefox, and I was using MS Edge as an alternative (until I discovered it is powered by Chrome) and Chrome belongs to Google, so that's a no-NO! Does anyone have suggestions for otherwise secure and non-invasive browsers?


I use the Brave browser. All the Chrome extensions work but scripts are blocked by the browser without an extension.

Thanks for that good suggestion, Cat. I've loaded it and look forward to learning more, as an alternative to Firefox. I found a review of Brave by Steve Dotto, a Vancouver-based 'techy' on YouTube I trust and follow; he's given me good advice over the years. If Steve says it's good, it probably is! Use your search engine to look for Dottotech.

I also use a good VPN to reduce my traceability, and I change my location on the VPN from time to time, to confuse the trackers yet more. Ghostery helps minimise the intrusion by advertisers, too.

Update, later - installed seems to work well. :-)
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