Ten years of the Railpage forums

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Michael will recognise this stuff!


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  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
The original Fang was a tower, wasn't it? Stretching my memory now...

I'd just like to remind everyone that Railpage is growing beyond the forums! We have a fantastic, community-driven image gallery, the Locations database for great photography spots and an enormous resource in the Locos database. I encourage everyone to take a look around the site and get engrossed in everything we have to offer!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

I am saving the best 'til last!

What about these machines?


Regards
Brian

  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU




I am saving the best 'til last!
"bevans"


Awww....

  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
To be brutally honest, the photos dont impress me at all....but then again I know next to nothing about computers, and have no idea what I am looking at (except that I can recognise a cd/dvd drive, and the rather old floppy drive) !!!! Laughing
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson




Fang....




  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.

inb4 admin



  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

OK, you win.  8)
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong



inb4 admin

"Watson374"

Oh, I remember these Smile
The abacus!!!!

  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia





Fang....



"TheLoadedDog™™"

TLD™ that compy is so Italian Job! 8)

  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Happy Birthday Railpage! I joined around 2004. One of my first posts was about the Murwillumbah railway line.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo

10 years, hasn't that gone quick!

IIRC I joined on the 14th January 2003 under another username. I'd been using RP before the forums as a handy site to find rail site links.

Here's to the next 10 years. 8)

  409 Minister for Railways


I've only just remembered that I archived a few outage messages a few years ago, still good for a laugh even now. Enjoy!























  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
That was a nice little trip down memory lane, thanks 409 Very Happy
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
My tenth anniversary comes up on 10 July next, so I'm a relative laggard compared to some others upthread. I only post when I think I have something worthwhile to say, so my numbers are fairly low. However, my busy life keeps me away from lineside for months at a time, so the forums are essential in keeping me up to date with happenings around the country. Thanks to all who keep RP online!
  mynameismike Deputy Commissioner

Location: /dev/adelaide/magill
Marvelous effort 409.  Simply marvelous...
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Found another image.  The top server was the actual database server.  A Sun Microsystems X2200.


Regards
Brian

  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile



Found another image. The top server was the actual database server. A Sun Microsystems X2200.

Regards
Brian

"bevans"


We have a number of X2100 & X2200 boxes at work. Used mostly as Squid proxies running CentOS 6 these days.

  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
At least they're getting used, Graham. My G4 is still sitting in my bedroom waiting for me to fix it.
  joffie Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Certainly been an interesting 10 years!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

As promised, the original FANG server in the state it was when shutdown.


Regards
Brian

  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere



As promised, the original FANG server in the state it was when shutdown

Regards
Brian

"bevans"


Wonder how she would feel now knowing we are not only at 10 years of the forums but steadily approaching our 2 millionth post therein.

Is that toasting I smell?  



Laughing
  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne

Just happened across this thread this evening and brought a tear to this old gents eye.

When I joined the site was actually hosted on the infamous Mule server, which as Michael partially recalls was a tower stuffed into a rack in the Prodigy DC in the ASX building.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't the grey monstrosity in Brian's last photo, but it was similar and I vividly remember its green-backlit LCD that scrolled system information across it until its dying days.

When we outgrew Mule Michael and I left it in the DC but without telling our boss at the time decided to repurpose it as an Unreal Tournament server.  I remember many a hot summer night playing UT until 4am on FacingWorlds.

The retirement of Mule saw the arrival of Fang which actually is the machine Brian posted a picture of (labelled with Fang).  Many will look back fondly at a time that was almost comical in its ups and downs.  It's a testament to the site and community that it still continued to grow in usage at a stupidly high rate with the box only up for a quarter of a day - with page loading times measured in tens of seconds no less!  The machine needed reboots multiple times a day, and when it would crash during the evening peak it would have to wait until the next morning.


Fang eventually got a friend in Morpheus (named after the UT level, actually) if my memory serves me correctly.  Morpheus spent its days variously crashing under the weight of the database, and using up spare processor cycles on the Seti@Home project.

There's plenty more, but instead there's this gem:
http://www.guitaraustralia.com/RPTheme.mp3


Thanks for the memories, guys.  I'll never forget it.

James.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
James,

I have morpheus in storage!!

BTW: I it great to hear from you old buddy!

Regards
Brian
  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne

I'm still around on occasion - just usually frightfully busy.  Pity...

Earlier today I was trying to list off the servers we had over the years when I was around, not to mention what each of them did.

The ones I remember right now are:


  • Mule

  • Fang

  • Morpheus

  • Orac

  • Aramis

  • Gh0dz0r

  • Shaft

  • Zen

  • Wangcaster?

  • Blackbeard

  • Cacti

There were others.

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