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Just a heads up that the server will not be running very well for a few hours as I try to restore some data.

thanks for your patience. (CR)
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Restore work done (for now), should be back to it's crappy old self.
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The newest Geocaching Australia Game has been posted and is now counting down to the 1st of June 2015.

http://geocaching.com.au/dragonzone/game/winter_is_coming/

Come and join in the fun. You will need to be a member at Geocaching Australia and will need to also have joined dragonZone by choosing a clan to pledge your allegiance to.
The home of Aussie Geocaching, with cache listings, forums, newsletters and leaderboard.
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Excellent!
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Given there's an anniversary of Geocaching it behoves us to post the obligatory history of geocaching links.

This link is interesting as it has some of the original usenet posts:
http://www.guysnamedkim.com/geocache/geocache_history.html

And of course the Buxley's history (slightly more opinionated, but accurate non the less, we consider this to be accurate):
http://geocaching.gpsgames.org/history/

Always remember: The name and the game were not created by the biggest player on the block, regardless of whatever trademarks they hold, and it should remain free for all, as always intended.
May 1, 2000. President Clinton announces that Selective Availability (SA) will be turned off. May 2, 2000 @ 12:00 AM Selective Availability is turned off. The Great Stash Game!! Dave Ulmer makes the first Usenet post about what will become Geocaching. May 3, 2000 ...
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...and that's why I love Geocaching Australia. I found this info page with grid displaying plainly how "the big kid" can convince people to hand over their lunch money: https://sites.google.com/site/theateamcaching/searching
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Doing some database backups right now, site may be running a bit slow for a bit. (CR)
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First Performance Benchmark Test

Ok, so we've got the current database in and run a query that will bring a server on to its knees.
Basically it calculates how long every person who has ever logged a cache in Australia has been caching for, scanning and sorting over 10 Million Logs and 300000 geocaches.

The results are.... pleasing isn't the right word.... fan-freaking-tastic probably is better.

New server took 2 minutes and a bit to run .... Current server took 49 Minutes!

This bodes well!

More geekery as things get built and tested.
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Some unboxing goodness for you! 
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I'm getting 600MB/s write speeds on the SSDs we will be using for the Database.... will improve query times by a factor of hundreds. Currently we spend nearly all our time waiting for the I/O to read/write temporary tables to disk, which is why the current server runs like it does. I'll be running a few query benchmarks later today to see what the improvement is :-)
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There's a nice little get-together happening in Perth on the 4th July!

http://geocaching.com.au/cache/ga7243
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Is any one interesting in a winter dragonZone game? By dragonZone I mean a GCA game. As most GCA caches are eligible for dZ, they would auto qualify. You would have to join a dZ team though, but that's easy.

I'm thinking along the lines of other games we have run in the past where a number of challenges are set*, but we can enhance that with an overall numbers game as well. i.e. You can gain specific points for certain tasks, but you also get all of the standard points of dragonZone. The winner would be decided (probably) on total points earned, broken into ranks, so the newbies have the same sort of chance as those who have played a while.

I have put some thought into this, but not a lot, so if you think this might be interesting and you have an idea or opinion, drop it off in this thread right here. No guarantee everything you suggest will be included as I need to code it all up, but you're feedback into a community game is always welcomed.

Drop your comments here or at our forum: http://forum.geocaching.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18787

*Like these:
http://www.cachinggames.com/rdmh/
http://www.cachinggames.com/fleettofederation/
http://www.cachinggames.com/gz/
http://www.cachinggames.com/gz2012/
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I loved geosportz :)
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Database backup and sync about to occur.
Site will be a little slow or offline over the next hour.
Go outside and do some caching or something! (CR)
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New Server Update: Most issues sorted, just a few more things to add.

Stress testing the unit right now, and it's holding up VERY well.
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Server Outages

Over the next week or so I'll be turning stuff off on the old server to perform backups and dump configurations etc preparing the new server.

Due to no longer being able to stay up till the small hours to wait until things are quiet ts may now occur anytime without notice.

If you connect and find the website is not responding, or is timing out then that is probably why. 

At most it should be less than 10 minute intervals of outage.
Thanks for your patience.

CraigRat
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Oooh, what do we have here? 
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in another post there are some more photos
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