All about the Chazhome.com Server Network

Hi! Welcome to (what's left of) the Multicom-4 BBS (Bulletin Board System), formerly the world's largest gay, lesbian and bisexual dial-in BBS and ISP. This network known as chazhome.com is a series of servers. I started offering public online web (HTTP/HTTPS), file (FTP/SCP), mail (POP3/SMTP/Web-mail) services for friends and leather/bear clubs I am familiar with. We're currently running this network with over five terabytes (5,120GB) of RAID5 DASD, but we're always growing!

As a gay man and current Vice President of Empire City M.C. (as of 2010), an associate member of the Rochester Rams M.C., the Utica Tri's, M.C., the founder of the Boston Bears and co-founder of the New York Bear Den, I've grown tired of Internet service providers and portal services (such as Yahoo!) seeing fit to delete messages, groups, web pages and images they simply do not 'approve of' (normally deleted with neither rhyme nor reason, nor any course for possible restoration). I have therefore set up this network up as a 'safe-haven' for individuals and clubs to host their web pages, photos, movies, pornography, programmes and just about anything that is not strictly illegal.

You are invited to set up your web page(s) here as well! Simply contact Me for more information and you'll be up and running in no time! You can even register your own domain and have it point here! Ask me how! Need an e-mail account that supports POP3/SMTP? Ask me to set you up an e-mail account on Chazhome.com! This is a hobby for me, but a hobby I've been doing in one form or another since 1979 when CACTUS-800 (the precursor to Multicom4) went online!

In the event of a problem with the server, please click here: System outage notification!


CHAZHOME.COM NEWS

  • 20-APR-16: A drive failed in the internal RAID array last week, and just as it should, everything ran along just fine. I replaced the drive today and performed some routine server maintanance then booted and rebuilt the array all while the server was up and running! Ain't technology amazing!

  • 06-FEB-16: ALL video files are now replicated to the cloud on AWS and are accessiable via DC++. All other files (backups, photos, documents, etc.) are also replicated on the AWS cloud, but are not accessible to anyone.

  • 04-DEC-15: A drive failed in the DROBO RAID array, which hums along without downtime as replaced it with a HDD twice its size, then after a day and a half or auto-repairing, I swapped ahealthy HDD for another HDD twice its size so we could add a new virual volume (P:), which will hold non-vital, unmirrored material (videos, software and such). I have a number of televisioin shows and movies that aren't quite "five star", you'll find them in the "P:>" drive on the videos ftp account (thanks to tihs added space!)

  • 13-NOV-15: //CHAZHOME02/, //CHAZWORK01/ and the new //SILVERDELL/ are all running Windows 10 -- there is no safety net for //CHAZHOME01/ at this time.

  • 18-MAY-12: Everything has been successfully migrated to CHAZHOME01: HTTP, FTP, POP3, etc. CHAZHOME02 and CHAZHOME03 hum in the background as a live redundant bckup.

  • 05-APR-12: FiOS has been installed. We're showing a vastly improved upload and download speed and are fibre optical directly into the Multicom/Chazhome network. A new Quad-Core CHAZHOME01 server with RAID5 and a Drobo backup has been stable since setup 18-DEC-11, once I have some free time, I will migrate FTP/SFTP and HTTP/SHTTP services over, then SQL, POP3, etc.

  • 18-JUN-11: Growing tired of not being able to repair CHAZHOME01, I set up the new CHAZHOME03 -- a quad-core system, with firewire connections to an 8TB Drobo array. I am slowly restoring all CHAZHOME01 functionality.

  • 10-NOV-10: While adding more DASD to the array, something went seriously wrong and our main server (CHAZHOME01) won't boot. I will be taking it in for servicing. All basic functionality (HTTP/FTP) is running from CHAZHOME02. Some functions like our MP3 library and POP3 services are disabled, as CHAZHOME02 is an older, slower server.

  • 28-SEP-10: Wow -- some major additions! I upgraded to PHP 5.2.0, installed MySQL 5.1.51 and added sendmail features to the server!

  • 31-MAY-10: I completely re-installed the FTP server (due to several crashes without logfiles. While doing this, I did some other maintenance -- please let me know if you notice anything 'weird'. Later this week, I will be upgrading the bandwidth for CHAZHOME back to high speed!

  • 01-JAN-10: Happy new year!

  • 16-JUN-09: A brand-new CHAZHOME01 (replacing the failed 10 year-old CHAZHOME01 system) is officially online! All libraries are online. We now have over 5TB of RAID5 storage now! Website redundancy has returned!

  • 27-MAY-09: CHAZHOME01 main-board died. CHAZHOME02 is doing ALL the work right now. MP3 library taken offline to lighten the load.

  • 23-DEC-08: All servers are online following relocation!

  • 21-DEC-08: All servers have been relocated to New York City. Chazhome01 (SMTP/POP3 server) remains offline until new desk arrives.

  • 22-OCT-08: I have added additional DASD, doubling our storage capacity! Please make a note now, CHAZHOME01/CHAZHOME02 will be OFFLINE for parts of Q1/2009 whilst we move those servers to their new home. We have updated our FTP/SFTP/SCP server software. If you are having issues, please contact me. CHAZHOME01 mirror is now running on it's auxiliary port!!

  • 29-SEP-08: I have rebuilt our file system (the FTP side of the house) so that everything is on one virtual encapsulated disc, allowing the music and videos system to appear as one huge platter. Additional anti-cracker counter measures have been activated. If you find yourself locked out, please contact me.

  • 15-JUL-08: We've rebuilt a lot of the site, added a heck of a lot more content, are by-passing Comcast's "port 25" block with a special alternative port service, allowing our mail server to operate normally again; plus we physically cleaned out the servers today! Phew -- it's been busy around here!

  • 15-MAR-07: All services seem to be working properly now. Due to serious problems with our software provider, we have migrated all web services over to Apache Web server 2.2, but are still using Gorkem's FTP Server software. Please report any issues to me.

  • 14-MAR-07: SOME SERVICES AT CHAZHOME ARE OFFLINE, AS WE'VE CHANGED OUR WEB HOSTING SOFTWARE DUE TO TEMPORARY TECHNICAL PROBLEMS -- WE ARE WORKING ON THIS AND EXPECT A FIX ON OR ABOUT TUESDAY, 20-MAR-07

  • 05-DEC-06: Chazhome is now running on a clustered server, ensuring better uptime, speed and reliability! Please let me know if you experience anything strange (missing web pages, dead links, etc.) as it took a LOT of configuration changes to make this possible.

  • 30-NOV-06: Upload and download bandwidth has been doubled! A new industrial-strength UPS (uninterruptible power supply) has replaced the one that almost exploded earlier this month! Web-mail is still available, if you want it! You CAN NOT sign up for a "new account" from the website, you MUST go through me (I'm working on this, but it does not have a high priority.)

  • 28-SEP-06: we have added POP3/SMTP and WEBMAIL to our server! Want an account? E-mail me! It's currently working for Chazhome.com in test mode. We've been running on a faster cable modem, plus a premium business account for broadband access, but we're now in need of a faster server! Oh yeah, Python is now supported too!

  • 12-JUL-06: I have juggled files around on several of the drives to even the load out, I have upgraded the software to a completely new version of FTP/HTTP server, which offers a lot of new options, including SSH/SFTP and more! I have ordered a faster cable modem to help with upload/download speeds (which will be installed on 19-JUL-6 16:00-17:00), I also flashed the router with new software to handle buffering better, resulting in better throughput!

  • 27-APR-06: The domain "Chazhome.com" has been registered. HTTP/FTP server software has also been improved! Note: Passive FTP mode is no longer required for file transmissions, access via a web browser has been restored as well!

  • 04-JAN-06: I have rebuilt the web/http engine (software changes), and have ordered additional RAM and a faster CPU for the system!

  • 21-DEC-05: CGI, Perl and PHP scripts are supported on Chazhome.com!


    ChazHome HTTP/HTTPS services are processed by Apache HTTP 2.2
    ChazHome FTP services are processed by Fastream IQ Web/FTP Server




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