Jim Alfredson

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  1. They just changed the name of the server. It might take a while to propagate through the system, but it should fix the problem.

    From LiquidWeb:

    At this time it looks like you do not have ownership of the domain: organissimo2.com

    This has allowed a 3rd party to register the domain and setup a malicious nameserver allowing the redirects to take place.

    In a situation of changing servers we would normally recommend domain names like the following:

    host.organissimo.org

    to new server:

    host2.organissimo.org

    This would allow for the new server creation with domain names under your ownership.

    I would recommend that we update the server hostname to host2.organissimo.org as well as set the nameserver GLU records to the following after we change the server hostname:

    ns1.organissimo.org  67.225.241.38
    ns2.organissimo.org  67.225.241.38

    Please confirm and I will proceed.


  2. This is the reply I got from Liquid Web, my server company.

    I see that after requesting organissimo.org/forum the request is redirected to www.organissimo.org which according to DNS records points to a different server:

    ;; ANSWER SECTION:
    www.organissimo.org.    671    IN    A    190.2.131.62

    ;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
    organissimo.org.    532    IN    NS    ns2.organissimo2.com.
    organissimo.org.    532    IN    NS    ns1.organissimo2.com.

    ;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
    ns2.organissimo2.com.    671    IN    A    190.2.131.63
    ns1.organissimo2.com.    671    IN    A    190.2.131.62

    The IP address 190.2.131.62 shows the following ownership:

    owner:       WorldStream B.V.
    ownerid:     NL-WOBV-LACNIC
    responsible: Dirk Vromans

    After hitting this server then a second redirect is sent to send the user to goodmayor.com @

    ;; ANSWER SECTION:
    goodmayor.com.        290    IN    A    34.196.13.28

    Before getting then redirected several more times to the eventual ad. I would recommend looking at godaddy and seeing what is set there and if any changes have been made. As well I would recommend looking into this doppelgänger domain is as it appears to be the first step in the redirects:

    ;; ANSWER SECTION:
    organissimo2.com.    900    IN    A    190.2.131.62

    ;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
    organissimo2.com.    900    IN    NS    ns1.xzydns.com.
    organissimo2.com.    900    IN    NS    ns2.xzydns.com.

       Domain Name: ORGANISSIMO2.COM
       Registry Domain ID: 2223693508_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
       Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.antagus.de
       Registrar URL: http://www.vautron.de
       Updated Date: 2018-02-06T16:19:25Z
       Creation Date: 2018-02-06T16:19:25Z
       Registry Expiry Date: 2019-02-06T16:19:25Z
       Registrar: Vautron Rechenzentrum AG
       Registrar IANA ID: 1443
       Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
       Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
       Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
       Name Server: NS1.XZYDNS.COM
       Name Server: NS2.XZYDNS.COM
       DNSSEC: unsigned
       URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
     

    The new server is called host.organissimo2.com. The old server, which is now turned off and gone, was called host.organissimo.org. I accidentally put .com in the new one and supposedly there is an actual site called www.organissimo2.com that is the source of all this. So for some reason we're getting our wires crossed, so to speak.

    The DNS configuration at GoDaddy, which is my site registrar, are set correctly as far as I can tell. I'm wondering if the problem is the name of my server. Now that the old server is gone, I've asked if they can change the name of the new one to host.organissimo.org


  3. You're welcome. I was pretty stressed out the last few days because the server company was not really helping. I had to basically threaten to pull my business. I've never had any kind of issue like that with them before but they sold the company a few years ago (it was started locally by a kid in his bedroom) and since then the response time and quality of the tech service has taken a bit of a hit. I let them know I wasn't happy about how nonchalant they were while things were down and thankfully they stepped up.

    The good news is that the forum is running on the new server and everything is ready to upgrade the forum software. It just can't be done via the admin panel, which is how I've done it in the past. This is because the database is missing a specific table for some reason. I pay Invision, the software company that makes the forum software, a yearly fee for support, which includes installation, so hopefully they will help soon.


  4. Wow, that was frustrating. I'll spare the details but at least things are working. We are on the new server. However, I am unable to update the actual forum software, which is the entire reason we moved servers in the first place. I have an email out to the forum software company about the next step. Stay tuned.


  5. I created a new fundraiser for 2018 and added those that contributed today to that fundraiser. Thank you.

    Yes, I thought about the fact that online discussion forums such as these seem to be rather antiquated. That's why I'm leaving it up to you all to decide if you want to keep it going. In regards to security issues, we do daily backups so I doubt any data would be lost in the event of a hack, but they could potentially use an exploit in the old software to take over my entire server, which would be bad and/or steal people's personal information. Thankfully we don't have anything like credit card numbers stored here, but emails and locations and such.

     


  6. Hi friends,

    Those that have been members of this board since 2003 have seen us change hosting companies several times. We started with a shared server space via an Ann Arbor, MI based web-hosting platform then migrated to a Dallas, TX company, still on a shared server. As the forum grew it became clear that a shared server platform would not work because of the bandwidth limitations, so we moved to a our own dedicated server in 2008 thanks to a friend of mine who was vice president of Liquid Web. Liquid Web is a Lansing, MI based company, right here in my hometown, so it made me happy to keep the money in the local economy and my friend provided me with a $300 per month server for only $150 a month.

    Well, that poor server is now 10 years old and showing its age. I cannot even upgrade to the latest version of the forum software because the server cannot run the PHP and MySQL versions required. We are currently two iterations behind and that leaves us susceptible to security issues.

    Unfortunately my friend retired so I cannot reach out to him to extend that super buddy deal. It looks like the least expensive option to upgrading our server is to get a brand new one with much more RAM (that's our biggest limitation right now and why the site is sometimes so slow) and a SSD RAID array for backups. The cost is $209 a month, which is $59 more per month than we're paying now or $708 more per year, bringing our total yearly costs up to $2578. The extra $70 is for the Invision Power Board yearly license (aka the forum software). Having a valid license gives us tech support and access to bug fixes.

    I wanted to ask you all if this is something you will support. If not, I'll keep rolling along as we are and hope for the best; mostly that we don't get attacked by hackers exploiting the security holes in this old software. I certainly cannot float that monthly cost myself. I have done so several times the past year for the current $150 a month package. The donations are coming in decently now but during the late summer / fall months, I paid for the server out of my own pocket for the most part.

    If we decide to do this collectively, then I'll be much more vocal about donations. 

    I've attached the proposal from Liquid Web

    Jim A..pdf

    Thoughts?


  7. Sorry for being MIA around here.

    If you ordered the bonus tracks you should've received an email over a month ago that they were ready for download. I just resent the email to all those who ordered the bonus tracks. Check your spam folders.

    Flurin, I sent your CD but if you didn't receive it, I'll send another.

    If you still can't find the bonus material, just PM me and I'll send you a link.


  8. Well, there are two things at play here:

    Firstly, the contact system in a real Hammond organ is comprised of buss bars. There is one bussbar for each drawbar, so 9 total per manual (keyboard) stacked vertically under the keys. The famous "key click" of a Hammond is the result of little wires under each key making contact with those buss bars. If you pull all 9 drawbars out and very slowly press a key you can actually hear each individual contact (1 through 9) for each drawbar being made.

    The pedals are similar. There are two drawbars for the bass pedals and each drawbar has two buss bars associated with it; one for the regular tonewheels and one for the "complex tonewheels" that are exclusive to the pedals.

    So... on a real Hammond, when you tap very fast and lightly, it is possible to barely make a connection with just one bussbar, resulting in no pitch but rather a percussive transient on the front of the note.

    This is much more difficult on a digital organ / Hammond because there are no buss bars. Digital is perfect. When you press the note, it triggers. There's no slop, no analog electrical connection being made, it's just ON.

    Secondly, your tapping has to be REALLY short, even more so on a digital organ for the above reasons.

    Make sense?