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$200 VOUCHER GIVEAWAY.. cos Bucky is back!!! ALL VOUCHERS SENT!!!

Posted By: nod, posted 2008/06/04 08:38
We made it!!!!

It was a looooonnngggg 3 days for the Donkey and I waiting on the issues of the server and its exploding transformer to sort themselves but here we are! Back again and busy getting the place ship shape.

We will also have a few surprises in store over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled.

For now we are going to do something simple and fun.

Over the next 24 hours we will be giving away 40 $5 vouchers to 40 lucky members.

All you will need to do is play a very simple game and voucher is yours.. the only catch is that it is only one voucher per member

The details for each 'game' will be posted below
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  • nod2008/06/04 08:42:17
    [B][COLOR="Red"]And here is the first Buckscoop lottery challenge.....

    The first 10 members to pop up a comment in here will nab themselves a $5 voucher :)[/COLOR]
    [/B]
  • jezzamine2008/06/04 08:42:47
    Welcome back everyone!
  • craftykiwi2008/06/04 08:45:35
    Very happy to be back - definitely felt something was missing without our regular 'scoop' of Buckscoop each day.
  • nod2008/06/04 08:49:55
    Cool guys you are the lucky first two .. I will start my list in here and keep adding until we have reached our 40 :)

    [B]$5 voucher winning Buckscoopers:

    Jezzamine
    Craftykiwi
    VWH
    Jatin
    Scarletrubies
    Photographyisart
    Golfwidow
    Tlai
    Creeno
    Bigal
    Mamak
    [/B]

    And round 2 winners:
    Ganga
    Bt34
    Geo78
    Stilted
    Beck
    Cloudyclutz
    Lovelovebento
    Wally
    Fashionista78
    McMutt


    And we have round 3 winners:
    Eron
    Carolina88
    Hooky
    khaz0r
    Yovi
    Sab988
    thedreamer81
    Leny
    Voteoften
    Vikingbrad


    And lucky last round four:

    Msanchez
    Willie
    Beejean
    Mkgyl
    Penguin
    Austar001
    Vwxchoy
    Isaacsmama
    Hang
    MooGlish
    Dealhunter08


    We have our first 20 ... Bucksoop help is excluded I am afraid ... :whistling:
  • vwh2008/06/04 08:51:35
    hmm....finally back on. I thought there's problem with my comp. (I didn't bookmark to the homepage).
  • jatin2008/06/04 08:54:46
    Its nice to be back online - I was missing all the deals.
  • lilpretzel2008/06/04 08:56:24
    ooooo pick me, pick me!!!

    Welcome back everybody, missed you all!!

    :)
  • ScarletRubies2008/06/04 08:57:23
    Howdy all - missed seeing the site (had to pay way too much for pizza on Monday night!).

    I'm not posting much at the moment - have rotten carpal tunnel syndrome related to pregnancy. Other than that, most things are brilliant on Planet Ruby.

    :flowers:
  • photographyisart2008/06/04 08:58:49
    i've been busy for a while, and didnt even know there was a problem :S

    glad to hear things are back on track
  • golfwidow2008/06/04 09:00:53
    I am very very happy to have you guys back :D I was worried id head off on my trip and not get to say goodbye.....
  • tlai2008/06/04 09:02:13
    Hi welcome back!
  • creeno2008/06/04 09:02:40
    gosh, so happy we are back up again! was having withdrawal symptoms!! nice work guys :)
  • sandgroper2008/06/04 09:04:00
    Glad to be back here again, I was getting quite worried I would have my fingernails bitten all the way to the knuckles before you got it fixed.

    Funny the way you only miss something good when its gone....
  • bigal2008/06/04 09:04:27
    Welcome back again... I freaked out a bit last nite when the site disappeared.
  • craftykiwi2008/06/04 09:04:58
    nod
    Cool guys you are the lucky first two .. I will start my list in here and keep adding until we have reached our 40 :)

    [B]$5 voucher winning Buckscoopers:

    Jezzamine
    Craftykiwi
    [/B]


    Thanks Nod and good luck to the others.
  • craftykiwi2008/06/04 09:05:48
    golfwidow
    I am very very happy to have you guys back :D I was worried id head off on my trip and not get to say goodbye.....


    When do you head off golfwidow? Hope you have good trip whenever it is.:D
  • nod2008/06/04 09:11:20
    Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel Ruby :(
    How are the two monsters coming along? Still causing some pretty mean morning sickness?

    We have reached our first 10.. names listed on the first page.... keep posted cos we still haev 30 to go :)
  • lilpretzel2008/06/04 09:11:29
    ScarletRubies;52007
    I'm not posting much at the moment - have rotten carpal tunnel syndrome related to pregnancy. Other than that, most things are brilliant on Planet Ruby.

    :flowers:


    That's no good Ruby, get better. How are the little angels?

    :flowers:
  • MamaK2008/06/04 09:12:11
    ScarletRubies;52007
    Howdy all - missed seeing the site (had to pay way too much for pizza on Monday night!).

    I'm not posting much at the moment - have rotten carpal tunnel syndrome related to pregnancy. Other than that, most things are brilliant on Planet Ruby.

    :flowers:



    I didn't know you were pregnant- congratulations Ruby!:flowers:
  • nod2008/06/04 09:12:21
    golfwidow
    I am very very happy to have you guys back :D I was worried id head off on my trip and not get to say goodbye.....


    If all tranformers play fair we will be here when you get back :w00t:
  • golfwidow2008/06/04 09:13:14
    craftykiwi
    When do you head off golfwidow? Hope you have good trip whenever it is.:D


    I head off on Sat. Only three sleeps to go :w00t:
  • cloudyclutz2008/06/04 09:13:19
    yay buckscoop is back I was worried I would have nothing to do during work hours...

    Welcome back!
  • craftykiwi2008/06/04 09:13:35
    MamaK
    I didn't know you were pregnant- congratulations Ruby!:flowers:


    Not just preganant - but with twins!!
  • thedreamer812008/06/04 09:17:04
    YAY your back online hurray!! It was terrible I didn't have any distractions while studying for uni exams :P
  • nod2008/06/04 09:18:53
    hehehehehe

    Well we shall see what we can about keeping your work and study hours occupied then Cloudyclutz and Thedreamer81 :D
  • nod2008/06/04 09:19:39
    golfwidow
    I head off on Sat. Only three sleeps to go :w00t:



    :w00t: brilliant ... hope you have a fab time :)
  • MamaK2008/06/04 09:27:20
    craftykiwi;52033
    Not just preganant - but with twins!!



    :w00t: double congratulations then!:D
  • yovi2008/06/04 09:29:52
    welcome back, buckscoop!
  • admin2008/06/04 09:34:55
    A Donkey's tale for you all

    We're back...... finally. The week so far has been a bit of a donkey's ass.

    Those of you who have tried to get onto here over the last couple of days will know we're been out of action. Bit of a saga really and one I'd love to bore you with.

    We host our site on a dedicated server located with a US company called theplanet. There's been a fair bit of discussion about them on other boards recently, mainly because their crash bought a whole heap of sites down. Theplanet host something like 55,000 site across a bunch of datacentres. On Saturday night one of the datacentres went pear shaped. An electrical short caused one of the power transformers to blow up. I've a friend who shorted out a circuit board and it blew him clear across the room. The tranformers serving 9000 servers are pretty serious and I figure it'd be quite spectacular to see one go pop.

    The carnage took out 3 wall in the datacentre and all the power (obviously, pay attention...). None of the servers got mullered fortunately. Now normally the backup generators would kick in, except in this case they were blocked from cranking it up because the fire dept weren't too sure that putting more power into an already terminal infrastructure would be a good idea. Some logic in that.

    So theplanet started putting out 1/2 hourly updates to notify people about what was going on. Of course these sorts of updates are always optimistic. They initially put out a 'we are checking it out be back soon' which progressively got more pessimistic until the point that they came out and pretty much said .. this might take a few hours to rectify. At this point we thought about swapping the site out to another server but with the predictions for downtime from theplanet being small we figured it was probably better to sit tight. When you make a change in location of a website it can take 24 hours for that change to propagate out so people can see the site.

    After plenty of stuffing around theplanet figured they could get power back up. At this point was was previously a 'datacentre' became floor one and floor two. Floor two wasn't quite as damaged and they were making predictions of half a day or so to get it back up. We had no idea at the time whether we were on floor one or two, but with there being a 6000 servers on one floor (the 2nd) 3000 (the 1st) on the other split we figured we either had a 66% chance of being on floor two or a 33% chance of being on floor one. Murphys law[sic] prevailed. Just as floor two was coming back online we found out we were on floor one. Options were, split the site out to another server or sit tight until they could get floor one back on. By this time we were all pretty jack of waiting so figured we'd cut our losses and install a backup.

    That einstein of an idea would have been awesome had we have had a current backup. Of course you never find out that the previous server admin was a useless moron until things go terminal. After a good search around we found out that Feb the 12th was the last site dump. Scratch that idea. Back to sitting around waiting.... We'd managed to setup a basic message page on the .com.au domain to tell you why we were down but even that was being a pain in the butt. Because of DNS changes and ISP caching, some of you were seeing it some weren't.

    Anyway, late Monday night, theplanet managed to begin powering up the first floor by using their backup generator. Wheee hee we thought. Some of you would have seen that the site was up. I of course couldnt. The ISP I have was simply sending me the crappy message page telling me the site was out of action. Our current server admin, smart cookie, jumped in straight away and made a backup of the site. I think it was still while we were saying whee hee. Then things started going pear shaped again. Theplanet, which was by this stage more aligned with Thecircus than Mars, found that their backup server kept popping. After shutting it down again (yes.... no power..... I said keep up) they found out that the Engineers who designed it were from somewhere close to Uranus and didnt have a great deal of idea about putting the correct load circuit breakers on their generators. Happy happy joy joy. Lets commandeer a passing UPS space ship and see if we can get them to deliver another 50 tonne generator, moving at the speed of light of course (just a very very dim light... no power see..... I give up)

    By this stage the genuis of our current server admin was realised. We had backup. Needless to say, theplanet was let loose to orbit somewhere and after nearly 70 hours we're now running on a backup machine. So apologies for the outage but we're back and yes, we missed you (sort of like a polyp misses its membrane)

    If you really loved that story and want to read more - here's the service updates that we kept reading. I love the optimism they had.

    From all at Buckscoop
  • khaz0r2008/06/04 09:35:19
    I was worried that Buckscoop didn't exist anymore because I bookmarked http://www.buckscoop.com.au/deals which came up with nothing :O! Until i got rid of the /delas I found out that it was due to server problems. I was delighted to see this Buckscoop back online today =D

    WELCOME BACK!
  • L7V122008/06/04 09:46:23
    Hi
    Been waiting forever for buckscoop to be back online, been chking the site almost hourly! LOL!
  • bt342008/06/04 09:49:49
    Good to have buckscoop back.

    Was I dreaming or was it up for a short period yesterday/day before?
  • geo782008/06/04 10:01:50
    good to see you back, buckscoop!

    a buckscoop junkie
  • nod2008/06/04 10:05:09
    bt34
    Good to have buckscoop back.

    Was I dreaming or was it up for a short period yesterday/day before?


    Hey there Bt34 . it was up for a very short while on some ISP's but the server fell over again ... or the generator did :D


    And sorry to say that all those posts made in the interim have been lost :(
  • lisa772008/06/04 10:17:28
    I thought it was my computer playing up so very happy to see Buckscoop alive and raring to go again!!! yay! Now my hunt for a new camera can get off and running!
    Lisa
  • nod2008/06/04 10:20:22
    Next round of vouchers to head out the door will start in a few hours ;)
  • eron2008/06/04 10:22:02
    I missed Buckscoop!
  • queenshrew2008/06/04 10:38:28
    OMG Buckscoop's back! :D

    WB everyone :) :) :)
  • Wally2008/06/04 13:08:52
    Good to see "The Scoop' bucking and rearing Again!!

    Thought the DataCentre mighta been in India and all the admin peeps had taken their eye off the ball to watch the Indian Premier League cricket Finals!! .. (Onya Warney!!)

    Anyways glad you were able to quickly sort the conundrum
  • smackus2008/06/04 13:23:50
    nod
    Next round of vouchers to head out the door will start in a few hours ;)


    so is the next round over?

    boy did I miss you guys.
  • Isaacsmama2008/06/04 14:14:26
    Glad to have you back! I feared you were gone forever which really would suck since it hasn't been that long since I've found you!!!!
  • lilpretzel2008/06/04 14:38:35
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk158/jenpics_2008/thanks_glitter_graphic_07.gif

    Unfortunately due to a family emergency I didn't grab the times from nod this morning before I rushed off, nod and the donkey will be on later :D
  • lisss2008/06/04 15:26:22
    LOL i thought something was just wrong with my computer when buckscoop wouldnt load :S
  • nod2008/06/04 16:13:49
    OK here is round two ....

    We have another 10 $5 vouchers to give away and these will be awarded to the first 10 Buckscoopers that post a picture of a piccie in here. The only restriction is that the piccie needs to contain a computer :D

    [B][COLOR="Red"]Ready??? GO!![/COLOR][/B]
  • ryan192008/06/04 16:17:44
    glad to see you up and running again
  • nod2008/06/04 16:18:56
    Thanks Ryan - pop up a piccie and $5 will be winging it to you as a celebration :D
  • ganga2008/06/04 16:20:14
    http://www.iusb.edu/~cted/summer/img/Computer.JPG
  • nod2008/06/04 16:20:53
    :flowers: [B][COLOR="Blue"][SIZE=4]WELCOME TO BUCKSCOOP RYAN19, ISAACSMAMA AND SMACKUS[/SIZE][/COLOR][/B]

    It is good to be back and see all our fellow Buckscoopers still around :)
  • nod2008/06/04 16:21:15
    and ganga grabs the first :)
  • geo782008/06/04 16:21:31
    http://www.coolfunpics.com/slides/Computer_Letter_Box.jpg
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