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    Unhappy www.presetcentral.com some news for you...

    Hi everyone,

    just to let you know it looks like presetcentral.com has been turned off for good.

    A few weeks back we were having some server issues, the cause of which we were only recently told the truth about. The server, which is owned by a colleague of us, was being used for presetcentral.com and a smaller personal site. As it turns out, the owner of the personal site managed to get his account hacked (don't ask how!).

    Whoever hacked the account ended setting up an ftp server with ~20 gb of warez which was up for about 3 days. With a 100mb connection the server soon racked up a total 6-7terabyte bandwidth bill amounting to 1600$. Unfortunately the responsible person isn't willing to pay up, much to the dissapointment of us, as it means the server along with all the MySQL data for presetcentral.com isn't going to be switched back on again.

    Why am I going on about all this... well I guess I just wanted to let you know why it has gone down, rather then leave it unanswered. I'm aware that a number of personal sites reference presets on presetcentral.com and lots of websites will be showing up 404 in the coming period . I also feel an apology is necessary for the lack of updates or maintenance to the site.

    The team, Ben Chape, Tom C, Nel, CCool, Samus and me have had great time running the site and would like to thank you all for contributing and visiting. I guess it is good to see people like Brad Peebler (ahem!) and his team offering a similar service .

    Having said all this and dribbled on for far too long. The domain is still owned by us and who knows. There are a number of ideas which are still on the drawing board including some really exciting stuff. I guess www.rendercentral.com might be a hint... and this post

    All the best, Ben
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    drat...that really is sad news..lets hope it can be resurected sometime in the nr future.
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    That is really a shame, a great resource lost to us all...

    There is the idea that we could all donate $5 (not a huge amount) to get it back up and running.... Would that be a possibility?
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    Sorry to hear the bad news. Did you keep backup of the site?

    Personally I think your friend should argue that it was the their server that got hacked, which means that it was their security which failed. So they should foot the bill. Plus the fact that they let these hackers run up such huge bill, without any checks or warnings, shows a serious lack in their part.

    I know I'm always floging Dreamhost
    but they've got a really sweet sale running at the moment on their Code Monster plan. Plus these guys monitor you daily usage and do projected estimates, if it looks like there's any chance of exceeding your monthly bandwidth usage. So you shouldn't have to worry about any nasty surprises.

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    Really sad. It was a great place to get presets.

    Hey I would send 10 bucks without blinking if it would help get it back up. If you could get some thing going here, I'm sure that people would help out.

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    Ditto, let the community pull together on this one, I'm sure we can sort something out!
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    Ben,
    I would like to thank you for all the contributions you've made to the LW community. I met some great people there and am, for one, sorry to see it end.
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    of course we'll made it live again

    we need to check what's ok/wrong for the future projects ...

    psc is such a great tool , we can't let it die like that
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    Sorry to see a useful resource ended this way, that is rather sad. i'm willing to part my five dollars if that could be of little help.

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    Hi everyone,

    thanks for all your kind comments.

    I would say "hell yes, let setup a paypal donate system and lets bring it back!", but it wouldn't feel right having other people fork out for some other d**kheads mistake.

    A possibility might be to have an amazon associate link, that way everybody can help resurrect the site without actually paying for it. If you see what I mean.

    On the other hand this might just be the opportunity to do something bigger and better. Who knows... maybe some of you have some great ideas, I guess this would be a great time to get creative. Fortunately we aren't limited by bandwidth and hosting costs (not anymore anyway as we have bought our own server!!)... so most things are possible.

    I'm quiet dissapointed by the response to rendercentral. I'll try and post a brief of what I have in mind in a few days.

    Again thanks for all the comments.

    Best regards, Ben
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    Originally posted by riki

    I know I'm always floging Dreamhost
    Riki, how is the speed of websites hosted by dreamhost under the "managed web hosting" (not dedicated)?

    Im using hostsave.com now. I like their features and prices, but the speed of my website and ftp access are rather sluggish.

    Do you have any urls hosted by dreamhost (under 7.95 plan) so I could compare?

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    Dedicated Server

    Benhaines,

    I own quite a few dedicated servers on 100mbit connections. I would be willing to host this site for absolutely no cost if you can get me the files/data and repoint the nameserver. If you are interested in this leave me a PM. I would be more than happy to support the LW community.

    ...And I wouldn't even make you put up advertising or other such nonsense.

    Cheers,

    Synthlight

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    Hey Ben I'm looking forward to hearing about your new plan. Having your own server sounds good. I've always wonderred about that, how difficult it is to maintain security that sort of thing. Some of my clients have their own mail servers and it doesn't seem to be a problem.

    Hey Art my site http://www.suture.net is hosted on Dreamhost if you want to check it for speed.

    As well as being a generous plan in terms of features and bandwidth, my web hosting dosen't actually cost me anything anymore because of their Rewards program. I'm actually making money from these guys now, about US$500 per year from referals.

    I guess it works like Amazon's Affiliate Program. They give you 10% of all referals each year for as long as the referrered user, stays active, plus you also get 5% of everyone they refer.

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    ok,

    i'm gonna start a 'wish list for psc v2 post' on most lw boards to poll what wavers want or need
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    Its back, almost... please help if you can http://www.presetcentral.com
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