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  • Future Pilot
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jul 2003
    • 3493

    Avsim 'Destroyed'

    Sad story to be honest, all that hard work down the drain......

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8049780.stm
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  • EGTC
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2009
    • 2835

    #2
    For about 6 or 7yrs I developed well over 100 repaints which I uploaded to avsim. A shame to see this happen. I suppose with the worlds population so large, its inevitable theres always going to be scum like this living amongst us unfortunately.

    Personally I can't see the enjoyment of bringing down a flight simulation website - its a games site and the hackers really havent done anything clever by taking out a games website. Pathetic really.
    Y.N.W.A

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    • T5
      T5
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 6881

      #3
      I was really shocked to have read this article earlier today. Avsim.com was always my preferred flight simulation website and I used to visit and download on an almost daily basis. What with the future of Microsoft Flight Simulator in doubt and now one of the leading flight simulation websites out of action, the future of 'flight simming' looks very bleak!
      Michael

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      • ewandougie
        Rank 4 Registered User
        • Feb 2008
        • 30

        #4
        Its bad if its made BBC News
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        • John Y
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Feb 2007
          • 113

          #5
          Stupid really. No proper backup and lost the lot. Doesn't excuse the vandalism but just proves the need for daily external back up facilities.

          John

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          • tomfellows
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2005
            • 2012

            #6
            'Tis a shame for all those who still Flight Sim. I know I almost went there every day when I was still simming so I can imagine the frustration. But life goes on..
            Tom
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            • dilettante
              Registered User
              • May 2009
              • 1

              #7
              Try the wayback machine

              I had a look at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.avsim.com, and the last site backup was Jan 16 2008.

              You may be able to recover earlier material there. They usually delay posting for 6 months, but if you ask nicely, they may even have more recent archives you might be able to access to recover, particularly as you are an open source repository.

              Fingers crossed!

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              • ewandougie
                Rank 4 Registered User
                • Feb 2008
                • 30

                #8
                Originally posted by John Y View Post
                Stupid really. No proper backup and lost the lot. Doesn't excuse the vandalism but just proves the need for daily external back up facilities.

                John
                There excuse was that they were backed up between servers, but both servers were wiped clean, you would think they would back up onto tape its not that expensive (about 10 quid for 10 gig)
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                • Deano
                  Moderator
                  • Aug 2003
                  • 3108

                  #9
                  Well before we all get on our high horse the word on the street is that it was an inside job from a "disgruntled" employee. So you could have 250 backups, it's irrelevant if he knew how to get his hands on it.
                  http://www.findmadeleine.com

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                  • EGTC
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2009
                    • 2835

                    #10
                    Thats a shame if that really is the case.
                    Y.N.W.A

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                    • NCL_Chris
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2008
                      • 130

                      #11
                      What a shame! I'm just getting into flightsim.

                      Still...their backup plan wasn't exactly robust.

                      hope they come back.

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                      • B77W
                        hello moto
                        • Jan 2007
                        • 1044

                        #12
                        We placed the order for the hardware this morning. We ordered some significantly powerful machines. These systems will be delivered Thursday night in time for our tech team to install them on Friday, the 22nd.

                        HARDWARE:

                        Due to the generosity of hundreds of community members, we will be able to bring online sometime over the weekend an AVSIM System that all of us will be proud of, I am sure.

                        High on our list of attributes that these new systems will provide are:

                        Virtualization
                        Clustering
                        Load Leveling
                        We will be effectively running the equivalent of 20 servers in two boxes.

                        In addition, we have purchased a 3Com 5500G 1 Gigabit 24 port switch to replace the existing 3C router.

                        I dont want to bore you with the details, but here is the inventory of systems that will be brought back online Saturday or Sunday:

                        Two HP Proliant DL380 G5s with quad core Xeon E5450 processors working at 3 GHz.
                        32 GIG of DR2 Ram per G5
                        1.2 terabytes of storage on each G5 using 4 x 300 GB SATA-300/SAS drives.
                        In addition, we will be bring back online, or repairing to bring online, our existing three severs, GREEN, PURPLE and WHITE
                        We will also bring our NAS back into operation as our primary storage device for the system array.

                        SYSTEM SOFTWARE AND FUNCTIONALITY:

                        I am going to put my neck on the line here a bit based upon a briefing I received today, and say that our confidence is building about the state of the library. It is my hope that we can have our legacy library back up and running on Sunday. Our email system would also be back in operation.

                        We will have a Web site back and operating sometime over the weekend. If we can get the old system up and running, great. If not, well create a redirect page for all three domains back to this forum system. In the meantime, the design team continues to work on the web and library redesigns and we will bring them online as soon as the team gives us the go ahead.

                        As for the Forums system; our confidence is increasing in that there may be something retrievable there. Again, we wont know until we can inspect the material that we have since recovered and placed on WHITE for storage. More on that later.
                        My Recent/Next Flights...

                        My pics on Airliners
                        My pics on JetPhotos

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                        • EGTC
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jan 2009
                          • 2835

                          #13
                          So does that mean, my repaints and other developers work will also be saved?

                          Good to see them resolving things.
                          Y.N.W.A

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                          • B77W
                            hello moto
                            • Jan 2007
                            • 1044

                            #14
                            It looks that way!
                            My Recent/Next Flights...

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                            My pics on JetPhotos

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                            • EGTC
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2009
                              • 2835

                              #15
                              Great stuff, addmittedly most of my stuff was AI traffic related but I did also do a few repaints for flyable types too.
                              Y.N.W.A

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                              • NCL_Chris
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Aug 2008
                                • 130

                                #16
                                Originally posted by B77W View Post
                                That is some serious kit they have bought! Some very generous people around obviously!

                                The 5500G alone is a few grand....I work with these (great kit )

                                Hope all goes well with the restore

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                                • ewandougie
                                  Rank 4 Registered User
                                  • Feb 2008
                                  • 30

                                  #17
                                  Im reallyt impressed, they have resurrected themselves really quickly :-)

                                  Well done:-)
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                                  • Future Pilot
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Jul 2003
                                    • 3493

                                    #18
                                    Dedication for you and I for one will be very chuffed when it's back up and running .
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                                    NW781 - LHR-DTW - B767-400
                                    NW427 - DTW-DCA - A319-100
                                    NW205 - DCA-MSP - B757-200
                                    NW104 - MSP-LHR - A330-200

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                                    • B77W
                                      hello moto
                                      • Jan 2007
                                      • 1044

                                      #19


                                      http://library.avsim.net/
                                      My Recent/Next Flights...

                                      My pics on Airliners
                                      My pics on JetPhotos

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                                      • ewandougie
                                        Rank 4 Registered User
                                        • Feb 2008
                                        • 30

                                        #20
                                        Oh Yes!!!

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