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Archive: March, 2009

Mar 25 2009

Network outages

By at 14:13 in Service announcements

Resolution: A resolution report is available on request – please contact us for full details. Many thanks.

22:21: The intermittent network issues being experienced throughout today have now been resolved. We apologise for any issues related to today’s event, however, are pleased we have been able to resolve what was a particularly difficult and vicious attack on our networks.

20:12: Engineers are still working on an intermittent crashing of the network core infrastructure, causing occassional 1 minute outages to some clients. We advise that the intermittent nature of this fault is proving difficult to pin down. We will be working overnight to try to eliminate and isolate the fault.

17:30: Our engineers are still investigating the cause of the issue on-site at the datacentre.

14:00: We are currently experiencing intermittent problems across various networks. We have network engineers trying to solve the issue at the moment.

We will update this post with more information as we get it.

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Mar 19 2009

Introduction to Sinatra (via RubyLearning)

By at 10:20 in News, Ruby on Rails

Introduction to Sinatra

Following close on the heels of Tim’s recent announcement regarding our Sinatra app hosting, we’re very happy to be supporting the upcoming “Introduction to Sinatra” course which is being offered by Satish Talim through his RubyLearning portal.

The intensive week-long introductory course begins on Saturday 21st March, and covers the essential features of Sinatra. Registration is well underway – for more information, please visit the course synopsis.

Satish was awarded with Ruby Inside’s “Top Ruby Teacher in 2008″ accolade in December 2008.

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Mar 16 2009

Passenger, Rails & Ruby Enterprise Edition upgrades!

By at 16:04 in News, Ruby on Rails, Service announcements

We’ve been busy upgrading and improving again! Passenger 2.1.2, Ruby On Rails 2.3 and Ruby Enterprise Edition 1.8.6 (REE) have all been installed on our shared Rails hosting servers.

The installation of REE should solve any problems for those of you who required Ruby 1.8.6 (as opposed to the 1.8.5 version that comes with CentOS 5) for certain gems to work. The upgraded Passenger should also fix some of the mod_rewrite issues that you may have experienced, but our main reason for upgrading Passenger was to allow us to support the new Rails 2.3 release which has just been officially released today.

While REE has been setup so that Passenger runs your Rails apps with it, if you want to use it from within your SSH environment, there are a couple of little tweaks that you need to do. Just open a ticket and we’ll tell you how to achieve this.

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Mar 4 2009

Passenger-hosted Sinatra applications

By at 13:51 in Dedicated servers, News, Ruby on Rails

I’ve just been trying out running a Sinatra application on our Passenger servers and can confirm that Sinatra apps can now be hosted by 1st Easy!

If you aren’t sure what what Sinatra is, check out the intro at If you want to create a small Ruby-based web application for which the full Rails stack would be overkill, then try it out.

Sinatra hosting is available right now on any Rails hosting account (as an alternative to Rails at this point – more research is required to see if we can run this alongside a Rails app). The (incredibly simple) deployment instructions will be added to our Knowledge Base shortly.

If you have a Rails-enabled dedicated server and would like to be able to run Sinatra apps on there too, just submit a ticket and we’ll sort it out for you.

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