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Users with Domains and/or DNS Service June 24, 2006

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Any user with domains registered to point to our DNS servers, who are not registered through GANDI should be aware that you need to change your registrar DNS authoritavie server addresses to dns1.zhonka.net (208.64.240.3), and dns2.zhonka.net (208.64.247.2), for better reliability, and to avoid connectivity losses, when the old addresses (66.228.*.*) are fully removed next week.

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Zhonka at Gnomedex June 23, 2006

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Zhonka Broadband is going to Gnomedex! (sponsored by Lockergnome) We do this to keep up on exciting new and upcoming technologies, such as Web 2.0 enabled back end technologies, podcasting, and new content delivery.  Last year Microsoft announced XML/ATOM support in Vista, and all it's applications.  Too bad for MS users that Vista was delayed again. . . .

Also, at last year's Gnomedex, Zhonka learned the new Kung-Fu of the Web, including the New Google Calendar, Bryght CMS, WordPress Hosted Blogs, and other cool tools, while meeting some very interesting and intelligent people, such as Dave Winer, Marc Canter, Bre Pettis, Kris Krug, Boris Mann, Roland Tanglao, Robert Scoble, and Adam Curry.

This year's Gnomedex Keynote Speaker is former Vice-Presidential Candidate John Edwards (remember Kerry/Edwards?), who has agreed to talk about technology issues and not politics.

Stay tuned for more information, and possible a few more breakthrough announcements while we're there. 😉

The Zhonka.Net Team

Zhonka Mail Server Woes June 23, 2006

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As many of you have noticed, the mail servers have been a little flaky in forwarding (and sometimes delivering) mail in a timely fashion this week.  This is due to a variety of reasons, starting with a failing hard drive in our primary UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail) filter and incoming relay, which caused some mail to get backed up earlier this week, and ending with a massive UCE attack that required us to harden our defenses, and add some additional capacity to help in times of trouble.

At this time we believe that we have solved all the problems related to the incoming and outgoing mail servers, and remind our users that for their account purposes, they should use "mail.zhonka.net" for the mail server name for both incoming (POP3), and outgoing (SMTP).  Please also be aware that you should NOT check encryption or SMTP authentication, as this will cause your outgoing mail to fail.  We hope to add additional security layers on the main outgoing server later this year, so we appreciate your patience.

As always, if you have have trouble, a question, a gripe, or just want to say hello, Zhonka users are always welcome to send us e-mail at support at zhonka dot net.

Zhonka Broadband NOC

IP Renumbering June 21, 2006

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As some users already know, we have been changing user IP numbers and mostly the project is going without too many problems.  We've been incented by the problems related to mail server blacklisting in s.p.e.w.s., and the former root owner of the IP block we were using to get the project completed by the end of this weekend. 

Unfortunately, that means we will not be able to inform all users in advance, and can only inform users who have netblocks, or are running mail servers or web servers for which Zhonka is providing DNS.  If you have registered name servers, or are forwarding your domain to your IP address, please contact noc at zhonka dot net for your new address, which will take affect by Monday, at the latest.

Again, we apologize for the short notice, and any inconvenience caused to our users by this re-numbering process.  Unfortunately, renumbering is an unescapable reality for small ISPs due to ARINs (American Registry for Internet Numbers) "Slow Start" policy for small ISPs.

Zhonka Broadband NOC

Zhonka Dialup Outage Fixed June 4, 2006

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We have fixed the dialup outage with the new dialup numbers, and dialup users are now authenticating and are able to send mail through the SMTP outbound mail server mail.zhonka.net.

If you get a "relay denied" error when attempting to send mail to someone offsite, please send a quick message to postmaster@zhonka.net, and we'll fix the problem right away.

If you need outbound SMTP access to other mail servers, (such as personal servers, etc.), please send a message to suppport@zhonka.net with the mail server name.

Thank you for your support and patience during this latest dialup outage during our switch.  We again apologize for the inconvenience.

Zhonka Noc Control

Zhonka Dialup Numbers Change June 3, 2006

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Please Note the New Zhonka.Net dialin number for Olympia is 360-485-0558.

Also, the new dialup number authentication has been flaky all day (Saturday, June 3rd, 2006), and hopefully will stabilize, as we've got the modem bank technicians and authentication people working on the problem.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our dialup customers.

Zhonka Noc Control

Zhonka’s Blog October 15, 2005

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