Wednesday, December 27, 2023

End of the year maintenance

The Color Classic Web Server is taking a little time off for some long overdue maintenance. See you again soon!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Recovering from recent weather event

The Color Classic web server was offline for several days due to recent weather events that interrupted power, internet, and water services for Austin, Texas, where the server is located.

Recovered Color Classic Web Server,
protocol HTTP,
time 02/23/2021 08:27:27,
estimated downtime 11760 minutes

Thankfully, those have been restored and the Color Classic web server is back online. Our uptime this  month will be lower than it has ever been, and your patience is appreciated while we were dark. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Maintenance time again

Since we're sheltering in place in response to the COVID-19 virus I've decided to take the Color Classic web site offline to give the dear CC a spring cleaning.

We'll be back online soon. Stay safe.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Taking a break

The Color Classic web server is taking a short break from service. Please check back soon!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Uptime back on track

For many months the CC web server was unpredictably running out of memory and becoming non responsive or replying with "Too Busy" messages. 

Since MacHTTP is the only application running on the Color Classic this was a puzzler. I reduced system memory demands by removing nonessential control panels and extensions but the problem continued. 

I finally found the culprit and am posting the solution here in case another user gets into this condition. 

MacHTTP has an option called PIG_DELAY which allows it to dominate the demand for memory from other applications. At some point I had enabled this option thinking it would benefit the web server response times. 

By disabling PIG_DELAY the issue was resolved. MacHTTP runs happily now for weeks without any memory issues (previously I was restarting it daily to avoid the problem and keep it online).

The happy results were confirmed when I received my monthly uptime report:

Hopefully this translates into a better experience for all of the visitors to

Monday, November 7, 2016

CC web server gets some maintenance

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The Color Classic web server software (MacHTTP) has been prone to running out of memory for several months now. You've probably noticed the dip in server uptime stats if you were paying attention. I didn't have time to troubleshoot it so I just set the CC to restart every night, but finally even that wasn't enough to make it happy.

 I finally hauled out the legacy tools (floppy disks, Iomega 100 MB SCSI ZIP drive) and spent an hour or so watching Dr. Norton work his magic and fix an assortment of issues, the most important being directory issues. Hopefully that will resolve the memory issues and the CC will be back to its trusty self.

 If it proves stable I may even be brave enough to hook up a Connectix QuickCam so you can watch the squirrels in my backyard as they gather acorns and pecans in preparation for winter.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Color Classic web server now powered by Google Fiber

The Color Classic web server relaunched on January 9, 2016 with a new link to the internet. Earlier this month I switched from Time Warner Cable internet service to Google Fiber after it just became available in our neighborhood. So if you notice things loading a little faster on the Color Classic web site, you know why!