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 Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 OST, New Maximum Tune Original Sound Track!
 From E86 on Feb 15 2012, 02:44 AM
Greeting WME members,

A new Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune album has been added to the Soundtracks section. This album Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 Original Soundtrack had been released on January 25th, 2012 in Japan. You will find that all of the songs are composed by Yuzo Koshiro, the same composer who did the previous three OST for the popular arcade series.

There are a couple of the songs with actual lyrics such as Drifting into You, Re-Birth and Taillight ... etc. It is refreshing to hear actual songs with singing in a Maximum Tune album since we usually get trance and techno type of music from Mr. Koshiro. I highly recommend anyone out there to purchase this album if you are a big Wangan Midnight arcade fan.

This album was purchased using the funds from an ongoing project in IDW called MSRP. I hope you enjoy the album as much as I did! smile.gif Click here to visit the discussion thread for this OST.

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 Explanation on Long Downtime (2012-1-29), Please read if you are interested
 From E86 on Jan 29 2012, 11:37 PM
As many of you have noticed, the forum was down for almost the entire Sunday. It first went down on 3:30am Pacific Time January 29th, 2012. I did not know until I wake up by 8:00am. I quickly sent several notices to the facebook group to spread awareness on the problem. I then submitted a ticket to the our host's tech support. They responded with the following within 15 minutes:

QUOTE (Reply from DreamHost (Jan 29 @ 2012 - 09:13:20 / #5393xxxx))
Subject: Re: Site Down
First, I'd like to apologize for the use of a canned response to this support issue. We have identified and are actively working on a fix for the problems you are experiencing with FTP and Web services. This issue is affecting a large subset of our customers and as such our system administration, data center operations, and development teams are all working on resolving these issues as quickly as possible.

We are making this information available, along with updates, on the http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/ website. Please follow this url to keep up to date with any future updates.

http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/2012/01/29/...s-for-a-subset- of-vps-shared-and-dedicated-machines-down/

Again, we do apologize for the lack of a personal response to this support request and if you have any further questions please let us know.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter,
JJ Galvez
DreamHost Technical Support

Basically, they were aware of the issue. As time progress through the day, many customers like me were getting angry at this long downtime. Finally by 11:00pm Pacific Time, the site is up. The entire downtime lasted 19.5 hours. Here is a message from the CEO of the host;

Update Jan 29th, 9:40pm PST:

From Simon Anderson, CEO, DreamHost: My sincere apologies for the downtime experienced today by many of our dedicated and VPS customers, plus some shared customers. I know that this has been a poor customer experience for you. Almost all services are back up after an intense effort from the DreamHost dev, admin, data center and support teams. I was involved in the coordination of our efforts today and now am able to share what happened, and what we’re going to do to reduce the risk that it happens again.

We run Debian OS and have used autoupdates to ensure security packages are installed as soon as they are available. We’ve had some breakage in the past from this approach, but nothing major. However last night’s autoupdate went badly wrong, removing essential packages from dedicated, VPS and some shared servers. Our monitoring and support team flagged the issue fast, and we scrambled our admin, dev and NOC teams to reinstall the packages that had been removed by autoupdate, reboot servers, fix package dependencies, and test that individual services were live. Given the number of services affected, this took a long time to complete. Rest assured we had all hands working on the issue, but I know it was still a frustrating experience for customers.

To mitigate the risk of anything like this happening again, we’re immediately switching off autoupdates, and moving to a manual process where we’ll only push out Debian updates after significant testing. There’s always a balance to be struck between speed, efficiency, security and issue prevention, but this event has shown us that we need to take a different approach. Again, my apologies for the downtime experienced today. We’re acutely focused on adjusting our processes and systems to ensure we do a better job going forward. – Simon

It was caused by a botched automatic update that somehow caused automatic deletion of some important modules on the server, which caused the service to go down shortly after 3:30am. I am currently in the process of getting some sort of compensation for such long downtime. If they refuse, I might be forced to switch to another host. This sort of downtime is simply unacceptable.

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 Server Migration (2011-11-01), We are moving! Details of the transfer
 From E86 on Oct 25 2011, 11:23 PM
As some of you have probably heard, the plan to switch to a new host had been well underway for the past few months. Why are we changing server you ask? Well, forums activities had declined dramatically since mid-2010. There just aren't much traffic hitting the forums. At $25 per month for server fee, our funding dries up rather quickly despite many of your generous donations. As a result, I approached our host thewird to negotiate for a better rate. However, that fell right through. The rate remained at $25/mo. despite the decline of bandwidth usage.

As a last resort, I started looking for a different host that offers the same service with a smaller price tag. At last I found it two months ago. At $15 per month, the new host offers the same service with unmetered webspace and bandwidth. One of positive things that comes out of this server migration is that WME and IDW will no longer keep a separate donation sheet. Like the old way, the donations are shared.

With that said, the forums will be temporarily unavailable for roughly 36 hours starting 8:00 am Pacific Time, Tuesday, November 1st, 2011. I will keep you all posted on the server migration. Please check back for more info.

  • Tuesday November 1st, 2011 08:00 AM (Pacific Time) - DNS change initiated.
  • Wednesday November 2nd, 2011 11:00 PM (Pacific Time) - DNS propagation completed, forums re-open.

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 Wangan Midnight The Movie OST, New Wangan Midnight soundtracks!
 From E86 on Jan 21 2010, 05:37 AM
Greeting WME members,

A new Wangan Midnight album has been added to the Soundtracks section. This album Wangan Midnight The Movie Special Driving Style had been released since early September 2009. You will find that most of the songs are a little different than the past Wangan Midnight OSTs in that this album features quite a few English pop songs that generally add to the depth of the characters in the movie.

There are a couple of fast pace songs such as Come Back by Go Go Girls. It is rather rare to see Eurobeat on a Wangan Midnight album to be honest. I highly recommend anyone out there to purchase this album if you are a big Wangan Midnight fan.

This album was purchased using the funds from an ongoing project in IDW called MSRP. I hope you enjoy the album as much as I did! smile.gif Click here to visit the discussion thread for this OST.

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 Conflict Of Interest, WME's Foreseeable Future
 From E86 on Oct 5 2009, 12:25 PM
Good afternoon WME members,

Recently, I've noticed an increase in disrespectful expressions being made toward our sister site IDW throughout WME. As the site operator for both sites, I understand the needs to express yourself on a subject, but this is simply not acceptable. I would like to take the chance to thank the members, both on IDW and WME, who remain neutral throughout the recent debacle. It involved a group of members here trailing a particular board member whose name I will not mention, all the way to IDW and caused quite a scene.

As a result, I have pull the plug on the free hosting funding for WME. All hosting fund provided by IDW for WME has been retracted retroactively. It is unfortunate that a couple of bad apples had to ruin the whole barrel. But I suppose WME is big enough to support itself financially.

It just seemed ridiculous to me that a sister site which is paying for the hosting fee for this site, gets bashed to no ends. I still see subtle sarcastic remarks toward IDW here and there, you know who you are. There is a limit to leniency, let's try not to push it any further.

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