Saturday, August 20, 2016

CEFSG System Backups August 20, 2016

The following notice was posted to the CEFSG Forum (phpBB3) on Saturday August 20, 2016:

All of the CEFSG Systems (web site, forum, wiki) are undergoing a full backup on August 19th-20th 2016. There should be no disruption in service during this period. The web site backup includes the static Matrix site, as it does not contain a separate database.

The violent thunderstorm here in the middle of the night knocked out some of the backup processes and they had to be completed again early this morning - better safe than sorry! It appears it is perhaps time to put a UPS on the system?

If there are any issues and the site is down for any period, please remember to go here for any further announcements:

Have a great weekend, hope to see you back here soon!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

If you have remembered to come to this site when there is a problem with access to the FORUM then you are one of the fortunate!

Something is blocking a number of members from reaching the forum due to their ISP number. For the moment, we are adding an ANTI-BLOCK on those that are reporting in that they do not have access. So far it has hit Helen, Marika and Greg.

If you have been banned with an message that you have been blocked then you need to send me your ISP number and I will reverse the block. Go to this address to get your ISP number:

Send that to me at and then I will take it from there. Tomorrow we can try and find out what happened and see if there is a generic fix but for now we will take it one member at at time. At least we know how to fix it that way!

If you hear from other members about this problem, please direct them to this message.

Monday, September 21, 2015 UPGRADE IN PROGRESS

I noticed today that all the sites under domains of REGISTER.CA are off-line at the moment. We did received a notification that they were doing an upgrade and that the sites may experience temporary down time.

I manage 3 sites on the same system and they are all down at 2:30 pm on Monday September 21, 2015. I thus attribute this to the system change and not to a problem with our site.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Board Update Complete

All work to update to 3.0.13-PL1 has now been completed.
Thank you for your patience while this work was underway.

Please post any questions of comments on the CEFSG BOARD in the UPDATE forum.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOARD Update February 2, 2015

The issue with the BOARD UPDATE has been resolved and so that will proceed probably early Monday morning (February 2, 2015).

The complete database of the BOARD will be made first, then the updates.

There is always a chance ([i]no matter how small[/i]) something can go wrong, so check what you have in the process (i.e. draft posts) and make sure you personally save anything that is critical to your own research.

We are upgrading from phpBB3 3.0.12 to 3.0.13-PL1.

For more information (if you are a "techie") go here:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Database Backups on December 8, 2014

All of the CEFSG sites are being manually backed up on Monday December 8, 2014. You may notice a slight interruption in service while this is taking place.

Automatic backups occur on a regular basis but once in a while a manual backup of the complete system is made. A time consuming but important task "just to make sure"!

If you notice anything odd in the system, please let me know at and I will investigate.


The backup has been temporarily delayed due to an error with another site backup. I think it is best if I resolve that problem before I execute the CEFSG backups!


Several hours later it has been confirmed that the errors preventing a proper backup on the other site  were related to sites using WORDPRESS and they have since upgraded the software. The same "hack" does not apply to our forum which is based on phpBB3, The backup will thus be initiated shortly.


All backups complete at 4:28 pm EST.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wiki Upgrade Complete

The July 2014 upgrade to the Matrix Wiki site is now complete. Version 1.23.1 with many new extensions, is now operational at:

The previous "Wiki2" site (1.19.9) is now closed, although they do share the same data base so there is no loss of information. Links in the forum to the Wiki2 site may be changed as time permits, as from this point onward we will always use the "Wiki" address. We had changed this during the last upgrade because the site had been "hacked".

PLEASE NOTE that we are no longer updating or upgrading the "Static Matrix Site" ( as the wiki now has all that information and can be updated and upgraded by the members. It is our plan to leave the static matrix in place until December 31, 2014 so that anyone who has linked to that site has adequate time to upgrade their links.

If you have any questions at any time, you are welcome to contact me directly at and I will answer your e-mail.