[DECtalk] DecTalk Archive hosting

tony at baechler.net tony at baechler.net
Mon Oct 9 04:52:23 EDT 2017

I'm sure you'll get other replies, but here are my thoughts: 

I did briefly host the archive after taking it over from Jayson. I ran
it on my own machine at home. We had Cox business at the time. That
machine crashed and we're on residential now, so I can't host it and I
lost my copy. The copy I got was from Jayson. I did upload a .7z of what
I had at one time, but it's long gone too. 

Jayson manages and hosts the list on his server. He was using Gentoo
eons ago, but I don't know his setup now. There isn't a control panel
that I'm aware of though. I have some Debian and Ubuntu servers hosted
in various places. My main server is in Germany for cost reasons. It's a
dedicated server. 

Samba isn't an ftp package. I used pure-ftpd and Apache. If you're
looking for server advice, write to me privately. It sounds like you
have a lot of questions not on topic for this list. I have no idea who
is hosting the archive now. You can write to bats at batsupport.com which
is my business email. BATS stands for Baechler Access Technology
Services. I'm not surprised you couldn't get a Windows VPS to work. We
specialize in Linux support services. We might be able to give you a
better deal on your VPS. We're working on WordPress support and have
WordPress experience. Remember that a fair bit of the content of the
archive isn't legal and probably shouldn't be advertised to the public.

On 2017-10-08 01:26, Ulysses Harmony Garcia via Dectalk wrote:

> Hello all,
> I remember someone telling me about the DECtalk archive back in 2008-2010, or perhaps I found it through the DECtalk site Brandi and Louis Bryant of BrailleSoft had linked. Since that point on, I remember downloading various DECtalk files made by other artists. I don't remember how exactly I heard about the actual FTP version which had HTaccess files in Apache. I think I remember doing a Google search back in 2013 that had led up to me finding out about
> Bluegrass Pals or something, and I ended up subscribing to this list. Since then, I was able to download the entire DECtalk archive onto my hard drive when one of the list members put it up on their BT Sync folder. That was back in 2014. Since then, I haven't kept up to date with the archive, so I don't know if any files have been added, edited, or removed. The only copy I have is one I had kept on my external hard drive. I've organised it a little bit, removing any duplicate files or renaming some files to something that would make more sense.
> I've done most of the work on my own. I first began with a Windows
> virtual private server at http://www.vps.net/ but I was not able to set
> up the web server, database server and PHP to work on-line, except
> through Localhost. I wasn't able to use Internet Information Services
> IIS either, so I gave up and cancelled my server. Fortunately, I kept my
> account active, so I could come back to it when I wasn't overwhelmed.
> As primarily being an extroverted person, I get energy from working with
> other people rather than working alone, yet for some reason, I've
> encountered a lot of people who think that being too dependent on others
> was a bad thing, that being completely independent was the best way to
> go. I disagree with that. I mean, I can see why some people wouldn't
> want to be too dependent on others for fear of taking too much of
> someone's time or being too clingy, etc, or taking advantage of said
> person, but I also believe that there needs to be a balance in helping
> others and being self-reliable. This is where interdependence comes in.
> So in September, I finally found a fellow who turned out to be someone I
> knew by reputation, and he offered to spend his free time in helping me
> out, especially since he has had plenty of experience in working with
> virtual private servers and web hosting. By that time, I was a little
> more knowledgeable to talk to others on this form about this topic.
> http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?id=23002
> I told him a little bit of what I've hoped to accomplish, and what I
> have done so far, and how much experience I've already had. In 2010
> through 2013, I worked on building an HTML 4.1 and 5 project in high
> school using Notepad, and in 2013, I used CSS 3 to enhance it when I
> took a college class in web development.
> What I would like to do at this point is learn about any previous setup anyone here on this list has used to host the DECtalk archive. From my understanding, since there is a mailing list, I am curious to know if it is being hosted by Cpanel on CentOS, since Cpanel is not supported on an Ubuntu VPS, or if this list is being hosted by a shared hosting company that won't let you access the server using an SSH client like Putty or Secure CRT--they only let you use FTP or SFTP to upload and download files. If someone has used an FTP server on a VPS, did you use Samba or some other kind of FTP package? I am interested in hosting the DECtalk archive and link it to my web site or WordPress site.
> If anyone has any suggestions or answers to my question I would greatly appreciate it.
> Thanks! :-)
> -Ulysses
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