Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Saying Farewell to lazer.techtronix.net

Well, folks, I have some sad news today. As some of you folks may have noticed.
09:33:08 PM <+Allred58> I saw that. Server I was on here died, too.
lazer.techtronix.net, made in honor of Grand Theft Auto V from the P-996 LAZER fighter jet, has (crash) landed for its final time. A few days ago, I started getting mysterious billing emails from the sponsor that hosts the server, HostSailor. After sending them a ticket and not getting a response, I sent another one and then the server was turned off for failure to pay.

Apparently, they thought that it wasn't beneficial anymore to contribute server space to the community here anymore, despite having referral statistics to prove that they got a sponsor spot as promised. Regardless, they took the server offline and held the data on it hostage for a few days, all the way until now as it is marked as "Terminated" in their WHMCS portal.

Techtronix no longer has a server in Europe for the time being, and there's a good chance that it won't be replaced for a very long time, if ever.

This is the first time that a sponsorship has been pulled on Techtronix: when Centarra hosting folded, we lost that server too. It was hosted in Texas.

I apologize to the European folks who have to deal with her latencies in general and also increased network turbulence. I'm not the one to blame for this, but HostSailor is.

I'll be writing a Name & Shame post on my website about this at some point that goes more in depth, but I wanted to make a decently-sized announcement here first. I'll update the post once it goes live.

EDIT 2018-01-19: I wrote about this experience on LowEndTalk and HostSailor gave a bunch of nonsense as a response. Not even a reply to this thread! Only when embarrassed on a public forum with thousands of unique visitors. I haven't finished the post on Techman's World, although I am more apt to finish it now since they decided to kick up the dirt again.