Easy Photo Gallery released

The new Photo Gallery (which has been in testing on the beta site for some time) is now available for everyone to use. Here you can see examples of the photo gallery in action:

To use it

  • upload your photos into a folder in your file storage
  • go to Websites, and create a new website for that folder (perhaps “photos.yourusername.fastmail.fm”), specifying Publish As: “Photo gallery – slides” or “Photo gallery – film strip”

That’s it! Now your friends can view your photos by going to photos.yourusername.fastmail.fm.

You can specify comments for your photos by going to the folder with your photos in file storage, selecting the Action: “View as photos”, and then clicking “Do”. Now you should be able to enter a comment for each picture.

I’ll be adding a detailed FAQ section in the next day or so.

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Frontend services now on new replicated infrastructure

I’ve switched our frontend services (IMAP, POP, Authenticated SMTP, FTP, Web) over to two new machines in a replicated infrastructure.

Each service has two IP addresses – which are prioritised to run on different servers – but if either of the servers fails or is shut down for any reason, the IP address will migrate quickly (maximum timeout, 20 seconds) to the other host.

These machines will be placed (eventually, still waiting on cabinet migration plan to complete) in different cabinets on different power supplies, giving us much greater safety against power failures in future (though our IMAP servers aren’t replicated yet – so there are still failure modes that take us totally down)

Anyway – nice to be started on the path to full replication!

Bron.

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