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This is the personal web site of the Slivka family. Ben does most of the work on the site.
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Web page statistics (per FreeFind Search, 12/08/2014): It took 7 minutes 40 seconds to crawl 674 pages containing 23,693,468 bytes.
Since 3/22/2020, this website has been hosted on IIS 10 (part of Windows Server 2019 Essentials) running on a DELL PowerEdge T340 server.
Since 12/8/2014, site search has been provided by FreeFind.
See History below for more details.
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Except for a few scans, all of the pictures were taken with digital cameras.

Here are a few of the many digital cameras and smartphones we have used over the years:
12/19971.3Olympus D600-L
07/19992.1Nikon Coolpix 900
09/20003.3Casio QV3000
11/20026.3Canon D60 (3fps; up to 8 frames)
09/20048.2Canon 20D (5fps; up to 27 frames)
09/200710.1Canon 40D (6.5fps; up to 70 frames)
08/201010.0Canon PowerShot S95
01/201820.11080pCanon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
02/201920.14KSony Cyber‑Shot RX10 IV
10/201916.04KGoogle Pixel 4 XL

ACDSee is used for picture viewing, and Paint Shop Pro for picture editing (cropping, resizing, redeye reduction, etc.).

Notepad is our primary HTML editor. The overall look and feel of the site is controlled with CSS, and the consistent navigation menus and footers are generated by server-side Classic ASP JScript. The multi-day "travel log" pages are generated using a "build" script (ASP JavaScript) that reads light-weight XML files.
This site was created in the fall of 1997 and hosted by a third party service.

When we acquired DSL in the summer of 1999, the site was moved to a single CPU Dell Precision 610 Workstation [DUMBLEDORE] (built 6/4/1999) with a 500MHz Pentium III Xeon processor, 512Mb RAM, and 84Gb of storage (including a 70Gb SCSI II 10K RPM drive). This server ran Microsoft Windows NT Small Business Server 4.5 (NT 4.0 SP6 Server), including IIS 4.0 and Exchange Server 5.5.

In September, 2001, the site was redesigned to remove frames and provide a standard navigation menu at the top of each page. This was originally generated by client-side JScript code, but that proved incompatible with some versions of Netscape, and web crawlers could not find interior pages, so it was moved to server-side ASP (which required almost no code changes!)

In November, 2001, we switched to Seanet as our ISP (16 static IP addresses) but continuined using the Qwest DSL service with 1Mpbs download and 768Kbps upload speeds via a Cisco 678 DSL modem.

On 12/12/2005 we installed a SonicWALL T170 firewall.

On April 22, 2002, the site was moved to a new Dell PowerEdge 1400SC server [JANUS], with two 1GHz Pentium III processors, 1Gb RAM, and 101Gb of storage (via four 36Gb 10,000RPM SCSI drives in a RAID Level 5 configuration). It was built on 3/26/2002. This server ran Windows Small Business Server 2000, including IIS 5.0, Exchange Server 2000, and ISA Server 2000.

On December 25, 2005, the site was moved to a new Dell PowerEdge 1420SC server [ATHENA], with two 3.0GHz (2Mb Cache) Intel Xeon processors, 4Gb DDR2 RAM, and 838Gb of storage (via four 300Gb Ultra 320 10K RPM SCSI drives in a RAID Level 5 configuration). Windows Small Business Server 2003 was installed. It was built on 11/29/2005.

On 9/13/2009 we moved to Speakeasy (32 static IP addresses) to get 3Mbps download/3Mbps upload speeds (they were reselling XO Communications SDSL service using the Hatteras technology).
We also upgraded to a SonicWALL TZ 100 firewall.

On June 30, 2012, the site was moved to a new server [DUBAI] built by Hard Drives Northwest using a SuperMicro 2P motherboard with two Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPUs running at 2.00 GHz, 16Gb of RAM, and 3,722 Gb of storage (via 4 x 2Tb Seagate 7200 RPM SATA drives in a RAID1 array). Windows Small Business Server 2011 was installed, including IIS 7.0 and Exchange Server 2010. It was built on 6/22/2012.

On January 22, 2013, we swiched to Comcast Business Class internet service. The SMCD3G-CCR cable modem provides 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speeds, and the monthly cost is lower than our previous Megapath 3M/3M service.

On April 27, 2015, we upgraded to 150Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds from Comcast, with no change in our monthly bill. Modem is Cisco "BWG".

On March 22, 2020, the site was moved to a new DELL PowerEdge T340 server [HOBART] running Windows Server 2019 Essentials.
Key Specifications:
  • Intel Xeon E-2276G 3.8GHz, 12M cache, 6C/12T, turbo (80W)
  • 64Gb of 2666MT/s DDR4 ECC RAM
  • 25.5Tb of RAID5 storage (8 x 4Tb 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 512n 3.5in drives)

Last updated Monday, March 30th, 2020.
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