Some changes to the system-wide DNS has been made tonight. Browsing to 'www.wbus.net' or 'wbus.net' or 'www.whitebus.net' will redirect users to 'whitebus.net'. This basically means that wherever you go on the whitebus web pages, you will always have 'whitebus.net' as the beginning part of the address of the web page. This change has been made to standardize the naming convention on all whitebus pages due to the changing of whitebus' domain from 'wbus.net' to 'whitebus.net'.
All problems have been resolved and whitebus is back to operating in its normal state. Listed below are the causes and solutions to the problem.
Cause of problem:
Power outage due to severe thunderstorm.
Power restored by NIMO.
As of today, FTP and telnet have been shut down permanently. Period. Don't worry though; whitebus members can still transfer files, chat, use pine, and do everything they did before, except now a program called Secure Shell will be used instead of telnet and FTP. Secure Shell is just like the old telnet and FTP that members used to use except that it's much better, both for the user and for the overall security of the system. Secure Shell does what telnet and FTP didn't, it encrypts everything that the user sends and receives. This is important because now, nobody on the Internet can read what you're typing or sending. Eliminating FTP and telnet has also left the system less vulnerable to attacks on the Internet.
Users can download a secure shell program from the whitebus
website located here.
There is currently no scheduled downtime.
This page will soon get a makeover (hopefully). The plan is
to incorporate a section for system updates and a section for proposed ideas.
The system updates section will have everything you see here plus scheduled
downtime. The proposed ideas section will contain ideas for improving whitebus.
Included in this section will be a place for members to give their own ideas
for whitebus and vote for what they like best.
Whitebus has gone through several large changes in over a
months time. This is what's been done with the system over the last one and a
1. System is no longer available at whitebus.2y.net. Instead, wbus.net is the new domain name.
2. A faster and more reliable Internet connection is used to connect Whitebus to the net.
3. A bandwidth restriction has been put on the web server to limit the amount of outgoing bandwidth to 8.1 Kb/s.
4. The web page has a new look. We hope that this new design will make it easier for people to navigate around.
Most of the web page has been assembled including the about
section, system info, and help/FAQ. There is more to be added soon including
support for forms. We urge comments and ideas to be sent to
We have temporarily moved to a faster server. Let us know
what you think of the performance.
An alternative account/backup server has been set up at
link.2y.net. This server is experimental and can be used if the main whitebus
server is down. Users can connect to it like they would do normally on
whitebus, although all users and their data might not be copied over.
The logs for all console games are writeable now. This means
if you play a game from the command prompt, it can save your high scores
instead of giving you a write error.
All comments and questions can be sent to
The unlimited login time has been fixed. Users WILL NOT get
booted after 60 minutes of inactivity. This was due to a minor bug on my part.
The IMAP server is now up and running. Users can access
their mail using programs like Outlook Express and Netscape Mail. Make sure that
the outgoing and incoming mail servers are both set to whitebus.2y.net, and
that the server type is IMAP, not POP3. Users will use their regular username
and password to log in.
Timeouts have been set to unlimited when logging in to the
shell. This means no more getting logged out after 60 minutes of inactivity.
The whitebus time-up schedule has been changed. Whitebus
will be online from 9:00am EST until 1:00am EST the next day. Down time is from
1:00am EST until 9:00am EST. This will make whitebus accessible on the Internet
16 hours each day. This change has been made to make it easier for users to
connect to whitebus when they want to. The 16-hour per day up-time will not get
reduced unless we run into problems with our ISP, Global2000.
We welcome all of our new users and hope you are satisfied with our services. Our first new users are:
nimbypig: Sun 1/21/01
dianna: Fri 1/26/01
danny: Fri 1/26/01
adam: Sun 1/28/01
New console games have been added. For users that telnet
into whitebus, the list of current games can be seen by typing 'games' at the
command prompt. To run a game, just type the name of the game.
Anonymous FTP has been disabled for now due to the hacking
incident. Users can still FTP to whitebus using their username and password.
We've been hacked. Fortunately, no user data has been lost.
We're still checking to see if any system files have been altered.
The FTP service on daffy has been fixed and is running.
Users can log in using their username and password or log in anonymously.
The FTP service on daffy is not accepting users for some
unknown reason. FTP should be working soon.
Games alias has been added to shell. Typing 'games' at the
command prompt will bring up the current list of console games.
System will now be online at specific times of the day.
These times are:
9am-3pm - online
3pm-7pm - offline
7pm-1am - online
1am-9am - offline
Important: Whitebus will be totally inaccessible on the Internet while the system is offline!
All GPM machines except for tweety have been overhauled with
Windows NT workstation. Daffy has been re-done with Redhat 6.2. It is online at
whitebus.2y.net during various times of the day. Good luck to us getting under
way this year. May the hardware never fail and the servers never need