equipment

Short version: The KRUU machine-robot-hive runs on Open Source Awesomeness + Hard Drives + Homies... hard drives are dying and we need more! Help us by donating now, seriously:

Update as of 4/02 @ 10pm: we've received $2285, over 75% of the way there! Thanks Gary G, Chris S, David J, Michael G, Luke S, Susan F, Cole F, Doug H, Steve B, John F, Andy B, Steve S, Bob M, Brandon N, Kevin R, Monica H, Rich S, Darien S, and Rob H.

A GENEROUS DONOR HAS PUT UP $650 IN A MATCHING FUND

 If you donate now, the amount you put in will be doubled up to $650. We're almost there. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TODAY! Thank you!

Update 3/23: progress on backup vault, its happening.

(continue reading for long version... with numbers and stuff)

Friday evening around 10pm, the computer that is the main program source within the main on-air production studio (aka as Mission Control) experianced a hardware fault. Specifically the motherboard in the computer started to fail, resulting in system instability and usability issues (for example, the mouse stopped working!). With only a slight impact to the broadcast, Caleb Flynn (KRUU Director and tech master) replaced the machine with a backup (one of two backup machines that are generally availible at the station) and brought Mission Control back UP! within minutes.

Impact of this failure was reletively small, and was relatively easy to fix because of the network structure that KRUU has deployed at the station. All the important program material is stored on the Vault, a highly fault-tolerant server, and all workstations (mission control included) connect to the Vault on boot up, and store all program-related files there as part of normal operations.