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The Three Phases Of The IT Channel And Introducing The Cloud Services Broker

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:31:28

This article was written by Todd Hussey, Partner and Co-Founder at CSBexcellence. Todd is a veteran in the field of technology startup sales and marketing, specializing in the Managed Service Provider business since the mid 90s, and has since become a part of the Cloud Services Broker business.

The Cloud Services Broker is becoming the next-gen channel partner for tech vendors. Why and what does this business model look like?

It wasn’t that long ago when the only version of the IT channel was the Value Added Reseller (VAR) or Systems Integrator (SI). Both models were great for the time with big guys like Cisco or HP or all the up-and-comers of the time developing all the new on-premise technologies. The vendor could focus on innovation and execute on most of the sales and marketing and the channel partner would install and maintain. Everyone made a fair (can I say very good?) buck. This is still the predominant model today. And if you read all the industry data, this model accounts for around 75% or so of the approximately 300,000 total channel partners in the world.

One problem with the VAR/SI model is that around the 2000-2004 timeframe, hardware and software prices started dropping like a rock and with that, margins dropped as well. Also, from a maintenance perspective (where the channel partner would make a lot of high margin revenue), it didn’t make economic sense for the customer to pay break/fix truck roll prices to fix a computer or server that costs a fraction of what it used to.

So along came the Managed Services Provider (MSP). With the Internet and broadband offering great reliability and availability and new Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) platforms being introduced into the market, the MSP could offer affordable remote IT services with no costly truck rolls at nice, recurring revenue margins. How many MSPs exist? Industry pundits put the number at approx. 20,000-25,000.

So where are we now?

As we speak, the future is all about the Cloud Services Broker (CSB). Why? It’s no secret that cloud is what customers are demanding and vendors are delivering. There isn’t a vendor (that I know of) that isn’t transforming, or already has transformed, their technology and business model to cloud (and all are looking for CSBs, their new channel partner).

What is a Cloud Services Brokerage? (http://goo.gl/jtQwzn) Gartner coined the phrase and they have some lengthy and fancy definitions such as: “Cloud services brokerage (CSB) is an IT role and business model in which a company or other entity adds value to one or more (public or private) cloud services on behalf of one or more consumers of that service via three primary roles including aggregation, integration and customization brokerage. A CSB enabler provides technology to implement CSB, and a CSB provider offers combined technology, people and methodologies to implement and manage CSB-related projects.”

As for me, I like the restaurant analogy. A restaurant buys or makes their own food items, such as hamburger, hot dogs, chicken, buns, condiments, potatoes, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, spices, beer, soda (you get the picture), and combines them and adds their “special sauce” to create “tasty” meals (who would buy just the raw hamburger?) to meet their customers’ demand/appetite. Successful restaurants deliver their “value prop” to customers at a fair price and margin (you must know your margins) and if done well, they come back for more.

The CSB does the same thing except their value prop is delivering high customer-value business-outcome MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue) cloud solutions (that they are adept at delivering) by bundling individual cloud services (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, Hosted DNS, etc.) and adding their own “special sauce” (i.e. One-Time Revenue (OTR) Professional Services). A CSB can go to a VAR or MSP’s customers and offer better services for a fraction of the cost all while making a good recurring revenue margin.

So where do you start to become a world-class Cloud Services Broker?

You’ll need to first select 1-2 cloud services. I suggest you take a long, hard look at your competencies and what types of cloud services you can sell and deliver with excellence. I have this conversation all the time with VARs/SIs just becoming CSBs. Like a chef that spent his/her career creating great Italian dishes, all of a sudden adding Chinese food to the menu probably doesn’t make much sense. So if you have no experience with VoIP, selecting hosted VoIP to start may not make the most sense.

Also, do some research (maybe with your customers or vendors) and see what cloud services are being consumed by your type of customers. That’s just a start. There’s lots more to do to become a CSB, such as figuring out how you price and package your cloud services. We’ll cover those items in future blogs.

Dyn Launches Channel Reseller Program In The Americas

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:16

Manchester, NH (July 9, 2014) – Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet performance, today announced the launch of its new reseller program in the Americas. The program is designed to help technology resellers thrive in the cloud by providing their customers with Dyn’s portfolio of essential Internet performance products, including Traffic Management and Message Management, to offer alongside similar cloud-based technology such as website hosting, CDN and a variety of security solutions.

According to CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing, two thirds (63 percent) of channel firms rate customer demand for cloud-based IT solutions as either very high or high, and 20 percent have actually lost a deal because a customer needed a cloud solution that the firm did not offer. Dyn’s reseller program is designed to help these channel firms meet this increasing demand with onsite sales and sales engineer training, all with minimum overhead cost.

“We’re looking forward to working with our reseller partners to help their customers understand the business value of improving Internet performance,” said Jose Roy, Director of Channel Sales at Dyn. “Reselling Dyn’s industry-leading DNS traffic management and email message management solutions will mean that our partners can add valuable offerings to their cloud products and achieve higher revenue per customer. Dyn is seeing rapid growth in adoption of Cloud based Internet Performance services and believes a thriving reseller channel is essential to capturing this incredible market opportunity.”

Dyn has recently signed resellers in North America, like Emergent Networks.

“Dyn’s Managed DNS fits well with Emergent’s focus of offering the industries’ best high availability, business continuity and disaster recovery products and services,” said Jamie Anderson, President of Emergent Networks. “Our customers benefit from these best-of-breed solutions, and being able to offer the the industry’s highest performing DNS solution through our Dyn partnership is a great addition to our product line. Our partnership with Dyn also allows Emergent to grow our recurring cloud revenue stream, keeping us in a strong financial position, allowing us to continue to support our customers at the highest level.”

Additionally, Dyn is seeing success in Latin America, having already signed resellers like Netsol International in Argentina and Pinpoint in Brazil.

“The Brazilian market, along with all of Latin America, has been looking for a high availability DNS solution and we believe Dyn Managed DNS is that solution,” said Saulo Britto, CEO of Pinpoint, an IT Service Management company. “With a worldwide presence and market leadership, Dyn offers our customers global DNS performance and an email deliverability rate that is the highest in our market by far, must-have components for any enterprise that wants to ensure their online performance.”

Dyn’s reseller program launch comes on the heels of its established, successful managed service and integration channel offerings. Dyn’s MSP/Integration arm, which is separate from the new reseller team, works with more than 100 partners to provide managed service providers, IT consultants and integrators with 24/7 global support and implementation help for traffic management and message management solutions.

Resellers interested in strengthening their current product portfolios with Dyn’s solutions can enroll in the reseller program by visiting Dyn’s reseller information page.

ABOUT DYN

Dyn solutions are at the core of Internet performance. Through traffic management, message management and performance assurance, Dyn is connecting people through the Internet and ensuring information gets where it needs to go, faster and more reliably than ever before. Incorporated in 2001, Dyn’s global presence services enterprise, small business and personal customers.

Dyn Media Contact

Adam Coughlin | acoughlin@dyn.com | 603.714.5798

Why The Twitter-Amazon Partnership Will Be Driven By Customer Experience

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:54:15

(This article was originally published on ITProPortal.)

#AmazonCart

Source: Amazon.com

The recent tie up between Amazon and Twitter, providing a new shopping experience to consumers so they can now order Amazon products through a custom hashtag, is a present-day example of businesses collaborating effectively to expand customer offerings. 

If Twitter’s user base continues to grow, there will be more opportunity for Amazon to sell products. Equally, the more products Amazon sells through social, the more other brands are likely to try a similar proposition, which will lead to additional ad revenue for Twitter.

However, there is a responsibility that comes with partnerships such as this: suddenly providing an exceptional user experience is the duty of both companies. Twitter’s brand reputation – a company’s most valuable currency – is linked to Amazon. And vice versa.

At the core of this operation is Internet performance. Collaborations such as this bring new challenges for the back and front-end technology, putting this partnership at the hands of the customer experience. If it flounders, on either side, and users cannot access Twitter or if there is latency in accessing their Amazon cart, both Twitter and Amazon’s brands will be damaged.

Ensuring great Internet performance has never been easier and there are a number of ways to optimise your online experience.

Firstly, use a managed DNS provider. DNS is the gateway to your website and if people can’t access your brand, you are blocking potential customers.

Secondly, speed, speed, speed is key to good Internet performance today. Use Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to ensure that users can access content as fast as possible.

Remember, the Internet today, is more than just the web. You need to cover all customer contact points so make sure you think about every touch point from email to social. Are you even thinking about things like email delivery? By maximising these channels, you can build engagement and brand loyalty across all aspects of the Internet.

Looking to scale? Do it carefully using horizontal scaling. By putting your content in smaller data centres purposefully placed around the world, you can bring your content closer to your users and increase performance.

Finally, monitor your performance to work out what success looks like. Only with the right information can you make the right decisions for the future and make sure your site is running well. Constant reporting and monitoring of progress is key to improvement.

In today’s digital age, customer experience is everything, and users can be lost in seconds if it’s not up to scratch.

By putting Internet performance and the customer experience first, companies can ensure that core communities are not lost, new collaborations succeed and new customers are gained.

What You Need To Know About Canada’s SPAM Legislation

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:26:07

As you may have heard, Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) is now in effect, but what does this mean in plain English?

Canada is actually a little late to the party with putting anti-spam legislation in place. Passed in 2010, and effective July 2014, this is well behind many other countries. The US and Australia put their legislations in place back in 2003, for example.

A Deeper Look At CASL

As always, best practices rule the day. If you are clearly opting in recipients to your marketing lists, honoring unsubscribe requests, and tracking user engagements, you shouldn’t have any drastic changes ahead. Here’s a summary of what CASL enforces:

  • Senders have a three year grace period for current recipients to obtain explicit consent. This specifically means a documented opt-in to receive your promotional mailings. NOTE: this legislation specifically states that “pre-checked” checkboxes are NOT consent.
  • Implied consent is defined as someone you did business with or got an email address from a transaction. You can mail to them within 6 months of receiving address and for up to two years. There is no similar time restriction with explicit consent.
  • Email capture should not be dual-purpose (aka co-registration) or via “read our terms and conditions.” It must be 100% clear what your users are opting into.
  • Every email must contain:
    1. Name of the sender
    2. Physical Mailing address of the sender
    3. Secondary contact info for sender (phone, email, or website)
  • Your unsubscribe link must work for 60 days after the message is sent.
  • Fines are up to 1 million CAD for personal and 10 million CAD for business.

What Does This Mean For My Sends?

These rules apply to anyone sending email to or from a Canadian location. As mentioned above, if you are in good standing with most current spam laws, you should be in good shape. Be aware of some key differences with other legislation, like the required 60-day unsubscribe availability vs. the required 30 in the U.S.

Following these standards shouldn’t be something you do just because it’s a law. Good sending habits and practices will help you hit the inbox and get your messages in front of readers who actually want it. Learn more about a good sender reputation in this DynEdu video.

Why Availability Is Still King

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:04:26

While speed, redundancy, and scale are all critical focuses (and rightfully so) of an Internet Performance Solutions company like Dyn, it is availability that rules as the core attribute and priority amongst any technology vendor. The importance of having network availability, maximum visibility into Internet Performance, and continuous insight on fast response times within your available network, must be highly regarded.

With thousands of miles of fiber and systems around the world, some part of a global infrastructure is bound to fail at some point. To avoid the devastation of singular or parallel physical-transit dependency, we’ve deployed diverse delegations across multiple uniquely routed BGP prefixes fostering the deployment of an extremely reliable and fast network. Reliability can be significantly improved in anycast networks because DNS services are highly distributed for each IP address across multiple nameservers creating high redundancy.

Dyn is placing your brand (DNS servers) next to your users.

Dyn Anycast Network

Placing your brand next to your users, Dyn’s IP anycast network ensures that a failure in any one component of the fastest responding data center does not cause a black-hole or outage for any given region in the world. We have succeeded in this, primarily because we place a premium on data centers hardware, software, transit redundancy, and network control.

Using multiple top tier transit providers in each geographic region and employing customer announcements across multiple anycast nameserver clouds, means we enable our customers’ users’ (the ultimate end users) ISPs to have multiple paths to our network — ensuring your brand is extremely reliable and available, at the lowest latency possible.

Dyn Network Map

Dyn Network Map

Because of this design strategy, users around the world have multiple paths to reach our network and resolve our customers’ brands, even when technical issues happen in a single POP or on a section of the collective Internet. We constantly monitor and verify these announcements ensuring optimum performance and reliability.

Focusing on network availability ensures brands and the folks that trust them are provided dependable and reliable experiences, every time. We are constantly deploying diverse connections as we grow into new markets around the world and constantly verifying that we have the best transit and ISP relationships available in our existing markets – making certain that Dyn is the premiere and most trusted Internet Performance Solutions company in the world.

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OSUOSL Thank You

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:38:49

A letter arrived on my doormat at the end of last week from the USA! Not very often I get post from there, after I opened it it was a nice thank you card from OSUOSL thanking us for our last donation. OSUOSL provide us with rack space and pay for our bandwidth, so this is the least we can do to thank them for helping us.

Thank you OSUOSL! Here is the card:

More Site Maintenance

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:30:01

This weekend we will be removing the following wikis due to lack of usage:

  • D-Link
  • Freecom
  • Linksys
  • Maxtor
  • Synology
In the future articles for manufacturers that do not have their own specific wiki will go in the main portal. When we have enough articles to justify a wiki for a manufacturer then we will create one and move the articles over.

In addition we will most likely be doing some updates to the rest of the wikis this weekend to bring them up to the latest version of MediaWiki. Also we are slowly fixing the links back to the new main portal – this work is on-going but coming together.

Site Updates

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:56:57

Today we updated all the forums to the latest version of phpBB and following this we upgraded the nas-central blog. Also we fixed an issue with news reporting to the wikis from the blog.

You may have noticed that we have changed the main portal back to a wiki too as this is useful for general articles that are not device specific. There is still some more content to restore to this area and a bunch of links that need fixing that link there from the other wikis – please bear with us while this happens.

Tonight also we will be looking at upgrading the bug tracker and possibly merging the foonas bug tracker into this area.

Thanks!

Donation Drive Update – Server Disks Needed!

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:43:05

We are looking to upgrade our storage on our server with a couple of 2 TB disks. To do this we need to raise approximately $550 USD. We will be using what is currently in the reserve towards this but we need your help getting the rest.

We are advert free and do our best to provide you with this resource thanks to your kind donations. Three years ago you helped us buy a new server, which is now hosted for free at OSUOSL – this is the first new server hardware we have needed since then.

We hope this will be easy to achieve if everyone can give a little!

Please visit http://www.nas-central.org/donations – thank you for your help.

In the next post we will be letting you know a bit more about the NAS-Central infrastructure at OSUOSL.

NAS Central On Facebook

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 13:10:42

NAS Central is now on Facebook! To view our public listing and add us click here. We will be relaying blog posts via Facebook and providing further updates on our profile page there!

Old News


27.3.07: Donations needed: With the release of several new hardware types and new development ongoing on the LS2 we have worked our way through almost all the funds in the treasury. The last purchase of 10 JTAG adapters (to be distributed with development boxes) put the treasury at less than $5 euros. Work is ongoing on the LS Pro kernel and hardware modifications as well as a kernel for the LS2. In fact, we have made great progress with the LS2 and it is only a matter of time before we release something. If you have benefited from this wiki and the work the developers do, please show your appreciation/support with a donation. If you have already donated, thanks for the support. If not think of supporting us and click the "Make a Donations"-Button on the top-left of the wiki.


25.3.07: The Big 2007 Linkstation Wiki Downloads Reorganisation
Its done! - directlink to downloadsection

Of course many links from the forums/wiki/other sources are broken now. please help us fixing all the links in the wiki and tell us in which valuable forum threads it is worth to fix the links here: forum thread


12.3.07: Add a fully functional eSATA port to the LS Pro. This is the first step in adding RAID 0 or RAID 1 to your Linkstation Pro.


8.3.2007: Development Box Tracking
You can see where a box came from...what happened to it...where it goes next....


6.3.2007: More pics of the Kurobox pro - here and here


1.3.2007: Pictures of the Kurobox Pro


27.02.2007:
- GenLink v1.0pre6 (arm9) available
- Running KDE's ksysguard Daemon on the Linkstation and connecting to it from the desktop


17.02.2007: Timtimred booted an OpenLink-OpenEmbedded-Snapshot on his HG
This means that UBoot, the kernel and the Linux-OS (compiled from OpenEmbedded) is all working. More info in this article.


9.2.2007: HowTo add a serial port to the LS pro WITHOUT soldering
If you are interested in a serial cable like this put your forum-name to the list.


26.1.2007: HowTo create custom partitions on the LS Pro using only EM Mode
Opening the box NOT necessary. Forum Thread


18.1.2007: FreeLink v1.0 (arm9) released!!!


11.1.2007: Current Status of Development


31.12.2006: LinkStation Pro Firmware Update Problem
Several users have had problems when updating custom firmware on the LS-GL. Please read this forum topic first to help with confusions and repeat support questions:
The Linkstation Community Forum / Linkstation Pro (arm9) / LS-GL Firmware Update Troubleshoot Fix


19.12.2006: Would you buy a prebuilt & ready2use LS pro serial-connector for 25 $?
Please participate in this POLL. It would be similar to the one lb_worm is using. We need to know how much demand is out there for that. Forum Thread


16.12.2006 New sections added to the mantis bug tracker


14.12.2006: Removing the HDD of the LS Pro in 2 minutes - Forum Thread



21.11.2006: JTAG fully working on the LS2!
After kuroguy modified his JTAG-cable for the LS2 he needed working software. The jtag-tools & HairyDairyMaid did not work initially. LinuxNotIncluded and Kuroguy modified the source of HairyDairyMaid and reading/writing to the flash via JTAG is now possible! This instantly means that we are able to recover LS2-bricks now AND that we can work on porting UBoot to it. This would fully open it like the ppc boxes.
read about it on the wiki and in the forum
Great work Kuroguy & LinuxNotIncluded!



21.11.2006: Current Status of Development



20.10.2006: DEVELOPERS ONLY - Native Toolchain for LS-Pro (LS-GL) ready for testing - ALPHA
Yuji created a tarball which can be downloaded from the downloadsection. Report back to the related forum thread. ---


20.10.2006: Tampakuro aka Kuroguy completely repaired the LS2 we bought via ebay and now he even has 2-way-communication via serial
Installation instructions for serial can be found on the "Hardware Hacks for the LS2"-Wikipage and the MIPS serial port installation page.



18.10.2006: FreeLinkomatix - a system setup script for the Debian version of Linux - BETA
This is a script for a fresh FreeLink install will install the commonly needed applications automatically and upgrade to a 2.6 kernel. Although it's still somewhat beta in nature it worked well at recreating a somewhat robust FreeLink install on a fresh hard drive for me on an HG and Stevos on a LS2. The script is open to modification by anyone and is kept here: Talk:FreeLinkomatix. There is also a discussion in the Forum: FreeLinkomatix - a system setup script for the Debian version of Linux - Ramuk 17:16, 18 October 2006 (EDT)


17.10.2006: Incremental update for OpenLink 0.5x -> 0.73b (LS1/HG/HS) moves to BETA
After mr.infinity and Davy_Gray tested the new script coded by mindbender successfully on a LS1 & HG the status was moved from alpha to beta. This script updates Openlink for all ppc-boxes to 0.73b. After that all boxes are in the same state(which is outlined in this changelog of 0.73b for the LS1) It is planned to enhance this script to support the LS2 (mips) also.


2.9.2006: U-Boot for LinkStation HG / KuroBox HG
linuxnotincluded finished porting U-Boot 1.1.4 version 2.0 which can be compiled for either LS1/KuroBox or LS-HG/KuroBox HG. Among other things it supports both U-Boot images and LinkStation "flashimg" images. A complete description can be found on his webpage or in the wiki: U-boot bootloader.


1.9.2006: JTAG and LS2?
Currently we have a discussion in the forums about developing a compatible JTAG cable for the LS2. tampakuro has offered to look what he can do to modify his current cable (which works with all ppc-boxes) to make it compatible. He of course has no LS2. The question is how we can provide him a development box temporary. Either buy one via donations or someone lends him one. Development on the LS2 is highly coupled to the presence of compatible JTAG cables.
Problem: the box could be bricked completely.
Please read through this forum thread and post your opinion



24.8.2006: Do we need the domain linkstationwiki.org back?
or is this just a waste of donations? here are two links which you should look at before: Search Engine Rankings & pages with links to linkstationwiki.org
please tell us your opinion by participating in the poll: Should we try to get back linkstationwiki.org?



20.8.2006: Das U-Boot ported to the LS1!
linuxnotincluded released a patch for u-boot 1.1.4 - the features are quite impressive. A complete description can be found on his webpage.
forum-thread


18.8.2006: telnet enabled & modified firmimg.bin flashed back to the Linkstation
@developers & power users: please post your comments to my suggestions here. this is a major breakthrough in my opinion. we can modify and open EM Mode kuroboxlike...we could even do more... Mindbender 14:38, 18 August 2006 (EDT)



02.8.2006: OpenLink-DevelopmentTools 2.1 released for ppc and mips Changelog - Installation Instructions



29.7.2006: MIP-SEL Freelink has moved from Alpha to Beta.



24.7.2006: ALPHA MIP-SEL Freelink available for testing. A Freelink version built on Debian sarge is available for testing from the downloads section under /freelink/development. There is also a posting on: The Linkstation Community Forum / General Development / Freelink for the mips - Testers required covering questions/answers. Please respond.



24.7.2006: We currently have two Polls running. Please participate. The outcome of the polls will affect what the donations will be used for in the future. Read this forum thread before:Poll on main page has an odd choice on the ballot? More choices?
Here are the polls: General Development - OpenLink Development
Leave a comment in the forum if you have an opinion: What direction should development go?



23.7.2006: Articles renamed to be sortable. Check out Category:All Pages to see what it looks like. Please add: Template:Articles to the top of any new article you make to help categorize it. Ramuk 16:58, 27 July 2006 (EDT)



21.7.2006: GPL-Source available for the Terastation HS, Terastation Pro and the Linkstation HS
If you look at the names of the files you will notice that the HS & the HG use the same GPL-Source.


16.7.2006: InterWiki to terastation.org (prefix "terastationwiki") & kurobox.com (prefix "kuroboxwiki") is now working.
if you want to link to an article there just use the right prefix and the article-name.
This is the scheme:
[[ <prefix> : <article-name> | name of the link ]]
You can find examples and other valid prefixes here: InterWikiPrefixes.
Besides: we now have a nice Worldmap at the bottom of the sidebar
Mindbender 12:38, 16 July 2006 (EDT)



02.7.2006:Compare linkstationwiki.org articles to make sure the original authors are given credit. Example at http://www.linkstationwiki.net/index.php?title=Articles everything appears to be done by (Flavoie Timtim, Bauldrick, and Ramuk) and credited somehow, if you find an error please fix it. Ramuk 16:57, 30 June 2006 (EDT)

  • Add at the top
<font color=red><small> This article originally Based on work by Frontalot at Linkstationwiki.org </small></font>


30.6.2006: Linkstation-info belongs to the Linkstationwiki, Kurobox-info belongs to the Kurobox-wiki, Terastation-info belongs to the Terastation-Wiki
This is just a logical decision which helps users to find the right information in the adequate place and to prevent some to try stuff that will definitely not work on their box. So if there are some nice articles anywhere, link them but do not copy them.
As all three communities are using mediawiki now maybe InterWiki is the way to a virtual big community?
--Mindbender 02:10, 30 June 2006 (EDT)



28.6.2006: ElGringo has merged the topics and postings from the old forum into the current forum and it's like it was always here
He did an unbelievable job, saving a very important part of the community's knowledge. Some of the internal links in the forum do not work. If you linked articles from the Wiki to the Forum you'll have to fix the links. But otherwise it's a HUGE save.



28.6.2006: Anonymous access restored. You no longer have to login to edit pages. Unless there is vandalism or strong user feedback it will stay this way. I encourage you to login before making changes for traceability, but you are not required to. "Nix" on linkstationwiki.org made the suggestion to go back to anonymous and I have no problem restoring it. If you have an opinion on this, check this thread and post a reply:
IMPORTANT: Future of www.linkstationwiki.org
--flavoie 16:41, 28 June 2006 (EDT)


25.6.2006: Expect ElGringo to merge the topics and postings from the old forum into the current forum soon.
If you have not registered on the new forum yet: Do it!
If you register on the new forum there will be no problems getting your old account back. Later you may have to send an email to admin@linkstationwiki.net or you won't get your old nick + stats back.



22.6.2006: Look at the testforum ! ElGringo did some really nice work here. He parsed the html-pages of the old forum with some scripts and recreated all the threads + postings from the old forum!

We are currently thinking about how we should proceed with the forum transfer.

Please read this forum thread for more info: linkstationwiki.org forum port



20.6.2006: Porting of all the wiki pages has finished
Thanks to Shrike, Bauldrick, Flavoie, timtimred (and maybe some unknown contributors) - all the information is ported to the new wiki now.



16.6.2006: Server & Domain Transfer
Because frontalot didn't show up by the 16th of June we decided to finally move to a new account at powweb and register a new domain. mindbender setup the wiki, the forum & the bugtracker - it was time to port all the information to a new site!



16.6.2006: Linkstation Image

Link.png
I wanted to see if you would like to use this modified image of the linkstation. Its transparent as to show the background. --Goat 13:44, 16 June 2006 (CDT)
  • Looks good to me, if it also works for the logo. --Shrike 16:38, 16 June 2006 (EDT)
  • To me also. i already switched to the new pic. thx Goat :) --mindbender 23:47, 16 June 2006 (CET)


14.6.2006: Wiki Information Migration
We need to plan a bit, especially about how we should organize the information on this new wiki. The pages that we are creating now, copy/pasted off the old one, follow the highly disorganized and confusing way the old one was made. That is something I wanted to address in the bery beginning, so we might have a plan ready to go when everything is finally imported. --Shrike 19:43, 14 June 2006 (EDT)

We are currently moving all the information of the wiki at www.linkstationwiki.org (which will expire on the 6th of July) to this wiki here.



14.6.2006: Designing a new Structure After moving the pure information, we will think of and implement a new structure in the wiki. We want to make it easier to find the information anyone is searching for. The main problem for that is that there are many different versions of the Linkstation (LS1 , LS2, HG, HS)

Then we can finally go back to the stuff we really like: Develop the software & firmware images and enhance the linkstation.



History of the DEAD LinkStationwiki.ORG