March: The month the Sun sets on TR Emeritus

TR Emeritus (TRE) will technically reach its End-Of-Life (EOL) come March, 2017.

Not that the [email protected] has decided to call it quits, but that the current infrastructures which TRE’s website are hosted on are reaching its EOL, meaning that the affected software will no longer be supported, i.e. no more security patches, updates or support.

LAMP Server

Of importance and which is vital to the continued safe running of a website is the Operating System (OS) on a server. CentOS 5.xx will reach EOL on 31st March 2017 [ LINK ] and all of TRE’s servers are running on CentOS 5 since it was revived in 2011.

Then comes the control panel (which will discontinue support for CentOS 5 in March 2017) and all its supporting software, which has or are reaching EOL soon.

Although the TRE website can continue to operate normally on an outdated OS, but trying to support a system on an aging OS and software is akin to trying to live in an aging apartment building. Ill-fitting fixtures, flickering electricity, and malfunctioning plumbing are just some of the daily struggles in those old buildings.

Unless the team has no intention to add any new features or additional functions to TRE, the aging OS and software will not be able to support any new features, if needed in future.

Additionally, the servers on which the TRE’s website are hosted on ( Intel Core i7 – 3930k ) are also running old, being initially deployed quite some years ago.

Complete Overhaul

What the above means is that the team would have to do a complete overhaul and upgrade to the infrastructures for the TRE website, from hardware to software to scripts.

In a nutshell, unless the team has no intention of keeping TRE alive for the long term, it is an important overhaul that has to be performed.

As this is a tedious process beyond the pay-grade of our in-house techie, we are planning to start the process beginning of March with the assistance of our Data Center engineers and W3 Edge, a superb optimization agency which was responsible for the initial hardening of our website and caching servers.

The entire overhaul will take quite some time to complete and is expected to cost the team a not-a-peanut US$5,000 approximately. The costs are DC Engineer – US$50 per 15 minutes, W3 Edge – US$1500 or more, re-scripting for the outdated PHP which TRE is using for its website – US$300 an hour.

During this period, we will try to maintain our website in an online status, but we cannot guarantee that it won’t go offline intermittently.

Assistance Appreciated

Although the team will try to absorb the costs as much as possible, we would appreciate any financial assistance from our readers to lessen our burden.

Any once-off donations big or small to help us defray the cost, is appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

[email protected]

 

 

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15 Responses to “March: The month the Sun sets on TR Emeritus”

  • Ho Lee Sheet:

    Aiyo! Pai seh! Pai seh! I still haven’t make my donation yet.

    Sorry ya. No PayPal la. Must wait for friend to help me. Will do it asap.

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  • PAP Contempt of Citizens:

    I am 64 years young this end year. Fighting for true democracy, fighting against morally bankrupt PAP, taking on PAP lies, PAP killing of kids, PAP murder of sick patients in hospital, I will make an effort to donate.

    Count on me TRE to part with a part of the best of my ability to chip in.

    Thanks TRE for all these years, you done well.

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  • Putin:

    Ask trump for money or Putin for help!

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  • PAP is the BEST:

    I think Ministers should donate then can come here say PAP is best everyday. No TRE then where can say PAP is best? $5k is small things, Minister one day is more than $5k already.

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  • Ask PAP To Donate, lor!:

    I suggest u ask PAP to donate to keep temeritus alive lor!

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  • $1 dollar trump:

    PAP is the BEST:
    I think Ministers should donate then can come here say PAP is best everyday. No TRE then where can say PAP is best? $5k is small things, Minister one day is more than $5k already.

    pay ministers $1 salary same as trump than can make SG great again. CCB

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  • Bernard Tan Y.J:

    Hi TRE, Happy Lunar New Year

    1. referring to article on ‘malicious TRE ads’:
    http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/02/03/malicious-ads-on-tr-emeritus/
    Often, I still get pop-ups malicious ads that freezes my browser google chrome. The usual one is a fake ‘microsoft alert’ that lies that my PC is infected with virus. The only way I know how to fix, is “crtl+alt+del” to force shutdown chrome. I don’t have this issue with firefox as I added ‘Adblock’ but I ALWAYS read TRE with chrome so as to support TRE by clicking the ads.

    2. TRE funding
    I don’t know the updates on the ‘TRE classified’. Has it started yet? Does it have something like a ‘flea market’ concept where readers can sell stuff (like carousell, ebay etc)? Perhaps TRE can choose to get a cut of these sales? Just a suggestion, otherwise I would start a carousell & re-start my paypal account. Gonna sell lotsa stuff, partly to raise funds so I can donate to TRE via paypal.

    Keep fighting TRE!

    Tech: The classified will be as you said and will be implemented together with the over-hauled TRE website in March. Thank you.

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  • We must never audit the gubber:

    Why not write pro gov articles?
    Oh, the state media taken away your market.

    Close shop lor .

    You know sg100 is our destiny.
    More and more new citizens wipeout your readership.
    Why bother to effect change?
    No body cares.

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  • nihon:

    not only true blue sgs come here to discuss.

    many papigs also come here to steal and copy our ideas.

    thank you tre team past and present for making tre possible, will do my best to support.

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  • BL:

    I have just donated. Kindly insert a footnote in your appeals for donation with the Paypal name to use. It took me three weeks to finally found the right name in one of your appeals!

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  • Are U sure (NLB propaganda):

    ASK NOT WHAT TRE CAN do for you.

    ASK WHAT YOU CAN do for TRE.

    ASK WHAT NOT the PAP can Do to you, for you.

    ASK what you can do for your family, for yourself without the PAP or with the PAP around.

    ASK WHAT you CAN DO for DEMOCRACY, for freedom from PAP’s tyranny of corruption, lies and DECEPTION via State Compliant Straits Times, via kow-to-PAP PAP Mps.

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  • blueview:

    I would like to pay through ATM machine or send a POSB cheque. Could you please give the necessary info?

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  • Want to help:

    Pls let us know a local bank account number where donors can just deposit cash at bank counter without having to reveal identity (like in the past). Thank You.

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  • When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify
    me when new comments are added- checkbox and
    from now on every time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thanks!

    Tech: We have already disabled the notify functions since 3 years ago, so you could not have enabled notification function. Can you please contact me with a screenshot. Thank you.

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  • You’ll obtain an authorization that your bank card request has been efficiently granted.

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