Mixed Bag Update of Changes & Competitions
Upcoming Changes, Updates & Competitions.
LEB/LET Team Updates
Liam - He has joined the team as "Community Curator" and will be running our Community Surveys, LowEndTalk Competitions and Deadpool Writeups.
Max - He will be running our VPS Reviews, we aim to release at first 1 review a week and will update LowEndBox.Com with the criteria and information needed for all hosts to submit their VPSs for review. Currently Max has released 1 brief review, with a second to follow in the next couple of days. These have been done to get some community feedback and what people would like seen and we will work towards a structure.
Writers - We have some new tools for the LEB Team shortly, which will now provide Traceroute, Wget's and Pings for every offer posted. These are done from 6 unique geographical locations to start with, when offers are sent in from providers our system will now automatically perform these tasks from multiple locations to their Test File & Test IPs. We have currently sorted out all locations except China, which is proving a little more challenging to find an affordable VPS with a connection that can burst to 1Gbit. We would also like two more writers for the front page of LowEndBox.
Test Files & Test IPs
When sending in offers you will now need to provide your own Test IP and Test File, not that of your Datacenter's. A data center may have its test files etc on a 10gbit port, however a provider may be leasing a whole rack with a single 100mbit drop to it. As also mentioned by "Satellite" there is also the other fact that the Datacenter is going to provide this over its premium blend of bandwidth transit, as where providers may be purchasing cheaper bandwidth transit and so again the Data Center's test files and IPs are not always reflective of a provider's real speed and traceroutes. We would simply appreciate you provide us with Test Files on your own nodes.
The very first preview of the new websites will appear this month, I have been purposefully secretive of this However this month I will be releasing some small snippets of LowEndBox, LowEndTalk, LowEndWiki and LowEndNetwork to assist in the Competition. The competition will be run on 99Designs.Com and there will be a few hundred dollars for the winner. The purpose of letting you know now is to get you thinking in advance of us posting the competition, as it will be open to everyone on LEB/LET and outside the community. Please do not post your logos in this thread, keep them to yourself until we launch the competition.
Some things to think about...
3 Main Logos: LowEndBox, LowEndTalk, LowEndWiki
These three logos need to look like a "family" whereby they appear related to each other.
We will provide you with the colour scheme for each logo at the time of the competition posting.
Ultimately we will make the final decision within the team, however to get us down to those final few options we will run 3 rounds of Community Voting. Each round we will keep a selected number of top voted logos, and eliminate the rest until we get down to our final 3 choices. There we will put the vote to the team to discuss and make a final choice.
Frontend Ajax/JQuery Developer
I am looking for someone to help speed up some of the front end development, you need to be available for at least 5 hours a week and happy to do random front end tasks. Someone familiar with Code Igniter and GIT would be preferable as you will be working with myself and 2 other individuals. A fairly balanced NDA will need to be signed and you will be compensated for your time. I am looking for someone of a professional level who wants to be part of this. Send your application in to Chief@LowEndBox with your relevant experience and portfolio, if you look like a candidate i'll ask for further information.