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db4free.net and MySQL 8.0

db4free.net was born in 2005 (which makes it older than Twitter or Google Chrome) when MySQL 5.0 was in early development. 11 years went by but one thing always remained the same: the 5 in MySQL’s major version number. MySQL versions went from 5.0 to 5.1 to 5.5, 5.6 and recently to 5.7. There was […]


db4free.net offering MySQL 5.7

db4free.net finally runs MySQL 5.7 which was released on October 21. Rather than upgrading the existing MySQL server I set up a new MySQL 5.7 server. This is cleaner and it helps to get rid of accounts which are no longer used. For active users, the MySQL 5.6 server will stay online until January 15, […]


db4free.net Relaunch

Finally! The new db4free.net Website has launched and along with it comes a new (slightly stronger) server and some simplifications with the service itself. So what is new? Of course the new website which now is up to modern standards again, using a responsive design. While the old site was only designed for desktop (no […]


Time for a new look

How time flies! It’s almost 4 years (July 19, 2010) that this blog went online. Ever since that, this site had the same look. Four years are a long time for the World Wide Web and the site’s look became quite a bit dated. Even worse, it didn’t respond to small screen sizes like those […]


Another InnoDB crash

It happened twice in May, and now again: another InnoDB crash. db4free.net is now up again with a fresh server instance, meaning that no databases have been transferred from the old server to the new one. However, the old server is still accessible. It’s running in recovery mode which is good enough to allow you […]


InnoDB crash recovery

You may have noticed that the db4free.net server is currently down. Reason is that an InnoDB crash has occurred and efforts to recover have failed. However, I was able to create a dump file of the entire server, which I’m currently importing into a fresh server instance. As things look now, the server will be […]


db4free.net server migration

db4free.net‘s server has reached its limits, and it was time for a new one. Now here it is, a shiny new server, with 8 times as much memory than the previous one, and also more disk space. Time for a reboot. Only recently, MySQL 5.6 has become GA with much better performance than 5.5 and […]


db4free.net’s protest against SOPA & PIPA

Lets hope this is never necessary again! Because it’s never wrong to fight for the right thing. For our internet! Not some government’s!


db4free.net is joining the protest against SOPA & PIPA

db4free.net is joining the protest against SOPA & PIPA and will stay down for 24 hours, starting January 18, 2012 at 02:00 UTC. Learn more on what this is all about at americancensorship.org … … and why the WEB GOES ON STRIKE … … or watch some of the many videos related to SOPA on […]


Another much needed cleanup

db4free.net had a great time of pretty flawless running recently. No outages, no emergencies, quite relaxing for an administrator. Except for one problem which got increasingly worse and worse: performance. It was time to drop some users again. Who did I drop? First of all those who haven’t accessed their database for more than about […]