Update June 12, 2020

Our storage problem is solved!

We’ve been working out the logistics of fixing our issue with storage and the XFS file system partitions which were being used on our server. Yesterday, when I shut down the server in order to re-size a few disk partitions, I was met by some roadblocks and was rather unsure how to proceed. As it was an urgent matter, and I wanted to get things back online and avoid any such future downtime, I asked Thomas, our Linux desktop systems developer for some assistance regarding the issue. As he is very knowledgeable regarding this subject, namely from his work on Drauger OS (if you don’t know what that is, you should check it out, it’s a really innovative project), we were able to get everything back up and running within approximately 80 minutes.

This means we can largely return to operating as usual

We will begin allowing the registration of new connectMail and CYGO Cloud accounts as we have the capacity for more users. Existing users will receive precedence over new users when it comes to needing storage quota extensions, and their quotas will be reset to what they were previously before we encountered our storage issue. As always, if you have any questions regarding this, you can always contact me via email at logan@cygo.network, through our Discord presence, through my personal Discord (HumbleTyrant#7317), or through our Telegram group.

DDoS attacks have subsided (we hope)

As you know from our previous post, we’ve recently been faced with DDoS attacks, mainly from people within the United States. As we have faced these, measures have been put in place to help prevent them from affecting the network. We’ve added new layers of protection against DDoS, brute force, and general server-flooding attacks, as well as strengthened existing protections, on multiple layers. We are still continuing to monitor the situation closely in hopes that we can catch attacks whilst they are in progress and prevent any inconveniences which they could cause.

More posts in the CYGO contributor blog series coming soon!

I will be taking it upon myself to write a few more posts in the coming weeks. A few of our other team members; including Kasper, Ben, and Thomas will likely be making a few appearances during this blog series as well with their own publications. I am also planning on asking some of our other contributors if they wish to take part, as well as inviting guest bloggers from our partner organizations and community.

Update June 1, 2020

We have a new project in planning

I personally am planning to begin development on a project which will prove to be very useful to both new and existing users of CYGO. More details about what this project is will be coming soon when work begins. This will be another significant advancement for us over both Google and Microsoft if it is successful.

We’re having issues with storage

Currently we have identified issues with LVM partitioning on our main server. Some downtime in the coming week(s) should be expected as we attempt to solve this issue. Once this issue is solved, CYGO Cloud accounts will go back to normal, and new users will be accepted. We are also hoping to upgrade our storage capacity but that will depend on your help. We will attempt to provide updates on this issue as it is resolved, specific downtime information will be available in our Discord and Telegram communities, as well as by inquiry through Discord (HumbleTyrant#7317) or Telegram (@humbletyrant). During the downtime inquiry via email will not be possible.

A new blog series is set to start soon

Myself and a few other of our contributors have agreed to begin blogging about topics relating to online privacy, information security, online censorship, and the open source community. We are doing this in an effort to bring our community engaging and interesting content which they will hopefully find beneficial.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Update May 21, 2020

Why has it been so long since the last blog post?

Within the past two months, CYGO has made many advancements which I am going to outline further in this post, which will give users a significantly-enhanced experience. As such, myself and the team have been very busy, working around the clock to keep our services available to everyone at top-notch quality.

Bleu is now considerably more stable

A plethora of frontend and backend issues with Bleu which have been persistent both before and some after the server move have been patched. This means that Bleu is more pleasing to they eye and considerably more likely to function as intended. Since it’s also now hosted on our own equipment, the previous long page load times are no longer an ailment and have been cut by more than half. Frontend updates and patches will continue to be applied as needed, any bug reports would be appreciated via email at contact@cygo.network or via Discord to HumbleTyrant#7317.

CYGOfile is now known as CYGO Cloud

We’ve decided that a name change was appropriate, as CYGO Cloud is more than just a place to store your files on the go! CYGO Cloud is currently being expanded into a full suite of web productivity apps. Not only is it a place to store your files, but it can also be used to listen to music, conveniently take notes using markdown, create mind maps, check your email, as well as chat with friends and colleagues using instant messaging or video conferencing! We are continuing to roll out updates to the platform and further expansion is currently in planning and consideration.

We’ve updated our terms of service agreement

As further preventative measures to prevent misuse of our platforms, as well as to help combat theft of our logo from happening once more, our terms of service are now a bit more strict and comprehensive. If you haven’t already read the updated terms, I recommend that you take a look.

We are still in need of volunteers!

We’re unable to post weekly community updates as we have no one willing to aid in writing them. Additionally, our community has grown in the past few weeks, and with the promotion of Bleu, we will be in need of a larger team! If you are interested, please take a look at this page. If you would be interested in one of the listed positions, or think you could contribute in some other way, please contact us via email at contact@cygo.network or contact me directly via Discord (HumbleTyrant#7317).

OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING LOGO CHANGE

Over the next coming days, you will notice CYGO transitioning away from the old logos which we’ve been using since I created them one day during my lunch break back in March, 2018.

Why, you ask?

Over the past few months we have been contacted multiple times by an individual with malicious intent who has stolen our logo and claimed it as his own. Unfortunately, this individual has continued to harass me and my community members, as well as communicating threats against us.

My team and I concluded that it would be in our best interest to switch logos, as we were afraid that said individual could weaponize it against us and essentially ruin the integrity of CYGO as he is unethically selling the logo under more than 2 assumed names.

So, of course, we made a new logo

I have to give credit in its entirety to my assistant in graphic design, Madi. We were both very upset about losing the logo we’ve had for such a long time, but Madi had a very solid logo concept idea which looked nice in her sketches, and so I decided to put it together myself in Photoshop.

I, Madi, and the rest of the community seem to be very pleased with the new logo as it still embodies the spirit of our old, classic logo, while having a much more simple and sleek appearance.

BIG NEWS! Weekly address Monday, March 3, 2020

We have some exciting announcements this week!

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t posted on the blog in over 2 months. During this time, I and the other staff, aside from being very busy in our personal lives; have managed to make a lot of progress. Below are some of the things we’ve been working on.

CYGO Underground is back!

After being gone for over 6 months, I managed to stumble upon a backup of CYGO Underground version 5 from January, 2019. I restored this backup a little over a week ago, then copied over user accounts. You can now log into CYGO Underground using the same login credentials which you used previously. If you need your password reset, please contact either Ben or myself via Discord or email.

A large Reddit community, r/edgydarkdankmemes has come to us seeking refuge from Reddit’s left-wing censorship

Recently, Reddit has began quarantining and banning subreddits which do not expressly violate their community guidelines or terms of service based on their political views. This has had a negative effect on dark humor communities as much dark humor is more right-leaning. Not only this, but Reddit seems to distaste dark humor or humor that is perceptibly offensive. Recently, Reddit took another step in the direction of user censorship; by implementing a system that punishes users for upvoting “policy violating” content. What this is stated to mean, is that users can receive an account suspension or ban for upvoting posts which violate Reddit’s content policy. In all reality, this new implementation is exceedingly likely to be weaponized against Reddit communities which Reddit, Inc and its administrators dislike.

As such, the Reddit-based community r/edgydarkdankmemes will be moving to CYGO Network. Rather than using one of our existing applications, we are currently developing their own standalone community website. As a result, r/edgydarkdankmemes is being rebranded and simplified down to “EDDM”. One can navigate to the EDDM website and check our progress by clicking “EDDM” at the top menu. Additionally, the EDDM website will hold up to CYGO’s information privacy and security standards; meaning no information will be provided to any third party entities at any time for any reason, making your data safe with us, as CYGO is not for profit and relies simply on donations, not information harvesting or intrusive annoying advertisements.

CYGO Desktop is now available for Windows!

After months of thought, planning, and contemplation, the CYGO desktop application has finally been made available for Microsoft Windows. We owe a large thanks to our community administrator, Kasper Irelan, for developing and compiling the desktop application which is based on ElectronJS. Currently, an application for CYGO Underground is also in progress for GNU/Linux based systems by Thomas Castleman at Drauger OS, which will be Python-based.

Kasper didn’t just stop at CYGO Underground for desktop though, also now available is CYGOfile for desktop, making it easy to manage your files, listen to music, take notes, create mind maps, use integrated XMPP chat and more from just one portable desktop app. Soon to be released are Bleu for desktop and connectMail for desktop, which will be linked in the top menu upon their release.

That’s everything major for this week!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post, as well as updates from the announcements channel in our Discord server.

Weekly Address December 12, 2019

And, as most people would’ve probably guessed, I’m back yet again! Anyway, this week has been slow and I’m a few days late writing this week’s address, but I will be giving a nice short summary of what we have going on.

A quick summary

  • We’ve been donated a VPS specifically for Bleu by our partner’s at Kavorti. Hosting Bleu on this VPS with a 64GB SSD and 3gbps internet should greatly improve application performance
  • Everything is running smoothly at the moment with no issues

If any developments occur, we will post updates in our Discord server and possibly here on the blog.

We have open volunteer positions!

I will be creating a page about open positions shortly however at the moment we are in need of a 3rd blog writer. Anyone who is interested please contact me via Discord or email at logan@cygonetwork.com

Weekly Address December 2, 2019

And I am back, once again; our third blog writer has left the CYGO team and as such we are looking for a new one! If you would like to contribute by writing on our blog then please contact me via Discord or by email at logan@cygonetwork.com

We have big news this week!

CYGOfile is back online

After about 3 weeks of downtime; CYGOfile is finally back online thanks to our friends at Kavorti providing improved hosting for the service.

If anyone has issues regarding access to CYGOfile, please contact me.

Bleu is now ready for production

After working on Bleu over the Thanksgiving holiday, it is now ready for usage! The original CYGO Network application will be archived tonight. CYGO Underground users should see these instructions in order to claim their Bleu account.

That’s all for this week, stay tuned in our Discord server for updates and keep a look out for next week’s post.

Weekly Address November 25, 2019

Hello again, everyone!

Due to unfortunate circumstances, our co-owner was not able to write this week’s address, so I’m back again. Hopefully she will be well enough to write in a few weeks.

Now, on to the exciting stuff!

This week, our main server has been upgraded, so there should be noticeably better performance across our entire network. Additionally, I have and am continuing to work on some configuration updates with Bleu in order to optimize page load times. So far, I have been able to cut the load time nearly in half, but our goal is a 5 second load time or less. I will keep everyone updated on this as I progress.

Yesterday, the owner of our partner Kavorti sent me an IM notifying me that he would be donating a VPS to us. As you know, CYGOfile is completely down at the moment, and as such this VPS will be used exclusively to run CYGOfile as well as other related applications as it has adequately high specifications.

When will CYGOfile be back up?

I am not yet 100% sure how much downtime we will have. This is mainly dependent on when our VPS is ready to be used. I apologize for the service interruption as I realize that it is very inconvenient for people who depend on CYGOfile for their daily cloud storage solution and web productivity suite. While it is currently down, all user data is intact and secure on two of my personal machines. If you are in need of a specific file, please contact me at logan@cygonetwork.com and I will get it to you as soon as I possibly can.

What’s going on with Bleu?

I plan on moving CYGO Underground accounts over to Bleu sometime soon since it is now functioning reliably. I will post specific updates to this after I finish moving accounts so that users know the necessary actions to take to reclaim their accounts.

I believe that covers most of our important recent events, stay tuned for next week’s blog post. As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me at logan@cygonetwork.com or IM me via Discord.

Hello, world! First weekly address.

Welcome to the new CYGO™ blog!

We are proud to announce that we now have a blog, where our team will be posting weekly updates regarding our web applications, events going on in the community, and anything new that’s going on.

So, let’s get started!

This week, we have a lot going on after two months of minimal change and progress. First of all, we have the blog up now, and our landing page is finished for the most part.

Additionally, we are continuing the development of Bleu. Currently our team is working on the front-end of the application, so that the user interface is pleasing for our users to look at.

Moving along, we have now integrated an XMPP/Jabber chat client within CYGOfile, which is available throughout the application, making it easy and convenient to chat with your friends and colleagues whilst browsing through files, taking notes, listening to music, or whatever it is that you use CYGOfile for. A big thanks to Amolith from NixNet for providing us with free accounts for our users on his XMPP server. You can get your account here, but there will be further documentation created soon to make the process more clear.

Now for some more important news;

We are currently planning on moving to a new server provided by our partners at Kavorti, meaning during the next few weeks some of our services may experience downtime. We are making this move due to the fact that our current provider’s server is overloaded and causing our web applications and online services to perform poorly. Please stay tuned in the #announcements channel in our Discord server for more information regarding future or ongoing service downtime.

I think that covers everything; keep a look out for next week’s address from Amyeal!