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RiotACT server upgrade underway

By johnboy - 20 September 2008 64

For the last few weeks we’ve been the victims of our ever-escalating popularity. Our poor server has been spitting out database error messages as often as not, groaning under the increasing weight of all your visits.

In response to this we’ve now lashed out on a dual quad core (so yes eight cores) beast from HP with redundant doodads up the wazoo and 8Gb of RAM (with room for much more). Back when we started in 2000 a machine like this would have come with a team of men in white coats.

We hope it will see us through to complete media domination in Canberra with a start made into the rest of the world.

It’s currently being brought up to speed and we hope to have it up and running in a week or so.

So just stay patient and it will all be better soon. We promise.

What’s Your opinion?


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64 Responses to
RiotACT server upgrade underway
johnboy 10:37 am 21 Sep 08

Apologies if it was taken as rude.

We get countless well meaning suggestions on site design.

As a rule it looks the way it does because it’s the best way to address the needs of readers of all types, advertisers, and ourselves.

This means compromise I’m afraid.

ant 10:31 am 21 Sep 08

Johnboy said

johnboy said :

We’re not planning on redesigning a site read by thousands on the whims of one.

It was a suggestion. Did it merit such a rude response?

Primal 2:02 am 21 Sep 08

johnboy said :

We’re not planning on redesigning a site read by thousands on the whims of one.

How many then? Six?

Overheard 2:01 am 21 Sep 08

ant said :

Now to re-design the main interface page so more stories are shown for longer. I’d suggest quoting the first few lines of each story, and that’s it. That way, you could feature more new stories at a time, and hopefully have them on the “front page” for longer than an hour or so.

Much as I value and agree with 95.6% of what you post, Ant, I reckon the current mix is about right. Yeah, stories slide off and if you’re like me (God, Allah and Bob forbid) and only jump on erratically, you might miss stuff. (A classic example was when I was looking for something totally unrelated and found a comment from someone who was pondering: ‘What the folk has Overheard been smoking?!’ For the record, I smoke nothing of any vegetable, animal, mineral or herbal genus or species these days.)

Also, I very irregularly will access RiotACT from my main employer’s intranet and from there I’ll get a much reduced list as compared to what’s available from my laptop, so unlike ‘Amimal Farm’, not all access points are created equal.

In summary and to conclude, yeah, I get a fair few HTTP Error no. XXXXs and ‘Database error — connection cannot be made’, but considering I pay $50 p.a. for the privilege of this site, and many more of you pay about $50 less than that, I’ll suck it up and wait for the upgrade, and not want any major changes to the architecture (which if you’re musically aware, oft times comes from Helsinki — must replace that CD I lost access to in the most recent of my property settlements (small ‘p’, small ‘s’)).

Pandy 1:50 am 21 Sep 08

^What ant said

rephlex 12:54 am 21 Sep 08

damnit, I meant: we want pics of penguins on boot damnit! =)

johnboy 12:14 am 21 Sep 08

Actually it’s just the iframe hosting the sponsor’s ads which auto-reloads.

Yes turning it off would reduce load somewhat, but not a huge deal compared to the rest of the site’s load.

We think we’re on a better deal with the new server which we have high hopes for.

Grin 12:09 am 21 Sep 08

I noticed the page auto-reloads on a regular basis. Turning that off might cut some unnecessary load off the box.

I know, Canberra’s RSI incidence will probably skyrocket as a result of everyone refreshing their riotact page manually.

johnboy 10:57 pm 20 Sep 08

We’re not planning on redesigning a site read by thousands on the whims of one.

ant 10:53 pm 20 Sep 08

Now to re-design the main interface page so more stories are shown for longer. I’d suggest quoting the first few lines of each story, and that’s it. That way, you could feature more new stories at a time, and hopefully have them on the “front page” for longer than an hour or so.

Kramer 7:53 pm 20 Sep 08

Fiona – depends which men in white coats… Are you talking about the ones who hang around in cold, noisy rooms with big computers? If you are then, I’ll let you know we wear black T-shirts or polo shirts these days… As for the other guys, I’ll continue to keep them afar.

BTW – for the hardware nerds: the new box is a HP DL380 G5, with dual quad-core 2.6GHz cpus, and 8GB RAM.

el 7:04 pm 20 Sep 08

mmmmm….8 cores.

Server-licious.

Fiona 6:30 pm 20 Sep 08

Are you sure the men in white coats won’t be coming anyway?

had.to.be.said.

johnboy 5:16 pm 20 Sep 08

We publish monthly reports on reader numbers.

43,857 unique visitors in August. September is on target to get well over 50,000.

Duke 5:10 pm 20 Sep 08

How many registered members and or hits is the site getting JB? When you get more subscribers than The Crimes you should throw a big RiotAct party!

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