By on January 22, 2013

Somewhere above the 70th parallel

January is upon us, and with it the seasonal rise in traffic at big car sites such as TTAC. Over the past days, the load on our servers was unseasonably and unreasonably high. My unconfirmed hunch is that it is all the future authors checking their standings. We’ll never know. To address the problem, and hopefully to increase your class-leading browsing experience, the TTAC Geek Squad, billeted in an abandoned NORAD bunker in the darker reaches of Canada, decided to move TTAC to another server.

No doubt, the other server is likewise surplus, but let’s hope it is only lightly loaded. Over a crackling phone line, which similarly stemmed from a time when cars had fins and Finns had no cars, the Geeks promised that the changeover will be “transparent to the user” and that  “no outage is expected while it’s moving/after it moves.”

Putting our destiny in the Geeks’ hands,  I remain your humble servant,


B$%^^^^^^^^^^^^ ……………..



All seems to be good.  Ducked another one.

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12 Comments on “TTAC Is Moving – To Another Server...”

  • avatar

    Some 22 people could really bring down the server? Or were there just 22 finalists of even more entries?

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    [ROLLEYES] Harvey, Harvey, Harvey: It was SEVEN people who were in the running yesterday, but you can’t imagine how big a spike seven people, along with their friends and relations can create when they log in every other minute to check on (and maybe to goose) their standings …

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      I realize it was seven yesterday, but for the other 15 going to check if they were up that day to see if their time had come. After they see they aren’t, then yes it’s probably just the seven and their family. If memory served, there were 22 who made the grade for review among peers.

      Maybe the members here voting were also keeping tabs on how their writer of choice was fairing? I’m still new here, so it’s hard to tell.

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    Seems like another few vacuum tubes in the ol’ UNIVAC should take care of it, rather than a new server!

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    Wintertime spike? Does the server support those ads? I don’t have them on the mobile(thank you) with java off nor with ad block on the pc.

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    OK, I admit it, it was all my fault and my entry wasn’t even in this batch.

    This contest has me giddy as a school girl.

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    Looks like the new server is just as slow as the old one…. Perhaps it’s your code?!

    • 0 avatar

      I agree on both counts, server speed and code.

      If you use Firefox you can follow (on the lower left side bottom of your screen) all the elements as they are being loaded/retrieved to formulate the page, and the whole process resembles spaghetti. IMO, way too many elements for one page, especially the initial, home page.

      Obviously this was written and tested on a workstation with a very fast processor and a direct link to the server. But when you try to use it in the real world, with all the backbone delays because of traffic, not to mention the interruptions caused in-house by the ISP (such as resets), all the elements take a while to compilate and display. And that’s not even counting the waiting time due to traffic for your time-slice to roll around for your IP address so you can receive the burst of data.

      I suspect money is the biggest constraint here, so support ttac’s advertisers. That’s the only way ttac can make money with this site.

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    If the picture above really is your server, that would explain the slow performance this site sometimes have. In fact the way it runs at all was nothing sort of a miracle! :)

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    I’m literally able to pull up TTAC and its articles, with all photos, at about 3x the speed I was able to before.

    I’m on a wireless network that downloads at 20 to 30 Mbps consistently, so the slowness wasn’t on my end prior.

    It looks like the server upgrade was WELL WORTH the investment.

    Thanks, TTAC.

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    I just hope that cryptic message you received didn’t pique the interest of Homeland Security. Rumor has it, they’ve launched mistaken swat raids over texted shopping lists, just because somebody misspelled “rocquefort”.

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