TTAC Is Moving - To Another Server

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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ttac is moving to another server

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.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • Vvk Vvk on Jan 22, 2013

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

    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Jan 22, 2013

      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.

  • MrWhopee MrWhopee on Jan 22, 2013

    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! :)

  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Jan 22, 2013

    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.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jan 22, 2013

    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".