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If you are reading this, you are loading TweakTown from our New Server which is based at a brand new server hosting facility in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Our new server is actually a little less powerful in terms of raw specifications but it is more powerful in the areas which are required by us - such as twice as much RAM. Our admin has set us up with an interesting program from Zend called Performance Suite which caches certain parts of the site and optimizes other parts. This means we should be able to survive links from Slashdot and so on and dish out data as usual. We are also considering bringing in another couple dedicated servers and setting up load balancing whereby if server 1 (this one) gets too busy all traffic will be re-directed to the second or third servers.
We are still finishing up setting up the server and getting everything running properly so you still may notice a few errors for the next little while. This new server will enable us to continue growing as we deploy many new features to the site over the next couple months. If you emailed us over the last 48 hours, it was not received - please send your email again.
Thanks for your attention and happy tweaking!
After about two months of server woes and overall pains in the butt here at TweakTown with our previous host (Invasion Hosting), we decided to move to our very own Dual Intel Xeon 2GHz server with 1GB of RAM fitted with 146GB of space courtesy of two speedy 10,000 RPM SCSI drives plugged in at the Rack Shack data center - with 1000 GB of bandwidth at our mercy each month.
We ran into troubles with our previous hosts when they decided it would be a good idea to throw near on 100 other websites onto our server, which we only recently discovered and then we opted for the Rack Shack server alternative fairly quickly, as you can imagine.
We are still finishing off a few things on the new server, such as forums, which will be up before too much longer. Thanks for your patience; we should be in for a much more comfortable and less wavy journey this time around!
I'm as fed up with the server slowness as you, trust me. Although, we did discover what was slowing things down - at least what was contributing towards it.
Our server log file, for whatever reason, was weighing in at a massive 2 GB - We think, due to a bug in our server software, which we have requested our hosts patch to the latest version. Anyway, the result of this was when you visited TweakTown it would take ages for the log file to be accessed and written to - hence the time it took for pages to load. We have since deleted the log file and disabled the feature in the effort to keep things as fast as possible. Even after our server upgrade a couple of days ago, we are still having issues. We have decided if the traffic continues, we will order another server which will be for the database, and maybe an extra server dedicated to the forums.
I'll keep you posted on things as they happen!
You will all be happy to know now that we have just successfully completed a server move, to a new and much more powerful web server. We are now running a Pentium 4 1.7GHz Compaq system with 1GB of memory, as compared to our previous 1.3GHz Pentium 4 system with only 512mb of memory.
For the past two weeks our server logs have been reporting upwards of 460,000 pageviews, per day. We think it isn't actually quite this high but we are doing around 200,000 pageviews per day, as reported by our third party traffic counter.
TweakTown should be loading much faster now, well for us it is for the time being. We'll see how things go later on in the day when we release our UT 2003 Tweak Guide, at which point I'd imagine the server would be begging for mercy, again. Take care and thanks for listening!
Tweakers Australia has just posted a review on the FireNAS portable 480GB server. This baby has to be seen to be believed, and retailing for $4499 USD, it's not exactly on the cheap side either.
A good mate of mine was more interested in it after I showed him the specifications, as he is someone in the networking industry, and really appreciates hardware like the FireNAS. We don't look at it as a small box with almost ½ a Terabyte of hard drive space, but more of a giant leap in networking storage. You look past the 480GB of free space in My Computer and the small box and realize what you have is a remarkable piece of hardware that most people aren't going to have the opportunity to even observe, let alone experience. The FireNAS is not designed for the home user, or a small home business that may have one or two staff members, but rather a medium to large sized business with up to 50+ employees, depending on how IT orientated your business is.More information at Tweakers Australia
Today Icrontic gives us a preview of Windows .NET Server.
I was able to get my hands on Windows .NET Enterprise Server Build 3660 (Beta 3), and boy do I have an article in store for you. The Windows .NET server line is set to be released in early 2003, and is truly the next generation of Microsoft server operating systems. If you aren't familiar with Windows Server, this article probably won't appeal to you. Windows Server has, obviously, a much different focus than it's desktop counterpart, and thus this preview reflects that.More information at Icrontic
Modfactor.com has had a chance to have a look at the SS2000 System from the new Starfish Technologies INC Company that specializes in high end and high quality computer systems.
The first thing you notice when looking at the SS 2000 is its unique case, the Coolermaster ATC-600 micro-ATX desktop case. With its aluminum finish and slick green front panel it is definitely something that you would be proud to sport at a LAN party. The front panel is the highest quality case door I've ever seen; it is made of plexiglass and smoothly drops down with the push of a button.More information at Modfactor.com
Ryan from AMDmb.com has an interesting article posted discussing their recent server upgrades and reasons for choosing various hardware, which is of course AMD based.
Over the past 2 years, Amdmb.com has grown beyond my wildest imaginations to become my full time job and my full time love. While attending college on the side, Amdmb.com is my work and hobby, occupying every bit of time that is not needed elsewhere. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Going from a small site with only a couple hundred thousand page views a month to a huge site with a multi-gigabyte database with millions of visitors a month has been a cause for celebration, as well as spurred a need for constant upgrades.More information at AMDmb
The dudes at Gaming in 3D went and grabbed themselves an Antec PLUS1080B SOHO File Server Case to see what all the fuss was about.
The Antec Performance series of cases was arguably one of the mostMore information at Gaming in 3D
successful enclosure lines among system builders and enthusiasts alike.
And recently Antec took it's award winning line to new heights with a
renamed and revamped line known as the Performance Plus Line. But can
the Performance Plus 1080B SOHO File Server, successor to the SX1040,
reach the acclaim of it predecessor; we'll find out as we put the case
through its paces. Can it survive a 14 story plummet? We'll find out.
We are having a few problems with our mail servers. If you attempt to send an email to us and it bounces back at you, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll make sure your message gets heard.
We should have it all fixed before much longer!