Frans got through with his backlog yesterday, for the record he only found about
22 posts to make from the close to three weeks he was gone, I'm actually
surprised it turns out to be just over one a day, that's how much we rely on
Frans' nose for news here (you are correct if you assume his next vacation will
be overlooking the scenic "my dead body").
A couple of alert readers have pointed out the small coincidence that
yesterday's announcement of the firing of Paul Steed comes one year to the day
from Brian Hook's announcement that he was leaving id (story).
We had what seems to be a breakthrough yesterday in terms of Blammo! database
performance and reliability. For a couple of hours in the afternoon yesterday
all the scripts here became pretty unusable, which has, unfortunately, been a
fairly common occurrence here. The root of yesterday's problems seemed at first
to simply be the Slashdot effect, as they linked to John
Carmack's .plan file about the big Doom sequel/Paul Steed firing
announcement (story). For a while there it really seemed like we
were not going to be able to update the site, much less serve up things already
here, like the messageboards and that .plan update. The good news is, we (if I
say we in any programming sense, chances are I mean Furn) discovered that the
number of SQL connections the system was allowing had not been adjusted from the
default after the last time the server was rebuilt, so rather than being load
related, it was a fairly simple configuration problem (which helps explain
why the rest of the site remained so rapid while the scripts were failing). It's
too early to say for sure, but it seems this has cleared up a ton of problems,
because since limit was tweaked the .plan updates and messageboards now seem to
crank out like there was never a problem (even after we were later /.ed a second
time). In a further effort to clear up these things, yesterday we converted the BlueTracker
.plan files to output static HTML, so in the future even if the database chokes
on the backend, there should not be a problem continuing to serve .plans that have
already been updated. As always, any patience you have had to spare for us as
we've been working out these kinks is greatly appreciated, but I have my fingers
crossed that we may have finally "broken the code" to paraphrase my
Link of the Day: Emode.com Personality Tests and Quotes (includuing "Are You Loony").
Thanks Corey C. Lapeyrouse. Now you're set in case it's a quiet weekend.