Just the bang, and the clatter, as the server hits the wall

Looks like we’ve hit the wall. Some times during the day, this P-120 just isn’t keeping up well, and last night when I experimented with setting up forums, the speed was acceptable locally but really sluggish outside where latency is much higher. So it’s looking like I’ll have to move the system to a faster machine.
I dropped the number of days’ worth of posts on the front page to three days, instead of seven, to help a little. That’ll cut the amount of data sent when the homepage hits by 50 percent, but I see that as a temporary fix. Earlier in the day I added the site’s URL to the Google and AltaVista search engines, which means more traffic, particularly as more content moves in. So the situation won’t get any better over time.

I’ve got some options, and I’ll have more options when my new Duron-750 arrives because it’ll displace another system.

2 thoughts on “Just the bang, and the clatter, as the server hits the wall

  • May 9, 2001 at 10:05 am
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    Ahhh…so you succumbed to those low Duron 750 prices, did you ?! 😉 How about an article on building the thing once you have all the bits & pieces ? What you chose and why, etc…

    BTW, this will be your Linux box, right ? I couldn’t get Mandrake Linux 8.0 to install on my Duron 850/Asus A7Pro system this weekend – their installer puked whether it was in graphics (hi or low res) or text mode. A RedHat 7.1 install, however, came off w/o a hitch. I’m impressed with the new RedHat, too. The install is much more security conscious than previous versions. Of course, YMMV.

  • May 9, 2001 at 11:14 am
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    Yep. I should be getting a 750 and an FIC AZ-11 mobo any day now.

    Sure, I can do a writeup, although my reason for what I use will mostly be "because I already have it." And I’m thinking more and more that I’ll try my K6-2/350 as my Web server, because I know any flavor of Linux I want will run just fine on it. Another possibility would be to use my dual Celeron-500 system, but I’d be severely tempted to use that machine for other things as well and I’d really rather not have that temptation. I can leave a 350 alone.

    At least initially, the Duron will be a personal workstation and I’ll run Windows on it. That’ll leave me the option to write an article or two for Shopper UK based on the experience, and I need options.

    I don’t like the idea of running Linux for anything I need to depend on on such a new platform. I’d rather give Alan Cox some time to bang on it, then the vendors some time to bang on it and release it.

    I’m not surprised RedHat works better than Mandrake on new hardware; RedHat tends to leave their kernels more generic than Mandrake. So Mandrake gives you better performance, when it works, but sometimes it doesn’t.

    But a piece on building a PC would be useful, I agree.

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