Announcing New V-Features: Rule V-Compliant Servers

WE'VE BEEN BUYSSE PREPARING NEW FEATURES

Anyone who has happened by Velominati this past week will know our site has been in a serious breach of Rule #5; we had a big uptick in traffic, and the site made like Van Summeren’s back tire. During this time, I’ve done everything I could think of from indiscriminately screaming at the computer screen, wall, or tech support to flinging wild Hail-Mary code updates against the wall in the hopes of a miracle fix. Sometimes it seemed a fix repaired the issue, when in reality it was just a lul in traffic and the site went right back to sucking again a few minutes later.

As a diagnosed Obsessive-Compulsive, let me tell you that this has not been a good stretch; when an inanimate object doesn’t do my bidding, my insides twist into a palpable rage. On the plus side, it forced me to make long-overdue site optimizations in order to squeegee every bit of performance out of these pages. I upgraded the database and went to sleep with the update scheduled to go live at midnight only to wake from dreams where I checked the site to find the same lackluster performance. Unable to sleep, I climbed out of bed only to find the same lackluster performance.

Finally, I had to face the fact that we’ve spent too long too near our server’s capacity. I chose the Red Pill and upgraded to a high-power server that (hopefully) can handle the load with ease. While I’ve certainly noticed some weirdness (and please let us know anything you notice yourself), I’ve been thrilled with the site’s performance so far, though our weekend traffic is always about half that of week days. Be that as it may, I’ve been having a blast today making some tweaks and just clicking on all the pages and basking in how quickly they come up.

A big thanks to everyone for their patience while we dealt with the slowness, to my fellow Keepers for keeping spirits up, and thanks to the Community for sticking around and posting despite the interminable waits for the pages to respond. We should be in good shape for the coming season. Cheers.

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62 Replies to “Announcing New V-Features: Rule V-Compliant Servers”

  1. Its all loading much much faster on my machine…
    Thanks Frank. Whatever they pay you, its not enough….

  2. Frank I’m reporting big improvement in Europe.Fast as hell man! Your hard work is appreciated.

  3. It is hard to imagine this site without you Frank… Gianni running things would quickly lead to anarchy, Brett would yell at everyone (I can safely say this because we live on opposite sides of the world and have never met and never will) and the rest of the crew would instigate endless looping discussions of beer. So good on you and keep up with the OCD work that only you find scintillating – thank god.

  4. Quicker than the Festina team up L’alpe on my iPhone as well.

    If the site is JvS’s tire, you’re JvS himself powering on for the win (and a hottie) despite the fact that the best riders in the world are not far behind.

  5. Amazingly faster with posting my post from the preview to the submit! Almost thought it had not posted b/c it was pretty much instantaneous! Nothing like some Spanish Beef for the server!!!

  6. Nice work! I’m always amazed you find time to actually ride so much will all the work you put in, Frank!

    Thanks.

  7. Frank – Being in the IT business, I’m curious what kind of hardware requirements a site like this has? Care to share any of your traffic metrics?

  8. Of course, the superslickserverspeed is bound to raise questions. (cCn you whereabouts test a server?) bbut the good news is that, by the time the investigation is completed and clenbyterol is determined to’ve been ingested via some upgrade code, 828 days will have gone by, so the retrospective two year suspension will only keep the server down for two more days. By my calculation that means we’ll miss the third and fourth days of the Tour of Qatar. I think that’s a small price to pay.

    By the way, we’re currently hosting Kim Dotcom (of Megaupload infamy) down here in NZ, in one of Her Majesty’s executive suites, while the FBI seeks to finalize his extradition. He doesn’t look like much of a cyclist, but he probably has a bit of spare time and seems to know a thing or two about big servers. If you’d like us to reach out to him for you, Frank, do let us know.

  9. @Rob

    It is hard to imagine this site without you Frank… Gianni running things would quickly lead to anarchy, Brett would yell at everyone (I can safely say this because we live on opposite sides of the world and have never met and never will) and the rest of the crew would instigate endless looping discussions of beer. So good on you and keep up with the OCD work that only you find scintillating – thank god.

    Hey Rob… FUCK OFF!

  10. sweet, i noticed the 400 replies on some threads were taking 2 weeks to come up…thought it was me.

    glad to hear of the uptick in traffic, its a great gig here

  11. Good news Frank! Popularity does have it’s downsides… although for techies I am reasonably sure that a new server is sort of like a new bike, albeit a bit less sensual.

  12. @Frank – excellent thank you! I thought was just extra sucking performance of the network at work; connections time out all the time due to the over the top filtering. Now I can productively decrease my productivity during the day!

    g

  13. @brett

    @Rob

    It is hard to imagine this site without you Frank… Gianni running things would quickly lead to anarchy, Brett would yell at everyone (I can safely say this because we live on opposite sides of the world and have never met and never will) and the rest of the crew would instigate endless looping discussions of beer. So good on you and keep up with the OCD work that only you find scintillating – thank god.

    Hey Rob… FUCK OFF!

    Thanks Brett, I needed that!

  14. @Frahnk, there is a marked difference in speed, however I’ve been robbed. Despite my numerous posts and witty insights I’m still a V3. explain that smartarse!!!

  15. @frank
    Great pull on the front, right to the finish line, allowing us pretend sprinters to enjoy some easy speed to the line – you are truly the Superest Domestique!

    You ought to receive some commission for all the improved productivity you have granted the Velominati

  16. “to flinging wild Hail-Mary code updates”I really hope you meant Hail-Merckx codes!

  17. @frank

    Thanks for the work Frank, the site isn’t getting dropped from the pack anymore!

    About having 8 cores, did you get a tower with 2 quads or did you go rack or blade? I’m just curious.

  18. Whoa, the site *is* fast now! We might have to slow it down at some point to relive the “good ‘ol days”. Good job Frank, Marko, Brett and everyone else!

  19. @BrianG

    I had some weird redirect errors on my iPhone, but cleared cookies and we’re all good now.

    That’s probably because we moved the site. Clearing cookies would do it.

    @RedRanger

    The only thing I am noticing is some weird sizing issue on V-mobile.

    You’ll have to be more specific. Please email me details.

  20. @frank
    I don’t know if it’s only me but I’m gettin’ this trying to reach Cycling Photos Archive from The Keepers section

    Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.

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