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Well, it's been about 24 hours since I released the Trick-or-Treat meme, and it's gotten 640,000 hits or so, and right at this moment it's down because the host's T1 was utterly saturated and the server was getting overtaxed. Sigh.

You people are just too enthusiastic!

The last time this happened, with the Sitcom meme, my sysadmin got quite angry. It didn't happen with the Grade Level meme or the Potion Maker, though, so I thought maybe the new server could handle the load. Silly me.

Anyway, I've gotta find a solution to this.


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Oct. 28th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
hehe, you have to stop being so good ;)
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:08 pm (UTC)
Did it have to get broken before I had a try? :( :p

I hope it all gets fixed

Nearly every entry of my friends had the meme in there...I guess good things do travel fast.
Oct. 28th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
^^^What he said.

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(no subject) - rfreebern - Oct. 29th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC)
I hope it comes up soon! I never got a change to try it! ;_;
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it looks pretty fun, but I didn't get to give it a go.
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess the price of inventing cool memes is that you end up annoying system administrators :(
Nov. 18th, 2003 08:09 pm (UTC)
Or yourself, if you admin your own box... Those were not a fun 4 days of server crashes.
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
it's just an awesome idea. :) hi, you don't know me, but i am eagerly awaiting the time at which i can go lj trick-or-treating.
Oct. 29th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC)
It should be working again. :)
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Oct. 29th, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
It's hosted on a friend's box in Austin, on a dedicated T1. He can afford that because he operates a consulting business from his home and maintains a big website for a big company, and he's nice so he lets a bunch of his friends use the server for our sites as well. So when my site accidentally maxes out his T1's bandwidth, he gets a bit annoyed.

I could make the pages more terse and remove a lot of the formatting, at the expense of aesthetics. I will probably work on that this afternoon. Right now, mod_gzip is being used to compress outgoing data, and I just set up mod_bandwidth to limit it to using no more than about 100KBps, which should leave plenty of bandwidth for everything else on the server. It'll make everyone's transfers slower if the number of users picks up again, but that's the price to pay, I guess.
Oct. 28th, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
It's hard to be popular, isn't it?

It's made the rounds through most of my friends too already. You're just that good man...sorry! ;)
Oct. 28th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)
ya gotta fix it dude - even if just long enough for me to take the quiz - my friends all got to do it and as usual i'm late and missed the boat!
Oct. 29th, 2003 08:21 am (UTC)
It's up now! Enjoy!
Oct. 28th, 2003 04:23 pm (UTC)
Hi. I just wanted to say that I loved the trick or treat thing. Very nice. :D I like your journal and stuff, too. Okay. Bye.

- Samantha
Oct. 28th, 2003 04:58 pm (UTC)
what a wonderful set of meme's....
keep those social virii coming :)
and see if you can get pictures of the admins face when he bawls you out for the server overload .....
thanks for the ingenuity!~
Oct. 28th, 2003 07:23 pm (UTC)
Damn! I wanted to try it too!
Oct. 28th, 2003 07:23 pm (UTC)
Would there be a way to calculate something like this with something less intensive than PHP? That's all the ideas I could offer :( I didn't get to try it, but very nice. Thank you!
Oct. 28th, 2003 07:29 pm (UTC)
er, 'like,' not 'than.'
Oct. 28th, 2003 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love it! It was fun :) Make more fun memes! You're the best.
Oct. 28th, 2003 07:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't get a chance either. Kinda sucks really o.o...*Sits by watching intently for the next one* damn people...Let the underpriviledge have a go at it why dontcha
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