4 March 2007, 15:55 by mark hoekstra

traffic frenzy

Well… just after I posted my latest project, this happened:

and here are some of the sites responsible for that:

What can I say? *^_^*

Not much I guess… The idea to try this out popped into my mind last mondaynight and tuesday I bought the 4GB-CF-card at my work. Last tuesday-night I actually had better things to do but I managed to quickly test it out, make some pics and write it all down in between other work I had laying around, work which actually needed my attention more than this. I figured there could be some interest, that’s actually the reason why I wanted to post it quick, but I never expected this! Oh my… In terms of absolute traffic and getting linked to in such a short amount of time, I never experienced something like this before. It all started out when I got linked at MAKE:blog, within minutes after I posted the project. From there on, it went straight to Gizmodo and Digg. On Digg it went to the frontpage in about 3 hours(!), within 5 hours after I posted the project…

click to go the duggtrends-graph

When I woke up the next morning, I checked up just before I was to leave for work and found some very sweet words on the Cult of Mac over at Wired… That one had me smiling all the way biking to my dayjob ^_^

TUAW in the meantime figured this site is run my a whole bunch of people, something which happens more often when somebody links to me. That’s no problem of course.

And last thursday, engadget.com suggested everyone with a Mini should one-up Apple with this mod… oh dear *^_^*

Well.. after almost five days of traffic frenzy, we’re more or less back to normal levels. It was a joy to see my server held this traffic beautifully.

For instance, this happened in the comments on Digg, while on the frontpage:

And in the meantime my server has gained quite an uptime. I guess we could say this package is now stable.

$ uptime
15:42:31 up 276 days, 6:19, 1 user, load average: 0.25, 0.21, 0.18


It’s been sweet and addictive at the same time. I kept checking up on my statistics to see if there were new referrers popping up. The last few days have been a rush, in between all the other work I did. Stuff like this keeps me going, so… thank you all and it’s time to move on! ...to some new projects I guess…

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uuuuhm… riiiight… ^_^

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  1. Jay16K @ 4 March 2007, 20:36 :

    Congrats for (another) digg frontpage ;)

  2. Alex @ 5 March 2007, 05:38 :

    Is your server still running gentoo?

  3. markie @ 5 March 2007, 13:01 :

    Yes indeed, Gentoo it is. Although I’m in doubt if I should switch or not. Reason for running Gentoo was that it was more current than a BSD at the time, but I’m running it now for two years and I guess any BSD could fulfill the wishes I have right now. Back then I didn’t know what way everything would go and Gentoo seemed the best choice.

    There’s too much running on the current server to simply switch OSes on the box but I’ve got almost similar hardware at home, an Intel SE7501 motherboard with 2 Xeons and 2GB Ram. The plan is to configure/experiment with that and rsync everything. When the mirror-server at home runs stable and such, I could simply swap everything in the datacenter. Some fresh disks after two years would be nice too. :-)

    I’ve got no case for this Intelboard, but the board at home fits in the chassis I’m running in the datacenter (Intel SR2300)

  4. Marco @ 5 March 2007, 14:15 :

    Debian is The Way To Go.

  5. markie @ 5 March 2007, 21:12 :

    Weeeeell… if it’d stick to Linux it’d stick to Gentoo I guess. But back then I doubted about putting OpenBSD on the box. There was too much insecure about what kind of sites/services this box was going to run and Gentoo seemed more current. Now at this time, with development on Gentoo not going very strong (imho) and the task of this machine having become much clearer, I’d like to give OpenBSD another try. You know, just because I have 6 OpenBSD t-shirts and none of Debian :D (to be honest, I have never been a big fan of Debian).

    You know what, as long as it’s open source it’s good to go.

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