Not A Good Day On The Internet

Today it is running so slowly I suspect my host has substituted a Commodore64 as the server!

It’s not a good techno day. I woke up to six emails. That’s too few–by far. What’s up with that? I’m sure in a few days, or weeks, I’ll hear from those whose emails aren’t getting here.

Maybe the mail problem is related to my website. Today it is running so slowly I suspect my host has substituted a Commodore64 as the server!

putty-cap.jpgThe attached image shows three numbers in the upper right corner. These show the server load. Anything greater than one means processes are queued. It sets up the Internet equivalent of twiddling your thumbs. Numbers is the mid-20s are scarily bad.

For most simple operations this slowdown isn’t obvious. However, when you use my database, like to leave a comment or search for an older entry, the website goes into suspended animation&#185!

It’s very frustrating because I know people abandon comments when the website isn’t responsive.

I’m not alone with grief today. Twitter seems to be down for the count. The latest tweets I can view are now three hours old.

Actually, a very few tweets must be getting through which is allowing the trending topics page to be dominated by the word, “frozen,” as is “Twitter is frozen.”

The Twitter status blog states:

Timeline delays this morning 1 hour ago

We are currently investigating a problem causing many users’ timelines to be delayed. We will update with status here shortly.

Twitter is amazing. I can’t remember any other web based service that’s had as many issues and are still widely used. How long can they dodge the bullet?

&#185 – This just in from my hosting company:


There was another user overloading mysql on the server. I have created an abuse report and suspended this user.

The load on the server has since dropped. This should resolve the issue.



Level 2 Tech Support

I Like The Internet

I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge. I read the web constantly.

It’s no secret I enjoy my time on the Internet. The Internet was made for me.

The big surprise for me is the remarkable education available on line. There has never been a time when so much information was available to so many people with so little effort!

There is access to every newspaper, every magazine, every fact, fable and lesson. If you’re willing to look it is here.

I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge. I read the web constantly.

There’s no doubt I visit some sites who political leanings match mine. I love Crooks and Liars, a left leaning political site with clever writing and video choices.

I visit Drudge a few times every day. The site upsets me. Its coverage is so unfair it is scandalous. It’s not how far right he is. It’s how mean spirited he is. The truth be damned… or at least the whole truth be damned.

Mostly I do what makes the web so powerful–follow hyperlinks. I often start on tech sites like Reddit, Digg and Hacker News and just roam.

I have listened to radio from small towns in Australia and followed political scandals in cities I will never visit. I have watched video of people unboxing and assembling their own computer systems and a zillion video tutorials.

Last month I read a long series of incredibly detailed posts recounting a train journey from Moscow to Pyongyang! It was done as a paying passenger on a line that neither Russia nor North Korea officially acknowledge as existing. It was only on the Internet.

Some countries see fit to filter and monitor the net. That’s wrong. They make believe it’s a benevolent gesture toward the sensibilities of their population. Please.

I’m a good searcher. People sometimes come to me to search for them. Knowing how to find stuff pays off for me.

If the Internet didn’t exist I’d have to go out and invent it.

Hiding On The Internet

It’s election day. I’m about to go to the polls and vote in this municipal election in my town. I don’t expect to have to wait (even with new optical scan voting machines). Things move quickly even in hotly contested, major elections.

I’m disappointed to say I don’t know much about either man running for mayor. This early afternoon I set out to learn. Now I’m just frustrated.

Neither has a whole lot of specifics on their website. Maybe there just aren’t a lot of specific things you can say when running for the mayor of a relatively small town.

I can tell you, one has a vastly superior website to the other. Maybe that shouldn’t impress me, but it does. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve judged someone by their familiarity with technology.

People who proudly announce their Luddite views on computers and technology scare me… especially when they’re in positions of power and influence.

There’s still some pondering to do. I’m still quite undecided. There’s even the chance I’ll go into the voting booth and mark neither name. I don’t want my streak of voting in every election since 1971 broken.

Maybe waiting until election day is a bad move on my part. Maybe? Who am I kidding?