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What has happened to make FreeRepublic so slow?
Vanity Question | 01/24/2009 | Swordmaker

Posted on 01/24/2009 4:56:12 PM PST by Swordmaker

I have noticed that FR has become abysmally slow in response and page loading in the past day or so. I've noticed a few responses in the threads where other Freepers mention in passing the slowness. I checked it on several of my client's locations. Everywhere I brought up FR was slow.

Sometimes takes up to 30 seconds to load the browsing pages. Moving to a topic, is a bit faster but not much.

I also noticed last night that doing title searches that used to bring up pages of responses now only bring up less than a page.

John, Jim, what's going on? Are we being hit by a Denial of Service attack?


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To: rockinqsranch

—super—S-L-O-W here


51 posted on 01/24/2009 5:45:58 PM PST by two23
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To: Orange1998
Based on the lack of response from the Robinsons - I imagine they are working on the problem as we speak. During the elections John (I think) had to drive quite a ways to get to the server banks or something.

My thoughts are that it is 1) an increase in traffic, 2) an equipment problem, and/or 3) an outside attack. Not necessarily in that order!

Hey - it seems slower after that Ann Coulter interview. I didn't see it - does anyone know if FreeRepublic was mentioned. If so, that could account for #1 and #3.

52 posted on 01/24/2009 5:46:15 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: SERKIT

LURKERS Among us? They want to crash the site and keep Freepers off the site.


53 posted on 01/24/2009 5:49:26 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Swordmaker

I noticed the same thing over the last couple of days. FR’s running about a third as fast as it usually does.

Hopefully this won’t last long.


54 posted on 01/24/2009 5:54:24 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic)
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To: LiberConservative

I agree with you. The site is not slow all the time, this is why there is not any doubt there are Obamanites lurking. This is their way of going after Rush and the righties, since we refuse to become followers of Zero’s.


55 posted on 01/24/2009 5:55:34 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Swordmaker

I hope that FR has a contingency plan in place in case the Obamafuehrer and his minions manage to shut down FR.


56 posted on 01/24/2009 5:57:16 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Kadric

“Actually it looks about the same as dial up. Slow as normal” ....LOL I agree. Have a 9 year old computer and dial up...I haven’t noticed any difference....:o)


57 posted on 01/24/2009 5:57:25 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Swordmaker

It seems to be very slow. I usually open threads in new tabs. I continue to surf until the thread comes up.

I would guess high volume traffic. People are looking for any good news about the future.


58 posted on 01/24/2009 5:57:51 PM PST by CriticalJ
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To: lilycicero; Girlene; bigheadfred

I really thought it was just me:)


59 posted on 01/24/2009 6:04:53 PM PST by nahanrac
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To: CriticalJ

The slow down could be related to internet security. I bet FR has a ton of attacks everyday.


60 posted on 01/24/2009 6:06:11 PM PST by CriticalJ
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To: Swordmaker

About 20X slower for me. I assumed it was the boobama govt spying on us.


61 posted on 01/24/2009 6:07:44 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Swordmaker; Admin Moderator
I recognize there'll always be times when problems arise and I can live with it.

What chaps me is that there's never a word of explanation from the moderators when this happens. FR has been slow for almost a week now with absolutely no communication here to the troops. A word or two about what the problem is would go a long way to alleviate the frustration.

When there's no word from on high every one thinks his or her computer is on the fritz. This is so unnecessary.

Leni

62 posted on 01/24/2009 6:08:27 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Paige

Now that the new guy, BO, is in the WH....this is just the beginning of the attacks....I doubt it is equipment problems....bad people wanting to control the masses and their info.......I’d call ‘em soviets..........


63 posted on 01/24/2009 6:10:56 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Paige

Now that the new guy, BO, is in the WH....this is just the beginning of the attacks....I doubt it is equipment problems....bad people wanting to control the masses and their info.......I’d call ‘em soviets..........


64 posted on 01/24/2009 6:11:38 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Swordmaker

I thought it was my computer. It’s been freezing up and crashing about twice a day for a week.


65 posted on 01/24/2009 6:15:14 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: nahanrac

I thought it was just my computer issue as well.


66 posted on 01/24/2009 6:15:42 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: TChad
I have seen none of the dreaded proxy errors after posting

I have. See my my previous post

Proxy Error

67 posted on 01/24/2009 6:18:01 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I'm selling my tagline on Ebay Buy it Now! $1.95...S&H $14.95...only 3 left.)
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To: goat granny

Lol!

The old 286 still got some life in her yet, eh?

Years ago, back around 99, I sometimes dialed in with an old Toshiba laptop, running Win98. It was a Pentium running at 75Mhz with 16 meg of core and a 300 meg hard drive, on a 28.8 modem.

Worked.

Didn’t work very dam fast and got really hot, would take like ten minutes to bring up a web page, but it worked!


68 posted on 01/24/2009 6:18:36 PM PST by djf
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To: libh8er; Swordmaker
FreeRepublic uses antiquated technology (perl/cgi).

What would you recommend instead?

69 posted on 01/24/2009 6:19:58 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Swordmaker

I’ve been trying to get in to this thread since ‘75
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye3ecDYxOkg
One toke over the line ...


70 posted on 01/24/2009 6:20:25 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: Swordmaker

It started right when the new Administration took over. Coincidence? I don’t think so?

On the other hand, how long does it make to make a sword?


71 posted on 01/24/2009 6:24:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: bethybabes69; Swordmaker; All; Tainan
Moderator, check those DNS records ASAP.

When I do a traceroute to FR.com
the slowdown is in silicon valley.

11 ae-2.r21.dllstx09.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (129.250.2.173) 108.167 ms 105.009 ms 111.339 ms

12 as-3.r21.snjsca04.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (129.250.4.25) 132.230 ms 166.847 ms 125.095 ms

13 ae-0.r20.snjsca04.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (129.250.2.96) 192.755 ms 120.870 ms 153.644 ms

14 * * *

15 mg-1.a00.mlpsca01.us.da.verio.net (129.250.24.194) 123.836 ms 124.462 ms 120.974 ms

16 mg-1.a01.mlpsca01.us.da.verio.net (129.250.24.195) 121.433 ms 122.044 ms 125.634 ms

17 128.242.105.82 (128.242.105.82) 124.736 ms 206.063 ms 221.083 ms

18 www.freerepublic.com (209.157.64.201) 124.775 ms 125.270 ms 123.470 ms


72 posted on 01/24/2009 6:25:02 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: djf

” Years ago, back around 99, I sometimes dialed in with an old Toshiba laptop, running Win98. It was a Pentium running at 75Mhz with 16 meg of core and a 300 meg hard drive, on a 28.8 modem. “

Oh - a “Johnnie-Come-Lately”, huh??

I started out with an old 286 running WIN 3.1, dialing into local BBS’s (ya got the mimeographed list of dial-in numbers from your favorite hole-in-the-wall computer store) on a state-of-the-art 2400 (external) Modem....

Sometimes I miss those simpler days.....


73 posted on 01/24/2009 6:32:39 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: Swordmaker

It’s been incredibly slow! and the viewer access score no longer appears? why? It used to serve as a useful gauge of freeper interest in the story.


74 posted on 01/24/2009 6:34:52 PM PST by Steelfish (Our Winning Video)
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To: XeniaSt

LIBERAL VALLEY??? Interesting...


75 posted on 01/24/2009 6:42:17 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: cruise_missile

oooh, that’s a keeper


76 posted on 01/24/2009 6:44:34 PM PST by Vendome
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To: Uncle Ike

Been there, dun that. But a plain text mode BB running sith senddata/rcvdata on a dedicated line is a big difference from TCPIP, graphics, and DHCP! Heck I was dialing in to work computers in the early 80’s.


77 posted on 01/24/2009 6:48:02 PM PST by djf
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To: djf

Wow you sure know a lot. I only know I have dial up and an old computer. Runs windows 98 I get finger cramps from having to tap so hard on the keyboard. It is quite sticky as sometimes I eat while reading and posting.. :o(


78 posted on 01/24/2009 6:49:50 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Revolting cat!
On the other hand, how long does it make to make a sword?

Depends... since a word is sharper than the sword, on FR... about 30 seconds longer than it used to.

To make a real sword... also depends. I made about 30 swords for a college play about 40 years ago in just under a week. Would cut but they clanged good. Could hurt bad if they connected though.

79 posted on 01/24/2009 6:50:52 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Tainan

Had’em since ‘84 Now using mac air with a solid state drive.... cool. Works well with this site. Just do a ping and get the 45 and you know if it is you or them.. most of the time its them but on the east coast where I am... All is well..


80 posted on 01/24/2009 6:59:32 PM PST by primatreat (sickem rush.......bite their butt.)
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To: Swordmaker

Obama’s fault.


81 posted on 01/24/2009 7:00:16 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Swordmaker

82 posted on 01/24/2009 7:03:19 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: Swordmaker

bump


83 posted on 01/24/2009 7:14:12 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Swordmaker

The last time it was this slow it crashed !


84 posted on 01/24/2009 7:35:42 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Swordmaker

I don’t know, but hope it gets cleared up soon.


85 posted on 01/24/2009 8:04:29 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Paleo Conservative
What would you recommend instead?

ASP.Net is popular, but not my preferred choice since it would lock you into Microsoft. The J2EE stack (Java EE) is a good alternative. It's open source (free) and has a very extensive set of libraries and frameworks with which to build.

86 posted on 01/24/2009 8:08:18 PM PST by libh8er
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To: Swordmaker; All
Obviously the fairness doctrine in action.
87 posted on 01/24/2009 8:23:20 PM PST by LuxMaker (The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, Thomas J 1819)
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To: Swordmaker

Probably a combination of vanity posts plus being spammed incessantly with Apple news, rumors, etc...


88 posted on 01/24/2009 8:33:44 PM PST by TomServo
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To: SERKIT
* Black helicopters (or is that considered racist now?)

African-American helicopters?

Helicopters of color?

89 posted on 01/24/2009 9:07:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (This fiasco brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: Swordmaker

The hamsters are tired.


90 posted on 01/24/2009 9:13:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (This fiasco brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Slow for me too, but better now than it was earlier today but still slow. Usually with my internet speed loading is instant.


91 posted on 01/24/2009 9:19:49 PM PST by mojitojoe
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To: cruise_missile
It’s because of a Black Barry virus.

Bump to that. You'll be here all week, right?

92 posted on 01/24/2009 10:04:42 PM PST by CarlosFonke
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To: nahanrac

And like magic...it’s fast again....


93 posted on 01/24/2009 10:05:32 PM PST by lilycicero (I am the new generation of carpetbaggers.)
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To: lilycicero

Well how about that - it’s all good. Nothing like whining to get something taken care of.


94 posted on 01/24/2009 10:12:26 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Swordmaker

It’s baaaack. :)


95 posted on 01/24/2009 10:14:49 PM PST by SouthTexas (Danger, Danger .. Will Robinson)
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To: lilycicero

True, true. Amazing:)


96 posted on 01/24/2009 10:15:48 PM PST by nahanrac
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To: Velveeta

Glad I’m not the only one.:)


97 posted on 01/24/2009 10:20:35 PM PST by nahanrac
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To: JudyinCanada

John shifted some things around to better balance the load on our servers, reconfigured some system settings and kicked off a bunch of search engine spiderbots that were killing us.


98 posted on 01/24/2009 10:25:04 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: SouthTexas
It’s baaaack. :)

Maybe we just had to let John and Jim know there was a problem...

99 posted on 01/24/2009 10:29:58 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank John for us. And thank you!


100 posted on 01/24/2009 10:30:40 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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