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FR Technical Problems

Posted on 01/31/2010 11:33:33 AM PST by Minn

Is it just me, or have FR's servers had a real tough week?


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To: DJ MacWoW

Whatever you are investing yourself in something totally unnecessary and just so totally unimportant.

On the other hand FR is back and we banter back an forth about something trivial.

Yeah!!!

Post on.


51 posted on 01/31/2010 1:22:44 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome
I wasn't the one knocking FR. You were. Your post 13: I know of no other site that has as many problems as FR.

Have a nice day.

52 posted on 01/31/2010 1:26:44 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Who was knocking FR? You didn’t care for my junkie comparison?

LOL

PS Have a nice day.


53 posted on 01/31/2010 1:28:25 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Magic Fingers
Could it be a Donk on the lose?
54 posted on 01/31/2010 1:43:13 PM PST by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Minn

I don’t know where you heard the rumor that half of FR’s servers are purposely brought off line during Freepathons to drum up donations. That is totally untrue.


55 posted on 01/31/2010 1:46:08 PM PST by sportutegrl (I was for Sarah Palin before being for Sarah was cool.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“FR gets a LOT of traffic and is also attacked by the left. There are alternate sites to go to that get actual news about what’s happening when we’re down rather than inferring something dishonest.”

Not that I owe you an explanation, but since you appear to be so emotionally invested in “protecting” FR, know that FR is by far my favorite site. FR has also had a LOT of time to adjust. “Inferring something dishonest”...? I have no idea what you’re talking about. To quote another poster: “get over yourself”.


56 posted on 01/31/2010 1:47:56 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: ANGGAPO

“Could it be a Donk on the lose?”

Hmmm...couldn’t rule it out.


57 posted on 01/31/2010 1:48:53 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: All
Average Load Time for Freerepublic.com

Fast (1.582 Seconds), 69% of sites are slower.

Seems to be an excellemt average to me...

58 posted on 01/31/2010 1:54:44 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: Magic Fingers; Jim Robinson
FR has also had a LOT of time to adjust.

Adjust to what? Losing a server this week and finding there's a problem? I've read posts by Jim Robinson and John and there is a problem they're having difficulty tracing after a server went down.

Post 21 Thursday, January 21, 2010 10:02:19 PM by John Robinson

Jim Rob 1 and 4 Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:36 pm

Transparency? Not trying to hide anything. The system is down. We don't know what brought it down. If we did, it wouldn't be down. What ever caused our system to crash a week or so ago apparently has crashed it again. First one server gets swamped and goes down, we route around it, then another swamps and goes down, we route around it, etc, etc. We clear the log jams and sometimes have to remotely reboot some of the servers and we finally got everything up and running again on all cylinders and all looks great for awhile. Now it appears to have happened again. We didn't find anything physically wrong with the hardware or software last time. Don't know why it crashed. We didn't feel like we should replace the whole shooting match, don't have the financial wherewithal to do that anyway, and we also do not have the financial wherewithal to reproduce the whole dmn system somewhere else as a standby. Don't know if that would solve the problem anyway. We've had systems problems many times over the last thirteen years and have always managed to eventually isolate the buggy components and overcome the problems. Also over the years our system has grown from running on one single server to running on a pair, then four and eventually requiring nearly a dozen. A couple of years ago we purchased three new servers each having twice or more the cpu power and capacity of some of the older ones, so we took several of the old ones out of service. When you have a large complex multi-processor system handling millions of transactions per day from hundreds of thousands of simultaneous users over the internet you sometimes have problems. We do not have the resources of a large corporate entity. We have only one systems guy. One. John. He takes care of all the hardware, software, programming, maintenance, networking, contracting with services, suppliers, internet filings, everything. He's on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year and does one hell of a great job! I have complete faith and confidence in his abilities.

By the way, he also has to fight off the DOS attack kiddies that are always wanting to screw with us. And he does a helluva great job there too!

59 posted on 01/31/2010 2:01:44 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I’m beginning to suspect frequency interference from a certain Kinko’s in Waco, Texas. Not sure, but I’m just sayin’...


60 posted on 01/31/2010 2:08:02 PM PST by centurion316
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To: centurion316

What a coincidence, I’ve been to a Kinko’s!


61 posted on 01/31/2010 2:11:59 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“Adjust to what? Losing a server this week and finding there’s a problem? I’ve read posts by Jim Robinson and John and there is a problem they’re having difficulty tracing after a server went down.”

Looks like you’ve been here since 2000 (as have I, and I was lurking long before that). Having a server problem “this week” is hardly the issue. Jim Rob and Co. do a fantastic job under the circumstances. It’s just unfortunate that it appears that (based on experience to date) the more successful the site becomes the more unreliable it will be.


62 posted on 01/31/2010 2:17:45 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: centurion316

*gasp* You haven’t heard? Kinkos has a new “front” group, some have become FedEx Office, unleashed on an unsuspecting peoples!


63 posted on 01/31/2010 2:18:48 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Minn
FR is in the worst technical shape I've seen it. Haven't been able to get to the site, spell check does not work, sometimes a new thread about to be posted will just disappear.
64 posted on 01/31/2010 2:21:59 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: combat_boots
"A bolshevik plot....taken straight out of the book."

That could be a big part of it. DOS kiddies like to screw with us.

By the way, for those who are wondering about FR's hardware, my understanding is that we have about a dozen servers at the data center. About half of them are dedicated to handling Free Republic back-end processing. We also have a couple front-end servers directing the traffic and balancing the load, a couple database servers, an administrative server, a secure server, and a real-time database backup server. We have two main IP's, one as a standby if the first goes down. We also have some older servers that John uses for backup and development.

Theoretically, we have a fail-safe system. The "fail" seems to be working great, now we're working on perfecting the "safe" part.

It appears that our current series of crashes have to do with our traffic load. It appears that our servers begin overloading and first one crashes (by becoming completely jammed and failing to respond) then the next, and the next, etc, until the entire system and all backups fail to respond. That's when we have to start rebooting. And we've had some problems recently with our rebooting process.

We do not know yet why we are overloading. We have been able to handle several times our normal load with no problem. We do not rule out DOS attack, but cannot find anything in the logs to identify it. John will continue trying to isolate the problem, but we do not feel at this time that it is for a lack of server power.

All I can say is, please bear with us. We've experienced these kinds of systems problems before whether hardware, software, balancing or Bolshevik, and have always been able to work through or around them eventually.

God willing, we will persevere!

65 posted on 01/31/2010 2:24:37 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Join the TEA Party Rebellion!! May God and TEA save the Republic!!)
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To: Magic Fingers
It’s just unfortunate that it appears that (based on experience to date) the more successful the site becomes the more unreliable it will be.

Man isn't that the truth! It seems we can't keep up with traffic. I guess there's a price to pay for being the pulse of the Conservatives.

66 posted on 01/31/2010 2:26:54 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mylife

When FR goes down, I go into withdrawal-no other fix helps.LOL.


67 posted on 01/31/2010 2:27:10 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for the info.


68 posted on 01/31/2010 2:29:24 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Jim Robinson
We do not rule out DOS attack, but cannot find anything in the logs to identify it.

If source of interference not identified quickly, then there probably needs to be raw packet inspection at the router/switch level. Cisco or other network engineers could make short work of that.

69 posted on 01/31/2010 2:34:01 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: greeneyes

Drudge works for about 10 minutes and then I have consumed it all and have no one to complain too LoL.

My favorite thing about FR is the commentary and feedback regarding the news.

Life used to suck before FR. I would be yelling at the TV and scaring the women and children LoL
With FR, there is always someone who immediately calls BS on the same lie that I just saw in the news, And better yet...There is always someone who can ADD more insight to the situation.

The Dan Rather smear campaign against GWB comes to mind.
Immediately someone says “Hey! That font didn’t exist in 1972” And I think “hey! Thats right! Back then we used specific typewriter fonts in the military. We used Courier pitch 10 or OCR”

Then someone says that’s a polytononic font.. and I think whats that?

We have SO many wonderful people here in so many fields.
Its those people that really make FR what it is.


70 posted on 01/31/2010 2:43:44 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: mylife

Yeh, I stumbled across FR during the Clinton years-only way I was able to keep sanity in the home.LOL

I lurked for quite a while. I was online the night that FR discovered RatherGate forgery-That is one of the best times in my memory.LOL

When I hear something in the news, I always turn to FR to find out more. It is a great site.


71 posted on 01/31/2010 3:17:56 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank you, Jim.

Anyone posting here under a screen name has to know that every post is read into a database for the 0bots to search and scan for any opportunity to attack and attack again.

You can just picture these people, who are probably stuck in some adolescent anti-parent mode, peculiarly slavish to the freedom-quashing efforts and dissent-smashing tripe that attaches itself to all who work under the terms of the present administration.

After all, Nazi was ‘merely’ a political party at first.

Besides, we don’t get the face-to-face smackdown opportunities with nose-in-the-air types like Huffington and Krugman, who no doubt simply have their security goons pick off their opposition.

Anyone reading this who does not understand that we’ll all be called to stand for freedom now or get on our knees for crumbs has no clue about the fight.

I’m rather fond of the perverted screen name profiles on other sites that have this moniker. Someone out there gets a hard on for me every once in awhile.

Me, I just wish FR could be paid for the pearls that pop up on here, since I know for a fact they’re used.

I am Joe Wilson, plumber at large.


72 posted on 01/31/2010 3:42:09 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Minn

I don’t know — did you have a tough week too?


73 posted on 01/31/2010 5:29:44 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Keith in Iowa
It’s hugh. Series even. Worse than when the moose bit my sister - but, if you go take a shower and come back after a while, all will be well, but only if you’re logged on.

I think you covered it all in just that one post.

I'm pretty impressed.

74 posted on 01/31/2010 5:33:17 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: Vendome; Magic Fingers; mylife

You are ungrateful wretches and cads. You make use of the guys’ forum to spout your own half-baked ideas, and then insult them when there is a problem, which I am sure they are working as fast as they can to resolve. How about a little support and appreciation instead of witless cheap shots?


75 posted on 02/01/2010 6:15:40 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia; Vendome; mylife

“Ungrateful wretches and cads”? I support this forum financially to the best of my ability and I want it to work. Up yours.


76 posted on 02/01/2010 7:07:20 AM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: La Lydia

What are you talking about?


77 posted on 02/01/2010 5:10:29 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim,

I had no idea how hard John has to work to keep FR up and running!

Maybe we should all chip in and buy him a Superman cape!

Thank You for FR!

Randy


78 posted on 02/01/2010 5:30:59 PM PST by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: ozarkgirl; Keith in Iowa
...if you’re logged on.


79 posted on 02/03/2010 12:33:24 AM PST by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: combat_boots

Now that was a funny post!

LOL

Post on.


80 posted on 02/03/2010 8:52:30 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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