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Is Free Republic under attack? (Updates at #72 and #80)
Rolf

Posted on 02/01/2010 5:56:30 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

If this issue has already been addressed; my apology. I did a search for the subject, but found nothing.

Is anyone else having problems accessing Free Republic lately? Ever since the SOTU address, it's been almost impossible to access the site. Usually, I just get sent back to my orginal website instantly. At other times, after a several minute delay, I'll get a "connection could not be made/server proxy error; site down for maintenance or heavy traffic.

I don't think it's a problem with my computer because I can get to any other site in a snap.


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1 posted on 02/01/2010 5:56:41 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY; admin

Really, really slooooooow lately.


2 posted on 02/01/2010 6:04:55 AM PST by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Same here. It’s been difficult getting and navigating once I got on ever sionce the day after the SOTU. Particularly slow this morning.


3 posted on 02/01/2010 6:05:02 AM PST by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Yep, same problem here.


4 posted on 02/01/2010 6:05:41 AM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Been getting 502 bod proxy errors.


5 posted on 02/01/2010 6:06:14 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (O)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

I got an error message similar to yours several times during a half hour last Friday.


6 posted on 02/01/2010 6:06:42 AM PST by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
I am having problems also. Maybe big brother.
7 posted on 02/01/2010 6:06:51 AM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

I would answer yes, but it rarely connects long enough to post a reply.

Can you see me now?


8 posted on 02/01/2010 6:06:59 AM PST by listenhillary (FU Cass Sunstein - You are the embodiment of evil)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Same boat here


9 posted on 02/01/2010 6:07:22 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Ditto, here.


10 posted on 02/01/2010 6:07:22 AM PST by stboz
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Just posting this agreement took forever.


11 posted on 02/01/2010 6:07:47 AM PST by adc (Rush '12All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently oppos)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Unable to access for the past couple of hours. Even now it is sluggish.


12 posted on 02/01/2010 6:07:47 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Yep, slower than Obama figuring out that America hates his policies....


13 posted on 02/01/2010 6:07:56 AM PST by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

It’s your fault, Rolf.
Your donation check bounced.

;o)


14 posted on 02/01/2010 6:08:18 AM PST by ozark hilljilly
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

OUR BEEBERS ARE STUNED!


15 posted on 02/01/2010 6:08:23 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Same here


16 posted on 02/01/2010 6:08:32 AM PST by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: stboz

Couldn’t get here for three hours yesterday. Did other stuff.


17 posted on 02/01/2010 6:08:49 AM PST by Luke21 ("Why would I want to be the leader of a party of such a**holes?....” John McCain)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

traceroute and ping to freerepublic.com times seem about normal so I suspect it is not a DOS attack.

I would guess the web server application is in need of some nursing.


18 posted on 02/01/2010 6:09:06 AM PST by soycd
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

same here....I just got back on and was going to post a vanity post to say the same thing.

we are either under attack, or Jim ‘Thompson’ needs to upgrade his servers.


19 posted on 02/01/2010 6:09:08 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

It’s been since before the SOTU address. I’ve had intermittent problems for at least a week or two before that.


20 posted on 02/01/2010 6:09:40 AM PST by bcsco (Obama is the navel of his own universe.)
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To: Clyde5445

Same here in New Mexico, poster in West Virginia told me he could not get in either.


21 posted on 02/01/2010 6:10:06 AM PST by Concho
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Your not alone. There’s a major problem here with access.


22 posted on 02/01/2010 6:10:34 AM PST by Patrioticdale
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To: nhwingut

I just logged in with no problem.....yesterday, however, there was an hour or so where FR wouldn’t load.


23 posted on 02/01/2010 6:10:34 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Yes there is a problem,very slow connection, pages loading slowly, just getting to post this may not happen. I have noticed this intermittently the last several days. I have no problems at other sites


24 posted on 02/01/2010 6:10:38 AM PST by PoloSec (Note to Princess B H Obama: May PISS be Upon Mohammads Head...You Pervert)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY; Jim Robinson
FR Technical Problems

Jim's Post 65

"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!

25 posted on 02/01/2010 6:10:44 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Me too. It is an honor though to be worthy of attack.


26 posted on 02/01/2010 6:10:44 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Mmm.. fine in the UK, but I did get my login disabled for no reason I know of.


27 posted on 02/01/2010 6:12:02 AM PST by vimto (To do the right thing you don't have to be intelligent - you have to be brave (Sasz))
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Try this site next time:

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/


28 posted on 02/01/2010 6:13:35 AM PST by occamrzr06
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Are you logged in?


29 posted on 02/01/2010 6:13:35 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: DJ MacWoW

Thank you


30 posted on 02/01/2010 6:17:00 AM PST by listenhillary (FU Cass Sunstein - You are the embodiment of evil)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

I’ve suspected this for a couple days now. I have a huge pipe and when I cant bring a webpage up in less than a second or so its down. Dont know if a DOS attack by running or something more sinister.

One other thing, you have to watch clicking on links. I forget what link I clicked on but all my bells and whistles went off and the site was denied access by my firewall. I did a scan and nothing entered the system but how many folks run tight security?


31 posted on 02/01/2010 6:17:26 AM PST by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

directly and/or indirectly—bigbromofo at the bottom every woodpile!!!!!!


32 posted on 02/01/2010 6:17:45 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: Luke21
Couldn’t get here for three hours yesterday. Did other stuff.

There's "other stuff"?

33 posted on 02/01/2010 6:17:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We have the 1st so that we can call on people to rebel. We have 2nd so that they can.)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

The commies don’t like free speach. It must be stopped in any way necessary.


34 posted on 02/01/2010 6:18:18 AM PST by No Socialist
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
Ever since the SOTU address, it's been almost impossible to access the site

~rolling my eyes~

35 posted on 02/01/2010 6:18:40 AM PST by jla
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To: listenhillary

You’re welcome. Post 59 on that thread also has a reposted message and info.


36 posted on 02/01/2010 6:20:51 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

I opened my browser this morning and nothing. This has been happening for a week. I keep thinking my router is faulty but other sites work.

FR is my startpage, so it can be confusing


37 posted on 02/01/2010 6:23:25 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

It is not FR/Jim’s fault.

All postings per SecurityFrauMarshal Jhanet Napalitano go through various agency servers. That is what is slowing up everything. Now that the weekend is over the FBI/CIA/DHS, their I.T. guys will sort it out by March, July at the latest.


38 posted on 02/01/2010 6:23:49 AM PST by Leisler (We are in the best of hands)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

You can go to this site for updates and explanations when FR is slow or down...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freerepublic2/

Especially look for posts by “jimrob”.


39 posted on 02/01/2010 6:27:33 AM PST by deks
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To: DJ MacWoW

Jim Robinson Industries needs to charge everyone a dollar just because we’re annoying whiners.

lol.


40 posted on 02/01/2010 6:29:38 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY; Admin Moderator

Same here, frustrating!


41 posted on 02/01/2010 6:31:10 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Yep. Been getting “proxy errors”.


42 posted on 02/01/2010 6:31:37 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: jla
~rolling my eyes~

Indeed.

43 posted on 02/01/2010 6:31:50 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

I am glad that I saw this. I was about to un-install/re-install my Firefox browser. Yesterday, I couldn’t even log on to the main address. I at least feel better knowing I wasn’t the only one having problems.


44 posted on 02/01/2010 6:32:27 AM PST by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: Leisler

After careful analysis I have concluded that this is Bush’s fault...


45 posted on 02/01/2010 6:32:51 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: GeronL
Hee hee hee.

We must be hurting Obama IF it is a DOS attack. I know the left would like to silence FR.

46 posted on 02/01/2010 6:33:43 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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Did you just say that when I post to FR, I’m posting through homeland security’s office first?

That would be news to me.


47 posted on 02/01/2010 6:34:33 AM PST by 240B (he is doing everything he said he would'nt and not doing what he said he would)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

BUSH’S FAULT


48 posted on 02/01/2010 6:34:34 AM PST by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Yep, here in Dallas, Texas having issues opening the site for the past couple of weeks.


49 posted on 02/01/2010 6:34:34 AM PST by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

I notice when Free Republic wont load, and also gun forums wont load, that it seems to be hung up on Googleanalytics. Site pages wont load and pictures of guns wont load here, it is always hung up on googleanalytics.


50 posted on 02/01/2010 6:37:47 AM PST by Concho
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