Server Issues

Update 2:

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Currently have 3 support tickets open. Not a happy Dreamhost customer at the moment. Here’s what’s happened.

This blog has grown to the point where shared hosting is no longer a feasible option. On Friday, Dreamhost moved this site to a VPS with a scalable memory/processor option. Within 24 hours, I was maxed out at 2 Gigs of memory and the site was slow to the point where I could barely get on, nevermind update. I put in a support ticket and I got a quick response saying:

If you like I can try installing our process watcher (it runs on shared
hosting machines and will kill runaway processes you have). Bear in mind
though it’s not a fix (really you would want to find and disable
inefficient code or any loops you have that might be causing the resource
usage).

Since sending them an email to tell them to start the process watcher, the memory usage has doubled (before that it was using a measly 1.2Gigs of mem) and I’ve deactivated all wordpress plugins. I’ve sent in two more support tickets asking for help in trying to isolate what is causing all the memory usage and so far have received no help from them. My patience is starting to wear thin with their support. I’m currently looking for other hosting, dedicated or vps but I’m still concerned with the amount of memory being used by wordpress. It’s possible that there’s some rogue script that’s eating memory and perhaps a brand new install would work but I’m hoping to get some support from Dreamhost before I make that move.

If anybody has any suggestions, similar experiences, or Zoloft, send me an email at cc@cynical-c.com (email hasn’t had any problems).

Update:

Still having major problems with the site slowing down or not working at all. I’m trying to resolve it through my current host but I have the suspicion that the problem is that this blog has just outgrown what my current host (Dreamhost) is able to handle. If anybody has any suggestions for dedicated hosting that can handle a wordpress blog that gets over 10,000 hits a day, please email me at cc@cynical-c.com.

I’m having some problems with the server. I have a support ticket open and hopefully it’s only a minor hiccup.

Subterranean Fortress for Sale

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Good news everybody, the subterranean fortress house is for sale.

The Underground Fortress is an 8th wonder of the world! It is an unbelievable feat of engineering. The Fortress goes a total of 45 feet under the house! That is below sea level! The fortress has over 1600 sq. ft. of living area, plus hundreds of more square feet of passages and secrets rooms. It was all hand dug over a 20 year period, and all the walls were constructed with a small electric hand cement mixer. There are 3 ft concrete walls, using 5-bag cement (20% denser than regular cement). Not only are the walls thick and dense, but the finishing work is amazing quality. These walls keep it a constant 60F degrees year round.

Car Buying: 16 Tips to the Best Deal

Some of these might be helpful:

2) Before you talk to a salesperson, go look at cars on a day when the dealership is closed. Visit all of the dealers in the local area and jot down prices and features. If you have a digital camera take a close up of the options on the window sticker. This way you will know exactly what options a vehicle has when compared to another.

4) Visit the dealership late in the month. Depending on the state the dealership is in the dealer may have to pay a monthly floor tax on all vehicles on the lot at the beginning of the month. Sales managers are always game to move one more car at the end of the month. Plus, dealers (and salespeople) get incentives for the number of vehicles sold. We’ve all seen dealers proudly proclaim, ”We’re the highest volume dealer in the tri-state area!” There is more than bragging rights at stake for volume sellers.

Car Buying: 16 Tips to the Best Deal

Some of these might be helpful:

2) Before you talk to a salesperson, go look at cars on a day when the dealership is closed. Visit all of the dealers in the local area and jot down prices and features. If you have a digital camera take a close up of the options on the window sticker. This way you will know exactly what options a vehicle has when compared to another.

4) Visit the dealership late in the month. Depending on the state the dealership is in the dealer may have to pay a monthly floor tax on all vehicles on the lot at the beginning of the month. Sales managers are always game to move one more car at the end of the month. Plus, dealers (and salespeople) get incentives for the number of vehicles sold. We’ve all seen dealers proudly proclaim, ”We’re the highest volume dealer in the tri-state area!” There is more than bragging rights at stake for volume sellers.

The World From An RC Airplane

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This web page is the culmination of the “A Day In The Life of AP – 1/1/2005” project. It was conceived and performed by members from around the world of the aerial photography forum on rcgroups.com. Each entrant for this project agreed to post a photograph taken on January 1, 2005 using their radio controlled aerial photography aircraft. Along with the photo was posted pertinent information such as location, weather, aircraft, camera and in most cases a description of the event. When the situation did not allow for an aerial photo, such as bad weather, a ground photo was allowed.