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TechSpot is very slow today! 8/6/09

By Bobbye
Aug 6, 2009
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  1. Is anyone else having this problem? All my other sites are working find but delays here are pushing 1-2 minutes, with occasional 'server broke connection.'

    It was a bit slow yesterday, not as bad as today. Can't pin it down to any specific feature or function here.

    EDIT: the wait goes like this:
    Waiting
    Connected
    Waiting
    Transferring
    Done

    with time in between each.
     
  2. Kcircyrd

    Kcircyrd TS Rookie Posts: 316

    We noticed the slowness as well, but thought it was because we were out of country, working on a relay.
     
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,356   +283

    At the moment is pretty snappy for me - I'll post back if this changes.
     
  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Same as Bobbye for me, I thought it was just on my end though. Guess not. It's been this way for several days for me.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    imo, it's the ad server access. I have good response times but have also placed
    the ad server domains into my hosts file :)
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Topic Starter Posts: 16,392   +36

    About 3 hours later-1:00EDT running fine right now. But these has been a general slowdown for the last few days.
     
  7. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 1,595

    I haven't noticed any issues myself.
     
  8. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    It's been slow for me too, I thought it was either too much traffic at the website, or our ISP.
     
  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,594   +352

    Thanks everyone for reporting back to us...

    I haven't noticed any glaring issues myself and this is the first report of generalized slowness we receive, though it seems it's not limited to a single user or location which makes it more alarming.

    Most recently we have made a couple of changes to the site's code, including an update to the ad code calls, so that could be it. I will appreciate if you can give me more details:

    1) Does it happen site-wide or only in the forum?
    2) Is there a particular spot where the page load slows down (e.g. before each ad is loaded, etc.)
    3) For how long have you been experiencing issues?
    4) Is the sluggishness constant or only sporadic?

    Thanks you guys!
     
  10. JayJatt

    JayJatt TS Rookie

    Fine for me
     
  11. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Topic Starter Posts: 16,392   +36

    After reading the paper this morning, I'm wondering if the slowdown was caused by the Denial of Service attacks on Twitter and to a lesser extent, Facebook.

    The entire Twitter site went down about 9AM Thursday, 8/6, the day I started this thread. Then the attack on Facebook later, not as extensive. Twitter was completely down for hours. I was almost back to normal mid-afternoon on Thursday.

    So a lot of servers were busy doing hacker work. Surely that could affect internet traffic to some extent. Why this site in particular might indicate where the servers are located.

    Julio, to answer your questions:
    1) Does it happen site-wide or only in the forum? It was site-wide
    2) Is there a particular spot where the page load slows down (e.g. before each ad is loaded, etc.) Any board feature.
    3) For how long have you been experiencing issues? It actually slowed down somewhat the day before.
    4) Is the sluggishness constant or only sporadic? Slowdown was constant during affected time periods.

    DOS possibility questioned here: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1914966,00.html
    Confirmed here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/aug/06/twitter-data-computer-security
     
     
  12. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I'm not having a problem today, everything is fine, as usual.
     


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