MANY CHANGES were quietly made over the past few days and nothing was said about them, so here is a quick rundown.
- The site was taken offline a few times last week because it had overloaded the server, exceeding 300 SQL queries/second at times. We resolved this by finally upgrading the software and then enabling server/CMS cache, which may rid us of reliance on CDNs like CORAL. Super cache seems like a future possibility too, but the switchover to it would require flushing all the existing cache and thus put the server at risk, at least temporarily.
- Page templates were trimmed down somewhat and subsequent benchmarks (keeping an eye on server utility) were used to ensure the site behaves less unexpectedly, i.e. even loads. We still plan to add plugins and experiment further with content management. Past material is still too hard to navigate through.
- A secondary IRC channel was created to accommodate chats that are less on topic. The address is
- Some readers already know that we are building a Wiki in which we intend to organise a lot of the material already assembled and presented in this Web log that contains external references. The plan is to manage things in indexes — by topic, time, name, etc. pretty much like SourceWatch but not quite for politics. In the past, anyone could edit the Wiki pages anonymously, but at a later stage spammers began striking, so we now require that people register with the Wiki in order to edit.
Any general suggestions on how to improve the Web site? Many such ideas generally come from readers, for example the daily links, the IRC channels, increased focus on Microsoft, the Wiki and so forth. These were all suggestions from readers and occasional contributors. █