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Chris Pollock

Chris Pollock - web developer & ecommerce entrepreneur
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Pattern Tap: We dig Jay because we got Dugg and not buried

On Sunday, August 10, one week ago, we experienced our first hit from Digg.  We had talked about the possibility of being Dugg but were by no means prepared for what that meant.  On our biggest day previous to this we saw a max of around 9k visitors.  Looking at the graph below you can see we far exceeded that topping out at almost 50k visitors on that one day.

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So what.. people get dugg all the time, what's the big whip?  Well, currently PT is sitting on a shared virtual host with only 256MB of RAM.  This hit should of sent our server home crying and returning all sorts of "sorry, we were not prepared for you" types of errors.

However, thanks to the good foresight of our kung fu server master, Jay Janssen, the server did not come grinding to halt, but continued to gracefully serve pages as the onslaught of visitors continued.  Jay is a mysql guru who works for Yahoo!  (he's also a good friend and my roommate from R.I.T.).

The secret sauce was lighttp, a server component that allows you to bypass apache for non dynamic requests (e.g. jpg, js, css files).  See the graph below and you can see what lighttp did for us as the requests/sec. continued to mount.  lighttp skyrocket up to 110 req/sec. while apache laid low.

p4.sl1.simupt.com-lighttpd_rb-day

Long story short, apache would have never been able to handle 110 req/sec on our current configuration and our site would have been dugg and buried.

Kudos to Jay for his great work on keeping Pattern Tap alive and well.

You can find out more about Jay and his server kung fu at: http://mysqlguy.net/

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There’s the verse that says “love covers a multitude of sins”, well... so does snow:grimacing::flushed::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:. #mudseason #nograssagain #lifewithboysMicah’s been working on his beard. It’s filling in quite nicely!! #mountainman #lifewithboys #11yearoldswithbeardsSick day for Lucas and therefore the rest of us. It’s nice though to have the windows open!!What a difference a haircut makes! Spock to Simon. #beforeandafter #spockhair #haircut #shearingmysheepCelebrating Chinese New Year with a friend (a little early) with some treats straight from Beijing! Yummy!This greeted me this morning. :heart_eyes: #lifewithboys #ivalentinesdayPhotoApparently my read aloud book was riveting to this guy:yum:. The rest of us enjoyed it though. A historical fiction account of Tyndale’s life by Scott O’Dell. #thehawkthatcouldnothuntbyday #readaloud #historicalfictionPhotoThe current favorite face of the house! It’s a cute one!! #puppylifeYour future pilot :man:‍:airplane:Agamemnon, Menelaus and a reluctant general.History actors take a bowSnow Dog!Camo mom working on her next project.