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Posted almost 14 years ago

I'm not sure if you noticed it at all, but Good-Tutorials was down for a few hours last Thursday or Friday, keeping in line with the regular tradition of going down when I happen to be away from my normal work machines and connection (this last downtime was fixed on a 10 year old machine running Windows 98 using AOL 6.0 over dialup).

Anyway, a temporary fix was slapped on until I could get to a more up-to-date environment. After a couple days of investigating and optimizing, I'm feeling a whole lot better about performance, resource usage, and overall stability, so hopefully this sort of downtime will become even less frequent into the future. There aren't any shiny new features for you to play with right now, but there is a lot going into the site behind the scenes nonetheless. Changes all around, really- code, database, web server, application server, OS, and so on. Good-Tutorials is increasingly becoming more popular (which is great), but scalability is always a major concern, although hopefully the worse is behind us.

However, I've done enough of this sort of thing to always be wary of the one-in-a-million chance happenings that, well, can happen, so if you notice any bugs please let me know so I can get on them as soon as possible.

There's also a chance that I might be rocking some DNS changes by the end of the week or the end of next week: by all accounts this should really be unnoticeable in regard to accessing good-tutorials.com, but there's a chance that a handful of emails might be missed. If you email me and don't get a prompt response, by all means resend it, just in case it did get lost in the move. Along those lines, there's a chance I might be moving to a new email address, too, although I'll definitely have a grace period for the old account. I'll keep you in the loop if there's anything amiss.

Thanks for bearing with me through all of this!

avatarLevelDesign almost 14 years ago

cool man

avatarxiao almost 14 years ago

Are you planning to implement 'most searched tutorials' again?

avatarholman (administrator and creator)almost 14 years ago

In the past I did do a sort of top search queries. The current system isn't set up to handle that as well as before, but I'll look into seeing what I can do when I revamp the search functionality (which hopefully will be soon).

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