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Offline Aunt Bee

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Bandwidth message today
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:28:28 PM »
Am I the only one who got a message that the podcast and forum had exceeded their bandwidth today.  I listened to part one of the winter garden podcast this morning with no problem but when I tried to listen to part two, I got the error message.  I looked around but didn't see a comment from anyone else so I'm thinking maybe it was just me.  I've tried all day to get back on and this is the first time I've been able to but I am on a different computer too.

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 09:32:32 PM »
No, dont worry. You weren't the only one who saw that.
I was posting a pretty long post when it went down.  ::)
It's due to the fact that the whole site is being flooded by visitors to the point that it just couldn't handle it.  Which is kind of a cool problem. We're always glad to see folks checking us out, we just don't want stuff shutting down.
I emailed Jack and he got it back up.
No worries.

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 09:32:48 PM »
Nope.  When I woke up this afternoon & tried to login I got the same message.

We're back up & running now though so all is well. ;D


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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 09:36:16 PM »
And Thank God for it. I wasd going into DTs.  ;D

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 10:46:05 PM »
I also got the NO Bandwidith message.

Perhaps the forum needs a fall back location?

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2008, 12:18:37 AM »
I got a no Bandwidth response also

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008, 05:37:45 AM »
Probably just outgrew the amount he was paying for or the amount he's set aside on his own servers.  Happens when you become too popular :)

(That'll teach ya, Jack!)

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2008, 07:26:46 AM »
This is a good problem to have  ;D Nothing worse then paying for bandwidth and not using it.

Jack did you double it again?

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2008, 08:45:48 AM »
If a bandwidth problem means a flood of visitors to the site, I wonder how many hits a day the site gets?  Anyone know? 

What about trends in the number of hits?  I'm guessing there's spike on that graph.


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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2008, 02:01:03 PM »
I explained it on today's show but here it is in a nutshell. 

When I started I just used one of my hosting accounts and never thought the show would take off like it did.  I have since had to buy extra bandwidth to keep up, of course when I went on the road for two days it caught up with me.  I added another 50 gigs to the monthly allocation and I think we are good now.

The forum and the site itself is only accounting for a small fraction of the bandwidth used it is the big audio file that really hit it.  Each show (in the older format) was about 8-10 mb and when that is downloaded 2-3 thousand times a day, well, it adds up fast.

So I got a dedicated audio server about 10 days ago and have been doing even higher quality recordings now with it.  The issue though is only the new shows are going there and with 3/4ths of a month on the old server coupled with the new people that go download all the old shows when they first find the site it just went over my allocation. 

With the dedicated audio server and my new set up we should not have any more problems.  Had I understood how this site was going to take off I would have set up a dedicated audio server from day one.  So I plan on training my wife on moving the files and redoing the embeds one at a time and eventually moving each of the old shows to the new dedicated server.  This will take time but with all new audio on the new server and all the text etc on the old one we should be good to go from now on.

The audio server holds the shows and just serves them on this domain, just in case you are curious the new shows are all stored in this directory, http://survivalpodcast.net/audio/

With the exception of  introone-ed.mp3  (which was used for testing) all of these most recent shows are much higher quality audio then they were even a month ago.  I hope the improvement has been worth the headaches (to both me and ya'll)

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2008, 02:12:12 PM »
Thanks for the update.  I hoped it was growing pains. 

I've been trying to catch up on the podcasts on my days off while cleaning house and I did get to hear one before it went down.  The list on the audio link is nice because I've been having to hit previous repeatedly to get to the first shows.  I may be missing it but I haven't found a list of links to them.

Keep up the good work...we appreciate it!

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2008, 02:16:23 PM »
The best consolidated list of all the shows would be the blogs feed at

http://feeds.feedburner.com/survivalpcast

They are in order from newest to oldest.

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Re: Bandwidth message today
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2008, 02:37:46 PM »
Thanks!