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Traffic Troubles Impact Big QB Sites
(5/24/2001) Jorden Chamid provides insight to V Planet as to why Future Software and QBasicNews.com are having technical difficulties.
Correction: QBasicNews.com and Future Software Jorden Chamid read V Planet's article on May 25, and commented that there is an error in the article. Specifically this was written:
"We are not down because we surpassed the 27 GB download limit. It's the second weekend we're suspended from the network, without any of the administrators notifying me. I have reported this to the helpdesk, so at least monday afternoon we should be back online.
"They have no right to suspend me without letting me know, and this happened last weekend. I told the helpdesk, and they told me it wouldn't happen again. It happened again, and I don't know why it is. Previously, it was because of a script taking up too much processor time...but this script was removed by me so that shouldn't be the reason. Also, it isn't because of that download-limit...I still had a few GIGs to go, and we wouldn't get kicked off...I would just have to pay $12/extra gig downloads.
"-Jorden (unlucky in webhosting)"
In search of accurate informatinn, it's always a little upsetting when V Planet jumps the gun. It's particularly upsetting this time because I (the Editor in chief) made the mistake. Sorry, Jorden :P Now back to the rest of the article!
Site5.com, the current virtual server host for Jorden Chamid's sites, is currently paid by Jorden to host Future Software and QBasicNews.com through the WebExec plan, the most expensive and powerful service that the California-based technology company has to offer. The WebExec plan used by Future Software and QBasicNews.com offers 600 MB of wespace, a monthly transfer rate of 27 GB, 99.5% Network Uptime, and guaranteed 99.5% Uptime, considering that the monthly transfer rate isn't surpassed.
To compensate for the impact, Jorden has been receiving support from other QB webmasters who are willing to shell out some webspace to house some of Future Software's downloads, a major source of site traffic. As for the remainder of the month, other QB news sites and discussion boards like NeoZones Productions and NeoBasic have been picking up the slack during Future Software and QBasicNews.com's resting periods.
Another thing to note is that the first contest held at qbcontest.qb45.com is probably the biggest victim of the site traffic incident. The site downtime has reduced the amount of time the site has had to accept entries for it's screensaver contest. Thankfully, many entries have been received by Doctor Slush, the person in charge of the contest. With entries from webmasters from many different big QB sites (including an entry from V Planet), it will be interesting to see how the contest turns out. When Future Software is back at 100%, that'll be the first place I go to to check out the winners and some of the entries there.
Article by Vance Velez, Editor