February 09, 2001
What happened to the reports?
Alas my Fernie page has become too popular for its own good. In January
of 2001 it had over 55,000 visits, served up almost 210,000
pages, transmitting over 9 gigabytes of data. The machine doing this
is a 266 MHz Pentium II running Linux and sitting in a friends home
in Calgary. Alas his Shaw small business account was never meant for
these volumes and the Shaw cyber cops finally came calling.
In order to protect his account I have redirected requests back to one of the
servers in my house. However I am concerned about the load that this could put on
the link into the valley, particularly at peak times, so I have suspended the reports
for the time being.
My in box is jammed with supportative email messages, many offering help.
I am absolutely overwhelmed by this and certainly very flattered, but I will need
a few days to consider my options.
Long term readers will know it is about time for my annual threats to quit or cut
back and this could be the perfect opportunity.
Probably the most frequent suggestions are to implement some form of ads or
subscription service, but frankly that all smells more like a job rather
than a hobby. If it came to that, I think I would rather just try and fund it myself.
I do appreciate the suggestions though.