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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Speed Issues
I've been deluged with emails about myOtaku's speed. I empathize because it takes me like 15 minutes to load my own blog...

It might be because we're reading blog entries from our write server instead of our read server. It might be because we aren't capitalizing on our LAN connection between servers. It might be because of a few bothersome queries.

I'm confident we have the hardware to handle this load. We have three dedicated servers handling our network's traffic. And all three servers are monster-powerful.

Anyway, here's a list of some of the things I've been simultaneously working on. Since my hands are tied on the software side of the network, and since that's the side that's most important now, I'm kind of limited to what I can do with my time/energies:

* A couple much-needed improvements to theOtaku

* Two exciting side-projects (Art of Otaku was one of my mad scientist side-projects, and these two will be just as interesting)

* Working on a potentially breakthrough, secret deal related to Art of Otaku.

* Trying to teach myself object-oriented programming. Justin's been trying to convince me to learn this for some time. It's not only useful for network-stuff, I do a lot of Visual Basic programming (I'm an expert at it) for my day job.

* Editing my blogging essay, which I'm submitting soon for a global contest.

On another note, I think it's HILARIOUS that we've been getting so many AARP banner ads on the site.

While they might not be relevant at all to our content or audience, they're infinitely superior to the "punch the monkey" ads, so I'm fine with it.

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