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WARNING: TR site weirdness planned for Wed. June 28

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
Just a heads up to all the hardcore TechRepublic fanatics out there. We're going to briefly shut down our global user authentication system for maintenance on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Pacific Time.

This shutdown may or may not affect any TR feature that requires a member to log in (posting, editing, visiting restricted forums, viewing customized feeds such as Posts From My Contacts, updating profiles, saving items, subscribing to alerts, or modifying newsletter subscriptions). It may also cause unanticipated weirdness, so expect the unexpected.

If stuff is still screwy on Thursday morning, send up a flare.


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Logged on about 12:20 EDT and keep being redirected.

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Is it fixed now?

Generally speaking I have very few problems but so far today, the only consistency I am seeing is the fact that today TR is being completely inconsistent. Quite frustrating to deal with because any solution you try on one problem does not work on the next problem of a similar nature.

Do not take this as a complaint but as a comment which I hope is constructive in nature. I realize you guys are doing your best under trying circumstances and will reitterate a previous suggestion of mine. Maybe the time has come to shut down completely for 24 - 48 hours, clean everything out, reformat and reinstall everything from scratch. Of course you would only do this after you have thoroughly debugged everything.

Yes a lot of discussions will be terminated along with a lot of other stuff but it can be and will be restarted if people are sufficiently interested in a topic. In the process you can delete any function not being used adequately enough to justify retaining it and add all the enhancement you wish. No, I'm not making the suggestion you expect me to make and will only say it would be nice if you saw fit to add it, sooner rather than later.

I know my suggestion will cause screams of outrage at you but aren't you getting those now??? How much worse could it get???

Hope you're able to fix it soon.

Dawg ]:)

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6:30pm EDT and maybe some

by j.lupo In reply to Logged on about 12:20 EDT ...

functionality. I tried to post at 5:30 but it died and wouldn't let me. So we will see if this does.

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It literally took about 15 minutes

by OnTheRopes In reply to WARNING: TR site weirdnes ...

for me to finally get here so I could tell you it took 15 minutes to get here.

I'm getting, "The page you've requested cannot be found" almost everywhere I go. If a page does load I usually can't go anywhere else.

I can't get into My Discussions or my Tech Q&A.

The Discussions page displays only about an inch down.

I'll be surprised if Submit My Comments works.

Other than not being able to go anywhere on-site I love all of the improvements. Keep up the good work.


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We apologize for the problems

by debuggist Staff In reply to It literally took about 1 ...

We've been working on this most of the day and believe we have narrowed it down to a networking issue.

We also have a code fix for a problem with application startup, but we don't want to try too many things at once.

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You guys are on it

by OnTheRopes In reply to We apologize for the prob ...

that's all that matters.
For what it's worth, some of my glitches have disappeared. Print function works now, I can get into My Discussion and My Tech Q&A. Still have intermittent page not found items but it's definitely better. I'll quit buggin you and let you do your thing.


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6/29 7:35 p.m.

by Tig2 In reply to You guys are on it

Well it is better- I can get beyond the front page. From approximately 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 when I left to train, I could not get anywhere at all.

I know that you guys are on it, just thought I would let you now what I was seeing.

You need a more creative 404 page...

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Unless there is a networking problem between the app server and the database, or the app server and the SAN/NAS, or are experiencing a massive, internally isolated DDoS, I think you are barking up the wrong tree here.

* Your app server is slow to transfer data, yet your ping rate is good. Therefore there are no entworking problems between your app server and the outside world.

* The app server is frequently dishing out partial pages, and sometimes not giving up anything at all. This means that either the app server is jammed up, or it is waiting for data from either a database (the DB being messed up) or some external files (the SAN/NAS).

* Since images and CSS never fails to load, we can rule out the SAN/NAS.

Therefore, the problem resides in one of the following places:

* App server mangled.
* DB server mangled.

However, the app server is giving out the "Page not found" errors just fine.

So the slowdown is either in the processing of pages themselves on the app server, the connection to the DB, or on the DB server itself.

The problem is downright intermittant. This smells like a software problem.


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You have a good nose

by debuggist Staff In reply to "Networking"?

But we had to rule out error messages that, on the surface, indicate a network issue.

To clarify, a network issue was never suspected between the user and webservers or between appservers and SAN/NAS.

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by Justin James Contributor In reply to You have a good nose

Doug -

Thanks! My nose is highly refined to these types of problems...

I would be more than happy to lend a hand with any of this stuff. As it is, I send a lot of bug reports to Peter.


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8:09 p.m.

by Tig2 In reply to WARNING: TR site weirdnes ...

Don't know that this will get through but whatever God is in your machine, He has not been appeased.

Thought I would let you know.


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