not coping with news traffic


Yesterday was the first day of counting in Ireland’s 2009 Local and European elections.

There will always be some spike in traffic to a news website around a big event such as an election. These are the most crucial times for a news site.

This is why a news site’s server should be prepared for unexpected traffic spikes. Unfortunately, (a good radio station) is down, presumably because of people trying to get up to date on the latest election news.

Tip to Newstalk: beef up your server and check your Apache settings 😉

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu – Early Access Release

By Eoin on 6 June 2009.

Chrome on Ubuntu

At the time of writing, Google have released the very first Chrome-branded browser on Linux (in my case Ubuntu).

To install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, follow this download information link.

As the Chromium blog states:

… whatever you do, please DON’T DOWNLOAD THEM!

From what I understand, this current release of Google Chrome on Ubuntu is basically a branded version of the Chromium browser which is in pre-alpha stage for the Linux platform.

Go ahead and install it for the fun of it. You won’t even have a Flash plugin for the browser yet, but it’s being constantly updated.

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Google Wave will modularise and simplify!

By Eoin on 29 May 2009.

Google Wave

Technologizer asked about the newly announced Google Wave whether the application is bloatware.

Screenshots show a service […] less an example of Google-esque minimalism and more like a Microsoft app that’s been through a few versions and is shoehorning stuff in.

Good point. Google Wave is a complicated application.

Wave has “Spelly” which is a context-sensitive spell checker based on existing text found in Google index of the web.

Wave lets you collaboratively edit in real time, which was the most difficult feature for them to develop.

It’s trying to do many things. The idea of Wave was probably interesting in the beginning, but as development went one they realised they needed to solve more problems.

But Google Wave will get simpler by necessity. It has “amazing potential” according to its authors, but so does Twitter. While building an Irish dictionary application I realised just how important it is to keep thing simple, stupid.

Update: Storm Alert blog reviews Wave’s internal architecture, and points to some major concerns of over complexity of the design of the system which will have to be worked on to help the maintainability of the overall system.

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