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Working on the new SR

and the constant annoyance of technology. Ok, let me just rant for a minute. You have probably noted that parts of the site don't seem to work anymore. Particularly, the video upload, and until just now, the image upload, and including the weather data graphs on some platforms. These are technologies that worked great in 2006,2007,2008, and so on. But for some "unknown" reason, in 2009 and 2010, the browsers decided, in… View More

Destroying Spam, Spam, and more Spam

While we get slammed a lot for being optionally anonymous, which is actually one of the awesome things about SR, the consequence of it is just the magnitude of resources to deal with the growing spam problem. I can see why many sites go to requiring a FB login before posting anything -- it makes the process of submitting spam through a robot substantially harder for ne`er do-wells, and thus far more manageable for the site heroes.… View More

Now with a buglist!

StudentsReview is happy to announce that it finally has what other software companies have had for literally years. A buglist. Hopefully everyone should be seeing a marked improvement in site usability and fixed problems now that we have a more or less reliable method of tracking all the errors and problems with the site. Actually, this isn't a trivial problem because there are many "buglist" type maintenance software packages out there, but… View More

Major Server Hard Drive Crash

Hi everyone, in January and into February, SR saw a major hard drive crash on its main database.  Fortunately we maintain caches of the content on the delivery nodes, so when you saw SR behaving strangely, that was why.  I happened to be in Singapore running a workshop at the time (everything happens at the worst possible moment), so there was no way to get the server up in the mean time.  The drive crash was also very frustrating because… View More

Wow! Look at that traffic!

I guess acceptance letters are arriving for students because the SR servers are noticing! :D  Around 170,000 pages are going out of our new servers per day lately, so a lot of you must have gotten into a lot of schools.  Congratulations!!! I know it was a hard process, and it’s over for a little while at… View More

New SR Server — Scooty Puff SR. — The Doombringer.

We custom-fabbed our own server! Here you can see the design and internals of `Doombringer’ the custom SR server.  She’s fast — really fast in fact; she can deliver webpages at the capacity of the gigabit uplinks!  She can handle almost all of the visitors to SR in a single second!  She took 4 months to put together, spec out, purchase for, and drill custom holes in a custom case for. And check out the… View More

At long last...

The blogging system is back online. Talk about taking forever to figure out how to make wordpress multiuser run on a different port… But we did it! Still, almost all the new delivery nodes are operational, and I have to get the videos running off of the main server as well, but SR is almost fully functional again. Yay for a slow 6… View More

Setting up the new server: Murphy's Fifth

Hi everyone, I’d like to apologize for all the problems you may have had with SR in the last month. I have been working on building a new co-located server cluster for SR to handle the traffic, and while that was going fine, I planned on installing it and then slowly migrating SR from the old servers to the new cluster as time permitted (i.e. in an orderly way). The old SR main server has been running for 3-4 years continuously, so I… View More

Server taking slightly longer than expected :P

So, it was completely my goal to have the new server in place by mid june, but let me tell you, receiving lots of dead parts totally put a cramp in that goal :P That said, the new server is really fast and almost ready to go. I mean… *really fast*. Well, I look forward to sending it in next… View More

Updates!

A few weeks ago, we added the ability to upload entire galleries of campus photos! This is a big improvement over the single image upload that we had for the past 9 years or so :P Also, we rebuilt all the pie chart graphs and rebuilt the SAT/ACT graphs! AND we added graphs of distributions of ratings to the university breakdown page. So now, lets say that you click on “Educational Quality”, it will break down to show you a distribution of… View More

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Post 1 to 10 of 12

Working on the new SR

and the constant annoyance of technology. Ok, let me just rant for a minute. You have probably noted that parts of the site don't seem to work anymore. Particularly, the video upload, and until just now, the image upload, and including the weather data graphs on some platforms. These are technologies that worked great in 2006,2007,2008, and so on. But for some "unknown" reason, in 2009 and 2010, the browsers decided, in… View More

Destroying Spam, Spam, and more Spam

While we get slammed a lot for being optionally anonymous, which is actually one of the awesome things about SR, the consequence of it is just the magnitude of resources to deal with the growing spam problem. I can see why many sites go to requiring a FB login before posting anything -- it makes the process of submitting spam through a robot substantially harder for ne`er do-wells, and thus far more manageable for the site heroes.… View More

Now with a buglist!

StudentsReview is happy to announce that it finally has what other software companies have had for literally years. A buglist. Hopefully everyone should be seeing a marked improvement in site usability and fixed problems now that we have a more or less reliable method of tracking all the errors and problems with the site. Actually, this isn't a trivial problem because there are many "buglist" type maintenance software packages out there, but… View More

Major Server Hard Drive Crash

Hi everyone, in January and into February, SR saw a major hard drive crash on its main database.  Fortunately we maintain caches of the content on the delivery nodes, so when you saw SR behaving strangely, that was why.  I happened to be in Singapore running a workshop at the time (everything happens at the worst possible moment), so there was no way to get the server up in the mean time.  The drive crash was also very frustrating because… View More

Wow! Look at that traffic!

I guess acceptance letters are arriving for students because the SR servers are noticing! :D  Around 170,000 pages are going out of our new servers per day lately, so a lot of you must have gotten into a lot of schools.  Congratulations!!! I know it was a hard process, and it’s over for a little while at… View More

New SR Server — Scooty Puff SR. — The Doombringer.

We custom-fabbed our own server! Here you can see the design and internals of `Doombringer’ the custom SR server.  She’s fast — really fast in fact; she can deliver webpages at the capacity of the gigabit uplinks!  She can handle almost all of the visitors to SR in a single second!  She took 4 months to put together, spec out, purchase for, and drill custom holes in a custom case for. And check out the… View More

At long last...

The blogging system is back online. Talk about taking forever to figure out how to make wordpress multiuser run on a different port… But we did it! Still, almost all the new delivery nodes are operational, and I have to get the videos running off of the main server as well, but SR is almost fully functional again. Yay for a slow 6… View More

Setting up the new server: Murphy's Fifth

Hi everyone, I’d like to apologize for all the problems you may have had with SR in the last month. I have been working on building a new co-located server cluster for SR to handle the traffic, and while that was going fine, I planned on installing it and then slowly migrating SR from the old servers to the new cluster as time permitted (i.e. in an orderly way). The old SR main server has been running for 3-4 years continuously, so I… View More

Server taking slightly longer than expected :P

So, it was completely my goal to have the new server in place by mid june, but let me tell you, receiving lots of dead parts totally put a cramp in that goal :P That said, the new server is really fast and almost ready to go. I mean… *really fast*. Well, I look forward to sending it in next… View More

Updates!

A few weeks ago, we added the ability to upload entire galleries of campus photos! This is a big improvement over the single image upload that we had for the past 9 years or so :P Also, we rebuilt all the pie chart graphs and rebuilt the SAT/ACT graphs! AND we added graphs of distributions of ratings to the university breakdown page. So now, lets say that you click on “Educational Quality”, it will break down to show you a distribution of… View More

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