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Neil Wyatt08/02/2017 16:43:41
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May I remind forum members of the SMEE website:

www.sm-ee.co.uk/

If you haven't visited for a year or three it's been brought bang up to date.

Neil

Bazyle08/02/2017 17:37:48
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By 'bang up to date' you seem to mean 'written by a teenager with no thought about bandwidth' so it shovels megabytes of pictures down the line without any consideration of whether you are in the sticks with a 1 meg dial up modem. Even at work with the corporate bandwidth it froze my computer for 20 seconds to load all that stuff.

That's the trouble with wordpress 'web designers' they think it is all about pictures and not about content value.

So if you are making a club web page don't put fancy scrolling pictures and videos on the home page keep it down to a megabyte.

NJH08/02/2017 17:50:06
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Well I don't know Bazyle - I'm way out in the sticks in Devon and it all loaded OK on my iPad

Norman

John Haine08/02/2017 17:55:16
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Fine for me, very quick.

Michael Gilligan08/02/2017 18:07:39
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dont know Interesting ...

The first time I tried Neil's link, it loaded in less than two seconds on the iPad.

Having read Bazyle's reply, I tried again ... fine

Just tried once more, and it froze !!

... I can't see how the page content could be causing an intermittent problem.

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Journeyman08/02/2017 18:12:28
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Just frozen on me too. Not a problem my end I have 150mb cable. Probably a slow server compounded by everyone trying Neil's link...

John

Thor08/02/2017 18:17:40
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Well Bazyle you are not the only one. I just tried connecting to the SMEE site, after more than ten minutes of waiting my computer still hasn't managed to connect. Don't think that it is much wrong with my web connection, because I also tried some Internet speed tests while waiting and got over 40Mb/s.

Thor

Edited By Thor on 08/02/2017 18:18:56

Watford08/02/2017 19:07:18
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May I remind forum members of the SMEE website:

www.sm-ee.co.uk/

If you haven't visited for a year or three it's been brought bang up to date.

Neil

 

Are we sure that they keep their server switched on I wonder?

Currently dead in the water for me also.

Mike

 

Edited By Watford on 08/02/2017 19:14:20

Sam Longley 108/02/2017 19:10:58
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neil

same for me - got fed up waiting

Sam L

Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 08/02/2017 19:11:34

MichaelR08/02/2017 19:13:13
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No joy

 

Edited By MichaelR on 08/02/2017 19:14:24

Edited By MichaelR on 08/02/2017 19:14:48

Brian H08/02/2017 19:30:13
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I've just tried and, no luck.

John Haine08/02/2017 19:30:17
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Yup. Now dead.

JA08/02/2017 19:32:35
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Fifteen minutes and waiting.

JA

Gray08/02/2017 19:41:13
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Site is back up, looks like the hosting company had a db server issue.

Neil Wyatt08/02/2017 19:49:44
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It probably though the sudden increase in attention was a DOS attack!

Earlier it was down completely, I cleared my cache and it loads in about 5 seconds on my humble 2.8 meg connection.

Just a thought, one ISP had a major failure at a data centre today which has caused intermittent problems for me today, so if they use the same one...

Neil

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 08/02/2017 19:52:06

Gray08/02/2017 20:51:49
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 08/02/2017 19:49:44:

It probably though the sudden increase in attention was a DOS attack!

Earlier it was down completely, I cleared my cache and it loads in about 5 seconds on my humble 2.8 meg connection.

Just a thought, one ISP had a major failure at a data centre today which has caused intermittent problems for me today, so if they use the same one...

Neil

Unlikely to have been mistaken for a DOS attack. I used to work for the company that hosts the SMEE website and their firewalls and monitoring systems are more than capable of discerning between a DOS attack and a sudden increase in 'credible' traffic, it would take a lot more attention than would be given by the entire membership of this forum to trigger an alert. A DOS attack signature is indicated by many hundreds if not thousands of access requests in rapid succession and often from a specific IP address range.

There's no indication of issues with any of their DC's. There is however, evidence to indicate that there was either an issue with the database hosting platform or with the interface between it and the web platform. The response times from the web platform were varying wildly during the outage.

Neil Wyatt08/02/2017 21:02:16
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> it would take a lot more attention than would be given by the entire membership of this forum to trigger an alert. A DOS attack signature is indicated by many hundreds if not thousands of access requests in rapid succession

Looks like we have more than enough members, by an order of magnitude :-P

But I was jesting

Neil

John Stevenson08/02/2017 21:31:10
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Knowing SMEE it was probably the 14 day wait while they swapped from the Roman calendar to the Gregorian one.

Ian S C09/02/2017 11:50:05
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Load in in quick time on my dial up.

Ian S C

Thor09/02/2017 12:02:06
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Just tried the SMEE site again, this time it loaded in under a second.

Thor

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