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Chernobyl Takes Down Our Server

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Published on 08 April 2010 08:40 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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You may notice Phoronix taking a really long time to load this morning or the pages even timing out. This is because of the Chernobyl photographs that were posted yesterday and they are now on SlashDot.

We've handled the load from being "Slashdotted" (and Digg, Reddit, etc) dozens of times and our main server hasn't fallen in years because of it, but this time it has. Due to the 130 images of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the Zone of Alienation, Pripyat, Chernobyl town, Red Forest, etc, this has become rather taxing on the server. All of the images are dynamically watermarked and also scaled via the GD library in real-time depending upon your screen resolution. All of this load is what's quickly eating up the server.

Hopefully within a few hours all server operations will return to normal. Again, sorry about any problems with reading your morning dose of Phoronix. If you are interested in those pictures from Chernobyl but are unable to get the page to load, check back later or bookmark Chernobyl2010.com for easy visiting later.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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