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Infrastructure changes

Over the next couple of weeks Blogdex will be undergoing some backend upgrades. Some machines have become free for my use here, so technically speaking we'll finally be in the year 2001. The following transitions will be happening:

Web server: Moving from a dual PIII-500 running Win2K and IIS to a dual PIII-1GHz running Linux/Apache.

DB server: Moving from a dual PII-200 running Linux/MySQL to a dual PIII-500 running Linux/MySQL with faster disks. This should be a significant upgrade.

The upgrade to Apache is already complete, so if you're seeing Blogdex.media.mit.edu as 18.85.45.85, you're accessing it from the new server. The transition from IIS perlscript was amazingly seemless, requiring a few simple query-replaces to change from IIS ASP syntax to Apache ASP syntax. I should be moving the database server sometime tomorrow.

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Finally to Linux....... You'll notice the difference..., and the improvement in security control.....

What promted the change to Linux?

Ease of administration mainly. I've been running the database on a Linux box for quite some time (for better MySql performance), but I've dreaded moving the front end for quite some time.

More importantly though, a machine became available for the task, so I took the opportunity. And I do have to agree, the performance gains (mostly on the DB side, I think) are awesome.

I'm curious what sort of hits blogdex gets. Do you track these stats, and if so, what do you think about letting visitors peruse them?

They may be around here somewhere and I'm not seeing them.

In any case, thanks for all the work you're doing here. I really enjoy the service your site provides.

Congratulations, btw, on being listed in the latest Wired as the most mention-worthy output of the media lab in the last 4 years.

I actually came to know Blodex through Wired. I do not know how you do it but keeping track of efimerous blogs must be very tricky.

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