Please, bang on the new box

We’re currently doing some prep work for our new web server infrastructure, and we could use your help.  If you have a second, flip over into your web browser’s "private" or "incognito" mode then hit this link to go surf around on one of our new web servers.  Try the comments, the forums, poking around in the archives, and what have you, and let us know if you run into any problems.  Any comments you post there won’t be replicated on the main site, but otherwise, you should see a working copy of TR that’s just like the original.  If not, please let us know by posting in this thread.

For what it’s worth, I’ve asked you to use "private" mode so you don’t throw yourself into cookie chaos.  If you hit the new server with your main browser config, you’ll have to login again once you return to the main site.

Thanks for your help. With luck, we’ll be pulling off a slight upgrade to our server setup.  Cough.

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    • just brew it!
    • 8 years ago

    May want to put something across the top of the page about it being the test server. Stuff on the test server is already showing up in Google searches, and people could easily mistake it for the real thing.

      • morphine
      • 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tip. Didn’t expect bots would get to it so fast. A robots.txt file is now in place to help that matter.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Please, bang on the new box[/quote<] twss

      • axeman
      • 8 years ago

      I LOL’ed.

    • xeridea
    • 8 years ago

    TR has always seemed snappy to me. Here are test results (via Chrome Dev Tools), for pageloads. I did several loads and am reporting averages.
    Both old and new are pretty much identical.
    Cached: 1.4
    Full refresh: 2.4-3
    Tested on Athlon II @ 3.0 GHz, 8 GB DDR3 1600, OCZ Vertex2 SSD, Win7 64.

    • JdL
    • 8 years ago

    Definitely a performance increase, especially with the forums. That and I found a pic of Just Brew It!

    [url<]https://techreport.com/discussions.x/14134[/url<] Wow those were good days.

    • sschaem
    • 8 years ago

    Slower for me.

    ~6sec for
    [url<]http://trweb5.techreport.com/news.x[/url<] vs ~2sec for [url<]https://techreport.com/news.x[/url<]

      • entropy13
      • 8 years ago

      In my case I don’t really know how long exactly, but both of them took at least 15 seconds. LOL

    • solo_clipper
    • 8 years ago

    Seems faster, maybe less adds? Still have to turn on Javascript to see the comments.

    • Metalianman
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve tried the new box with Chrome v16.0.912.63 and I have identical performance in every section but the forum, there it looked a little bit faster. But then I opened 20 tabs with different articles at the same time and there I saw massive difference on the new box. Nice work guys 😉

    • bthylafh
    • 8 years ago

    That was quick – the test forums have already been found by the spambots.

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      They wwebsite as on the internet.

        • kitsura
        • 8 years ago

        Overused meme is overused…

          • yokem55
          • 8 years ago

          The ‘foo bar is foo’ meme needs to take an arrow to the knee….

            • axeman
            • 8 years ago

            Calling out an overused meme with a far older and more overused meme? Krogoth is not impressed.

            edit: meant to reply to the previous reply.

        • crabjokeman
        • 8 years ago

        Either come up with something original or do us all a favor and go aon a kamikaze mission.

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago

    Good work guys, we’ll give it a real spin in 2012.

    • yogibbear
    • 8 years ago

    Works fine. Seems the same or maybe a touch snappier. But only a very small placebo-type smidgeon. As long as you don’t take away my blue mode then I’m all good with the changes. 😛

    • LocalCitizen
    • 8 years ago

    article archive works… well, i only looked at the headings, only opened a few, so i can’t say everything work… holiday is too short.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    yep. seems ok.

    • Farting Bob
    • 8 years ago

    Everything seemes right to me except one thing i noticed. Its not a showstopper and i wouldnt stop visiting the site because of the issue, but it is something that should be fixed.

    There is no 7970 review yet!

    Seriously though guys, i love the site, and the servers seemed fine to me.

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      I’m writing about CUs and threading now, as Bruno preps the new boxen. 🙂

    • JdL
    • 8 years ago

    Wow it does seem to be a lot snappier. You guys using SSD’s now?

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      We’ll talk about the hardware when the time is right. But I’m surprised you’d say it’s snappier. We’ve been debating whether one can feel the difference.

        • SuperSpy
        • 8 years ago

        Hopefully that time is soon.

        I miss the old infrastructure write-ups.

        • designerfx
        • 8 years ago

        I don’t know if it’s an internet connection thing or the server, but yes, it seems to load faster to me as well.

        • JdL
        • 8 years ago

        I’m on a 100 Mb connection in the DC area, testing on an i7 rig with SSD. Believe me I can tell the difference. 🙂

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        The blue/white small/wide control is a lot faster. Everything else seems about the same.

        • theadder
        • 8 years ago

        It is a lot faster.

        • Forge
        • 8 years ago

        I’ve been hearing little tidbits here and there, by virtue of being in with the in crowd, and it totally deserves a write-up. Some of the numbers were a bit excessive, in a glorious sort of way.

      • just brew it!
      • 8 years ago

      Well, it is certainly more lightly loaded; perhaps that is what’s making it feel snappier?

        • Damage
        • 8 years ago

        It’s WAY faster hardware, but the caches aren’t being kept as warm. The question, though, is whether there’s a human-perceptible performance difference between old and new, given everything else involved that may be slower than the servers–the networks, the browser rendering times, the ad service (which is third-party), and so on. At super-peak loads, yes, the new boxes should be perceptibly faster, but we’re undecided on whether there’s a clear-cut case during normal page loads. Would be nice if there were an advantage!

          • DancinJack
          • 8 years ago

          I feel like it’s a bit faster. Like you said though, it’s pretty obvious things aren’t quite cached yet. Some rendering of images and such take a little time.

          • UberGerbil
          • 8 years ago

          Based on what I’ve seen just eyeballing what’s reported to be loading when the old site seems sluggish, it’s often the ad-server that looks to be the gating factor. But TR is hardly the only site where that’s the case.

            • ClickClick5
            • 8 years ago

            Less traffic maybe? SSD? Different connection to the web?

            • axeman
            • 8 years ago

            Slow page loading because of the ad servers is pretty much the internet.

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