Happy new year; our servers will briefly be flaky

We’re working on our web servers this morning, so you’re likely to see some brief down time, followed by a period of transition where some forum posts and comments may not be retained.

We’re transitioning from one server to another by changing the DNS entry for techreport.com and friends to point to a new IP address. If you have any bizarre hard-coded host entries or wonky web caches, you may want to reset them in a half-hour or so.

If all goes as planned, most folks shouldn’t even notice the change. Sit tight as we work through it, and we’ll post an update when the transition is complete. Thanks!

Update: The vast majority of you should now be using the new server.  In fact, if you’re seeing this update, you’re hitting the new box.  Please, do let us know if anything looks flaky.  We can’t always anticipate every little potential quirk.  Thanks!

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    • Headloser
    • 8 years ago

    I guess this is it then. SKYNET is online. Wonder why it took long? I guess they had goto through a lot of floppy disks then.

    • Firestarter
    • 8 years ago

    So, will this finally end the regular-as-clockwork downtime at 10:00 CET?

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 8 years ago

      One can hope that the faster hardware combined with the software improvements that were made at the beginning of September will render the daily downtime for backups so brief as to be unnoticeable to most users.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        That seemed to be the case this morning, but I wasn’t hammering the site — just hit it a couple of minutes after the hour, when it’s usually down, and it was humming along. I expect there’s still an outage, but the window seems like it must be just a minute or two instead of tens.

          • Damage
          • 8 years ago

          Nope, no outages. LVM snapshots give us coherent backups with zero downtime.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Welcome to the future, Tech Report!

            • Firestarter
            • 8 years ago

            Finally!

    • ShadowEyez
    • 8 years ago

    Happy New Year!

    Seems the servers are working fine.

    • Walkintarget
    • 8 years ago

    Flaky ?? I thought it was flak[b<]e[/b<]y ?? <- Semi-grammar Nazi Anyhoo, they make shampoos for that too 😉

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      See definition 3:

      [url<]http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/flaky[/url<]

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]Semi-grammar Nazi[/quote<] I think you mean 'grammar semi-Nazi'

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      Oh dear, you got yourself owned.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      Thumbs down for an obvious anti-semi-ite

      >_>

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 8 years ago

    Happy New Year TR ! Server is snappier for sure. Thanks!

    • crose
    • 8 years ago

    I used to use the old TR servers but then I took an arrow to the knee.

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago

    Glad to see you back up!

    • ImSpartacus
    • 8 years ago

    Why wasn’t this done in the middle of the night a few days after (or before) new years? 9am seems like an odd time for down time. Regardless, it seems to be working fine for me.

    Will we ever see a feature on the new server like Anandtech did a few months ago?

      • Forge
      • 8 years ago

      Because neither Damage nor Morphine enjoy being up in the middle of (your) night? Damage is CST and Morphine is Europan, so they don’t have as much day-overlap as you apparently think.

      Damage already hinted that there’s likely to be a mini-feature on the new Iron, and as much as I’ve heard about the trials and tribulations of it, I can write you one personally if he doesn’t (I’m not as funny as Damage, though).

      Edit: Yes, Europan. He’s from another Solar body entirely. Explains his ping. 😛

        • ImSpartacus
        • 8 years ago

        Oh, I thought this was a Canadian site.

          • dpaus
          • 8 years ago

          Oh, sure; ‘blame Canada!’

          Anyway, no, it’s just that the majority of the most visible trouble-makers are Canadians.

      • just brew it!
      • 8 years ago

      They probably figured very few of their readers would be awake early on New Years Day… actually seems like a pretty logical time to do it to me (assuming the people performing the cutover aren’t hung over)!

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Just be happy they got it up while handling a hangover.

      • PenGun
      • 8 years ago

      We used to do our switch overs on Saturday night, actually Sunday morning when we were good and hammered. That was long ago.

      For some reason that seemed to work out better than a more sober approach. Most of the time. 😉

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    The new server seems to be up and running OK, except I can’t seem to load the HD7970 review 🙂

    EDIT: it’s working now, thanks for fixing that!

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      Will that become a meme on TR, or has it become already?

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        With apologies to The Beatles: Just as Cyril’s picture of the Brazos chip has become TR’s ‘Everywhere Girl’, the 7970 Review has become their ‘Nowhere Man’

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 8 years ago

          [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI&t=01m21s[/url<] [quote="John Lennon"<] Nowhere man, don't worry. Take your time. Don't hurry. [/quote<]

            • dpaus
            • 8 years ago

            :-)))) – it takes an engineer to find the true meaning – well done, sir

            signed,
            a lapsed P.Eng who still wears his ring

        • Fighterpilot
        • 8 years ago

        “As slow as a TR video card review” (common analogy meme)
        Unfortunately it just makes TR look more like a 2nd tier review site.
        “Let’s see what everyone else says first” seems to be the new mantra.

          • Corrado
          • 8 years ago

          Agree. Most people are willing to wait a day or 3, but going on a week+ makes it seem 2nd tier (which we all know it isn’t). The day the NDA lifted, Scott said he was up all night and just couldn’t get it finished in time. That kinda implies he’s only got a few more hours of work on it …. not a week+ If TR is your full time job, you shouldn’t need to put weeks and weeks of time into a single review. Its not a round up, its a review. You should already have all the numbers from everything else in the previous, so plug the numbers from the Radeon in, and write the actual review.

          • torquer
          • 8 years ago

          Agreed. *IF* TR is a full time job, I just don’t see an excuse for not having the review out by now. Yes, its a paper launch and yes its not available for purchase. But, why can Anandtech get their review done while TR cannot? Even the extra detail due to the new review methodology should add hours to the time it takes, not days/weeks. Has TR become the Valve of review sites, knowing we’ll keep coming back for the content even if it takes an order of magnitude longer than it really should?

          If TR isn’t a full time job, then none of the above applies.

          I always look to TR for reviews first and I say the above out of my adoration of the site’s content, not out of malice for its owners and contributors.

            • Chrispy_
            • 8 years ago

            Is Scott not entitled to a Christmas holiday anymore?
            Man, you guys can be needy.

            • Firestarter
            • 8 years ago

            Aren’t we [i<]entitled[/i<] to a glorious review with endless charts, exhaustive analysis and entertaining writing? After ~zillion F5's, I think we are!

            • Corrado
            • 8 years ago

            Everyone else got their reviews done…

            • torquer
            • 8 years ago

            This is not the first/only significantly delayed review of a notable product launch. :/

            • Corrado
            • 8 years ago

            TR is his full time job.

      • flip-mode
      • 8 years ago

      LOL. Awesome.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      Oh please give me a break. The 7970 smart ass remarks are sooooooooo last year. 😛

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        And at the rate we’re going, 365 days from now, they still will be 🙂

        Maybe Scott’s just going to wait for the 8970??

    • Ryszard
    • 8 years ago

    Happy new year, TR. Hope the transition goes smoothly!

    • PhilipMcc
    • 8 years ago

    All the best to TR; editors, readers, writers, forum participants – in the New Year.
    No rest for the weary?

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