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October 2nd, 2006 at 04:23pm

Well the website handled being thrown into the Radio Leo feed surprisingly well…it was pushing out close to 120mbps for about half an hour, spent a little while hovering around the 100mbps mark, and has been pushing out about 30mbps for the last few hours. This is in stark contrast to the 1mbps or thereabouts that the website is usually pushing out.

Also, by 10am (about eight hours after the website was thrown into the Radio Leo feed), it had already exceeded it’s highest ever monthly bandwidth usage, at 10am the website had used 121.24GB, nearly four times the highest monthly amount ever used, and over ten times the average monthly usage…and all due to a few hours of people madly downloading one MP3 file. The file download stats are updated every 24 hours, so I should know in about another six hours how many downloads Radio Leo generated. About three hours before Radio Leo took over, there was one download of the low quality version of Samuel’s Persiflage #8, and no downloads of the high quality version this month. Radio Leo is using the high quality version, so this will be very interesting indeed!

I was wathing the logs for a little while overnight and noticed requests for the Samuel’s Persiflage #8 MP3 file coming in every few seconds…since then I’ve noticed people subscribing to the entire series and downloading them all.

Here’s the bandwidth graph produced by Bluehost at 10am (note: times shown in Bluehost’s local timezone, Mountain USA):
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At 10am the website had used 32% of the monthly bandwidth allowance. I will be keeping a close eye on this in the coming days, and will purchase some additional bandwidth if required.

Welcome to all the new people who have landed here as a result of the Leodotting (for those who think I’m making up weird words now, see Slashdot Effect, aka Slashdotting, and see that I’m just reinventing the word for a new meaning).

And a big thanks to Bluehost, who seem to have perfected the art of dealing with massive increases in site throughput…I shudder to think how much data they must be serving up every minute.

On the plus side, I no longer have to worry about the National Library’s PANDAS robot comes and copies the entire website in January for the PANORA Archive!


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  • 1. tmothyh  |  October 2nd, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    I think there may be a problem with your download stats. I downloaded both versions to compare the difference in quality on Saturday, thus it could not be the case that there were no downloads of the HQ version prior to Persiflage being added to the feed.

  • 2. Samuel  |  October 2nd, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    tmothyh, sorry, my sentence was convoluted, I was trying to say that there were no downloads of either version this month, Saturday was last month, and for that matter, so was most of Sunday as the file download stats are based in the server timezone (Mountain USA).

    There were some downloads recorded for the time that the files spent online last month.

    Sorry for any confusion.

  • 3. tmothyh  |  October 3rd, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Righto, good point Samuel. I was confused thinking that there could have been so few initial downloads. Thanks for the reply and keep up the good work.


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