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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reason for the site being down this morning Reply with quote

For some reason the host didn't process the payment. Embarassed Bah. Working again now though!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your cheques bouncing then? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either that or they're onto us...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe your bank's gone bust.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll chip in with some barter goods at PeakSpeak4. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:37 am    Post subject: Traffic increase Reply with quote

James,

There looks to have been a significant traffic increase in the last couple of months, which might be relevant - sending you some mail about it separately...

cheers,
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting a suspicious request to run the add-on
'QuickTimeCheck Scriptable Object' from Apple Computer, Inc (unverified publisher)' on every page of the powerswitch site. Is this a new feature or has the site been hacked? There are some dodgy viruses around that infect web sites to get unpatched visiting computers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've added a few lines of tracking code to the site - Google Analytics, and a similar free tracking system phpMyVisites- which both use JavaScript. If your browser is complaining about scripty things, that's the most likely cause.

Are you using a Mac? I don't, myself, and haven't tested how the site behaves with one, but the message you're seeing sounds rather like an Apple browser warning of scripts in the page, and giving a chance to avoid running them.

Alternatively, perhaps it's down to Google Analytics' newfangled tracking code. I could try reverting it to the old-style urchin snippet...

I'll have a dig around and see if I can find a more solid answer for you. In the meantime, if there's an option to say "No thanks, and stop asking me", feel free to hit that button - it's not likely to cause problems with normal site functioning...

Thanks for the report!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it's the phpMyVisites tracking code that's the problem - and I think only for Internet Explorer 7 (are you using this?). The product's been fixed, I think, but we have a slightly old version from the hosting provider.

I've removed it, leaving only the Google Analytics code. Is it behaving for you now?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:05 am    Post subject: Some statistics from Google Reply with quote

Looks like Googlebot is being very busy looking at the Powerswitch site...

Number of pages crawled per day: max 30107, average 16048, min 2108


Number of kilobytes downloaded per day: max 1827836, average 857537, min 109836


That's an average of 26G a month just for Google crawling - and increasing! If the trend gets up to that "max" figure, that's 56G a month...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:21 am    Post subject: Compression of forum traffic Reply with quote

I've turned on an option to compress the forum pages in-transit. You shouldn't see anything different - if you have problems, please let us know...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmb wrote:
Looks like it's the phpMyVisites tracking code that's the problem - and I think only for Internet Explorer 7 (are you using this?). The product's been fixed, I think, but we have a slightly old version from the hosting provider.

I've removed it, leaving only the Google Analytics code. Is it behaving for you now?

-jmb


The problem was on my home PC running IE7. Haven't tried it since. At work on a Mac/Safari and no problems for now.

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't about server downtime, it's about browser compatibility.
And it's not about GA, analysis suggested it was the phpMyVisites code.
And it was over two years ago.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did this site get hacked today?

Lot's of database critical errors and spinning icons

- and one page loaded that I don't want to see whilst at work!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simply not loading here - but there again, it wasn't just PS, so there might be a wider issue.
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