Slashdot - My account of my own Slashdotting
Friday, November 7, 2003, 3:00 AM - General
, Computing Technology
Posted by Administrator
This is a timeline of the events leading up to and following my post to Slashdot. All times Eastern Standard.
Saturday, November 1, 2003
3:36:17 PM I randomly visit www.purdue.edu
3:44:08 PM I notice an interesting headline about a Sun donation to Purdue. I also see a picture
of the Linux cluster, which I had visited in August. I follow the link to the article
at the Purdue University News Service
4:00 PM After reading the article, I start scheming. I think Slashdot would love this in conjunction with my images from the Purdue Machine Room
, which have more images of the Linux Cluster. Its too bad my server could never handle all of that traffic with my 128 kbps upload speed via DSL. The "Slashdot Effect" is notorious for crippling websites due to the high amount of traffic. I need a mirror. Why not post them to my webspace at Purdue? Expert can probably handle the load.
4:35 PM Upload of images to expert.ics.purdue.edu begins. I begin work on a PHP page that will automatically display the thumbnails and provide links to larger sizes, including the file size. After completion, I realize that my home directory one level up will redirect to my home page on my server. I predict that my website will see a "Secondary Slashdot Effect" as people will try to visit this URL.
6:03 PM Upload to expert.ics.purdue.edu completes.
6:15 PM I make an anonymous submission
9:16 PM My article is posted on the Slashdot main page by CowboyNeal.
9:49:00 PM I see my post on Slashdot while computing in the living room in my apartment on my laptop.
9:50 PM I begin sending out e-mails.
10:16 PM My boss Thomas calls me stating, "That's cool as hell." He is featured in a few of the images on my page. Then he requests that I add a page counter.
10:39 PM Tom calls again. We discuss the hit rate, at this point, about 50 per minute. I say, "I hope the expert people don't kick my ass."
11:40:29 PM An e-mail
is sent to the Purdue Linux User Group
(PLUG) mailing list regarding the article.
Sunday, November 2, 2003
12:30:00 AM Initial traffic graph for my DSL connection. The blue line indicates upload traffic. You can see my upload to expert followed by the "Secondary Slashdot Effect" of my webserver. Usage peaks at 137 kbps and 208 total visits today.
4:00:00 AM Seven hours after posted on Slashdot. Logs on expert show over 403,461 total directory views. 10,272 page hits. 13.35% of total bandwidth moved via the webserver, 12.28 GB moved!
11:15:00 AM Website traffic continues throughout the night and into the morning.
Monday, November 3, 2003
12:15:00 AM Website traffic finally begins to taper off. 588 visits since November 1. Spikes from visits will continue to be seen for days.
4:00:00 AM 748,483 files served out of my directory. 22.79% of traffic moved. 18,685 page hits.
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
12:13 AM I send an e-mail
to thank the expert sys admins.
4:00:00 AM 774,305 files served. 19,338 page hits. 21.67 GB served, 24.39% of the total.
Friday, November 7, 2003
4:00:00 AM 782,563 files served. 19,555 page hits. 20.66% of the total bandwidth.