Sunday, January 6, 2013

TBs sporadic access glitches

For sometime now, occasionally a few users have been reporting sporadic access issues to TBs servers, until I got myself some evidence of the problem.

Once verified with my ISP, there was indeed a misconfiguration with our DNS servers, which was meanwhile fixed. As a consequence and while the new DNS information was propagated among the www DNS servers, many of you were not able to reach TBs or experienced some weird behaviors.

If you're reading this, those access problems should have gone now!
Hopefully the sporadic access glitches that some have experienced in the past, should now disappear too.

If you continue experiencing some problems, please let us know.
In case you cannot access TBs pages for sometime, you can always drop us a warning message through the TBs companion page at Facebook, or use this conversation thread at Eurobricks.


kABUSE said...

I have experienced the problem in the past very often but all i had to do was to refresh the page so it was fine.

But the real problem about this page is that you still have not learned to use thumbnails for pictures.

Example: The "Logging Trucks Comparison" post contains about 15MB of pictures.

Those alone take 5 minutes to load for people with slow internet (like me).

Its the worst if i havent visited your page for 2 weeks so that there are 5+ posts in the frontpage with big amounts of data. I usually get timeouts every time i want to visit your page and all the pictures are only half-loaded.

Its really annoying and it would be awesome if you could start to use thumbnails instead of 1024x768 images.

Fernando Correia said...

Ok! We usually try to use images in the 1-2Mpixel range, for those who want to click and see some more details.

I agree the truck comparison post is an example of one with too many pictures. I such cases maybe we should use images with a lower resolution.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
Although high-speed internet nowadays should be almost like a standard, I guess... (probably wrong) :/

Stephen said...

I'm glad to see this site back to normal? I was afraid either your site was "hacked" or my PC, very strange behavior, but I'm glad it's over for now.

kABUSE said...

Fernando Correia i have absolutely no problem with many many pictures in every post, actually i love that, but please use thumbnails so everybody can enjoy all those pictures without frustration :P

i dont really know how blogspot works but you probably dont have to pay for the bandwidth? because with thumbnails you could lower it significantly.

Fernando Correia said...


That's probably one of the reasons...
Blogspot does not charge anything, and my hosting service also does not charge for bandwidth (it is unlimited), although the storage space is charged...

For the images that I host myself, it would be easy to use thumbnails (just need to duplicate them and have even some extra work).
For those that are linked from other sites, it would indeed increase the work a bit more...

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