We made a top 10 list

I am doing some late night surfing the net tonight, and found a link to Blogniscient As I am looking at there service, and through the listings I about fell on my face when we showed up in their Top 10 list for science and technology. Quite shocked to be honest with you, but cool none the less. [blogniscient.com]

Typepad popularity leads to some down time!

The folks at SixApart have seen tremendous growth in TypePad their paid blogging service and outgrew the hosting facility they were in. As they have transitioned to the new facility they have had some down time due to servers just not being able to handle the load. They are bringing on more equipment and the move to the new data center will increase their bandwidth by three times and they will be able to increase the number of servers.

Traffic to a blog and blogs is good and bad. This site moves about a 150 gb of just website traffic a month alone which is up nearly 50% since last year. That means you all are reading but with that comes considerations I have not had to deal with in the past and one of the reasons I just spent over $1300.00 on a new dedicated server to transfer some secondary domains off this server and onto a box with about 10 times the horsepower and available storage.

For the life of me I never thought I would need 1 server dedicated to a single website but yet that is the case. I feel the pain SixApart is going thru I am thankful that I dont have customers screaming at me for the downtime. [SixApart]

The Corporate Firewalling of the Blog Universe!

The corportate firewall and desktop. Those of us that live on one have to deal with IT staff madness every day, and the rules they setup drive me crazy. Just this morning I received notice to re-boot my workstation and change the password so the length has a minimum of 16 characthers. I immediately sent a reply and asked if I would be fired for writting the 16 digit password on a sticky note and placing it on my monitor so that I could remember it everytime the computer logged me out for 20 minutes of inactivity.

Not to mention that all streaming services have been blocked to include any site that has the word MP3 on the site. Needless to say many employeers are applying a heavy hand to what you can and cannot do on the corporate desktop. Apparently some companies are now blocking any site with the word Blog in it. Well I guess my site just got blocked. For those of you that are dealing with an IT department that is about control verus productivity we interupt this discussion to say some are taking 20 years of innovation and have reduced my computers ability to perform, down to word processing and e-mail.

Lets not forget the power house machine which I boot up each day, Windows 2000 with a Intel Celeron and a 128 megs of ram. [Wired]

Weblog Ping Servers are either broke or over loaded!

I have been watching our success rate at pinging major indexes over the past couple of weeks and I have drawn some conclusions. Most of the ping servers are broke big time and only a small portion of the pings are getting through. I have even went ahead and increased time-out times to ridiculous levels and to no avail the sites don’t pick up the pings.

IceRocket has not accepted a ping in over 2 weeks. This is the error message Ping ‘http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080′ failed: HTTP error: 302 Moved Temporarily, Weblogs.com Misses about 50% of the pings but hopefully Verisign will fix this during their server move. No wonder Yahoo podcast directory is not updating I am seeing this entry in about 80% of the attempts to ping them, http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping?u=http://www.geeknewscentral.com/podcast.xml’ failed.

Whats wrong with these sites. Technorati has about a 25% success rate, but others I am seeing a100% success rate, it appears the bigger sites just cannot handle the number of incoming pings?

State of the Blogsphere Oct 2005

Blogs continue to spread like wild fire and the number of bloggers is on track to double every 5 months which is pretty amazing considering that Technorati is tracking 19.6 million blogs. Sadly though they are seeing about 6% of those being created for the pure purpose of spam. China is leading the charge in growth rate of foreign blogs. Lots of great data in the report and has links to the data used to build the statistics that is reported. [David Sifry]

Yahoo Blog Search implementation is very odd!

I was jolted this morning when I realized that although Yahoo is including blogs in their regular news search be it in the margin, that I thought they had a direct way to get blog only results. Thier implementation is really weird, and you will see what I am talking about in the next paragraph. Unless I am missing something, what they have done here is horrible.

Click this link http://blog.news.search.yahoo.com/blog/search?p=geek news and see what results you get, and then go to this link http://blog.news.search.yahoo.com and you will see it re-directs to thier main news search page, search for Geek News, you end up with two separate sets of search results.

So unless I am missing something big here were is the direct link to this Blog search page? Really poor implementation unless I am just totally missing something.