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September 11, 2006

Many web hosting services cram websites into the same servers due to resource inadequacy. I have worked with many such providers for quite some time and one of the great benefits is I am able to get their data for a reasonable price without their hosting becoming inefficient. This allows me to build pages and servers on shared resources so if one were to get overwhelmed, my site will stay up and running while they go down. This approach gives me an open door to ask questions of the providers and customers to make sure they are well-served.
Now, it is important to note there are various types of hosting that either need the flexibility or the reliability of shared resources. This means that the amount of resources each host will use will vary depending on the configuration. There are hosts that do not scale, but scale on an hourly basis, so if the hardware becomes unavailable that hosts cannot afford to run at a reasonable rate, the site would collapse.

Virtual Hosts
The other major type of hosting that we need to look at is shared virtual hosts. Some of these are “production” hostings that are designed specifically to be run on shared resources, and this makes them ideal for the type of data intensive tasks like fact-checking and running bots that perform heavy database actions (query aggregations, projection, and comparison queries). Other hosts are more geared toward general web hosting. Hosting these on a shared virtual host gives you the flexibility of choosing the resources you need and adding resources as you need them without worrying about the resources of the server itself, which is another benefit of having shared hosting, and there also services of a dedicated server for hosting different websites.

How Hosting Works with Cloudflare
Here we will take a look at the various components of hosting a site in Cloudflare and then discuss how we can use these elements to optimize performance in a meaningful way.
Each piece of data on our site is used by two (or more) parts of our Cloudflare account. To illustrate this, let’s take the word “David” from our example blog. The URL for the blog is http://danandherman.com/blog. We then have the following pieces of data that are transmitted over the wire:
The original blog post and the new blog post with comments.
The Web server that the blog is being served on.
The Web server that is hosting the cache.
The public IP address that the blog is being served on.
The public IP address that Cloudflare is assigning to the blog’s client, meaning it knows where to send requests for the blog.
This means that a request to search for the word “david” will ask to query all three Cloudflare parts for the blog’s post. In some circumstances this can be a particularly slow process, so let’s take a look at the potential impact of a request that is made to Cloudflare and how it can be optimized.

The first thing we need to consider is the request and response times for a single request to Cloudflare. Depending on the amount of data that the Cloudflare service has to share between the client and the Web server, the longer the response time, the more CPU the client is requesting. If the return time for the request is too long, the client might drop the request, or might be forced to send a much longer one if the request is too large for the available resources.

Raisins Don’t Belong in Cookies.

March 26, 2006

cookieI like raisins. Really I do: in cereal, on stuffed cabbage, even straight from the box if need be. But I loathe them in oatmeal cookies. They’re just *wrong* being there, It feels like I’m biting into chewy little insect parts or something. I always thought this was a peculiar quirk of mine, but apparently I’m [not alone](http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2006/03/24/oatmeal.html):

>*”Contrary to what you’ve probably heard, a raisin is nothing more than a shriveled grape. And its inclusion here just oozes controversy. Like a concerted front against the oatmeal farmers (?) of the world. How do we ruin the oatmeal cookie? We’ll add dried, shriveled, rubbery fruit to it. Good. It’s settled then.”*
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I Was Always Scotty

July 20, 2005

scottyI am a Star Trek fan. And when I say “Star Trek”, I refer to the television series that ran from 1966 to 1969, not the various incarnations that followed (except some of the movies). As a kid growing up in the 70s, Star Trek was a Saturday evening ritual (6 o’clock on Channel 11, before Dance Fever!) I loved all the characters; Kirk was the cool one, Spock the smart one, Sulu the dependable one, Uhura the sassy one and Chekov, well, the stupid one. But when it came time to “play” Star Trek in the schoolyard, I was always Scotty.

My friends always argued over who would be Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock, but no one wanted to be Montogomery Scott, Chief Engineer, except for me. Sure, Kirk had the swagger, and Spock was the real brains behind the operation. But Scotty, as far as I was concerned, was really in charge of the *Enterprise*.

Scotty fixed the ship. He drove it. He made the engines work. He managed to jury-rig a [Romulan cloaking device](http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/TOS/episode/68778.html) into the dilithium chamber. Kirk gave the orders, but Scotty had the know-how to carry them out. How much cooler can you get? When I built [plastic model kits](http://www.culttvman.com/jay_chladek_s_enterprise_histo.html) of the *Enterprise* and flew them around my bedroom, it was Scotty’s voice in my head making them go, not Kirk bellowing “Warp..factor 5…”

So, as we climbed over jungle gyms and other knee-scraping apparatuses squaring against surly Klingons and egotistical [Greek gods](http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/TOS/episode/68726.html), I was the one who got to bark the now-cliched lines like “she canna take n’more!” or “I’m givin’ ‘er all she’s got, cap’n!” Works for me.

[James Doohan, 1920-2005](http://www.nndb.com/people/729/000025654/)

Fargen Around the World

March 20, 2005

fargen
On my first trip to France, in the late winter of 2001, I had the supposedly clever idea of bringing along one of my little wooden Dala horses (they’re all named [*Fargen*](/re-dalahus)), and taking pictures of it at and about the various landmarks of Paris and vicinity. The result would be a cheeky travelogue from the point of view of a three-inch tall scrap of Swedish folk art.

Apparently this wasn’t a very novel concept. The film [*Amelie*](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/?fr=c2l0ZT1kZnxteD0yMHxsbT01MDB8dHQ9b258ZmI9dXxwbj0wfHE9YW1lbGllfGh0bWw9MXxubT1vbg__;fc=1;ft=125;fm=1), released the same year, has an entire subplot of the plucky heroine sending a small garden gnome around the globe for photo ops. Expedia.com had an [ad campaign](http://slate.msn.com/id/2095541/) featuring a traveling gnome (which of course instantly makes the idea *pass�*).

Perhaps the geekiest iteration of this is at [iPodLounge](http://www.ipodlounge.com/), which has a section dedicated to [*iPods Around the World*](http://gallery.ipodlounge.com/). When a trip to England included a stop at Stonehenge, I hatched a scheme to take a very specific picture, requiring precise timing, which I think [worked out](http://gallery.ipodlounge.com/thumbnails.php?album=search&type=full&search=stonehenge+demons) quite well (considering the stinging rain and wind firing down on me).

In any case, I’ve uploaded a [small album](http://www.dalahus.com/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=21) of F�rgen posing in Paris, Chartres and Amsterdam. Hopefully his adventures will continue in the near future. Enjoy.

A Minor Rant on “Loonatics”

March 14, 2005

loonatics
I’ve been giving this whole [Loonatics](http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05048/458932.stm) thing some thought (which is probably exactly what Warner Bros. [wants](http://news.toonzone.net/article.php?ID=2312), damn them). A lot has been written lately trashing this “re-imagining” of the Looney Tunes characters, but not much on what *should* be done. Well, I’m here to make a few suggestions. But first, some bile. (more…)

“Buzz Buggy”, maybe…

February 20, 2005

I fear my son growing up in a world where this is Looney Tunes.