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    Unhappy Bandwith Problems

    This site is starting to eat up more bandwidth that I'm allocated monthly.... I've increased the hosting plan to the next level, but it looks like its not going to be enough.

    As more people start using the site its only going to get worse, so I'm probably going to have to stop the uploading of images to the site, and take down the existing images.....

    If you see broken links where images should be, you'll know why....

    If anyone has any "connections", maybe we can move the site elsewhere? This board requires is PHP and MYSQL installed, and as of right now, about 8-10GB of bandwidth per month.

    Another option would be to move the board to my Linux box here at my home, which would be much cheaper, of course the major drawback would be that I only have 256Kbps outgoing bandwidth.....

    I have written a few emails to possible sponsors for the site, but have not received any responses as of yet.

    Suggestions, comments and ideas are welcome.....


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    Brooks, I don't know enough about computers to be of any help with this problem, but I wanted to thank you for the forum - absolutely the best out there on the I300!

    John

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    Hey Brooks,

    One option you might consider is moving the forum over to Brighthand.com

    The site has been struggling to build a head of steam on the Palm sections (it has a very robust Pocket PC following), and could use the horsepower that your forum has built...

    John

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    Brooks:
    Contact me off line, I may be able to help.
    Carl
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    Bandwidth Solutions

    Everyone is going to hate me for saying this but here I go again on my own:

    I would personally tolerate banner ads at the top and bottom of every page, and this could definitely generate revenue for the website, and/or adding a "shopping" section with links to Amazon for products related to the i300, plus PDA/Palm/Cell in general...

    When it becomes a bunch of casino and mortgage ads, I'm not as tolerant but if it keeps such a valuable resource afloat, I'm all for it.

    Living in a capitalist society, everything we do should be profitable on a per-item, per-use cost basis. Sad but true: people with any hobby will eventually make a net profit on it. Like radio controlled cars to quilting.

    My 2p worth.

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    I agree with you. Brooks and I had one time talked about the worth of the site with respect to businesses. I would much rather entertain a banner or two, no pop ups, as opposed to giving up some key features of the board, as well as limit the stress entailed in moderating the board.

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    Arrow

    im all for anything brooks needs to do (sans pop-ups) to keep this from diggin too much into his pocket!

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    Ads are ok, just no popups!

    Seriously, this site is PRIME real estate for i300-related stuff. OK, at the moment, that basically consists of a custom case and screen protectors, but there will be more someday (once Samsung finally releases the SDK).

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    mod_gzip

    Filkse,

    Do you have access to your box, and are you running apache? If so, take a look at mod_gzip - it's on-the-fly compression module for apache - in my experience it can lead to significantly less bandwidth usage (and seem faster to the end user) on discussion boards, especially since 90% of discussion board's traffic's is text-only.

    Try it. You might be able to squeeze more then you think out of your bandwidth. Contact me off-line if you need any help with this.

    http://www.remotecommunications.com/apache/mod_gzip/
    http://freshmeat.net/projects/mod_gzip/
    http://lists.over.net/mailman/listinfo/mod_gzip

    -mark

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    thanks for the tip, I saw this option in the settins for the system, so I turned it on.... we'll see if it works.... I will write to the hosting provider and ask if they support it...

    thanks for the tip


    Brooks

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    Hopefully your hosting provider supports it.. It makes a very big difference..

    For example: I'm testing it at:

    http://64.164.199.215/test.htm



    64.164.199.33 - - [08/Jan/2002:12:01:12 -0800] "64.164.199.215 GET /test.htm HTTP/1.1" 200 2143 mod_gzip: OK =In:24600 Out:2143 =Ratio:92pct.

    ...according to the logs, a 25k file gets shrunk down to 2k.

    -mark

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    thanks, I'll go look at the logs and see if that shows up...


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    Hmm.. apparantly doesn't work from the mac mozilla browser though - but if a browser doens't support it (IE does), it just sends it as regular text:

    access.log:64.192.xxx.xxx - - [08/Jan/2002:12:07:23 -0800] "GET /icons/jhe061.gif HTTP/1.1" 200 17175 "http://64.164.199.215/test.htm" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.13; Mac_PowerPC)"
    mod_gzip.log:64.192.xxx.xxx - - [08/Jan/2002:12:07:22 -0800] "64.164.199.215 GET /test.htm HTTP/1.1" 200 24600 mod_gzip: DECLINED:NO_ACCEPT_ENCODING =In:0 Out:0 =Ratio:0pct.

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    yea, that was me, on internet exploer for mac 5.1....


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    Thumbs up

    Wow. That was fast. Good job Brooks!

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    thanks, hopefully it will work out...

    I got into modifying the templates.... maybe an optimized template for the blazer browser isn't too far away....


    Brooks

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    Dionysus: Just checked IE5, NS6, and Mozilla 6 on Mac OS X. All rendered your compressed page just fine. (My Mozilla is build 2001112020, FYI). So that I understand correctly, is what happens here is:

    1) Server processes all on-page scripts and includes;
    2) Server GZIPs page and serves to client;
    3) Client decodes and renders uncompressed HTML (all invisible to user).

    Is that right? Because if it is... that's brilliant.

    Thanks a lot--

    --Jesse

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    Yep - basically.. You have the option of telling mod_gzip what to compress and what not to - it's totally transparent to the user provided that their browser (ie 6 does for sure, not sure which other ones do) supports it - but even then, if their browser doesn't support it, then it just sends a plain-text version of it.

    For that site, I've got it configured to compress everything larger then 1k except zip/jpg/gif files. This includes *.jsp files that our application server produces - significantly speeds up our ASP software for our customers.


    -mark
    Last edited by dionysus; 01-09-2002 at 04:00 PM.

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    Question Keyboard for SPH-I300

    Is a keyboard available?

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    thanks for the tip dionysus, looks like the bandwidth was cut almost in half!




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