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Re: Welcome, zvit! Glad to see you aboard, Zvit.
Re: Captain Jack joins the Windows 7 Forums Team! Thanks Greg !
Re: Captain Jack joins the Windows 7 Forums Team! Welcome Captain Jack! I enjoyed reading your posts since I was here. Great stuff!
Re: Captain Jack joins the Windows 7 Forums Team! Thanks Mate ! I'm glad that you like it
Re: Captain Jack joins the Windows 7 Forums Team! Arhgggg a harty welcome to yee cap'n jack
Re: Captain Jack joins the Windows 7 Forums Team! Thanks Matey !
Early December 2010 Updates Hello everyone, I am pleased to send out the following update information: A bug with the translator, whereas you could not switch back to English when choosing a second language, has been fixed. This bug was only around for a few days. The forum software has been updated to vBulletin 4.1 PL2 which is the latest release of the world's #1 Internet forum software. This release fixes several bugs. The forum staff meeting has concluded successfully with several new participants. We are proud to welcome these people and provide the latest news. We will be pleased to provide you with more information as time allows. Thank you. We hope you enjoy the new features. Stay tuned for more! Mitchell Anthony Public Relations Windows7Forums.com
January '11 Updates Hello everyone, ~o) Welcome to our January 2011 Upgrade! ~o) I am pleased to announce a new set of changes for the website, which will be our first of the year. These changes aim to improve website responsiveness, as with our previous efforts using a worldwide content delivery network. Today's changes include the introduction of new forum code, web server enhancements, and a number of streamlined features to our pages to lower overall page size, database requests, and any bottle-necking which may occur in general. While our services are in no danger of overload, it is generally a good idea to improve load times as much as possible. Removing large menus that our aggregate data shows goes mostly unused is an important way of improving other core areas of the forums. Other changes have been made to tags, search, and many hundreds of enhancements introduced as a result of software modification. As software is refined, and we work to test such changes, it is further expected to improve the website experience overall: 2011-01-04 (Forum Core) 4.1.1 Beta - Flexible URL Mapping and hundreds of bug fixes have been introduced in the latest version of the forum software. A complete list of enhancements can be found at: vBulletin 4.1.1 BETA Available to Download Most notably, many search, blog, and social group improvements have been made. (Web Server) PHP has been updated to the latest stable version, which inclues bug fixes. Released December 9th, 2010, v5.3.4 includes an enormous number of enhancements which can be found here: PHP: PHP 5 ChangeLog (Performance) A number of unused legacy templates and plugins have been disabled. These features will still be available on an "as-needed' basis and are under-the-hood features. (Performance) The session cookie timeout is being tested. (Performance) To lower page load times on slower connections (DSL, Modem, etc.), hyperlinks to the Amazon.com Forum Store and several other free utilities were removed. These can be re-introduced under the Software Updates forum. (Search) All automatic thread tags have been rebuilt to reflect better descriptors. This type of tagging is still being refined for better results. (Translator) The beta full-text cache was tested and failed when switching themes. In theory, this function would speed up the translator, but is confirmed to be problematic. (Code) Several obsolete files have been removed, but a full audit should be conducted soon. More unused/obsolete files will be removed at some point in the future. (Theme) Our winter seasonal look has been retired as we make room for new derivative works that involve new color schemes and interesting designs. The winter design was planned for the December Holiday Season and we are pleased so many of our visitors responded well to it. Feedback requested! 3 We are looking for members who are familiar with using the website. Since we introduced our content delivery network earlier in the month, have you noticed any change in website performance? You can best help answer these questions by filling out a short Satisfactory Survey found here. This has existed for some time, and your answers will remain completely anonymous. Answering this short questionnaire will help us direct our energies in areas that you would like to see improved. Is your page load time slow? Try using our earlier theme using the Quick Style chooser. This theme uses less graphics and is less modern, but presents full text information with minimal graphics and load times. It is designed for high speed browsing!
Service Monitoring and Status Starting this January, we provide service monitoring and uptime availability records to the public. Information on uptime and service response time can be found here. When any important service for the website fails, notices are sent out within seconds. Service checks are now reported live, and made every 60 seconds: Click Here to View Service Monitoring Reports
Additional January Updates Here is a new round of updates. These latest updates are minor changes and revisions, but should serve as important for future changes coming this year as we continue to improve the website and its services for all. 2011-01-05 Some menu items have been changed with a few bugs fixed and some features and links re-added. Many miscellaneous bug fixes were put into place. Pingdom and Google Analytics publications are now online under "Interests". We are using Pingdom for full service monitoring, reporting, and emergency alerts. This information is now public domain. Over 90 smilies were re-introduced after performance improvements resulted in a problem that required them to be re-added. The new content delivery network was accidentally breaking attachments in some instances. This is fixed. The cost of a Premium Supporter membership has been drastically reduced as an optional account upgrade. CCBill is now available as an alternative credit card merchant as requested. Further optimizations were made to improve page rendering times. Future feature planning and discussion will take place at the next Windows7Forums.com Staff Meeting sometime this month. We are aware of the minor outage that occurred today, as a result of technical error. A contingency plan in the event of downtime detections from multiple locations is in quick development. This will improve our response time to an outage. Statistical reviews will help us keep uptime at a high level since immediate and quick access is what is demanded by all visitors. Thank you. If you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to post it here.
Re: Additional January Updates Release Notes for 2011-01-11 Update Significant changes have been made to speed up website performance using the CDN. The front page has been modified for this operation. Page load times have decreased. The core forum software has been updated to the final release of version 4.1.1. These are additional improvements. Release notes have not yet been made available. The search engine optimization software has been updated. Some issues with the translation service seem to have become problematic. If possible, please use standard English character set or Google Translate to write in English. We are looking at ways to resolve this problem. A video has been posted on how to upload compressed files for use in the BSOD forum and in general.
Re: Service Monitoring and Status Oi, what is going on? cannot access it. there is another fatal error like the other I had the other day. Fatal error: Call to undefined function print_portal_output() in /home/w7/public_html/cmps_index.php on line 46
Re: Service Monitoring and Status Non-urgent services have been taken down. More information will be posted soon.
Web Server Upgrade You may be aware that our service was overloaded over the last two days, and this had a lot to do with a massive amount of inbound traffic. After some investigation, the team of experts at WiredTree found a problem with our firewall that was bringing the server to a complete standstill. Once this problem was identified and fixed, our capacity to handle incoming traffic returned to normal. At present time, efforts are still being made to improve our capacity to serve a large audience of visitors. This includes switching from the free apache web server to a commercial solution that is much faster. This new type of web server is designed, intrinsically, to handle tens of thousands of requests while using extremely low resource consumption. Comparisons show superior scalability and much better performance. Whether or not the website can afford to sustain such a large investment is still under consideration. We are currently using a 15-day evaluation version of the software to look for improvements. Some preliminary data does show improvement, but only time and reliable measurements will indicate whether or not it is a worthy pursuit. As a web server, apache will still work, and is in fact used by the majority of websites on the Internet. However, a new generation of web servers has been designed to use the same configurations and increase capacity. The move over to this new technology was a nearly flawless process and took place about 30 minutes ago. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Re: Web Server Upgrade I know what it feels like when there's problems and/or potential bottlenecks, last night we got these files for 32bit and 64bit, put them on our site, and our network here was flooded to a halt. Not was it our members here at our lan on our Lan web site downloading, but 32 million others downloaded them too. what is it with networks and servers that slow them down? How are we moving all this information around from server to server? how long is this taking? we just moved few weeks ago from a Host, now we moving to another server? isn't this costing us money with all this moving? Isn't this causing a lot of down time and unavalibility? Didn't fixing the firewall improve things? Just brought up this, because I dunno but there should be some talking and thinking before we do stuff. I dunno if the admins have met yet, but some points to consider.
Re: Web Server Upgrade So none of this is even getting Processed on the GPU or the graphics card or using the Garphic cards memory, Server don't really need any of the resources on the graphics card because you don't have a monitor. Could the server use the resources on the graphics card using Directcompute?
Re: Web Server Upgrade There is no need for GPU or graphics memory in web hosting. Everything is done through command consoles and databases. We are not running out of resources in any way. In fact, Joe and I have been working on a way to make pages render even faster tonight. Some fine tuning of the database was made and additional work was done in optimizing page cache. An internal error was identified that gave some external web applications (like search engine bots) the idea that there was an infinite loop redirect error on the site which was going on for a few days. This was also fixed. GPU memory would not really speed up the site or be useful. Techniques that take page templates and cache them into memory, thereby reducing CPU cycles is what makes the website faster at this time. Now that this has been stretched to the limit, we are going to look at some of the suggestions from Chrome -> Developer Tools -> Audit to make the site faster. As well as YSlow in Firefox. These tools give an idea on what can be improved. However, some things are incorrect as far as that is concerned, but all of the items which load constantly may not need to load at all and this is something that does slow down page rendering. However, at this point in time, it seems like only a few people are concerned about the website being slow? Our next move is to bring you a Cloud Computing forum, if possible, and additional styles for the website *coming soon*.
End of January Updates The end of January has brought several new changes to the site once again! While none of these are major and most will go un-noticed, it's still important to keep our users informed. End of January 2010We continue to provide links to what is widely believed to be Service Pack 1 RTM and await its official release on Microsoft.com.ip_conntrack issues have been resolved as we reached maximum concurrent connections.SQL database has been optimized for memory efficiency.Web server has been upgraded to LiteSpeed Enterprise with extensive cache.CPU utilization has been reduced by an estimated 70%Forum optimisation and template cache software has been updated.Software used to generate menu tabs was updated.Our content portal management system code has finally been updated after six months.A Windows 8 News forum has been launched as we look at ways to improve our Windows 8 coverage.UTF-8 encoding issue has been resolved. This issue was causing new posts to be rendered incorrectly or not displayed at all.<ACRONYM title="vBulletin SEO">VBSEO</ACRONYM> 3.6.0 Release Candidate 2 is now running."Like" feature had to be reset for the most part. This should be the last time this happens. We apologize for the excessive amount of notifications you may have received after the system was reset.We continue to debate and plan the opening of our Cloud Computing forum area.Database backup and restores are undergoing testing.In some cases, after years, forum descriptions were updated.The syndication to Twitter and Facebook was entirely re-coded and is now a live stream. All posts, including replies, are now syndicated.I would also like to apologize for the outages that occurred when we launched the SP1 download. We are pleased to denote that the problems lasted only a short period of time. Mike worked around the clock to get the site back to normal as quickly as possible and our traffic numbers have been absolutely amazing as a result. Thank you all for your continued support. If you have any suggestions, questions, complaints, please do not hesitate to reply to this thread, post in the Feedback forum of send me a Private Message. Mitchell Anthony,Public Relations. <!-- google_ad_section_end -->