That Was A Long Five Minutes

The operation was supposed to last five minutes. After looking at the server load, BlueFur recommended increasing the RAM to two Gig. I gave the go ahead and the procedure began. Adding RAM is normally a very easy thing to do – power down server, add new RAM, power server back on, back in business.

Somewhere during the reboot process, the server never came back up. Five minutes became ten, then twenty. It took an hour before BlueFur was able to bring the blog back to life. The server went down at the worst possible time. The Globe & Mail was over to take photos of me for an upcoming article on Internet advertising. It’s pretty hard to take a picture when there’s no blog to show. 🙂

Fortunately, BlueFur got the server back online just as the photographer finished setting up his equipment. Now that we’re back, I’m happy to report the server is working great. I want to thank Gary at BlueFur for staying on top of the situation. If you need web hosting, give them a shout. Use coupon code JohnChowRocks to get 15% off any services.

37 thoughts on “That Was A Long Five Minutes”

  1. wow that was perfect timing…great job BlueFur !! I wonder what uses 2 GB on this Blog…maybe the volume

    1. Entrepreneur says:

      Probably MySQL queries…

    2. Don Wilson says:

      I was wondering why the blog was down earlier today. I’m still thinking that it’s a better idea to leave the blog on your cluster. Relying on a Celeron for a website that makes you $12k/mo is ridiculous.

      But that’s just my opinion. 😉

  2. Tyler says:

    When you mentioned in your previous post that your new server only have 512MB of RAM I thought that would kind of low for the amount of traffic you receive.

    Nice that you upgraded it, too bad it didn’t like it at first. Did they mention why the server wouldn’t come back peacefully?

  3. Entrepreneur says:

    Are you using Wp-Cache John?

    1. John Chow says:

      No I’m not. I have heard about it but the server can handle its current load.

  4. Blame it on Murphy’s law :),

  5. Kevin says:

    ive actually experienced a lot of downtime the last two days so i know where your coming from. they suggested bumping up to 2gb too but im tempted to go to 3

    an hour isnt too bad in a long term scale of things though 🙂

  6. Matt says:

    Adding RAM is always a bit risky. OS’s can choke on the suddenly different hardware.

  7. Dax Desai says:

    Phew! I was afraid you called it quits. I was about to search for other evilness on Google.

  8. I thought you looked a little bit worried in that picture, John LOL. The blogging deities smile down on you though. Can’t wait for the June/July issue to come out!

  9. derek says:

    I’ve been using BlueFur for my latest site as well and I have been thoroughly impressed with their service and I don’t have anywhere near the *pull* that John would have.

    Glad to hear that they got you back up and running in time.

  10. Glad everything is back up! Ive been noticing downtime these past few days, but Im glad to hear that it should be over. How much bandwidth is JohnChow using per month?

    1. John Chow says:

      Not that much. Maybe 100 GB per month. My plans includes 1,500 GB so I have plenty of bandwidth to go. 🙂

      1. Tyler says:

        1500 GB per month is nice but I beat you! I have unlimited bandwidth 😉 Sorry had to rub it in not very often I get to do that!

        1. Matt says:

          That’s what you think. Unlimited Bandwidth or Space is never Unlimited Bandwidth or Space. 😛

          1. Marc says:

            That’s 100% true. Just try and use an unlimited amount some month and I’m sure you’ll find the limit.

            Besides, people don’t usually need that much more than what’s offered with most large-ish plans.

      2. Brendan says:

        I use about 100 also… 100Mb that is. All of my sites combined use about 100GB a month.

      3. I love the tag line “JohnChowRocks.” It’s always great to upgrade the servers…better user time.

      4. you’re good for the time being 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh thats a lot of bandwith. I am nowhere near that yet!

    1. i doubt that too many people are…start using videos and you’ll make up the gap 😆

      1. Marc says:

        Yeah, running a blog really isn’t bandwidth intensive. RAM on the other hand… Anything that will make MySQL run faster is what you want to spend your money on 🙂

  12. man … thats crazy … i was getting worried there for a bit!


  13. Andy Coates Dot Com says:

    Wow, i thought it would have been more than that with all the page views!

    1. John Chow says:

      The blog is mostly text. Not very graphic heavy and any videos I post is hosted by Google and YouTube. So it don’t use up that much bandwidth.

  14. eBusiness says:

    Rules of Making Money Online: Never schedule a server upgrade during a photoshoot. 😆

  15. James says:

    Wow my server must be pretty bulky, I am running 2 gigs already and don’t use that much. Can’t ever have too much though, right!

  16. Amanda says:

    I hate when that happens, hell one of my friends is still waiting for a refund from theplanet.

  17. You will have to give us a good review of their service in a month or so.

  18. Yeah review! review!

  19. Observed any improvements/changes after BluFur was installed, John?

    1. Thanks for that update, Web — I was wondering about that.

  20. green says:

    Upgrading total amount of ram sometimes gives weird results. I had a similar problem with my local workstation, i had 1 gb, added a new stick to double it, but pc never opened: than switched sticks and pc came back, what a weird issue 🙄

  21. Marc says:

    Looks like that 99% SLA is rearing it’s ugly head 😐

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