May 5, 1999|
The long-awaited improved stats script
is now online. This runs much, much faster than before, and
imposes less load on the server. In fact, it's more than six
times faster than before, and the core analysis code is more
than fifteen times faster.
Long live C.
March 20, 1999
First of all, you can now edit your own site information
with the Loop Member Log-in page.
You'll need your password and your site ID; if you've
forgotten either, you can ask
me and I'll send your password to you.
Second, due to some behind-the-scenes work that you
can't see, my own Loop administration chores are
now much easier. This means that I can review new sites
more quickly, and make other changes more easily. All
the sites waiting in the queue are now being processed;
this could push the IFL past 160 member sites.
Third, somebody decided to hammer the stats
page again. I really don't know why people write
stupid robots that don't honor the
file, but they seem to keep popping up from time to time.
To solve the problem (permanently) I'll have to rewrite the core
log analysis code in C (not Perl) so instead of taking
fifteen seconds to produce a page, it will take two. Until
this is done, the hot links in the stats page that
change sort order and filtering will remain invalid, although
the stats page will still be updated every hour.
There are several new features I plan to add to the IFL
this year, but for now I'm not going to say much more
about them. (smile) I've moved the old news off to
another page to keep this page
In other news, the IFL (along with the rest of
have had a little bit of publicity. First there was a nice
bit in the German magazine c't
in their 4/99 issueI'm still waiting for my copy to
arrive, which should be a few more weeks. Then,
Magazine had a small piece about fractals in their March
issue, with a very nice reference to this site. (I may catch
some flak for that quote.)
If you've got some fractal news you think should be posted
here (like maybe your site got an award?) then please
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