back up again

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 in, Open Source Projects | 6 comments

There was a giant CPU spike yesterday when was linked to on reddit, causing servers to melt, kittens to die, etc. etc. I’ve moved the script over to a dedicated host with about 5x the resources, so the site is already loading a loading a lot snappier. But this is just a temporary fix: I need to properly scale it out and work on improving the efficiency of the code – something I’ve meant to do for a while.

I’ll cut back on my birding this weekend and start now. :)

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Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in, Open Source Projects | 2 comments

I’m really sorry for the inconvenience, but is currently offline. There was a giant spike in the CPU today and my hosting company felt they had to take it down. I’m moving the site to a dedicated server and will hopefully have it back up shortly.


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generatedata 3.1.2

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

I’ve been continually under the weather the last couple of weeks so didn’t manage to get much work done. Boo. But today I just released a maintenance release for The new release contains a number of bug fixes.

Bug fixes in this release:

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d3pie 0.1.3 released

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in d3pie, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

This should have been done a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve very busy, got sick, and then had to go on a business trip. But better late than never!

The highlights of 0.1.3 are that the jQuery dependency has been dropped (yay) and a new small segment grouping option has been added. You can find the script online at and the code on github. Enjoy!

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nginx and d3pie

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 in d3pie, Form Tools, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

In anticipation of moving over to a new host, I’m trying out Digital Ocean with one of my smaller scripts:

This morning I set up a “droplet” (virtual server) and configured it with node and nginx. In theory, it should run a lot faster for, which is completely client-side and can thus benefit from nginx more than Apache. I *am* running it on a VS with very low memory (512MB) so I guess we’ll see how it goes. This is very much an experiment.

I’ve just updated the DNS so now we play the waiting game. What could go wrong, right?

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