Zombies in the Matrix

A little unplanned maintenance to take care of this evening. We should be back online in just a few minutes.

Wow, you guys blip a LOT. We tracked the problem back to a corrupt table in the master database that stores all the blips that people post. Don’t worry, they’re safe, but due to the total number of blips it takes a while to get things back in order.

We’re already planning some changes that will keep the site up in case of failures like these, but as luck would have it we got hit with the ghost in the machine just a few days before we had planned to move over to the new setup.

If anyone is interested in the more nerdy side of running things, I plan to write a series of posts about the kind of hurdles and pitfalls you might run into when you’re building an internet company. There seems to be a common path from initial release through to scale that you don’t find out about until you’re dealing with it.

-ian

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14 Comments

rxrx1776  on August 5th, 2009

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reera  on August 5th, 2009

Hi, Ian,

Thanks for the update. I work in IT and am intrigued by this stuff. Looking forward to your blogs!

Angela

DTM  on August 5th, 2009

:’(

MadMan459  on August 5th, 2009

Thanks for the updates… here’s hoping ghosts don’t run in packs.

Sashayman  on August 5th, 2009

A fairly new user I am. Also very impressed with your concept here; and your brand–”blip it” will grow. Thanks for the good work, Ian.

bradysbeau  on August 5th, 2009

you have the best social networking dite for all us music junkies uhh yeah we dig it, Thanks for giving us a place to be…

bradysbeau  on August 5th, 2009

again cant type for shite be so glad when we are back on withdrawel man

bradysbeau  on August 5th, 2009

ur forcing me to go to last fm which while cool has no friends :(

toreo  on August 5th, 2009

i was wondering what was up with the site, this is sad though. i’m lost without my blip!

bradysbeau  on August 5th, 2009

ditto whats a few mins??????

Ian White  on August 5th, 2009

Sorry for the long delay, blip is go. I’ll be spending some time reworking the data layer to make this kinda thing much less time consuming.

Time to kill some zombies.

Zarabeth  on August 13th, 2009

I just wanted to make you notice that it’s almost impossible for people outside the US blipping: either you find broken links, either you find _some_ stuff on youtube. And for an “inidie” blipper this is the end. 30 secs of Imeem samples are not enough. Are non-American blippers some of the zombies you killed with your last upgrade?

ooooooo  on October 10th, 2009

Blip.fm

bitchbitch  on April 28th, 2010

hey blip is just amazing.

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