The server is extremely fixed now in Site Updates

Revised: 09/23/2018 3:09 p.m.

  • Sept. 20, 2018, 10:11 p.m.
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So, funny story.

I’m traveling at the moment (hello from Denver!) and my email checking has been intentionally rare. Trying to get off the grid for a few days. But let’s be honest: PB I can’t quit you.

I see an email come in this morning from SM offering his congratulations on the incredible speed he’s been seeing on PB today. Confused, I hit the site and oh my god it’s so speedy. I check the server stats and my jaw drops. After the deslothing a few weeks back, CPU usage dropped from 90% to the mid 40s. Slow, but manageable.

This morning? 4.5%. That is a dot. FOUR POINT FIVE!! That is extremely bananas.

I reach out to the developers and ask what witchcraft they performed overnight. They’ve been doing a TON of work on server optimization this week. And they have no clue what I’m talking about.

We have a mystery on our hands. Servers don’t just fix themselves.

So we dig in. We check the latest code that’s been pushed. Nope. We check the maintenance schedule of the host we use. Nada. We dig into analytics. Normal. Maybe we were being attacked for a few months and the attacker got bored? Unlikely.

My running theory for a few hours is “ghosts”, and that’s just as reasonable as anything else.

Fed up, I reach out to our host to very politely yell WTF and file a support ticket. They get back to me a few hours later and say that they did in fact patch a recently discovered vulnerability on the machine that PB lives on. Surprise!

Why this particular vulnerability has had such an effect on performance remains a bit of a mystery, but between this random fix, the upgrades we’ve done, and the ongoing work we’ve been doing to optimize things the site feels GREAT right now. And that looks to be permanent!

So, we did it. It’s done. PB feels like a real website again, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work we’ve done in the last six (!) months. It’s been a journey.

I really appreciate how patient all of you have been with the unexpected downtime and crashes lately, I know it’s been rough.

I can’t wait for what comes next.

(Oh, and PS comments are fixed now too!)



Last updated September 23, 2018

TellTaleHeart September 20, 2018

Rough? Oh no no. This is nothing. You're a rockstar!

Jeanine TellTaleHeart ⋅ September 20, 2018

Right? He wasn’t around for early and then mid-to-late OD Days! These last six months have been stellar!

crystal butterfly September 20, 2018

Way to go. And glad the people with the server fixed what they should have too.

mcbee September 20, 2018

Many thanks!

AwaitingCrescendo September 20, 2018

I love it when figuring out a programming problem goes from "how is this broken?" to "how did this ever work??", and then to "well hell, let's just try changing X and see what happens!"'s a weird world

But I'm glad that things are speedy now!

josh AwaitingCrescendo ⋅ September 21, 2018

Right? And today was a lot of “WHY IS THIS BETTER NOW” which is somehow the most frustrating of all

Deleted user September 20, 2018

Wonderful and thanks!!!

Silverstar46 September 21, 2018

Oh man this is awesome news! Thank you so so so so so so much!

InHisGrip September 21, 2018

Seriously, it’s been fine. Thanks for all you do for us!!!

Always Laughing September 21, 2018

Great news :-)

girl in recession September 21, 2018


Marg September 21, 2018

Well that sounds like a lot of frustration for you guys but, as ever, I'm grateful for the work put in and delighted everything is fine now!

stargazing September 21, 2018

Congrats!!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I echo those that say it hasn't been all that rough. I can't tell you how much we appreciate you keeping us in the loop. It is so easy to be patient when we know something is being done and we haven't just been abandoned. Thank you!

Cat Mommy September 21, 2018

You rock dude.

the inky kitty. September 21, 2018

Thank you Josh!

And wow. It is fast! I even gave a “wow” out loud!

auburn_girl September 21, 2018

Safe travels!

pull the past behind you September 21, 2018

“Ghosts” 😂😂😂

sparkli September 21, 2018

yay fast PB!

question though, didnt we used to be able to leave an empty comment? i cant do that anymore. i miss you empty hi-i-read-your-post-but-got-nothing-to-say comments!

Firebabe September 21, 2018 (edited September 21, 2018)


My working theory is that YOU FIXED IT IN YOUR SLEEP.


Whatever happened, you guys still put in a ton of work, and that's greatly appreciated!

Flame is Love Firebabe ⋅ September 21, 2018

Mochi headcanon accepted.

josh Flame is Love ⋅ September 21, 2018


Oyoa Firebabe ⋅ September 22, 2018

.... I think this wins. Go Mochi! ;P

thesunnyabyss September 21, 2018


Narrator September 21, 2018

Huzzah! You guys are doing a great job.

Symmetry September 21, 2018

Interesting. Very interesting. I wish they could patch my finances and I could get that kind of improvement in my bank account haha :)

simple mind Symmetry ⋅ September 21, 2018

(patch, patch, patch) Congratulations! Your checking account balance has just dropped from $45 to $4.5 dollars! (that's with a dot)

In D Major September 21, 2018

I feel like "extremely bananas" could be a PB tagline!

Witchy Woman September 21, 2018

It's been 6 months already?! Holy cow that time flew!

Thank you and all your minions for fixing our home. 💖

GypsyWynd September 21, 2018

singing (to the tune of"Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" from "Wizard of Oz")
"It's not only merely fixed, it's really most sincerely fixed!"
Thank you!!! skipping down the Yellow Brick Road

TrippyNina September 21, 2018

Thank you!

J🌞DI September 21, 2018

It's wonderful to be back up to speed again. Let's hope it lasts! Thanks for all you've done, Josh. :-)

NorthernSeeker September 21, 2018

Yay...and I will never understand the whys and whatfors of computer technology but I'm glad somebody knows why things are faster!

MageB September 21, 2018

I missed the crashes, but I certainly found myself here s l o w l y for an awfully long time. Right now it is working well. Hurrah.

Lobbastah September 21, 2018 (edited September 21, 2018)


Extreme fixing is my favorite X-Game.

Oyoa September 22, 2018

Congrats! Hats off to you! This is fantastic! Whoop whoop!

DreamCatcherGal September 23, 2018

The slowness of the site was one of the reasons I seldom post. Oh this is a delight and you are so very appreciated for all that you do!! Thank you so much!!!!

Genevieve September 23, 2018

If I knew you were coming to Denver, we could have had coffee.

ConnieK September 23, 2018

Thanks. For all of it.

*Mrs_Bolen* September 23, 2018

Hello back from Denver :-)

loved. October 03, 2018

Please check this out & help if possible, I'm desperate for help for my baby. Please I'm begging

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