Using twitter as an outage notification

Matthew Palmer mpalmer at
Sun Jul 5 11:32:48 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jul 05, 2009 at 11:01:43AM +0100, Roland Perry wrote:
[snow day notifications]
> Unfortunately, the number of students polling the website for news means  
> it can't cope with the traffic. I don't believe they can justify paying  
> more for better web hosting, just to manage this once-a-year half hour  
> event.

There are web hosting providers whose 18c/year hosting plans can't handle a
few thousand requests to a static page over a period of maybe 15 minutes
without falling over?  The mind boggles.

- Matt

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