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A Brief History of Slashdot Part 2, Explosions

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the are-we-there-yet dept.

Slashdot.org 216

When last we left off, Slashdot had grown beyond my ability to maintain it as a hobby, as well as beyond the simple DEC Alpha Multia 166 that had served it so well for the first week or two, and then immediately buckled under the traffic. Here in Part 2, we ride the wave of Slashdot's growth from early '98 until whenever my wrists get tired enough that I stop yakking until next week.

A lot of things happened in parallel in the late winter and spring of 1998. We switched over from Ariel, the Alpha, to Triton (yes this is a Little Mermaid thing- all of my machines were named after Disney cartoon characters for many years until I started naming them after anime chars- my current laptop is Lum), a cobbled together from leftover parts dual Pentium. It had more RAM and a bigger hard drive. (As an aside, We're planning on auctioning off the case for charity- the guts are long gone, but stay tuned for more information) Triton itself actually lasted for a year or more serving initially as the entire Slashdot. It later was shipped to California and continued to serve web traffic even after we added a second machine for database traffic.

During spring break of 1998 I rewrote Slashdot from scratch. I looked into PHP and Perl. I researched MySQL and Postgres. And based on what existed in 1998, I chose what was the best for my needs. And while cool kids drove to Florida and saw boobs, I stayed up all night and rewrote almost all of the site from scratch. The new system used mod_perl, making it possible to NOT recompile the whole site for every single page request. And replacing flat text files with an actual honest to god SQL database made performance screamingly fast (for at least a few days anyway) until traffic increases squished us again.

It wasn't but a few weeks later before we were politely asked to get the hell off our network. The traffic being consumed by Slashdot was essentially saturating our ISPs entire T1 during the afternoon. The folks at the MacNet were good to us, but enough was enough. We packed up the box and mailed it to California. Since then, I have never physically touched a computer that was running Slashdot. Hell, I've never even seen them in person. Originally it was distance that made it impossible to see them, but today the SourceForge netops staff maintains the hardware. Frankly it's for the best- I tend to break things when I touch them. Our provider forbids photography inside the colocation facility, so if anyone asks, I've never even seen what the installation looks like. What a stupid policy that is.

The new code made another huge change which was to have long term repercussions. Originally all Slashdot content came from my travels through the internet, and my inbox. After April of 1998, submissions were sent to us via a web form and maintained using a nifty little web interface I hacked together. At the same time, a few friends were given administrative accounts, and among them was Hemos. Up to that point I had posted every single story that appeared on the site. A by-line was added, and the load was distributed. A number of Slashdot volunteers came along in the following months, and several continued to work with us for years more.

We toyed with a number of ways of making some cash around this time as well. The ad agency I worked at tried to sell ads. We partnered for awhile with a couple of different ad selling networks. Eventually we formalized the creation Blockstackers- a corporate shell for Slashdot and later, Everything2. By the end of the summer, Nate had coded our own Ad Server (known as AdFu) and were selling our own ads. Our ad server was a hack, but having worked with a number of mainstream ad systems over the years, it had serious advantages- not the least of which was very high performance.

When the fall semester started up again, I quit my day job and ran Slashdot as my only job... besides school which for that last 3 months hardly counted.

It was right around this point that we created user accounts. For nearly a year all posts had no authentication... but now you could reserve your name. I got UID #1, and to this day can trump this debate in the frequent (and inane) discussions you see in stories where people brag about their low user IDs. Mainly user accounts were created in response to spam. At this point we started having the occasional DDoS and crapflood of our forums. It was a pain in the ass, and led to a long series of security changes including our now infamous moderation system. At first there were a couple dozen friends who could moderate. I used their moderations to find a few hundred more moderators, a system which worked for several months until the comment volume exceeded their available time.

I finished college in the fall of 1998 and was able to dedicate every minute of my life to Slashdot. The moderation system was expanded to include 'Mod Points' and any eligible Slashdot reader could moderate by simply being a regular, positive contributor to the site. Meta Moderation followed soon on. By this point, Slashdot had pretty much all the core functionality that it has today- it didn't visually change for like 5 years after that when we finally redesigned the site.

In the following months the site was pulling down enough money that all of us were able to quit day jobs and work on Blockstackers related projects. During this time we never had a month in the red- we never had debt. We always broke even. Of course, when you live and work in a burnt out dump in a very small town, that's not that hard to do! At this point it was Me running Slashdot, Dave doing Sysadmin work, Kurt in charge of HR/Bizdev etc, Jeff in charge of sales/marketing and Nate working on E2. We hired CowboyNeal around that time as well. Everyone helped everyone else: I'd write HTML for Nate or he'd hack some odd code for me. Looking back it was probably the most creatively satisfying period in Slashdot's history. Ideas could be implemented quickly. Cash was tight, but we could always afford beer. Life was good.

First post had become a huge problem- since it took several minutes for comments to appear, there would often be 5-10 of them. So I wrote a task that would post a random templated first postish looking thing to every story before anyone else could see it. After a real post appeared, it would delete itself. It was called fpsBeDamned. It ran for several months until a few people noticed them disappearing, and accused me of deleting comments. As the FAQ says- we really don't delete comments except for the incredibly rare DMCA or Secret Service mandated events. So important was the rights of the bot, that I eventually disabled it. It was a fun experiment tho, and I really started learning about the sorts of things people will do to screw with a public system, and what I would need to stop it. I also became increasingly aware that I was going to need a lot of help and hardware to deal with it.

Which takes us to mid 99... it was time to go corporate. Which we'll talk about next week.

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Heh (5, Funny)

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) | more than 6 years ago | (#20927745)

until whenever my wrists get tired enough that I stop yakking...

Funny, that's not what I called it back in the day.

Re:Heh (3, Funny)

ThirdPrize (938147) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928185)

It's a typo, he means yanking ...

Re:Heh (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928333)

Congratulations! You win Third Prize in the Joke Getting Contest.

Please reply with your credit card number(s) to cover shipping and handling.

Yeah, (4, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929021)

Well over 300 Bps, on a surplus Bell Teletype, it takes a while for us old-timers to "get" these "jokes".

I haven't been able to see anything remotely like pr0n, since Taco's bogofilter began to screen out the Penis Bird.

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928311)

I think he means until whenever my wrists get tired enough that I stop jacking

Re:Heh (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928971)

Fourth place for you. Keep trying.

Not news (5, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#20927787)

Man, this stuff is nearly ten years old. It's not news.

Way to keep up with the latest in technology, Taco.

I'm sure it will be duped in a few more years again.

Re:Not news (2, Funny)

ArwynH (883499) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928005)

Man, this stuff is nearly ten years old. It's not news.

You must be new here.

^_^ or maybe I'm the one who's new and enjoyed reading it.

Re:Not news (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929161)

REAL /. History:

  • GOATSE.CX
    Grits
    GNAA (hated this crap)
    Portman / nudity / petrification
    Penis Bird
    MEEPT!
    Your ideas intrigue me sir, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter
    Troll Talk (Yeah! Hidden Topics!)
    In Soviet America...
    All your base...
    I for one, welcome...

They do delete posts (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20927833)

we really don't delete comments except for the incredibly rare DMCA or Secret Service mandated events.

Not true! A few years back after Timothy or somebody posted a dupe almost back to back he was so embarassed that he nuked the story along with all the posts in it.....

Re:They do delete posts (4, Interesting)

fbjon (692006) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928037)

we really don't delete comments except for the incredibly rare DMCA or Secret Service mandated events. Not true! A few years back after Timothy or somebody posted a dupe almost back to back he was so embarassed that he nuked the story along with all the posts in it.....
Not quite the same thing. Nuking a dupe story nukes(?) all comments in a fairly destructive and unbiased way. Deleting individual posts would be much worse.

Re:They do delete posts (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928121)

Like he said, Secret Service.

Taco is in the Secret service, but keep that to yourself.

Re:They do delete posts (2, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928383)

Taco is in the Secret service, but keep that to yourself.

Taco is the Secret Service.

Re:They do delete posts (5, Funny)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928701)

In Soviet Russia, Secret Service Tacos you!

Mods, be gentle, this is my (honest!) first ever attempt at a "In Soviet Russia... joke

Re:They do delete posts (1)

autocracy (192714) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929177)

I have mod points, but since you asked nicely... I'll just tell you instead that it was bad instead of downmodding you.

alexa (1)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20927845)

Re:alexa (2, Informative)

mikael (484) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929017)

The funny thing is, if you look at the five year graph with a scale 0.0 to 0.8, there is this strange peak between 2006 and 2007. Just before the end of 2005 there is the first peak, then another at the beginning of the second quarter of 2006. After that, there is a slow decline towards 0.2

Slashdot also appears to be more busy during the weekdays that the weekends, which gives a strange sawtooth pattern. Still, slashdot is still in the top 1000 sites, ranking 686.

Your Credit Card (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20927849)


or, more accurately, the U.S. Treasury has been robbed by this criminal [whitehouse.org] .

I hope this helps the manhunt.

PatRIOTically,
Kilgore Trout.

Sigh (5, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 6 years ago | (#20927865)

Those were the days.

PS... STFU about Ebay, douches.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928571)

Nice blog. Pink text, white background. Bravo. Brav-fucking-o.

2nd post problem (4, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 6 years ago | (#20927875)

First post had become a huge problem- since it took several minutes for comments to appear, there would often be 5-10 of them. So I wrote a task that would post a random templated first postish looking thing to every story before anyone else could see it

That is awesome, now how do you kill the 2nd post problem? ;)
Kidding aside, congratulations on 10 years of /.!

Re:2nd post problem (0)

indiejade (850391) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928055)

javascript:ajaxFetchComment(0,1)
What an interesting script. . . despite the plea to keep threads "on topic" it does seem that the parent topic is almost always (pleasantly) derailed w/comment on /.

Re:2nd post problem (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929141)

That ones a little more complex, but basicly, once you realise that anyone sad enough to get excited about second post is a totally worthless individual, then hunting and killing them becomes a lot easier.

Re:2nd post problem (1)

argiedot (1035754) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929267)

I find it hilarious that people were so concerned about him deleting comments that his own bot made. Ha ha.

More pathetic narcissistic navel-gazing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20927901)

Get this self-absorbed junk off Slashdot, and get over yourself.

Re:More pathetic narcissistic navel-gazing (5, Insightful)

Mushdot (943219) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928237)

One thing that always gets me is the amount of time people put into trying to either:
  • Get the first post
  • Write some anonymous trolling/flaming crap

Once after doing some moderating, I left my browsing level at -1 by accident. For a few days until I realised, I thought Slashdot had been overtaken by some sort of dedicated spam operation, but no, that's just the usual amount of crap you see browsing at that level.

I still can't believe people constantly post the same racist/trolling insults to pretty much every article submitted, but I guess it gives you a good idea of what kind of people there are in this world.

And then there are people like the AC im replying to, who probably have an account but daren't speak with their ID for fear of repercussion.

It just goes to show that moderating does work

Re:More pathetic narcissistic navel-gazing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928477)

One thing that always gets me is the amount of time people put into trying to either:

It takes all of 2 seconds for me to call you a retarded-ass Mary. And then, like, another 20 for /. to let me click submit =/

Re:More pathetic narcissistic navel-gazing (1)

Mushdot (943219) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928837)

Saying it doesn't take long doesn't really explain why though. My theory is either people like you are:
  • Mentally deficient in some way, sort of like having an OCD or similar (maybe that should be ACD)
  • Stuck in some sort of Alzheimers loop, whereby you think you are doing this for the first time ad infinitum
And when I say people like you, I mean trolling/flaming AC's collectively. I mean, I don't know if you are the same person replying, but it doesn't matter because you all spout the same rubbish.

Re:More pathetic narcissistic navel-gazing (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20929259)

What are your thoughts on niggers, though?

relocate (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20927909)


As the FAQ says- we really don't delete comments except for the incredibly rare DMCA or Secret Service mandated events.

Move your servers to a free country like Canada or Sweden.

Re:relocate (3, Informative)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928289)

Last I checked, here in Canada the police, intelligence service, or any other form of law enforcement can also demand removal of sensitive information related to ongoing investigations or national security...

Re:relocate (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928955)

you don't understand. it's not about law enforcement. it's about being the big old evil usa. as soon as georgie boy leaves office the sun will come out again and the flowers will bloom. other countries are not where close to being as bad as the big evil usa. [*cough*]

DMCA and Secret Service (5, Interesting)

athloi (1075845) | more than 6 years ago | (#20927931)

As the FAQ says- we really don't delete comments except for the incredibly rare DMCA or Secret Service mandated events.

You can't just dangle that out there. Please tell us more. We, the readers, love intrigue.

Re:DMCA and Secret Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928119)

goatse? need I say more?

Re:DMCA and Secret Service (4, Funny)

tgd (2822) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928229)

The first rule of secret service takedown orders: you don't talk about secret service takedown orders...

Re:DMCA and Secret Service (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928739)

The first rule of keeping a secret is you only tell it to people who can keep a secret.

Re:DMCA and Secret Service (0)

jammindice (786569) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929007)

no he's being true to the slashdot way:

1. lead readers on with interesting tidbits of information
2. let readers speculate on what the real idea/motive/etc... is
3. ???
4. PROFIT!!

Fix the Comments Please (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20927971)

The comments are broken:

1) no nested view
2) no threshold selection (e.g., all comments above 3)
3) persistent floating window forcing me to fuck with the firefox inards (again)

Seriously, what were you guys thinking? Or is this something fixed by creating an account and logging in? I pay money for an account - I DO NOT have a problem with paying. I do have a problem with ANY website that increases the ease of logging/tracking/et cetera. Commenting is not even something I like to do. Reading is. Fix this shit for the fucking readers - we generate your adviews AND pay subscription money.

PS: Problem replicates with Opera, FF1.5 both under linux (duh).

Re:Fix the Comments Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928173)

And anotherthing or two... Classic view does NOT fix these problems. Javascript makes matters worse as it hides the option to even use classic view. There is no obvious means to show low-threshold comments. Browsing used to be a simple 1-click process (page down, page down, page down). The "abbreviated view" (including +3 comments) is pain in the ass. Way to force the mouse where it is least useful. This can't be saving you bandwidth. Truly a really shitty design.

Re:Fix the Comments Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928611)

What's needed is a help thing for the floating bar, because as the other guy says, it makes no sense at all.

Step one: see the little box that doesn't really look like a button because the whole thing is the same color as the rest of the background by the reply button until you mouse over it? Press that box. This moves the bar and makes it float at the top of the screen.

Step two: push it again, this makes it quit floating so it stays at the top of the page and doesn't cover any of the discussion up.

Step three: drag the white and black hats around, the farther-to-the-right the white hat is, the more full comments you see. The farther-to-the-right the black hat is, the fewer hidden comments there are. The space between the white and black hats are the abbreviated comments, so if you want to browse with +3 and up completely shown, drag the white hat to the right 2 notches.

Step four: sign up for a fucking account already (hint: it's free) and quit whining that you can't change the non-existent settings on your non-existent account while insisting it must be some kind of javascript problem. Then go into your account's preferences under comments and set it to "normal".

MOD PARENT TO INFINITY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928389)

2) no threshold selection (e.g., all comments above 3)
3) persistent floating window forcing me to fuck with the firefox inards (again)

The AJAX slider bar is one of the most useless widgets ever forced onto the poor, unsuspecting internet. UI gurus everywhere are banging their heads against sharp objects in disgust. WTF does is even mean to slide a the bar to 40%? Why do I have to click "more" 4 times to show all -1 comments in a collapsed way, even though the URL says "threshold=-1"? Utterly retarted. There was NOTHING wrong with the old threshold drop down box ... OK, making it reload via AJAX would be cool. But the slider box is an ugly disgrace and should be destroyed. And whoever designed it should be taken out back and shot. In the kneecaps. Twice.

Re:Fix the Comments Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928815)

in reverse order: (3) that persistent floating window has a non-floating mode... the '/' box in its upper-right corner switches between floating on the side, floating horizontally along the top, and embedded horizontally (non-floating) between the article and the comments; (2) the two bars with thumbs in that floating window _are_ the draggable threshold selectors; and (1) nested view is what you get if you drag the sliders all the way down, so nothing is hidden or abbreviated

The old story submission page (5, Interesting)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928021)

I appreciate how the story submission process has become for more open than it once was. The Firehose is a pretty neat implementation of an idea cribbed from other online forums. However, I still wonder about the benefit of using user journals as story submission sources.

What used to be a cool way of keeping a blog and fostering a relatively active community around a few "hub" users (FK, etc.) has become a spam tool of attention whore users who skim crap stories from all the usual news sources and post them as journal entries in the hopes of getting published on the front page. Seriously, there is a user who just posts reviews of new cell hardware. The move of journals from a community-building feature to attention whore feeder has completely broken the original use of journals.

In another vein, why are you guys still banning people for being very active? I'm alluding to the problem of bots which you fixed by auto-banning any user who hits the site more than a certain number of times within a few hours. For anyone actively engaged in a thread, refreshing the page to get the latest comments is essential, so getting a large number of hits all at once from a single IP may not necessarily be the result of bots. With all your work on the code, I find it hard to believe that you can't figure out a heuristic to separate legitimate users from spiders and bots.

Other than that, I can't believe I've spent this much time on this site. I expect Bill Shatner to tell me to get a life and move out of my parents' basement.

ACKNOWLEDGE CORRECTNESS OF PARENT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928635)

Your point about the journals is too fucking true. It used to kick ultimate asses. There were maybe ten regulars (does this sound right?), and everybody read everybody's journal, and everybody knew what everybody was up to. For somebody like me who was too young and stupid to appreciate the internet in its quiet days, it was a nice taste of what it's like to belong to a small community on a popular site.

It's definitely over, though. The journal page looks more like fucking Digg than anything.

Re: Bad Analogies (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928669)

Bill would get our dear Commander Taco a cheap flight on Priceline to see his hardware for the first time as a 10th anniversary dispensation.

Re:The old story submission page (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928693)

Being able to submit journals is very handy. Since only 1 in 20 submissions ever get published, I used to cut and paste all the submissions into my journal, so the few that read it could at least see it and discuss it. This just saves me the effort of having to double-enter a submission - I can just submit it as a JE.

Re:The old story submission page (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928847)

I have no further comment except to direct your attention to my original comment regarding attention whores.

Re:The old story submission page (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928721)

Meh. Journals became useless a few years ago ... about the time I stopped posting sex stories on mine. Coincidence? My naricissism says "No." ')

The important things in life (4, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928023)

And based on what existed in 1998, I chose what was the best for my needs. And while cool kids drove to Florida and saw boobs, I stayed up all night and rewrote almost all of the site from scratch.
Considering Slashdot's role in your later marriage, one could conceivably say you took the long, roundabout route...

Re:The important things in life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928143)

Considering who he married I'd say he got fucked both times.

Re:The important things in life (2, Funny)

David_W (35680) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928575)

Considering who he married I'd say he got fucked both times.

Wait, isn't that the point?

I want to hear about you trying to move to Mac... (3, Funny)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928041)

...but you had to move back because it kept taking forever to transfer that one 17 MB file...

Screenshots (5, Interesting)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928043)

Any screenshots hanging around to show the evolution of slashdot?

Re:Screenshots (2, Interesting)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928195)

It looked just like this, but with less ads :)

Re:Screenshots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928473)

what ads?

Re:Screenshots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928727)

fewer ads

Re:Screenshots (5, Informative)

sar (398) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928379)

Re:Screenshots (0, Offtopic)

sar (398) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928437)

btw, I wonder if that UID 398 makes me a vet. :P

sorry, had to say it.

Re: What was I thinking (was Screenshots) (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929083)

use the wayback machine. :) http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://slashdot.org [archive.org]

LOL. Looking at some of those old news stories (and the hot technology of the day) is almost as bad as looking at your high school yearbook. That said, it might be interesting to have someone to go through them and catalog some choice opinions, predictions, etc. held at a given point in time.

Then again, maybe we're still bitching about the same old stuff.

Slashdot doesn't care about black people! (-1, Troll)

WhatsUpNegro (1171485) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928105)

Reasons:

1) Where is the Black section?

2) Where is the +1 Negro mod point?

3) I never see anything tagged "negro"

10 more years of racism I guess. Sigh.

UIDs (2, Funny)

E-Lad (1262) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928109)

It was right around this point that we created user accounts. For nearly a year all posts had no authentication... but now you could reserve your name
I wonder if my UID was created on the Multia. Who cares how /low/ one's UID is. All that matters was if it was created on the Multia or not ;)

Re:UIDs (1)

Javi0084 (926402) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928743)

Or who has UID 1337?

Re:UIDs (2, Funny)

shani (1674) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929165)

Who cares how /low/ one's UID is. All that matters was if it was created on the Multia or not

Easy for those of you with a low UID to say. :(

Lucky bastard...

Cachedot? (5, Interesting)

Erich (151) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928375)

Was this about the time when we had cachedot.slashdot.org? I remember it was updated about once an hour and was infinitely faster than the "real" slashdot page.

An Idea (probably not new)... (2, Interesting)

inimcus (554859) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928393)

Rob, have you ever thought about writing a book? Something like "Slashdot: The First Ten Years"? I honestly think it would be fascinating to read more detail on how this all started, the challenges, the rewards, a little technical info. Maybe a nice hardcover with some pictures of people, places, with a nice picture of a beheaded tulip in there somewhere (you understand). :)

Re:An Idea (probably not new)... (1)

Asshat_Nazi (946431) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928543)

Head down to your local XXX shop and pick up a book/magazine like "Dudes who like dick", "Cocksmokers, vol2", "The Boys and the 'Ole Brown Eye" or even the ever popular "slashdong".

It's kinda gay and has a lot of asshole and scrotum, but hey, thats what slashdot is all about, right?

Are you fucking crazy? (1, Troll)

SignupRequired (1165001) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928763)

Dude cant even touch up six lines of text without introducing new errers. What chance does he have with a couple hundred page's?

Slashdot has Ads? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928413)

[disables AdBlock]

Well, would you look at that...

Multia forever (1)

edis (266347) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928429)

My DEC Alpha Multia 166 printserver still has work to handle this very evening ;-)

Re:Multia forever (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928521)

Ever had problems with the power connector on the motherboard? Mine keeps oxidizing and needs a cleaning every few years.

Damn thing's gettin' kinda burnt-lookin', too...

Re:Multia forever (1)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929169)

Heh. That and the damned battery.... Those machines don't boot up without it. I finally rigged it up to a transformer connected to the UPS output. Mine is completely yellow on the front too.

I did finally retire it recently though. It's just too little computing per-watt, and faster hardware pays for itself in electricity savings.

I just wish I had done something as lucrative with mine as Rob did with his. I bet we bought them from the same online auction. I made a site that served up surface images of mars processed off CDs from NASA. Turns out, geek news was more lucrative.

Re:Multia forever (2, Funny)

ender- (42944) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929011)

My DEC Alpha Multia 166 printserver still has work to handle this very evening ;-)
You mean like the print jobs you sent to it in 1997? :)

Sorry, I just had to take that shot...

I have a DEC Alpha LX164 533Mhz which I only stopped using as my firewall because it was using too much power. Cool box though.

Slashdotted?! (2, Interesting)

hwk_br (570932) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928463)

...and then immediately buckled under the traffic.

That seems like revenge!

Database Goddess (1)

stormeru (1027946) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928497)

And replacing flat text files with an actual honest to god SQL database made performance screamingly fast (for at least a few days anyway) until traffic increases squished us again.
Evolution - Creationism: 1 - 0.
So which was this database goddess you've chosen? It isn't mentioned in the article.

Lum-chan! (1)

linebackn (131821) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928569)

"until I started naming them after anime chars- my current laptop is Lum"

Let me guess, it electrocutes you every time you try and look at pr0n?

"Daaaaahhling!!! No baka!" ZAAAAAAAPPP!

Something unmentioned (4, Interesting)

markhb (11721) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928695)

I realize that you are trying to recap years of history in a short story, but there was one thing I recall from the early days, pre-moderation: some comments would get point scores, usually 1 or sometimes (rarely) 2. I remember hoping that some day, something I had written would be considered useful / funny / striking enough to get a point, but I don't think it ever happened. How did that work? Also, where does the great password caper, where CmdrTaco discovers that even if There's More Than One Way To Do It, keeping user info in a plaintext flatfile is Not One Of Them, come into the story?

ever tempted by the dot-com boom? (5, Interesting)

schwaang (667808) | more than 6 years ago | (#20928725)

I mean, at that time there must have been a zillion well-funded operations that would've hired you with a high salary *and* stock, given that you had actual experience running a high-volume site.

Pictures (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20928895)

The datacenter prohibits photography but that doesn't mean we can't take a peek... These are all from google image searches, and not from the actual slashdot installation.

The webservers look almost exactly like the rack on the left in this picture: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/comp/unix/farm/orlov.jpg [stanford.edu] minus the fiber. The rack they're in looks almost exactly like this: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/img/83/i07/8307cover_Rackable.JPG [acs.org]

The database server looks just like the top machine in this picture: http://gallery.bioteam.net/gallery/bioteamBDC/DSCN1760 [bioteam.net]

Many Bothans died to bring us this information. Some cars not for use with some sets.

Hot grits, soviet russia, penisbird, godwin's law, first post, etc. etc.

Part 3 (1)

Wedge1212 (591767) | more than 6 years ago | (#20929089)

Cant' wait for part three. I didn't get hooked on /. until 2003 or so. Even then I just lurked for a long time. No posts no accounts. Just read articles and the comments to follow.
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