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Aaarrghhh

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

That about sums up the day. The nightly post is horribly delayed, due to - as we now know after much hair pulling, teeth gnashing and cursing - due to a bug in a core programming API used by FeedBlitz. Basically, there are apparently situations where this otherwise reliable and important to FeedBlitz API causes the server's CPU to go into an infinite loop. We, unfortunately, hit one of those situations today, where a relatively badly behaved web server tripped the situation that caused the race condition. Infinite loop, process doesn't end (that would be the infinite part), no emails. Just our bad luck and, for what it's worth, a total, utter pain to identify and fix (because even once we found the true cause and some documentation on it, the workaround in the tech note doesn't. actually. work. either. Phooey.).

But fix it we have, and the poll is off and running again. This time it will finish. As much as we strive for consistency in performance, the more feeds we see the more likely one or two will eventually throw a wrench in the works (see my remarks here). So it was today, and while do apologize for the inconvenience, we've bounced back and are ready to blitz those feeds once more.

   

8 Comments:

Blogger Janine White said...

Over the last couple of days, my blitz has not included photos. is this a function of the issues described above or should I be looking elsewhere?

2:21 AM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Brouhaha said...

Me too... no photos, no embedded links!

9:06 AM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Collateral damage from the above, now fixed - thanks for the heads up. When you log in and preview the feed your HTML formatting, including photos and embedded links, will appear as expected.

10:22 AM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Dr. Rae for The Baum Group said...

How nice Phil, good to see you...
Need a tutorial on posting photos.

11:22 AM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Just as long as the photo is in your blog it will come through (last couple of days notwithstanding). There's nothing special you need to do for FeedBlitz.

11:26 AM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Dr. Rae for The Baum Group said...

Thanks Phil...

Just completed profile and here is photo - technology is great, don't you think?

11:41 AM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger m.s. said...

this is off-topic, but not sure where else to post. i'd like to see an official feedblitz chicklet that follows on the established theme for these familiar icon. in the meantime, made a generic one for my own site thru.awebcamdarkly.com. thanks for all the great work!

6:48 PM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Hi Post...

Great idea - I'll email you privately...

Thanks!

Phil

12:26 PM, November 21, 2005  

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