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Realization [Oct. 24th, 2000|12:21 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I now understand why LiveJournal's servers suck --- it's the same reason that I suck at school this quarter: too much damn stuff to do. I can work my ass off but there's still just always tons more stuff to do... my load average is always going to be as pathetic as LiveJournal's server....

lj@www:~$ cat /proc/loadavg
5.71 5.89 5.78 4/176 23879

LiveJournal would be running well if it were 5 times as fast, or had 5 times less to do.

I think I'd be stress free if I had 5 times less stuff to do.

I really need to drop a class but there's nothing that I can easily drop... everything I either really want to do, or is required.

So anyway, not only do I feel the server's pain now, but I understand it... even being damn fast, there's only so much you can do. Even when I'm extremely productive for a few days, there's still stuff I haven't done (stress) ... it's only a matter of how much stuff I've done. Sure, maybe I accomplished more than I did the day before, but all that really matters is if there's stuff (any quantity) that I haven't done... this is analagous to any user getting a server error on LiveJournal. The problem isn't solved until all requests go through quickly, all of the time. Look at my damn inbox... 40 messages. All of them require me to do something (else they'd be deleted).

Grrrr.... okay, I need to start getting help with LiveJournal. Like, serious help.... not "hey, I know HTML and am learning flash and will volunteer" help. I need to give ownership to several key talented people that I know and trust who have an interest in seeing things succeed. This isn't a call for volunteers... this is me ranting. I need to figure out who I want to be a major part of this. I can't even deal with school... how am I supposed to run this damn site by myself?

I figure I need one really good programming/web/unix person and one good business person, to start.

I almost skipped my second class today... I was ready to fall asleep in my first one. I then planned to go home and take a 6 hour nap or so like last week, but I think I have to do other things... I have to go ship one of my 19" monitors to San Jose to have it repaired. It's still under warranty, but shipping and insurance won't be cheap. Speaking of insurance, I also still have to call people about the key scratch on my car..... grrrrrrrrrrr.

stress stress stress stress stress stress stress stress stress stress stress stress stress

There's an undocumented meta-data option that you can set on posts to prevent people from replying to entries. I think I'll use it on this one. I never integrated it into the LJ client because I couldn't find a good way to word it or place it such that stupid users wouldn't just set it all the time when they should've instead just set the global options. But yeah, I didn't write this for people to reply... just to bitch. Don't reply to this in another journal entry either... that's irritating.