Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Digg dugg

I wrote this post in 2006, more than 17 years ago. It may be very out of date, partially or totally incorrect. I may even no longer agree with this, or might approach things differently if I wrote this post today. I rarely edit posts after writing them, but if I have there'll be a note at the bottom about what I changed and why. If something in this post is actively harmful or dangerous please get in touch and I'll fix it.

My last entry about my dog eating my DSlite hit Digg (screenshot), Reddit (screenshot), and a couple of other big-traffic sites over the weekend.

Pretty cool, but the coolest part is that my server — a single commodity Linux box that cost less than $3,000, running about 15 other sites — didn’t even hiccup.

Reason #4453 to use Django? It’s fast. Crazy fast.

Oh, and to all the Diggers who suggested that I should kill my dog? Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

Really, who goes to some random guy’s website and suggests that he kill his dog? Who are these people?

Digg really is the new Slashdot.


More stats, as requested by Pupeno in the comments:

  • Hits: around 40k hits over the last 48 hours; seems like about half from Digg. I haven’t calculated hits/second yet; I’d guess a peak around 50 or so.
  • Hardware: dual 2GHz Opteron, 8GB RAM.
  • Software: Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, Django.
  • Traffic: peaked around 120k/s; average seems to be around 30-40.