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My wife was tired of listening to my screaming (in terror and delight) and clicking reload every second to see the update to my hits. About when I hit 12,000 hits an hour, she decided that it was time to leave work and go see a movie. So, now I'm back and it looks like during this period of time the site has moved from the old DotEasy servers to the Surpass Hosting servers. So, for a period of time, everyone's been looking at slightly older version of the Cooking For Engineers site (my backup). I just setup Blogger to properly update the new server, so we should be up and running.



I would like to thank everyone who donated to the site during this amazing time. (I would have posted everyone's names, but I was concerned for people's privacy.)

Also thank you everyone who offered to host my site and also gave suggestions on how to reduce my bandwidth usage.

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Written by Michael Chu
Published on September 10, 2004 at 10:48 PM
30 comments on Welcome to the New Server:(Post a comment)

On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, Mike (guest) said...
Ouch, that graph should be kept for historical reasons. A true graphical representation of the slashdot effect!

Glad you're still online


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, Jim Cowling (guest) said...
Yeah, I got some splashback on the Slashdotting, too, thanks to a comment on the story but not nearly to the degree that you did (my site is www.kitchengeek.com).

I like your site. Looks like we both had similar ideas not far apart. Great minds and all that. ;)


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, Erik_repost (guest) said...
Nice graph... although it doesn't show if you view the article permalink. The link to the image is wrong there, since you use the same relative link as on the front page. Just thought I'd let you know, now I'll go check out the rest of the site :)


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, Michael Chu said...
Thanks Erik, I fixed the img tag reference.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, an anonymous reader said...
Hm.. seems like the pictures for older entries are not working.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, an anonymous reader said...
A lot of your recipes are still without pictures, peanut butter cookies comes to mind. Fix, please?


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, Michael Chu said...
Yes, I will reupload the pictures for the older articles before I go ahead and post new ones. I've been meaning to do it, but no one complained... until now. Thanks for the comments; I really appreciate them!


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, dave (guest) said...
You still have a lot of CSS in your HTML pages, you could decrease the load a lot further by putting this in an external file.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:30 AM, Philip (guest) said...
Nice work! It's rare to find a blog, outside of some politics-themed ones, that provides a public service to readers. But "Family Guy" dinners? I imagined that the show's audience were the cold pizza and beer types!


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, Michael Chu said...
Yes, I'll probably move the CSS tomorrow. I'll have to put the CSS on a different site right?


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
I think his point was that if the CSS was broken off into a separate file, only one read of that file would be required per visitor to the site. It doesn't have to be on a separate site, just separated from the HTML so that a cached copy can be used. Something like (angle brackets removed as it won't let me post HTML):
HEAD
LINK REL=STYLESHEET HREF="http://www.cookingforengineers.comstyle.css" TYPE="text/css"
/HEAD


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, Michael Chu said...
That's right. I wasn't thinking straight. Maybe I'll do that now.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
First of all, great site! Second, I think you should add a 'print' link for each post(/recipe) will be easy to print without all the comments, side 'windows' and all that..

Again, great site!


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
Hi, nice site! :), Any chance of an xml feed?


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
FOR ENGINEERS ?

I have to commend your will to make a site that is both funny and interesting, but at the moment it is definitely not for engineers.

While I don't expect you to work out details of each and every ingredient like a consisten engineer would do , at least use appropriate measurement units ; what the hell is a "cup of" ? Use international measure units please.

The list of woes is long, but I don't want to discourage you too much.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, Todd_repost (guest) said...
i find sitemeter's browser share stats interesting when you've been /.ed. looks like mozilla/firefox has much more of the market share for your site than they do globally.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
I am an experienced cook, and I think these recipes are really very good, and the instructions superb. One of the things that made Julia Child so great is that she understood the concept of robustness -- what had to be precise (in measurement, timing, quality) and what could endure variation without too much alteration. I love the precision of the instructions and the layout of steps. There is great consistency in high quality thinking in all fields.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, dmaduran (guest) said...
Just as a suggestion, you might want to incorporate the commenting engine from Haloscan (http://www.haloscan.com/), just so that avid fans can leave comments and ask advice without having to register for the Blogger service in lieu of posting anonymously.

While this would reduce bandwith usage, it'd also be a boon for people who don't like registering for services or commenting anonymously :)


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
It looks like you've already moved over, but I was going to recommend site5.com for your hosting. I use it to host a website of my own. They have really great packages (including 'roll-over' bandwidth):

http://www.site5.com/shared/comparison.php

$7 a month (paid annually) gets you 50GB of traffic per month. They also have an unmetered package, but I dunno how much it runs for.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
Great site and congrats on being /. -- every geek's dream :-) Nevertheless, you have a bad link for Surpass... you're forgetting the .com.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
Have you considered putting out a cookbook? With your popularity so high, it could be a big deal! I have a bunch of engineers in my family, and almost all of our friends are engineers. I can guarantee that if you publish a book by Christmas, I'll buy at least 10 copies for gifts.

My engineer husband once made Hamburger Helper (the cheesy potato flavor). I came into the kitchen and it was smoking - black smoke! I said, "Honey, you need to turn it off!" He said, "But the directions say to cook it for 14 minutes!" I said, "There's an implied direction of 'unless it's on fire' in there!" Anyway, I'm sure that he could whip up wonderful meals with your cookbook!!


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
I agree with your choice for Surpass hosting, they are very cheap, I used to do tech support for them last year... The only problem with them is that some servers go out of whack and stay that way, so if you start having problems, ask to be moved.

Great site by the way.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
Time to get a publisher and write a cookbook? I donated, and hope the site stays alive.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, nodac (guest) said...
wish we got half your traffic


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
"The only problem with them is that some servers go out of whack and stay that way, so if you start having problems, ask to be moved."

Hmm doesn't sound right to me. :) Anyone can be moved if they feel they need to, but with all of our servers being phased to Dual Xeons, things are pretty quiet.

Anywho, thank you for choosing Surpass to host Cooking For Engineers. We love the site, and I smell a Site of the Week brewing and bubbling on the stove...

-Kayla from http://www.surmunity.com

(I second the idea to get HaloScan, as not everyone has a blogger account... or still has an active one anyway)


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
are you ever going to put all of the recipes in a separate, easily accessible, section?


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, Kenneth Sundby (guest) said...
You should start looking into another CMS for your site. A blog is not the easiest way to organize your work you know ;)

Love your site tbw.


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
Hi Michael, The site is nice. The recipies are very nice. The attitude/style is just right. Thanks.

I mainly wanted to echo the request that you add an XML / RSS / Atom / whatever option for your site.

Unless you're updating your site all the time you can wind up at the bottom of the bookmark list. Offering an RSS feed makes it easier to notice new posts for those of us who keep track of things with an RSS aggregator.

I'm not familiar with Blogger administration but it should boil down to a couple of clicks on the admin options page and maybe pasting a tag into your template. The Blogger software will probably handle everything else automatically.

David Innes from 8020.org (referred by Majikthise)


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, Michael Chu said...
re: RSS/atom feed

It's available at:
http://www.cookingforengineers.com/atom.xm


On September 11, 2004 at 02:31 AM, an anonymous reader said...
I've had nothing to eat yet. And O the Pie looks wonderful. :)

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