< Piro >
Monday - January 21, 2002
It's late, it's been a long week (and a long weekend) so i have to keep this rant a little short - no time to write a long explanation of what's been up since we went down ten days ago. It's not ENTIRELY over yet, either - there might be a glitch or two this week, but hopefully everything should be smooth sailing from here on out.
In short, we had to change our hosting much sooner than we expected and were caught off guard. We were able to move the server fairly easily, but the server needed some repair, on both the hardware and software ends. I spent nine days working hard to reduce the bandwidth of all the elements on the site, catching as many errors and whatnot as i could. Largo busted his ass to get the forums upgraded and online (we will be adjusting the color scheme in the future to match other site revisions), and right now we are watching our bandwidth use with total horror - even after all the work i put into it (reducing most of the site by more than 1/2, 2/3 in most cases) the bandwidth we have been using since the archives went back up is... far more than we thought it would be. ugh.
With our hosting change, our hosting expenses have also gone up dramatically. We don't really know where it will settle out at, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. Before people start asking, we will NOT be asking for donations or having a paypal donation button - MT will survive like any other good property, based on it's ability to sell a reasonable amount of merchandise. If you would like to support MT, please visit our store and buy some swag :)
Oh, and if you are interested in advertizing on Megatokyo, please contact us.
As far as the comic itself goes - we felt that today's little gag was a good way to get back into the swing of things. Yes, we really did have a bad RAID controller. It's gone now. It won't hurt the server anymore. I have also taken the downtime to get ahead a tad, so you can look forward to the next installment of Chapter 2 to show up on Wednesday.
as always, thanks for all your support, patience, and kind emails regarding our recent downtime. Megatokyo is still strong as ever - and hey, these little blips are part of what makes MT real. It's flawed, it's not perfect, and neither are we.
but that's part of what makes us Piro and Largo. Unfortunately. :)