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Since much of the website software has now stabilized, I finally got around to implementing additional caching intended to greatly improve the loading speed of most of the pages, especially the main ones. This included moving many of the standard files and nearly all the images to external Cloud servers, which should especially improve performance for overseas visitors.
According to the tests I’ve been running, the results have been very nice, with the image-heavy pages now usually loading 2-3x faster and a great deal of improvement on the other pages as well.
Major changes sometimes cause major problems, and several people have complained about serious difficulties in accessing or using the website over the last day or two. This may have been related to other changes I made in the load-positioning of some of the JS and CSS, and I’ve now tried to fix that issue. However, since neither I nor most other visitors seem to have experienced the problems, it’s difficult for me to be sure.
Incidentally, an amusing thought came to mind regarding the huge concerns many commenters have over the controversial sentiments they sometimes express. In today’s American society, voicing opinions that might be considered “racist,” “anti-semitic,” or “homophobic” is clearly considered a monstrous crime, apparently worse than mass-murder if the Omar Thornton case is anything to go by.
Meanwhile, in my most recent article, I speculated that the best career move for an ambitious young politician might be to secretly commit some monstrous crime, then put the hard evidence in the hands of various powerful people, who would then back his rise, knowing that the blackmail evidence they possessed would keep their political puppet permanently dangling from their strings.
So I wonder if some of the more outrageous commenters here are actually non-ideological career politicians, simply producing the necessary paper-trail of blackmail evidence that their prospective donors require before they fund their future political campaigns.
Anyway, consider this post an “Open Thread” for your software complaints and comments, especially relating to problems over the last couple of days.