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July 4, 2008
News - Free Day is Done
about 6 years ago
Yay! Free day stuff just hit Italy! Thanks Sparkies!
But it was not 5 servers for 1100 orders in two hours. It was 5 servers for 70.000 orders in ONE SECOND! This was not an e-commerce environment, was a DoS attack! I absolutely respect your knowledge about e-commerce systems management, which I do not have, but what happened really does not seems strange to me. Requests were NOT scattered in time, they were concurrent! Not a “normal” e-commerce site, and not even near to a “heavy load” e-commerce situation.. this was a completely different beast!
aww, c'mon! under normal conditions, which is your ping time to SparkFun? And mine? So, is it a question of “slow TCP packets” and bandwidth, or problem was nearly-dead servers? You need bandwidth when you have to transfer BIG amount of data (Mb or Gb), but for such a similar task (hitting a SUBMIT button and sending crypted credit card data) a few Kb are enough… matter of seconds, anywhere you are located in the world. Lines and bandwidth is not a bottleneck in these cases, unless you are still on a 38Kbps Zyxel modem.
This said, I would like too to have a look to geographic distribution of winners (I am one, from Italy, me just lucky today (I am not, usually :) )).
nope. I got the stuff and I am in Italy. Pure Luck. Under those conditions, if a server answers you or not is Pure Luck.
ha! we did the SAME comment at the same time! Absolutely agree! and BTW: One can have fiber and T1’s, but if on the other side the servers are under such a load… “you can seek forever on an empty disk”, someone once said.
well, you all disappointed people really believed it would have been like hitting the google homepage? it was OBVIOUS that SF servers would have been under nearly DoS-attack conditions… IMHO it was part of the game. Just Luck. This people gave away 100.000 bucks of free stuff in less than 2 hours and deserve respect. I already was a SF customer and I will be again and again. THX SPARKS! YOU RULEZ!
about 6 years ago
Hi Nate, did you have some time to try it out? does it work?
Hi, one thing is not clear to me: is this a replacement also for an FTDI Basic Breakout board? if I deploy a prototype with an Arduino Pro and one of these, will I be able to patch the software later via Bluetooth or I will have to open it and connect the FTDI again?
also: I have a Pro Mini; is this OK also for that model or just for “normal” Pro and Lilypad? Thx!
about 7 years ago
Ok. Now look at my homepage:
and PLEASE let us have also equilateral triangle ones! :) I BADLY need them!!! :)
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