Better performance please

Over the last few months I've been pretty dissatisfied with the performance of this blog. Not only were page load times sometimes upwards of 10 seconds, but occasionally my swap usage would max out and crash the server, requiring a hard reboot. And it's a blog, for crying out loud—nothing this simple should ever flat-out crash a server, even if it's only got 256MB of RAM.

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Know thy bottlenecks

One of my projects at work lately has been a searchable index of about 80,000 images, each involving about 20 fields' worth of metadata. It's a Drupal project, so it was pretty easy to set up the appropriate content types, fields, and so forth, but when it came time to set up searching, I made a few regrettable assumptions that cost me a lot of time.

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My Home NAS, A Performance Sidenote

Still more to go on my home NAS series, but I thought I'd take a moment to point out a recently-published article that benchmarks the performance of the MSI Wind box against several other DIY and off-the-shelf NAS units. The author ends with the conclusion that DIY NAS boxes based on Intel Atom chipsets (and also the VIA C7) typically get twice the throughput of their store-bought counterparts.

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