It was ten years ago that I registered the domain name for Engineering Radio. A few days later, I put the first post up. It is still there. Those were different times for me personally and the business in general. There certainly have been trials, but it has never been dull.
Periodically, I go back through the posts and delete anything that is no longer relevant. I would estimate about 1/4 to 1/3 of the content has been deleted over the years. It is a good exercise to go back through and read what I wrote previously.
Currently, the stats are:
787 published posts, there are a few in the wings waiting to be finished
Approximately 200 page views per day
170 RSS feed subscriptions
I lost the country counter, but I believe the split is still about 60/40 US readers vs other countries.
I will continue on with this thing for as long as I feel it is worthwhile.
UPDATE: I notice that Radio World has a little star rating system on their articles. According to the rating, twenty-one people think I suck… That is okay, but when I started looking around at all of the other articles on the website, I noticed most have but one or two votes. It seems odd to me that my little opinion piece would have so many negative votes, especially in light of the e-mails, phone calls, and personal interactions I have received supporting my position.
I am deeply immersed in all things networking, yet again. I regret the sparse posts, but there are a few things of note:
It appears the WYFR shortwave site in Okeechobee has been sold to the operators of WRMI (Radio Miami International). This is a good turn of events for shortwave broadcasting. WRMI was programmed mostly to the Caribbean and was difficult to hear in these parts.
Nielsen Radio, formerly Arbitron, says it will increase the sample size for the PPM program. This is good, larger sample size means better accuracy and fewer extrapolation-related errors and strange rating spikes.
My apologies. As of late, there have been several service disruptions on this site. In speaking with my web host, they have identified the following issues:
On Thursday 4/11 and 4/18 between 6-10 am local time (1000-1400 UTC) the server that hosts engineeringradio.us was subjected to a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, where approximately 200,000 login attempts were made per hour from 90,000 different IP addresses. This was part of a greater attack on WordPress websites.
On Wednesday 4/24 there was another DoS attack of a more limited and focused scale around 3-4 pm time frame
On Tuesday 4/30 beginning at 5 am, (0900 UTC) there was a server issue that returned an error 404 message to anyone trying to access the website. The .htaccess file was somehow corrupted, which later caused an error 500 message. This outage lasted until approximately 2 pm (1800 UTC) when the .htaccess file was reloaded.
I have taken several steps to secure the web server and website against intrusions and other attacks. A distributed DoS attack is very hard to track and combat, the best course is to beef up security policies and weather the attacks when they come. I have contemplated moving this website to my own server, but that is more work than I have time for right now. Perhaps at some future point, if reliability continues to be an issue, I will do that.
There appears to be some issue with my version of WordPress, the server in use, and the version of PHP. The ISP recently upgraded my server and migrated my site over to a new unit, which was supposed to be transparent. Right. I am working with the ISP to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and return to my regular blogging.
In the meantime:
Update: All fixed, for now anyway. Something about a mismatched password in the backend. To all those that tried to comment, my apologies. It should all be working correctly now.