We just pushed our first update after introducing a signup fee on BonzoBox, and included in it is an improvement enabled by the signup fee: Much, much faster sign-in to BonzoBox. Now that we can count on people who are signing up to be honest members of the community we are comfortable turning off the system that tries to determine if accounts are being used for spam every time you sign in, and that system was slow.
As for that sweet avatar, for a long time people who have linked their Facebook accounts to BonzoBox have had their Facebook profile picture staring back at them, like this:
Today’s update lets everyone stare at their smiling face beside their name. If you’ve got a BonzoBox avatar set, (Click “Welcome Back” and choose Profile to set your avatar), then we use that, if not we’ll try to show your Gravatar, and if that fails, well, we’ve got a backup image.
Here’s mine, on a non-Facebook-linked account:
That’s it for today. Keep BonzoBoxing!
Since the New Year the BonzoBox community has been experiencing explosive growth. As a result of that growth, we’ve been planning to upgrade our servers for a while. The plan was to smoothly transition to the newer, faster servers. Well, last Sunday, due to circumstances beyond our control, our old server was shut down for a day and a half, so I went into overdrive to move everything to our new server and bring the site back. By the time our old server was brought back online we were far enough into moving everything to the new server that the decision was made to offer limited functionality to existing BonzoBoxers during the move then re-open everything once we were ready for prime-time on the new system. We opened everything up again on Wednesday, and brought back the final missing feature, on-demand screenshots, on Saturday. We are sorry for the problems that the downtime caused. We understand that it was a headache, it was for us too. While we were down we weren’t able to bookmark the reference sites we were using to bring everything back up! However, we’re back now, and better than ever.
We are really excited about our new server. Here are some highlights:
- 5.5 times the processing power of the old server
- 8 times the memory of the old server
- 4.5 times the storage of the old server
On top of that we have moved the system that generates screenshots into an environment where we have access to virtually unlimited computing power.
We have improved our backups too. We now back-up all of your data every hour to a secure location. We also have nightly on-site backups of absolutely everything, and nightly offsite backups of absolutely all data, (even the stuff that we’re already doing hourly). This means that even if the data center where our servers are housed burns to the ground your data is safe.
Now we’re settled into our new home, We can finally fix some bugs that you have discovered and improving BonzoBox. For all of you who have been patiently waiting for something, (like better bookmark import), hold on, it’s coming. Now go and enjoy the new, speedy, servers