Just now completed caching, one of the longest pending task on my TO-DO list for Orkutfeeds.
Strangely, it took just 1 hour of coding and 2 hours of designing/thinking to implement caching! Had I known this earlier, OrkutFeeds would have never went down.
Anyway I hope service will run smoothly atleast for next few months. I don’t have enough free time to spend more on this free and ad-free (till now atleast) service.
One bad thing with caching is you won’t get updates from Orkut instantly. But if you have time to follow updates every second, why don’t you just log into Orkut!
Anyway just for info, here are caching duration for different type of feeds.
- Scrapbook feed – 10 minutes
- Topic feed – 30 minutes
- Community feed – 60 minutes
Adjusting these values are fairly easy on our end. So any discussion/suggestion related to these numbers are most welcomed. 🙂
As usual, with any change, new bugs may popup over the time. Catch them if you can! 😉
Orkutfeeds is UP again and ready to burn feeds for your scrapbook, communities & favorite topics! 🙂
We are sorry to announce but we have to take down Orkutfeeds service completely for a major update.
As posted on our main blog, we have recently shifted to dedicated private servers which cost us a lot. Also as we do not make any money from OrkutFeeds, we can’t let this resource hungry service to burn holes in our pockets.
The only solution which seems good enough now, is to re-code most part of it with exclusive support for caching. That way we can reduce load on our server as well as on Orkut server by 80%. Atleast as per our calculation.
Call for PHP geeks…
If you are a PHP geek and like to volunteer for next version of Orkutfeeds, please contact us.
As we are not making any money from this service as of now, your efforts will not be monetized immediately. But we have plan to make money from this service in future and if you happen to be with us there on timeline, we will surely make you rich! 😉
Sorry once again for downtime. I hope to fix everything within a week.
Till then enjoy updates from our newly launched blog on Orkut – Orkut Diary.
Although I said last night that community & topic feeds were back, they were keep breaking throughout the day…
So what I did is know separated code for all 3 types of feeds viz. scrapbook, community & topic feeds. The major advantage of this separation is increased reliability. So as an example, if something goes wrong with scrapbook feeds in future hopefully it will not affect community & topic feeds.
Also I made some major changes apart from separating codes. These changes basically to correct minor bugs which pops out whenever orkut makes small changes to their original code. But this will not result in any disruption of service anymore.
Thanks for your patience… 🙂
Just tested and all feeds are seems working well.
Please let me know if anything breaks again.
Sorry for inconvenience and delay but life is busy like hell here… 🙁
From evening (around 10 hours) I am receiving emails/scraps regarding problem in the feeds.
There is some problem is session management code which will take more time to figure it out.
I am using SVN here so I am reverting everything to old version where we didn’t have any support for community & topic feeds.
I thought its better than keeping whole service down in maintenance window.
So enjoy only scrapbook feeds for a while…
Once again, Sorry for inconvenience! 🙁
p.s. in between I will try to keep up community & topic feeds, but can not guarantee anything till next post!
Just resolved community & topic feeds duplicate items issue.
Sorry all for inconvenience. 🙁
Please don’t get annoyed if something goes wrong again. Just contact me via comments/email or anyway as per your convenience.
This is my first project in PHP as well as in public domain so it will take some time for me to fix codes…
I am tried like hell now… so to all commentators, I will post my reply tomorrow!
Good Night! 🙂