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Tecmaster

Tecmaster

Member Since 08 Aug 2009
Offline Last Active Aug 31 2012 10:57 PM

In Topic: Post-Upgrade Details

10 July 2012 - 01:24 AM

We now have a dedicated thread for requesting additional image hosts to be added to the filter. Please post your requests there. :)

In Topic: make it easier to navigate pages

08 July 2012 - 04:31 PM

Agreed, I can see why that would be annoying.

In Topic: A line between stickies and non-stickies

08 July 2012 - 04:28 PM

I like the idea, it can be a bit confusing sometimes. Particularly if like in this forum the first thread under the stickies is a poll.

In Topic: June 30th, 2012 - Third time's the charm?

01 July 2012 - 05:04 AM

Having worked as a sysadmin I've seen this kind of thing happen firsthand. One of the biggest things you learn is that no matter how hard you try to make sure everything is perfect, something WILL break. I can't speak on how well Jagex's datacenters are planned and what their server architecture looks like, but servers do go down and issues happen. Usually with proper planning and redundancy most issues won't even be noticeable to the end user and they'll have no idea that anything happened. Take VMs for example, you have 3 servers running a bunch of VMs running on them. If on server goes down the other servers will recognize that and pick up all of the VMs running on the down server so quickly that most users won't even notice a service interruption of more than a few seconds if at all.

That being said though, there are issues that are just totally beyond your control. Power goes out at the datacenter for several hours, you're going to have downtime. ISP fails and you have no outbound internet connection, you're going to have downtime. It's just part of running a computer system with a lot of servers. Jagex actually is known for switching ISPs if they have significant issues with them though, they have on serveral occasions dropped an ISP and picked up a different one on short notice because of issues with downtime.

However, I do think that Jagex has some issues on their side too. I really don't like the lack of redundancy between the login servers. Each login server supports a specific number of accounts and there's no backup for them. If one goes down, anyone assigned to that login server can't login. It's just a really dumb system. How hard can it possibly be to build in some sort of redundancy between them. Also, the login servers treat all accounts as logged in unless they get a logout request from the game world that the account was logged into. This is just really bad programming IMO. Every one of the login servers should be able to keep track of the status of all the game worlds and be able to unlock accounts if they lose connection to a game world for more than x minutes. The current system where they wait for the game world to come up again before unlocking the accounts of everyone who was on it is just silly.

There are some issues that are beyond Jagex's control, but some of their own design decisions are questionable at best and really just seem like poor design choices.

In Topic: Bank Pins are USELESS! Let's let JaGex Know!

04 June 2012 - 08:01 PM

Locked at author's request.