Diana the Valkyrie

Diana the Valkyrie's Newsletter - July 2016

Jun 2016

The roses are blooming, and we're having floods

The big news here is that we've voted to leave the European Union. I'll discuss what this means for this web site - I'm based in the UK.

Very little. We have members from all over the world, a great many from the US, loads from Europe and some from the most surprising countries where I suspect the people accessing this site would be frowned on by the Religious Police. The web site will continue to run and (of course) be available all over the world.

Just after the vote was taken, the pound fell by some 8%. This is actually positive for this web site, because our billings are in dollars, but our costs are in pounds.

Currently, I have to pay tax mostly in the UK, but partly in 27 other countries. As you can imagine, that's a bit of a pain, but I've got software that does most of the work. After we leave the EU? I don't know how it will work, but I'm certain I'll still be paying taxes, and I'm sure I'll get told about who to and how much. It'll be a bit of a pain to change my software to conform to whatever the new rules are, but I've done that sort of thing before.

So the overall impact on this web site? Pretty much nothing.

New and updated Galleries

Galleries added this month.

The Library

Stories added this month.

The Movie Theatre

Movies added this month.


Running fine

Down on the server farm

Everything working well.

I've invested in some new computers; A selection of Dell Poweredges. They're a lot more powerful than the boxes I use now, with multiple Xeon processors and huge amounts of memory. For example, Maire is a Poweredge 2950 with 32gb of memory, two four-core Xeon processors, with 16 terabytes of disk storage. And the R805 has 64gb memory and two Quad-Core AMD Opterons. Heavy! There's three more, less powerful than those main ones. I'll use those for backup.

I've also upgraded my network; these Dell boxes will be talking to each other at 1000 megabits per second; that's 450 gigabytes per hour, in theory. In practice, I get 320 gigabytes per hour and I'm very happy with that.

DtV Family web sites

Here's the full list of DtV family web sites

Back Page

I checked the site statistics that Sandra counts up each night.

At the end of May 2016, there were about 1,556,000 pictures (343 gigabytes), 543 gigabytes of video, 16091 text files (mostly stories) and a total of about 888 gigabytes. There's 595,000,000 pictures altogether in Newsthumbs, increasing at about 5 million per month.

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