Apparently there was a damaged to TMnet submarine cable network linking Malaysia and Europe. And service degradation was expected for connection to North America because they will reroute some of the connection. No wonder the internet service was so, so bad, especially those linking to overseas. Since this web site is hosted in the US, it was similarly affected. And it was expected the undersea cable to be fixed and the online services restored by 31/Dec/2008.
Sheesh… Even posting a page takes like forever. A page will load real slowly. Especially if a site using PHP like WordPress, Joomla, phpBB or any other server side enabled web sites. Simpler web sites were still not so bad. If a page was just created using simple HTML/CSS and a bit of SSI/PHP, the page loads quite fast. And not all sites were affected. Some sites and most Google services still run fairly well.
And of course coupled with the general yearend holiday breaks with many people going online searching for this and that, congestion like the highway during rush hour severely test your patience. With the service connection so bad, I couldn’t really do much hacking on my web site. Sending in multiple requests by clicking on the links and refresh links only caused server error which was much worse. It caused my web site to shutdown temporary because it detected something like artificial server load. DOS? But that was kind of strange because it was just only me clicking several times on the links or refresh button out of frustration. Besides my web site traffic wasn’t that high to cause the server to be down. Rather odd.
Could be other web site co-hosted on the same server box causing heavy traffic. After all, it was yearend and there could be many people online searching for offers or doing something to pass their time during their holiday break.
Anyway, I hope TMnet will fix it soon, ’cause the line congestion is like unbearable. Sigh…