Upcoming Mac GUI Projects, etc.
02 May 2013 1:13 am
These past two months have been shaping up quite nicely. The new Mac GUI design is progressing steadily, and I hopefully will have it online in June, if not earlier. Perhaps July. We'll see.
For two months straight, Mac GUI has exceeded it bandwidth quota. And even when I applied for an increase at the end of March, we still exceeded it again on the 28th of April! The largest Mac GUI user-hosted site used up 12 GB of bandwidth (this was the site that was on reddit) in April and 13 GB in March.
Mac GUI itself saw nearly double the traffic from March to April. In March we had 14,000 unique visitors. Last month, April, 25,000 unique visitors came to Mac GUI. This traffic is quite substantial considering that Mac GUI is a site for old Apple and Macintosh computers! It's four times the amount of traffic that Mac GUI was getting even just three years ago.
What are the upcoming projects? Well, briefly, the first is to get the A2HQ.com site directory online. This was requested a number of months ago when the service first opened. The main reason that I put off such a relatively simple task was that there really weren't that many sites in existence. Now there are about 45, and I think it's time to start the directory.
The code for this feature should go online this week.
The next project is entirely back-end and that is to change how the search index for the Usenet archives is stored. It is taking up so much space and I believe that is part of why search queries for frequent terms are so slow. I believe that having compressed indices will greatly speed the search execution process.
This project is not too complex, but is more so than the A2HQ site directory.
The final project on the to-do list for Mac GUI is still in the somewhat secret stages because it is still in planning and it will require some substantial server upgrades in terms of disk space storage and bandwidth. It will involve PDFs and documentation.
And there you have it! That's what I hope to accomplish for Mac GUI in the next 6 months or however long.