[aprssig] Default find.cgi scale

James Jefferson Jarvis jj at aprsworld.net
Mon Nov 15 11:48:52 EST 2004

For what it is worth:

The aprsworld server that findu uses for its maps is a dedicated machine that 
only serves findu. It is the original findu machine loaned to me by Steve 
Dimse. It is a dual Pentium III 550MHz with 384 megs of RAM and a couple of 
smallish IDE drives. I don't know what the date of manufacture is ... perhaps 
1999 or 2000?

Here is the output from uptime on the machine as of 10:30 this morning:
16:33:23 up 202 days, 20:48,  2 users,  load average: 1.15, 1.18, 1.06

During peak times I often see the load above 4.

At this point I don't have the interest or the financial resources to purchase 
a newer machine to serve findu's maps. I'm a 20 year-old college student who 
is trying to do decently in school activities, start my own business, and 
attempt to "have a life". That, and other factors, make it really hard for me 
to justify putting $2k or more of my own money into a new map server JUST FOR 
findu. If I had $2k to drop on APRS stuff it would probably be to get a new 
database server for MY PROJECT, aprsworld.

So if the owner of findu or it's users want better response time then the 
responsibility to get new hardware falls on their shoulders. I'll donate my 
time and resources to get it running and host it.


kb0thn at aprsworld.net

PS - or findu could implement map caching on their end and this ancient 
hardware would continue to do fine, tons of bandwidth could be saved, and the 
response times would get much shorter for findu's users ... I can't control 
either the hardware or findu's caching.

On Monday 15 November 2004 10:22, Steve Dimse wrote:
> Many of you may have noticed that a week or so ago I cut back the number of
> APRSWorld maps on find.cgi from three to one. At peak times the number of
> maps requested became so great that it would bog down the APRSWorld server.
> Several people complained to me after that, requesting that if only a
> single map were shown it should be something that would orient the user
> better. After I made a change I got a couple more complaints wnating the
> old scale.
> The single APRSWorld map links to a zoomable page that can gove you any
> scale you want, so no matter what scale is shown on the find page, you can,
> with a few clicks, get any view you want.
> I've added a new parameter to allow a user to specify any scale they wish
> for the map:
> http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?call=K4HG&terra=1&degree=0.04
> 0.04 is the current default, the old default was 0.001.
> Given the difference of opinion, I'd like people to play with the parameter
> a bit and vote on what they would like to see as the default. Email your
> votes privately (k4hg at tapr.org)
> Thanks de Steve K4HG
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