LRRcasts on
January 16th, 2009

Posted by Paul

As some of you may have noticed, LRR went offline for a couple of hours last month because we exceeded our bandwidth limit. At the time, that limit was 700GB. Now, granted, about 300GB* of that went to Desert Bus, but considering that we no longer host most of our videos, I was perplexed as to where the rest was going. Are we serving over 400GB worth of images and text files a month? After doing a little bit of digging through the server stats, it became apparent that the problem is that you guys really like to hear us talk. About a half of our monthly bandwidth goes into serving the LRRcast mp3 files.

Since our new video host also works with audio files, we have decided to move the LRRcasts over to The LRRcasts should work just the same as before since the actual files are the same, but they will probably load a little faster, what with Blip’s CDN and whatnot. I also took this opportunity to spruce up the LRRcast player window a little to bring it in line with the new site layout (the popup LRRcast window hasn’t been updated since we started podcasting 2006)

As always, please let me know if there are any problems or glitches.

*Of that 300GB, >100GB was used by 5 stupid bmp imges that were submitted as milestone pics. Turns out WordPress doesn’t scale bmp properly, so everytime the front page of the site loaded, it had to load ~3MB worth of full size MS Paint drawings. Grrrrr. Live and learn.


  1. Will this affect LRRcasts being uploaded to iTunes? If so, will it be faster? That would be cool.

    Comment by metcarfre — January 16, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

  2. @metcarfre: Probably not. iTunes seems to work on its own schedule. It shouldn’t make any difference.

    Comment by Paul — January 16, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  3. As long as the feed address hasn’t changed, iTunes will continue to work exactly the same.

    Comment by the_amativeness — January 16, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

  4. So would you prefer we download the mp3 or use the player window to listen?

    Comment by Evil Jim — January 17, 2009 @ 7:18 am

  5. @Evil Jim: Makes no difference to us. Use the player, download it, subscribe to the RSS feed, convert the waveform into a series of smells, whatever you want.

    Comment by Paul — January 17, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  6. Hey, as long as I can download them, I am happy. Though the transforming to smell thing wouldn’t be good for some of them, especially the epic dook part of this past one.

    Comment by Tim — January 17, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

  7. There’s absolutely no change in listener experience and it means LRR can take more of a beating before crashing.

    I have no issue with this.

    Comment by Lyinginbedmon — January 18, 2009 @ 6:07 am

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