Searching for the perfect speed

Since I got the crazy idea to radically change this website engine, from Windows+mojoPortal to Linux+PHP, I noticed that I need a LOT of more CPU time to generate each page:


It uses a lot of processor time, but requests are much more faster… if the page has been “cached”:


In my experiments I saw that the forum that I was using (bbpress) slows down the site a lot: it loads a lot of useless javascript in all pages, and doesn’t allow “caching” the pages. So I temporarily disabled the forum, searching for a temporary solution. I’m thinking to use Discourse

The old website wasn’t accessible for over two weeks

Today is a slow day at work (customers and suppliers are both in holiday!, so I told myself “let’s manually transfer some content from the old website!”

I go to open it:

Huh? Why it doesn’t work?

I got a new server and I forgot to update the IP address! I fix it:

Huh? Again? I also forgot to configure the new server 😳

Moreover, I can’t configure it correctly, I tried many setups, but it doesn’t work correctly…

UCBrowser is now banned

Today I went to see my access log report (even if I don’t use Google Analytics, I still have complete access to server logs, and I analyze anomalous patterns) and I found this:


??? Nobody uses UC Browser outside China!

I go to see visitor log:


What happends, suddenly the Naruto karaoke become popular in China? I read more details:

ucbrowser3(Green: IP addresses, pink: device; yellow: browser)

The IP addresses in the log file aren’t the actual ones, they’re from CloudFlare, a proxy between this site and the Internet. The real addresses are for example (Shenzhen), (Tianjin), (Jiangsu).

What can be the odds? Either there are thousands of chinese with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 interested in Naruto karaoke (but they close the page before reading it), either UCweb is doing a “micro-DDOS” to my server, they need to get that specific page (only that page!!!) every few minutes. They’re not identificating themselves as a bot like Google, Bing and the rest of the world is doing, but they pretend to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 2

I hate this abusive behaviour, so I will redirect every visit from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with UCBrowser, to

Update 9 september: I thought that banning only Galaxy Note 2 with UC Browser (meaning: only bots) was enough, but they just updated their bot. Ok, so, ANYONE using UC Browser is now banned 😡💢


New website

Good news! This year my company closes for holiday but I can’t afford to go anywhere! That means that during my wonderful staycation I can update this website, since it doesn’t play really well with mobile phones.

Everything it’s still available on the old website, still enabled. If a page it’s on the old website, it’s going to be redirected automatically. When I have time, I will transfer manually all the pages and posts over here

Just for history, the old website was looking like this:

Old Website