Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Ivan Opalka43T in virtual cloud.

We moved 43T to virtual cloud on Monday morning. Besides problems with bounce emails all seems to be humming well. Our average time to generate a page improved and errors decreased. 3 years ago

Ivan OpalkaUpdating hardware with 7 new servers

We are in process of replacing web servers which some of them have been with us since the beginning and adding a new ones.

- 7 new servers will be put into production by the end of next week.
- adding 28G of memory for memcache
- planning to switch master db with a slave db box since it’s newer and faster
- going to re-index entries and comments tables
- changing architecture of,, and setup to offload traffic from master database to farm of slave servers
- planning to speed up search by doing it locally on each box rather then doing it across NFS mounted drives
- I can not forget about the code optimization in progress

Hopefully this all will contribute to speed and stability of 43T. 5 years ago

LesaLockridgeMy Files

Man I love doing Webkinz but it loads too slow. Luckliy with this in my hands I’m sure to get this done 6 years ago

LesaLockridgeMy Files

I just started please remind me 6 years ago

Laurel FanUntitled

I’m doing a bunch of refactoring. Today I’m turning a lot of code that looks like this:

if thing.nil? || thing.empty?

into this:

if thing.blank? 6 years ago

Laurel FanLoad Balancing

We’re not quite done with the new database load balancing setup, but one side effect of what we’re working on is that pages are about 25-50% faster for logged in users. You can check out Ivan’s diagram of the setup on the blog: 6 years ago

Laurel FanIvan and I are in Kirkland

For a 4 day class focusing on performance tuning. We’ve already found 2 things that we can try… 6 years ago

Laurel FanIvan and I are in Portland

We’re taking a 3 day class about “MySQL High Availability”. The first day was mostly stuff we already know about replication, but we should start covering clustering which should be interesting. 7 years ago

ChuqI helped build out two of the servers

It took a little bit, but with Ivan’s help, things seem pretty fast and stable now.

Sweetness! 7 years ago

Daniel SpilsI didn't do much

other than talking with Ivan, Laurel, Josh, Todd & Buster. The sites seems pretty zippy now so I’m marking this off my list. 7 years ago

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