[ANN] Release 9.0.0

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Apr 4 13:35:27 EDT 2018

@Peter Bogdanoff bogdanoff:
 > Yesterday it took me 3-4 hours to download LC 9. I’m in California.

Good to know I'm not the only one.  Thanks.

 > Do you still experience slow download speed? I had no problem
 > yesterday from my home internet connection

Thanks for asking. Yes, and it's been the darndest thing.  Not even my 
ISP could explain it.  It's been this way for more than a week, and 
persists this morning, even across multiple computers.

I was able to find a workaround that demonstrates that it's not the 
livecode.com server per se:  I shelled into one of my VPSes in New 
Jersey and used wget to download the builds I needed - each took less 
than a minute there.  Then I copied them to my web folder, and on my 
local machine downloaded from that VPS - at normal speed.

So to summarize what I've learned thus far:

- It's not my computer: all computers here show this slow download

- It's not your server: I can download from it to another computer
   in a different geographic region with no delay.

- It's not my local network setup: Peter has the same issue, and
   downloading from my VPS is speedy.

Given all this, my wild guess would be that this is something related to 
the CDN you're using (Cloudflare?), affecting only southern California, 
or maybe even more limited than that since Peter and I are less than 
about 20 miles from one another.

While Cloudflare's status page shows the Los Angeles area to be 
"Operational", a quick search at Google turned up a few discussions 
about issues in my area, the most recent I stumbled across being just 22 
hours ago.

The bigger mystery is that this has persisted as long as it has.  Most 
CDNs are super on top of things, and a multi-day issue is rare.

At least I have a workaround for now, and if I learn anything more I'll 
pass it along.  In the meantime, if you hear of anything with your CDN 
it may be helpful to share.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at FourthWorld.com                http://www.FourthWorld.com

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