Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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Only a launch hiccup ("bulletproof "servers)
by raffy on Wed 29th Feb 2012 15:56 UTC
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I guess the RPi folks believed so much in "bulletproof servers" (their partners' servers) that they thought that simply linking buyers to the server home page can take care of things.

Only a lottery-style response from the servers could handle the surge of buyers rushing for the 0600h launch, and there was no direct link to such a page (for example, the page can give a generated code that the buyer can use in 48 hours to make a purchase). Instead, buyers were told to simply search the server's home page ( = catastrophe for the database).

However, this is just a launch hiccup (after all, it is February 29). It is still good to see that the chosen distributors both have global distribution network that can later deliver the devices closer to the buyers' home. Hopefully, it is meant to be that way.

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