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Is it just me or is tuxmachines.org slowing down?

Not the stories or reviews, but downloading any page or story. At work its worse than at home but in the last 2-3 weeks, slow city.

Any one else finding this?

Most, if not all, other sites I've bookmarked just flash onto the screen in seconds. tuxmachines.org at work takes about 1 minute and about 45 seconds at home.

Just an observation, no critisism implied.

regards,
Nicsmr

New theme...

The new theme looks great.

Unfortunatly still slow. Won't stop me from visiting though.

Cheers,
Nicsmr

re: slow?

I think the google ads are slowing things down a bit, and visitors are increasing. My pipe is being stretched to its limits I'm afraid. But I can't afford to move. I received two whole donations in the last year and no one is clicking the google ads.

I wonder if the new theme is slowing it down some as well? I'll change back when I have the time in the next few days and see if that help.

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Edit: How's this theme? I think it's one of the lightest available for drupal.

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