As a few of you might already know from discussions in the forum, StudyNotesWiki is now for the first time being hosted in South Africa on a dedicated server.
This is good news for a few reasons, mainly to do with the site's speed, stability and ease of use for all of us in South Africa.
Getting a dedicated server and hosting in South Africa would have been a pipe-dream only 6 months ago, but 3 things have made this possible:
Firstly, Varsity College has been advertising on the site for a while and their support has made a massive difference. If any of you are using VC's services, please be so kind as to tell them that you've seen some of their ads on SNW :)
The second thing that has made this possible is the fact that MWEB has decided to offer uncapped hosting in SA. What this means is that the site's hosting costs remain the same, regardless of how busy the site is. Only a few months ago the costs of hosting this site in SA would have been astronomical due to the high cost of bandwidth, but MWEB's decision has changed this.
The final thing (and probably the most important) that has made all of this possible is you! Without people using the forums, uploading notes, giving advice in the forums and having discussions about their studies, none of this would be possible. So, a huge thank you to all of you who have been using the site over the last few years. I hope your experience using the site will be even better than in the past!
On a decidedly geekish note, some technical details for anyone interested: the server is using a quad core Intel Xeon X3430 (8MB cache, 2.40 GHz) processor and 4GB 1333 DDR3 RAM. The OS is Ubuntu 11.10 Server 64bit (with thanks to Mark Shuttleworth for the awesome OS he's managed to put together).
The site was moved on the 30th of October, 2011 at about 6:30pm and downtime was less than 10 minutes. There will probably be a few kinks to sort out here and there, but for now everything looks as if it went smoothly and without major problems.