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Anzwers - is there any hope?

     
11:05 pm on Apr 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Every time I look for it - Anzwers is gone.
Is it running at any time, or have I missed something?Forgot to add, I can find it here http://www.anzwers.com.au/cgi-bin/print_search.pl [anzwers.com.au]

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I'll ask.
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Hi guys,
some time ago we relocated anzwers to a diff IP. It turns out there's a lot of aliases to this website, and we missed the anzwers.com name. the primary name is, as "engine" observed, www.anzwers.com.au [anzwers.com.au]
Remember, this is an Australian site, so (toungue-in-cheek mode), "anzwers.com" is just for the aprts of the world not attached to this continent.

The URL will be resolved overnight.

Cheers.

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Hi King, and thanks for your prompt reply.
I was most concerned about how the outside world ;) interpreted the "Cannot find server..." message.
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Well howdy again King. I bet those blank pages really cut down on the old Inktomi bill! Things are tough all over.
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The more I find out about Anzwers, the more curious it seems. Before I joined this organisation I thought Anzwers was really a local search engine, but I discover that every single request has to run from Sydney to California. Oh well, it used to be quite slow, but 2 months ago we set it up as load-balanced across two servers, and seems generally fine.
We have had some recent anomalies, which I believe are outside of our control, and once Inktomi were squarely responsible (network issues?).

Now, an honest question, I am curious why you guys would actually use, and take an interest in Anzwers, from the other side of the planet?

Fans of Inktomi? Fans of Oz? That I can understand, being the best place on the planet... :)

cheers, and thanks once again for letting us know about the bad DNS entry.

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Hi King,
I like it for a number of reasons.

Sometimes, other services (start page) are just too cluttered. Ink data that is/was untainted when selecting the "world" option.

It has been slow at times, as you mentioned, but I've not found that to be the case too often.

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It's a nice Inktomi outlet King. We find things via Anzwers that no other engine will produce. You are post filterning anything with goofy systems like click counters or time managed clicks. Even though the results are weighted for .au domains from Ink, it is a fairly pure fed from Inktomi that we like.

Can we get a home page link on Anzwers, "Server Monitoring by WebmasterWorld?" lol

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>Fans of Oz? That I can understand, being the >best place on the planet... :)

Being from Oz I will have to agree with that King!
Anzwers has been great for the rankings for the organisation I work for.

I have a question though. Does OzEmail take Anzwers seriously? I remember having a problem with Anzwers a while back and a call to OzEmail didn't really help because not even the customer service and tech support departments knew anything about it. It took many calls until we finally got through to someone that could help.

It just didn't seem right that there was no or extremely limited support for enquiries regarding the Anzwers service.

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Hey guys,
The last time we had a slowness a few weeks ago, it appeared that our client usage suddenly jumped to almost double. This flogged the machines, so I then tuned the webserver on each box to operate comfortably with MaxUsers reached. Then just as suddenly, it stopped. I believe the machines should cope well regardless of load, even if some users get slow access.

Merlin78: Can't comment on our company's approach to Anzwers. It *is* a business system. We are however intending to revamp our application to improve throughput, but this may be a couple of months away. Prior to my team inheriting the machine, I believe it was woefully underpowered. It appears to run pretty well now, I think (external influences notwithstanding).

Brett: am considering your suggestion! (may not win over developers though).

I'll pass on your comments as to why you do use this system. I'll also make my email account visible if you have any questions/suggestions in future.
Thanks guys.