Related link: http://www.electoral-vote.com/info/votemaster-faq.html
Many compulsive nail-biters about this election, including me, have the Electoral Vote Predictor Web site on lock. It is an amazing example of cramming a titanic amount of information in to a clean, clear and easily digestible package.
Well, today, The Votemaster, the previously anonymous person who runs the site, revealed his identity. It is none other than Professor Andrew Tannenbaum. Yes, that Andrew Tannenbaum, creator of one of the most important little operating systems ever (MINIX, which was the inspiration for Linux), who engaged with Linus Torvalds in one of the more important debates regarding OS design. Some may know him better as the gentleman who played bemused host to a recent, intrepid anti-Linux hatchet man.
I did have a lot of trouble reaching the site today, and The Votemaster has posted about numerous malicious attacks on the site infrastructure (Stakes is high f’real). Just in case, I’d like to post an important excerpt from today’s notes from the site.
In the event of another attack on the Website, please try www.electoral-vote3.com, www.electoral-vote4.com,
But stick with the main site if it works. After an update, half a dozen 60-MB files get shipped all over the
country and it takes a while to get there, so the main site is always more up to date.
I just upgraded each of the main servers to 2 GB each. They should be able to
handle 500-1000 requests/sec each now.
So when some grizzled prof like, say Tannenbaum, tells kids in that CS orientation course that they can use their soon-to-be computer expertise to better society and blah blah blah, the academ can always point to the Electoral Vote Predictor as a concrete example of such major bonum at work.
Were you as pleasantly surprised as I was?