Friday, 25 May 2012

Location Mapping API Outage

The Location mapping API was down for a couple of days. A server suddenly stopped working. Bad disk, boot record affected. Took some time to debug.

The mapping files have been moved to a different server, but the API script was offline. Now it is back.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Decrease Number of Facebook Rooms

Removed the per-profile and per-category rooms on facebook. Language dependent rooms remain.

Monday, 19 July 2010

This Site has not been abandoned

Just in case you wonder if this site is still alive.

Nothing is happening here, because there are currently no changes in the global VPI configuration.

The configuration has been adapted to the quickly growing usage of weblin in late 2008. When weblin disappeared the configuration was frozen. We will continue to expand the VPI root configuration when the presence of more users demand action. Until then the rules developed in 2008 are just fine.

Monday, 8 December 2008

.com on muc1

Moved all domains beginning with n-z in the .com tld to

Friday, 5 December 2008

Moved some TLDs -> Muc1

Moved all domains with the TLD .br, .de and .mx to

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Per user rooms for highly frequented sites and had lots of avatars. They have been configured to use a room per user account. people visiting the same account will meet each other. But it will hopefully be much less crowded on the main page.

On the way, the "explicit entry" function has been fixed for the email services of,, and

Monday, 1 December 2008

.es -> muc1

Moved all domains of .es to the chat server

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Name Hierarchy Letter C, conduit,

- Added a "c" to the name hierarchy. required additional refinement in the name index
- is now explicit enter only like
- got a separate in the site

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Google India

Too many people on made Google slow. Applied the well proven "manually enter" button to

Reason: Google is a dispatcher. It can be regarded as street crossing where many people walk by and leave quickly. If you want to meet people there, then enter manually. But usually you just search and leave without much communication.

YouTube, Nicovideo

Both video sites have been reconfigured to use a room per video. If you meet someone, then you know that the person watches the same video as you are.

Saturday, 4 October 2008


There are 10 rooms on youtube in the video section. Rooms are currently assigned to segments of the video ID space by the leading letter of the ID. Four letters are combined into a room., e.g. a-d and e-h.

Yet, these rooms are already crowded and something has to be done. The question is now if the ID space is split up further, e.g. by single leading letter or even 2 letters OR if we jump directly to the ultimate destination and make a room for each video.

After all, virtual presence is about meeting people with similar interest based on the content. If there is a room per video, then you know that the person you meet watches the same video as you are. The perfect reason to talk.

Are we ready for that, yet?

Friday, 19 September 2008

5 rooms for nicovideo

The japanese video site "nicovideo" has been split into 5 rooms. One for the home page and 4 for the videos. Relevant is the first number of the video ID (after the "/watch/sm"). People meet if they watch the same video. But the video watching crowd is distributed over 4 rooms for video ID starting with 0-2, 3-5, 6-7, and 8-9. Also, if the host name starts with anything except "www.", then this is interpreted as a country domain and taken into account. So, is different from Please see the nicovideo.xml.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

TLD style handling inside ccSLDs

Some countries subscribed to SLD domains, like .uk, .in, .br. They introduce another level like ".co." (in .uk) and ".com." (in .br). But sometimes they also register directly under the country code. Example: orkut india is, but century21india is So be it.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

msn and,,,,

4 random rooms for,,,,,

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Facebook, Youtube

More rooms for facebook and youtube. Now 5 international rooms plus 6 language specific rooms.