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Topic # 84407 30-May-2011 17:17
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Can anyone access the Consumer Magazine website? http://www.consumer.org.nz/


Username: freeforall@consumer.org.nz
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Its timing out frequently. Noticed they've extended the one day free for another day..

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  Reply # 475824 30-May-2011 17:21

mp1: Can anyone access the Consumer Magazine website? http://www.consumer.org.nz/


Username: freeforall@consumer.org.nz
Password: consumer123


Its timing out frequently. Noticed they've extended the one day free for another day..


 

It's not a good advert for it if it is getting overloaded and slow, or timing out. You would think they would have taken that into consideration and built in some redundancy. However it seems to load fine for me, perhaps a bit laggy.

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  Reply # 475826 30-May-2011 17:28
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Was timing out when I tried at work.  Now timing out here at home as well.

Would be jolly annoying if you're a paying subscriber trying to get an article.




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  Reply # 475829 30-May-2011 17:32
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It has been intermittant here as well.
They are extending the free-for-all for tomorrow as well because of this.

They probably didn't expect to get so many hits :D




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  Reply # 475831 30-May-2011 17:36
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i think the site getting ddos




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  Reply # 475838 30-May-2011 17:50
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cws82us: i think the site getting ddos


What makes you say that? Loading here fine, albeit slowly.




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  Reply # 475842 30-May-2011 18:03
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Yeah timing out here still, doubt it is ddos though. Just to many users.

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  Reply # 475918 30-May-2011 20:03
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Wow, the quality of the information on there really is atrocious. During a brief browse - which was extremely painful due to their heaving web server - I noticed that they have "FM radio" noted as one of the benefits of the iPhone 3GS and then "no FM radio" noted as one of the disadvantages of the same device, along with the blatantly misinformed implication that Sony NEX cameras use the proprietary Panasonic/Olympus Micro Four Thirds format.

Clearly the Consumers' Institute don't meet the same standards that they expect everyone else to uphold. 

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  Reply # 475925 30-May-2011 20:10
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alasta: Clearly the Consumers' Institute don't meet the same standards that they expect everyone else to uphold. 


I thought the same, had to wonder if they'd actually tested the products themselves or just researched online.

The site is still timing out something chronic.

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  Reply # 475940 30-May-2011 20:35
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Yeah I havent been able to load the site all day. Must be because of lots of visitors

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  Reply # 475959 30-May-2011 21:08
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I've tried all day and no the websites been down all of it.. Its nice to have a free day .. but only if you can see the website.

Update.. Its up now...


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  Reply # 475961 30-May-2011 21:12
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If their tech coverage is so poor, how do we know the quality of the other stuff we know less well ourselves?




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  Reply # 475962 30-May-2011 21:12
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www.whatsmynumber.org.nz has a calculator "provided by consumer powerswitch" which also times out or comes back with "Sorry, a lot of people are finding their number right now and it’s taking a while to get you an answer. Please take a look around the rest of the site and try again soon."

Companies really need to have their servers sorted before launching online/tv campaigns :-/

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  Reply # 476063 31-May-2011 08:10
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Managed to access the site with good performance at 5:45 this morning. Still going OK at the mo but starting to be a bit more laggy, although that could be due to the Internet connection here at work.




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  Reply # 476190 31-May-2011 13:12
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I have found Consumers "tests" of DSLR cameras to be quite laughable in the past. Hence I no longer subscribe and doubt their ability to review high-tech items.

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  Reply # 476194 31-May-2011 13:21

floydbloke: Managed to access the site with good performance at 5:45 this morning. Still going OK at the mo but starting to be a bit more laggy, although that could be due to the Internet connection here at work.


 

It was working well at midnight, so the slow down is a load issue. During the evening it was unusable. If I was a paying customer I wouldn't be happy.

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