Note to readers

Over the last month, we’ve been having some trouble adjusting to a new server setup for Habs Inside/Out.

As a result, at times many readers are unable to access the site or find it slow to load, especially before, during and after Habs games.

We’re working with our new systems administrator to help diagnose and fix these problems as quickly as possible.

We really appreciate your patience and perseverance as we monitor traffic patterns on the site on game nights and throughout the day.

We understand that these technical issues can be incredibly frustrating at times, but hope that you will bear with us as we work toward a resolution.

Thank you.

Team HIO

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  2. Kooch7800 says:

    when did they start playing offense?  This is embarrassing

  3. Kooch7800 says:

    Gomez is a floater.  Won’t get his nose dirty and has serious lack of effort.

    Have we even had a scoring chance yet?

  4. SmartDog says:

    You have to admit Ian, when it comes to blind passes Gomez guides the way.  He makes two good passes and then one really bad one that usually comes back the other way.  Frustrating.


  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Now that is one of the worse displays of passing and puck control that I have seen. Look like the keystone cops out there.

    They better have a different attitude for the 3rd or we are done like dinner.!

    What do they practice when they are in Brossard??


  6. Lancer says:

    seems like we score less and less every game and the passing is terrible. so frustrating!

  7. habzfan2003 says:

    Why do we have to give up the first goal of EVERY game before we start playing offense??? Does anyone think there is a problem that we are like the lowest scoring team in the east??? Correct me if I’m wrong… I don’t have the statistics in front of me.

  8. Danno says:

    The server is brutal


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  9. Mattyleg says:


    Nice. Mind you, looks like it works pretty well.

    Heckuva noise, tho.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Mattyleg says:

    What a helpful comment! (*cough*idiot*cough*)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  11. punkster says:

    My sentiments exactly Steve 😉


  12. OneTimer says:

    I am neither an advertiser or affiliated with the Gazette. Habs I/O is a free service and it owes us nothing when their servers go down, it’s just a pain that’s all.

  13. OneTimer says:

    Are you implying that it costs you to see a banner ad on top? That Habs I/O in any way owes you something?

  14. derfab says:

    This kind of apology suggests that you guys seem to take yourselves and us much too seriously. It gives me the same feeling I had when Tarasov was rolling around in feigned agony. Stick to hockey.

  15. JasonM says:

    I won’t complain any more than I have to. I’m just happy that this issue has been acknowledged to a point that it was the story of the day. I love this site and use it to fill all my needs regarding the Habs, when it goes down, I have to go elsewhere and needless to say, it’s not as enjoyable.

    And despite the contrary to what some believe, this is a great community and I have met on several occassions some great people, some I dare even call real life friends.

    *lifts his drink*

    To the end of these server woes!

  16. 24 Cups says:

    The guy who runs the server for H I/O may not be performing that well, but we have to remember that Cammalleri and Gionta wouldn’t have signed with Montreal unless he was here.  He doesn’t do much in winter but he’s great once the playoffs begin.  He also brings a lot of intangibles to the site as well as two tech awards.  To be fair, he shouldn’t be judged by his salary.


  17. Landof10000lakesHab says:



    Have you considered the possibility that someone on the IT staff
    is actually a Leaf mole, hell-bent on causing chaos and anguish
    to the Habs faithful who flock daily to this site to prey or worship?

    The User is dead. Long live the User!

  18. Psycho29 says:

    Hi Ian,

    I used Google Translate on your post and this came up:

    “HI/O party at my vacationing friend’s house next week. Don’t bring anything to drink, he has a fully stocked fridge and bar. He is very understanding. Come one, come all”


  19. Willy the bum says:

    EDIT: …and the Auto Show ads on the bottom too…

  20. Willy the bum says:

    Since they the HIO adminstration are rebuilding this site, can they do something about those GIF ads on the side, like remove them all… and maybe the Lotto Max ads that keep popping on the bottom once in a while…

  21. otter649 says:

    He is one eyed Colby Armstrong for a bit as the punch he received from Eager closed his eye almost immediately due to swelling……..

  22. observer says:

    What is hockey coming to? Now a very clean player a Leaf no less is sucker punched. Dreadful!



    The National Hockey League has suspended Atlanta Thrashers forward Ben Eager four games for his sucker-punch to the eye of Maple Leafs winger Colby Armstrong in Friday’s 9-3 Toronto victory.

  23. EricInStL says:

    Team HIO = Hi I’m Offline.

    Spend money it’s that easy. You’re making some, probably more than the printed version, so now’s the time to solidify your position. Look I dislike the Gazette for several reasons that have to do with their Editorial and Commentary policy. But

    But they have Gold right now, so buy the servers or get on the Cloud with Amazon EC2.

    It’s easy when you’re on Mount Pious.

  24. adam76 says:

    Free is it, I guess they put those Tide ads up for fun?

  25. Don Carnage says:

    Install sywareblaster its free it removes many ads from pages all over the net.

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    Fortunately I still have my Homing Pigeons. They can fly 600mi. home to my loft in a day. Very dependable message carriers. I do not have to log in or out, scroll, click, or edit.

    Just grain, grits and water.

  27. JSP1990 says:

    I use Google Chrome and have no problem.

  28. MikeMcLaren says:

    The advertisers have a right to bitch.

    The “talent” has a right to bitch when content they intend to put up on the server is wiped out.

    You, as a content consumer, have a right to bitch whenever you want.

    But everyone has a right not to pay attention to you bitching as well. The bottom line here is that if goes down like it has been, that costs the Gazette money, more money over the long term than whatever the fix costs, most likely.


  29. Danno says:

    Cheers Ian!

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  30. OneTimer says:

    …but-but-but HI/O provides a free service! I have a right to bitch when the servers go down!

  31. Danno says:

    Looks like the server still needs a tune up.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    Danno, thanks for the tape link,–Day glow hockey tape .  If they put a CH of this tape, in the middle of all their sticks, there would be no excuse for putting the pass into feet.

  33. Danno says:

    It’s all Bettman’s fault


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Jason, that’s great! I also hope we can skate somewhere on the South Shore. As my friend lives in Brossard, he has gone to Tobago for the winter, and has given me his house key to use at our convenience.

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Nice letter to management Mike.

    Have you noticed the large drop in hits to each page in the last few weeks. We are losing HIO members to other sites it seems. I remember the days when we all knew that we had well over 1000 comments game night. Sure dropped off dramatically.

  36. JasonM says:

    Hey Ian


    Don’t know a whole lot about the south shore but Beaver Lake allows skating. Did it a few years back, was pretty fun but mind the weekend, a lot of people.


  37. MikeMcLaren says:

    Dear Montreal Gazette readers:

    Over the past month we’ve been adjusting to a new printing press.

    We’re sorry if you never received your paper, if your paper was late, if your paper was missing pages or if your paper contained everything except any column written by Mike Boone.

    Would that be acceptable to Gazette management or subscribers or advertisers?

    It’s a brave, new world, this new media.  If you want to think that the availability isn’t all that important because the readers aren’t directly paying to read it, you’d be mistaken.  It’s all about page views, all about click-throughs, all about advertising dollars and captivating content that brings back return visitors.

    All those sexy bar graphs we see that show the audience growing and growing?  Those are more sexy to the folks who set the advertising rates at the Gazette.

    No, isnt’ an e-commerce site and it’s not a bank either.  But it is still “mission critical.”  It’s a public-facing Internet site that gets a lot of views.  It brings in advertising dollars.  It pays the salaries of the all the great folks who write here and run the show.

    So why have such fundamental tenets of the Information Technology industry been neglected?

    High Availability.  Scalability.  Load-Balancing.  Robustness.  Fault-Tolerance.

    I just think it should be VERY obvious to the people who can fix this just how important it really is to fix.  If it’s poor engineering or inexperience then let’s correct that (perhaps by the phrase “New Systems Administrator” they have handled that side of things?).  If it’s that the IT folks’ hands are tied by folks at the top not ponying up the dough they need to get it fixed right then stop being so penny-wise and pound-foolish.

    Frustrating is an understatement.

    I’m curious to know what the root cause of all these problems are here.  How many servers host HIO?  Were they trying to put in a dedicated server or servers to handle Boone’s live blog because of the spikes in activity it got during games?  It seemed like that’s how this started.  Then the whole site went down during and after games.  Did they try to fix things by bringing all those servers into service but bad configurations on the new server or servers spread to the rest of the site?  But I guess that’s just curiosity.

    What I want is for the site to work like it should and know how long it will be before we can reasonably expect that to happen.


  38. notbigbird says:

    Still can’t login using Firefox.

  39. JSP1990 says:

    Thanks alot guys!

  40. Chuck says:

    The log out/in thing didn’t work for me on Firefox, either. Lately this site’s been slower than George Laraque trying to skate backwards.

    Centre Hice: Habs’ new training aid gets a “passing” grade

  41. Ian Cobb says:

    Request please.!

    Andree and I are heading to Brossard Monday, to play around Mtl. for a week or so. We are going to the Pittsburgh game on the 12th. 

    Does anyone know if there are any out door rinks around St. Lambert or Brossard so we can skate.?

    In the 60’s, St. Lambert had about 7.  I use to make ice and take care of the chalet for 4 winters.

    I have been gone a long time, I do not know if they still have them.??

    Anyone live around there.??


    PS. –Is there skating on Beaver lake on the mountain.??

  42. LA Loyalist says:

    Thank you for all the hard work behind the scenes. We poster-toasters need to remember that this is FREE!!!


  43. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Anyway I never really follow the blogs and conversation during the actual game…I mean c’mon!…there’s a GAME ON!!

    For me it’s more about filling the time spent waiting for the next game:-)

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  44. Danno says:

    Appologies accepted.

    Now about that HIO server. I hope the traffic patterns don’t include these little guys.

    You can deal with this or you can deal with that.

    Note to the tech people… The log out/log back in did not work for me on IE…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

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