This site just moved to a new server -- a much beefier 4-way Intel Xeon server with 8G of memory and a reasonably well performing RAID array for storage.

The poor ancient P4 with 512MB RAM and an old IDE disk which had served me well for a few years as my web server clearly was not able to withstand a link from Linus on G+ to this site. Oops. The OOM mechanism in the end killed not only many apache2 processes but also the machine itself -- I had to remote-reboot the system twice this morning…

I hope the new server will easily withstand the load. Famous last words?