A few weeks ago I got up at 2:30am and attended virtual RustConf 2021. The pre-recorded talks were live-streamed and there was a dedicated Discord server for discussion and Q&A while the talks ran. It was overall well organised and a good experience. All the talks were interesting and well executed. The Discord chat was fun but I’m not sure it added a lot to the value of my experience.
Burning 2.5Tb of Bandwidth Hosting a Nitter Instance
On 24 August I received an email from Vultr saying that my server had used 78% of its 3Tb bandwidth allocation for the month. This was surprising as last time I looked I only used a small fraction of this allocation across the various things I host.
After some investigation I noticed that the Nitter instance I set up six
months ago at
nitter.decentralised.social seemed to be
getting a lot of traffic. In particular it seemed that there were several
crawlers including Googlebot and bingbot attempting to index the whole site and
all its media.