As the country stumbled, bleary-eyed into 2013, people's thoughts naturally turned to New Year's resolutions. At the top of the list were the usual decisions to eat or drink less. Cancer Research UK has capitalised on this by launching their "dryathlon".
Would be "dryathletes" are encouraged to sign up and pledge to abstain from drinking alcohol for January. As well as raising awareness of alcohol-related illnesses, the objective is to encourage people to donate their "beer money" to charity.
At 09:30 on 1st January 2013, I tried to sign up for this and it's obvious that I wasn't alone. The site seemed slow compared to other websites and part way through the registration procedure I saw this error message.
I persevered and after a few "page refreshes", I was able to register. Then I encountered problems with the page that populated the related page on Justgiving.com .
Despite this, I'm pleased to say that my registration was successful. I only hope that this example of poor web performance didn't dissuade too many people from joining this worthwhile cause.
If you're feeling inspired to donate, please visit my JustGiving page here.