The 500 error was me; I'm configuring an application mod in an attempt to manage a botnet pounding on EE. I have moved my testing activates to a remote directory to prevent folks (like you) from seeing the configuration problems I'm having.
Yes, I can see how you might be seeing a slow load occasionally and recently. I have some pretty heavy backend activity going on behind the scenes dealing with the hacker, DDos, a$%@#%$# folks – not fun.
For a hint at what I’m dealing with see: http://www.engineersedge.com/enginee..._web_10002.htm
Apparently and for exact reasons unknown, Engineer Edge on the internet bad guys map…
I’m getting to old for this.