The Site is Dead. Long Live The Site.

September 5, 2012 - 11:32 pm
Irradiated by Stingray
11 Comments

Well that was a fun and exciting week, wasn’t it? As I’ve mentioned before when we go down for a bit, the hosting company we used had a screaming deal from us getting in on a promo many years ago in the before times. The trade off, obviously, was reliability. The occasional jihadi hacking someone else on the same box, some hardware failure, and a couple other general case “shit just broke, yo” cases. We lived with it because there’s no advertisers to keep happy, we don’t lose money when the site’s down, and basically it just means we don’t have the pressure to write something. Ok, so we’re not exactly churning out the volume on that last point lately, but shut up, I’m telling a story.

Anyway, this last go round with the cyclic soaring elation of having access to our stuff again and crushing disappointment of it going back down sometimes less than two hours later finally lit a sufficient fire under my ass. We are no longer with the old company, which was your basic godaddy/dreamhost/whatever cpanel jobbie with many users on one server, to our very own (virtual) server. More work, but more control. Costs… well, I’m not happy about the increase, but it’s still less than I spend on burritos in a month, so I think we’ll live. Trying to shoehorn configuring a server, getting all the shit we *cough* totally religiously backed up like the baddass pros we are collected and moved, and all the rest of the associated crap in the middle of work, derby, and family birthdays was a heap of fun though, lemme tell you…

There’s a few things I know still need fixing (for some reason we had to rebuild the blogroll manually; we did a little trimming and updating while we were at it) so pardon any dust.

So we’re back. Content as we think of it. Oh, and those of you who pester people that are not us about our online/offline status? C’mon. Don’t be that guy. Chill and wait; if we decide to pull the plug we’ll say so in advance.

11 Responses to “The Site is Dead. Long Live The Site.”

  1. Old NFO Says:

    My response to folks was- Shit’s broke, they’ll be back whenever… Glad to see you back up!

  2. MSgt B Says:

    Nice to see you back.

  3. falnfenix Says:

    glad you’re up and running again. i hate hosts who don’t actually bother to maintain their servers.

  4. Kristopher Says:

    Maint and equipment upgrades costs money.

    Many new hosting businesses make an initial investment, and then are loath to spend another dime.

  5. bluntobject Says:

    Welcome back!

    Frightening how many hosting services regard computers as magic elf boxes that might bite their fingers if touched.

  6. Squid Says:

    I think that the new arrangement is at least 50% more awesomer, so I’ll be upping my subscription payments by 50%.

    Least I could do. Really.

  7. Ruth Says:

    I have to admit I was one of the folks pestering others. My only excuse is the damn computer’s been wonky and I was half convinced it was another symptom of the decline….

  8. Ted N Says:

    Glad the magic elves are back in their boxes and you’re back up! :D

  9. Ruth Says:

    FYI, the rss feeds don’t appear to be working? Either that or its just me again….its been that kinda week.

  10. Stingray Says:

    Nope, that one’s on us. Thanks for the heads up, Ruth. Not sure when I’ll get to this because a) hectic life, b) don’t use rss myself and c) don’t know how popular it is with the readers and whether theres one or one thousand folks missing it, but it’s on the radar and will get done.

  11. Ruth Says:

    Totally understand hectic. When you get to it! I will survive till then. I do use it though, I set up a webpage to pull post titles from the RSS feeds of everyone I read regularly so I can tell who’s posted new stuff without driving myself nuts.