In the latest in my ongoing series of Major websites experiencing outages, GMail has been down for at least the last hour. Google’s Mail service is excellent and over all I’ve always been pleased with it. Their servers are redundant, I don’t have problems with lost email messages, and the spam filtering is second to none. I also am a big fan of the search, filtering, and conversation features that make it the best email experience I’ve ever had, but today, it’s down, and I can’t access my email, which again slows down my productivity. But I take it as a bit of comfort, because the next time one of my sites goes down I’ll remember, even Google has server outages sometimes.
It’s important to note that while the web interface (which I primarily use) is down, the IMAP appears to be fully operational, so I’m still getting new emails buzzing on my iPhone constantly, I just much prefer to work on the web based interface with all of the search functionality that makes it easy to find just the right message when I need it. I hope the server comes back up again soon.
Also before some jerk calls me a fool and tells me that I’m screwing up with my urls, it’s not just me, None of my coworkers are able to get on GMail, neither can my wife (who is not here), nor several friends online. A Simple Date Based Google Blog Search shows that many other people are experiencing problems with 502 errors on the GMail interface today
Update: After getting everything operational again, Google Blogged about the outage, apologizing for the inconvenience.
Amazon.com is experiencing an outage, the most complete I’ve ever seen on the site. The last time I saw an outage on the site was Christmas before last when they were offering mad sales to the first 100 customers on certain items, but even then they had a helpful error page, rather then just a service unavailable, guess their load balancer wasn’t feeling well.
It appears that the ssl version of Amazon is running just fine, it’s just the non-secured version.
Just a little bit of Google humor today, I decided to do something I do every so often and do a google search for my name, Nicholas Moline. I was pleased to see that 8 out of the first 10 results were indeed about me (a few of which were by me), but I happened across a listing that made me smile.
Google Book Search found my name in a very old book: The Egerton Papers: A Collection of Public and Private Documents, Chiefly Illustrative of the … contains an interesting mention on Page 403
Continue reading “I prefer “Sir Nicholas” if you don’t mind.”
Ok, now that I’m using the
application/xhtml+xml mime type instead of
text/html, using a real browser shows you where you have improperly formatted W3C incompliant code on your pages. So I’ve gone through each and every blog entry and fixed the errors in my old badly formatted xhtml. I’ve also (while I was editing them) gone through the trouble of unlocking all the entries that had locked themselves in the transition from MT to BLOG:CMS. This means that all entries can now be karma voted, and all entries can now be commented on.
Also tonight I upgraded Lori’s blog to the same updated version of the software that I’m using.
Today I went over to the District Office to again attempt to troubleshoot the problems with their ability to log into the network through a VPN tunnel. Not seing anything wrong with teh server or the setup in the router I did the only thing logical, I printed off the page listing all the ports they had open on the router and reset the router to factory conditions. I then proceeded to set up the router again from scratch.
Continue reading “VPNs and old bosses”