Our dying server has been replaced
By Bev Conover
Journal Editor & Publisher
Jun 22, 2006, 00:45
As our regular readers are aware, we were caught up in a
cycle of server agonies that not only affected our ability to receive and send
email, but caused Online Journal to be inaccessible at times.
This nightmare began on March 11 and became progressively
worse as our techs struggled to keep us online. While I suspected the server
was dying, they insisted the problems were being caused by script foul-ups and
We all know computers -- and servers are computers -- can do
inexplicable things at times. We even make jokes about gremlins. But as time
passed and the situation grew worse, I was ready to reach for a tinfoil hat and
who could blame me with Karl Rove projecting his hate onto us as one of the mobilizers
of "hate and anger?" I could picture his pudgy fingers doing things
to disrupt us. The techs assured me no one from the feds had planted a back
door on our server. But if they had been delivered one of those infamous
National Security Letters, how could they admit to it?
In the past few days, as the situation grew grimmer, I even
considered that there was a mole among our techs, undoing the fixes nearly as
fast as they were made.
Tuesday we hit bottom when they could barely keep the server
up. Finally, the techs threw up their hands and admitted that my initial
suspicion that the server was dying was correct. Early yesterday morning, we
went to the expense of replacing it. That seems to have ended the problems --
"seems" being the operative word as I shall be keeping my fingers
crossed for awhile.
To say that these past three and a half months have been
frustrating and draining, would be an understatement.
between outages and slow downs making it difficult for readers to access Online
Journal, it also has cost us sorely needed financial support. So we ask those
of you who can to make a secure credit card
donation or email me
for a mailing address.
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