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Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hardware failure causes Web site outage

September 17, 2008

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Regular visitors to our Web site this morning noticed a problem: There was no Web site waiting for them.

Service was interrupted because a small, two-inch adapter that connects our servers to the broader Internet began to fail at 9 a.m. It failed completely by 9:30 a.m., said system administrator Alex Kritikos.

The 60-minute outage affected this Web site as well as others hosted by Mediaphormedia, the online division of The World Company, including KTKA.com, Lawrence.com and Kansan.com, which is hosted for the University Daily Kansan. All sites were back online by 10:30 a.m.

Comments

zissou 6 years, 3 months ago

"Service was interrupted because a small, two-inch adapter that connects our servers to the broader Internet began to fail at 9 a.m."You mean, um....it wasn't plugged in?

Marty_McFly 6 years, 3 months ago

Thanks LJW. I'm surprised that it wasn't the flux capacitor

nobody1793 6 years, 3 months ago

You should resell that hour of downed equipment as a carbon credit to some local business.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 3 months ago

Service was interrupted because a small, two-inch adapter that connects our servers to the broader Internet began to fail at 9 a.m. It failed completely---I'm picturing:on the original Star Trek, when control boards were shorting out Uhura, Scotty, to the rescue! yeah! I'm sure that's what the scene was like down at ljworld hq this morning! I couldn't log in, but I assumed it was a "false flag" event meant to distract us from ... uh ... oh, that $500K fiberoptic thingy that's gonna fix all the traffic...that's gotta be it...a "false flag" attack, and where better than on the LJWorld itself!

Unix_Admin 6 years, 3 months ago

Hmm, could it have been the connection to the DSU? Anyone?

igby 6 years, 3 months ago

Sloppy two hole non-par joust by the cleaning crew that don't speak English was the blame.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 3 months ago

You mean, um:.it wasn't plugged in?---oh, now! it wasn't plugged in. then they had to write an envoice to order the repair. find the contractor to make the repair. call in the contractor. sweep the area for bugs. check the satellite downlink for outer phase products and inner phase corruption. once the contractor arrived, fix fresh coffee! explain the problem, developing a flowsheet in the presentation. allocate necessary funds for hardware acquisition. put hardware into contractor personnel's possession, documenting with reciept in tripplicate. personnel makes repair/replacement, but service not restored yet!field testing necessary before service declared "restored."testing documented. all documents, flowsheets, reciepts, notes, charts, and equipment envoices placed in possession of LJWorld's agent. Agent check's them, checking them off. Agent declares repair complete. sets time, 30-minutes later, for "restoration of full service." calls ljworld poobahs in to watch, cut ribbon, crack bottle of champaigne. calls in photographer(s) to document for posterity. old equipment lovingly placed into box for historical archiving, box properly marked. finally, throws switch, full restoration of service. suddenly, thousands of pent-up comments for comment threads burst forth, the capacity of the new componenty is severely tested, but it weathers the storm. picture filed. reporters interview for tomorrow's dramatic story! done.

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