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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:23 AM

Has DU ever had a major outage, like FR has now?

If so, how long was it down?

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Reply Has DU ever had a major outage, like FR has now? (Original post)
Archae Feb 2013 OP
ProdigalJunkMail Feb 2013 #1
FSogol Feb 2013 #4
ProdigalJunkMail Feb 2013 #6
laundry_queen Feb 2013 #15
ProdigalJunkMail Feb 2013 #16
Tikki Feb 2013 #17
treestar Feb 2013 #2
woodsprite Feb 2013 #3
KharmaTrain Feb 2013 #5
leftynyc Feb 2013 #7
Kber Feb 2013 #8
mikeytherat Feb 2013 #9
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #11
mikeytherat Feb 2013 #13
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #10
sufrommich Feb 2013 #12
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #14

Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:28 AM

1. not in the 10 years I have been around

the only problem I recall that was a real pain in the arse was a DNS issue a few years back... took a while to resolve that but a lot of that was DNS propagation that was the issue.

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:34 AM

4. Wasn't it just down for about 2-3 hours for that problem?

The problem with FR is that it is little more than a Grift.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:40 AM

6. dependent on who your ISP was

access was problematic for i would say at least 24 hours. some people were able to access very soon after the problem... it took me about a day to get back to access.

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:29 AM

15. Took me a week

but DU itself wasn't down. I just used a proxy server to read it until my ISP caught up.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:59 AM

16. i think that was the solution for loads of folks! n/t

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:06 PM

17. Also used the proxy server...seemed kind of strange but it worked...

..on it for a couple of days....


Tikki

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:30 AM

2. No. There's a yahoo group called the DU Panic room

for such times, and I've only received a few emails from it over 6 years.

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Response to treestar (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:32 AM

3. I think I only have the test messges sent out when it was created. n/t

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:36 AM

5. Slow Down...Yes...

Many of us "oldtimers" can remember election nights and other heavy news events where the poor little DU hamsters just couldn't keep up, but the site would soldier on. We see remnants of it when certain features are shut down...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:50 AM

7. That's what I remember

On election or debate nights....certain features were turned off but that was the extent of the outage.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:07 AM

8. Are they STILL down?

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Response to Kber (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:18 AM

9. Still down, and they've even removed the lame "we'll be up and running any time" splash page.

Probably because of the whole "we're trying to Frankenstein a SCSI backup server" which, aside from being a load of gibberish, begs the questions, "With all that money, where are the backups? And why not just buy a new server?"

mikey_the_rat

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Response to mikeytherat (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:22 AM

11. If the technology is as old as we think....

Backups and restores are probably primitive. What are the chances they have actually tested they restore plan to see if it works? I'd bet not at all.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:36 AM

13. I believe the entire backup plan consisted of "cross fingers and pray."

If they did anything as rudimentary as copying the basic, critical files I'd be amazed.

mikey_the_rat

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:20 AM

10. I think we were once down for a day but...

It was a DNS problem that the admins didn't directly control. Other than that, not for more than a few hours in my memory.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:31 AM

12. Wait! I read on their Yahoo page that it's

those Chinese or Washington communists hacking them! Yeah, that's the ticket.

"- In freerepublic2@yahoogroups.com, "johngtheelder" <johngtheelder@> wrote:
> >
> > This is the latest evidence that we need a fully privatized Internet. What
is the likelihood that this outage is "just a hardware problem", you think?
We've been hearing about how the Red Chinese are infiltrating our systems -- and
I guarantee the Current Occupant of the White House is in cahoots with them.
Anybody really think FR is not on their hit list? Jim, I suggest you check the
server logs for evidence of interlopers from China and/or Washington, D.C.
> >

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:36 AM

14. Only out of sheer awesomeness.

Like when President Obama was elected and re-elected.

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