Site outages and other business
I’m thoroughly annoyed at the moment. Dreamhost is all wonked up and that means my site is down. It’s so bad that I can’t even reach their status page. So I’m taking a page from Kris and using Google Docs to type this up. I know it’s strange, but I really get set on an interface for blogging. I have a hard time using notepad or word to write an entry, I tried the voice recognition thing for all of 15 minutes. It worked like a charm, I just couldn’t get used to dictating. And trying to code html via voice (no pun intended) was an absolute pain.
Critical Announcement! Please Read!
Sorry about the downtime experienced today. We have network and DNS issues today. If you are writing in because your site is down please hold off if you can. We are currently running an update that will fix all of your domains, but unfortunately the update takes a while to run. If by tomorrow your site is not up please write directly to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than posting to normal support. We have a specialized support team ready to assist you.
You can keep updated at dreamhoststatus.com! (posted 9 hours 35 mins ago) 10:53am EST
So yeah.. just a wee bit miffed at the moment seeing as it’s been down for hours and their own status page isn’t even working!
As of this comment, my site remains down. 👿
What I find particularly annoying in this and several other recent meltdowns is Dreamhost’s lack of transparency. The “critical announcement” you quoted above is rather vague.
“If by tomorrow….” When is/was that supposed to be? (Never mind the timestamp; the entry could have been written long before it was posted.)
The status page issue is another story. They maintain that it’s on a server separate from their systems, yet in the last week, it went down along with the rest of the service – twice. Once is coincidence; twice isn’t.
Others have looked up, and confirmed that dreamhoststatus.com is on the same nameserver that their regular site is, so it may be separate from their systems, but it isn’t hosted outside the DH server farm.