downtime -- again!

Kragen Sitaker (
Sun, 5 Sep 1999 18:17:24 -0400 (EDT)

Well, I was in Las Vegas on business for two weeks, mostly without
Internet access. went down on Sunday (10:11 AM EST or
a few minutes after) due to a power outage (apparently due to my wife
kicking the plug out of the wall) and failed to come back up due to a
faulty motherboard.

When I arrived home last night, I rebooted it and it was fine. All in
all, though, having something like that fail for an entire week is
completely out of the range of acceptable failures.

So I'm going to get:
- better wiring that doesn't detach so easily;
- a new machine with a more reliable motherboard;
- if possible, a co-location somewhere with a UPS, conditioned power,
and connections via Ethernet.
- a fucking laptop when I go on the road;
- a domain name I own, so I can set someone else up to deliver mail in
the case of downtime.
- a fucking cellphone so something can page me when my machine goes
down. (Would have been extremely useful on this last trip, too, when I
was out in the desert nailing huge squares of cloth to runways out in
the middle of the desert.)

I think I am currently at around 90% uptime for the year, due to all of
these failures, most of which are frustratingly nonsystematic.

The good news is that is working fine *now*.

<>       Kragen Sitaker     <>
Sat Sep 05 1999
64 days until the Internet stock bubble bursts on Monday, 1999-11-08.