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As has been occurring frequently, Blogger is again down.

It’s beginning to look like a coordinated attack against them rather than isolated problems.

Update from Blogger Status:

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Wow. Ok. So it hasn’t been Blogger’s weekend. Blogger was down for a little over three hours this evening, due to the near-simultaneous failure of a critical component and its backup. This outage also impacted the loading of many Blog*Spot blogs, which rely on Blogger for a CSS file.

We apologize profusely for this outage. Blogger should be working as normal now. The new version of Blogger in beta was not affected.


1 Steve Bates { 10.21.06 at 10:25 pm }

Thanks for mentioning it. I’m glad it’s not just an anomaly here, but it looks serious because of the length of the outage. It’s an awfully quiet Saturday night without the Blogger bloggers.

A few Blogger sites appear to be visible. I could see Fallenmonk; I could see Atrios. But many, many sites are invisible. The sites appear to begin to serve as usual, but somewhere in the middle of the process, they hang, and never finish. Even http://www.blogger.com itself is invisible here.

This close to elections, I cannot help entertaining conspiracy theories. I doubt that’s the cause, but I can’t rule it out. Would the nuts shut down friendly sites in the interest of shutting down hostiles? You must answer that for yourself. Could the wingers competently shut down the ‘sphere if they wanted to? Well, that’s another question, and I can’t answer that one either.

Or maybe it’s that agency I wrote doggerel about, the one for which “no one knows its acronym…”

2 Bryan { 10.21.06 at 11:02 pm }

I just updated as Blogger Status just came back.

3 The CultureGhost { 10.22.06 at 1:11 am }

I’ve been setting up the new computer since Friday afternoon so I’ve been rather oblivious to the rest of the world…

Are we still in Iraq?

4 Bryan { 10.22.06 at 5:03 pm }

The joy of a new computer and trying to remember all of the little changes you’ve made over the years to get the operating system to work in a reasonable fashion.

I think Iraq is still occasionally mentioned in the media, but I get my news from international sites, so maybe not “officially.”

5 oldwhitelady { 10.22.06 at 9:27 pm }

Aha! I wondered if something was wrong when I couldn’t log on to blogger.com. That explains it.

6 Bryan { 10.23.06 at 12:17 am }

They are burning through equipment at an amazing rate, OWL. They have had more equipment failures in the last six-months than I have encountered with all of my clients in a decade. I’m wondering about their local power grid.