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Down at The Planet

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

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My apologies for the on-off situation with Travel Notes lately.

Our server is located at The Planet (Houston); where there have been major problems over the last few days. I believe they had an electrical blow-out.

Not only were the servers affected with massive down-time (like two days) but the DNS servers were troubled too.

Then just when things started to propagate again, the generator failed.

The sites are working again (for now) but I was up until 4am trying to find another host. I've made a few contacts but still haven't moved anywhere.

I need reliabilty fast, because apart from the TravelNotes.org website I also have a number of other domains on the server - 1800-WorldCup.com, 1800-Olympics.com, Travel-Write.com, 1800-France.com, 1800-UStravel.com and 1800-Canada.com among them.

We did have a number of domains hosted elsewhere, until the hosts gave up the ghost recently. So basically I've had all my eggs in one basket; which is not a clever thing to do.

1800-WorldCup.com is also covering the Euro 2008 Finals live; held in Switzerland and Austria, over the coming three weeks. The tournament starts on Saturday and changing hosts right now will mean more downtime while the new DNS propagates again.

It's a catch 22 situation and I'm close to panic.

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