Archive for June, 2008

E-mail working again

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Thanks to some geeks who did work finding out which resolvers were working and which were not, I was able to find ones that worked for the Baptist Ministries server, so e-mail is runn ing again.  Many of the ones that the host previously told us were working and available for our use simply were not working.  I’m assuming there are some firewall, overload, or network issues somewhere.  Anyway, I’m glad to have e-mail working again.


Thursday, June 5th, 2008

We have picked up a 99 Dodge Caravan.  We couldn’t be without.  I’ve got a funeral to do, church this weekend, got to take a fellow from the church to New Jersey next week.  Being without a vehicle is just no option.  Unfortunately, we have payments on this one.  The last one we owned free and clear.

Discouraging news from the garage

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

We had our minivan in the garage for an estimate on repairs.  They say it would cost more to fix it than to buy a new one.  Struts.  Strut mounts.  Exhaust.  Brake hardware.  Rear shocks.   Brake lines.  Rocker panels (whatever those are).  It’s disappointing, because we have just been talking about how to swing having two vehicles.  I’m on the road so much some days that it creates great difficulty for my wife trying to get done the things she needs to do.  But now it looks like we’re going to be with one vehicle.

Data center explosion

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Hear a description of the explosion at the Houston, TX, data center in the words of the company’s CEO:

Explosion Audio (MP3)

What a weekend!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

There was an explosion Saturday afternoon at a data center in Houston, TX.  Something in the power supply room went, taking three walls of the room with it.  In a split second, 9500 web servers shut down.

Many of the servers in this data center are used by web hosting companies, and can have 200, 300, 500, or more sites hosted on one computer.  Plus, one set of servers there controlled the DNS for 90,000 other web sites.   Nobody knows how many web sites went dark in that instant, but it could have been upward toward 1,000,000.

 The data center staff and independent contractors worked around the clock to restore service, gradually bringing one rack of servers after another online beginning early this morning.  DNS still looks like a mess.

We had one server down for the weekend because it was in the affected data center.  Our main server, however, was still on-line, although the DNS issues stopped e-mail from working.  I worked on the issues straight through (except for church Sunday and 90 minutes of sleep Monday morning) until I finally got e-mail working by Monday morning.  Then, I stayed up Monday to monitor the servers to make sure nothing else went wrong while the teams at the datacenter were were working to stabilize the situation.  Monday night couldn’t come soon enough.

It just so happened that yesterday (June 1) was the day that my family began the transition from supporting our ministry here in Maine and on the Internet via commercial web development work, to making it a faith-supported ministry.  And our missionary web site through which people could support our ministry was in the data center where the explosion occurred.

But, God new that this explosion would occur on the day He wanted us to begin our transition, so we’re not worried about it.

And, we had a great day at church yesterday.  I preached from Matthew 6 (”no man can serve two masters…”), relating it to Joshua (”As for me and my house …”) and Elijah (”Why halt ye between two opinions?  If the Lord be God, serve Him!”).