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Dave Schuler emailed me Thursday evening to notify me that OTB wasn’t loading for him. After a few minutes of fiddling on my end, I submitted a trouble ticket to our site host and they informed me we had a massive hardware failure. They moved our files to a new machine overnight but  they don’t do the backend work needed to actually get the site up and running and, alas, the guy who handles that sort of thing for me was indisposed and then ran into some fairly major technical issues.

If you’re reading this, the domain is pointing to the new server now and hopefully ready for us to start writing and you to start commenting again. Let us know if you notice anything broken.

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About James Joyner
James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He has a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.

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  1. ernieyeball says:

    Civil order in Ferguson MO.

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  2. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Huzzah! Glad it was not a denial of service attack.

    I had a passing thought that the continued common sense approach and factual based discussions could have upset those who have a problem with that.

    :)

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  3. jd says:

    Thank heavens. I was about to ask for my money back.

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  4. jd says:

    No, something’s wrong. Your URL is http://nblo.gs/ZfpmS

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  5. Ron Beasley says:

    Good, I”m glad to see you are “really” back tonight.

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  6. beth says:

    You know, if you wanted a weekend off you could have just asked.

    Welcome back.

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  7. MarkedMan says:

    Just curious. Does it save significantly doing your site this way rather than hosting it with a service that handles all this hardware stuff? Not necessarily a blog hosting service but rather a software/app one that will host you on a virtual machine and fail over to a new one in a second or two if there is ever a problem.

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  8. Ol Nat says:

    So glad you’re back! I missed you all!

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  9. Scott O says:

    Every guy suffers a hardware failure sooner or later. Part of the aging process. Or so I’ve heard.

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  10. Janis Gore says:

    http://youtu.be/m3Y1O9eVKRs

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  11. James Joyner says:

    @MarkedMan: I was paying much more for a full service, all bells and whistles service from Rackspace for three years or so and it was actually much worse. We were failing all the time. We recovered more quickly from a hardware failure there but lost a couple days worth of posts (which I was able to manually recover from the RSS cache).

    It was mostly just an odd bit of bad luck timing-wise, with my server guy out of town and without connectivity beyond his phone and the odd coffee shop.

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  12. EddieInCA says:

    Dear Dr. Joyner, Mr. Mataconis, Esq, and Dr. Taylor, et. al:

    Glad you’re all back. You are all a part of my daily routine, even on the weekends, so when you’re gone, it feels like something is off in the earth’s tilt.

    So….

    Thank you.

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  13. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Good.

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  14. gVOR08 says:

    Oh good. I was traveling and having IT problems. I thought it was on my end.

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  15. ernieyeball says:

    @Scott O:..Every guy???

    Speak for yerself dead pecker.

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  16. al-Ameda says:

    Ha! I wouldn’t blame you if you purposely took your server down. Welcome back.

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  17. Janis Gore says:

    Ah! Dr Michael Baden, the forensic pathologist, is a good guy.

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  18. James in Silverdale, WA says:

    Well, these things happen. Glad to see you back up!

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  19. rudderpedals says:

    There’s a market for broken swerver components and assemblies….

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  20. CB says:

    Thank god. Now I have something to do at work again.

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  21. Tyrell says:

    I am glad the site is back. I am also relieved that I did not somehow break it.

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