BACK UP–FOR NOW
Well, I intended to resume blogging this afternoon, but my host was down yet again. Hosting Matters who, ironically enough, has the following on their home page:
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was apparently hit by another denial of service attack, as Joy reported this afternoon–which she was able to do since she’s not on one of their servers. A long string of posts on what HM did to solve this problem, however temporarily, is available here.
This is getting quite frustrating. Not only are the major blogs constantly down now but, for those of us using our blog account as our primary personal e-mail server, we’re denied access to that as well. I don’t understand the technicalities involved here and am assured that it’s not really the host’s fault. But this may simply be a function of too much overcentralization in the blogosphere; having so many of the top blogs on one hosts has made us vulnerable. I suspect people will be a little more leery of signing up for HostingMatters accounts now–I certainly wouldn’t do it again. Their technical support is excellent, but they are no longer a reliable hosting service.