Power Failure Today, Downtime

I take the somewhat unusual approach, of hosting both my site and this blog, on a PC at home. I’m not saying that everybody should do this; this is only how I do it.

What this implies is that the accessibility of my site is only as good, as the WAN connection of my personal Internet service, as well as the quality with which my PC can be kept running.

Today, my home experienced a brief power failure, from approximately 9h00 until approximately 9h10. Therefore, my server went down. Yet, because I did not get back home until noon to reset things, the site remained off-line until about 12h15. I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

As it happens, there have been relatively few power failures to my home, this Summer. On a typical Summer, there would have been more of them.



Kernel Update Today, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of hosting my site and blog, on my PC at home. This means that if my computer, which I name ‘Phoenix’, has any down-time, so does my blog.

This afternoon, ‘Phoenix’ received a routine kernel update, that seemed to go well. But because even a Linux computer needs a reboot after a kernel update, this site was down briefly, from 12h55 until about 13h15.

On the same note I should mention that yesterday, March 27, we had a power-failure from about 16h00 until 17h45. For that reason as well, my site and blog could not have been on-line.

I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.



Power Failure, Downtime.

I take the unusual approach of hosting my Web-site and my blog, on my PC at home. I’m not suggesting that everybody do it this way. This is just how I do it. But the unfortunate consequence of that is, that my site and blog are only visible to the Internet, as long as my PC is up and running, and as long as my own Internet connection is stable.

This morning (March 15, 2019), while I was away, there was a power failure which literally lasted from 11h05 until 11h10 – according to my own log files. This means that the power in my home was out for maximally 5 minutes.

But, I only came back from my daily activities around 17h00. Therefore, with nobody at home to reboot my computer, the blog was offline for the duration, until 17h15.

I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.



DSL Problems, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of hosting my Web-site, and therefore also my blog, not on a professional hosting service, which is what most people would do, but on my personal computer at home. What this means is that the visibility of this blog is only as good, as the Internet connection that I have from home. And so, where some subscribers to my ISP may only describe trivial problems with their service, this blog has downtime, due to the slightest problem with my DSL connection.

Well, yesterday, March 8, between 14h00 and 15h00, as well as today, March 9, between 10h00 and 13h05, there were issues with my DSL again, each one a brief issue, during which my blog would not have been visible. I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

There has been quite a history of such problems, specifically affecting my blog. The last time a Bell Technician needed to come, he needed to replace circuit-boards that exist in the network node, and which therefore exist on the side of the ISP. But because of both:

  1. The actual lines having been reconnected (earlier), and
  2. This hard, described problem of the circuit boards resulting in their replacement,

This describes repairs to the satisfaction of my ISP, and there was hope that there might be no more connection issues. However, connection issues have returned to my home. Because the two types of problems I listed above won’t normally ‘unfix themselves’, I have to assume that I’m running in to a new type of problem now, which my ISP has not yet diagnosed.

(Update 3/10/2019, 13h40 … )

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