Downtime, Yesterday and Today

The way I host this blog and my site is unusual, in that I use a PC at home as my Web-server. This is not necessarily what other people should do, only how I do it.

What that implies is that the visibility of my site, is only as good as my ability to keep my computer running, as well as the quality of my personal Internet service. Most of the time, both run well.

But, starting around 15h30 yesterday afternoon, I started having some sort of trouble with my Internet connection. This issue is now resolved (for the time being). But this means that my site and blog were also offline until about 17h00 today.

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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DSL Problems, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of Hosting my Web-site and this blog, on my Personal Computer at home. Unfortunately this means that the visibility of either is only as good, as the WAN (Wide Area Network) connectivity of my computer, which is established via a DSL (a Digital Subscriber Line).

Well between 12h00 and 3h00 this morning (February 27), I was experiencing DSL issues again, which has happened often. And so my blog and site were off-line.

I apologize to my readers for any inconvenience this might have caused.

(Update 2/27/2019, 16h45 : )

The technician from my ISP worked very hard to reconfigure my DSL wires, from their end, and was apparently successful at remedying the problem, without requiring that another technician come to my home.

But a fact which accompanies this news is, that even during such trouble-shooting steps, a mini-disruption in one customer’s service results (mine).

As a result, my site and blog were off-line again, from about 15h00 until about 16h30 this afternoon. But I’m expecting no more problems in the immediate future.

(Update 2/28/2019, 20h50 : )

Surprisingly to me, I had more DSL / connection issues today. This caused my site and blog to be offline from about 13h00 until about 20h45.

This time around, a Technician did need to come to my home, and what he seemed to discover was, that in the Neighbourhood Network Node, that “Bell Fibe” customers connect to via DSL, and that is connected up-stream via Fibre-Optics, apparently, the two circuit-boards which my DSL wires connect to, were fried. So the technician replaced both circuit-boards – on their end and not on my end – and once again, I have a WAN.

Even though I’d really like to say that this time my problems are dealt with, I’ve been having so much bad luck with this – Who knows, maybe I’m jinxed? :-D



DSL Problems, Downtime

I take the unusual approach, of hosting my Web-site and blog on my personal PC at home, instead of on a hosting service. This means that the visibility of my blog is only as good, as my Internet connection at home.

Well sometimes it has been happening to me lately, that I’ve had DSL problems, such as according to this earlier posting. When this happens, my site experiences downtime.

Even though my service has been stable for about a month now, as of 21h00 last night, February 22, this has been happening to me again. I’m going to work with my ISP to try to resolve the issue as before. In the meantime I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.


As of 12h00, February 23, the connection seems stable for the moment.