Planned Power Cut, Future Downtime

One of the unusual things I do, is to host my Web-site as well as this blog, on a PC at home, acting as Web-server. This does not really mean that everybody should do it this way; this is just how I happen to do it.

One side effect this has, is to make the reliability with which my site and blog can be viewed, no better than a number of things, that would not affect professionally hosted sites, but that include things like the availability of power, the quality of my Internet connection, and also, how well the computer itself works, in my case.

My power utility is planning a cut, from about 8h00 until about 17h00 this coming Monday, September 28, to perform routine work on their infrastructure. I just received a courtesy call to that effect this morning. What I was also told was, that if the utility cannot perform its work on that day, they would do so on the following Monday, which will be October 5.

Therefore, to avoid any issues with possible file system corruption, loss of data, etc., I plan to do what I did last time. I will be shutting down my computers in an orderly way, before going to bed, Sunday, September 27. This way, both my readers and I will be forewarned of the loss of access to my site. And, after the work has been completed, I will also be reporting on this blog, whether the power-cut did in fact take place. If it did, then readers will not need to have thoughts about October 5.


I apologize in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause my readers.




My blog is back online.

This previous posting explained in advance that my electrical utility was planning a power-cut, which eventually caused my site and blog to go offline.

Actually, I shut down my computers the previous evening.

I’m happy to announce that the power cut took place within the predicted time interval, and that for the time being, I can consider my service as being back to normal. For that reason, the site and blog are also back up. :-)



Downtime coming in the near future.

One of the unusual things which I do is, to host my Web-site and blog, on my own PC at home, acting as a server. I’m not recommending that other people do it this way, but do so myself. This implies that the availability of my blog, as well as of the other folders on my site, is only as good as:

  • The quality of my Internet connection, Or
  • The quality of my electrical power, Or
  • The actual reliability of the PC itself.

On Wednesday, September 2, my power utility will need to cut power from 8h00 until 15h00, to do major work in our neighbourhood. This means that my site will not be reachable for that interval of time. The power utility was kind enough to warn me about this ith a courtesy call.

I apologize in advance, for any inconvenience this might cause my readers.



Planned Power Cut Today

One of the subjects I wrote about in past months, was that My power utility had been planning to cut power to my home, briefly, to perform work on the -distribution system. This had to do with our wireless power meters, that needed to be replaced.

Because the linemen knocked on my door, and forewarned me of the power cut, in order to avoid any file-system corruption, I actually shut down all my computers, one of which acts as my Web-server.

As a result of my shutting the computers down, my site and blog were off-line from about 13h30 until 14h20 this afternoon. I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

The actual power-cut only lasted approximately 5 minutes, but because I did not know the exact timing with which it would take place, I was cautious and shut down my computers at 13h30 already.

This time around, the X-server on the computer named ‘Phoenix’ took 2 attempts to restart.

At least this power-cut resolved an outstanding issue.