Power Failure Tonight, Downtime

I take the somewhat unusual approach, of hosting my site, and this Blog, on a personal computer which I name ‘Phoenix’. This means that the availability of this Blog is only as good, as that of the PC in question, and its presence on the Internet.

Tonight there was a power failure at 18h30, for which reason this Blog also went off-line.

The actual power-failure only lasted 10 minutes. But there was never any obvious reason why it would have happened in the first place, for which I reason I do not know whether to expect more power-failures. For the same reason, I chose to wait until 20h15 tonight, to reboot ‘Phoenix’, at which time my site and Blog also became available again.

Because it was never clear as to why the power failed this time, there is the ongoing possibility, that there could be more power failures in the overnight hours. I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

(Updated 08/22/2018, 14h25 : )

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Power failure tonight, downtime.

This evening, Montreal experienced a forecast, severe thunderstorm. But what could not be forecast with certainty, was whether the power would fail, in my exact neighborhood. In fact, it did.

I take the somewhat unusual approach, of hosting my Web-site, and therefore also this blog, on my PC at home. The availability of this blog can therefore not be any better, than the availability of my PC, to the Internet. Therefore, this site and blog were briefly offline, from about 19h00 until 20h00. I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

Dirk

 

Freezing Rain This Evening, Power Failure, Downtime.

I take the unusual measure of hosting my site, and therefore also this blog, on the home computer I name ‘Phoenix’, rather than on a professional Web-hosting service, the latter of which is what most people would use.

This has as unfortunate side-effect, that the visibility of my site is only about as good, as the up-time of the home-PC in question. Therefore, if there is a power-failure, the site will go offline. Even though one of the plug-ins I have installed on my WordPress platform is, to display a Maintenance Mode Page if I so choose, the visibility of such a maintenance-mode page would still depend on the software running, that is my Apache Web-server, as well as on this computer being connected to the WAN – In other words, such a maintenance-mode page will not be visible during an actual power failure, only if I decide to tinker with my blog, and if the server itself is still up while I’m doing so.

Later this afternoon (on 1/23/2018), we were experiencing sheets of freezing rain, and so predictably, the power went out around 17h40. But, just as Hydro-Quebec had predicted, they were able to restore power to my home, by 20h30 the same evening. Gosh knows what had gone wrong, but the utility was able to repair it very quickly, given the circumstances.

And so until about 20h50, this blog and site would not have been visible. I apologize for any inconvenience to potential readers.

Dirk

(Edit 1/24/2018 : )

As it happens, my power failed again, around 22h40 the same evening, but only for about 5 minutes. However, this time, I did not restart the computer immediately after the second power-failure, instead deciding to wait until 6h50 this morning to do so. So again, the blog was offline until 6h50 this morning.

 

Extreme Thunderstorm, Power Failure, Downtime

I take the unusual measure, of Hosting My Own Site and Blog, on my personal computer at home. This means that the availability of this blog, is only as good as the functionality of my PC.

Yesterday, August 22, 2017, we had an extremely powerful thunderstorm in the afternoon, which caused a power-failure to my home from 16h00 that afternoon, until 5h50 the next morning (August 23). Therefore, my site and blog were also offline until about 11h00, this morning, August 23.

I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

Dirk