At 10:45am Eastern time today this blog – and all my sites – stopped responding. We were dead in the water again and Media Temple, our web hosting service located in California, was down as well.
A half an hour later the electricity went down here in Jersey City.
I was wholly sitting in the dark.
The first thing you think — after being trained every day in fear and loathing by the Department of Homeland Security — is:
WE ARE UNDER ATTACK BY AL-QAEDA!
The treachery against us started in California in the Media Temple
server bays and quickly spread across the nation to hit the opposite
shore in Jersey City a mere 30 minutes later!
All my alarms were going off – both in my gut and in my ears. My SiteUpTime
service was emailing me on my BlackBerry every two minutes: “HTTP DOWN”
followed by “HTTP OK” followed by “HTTP down” and so on…
backup system for my computer here was chirping and my other pager
telling me my computer was offline was buzzing, too.
There sure was a lot of noise happening when everything was supposed to
be shut down in a terrorist attack!
Then I called the power company on my still-operating cell phone and
learned our electricity would be turned on again soon.
When electricity was restored here I was able to login to my Media
Temple account to read this message:
A link between two core pieces of routing equipment is
showing intermittent problems resulting in a loss of connectivity for
some customers. We believe that this is related to the network
maintenance that was performed last night. Network engineers are
currently working on the problem and hope to have it resolved as soon
as possible. Thank you for your patience as we examine this issue.
It was becoming clear Al-Qaeda had not yet found us; but the bugs in our technological world had, once again, bitten us dim.