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Saturday, 14 May 2011

24 Hours of Nothing!



The wonderful Gene Pitney sang about being 24 hours from Tulsa (Oklahoma), but I guess he wasn't a blogger.

We've been 24 hours from our blogs - 24 hours of nothing! I wonder how many bloggers woke this morning to blogs with 'things', or 'bits' missing, or that were 'looking strange', or were actually 'missing' - gone - in their entirety! I've noticed 'strange' things on my blogs, 'evil' things, things which send me to my 'place in the sun' to think about! Weird things.


It all started with, what Blogger described as a Routine Maintenance on May 9th ...


Then, the tenor of the message changed, ever so slightly...


Then, as Forrest Gump said; 'It happens'...



What the heck does 'Read Only Mode' mean to the average Joe Blogger? Mmmm.


Another 'update' ...



...and, to back-up what the Helpers on the Forum, were telling everyone - the engineers did work late ...



I gave up, at midnight, Aussie time, and hit the sack. This morning, I logged-on to a pleasant surprise - Blogger was back ...


And, they even had a notice in Blogger Buzz ...



Communication from Blogger to its customers, while not perfect, is getting a little better. After all, a commitment to improve communication was made by Jinwoo Lee, Blogger Software Engineer, back in March - after the last crash ...




We should be grateful for small mercies, by the way, as I for one, can imagine what mayhem and level of concern was being wagered in the Blogger Headquarters, last night, and, I suppose, all hands were on deck trying to 'fix' the problem, let alone trying to keep 'us' informed. Still, they did manage to do it, albeit, somewhat retarded.

One of the weird things I have noticed on one of my blogs (a private blog), is the character situated in my Label section! Where the heck did this come from?





Pretty serious 24 hours, I'd say. I can't begin to know, or understand the role of an Engineer at Blogger, but I guess I have to thank them for the job they did. I am, after all, back on the air, and blogging again.

What else can I say other than - How can I complain? It's FREE!


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2 comments:

Sharon said...

Blogger ate my homework!

By late this afternoon, my blog was back from where ever blogs go when Blogger has "issues", but it was missing the newest post. I figured they have some harsh critics over there! Then I noticed that most posts made on May 11th were also missing. I guess Blogger double-checked the 'Lost & Found'. All SEEMS back to normal - for now.

I was amused to see all the Blogger notices you found. I could only access a couple of those during the last three days. Maybe they should just go with a very simple warning next time. 'Blogger is in Maintenance Mode - Expect the Unexpected.'

Bob said...

You're right, there, Sharon - I noticed your post was missing - but, as Blogger said, they hope to have them back soon.
I learned to take screen prints a long time ago - it pays, if you have a poor memory, like I do.