Site Talk forum: Site down or just my computer?

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tx_flower_child
Nov 15, 2017 2:29 PM CST
A few days ago I somewhat reluctantly upgraded to the newest version of Apple's OS — High Sierra. Then late last night I wasn't able to get to garden.org because of the message that Safari was unable to connect to it. I called Apple and they told me to call back today. However, as you can see, I am currently on the NGA site. But before I do call Apple again, I thought I'd ask if NGA had any downtime last night. Thanks.

I do suspect it was Apple's latest and greatest that was the problem.
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plantmanager
Nov 15, 2017 2:31 PM CST
I am on a PC with Windows 10 and firefox. I couldn't get in to the site for over an hour last night, so I think it was the site, and not your problem.
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dave
Nov 15, 2017 2:50 PM CST

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The site was down last night from midnight until 4am due to an unexpected hardware failure. Thankfully it occurred in the middle of the night when the traffic is lowest.
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gasrocks
Nov 15, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Dave. I am always amazed these days by how often sites are up. You do so well keeping this site going. There must be many, many sites that are almost required to be working all the time. Google, eBay, Amazon, etc. I gotta wonder how stressful that must be for their staff. Things do fail. Even in these high tech times. I had a job where we repaired things. Over the years, as the technology got better we did less and less service calls, needed less and less repairmen. Like when I was a kid and we drove anywhere it was fairly common to see cars on the side of the road since something was broken. Now, I cannot remember when I saw a car on the side of the road for that reason. Amazing. To me anyways. Keep up the great work !!! Gene
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Australis
Nov 15, 2017 4:19 PM CST

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gasrocks said:Dave. I am always amazed these days by how often sites are up. You do so well keeping this site going. There must be many, many sites that are almost required to be working all the time. Google, eBay, Amazon, etc. I gotta wonder how stressful that must be for their staff.


I suspect it's more stressful for Dave and family than for large companies such as Google or Amazon, who have a much larger quantity of hardware and redundancies. It usually has to be something quite major for a Google or Amazon service to go down due to hardware.

Dave and his family deserve a lot of respect for the amount of work they do to provide this website and maintaining its uptime.
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tx_flower_child
Nov 15, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Since I'm a night owl, I guess my timing was off when I couldn't logon. I had preferred to blame the new release of Apple's OS. (Oh slap me.)

Totally agree with what Australis said about big companies having more resources, and that Dave and gang do a great job!

Thank y'all!

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