PowerPage: The migration blues

Summary:I've been getting a ton of email to ask about the deal with my Web site: O'Grady's PowerPage. First, let me dispel some rumors. The PowerPage wasn't shut down by Apple legal, a Denial-Of-Service (DOS) attack or unpaid domain or hosting bills. And we certainly weren't acquired by a large media company (my favorite). The PowerPage is simply suffering from a case of the migration blues.

I've been getting a ton of email to ask about the deal with my Web site: O'Grady's PowerPage. First, let me dispel some rumors. The PowerPage wasn't shut down by Apple legal, a Denial-Of-Service (DOS) attack or unpaid domain or hosting bills. And we certainly weren't acquired by a large media company (my favorite). The PowerPage is simply suffering from a case of the migration blues.

Our ISP switched servers from 32-bit to 64-bit Linux and it wreaked havoc on our Web Objects back end. As a stopgap we're pointing the PowerPage.org domain to a temporary location on the new server, but many people can't reach it because it lives at port 6001, which is blocked by many firewalls.

(It didn't help that Tier 1 ISP Level 3 Communications wasn't accepting Internet traffic from Cogent Communications in a dispute over payments for a few days last week - virtually splitting the Internet into two. That situation has been resolved.)

We're at an impasse and forced with a decision. Patch the PowerPage's leaking WOA code or put that effort into launching our new re-designed site on Movable Type (which works fine on 64-bit Linux, btw.) Rather than invest the time in fixing bugs with the old site we decided to press forward with the move to MT. We're working hard to get PowerPage.org online by tomorrow night before the big Wednesday announcements from Apple, but not promising anything at this point.

In the mean time you can keep up with me here at my new digs at ZDNet and (hopefully) soon back at PowerPage.org to celebrate our tenth anniversary in December.

Topics: Browser

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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