Greg Hewgill (ghewgill) wrote,
Greg Hewgill

the sixapart bastard child

Looks like Livejournal is finally back after the big power outage. (What went wrong, anyway? Where was the redundant power?) However, let's have a look at, in order from first to last ...

Jul 24, 2007

TypeKey is up.
Posted at 1:55 PM PDT

Okay, so TypeKey is a pretty minimal service that should be easy to fire back up. (But why does this exist anyway? Why not use OpenId, which was developed by LJ and is now part of Six Apart?)

Jul 24, 2007
TypePad Service

Six Apart services today suffered from downtime due to the power outage in San Francisco and the impact it had on our co-location facility. At this time (9:37 pm PDT) all services are back online.

Update 3:55 pm: Power has been restored to our data center, and we are working to bring TypePad back online safely as soon as possible.

Update 4:07 pm: We are working to bring TypePad blogs online. You may experience intermittent availability of blogs and the TypePad application while we bring components of the service back online. Again, thank you for your patience.

Update 4:37 pm: We are beginning to bring TypePad blogs back online. You may see some slowness in loading images for a short while.

Update 5:05 pm: We are resolving the issues in loading images, and will be bringing the TypePad application up next.

Update 5:23 pm: We are now bringing the application back online. You may experience intermittent performance while we restore the application. Readers may experience issues commenting.

Update 5:55 pm: Blogs are back online and the application is back online for posting. We continue to work on restoring comment capabilities for your readers.

Update 6:25 pm: Blogs are online and the application is online for posting. We have identified the issue with commenting, and are working hard to restore that capability.

Update 7:26 pm: Commenting has been restored to TypePad blogs. At this point the TypePad service has been fully restored, and we will be monitoring its performance closely. We are also investigating why our data center's backup power systems did not respond properly. We will post more information when we have it both here and on

The first priority for Six Apart is getting the "premier blogging service for professionals" back up. People seem to pay real money ($300/yr? seriously?) for that service.

Jul 24, 2007

Vox is back online.

Update 7:45 pm: We are working to bring Vox back online. We're currently performing a series of diagnostic tests to ensure that your data is safe. Thank you for your patience.

Update 9:25 pm: We are continuing to work to bring Vox back online. We are nearly complete with our diagnostic tests, and are working to restore access to the service as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Update 9:32 pm: Vox is now back online. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience! We will be monitoring the service closely over the coming hours.

The next one to come back was Vox. This is a newer Six Apart offering, that seems to offer a friendlier face to blogging. And it's a free service. Notice that the freebie has been brought back up before the rest of Six Apart's paying customers over at Livejournal.

Jul 24, 2007

LiveJournal may be slow to load over the course of the next few hours. We'll continue to work to get the site up to full functionality.

As of the time of this post, it's still not completely back, according to the status page. Why is LJ at the bottom of the heap? I feel like a third-rate customer at this point. Oh wait, I am third. It's not that the power outage significantly affected my use of LJ, since I happened to be at work for the whole time it was out, but that just happens to be a function of the time zone in which I live. Surely Six Apart doesn't really think of Livejournal as the free ad-infested giveaway public blog offering. Or maybe they do, and that's why we have useless cruft like virtual gifts instead of actual useful features.

Okay, I'm done kvetching.

Update: Looks like I wasn't the only one that noticed.

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