I’m at home. Internet is not shut off yet, so I took the opportunity to update my missing person of the week. This time it’s 18-year-old Jason Lee Armstrong, missing from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unfortunately I know very little about his case, not even the exact date of disappearance — just that his family last heard from him sometime in August 2000. He wasn’t reported missing till 2004.
I know the database has been pretty patchy the last several days and continues to be so. I enclose an email I got from my host about it:
There appears to be a new botnet that sprung up on Friday which has been causing periodic periods of high load on all servers.
The data center has been diligently working to block the offending machines, but the problem appears to be resurfacing multiple times per day.
This unfortunately has the effect of putting a high load on the servers, and then they cannot service normal customer traffic.
We do not have an ETA as to when the problem will be resolved, but will update you when we know more.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your clients.
I don’t understand what this email means exactly, but Lizard Hill is usually quite reliable and I’m sure it’ll get itself straightened around.
I had mentioned having woes with our service provider (which happens to be Frontier — after five solid months of over-billing us, you guys can go jump in a lake). We are switching to another provider (Xfinity, which also has a horrible record, but it’s the only other choice in this town) but it will take a day or two. So it looks like today and Wednesday there shall be no internet access at home. It’s probably been cut off already but as I’m at the library I don’t know. That is all.