DreamHost-Related Site Weirdness

If you’ve been having difficulty reaching this site over the past few days (I know that I have, for one…), there appears to be two very good reasons: DreamHost (my hosting provider) has been having ARP issues as well as related DNS problems.
It’s at times like this that I really appreciate how DreamHost handles itself. Most other hosts I’ve dealt with will do everything in their power to obscure the source of the problem[s], deny anything is wrong or widespread and basically do everything in their power to point the blame at their customers. DreamHost keeps a blog and updates it to let customers know what’s up.
That’s customer service for you and that’s why I stick with ’em, even if their CPU/network performance isn’t top-of-the-line.

How To Take Credit For A Screw-Up

I know that some people have had their issues with Dreamhost (my hosting provider), but I have to say that my experience with them has been largely positive. However, they’ve had a spate of issues that have plagued them recently, causing the intermittent slow access times/site outages that you may have seen here.
Well, DH has an official blog and has offered up a lengthy post explaining the root causes behind the recent issues and just how they’re looking to prevent such things in the future. That’s right up-front and neighborly of them, if I do say so myself and a complete rarity in my experience. Crick don’t rise, I’ll be sticking with Dreamhost for the forseeable future based on this alone.

By Way Of An Explanation

The source of my distraction.Posting today has been light due to two occurences:

  1. A “network problem” that brought down much of the Dreamhost network this morning.
  2. The arrival of my Palm TX handheld.

The TX is nice, very nice – I’ve been monkeying around with it and have it syncing via Bluetooth to my Powerbook. It also has 802.11b, but I haven’t had a chance to change my WAP over to mixed-mode, so I haven’t been able to test out the web browsing capabilities.
The only downside is actually not the fault of the TX itself: my fargin’ Nokia 6820 isn’t supported by iSync, meaning that all of my phone numbers are virtually locked away on that stupid thing. I’m having to resort to manually typing numbers in to Address Book and then syncing the TX to the Mac in order to get the info in. Last time I ever buy a Nokia product; my experiences with the phone have been nothing but trouble. I miss my Motorola products…

*BUURRRRP* ‘Scuse Me.

Sorry for the slow access/downtimes this morning. I’m unsure of what was going on, but it seems as if the entire Dreamhost system was unreachable for a bit there. Hopefully things have returned to normal (access seems a bit slow, but not unbearably so).

…And I’ve Made The Jump

As many of you may have noticed, I was having loads of problems with my previous hosting company. My site’s been down a few times over the past few days which finally pushed me over the edge. I’ve moved the site over to Dreamhost which, while more expensive on a monthly basis, provides me with loads more disk space, bandwidth and capabilities. I’m going to see if I can get a refund for the balance of my hosting fees from The Host That Shall Never Be Named Again Lest They Get Free Publicity, but in the meantime, be on the lookout for some major additions to Literal Barrage.
Oh, and dig my newly-registered domain, zamoose.org. Not much there, at the moment, but I’ve got some plans for it as well.