This site and others in our oeuvre have been “off the air,” for most intents and purposes, for the past 24 hours. A surprise switch in Internet connectivity at our sister company Okeedokee across town resulted in the need to suddenly change the Internet address of our DNS servers, the gizmos that convert Internet names like www.reinvented.net to Internet numbers like 188.8.131.52 and thereby allow browsers to connect to servers.
I don’t have the energy to go into the details of the surprise switch. Suffice to say that there was a lot of miscommunication, and blame can be shared around equally between Okeedokee, ISN and Eastlink. Nobody did anything wrong, per se. It’s just that a lot of things happened at the wrong time, and the right people didn’t know they were happening.
Things are gradually coming back into normal operation now. The servers here, web and email, have been operating normally all along; it’s just that without DNS service, none of the other computers on the Internet have been able to find them, so I’ve been largely without email and the world has been largely without our sites.
Morals of the story: communication is good; there’s a reason for having two or more DNS servers, on different networks (which we have now, thankfully, as a result of all this); sometimes it’s nice to have a break.
I know things are getting back to normal because the spam is starting to flow into my mailbox again. I’ve got to go and get my penis enlarged before I help the King of Nigeria recover dormant bank accounts and invest the proceeds in a hot new miracle cure for insomnia.