Monday, June 7, 2010

Lemming Tracks: Where was the Lemming?

If you visit this blog semi-regularly, you've probably noticed that the Lemming has three new posts up by noon, U.S.A. Central time (that's 17:00, UTC). You probably also noticed that's not what happened today.

Somewhat over 17 hours ago - last night, local time - updating and editing functions for Blogger, the service I use, went offline. And stayed that way.

I've been monitoring conversation threads on the Blogger site - and discovered that "isolated" areas are affected by this problem.

Okay, I'll buy that. But I checked one thread, and discovered that the isolated areas included:
  • Japan
  • Illinois (3 responses) Plus -
    • Central Illinois
    • east-central Illinois
    • Southern Illinois (3 responses)
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Missouri
  • Michigan
  • Metro Detroit, Michigan
  • Northern Arkansas
  • Kansas
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
  • Malaysia
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • BC, Canada
No major cities in either California or New York State were affected, apparently - so I suppose by some standards, that is "isolated." Those responses were in the first 40 of 764 user feedbacks, by the way.

I'm a little sympathetic with the tech folks at Blogger. The problem, whatever it was, happened late Sunday: and apparently didn't affect important areas like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Under those circumstances, it could take a long time just to notice that something was amiss.

Now, the Lemming hopes to start catching up.

Right after some 'real world' tasks are completed.

Thanks for your patience! The Lemming will (God willing) return.

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