Tag Archive: webmaster


Mydomain.com Down

More than half of my sites have been down today due to the Mydomain.com failure. All sites have been back up for the past two hours, but there are still many intermittent failures. Mydomaindotcom indicates on Twitter that the failure is due to a denial of service attack, but the timing is highly suspicious. Today is the first day that .co domain name registration becomes available to the general public. I’m trying to extricate my sites from this mess, but I can’t change any DNS settings until I can log into the mydomain.com control system.

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The Usefulness of Twitter

I have had a Twitter account for over a year, but I never found a compelling use of it until today. I tried several times to use it as a microblogging site, but I found the 140 character limit to be too restrictive, and the reply feature is very lacking. For blogs, I either use blogstalk or wordpress.

What happened earlier today was a failure of some websites that I own. They didn’t load properly and the hosting company’s website also didn’t load, so I couldn’t contact technical support or get a status update. Theplanet had a router failure in Texas and my hosting company gets it’s internet from them. I first tried Google News, but they are too slow. They take at least two to three hours before reporting anything. I also tried Slashdot, because it’s a technical thing, but they also have delays due to the approval process.

Twitter was the only site that had any information about the outage. Within five minutes, there were Tweets from other site owners who had outages. Most notably, there were tweets from my hosting company. I won’t rely on Twitter as my primary news source, but I will use it again to check on recent events that I don’t see reported in the news found at other venues.