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Brief Maintenance Window - Oct 06 : 11:00 PM EDT

Thursday, October 06, 2005

A quick FYI that FeedBlitz will be down for up to 30 minutes this evening (October 6), starting at 11:00 pm eastern (UTC-0400). We'll be back in plenty of time for the nightly run.

Talking of downtime, Blogger / Blogspot had an extended (but planned) outage yesterday evening. Although their blog said they were back in time for FeedBlitz's nightly run, several blogspot-hosted feeds could not be retrieved as expected during last night's poll. They have been pushed out manually.

And finally, in other news (and if you think this blog needs to be deadly serious all the time, please stop reading now), the cool guys at LiftPort - they who are making great progress towards building a space elevator (really, it's true) - have named their mascot FeedBlitz. They were kind enough to forward their IM transcript - and I still don't get it :-) But hey, I think a little whimsy's great when you're trying to build an entirely new form of off-planet transportation. Thanks, guys - and good luck!

   

7 Comments:

Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

A self-contained bit of whimsy - with a llama inside.

I wouldn't look too hard for the joke. The humor (if there is any) is simply that it is what it is.

Blame 'Monty Python' for infusing me with the spirit of the absurd, and the Marines for cementing it in, if you must.

12:23 PM, October 06, 2005  
Blogger E Russell Cole said...

Hey,
Everybody has some kind of wacko project on the web. Why pick these clowns out to redicule. I personally respect anybody who has the industrious nature to at least try to introduce something new and interesting. These guys might me inept but at least their giving it a go.
I prefer political blogs but I capitalize off of the technological insights provided by independent bloggers who are interested in programming. Of course, since I am no better than anyone else, I am going to promote my own politically provocative blog which consists of reflections from a radical leftist who was too extreme for the Green Party in Illinois so he had to take it down. Read about my exploits in my site at the following URL:
http://www.spaces.msn.com/members/russellcole38/
Russell Cole

11:51 PM, October 06, 2005  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Hi Russell:

I *like* LiftPort - I just thought it was funny (ha ha and peculiar) to name a mascot after my service, that's all. They're not wacky - they're very serious. The space elevator and their recent proof of concept success could truly change the economics of utilizing space and getting massive payloads to low earth orbit without the danger and expense of government funded rocketry.

I wasn't ridiculing them; I thought the Llama was *cute*

Clearly that didn't come across, so I apologize for causing offence to anyone who's taken it.

Blimey.

11:59 PM, October 06, 2005  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Oh, and by the way, FeedBlitz is now back up and running. It came up a few minutes ahead of schedule shortly before 11:30 pm eastern today.

12:00 AM, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

Speaking for myself I don't see where Phil was ridiculing Liftport.

It's a freaking llama. It's meant to bring a smile to your face and to lighten your day. We're not Boeing with the deadly serious corporate mien, after all.

We're not so full of ourselves that we fail to see the humor inherent in what we're attempting. A space elevator - who do those guys think they are?

These guys might me inept but at least their giving it a go.

Yup. Keystone cops meet Abbot and Costello in outer space. That's us. You've certainly got our number.

1:36 AM, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Sandra said...

Feedblitz is displaying "bad request" again. What's going on?

11:57 AM, October 10, 2005  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

"Bad Request" = Firefox bug when clicking on certain links sent out in an Email (the ones with all the letters and numbers jumbled together). It happens for Firefox users on Windows and the Mac, and is present in v1.07 I have finally figure out the kind of URL that Firefox doesn't like, and am working on a solution. Meanwhile, unfortunately, the solution is to use a browser that correctly handles all URLs fed it. IE and Safari are fine, as is (to the best of my knowledge) Opera. I'm not sure about Mozilla since it shares so much of the code and heritage in Firefox.

I'm told that closing the Firefox window and reloading it can sometimes make the problem go away. It might be woth a try.

3:13 PM, October 18, 2005  

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