It’s not easy keeping up with maintenance and increasing capacity on a blog aggregator, and these days it appears to be even more challenging than usual. Two aggregators I find particularly useful in keeping up with what others are saying in Virginia have been failing this week, a frustrating return to the days when the only way to find out what others are saying was to either surf through a blogroll or hope another blogger is linking to the particularly interesting work of others.
The excellent Blog Net News service has suffered from repeated DNS failures so far this week, but was up briefly yesterday before the DNS failed again. It seems that Dave Mastio’s hosting service is working fine, but his domain registrar has somehow screwed up and efforts to resolve blognetnews.com to an internet protocol address continue to return no records. This has got to be terribly frustrating because there’s nothing Dave and the other BNN folks can do until their registrar gets their head out of their fourth point of contact. BNN has been struggling to keep up with the huge demand in traffic, and easily avoidable problems like this have got to be annoying to no end.
My fall-back favorite blog aggregator is run by Waldo Jacquith which is usually more reliable, due to less demand on his servers. There are a few things about it I don’t like, which is why I rely on BNN as much as possible, but when BNN is having problems this isn’t a bad place to go. Right when BNN fell over, this aggregator started returning consistent database errors and has been down for several days, a rare long-term outage. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the BNN traffic shifted over to Waldo’s site and simply swamped the database server, but that shouldn’t produce such consistent errors.
In the meantime, if you’re like me, you probably don’t like this forced return to the days when BVBL was founded. Aggregators are awfully useful for getting a snapshot of what folks are talking about, and old-style surfing the blogrolls takes a lot longer to get at what you want. To help readers, here’s a snapshot of what I think the most interesting stories are right now, to tide us over until these technical issues get resolved:
Virginia Virtucon notes the RLC Endorses Steve Hunt and reminds us the 37th Senate District Primary is today. SWAC Girl notes that the U.S. Senate phones system is being crushed by constituents weighing in on the healthcare bill and that a courthouse in Loudoun County is banning Christmas decorations. From On High is all in favor of these, though, even when they’re just a little on the strange side. TC has the obligatory post on Mike Huckabee, mourning his Willie Horton moment, and is watching what’s happening in the 37th today. Mason Conservative urges folks to support Steve Hunt, and TQ notes that House of Delegates expenditures are now listed online, so you can run over and find out what your elected officials are spending money on.
Feel free to post links to other interesting stories in the comments section.
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