Saturday, February 3, 2007

Blogger - bring the "beta" back

This weblog is hosted on Blogger which is a Google service by the way. When I signed up for this there were three main reasons: it's a free service, it's easy to use, has all the features I needed and I thought that being provided by Google it is also reliable (or highly available). But lately I can see that my blog's uptime is going way below that of my old home server. Here are downtime announcements for last month only:

  • Friday, February 02, 2007
    New Blogger will have a brief outage tomorrow, Saturday 2/3, at 11AM for 10 minutes. This will affect both new Blogger and Blog*Spot blogs on new Blogger.
    This maintenance is to address the unscheduled outages and performance problems of the past week.
  • Thursday, February 01, 2007
    Some users see the error code bX-vjhbsj when trying to view a blog. We have identified the source of this error and will push the fix to the site shortly. In the meantime, hitting Refresh in the browser may workaround the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Update 10:50AM(PST): The issue has been fixed. Unfortunately pushing out the new build involved a few minutes outage. We apologize for trouble.
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    New Blogger has had troubles this morning, which you may have seen with slow requests and 502 error pages.
    We are working on this and hope to get it resolved very soon.
    Update, 1PM: These issues have been resolved. We are continuing to monitor and diagnose closely. We apologize for this morning’s poor performance.
    You may still see 502 errors on occasion, but waiting a few seconds and reloading the page should work. This is mostly limited to a handful of blogs, however.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    Publishing on the old Blogger was failing with "Error 550" since approximately 5:30PM PST. It was fixed at approximately 8:00PM PST.
    New Blogger was unaffected. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Friday, January 19, 2007
    We are currently investigating problems with Blog*Spot blogs on old Blogger. New Blogger blogs are not affected.
    Update, 2:45: We've fixed this. All is back to normal.
  • Friday, January 05, 2007
    Announcement: there is a scheduled outage for old Blogger next Tuesday, January 9th, from 7:45am-9:45am PST. You will not be able to post to old Blogger blogs or access any old Blogger blogs on Blog*Spot during this time. We also will not be allowing any new accounts or new blogs on new Blogger during this outage.
    Update, 1/9 at 10:20AM: The maintenance is taking slightly longer for old Blogger. Almost all old Blogger Blog*Spot blogs are being served again, but the old Blogger application is still down.
    Update, 1/9 at 11:25AM: Apologies for the continuing delay in bringing old Blogger back up. We are fixing a few lingering issues.
    Update, 1/9 at 12:30PM: Old Blogger is now working again. You may need to close your browser and re-open it to pick up the DNS change.
I don't know what the heck is wrong with Blogger since they got it out of beta but today my thoughts are: BRING THE BETA BACK.

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