You are probably wondering why this site is down from time to time.
My new hosting provider, Mediatemple, recently moved to a grid-based computing scheme. The upside is it offers virtually unlimited burst capacity. The downside is they can’t seem to get it to work, and you suffer.
I switched to Mediatemple from Bluehost because of frequent Bluehost outages. Bluehost was godawful- every time another user of my shared host decided to fire up a porn or warez site my resources would go to zero. Mediatemple’s service is far superior, and their higher pricing tends to keep out the riff-raff, but this transition to grid computing could be going a lot better.
As many readers know, I author, maintain, and upgrade the infrastructure that runs this site. It’s a good way to keep current with technology (though my former colleagues shudder at the thought of me hacking .php code). Unfortunately I am at the mercy of Mediatemple on this- I’ve asked them what I can do to work around the problem and the answer was ‘nothing’.
I apologize. If the site is down, please come back later.