December 12, 2006
The blog is down
The blog is down. It will be back up again soon, due to the fantastical cleverness of Ken, who not only explained the problem to me in a way I can understand but has kept me from smashing things or explaining my frustration to the webhost people using unladylike and counterproductive words. Here - in terms I understand, is the problem.
Apparently, when we bought a very big closet from the webhost, (our webspace with 500MB of space) the builders may have neglected to mention that we are only allowed to hang 12 blue shirts in the closet. (We can only have 100MB of mysql database storage.) Unfortunately, all of our shirts are blue (Movable Type only uses mysql database storage for its whole operation) and although we are allowed to hang as many other kinds of things up as we want...pants, jackets, silk blouses and ties, Really, we got this closet to hold our extensive blue shirt collection. (This blog)
When the builders (the Webhosts) realized that we were trying to hang up the 13th blue shirt (another blog entry) they decided to put a one way door on the closet. (Permission denied.) We can take anything we want to OUT of the closet (deleting) but we can't put anything new in. (Posting.) They want us to either take some of our old shirts out (archives) or buy a really, really, really huge closet the size of your house. (Dedicated server.)
With me so far? Now, we could totally take some of our blue shirts out of the closet to deal with this, everybody has a couple of old ratty shirts, but unfortunately, we need to put our hand (Movable Type) IN to the closet to take the shirt OUT, and since the webhost people (and it remains to be seen whether or not Ken and I consider them people) say nothing can go IN at all....not even to take things OUT. We are screwed.
I admit that I think that the builders of the closet should have had to warn us that we were approaching the 12 shirt limit before they locked the closet. I also wish that we had known that there was a blue shirt limit when we bought the closet in the first place - since all of our shirts are blue. I also wish that they were sympathetic to my desire to give blue shirts to knitters, but you can imagine the reaction that I got when I tried to explain that knitters were not going to be happy that I couldn't put any shirts in the closet. (In my complete and utter fury I may have mixed a metaphor or ten.) Long story short - Ken is trying to cut a hole in the floor of the closet so that we can get to the shirts, the builders are "escalating" our complaint and I am doing my share by calling them up at regular intervals and screeching about building code, ethics and how much I always hated blue shirts anyway.
Stay tuned. It won't be long, (24-48 hours) and I have a great idea for Knitters Without Borders.
Posted by Stephanie at December 12, 2006 12:58 PM
I think I can say I am the first poster on this posting - though it is one that no one could blog on while it was up all by itself :)
We were so worried about you and being blogless. It's like being homeless in cyberspace.
and glad you are back online.
Yeah! I was going though Harlot withdrawal. Breath in. Breath out. She is safe and has returned to us. Ken, you are truly awesome...thank you.
Wow. If I'd known, I'd have pointed you to Dreamhost.com . Love their stuff. Fairly reasonable prices, and good lord the storage. The base plan comes with 200GB of space, and over 2TB of bandwidth per month. Probably almost enough to keep up with the Harlot. And I have a code to get $97 off the first year. But it looks like you're good to go and set up. Good luck! Missed seeing the updates. :)
i LOVE...L O V E the way you explained the problem.
As long as you don't have to go shirtless while your closet is locked ... perhaps you'll have to buy some yarn to knit some sweaters.
I'm glad that you have a friendly geek to help you through this. You almost lost me when you said "mysql"!
Just have to laugh that this posting came in after the "Hello, Ken must be a god" post. I couldn't understand the closet and blue shirt references. Now it makes sense. Glad everything seems to be working with the new host. Can't wait to hear the new TSF stuff.
Missed you while you were gone... so much so that I read the closet/blue shirt post at least 3x and had my husband read it once. I understood! :) Thank you for the laugh.
Congrats to Ken.
Dreamhost. Seriously. They are great. Tons of space and cheap. :) But may the road... er... closet rise/open up to meet you.
Now that was the most entertaining explanation of a mysql database that I've ever heard...
I loved your explaination of the compter stuff with the shirts and closets. I think that is the first computer-related issue I have actually understood!
I really want to help with this. I've emailed you with an idea. Let meknow if you think it would be ok.
Ken is a wonder. What a great way to explain geek stuff.
I'm sorry to hear you had this problem, but I'm glad to see that it all got resolved in the end. Also, I absolutely LOVED your explanations. Knitters need to look at your blue shirts! All of them!
don't let some of our american politicians hear you talking about "in the closet" and "out of the closet". it gets them all jittery ! welcome back....
I haven't been up to much these days. Today was a loss. Nothing seems important. I've just been letting everything happen without me these days.
Basically nothing seems worth thinking about. I haven't been up to much these days. I just don't have much to say right now. I can't be bothered with anything , but whatever.
retty much nothing seems worth thinking about. My life's been completely dull , not that it matters. I've just been staying at home waiting for something to happen.
Not much on my mind these days, but what can I say? It's not important. I just don't have much to say lately. I've just been letting everything pass me by recently, but eh.
I haven't been up to anything these days. So it goes. I can't be bothered with anything these days.