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September
11
2008
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ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

This is another one of those semi-technical posts about my blog. Proceed at your own peril.

Question: Would you complain?

I mean, let’s say you have a blog. It’s not a business, you don’t rake in donations for the homeless, and people on breathing machines don’t depend on your site for their next life-giving gasp of air. Its. Just. A. Blog.

Despite the monotonous blogtitude of it all (it’s a blog every day, day in, day out, it’s never anything but a blog) of your blog’s existence, it still has a yearning to, well, exist. It (the blog) really doesn’t like it when it, um isn’t. Isn’ting isn’t a very cool thing to be. IS is where it’s at.

The Blog Is. I Am. We Are (the world). That’s what she said.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, Is.

For a long long time, my blog was. It was up. It was around. It was on. Then, a couple of times recently, it was broken. So what do you do? Do you call your ISP and complain to them “hey, like, hey man, like my blog. Something’s wrong with it” and then they say “it looks fine to me!” and then I’m all like “whoa, man, like, you’re RIGHT. It is cool. That’s a trip.”

And so on it goes.

However, I have a little thing in my back pocket called MONITORING. I work for a nationwide ISP who prides itself on uptime, customer service, and actually proving if things are up or not. One of the products we used to have is called NetCool ISM, and we still have it around, although it’s a very old version and probably not supported any more.

The rest of my troubleshooting, replete with pretty eye candy, graphs, technical jargon, and unix stuff, is in the extended entry below

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