Google's Blogger team says the service will be back to normal soon, after an outage that has so far lasted for almost two days.I have to confess that my first thought was that they'd been hacked, like Sony and Playstation Network. Instead, a maintenance upgrade broke the system.
The outage appears to have followed a maintenance release that was scheduled for Wednesday at 10pm, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). To fix the problem, the team had to temporarily take down all new posts and comments made on the popular blogging platform since early on Wednesday, the team wrote on the Blogger status page on Friday.
Some folks seem a little upset, like the guy quoted in the ZDNet article:
The downtime has caused outrage among many people who use Blogger to host their output, such as NoSoftwarePatents campaign founder Florian Mueller, who took a swipe at Sergey Brin's recent criticism of Microsoft.Me, I'm not particularly exercised. Sure, I could get my own server, install (probably) Wordpress, get a DNS name and Internet pipe, and keep up on patches by myself. It would be a lot of work, and quite frankly, I doubt that I'd do as good a job as Blogger's service does.
"Google's Brin says Windows tortures users," Mueller tweeted on Friday. "I'm actually being tortured by Google's Blogger service: massive outage also affects my last post."
And so I'm happy to use their "in the cloud" blog software, even with the occasional glitch like this.
But it's good that things are back.
UPDATE 14 May 2011 11:44: It's an ill wind that blows no good. Heh.