Blogger Fall Down and Go Boom -- AGAIN
I have received several emails from you, dear readers, wondering where Scientific Life went. Well, it is still here, at least for awhile, but my server, Blogger ("blogspot"), is having a lot of problems these days. Well, these many months, actually. I have been considering leaving Blogger for several months now because these issues have been getting progressively worse, but I haven't found any reasonable (free) alternatives out there. Not only that, but moving means I would break all of my incoming links, which I am incredibly reluctant to do. Besides, who knows if the server that I move to would be any more stable than Blogger is?
Yesterday, Blogger was down for maintenance for many hours longer than it was supposed to be, during peak traffic hours, but unfortunately, this so-called maintenance did not appear to solve anything. Scientific Life still disappears from time to time (hitting reload often recalls it, though), and Blogger is still eating reader comments (which makes me sad), and it still is very inconsistent about publishing anything that I write. There were five days recently where I could not publish anything at all, in fact. Further, another reader informs me that my RSS feed is screwed up, for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, although I am willing to bet that this is also a Blogger-related issue, grr!
In addition to all those problems, my blog download speed has become .. well, downright slow. This is due to a combination of factors, beginning with Blogger, but made worse because I link to lots of graphics as well as a fair number of bells and whistles on my sideboard (look to the left and you shall see my collection). As one person told me recently, Scientific Life has outgrown Blogger. Well, I am not sure if that is true because it is still a baby blog (although I would like to believe it is growing up), but something has got to change, and soon.
I guess this is a prime example of how I get what I pay for -- and less.
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