The Drawger server suffered a big-thumb catastrophe last night at around 11pm. Five days of data was deleted in less than five seconds. The data can not be recovered - meaning that a slice of Drawger history is lost forever to the digital beyond.
I am humbled, embarrassed, and terribly sorry. In the eight years I've dedicated to developing internet technologies, I've never experienced anything like this. It's a server tsunami.
Here's part of the disaster back-story: I've been scrambling lately to cope with unexpected popularity at Drawger. Over the last 30 days, we've been visited by over 65,000 people who have eagerly gobbled up over 366,000 pages of content. Since Drawger was originally built as a small social club, we simply didn't have enough capacity to accommodate all the guests. If Drawger was a bar, the fire marshall would have closed the joint down a long time ago. Not enough chairs, not enough bathrooms, not enough emergency exits for the gregarious crowd. So - last week we packed up and moved to what appeared to be a bigger, better ventilated box. What we didn't realize was that the sprinkler system didn't work and all the emergency exits emptied out into oncoming traffic. What looked like a good move turned into a disaster waiting to happen - and it did.
Hopefully, the members and guests will forgive me. I am taking steps to insure this can never happen again, at least not on such a massive and disastrous scale. Right now, we have temporary lodging in the server-equivalent of a bunch of FEMA trailers. By this weekend, we will be high, dry and living the good life - I promise.
I should thank you Zimm. Now I have 5 days of my life back.
Leo EspinosaOctober 11, 2007
No worries, Zimm, wait... did you say 65.000 people?
Michael ByersOctober 11, 2007
Hey! No problem. I am a guest. I'm just glad to see that your are back up and running. I really enjoy reading the interesting blogs. Thanks.
Robert SaundersOctober 11, 2007
No system or administrator is perfect, Zimm, and as long as you own up, admit the problem, and address how to remedy the issue in a timely manner, which you did, I'll choose a genuine Zimm over a competitor.
Rob DunlaveyOctober 11, 2007
Maybe that should be a "Tserver" Tsunami...
We love you Fearless leader Chairman Zimm!
laura t.October 11, 2007
I WILL NEVER FORGIVE WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK.
ZIMM, YOU HAVE MADE AN ENEMY TODAY.
hehe, j/k. thanks for protecting us from oncoming traffic and keeping the site up- i know it's a big job and we all 'ppreciate it :)
aww, what the heck. kitty face! =^..^=
Cathleen ToelkeOctober 11, 2007
Whaaa, what'sa little water? No matter, we still love you.
Jim PaillotOctober 11, 2007
Thanks for the update. Hang in there, Zimm. We are used to fish sticks and living in trailers.
Steve BrodnerOctober 11, 2007
This is new territory for all of us. No guilt man, you are our hero. Thanks for keeping up with the unavoidable popularity if this site. There's too much good stuff flowing everyday (POD excluded, natch). Sadly, Zimm, it's only going to get worse!
Andy WardOctober 11, 2007
thanks for the analogy zimm - the tecnology seems so warm and friendly when put like that. Good work. Raise your glasses to Zimm. ZIMM!
Stephen KroningerOctober 11, 2007
Nothing to fret about. The world is what it is.
Christoph HitzOctober 11, 2007
You made so many great choices for all of us in the past. There is no reason to beat your self up over this accident. It's part of the growing pain of the next bigger Drawger. 65,000 visitors is Yankee stadium size baby! We should all party since we got so many visitors and maxed out the server in the process. Thanks for all the great work.
Bryan GrayOctober 11, 2007
It's all my fault . . . I started lurking several months ago. It was all very innocent at first, I'd just grab a quick look and no one would get hurt, right? But soon I found myself coming back 3 or 4 times a day . . . I knew it was only a matter of time . . . that the server couldn't take the strain forever. I just never thought it would come to this. . . sob . . . I'm sorry
Zina SaundersOctober 11, 2007
Aha! I thought you might be behind the trouble, Bryan!
Zimm, worry not ... you're the greatest and so's Drawger!
Josh McKibleOctober 11, 2007
No worries Zimm, I hate moving too.
But what's that smell of formaldehyde?
Brian StaufferOctober 12, 2007
I am enraged! WHen I pay $20 for a service that's worth hundreds I expect flawless reliability.
seriously, Drawger has changed my life. Tomorrow will be a better day.
Lou BrooksOctober 12, 2007
Everything everybody else has said, Zimm. My love is unconditional. We were going to unveil the marble statue of you on your birthday, but...