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Google thinks I’m a bot


I tried using Google this morning and I think this has finally forced me to switch to bing. I couldn’t get any results, just a 403 page that tells me I need to run a virus checker/spyware remover on my Mac.

I’ve had a problem like this once before, but I vaguely remember having to pass a captcha and get on with my search. No more! Anybody else have this issue with el goog?

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Site Outages – Part II

I have the SDnet site back up and running normally, but the Uncommon Sense site is still suffering. It probably deserves to, since it’s the one that was causing all the problems. It was eating database and processor resources like crazy, and nearly brought the server to its knees.

I anticipate having a new and improved (less resource intensive) version of the site, with all the old content, available this weekend. In the mean time, please bear with the very ugly temporary page that’s filling ucsradio.com. It’s a very chic page coded in TextWrangler. It would have been state-of-the-art 15 years ago.

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Site Outages

Without notice, yesterday, our hosting account was suspended due to a too-high load on the UCSradio.com front page, which is a drupal php script. In the interest of full disclosure, I may have introduced an error into the script that didn’t make itself evident until a time of high traffic. The hosting company won’t even deal with the problem until Monday, including letting me see the logs. At any rate, I’m now shopping for a new hosting company that will bother to notify me before they kill our sites.

I’ve thought about hosting in-house, but the amount of bandwidth I’d need to do that and make sure that Skype calls, streaming, and other everyday traffic flows smoothly along with server traffic would be cost-prohibitive. I am instead looking for a solid dedicated or virtual server.

You may have been directed to this post by visiting one of our sites, or you may have found it through my blog, but please rest assured that we’ll be changing hosts very soon, and that we will have Episode 2 of Tongue & Axe posted as soon as we do.

Thanks for being a loyal listener, and my apologies for any inconvenience. I anticipate everything will return to normal by Wednesday the 29th.