Twitter was down for three-quarters of an hour this morning (meaning dedicated Twitter users had nowhere to complain about Twitter being unavailable). Twitter's explanation for what happened is a reminder that no deployment is immune from unexpected problems -- and also a nifty example of how to understate those issues.
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Gmail suffered an outage yesterday, with some users unable to fully utilise the service for close to ten hours after two successive network failures created difficulties. While that sucked if you were one of the people affected, it's worth noting that even a 10 hour outage means 98.6 per cent uptime.
Apple's Developer portal was shut down last week following an attempt to steal user credentials from the site. Since then, a Turkish security researcher has claimed responsibility. Apple has now updated the security on the portal and updated a number of systems, but not everything is up and running yet.
Yeah, we told you this would happen. As soon as it launched at 7pm yesterday, the Click Frenzy 'Cyber Tuesday' sale site was entirely inaccessible or unusably slow for most people, a situation that persisted for hours in many cases. Combine that with a so-so selection of bargains and it seems clear that while we're all interested in hunting down a good deal, attempting to corral them all in one place didn't help anyone much.
Twitter experienced a major outage overnight, which led to some activists taking credit for "breaking" the service. According to Twitter itself, however, the problem was a software bug in its own systems. It has been fixed, and Twitter says it is "conducting a comprehensive review to ensure that we can avoid this chain of events in the future".
iOS and Mac users who are experiencing a bit of an interruption with their iCloud and iMessage services aren't alone. Currently there is an outage affecting "some users", according to Apple, but the problem appears to be fairly widespread. Apple says it is working to resolve the issue. You can keep an eye on the current progress over at Apple's iCloud System Status page.
So Telstra suffered a Dodo-induced outage yesterday, millions of Australians were temporarily internet-free, and those who weren't were bombarded with messages on Twitter and Facebook about what went wrong. Normal service has been restored, but there are lessons for everyone from the experience, whether or not you're a Telstra customer.
Telstra had an unexpected net outage today, which (as you'd expect) impacted millions of Australians. We're tracking what happened and why over at Gizmodo; hit that story for all the latest updates.
The Gmail team says no emails were lost-as-in-gone during the weekend glitch, and backup copies are being restored to the 0.02 percent of users affected—from tape, no less. The official post has more hows and whys.
Gmail's reliability honcho jumped on the webmail's official blog last night to explain what happened during yesterday's repeated outages. The gist? They took down a few servers for maintenance Tuesday morning (US Pacific time) for maintenance, expected the webapp's "request" routers to handle all the re-directs to valid servers, and ... were unpleasantly surprised. The Gmail team notes that IMAP/POP worked throughout the outages, and that they're working on a fix for similar problems in the future.
We've offered our own suggestions for what to do when your internet goes down in the past, but today weblog WebWorkerDaily weighs in with some additional ideas for using the outage time well by establishing internet-free zones.
Gmail acting a bit flaky for you lately? You're not a lone. According to CNET, several Gmail users were unable to access their email yesterday. Ditto, according to a couple of your Lifehacker editors. In fact, we've been seeing quite a bit of flakiness from Lifehacker's Google Apps Gmail lately—another sobering reminder that reliance on the web can be problematic. The small silver lining: With Offline Gmail, you can at least continue to access any email you've got downloaded for offline access. If you've been affected by the recent Gmail outages, let's hear about it in the comments.
It's going to be a long wait for the NBN, and even if that eventually makes the Internet faster, there's still going to be the odd occasion when you can't get connected We've got suggestions for the best uses of time when a disconnection happens.