As you may have noticed, this blog--and the gajillions of other Six Apart blogs--have been down for several hours. Now while I was concerned that a large DOS attack was in progress, I was even more concerned when Six Apart sent me an email about its main facility in San Francisco--it had lost power. As it turns out, much of downtown San Francisco suffered from intermittent outages today.
SAN FRANCISCO—Sporadic power failures hit the city Tuesday, affecting a broad swath of downtown, including the arena where the San Francisco Giants play.The spokesman for the company that maintains the state's power does not know why the outages were happening (I assume that the power is, at present, sustained.)
About 51,000 homes and businesses were without electricity at the height of the outage, which started at about 2 p.m., said Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Darlene Chiu. [SNIP]
AT&T Park, home of the Giants, was also affected hours before a scheduled night game.
Six Apart Inc. said its sites began failing shortly before 2 p.m., and the company sent an e-mail to customers blaming the city's "power issues." The San Francisco-based blog hosting service reported that power had resumed shortly afterward, but employees were checking data and computers.
Several other Internet sites with offices in San Francisco had problems Tuesday afternoon, including Technorati, Yelp, Red Envelope and CNet. It was unclear whether the problems were related to the outage.
San Francisco-based classified site Craigslist.org was down Tuesday afternoon, but founder Craig Newmark said he didn't know why.
Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were operating normally, though one downtown station was running on backup batteries, a BART spokesman said. The San Francisco Police Department said it had not received additional calls related to the problem.
I'm glad to have my personal platform back up, but I'm even more glad that nothing more serious was happening in San Francisco. (The city may be filled with moonbats, but they're still Americans). And, as I typed the preceding words, I got angry; angry that every large-scale failure of equipment now must fall under the wait-and-see category--wait and see whether they had anything to do with it.