If you tried to visit Losing it yesterday (evening UK time), you might have been disappointed to find that your favourite site was ever so slightly not working. First of all, I’d like to say it wasn’t me. When I first noticed the problem, I thought it might have just been my site, and that something I’d done recently might have broken it. But a bit of investigation revealed that Dreamhost were having more fun and games.
As you’ll see from the numerous comments to that post, they were a wee bit optimistic about the fixed state of the problem. Details are a bit vague, but it sounds like they were changing some network gear, which *cough* shouldn’t have broken anything, but actually led to lots of their servers hanging, including the one that Losing it lives on.
Now that’s why I always try to do major changes out of normal hours. Unfortunately for Dreamhost, in their business, “normal hours” are 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can’t avoid causing some inconvenience from time to time. And since then, everything seems to be working nicely.
A recent post on their main blog goes into more detail about what went wrong recently, and what they’ve been doing to rectify it, and to prevent further problems. I suspect yesterdays outage was related to the attempts to provide a permanent fix.
Oh what fun…
 Or relieved