RSS Arrrrrgh

Some unicorns, err, regular readers may recall me muttering in the past about RSS Readers, most recently about the fun and games caused by Google taking their toys home and breaking synchronisation for numerous apps. I’ve settled down to using ReadKit as my app, and to paying Feedly[1] a small monthly fee for synchronisation. And it’s all been working nicely, with the occasional server glitch, but nothing you’d get particularly annoyed about.

But this evening, I got in to find that Readkit didn’t have a lot of content, and had a little exclamation mark indicating a problem. It seemed to have a bit of an issue talking to Feedly, which is where Readkit can bit a bit annoying. When you mark an article as read, it tries to sync that with Feedly[2], which is a Good Thing. What’s not a Good Thing is that it’s not bright enough to realise that the service isn’t talking, and keeps trying. Well, that’s not so bad. In fact it means that it’ll catch up as soon as the service comes back. What’s annoying is that it keeps popping up messages telling you it can’t mark the item as read.

Anyway, the reason things are borked is because, along with Evernote, Feedly has been hit by a DDoS attack – and not the usual kind that tries to disrupt services for the fun of it. Nope, this one came with added blackmail – pay up or we break your servers. Evernote and Feedly did the sensible thing and declined to pay[3], and are working on restoration of service. Evernote is apparently back up, so Feedly shouldn’t be too far behind.

Details from Feedly’s blog

 Update: And indeed, Feedly was back to normal by the following morning
Updated update: And then went down under a second attack. Mutter.
Even more updated update: And it’s back again, yay!
Friday 13 June Update: DDoS Part III, the annoyance. Yes, it’s down again. Apparently service has been restored in the US, and they’re working on the rest of the world.

[1] Not linking at the moment for reasons which will become clear
[2] Or indeed whatever other service you might choose
[3] On the assumption that if you pay once, you’ll find yourself paying again[4]
[4] And again[5]
[5] And again[4]

5 thoughts on “RSS Arrrrrgh

    1. Les Post author

      You equal incident? How confusing. :dizzy:

      Regardless of that, no footnoting anomalies have been detected in the vicinity of this post. Any apparent anomalies alleged to have been observed in the past were figments of the observer’s fevered imagination.

      Reply

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