January 23, 2012

Apologies for the downtime…

Hey everyone,

I wanted to apologize for the downtime this weekend. I also wanted to thank those for reporting problems.

As you may have heard, Dreamhost, the hosting provider of this site, was hacked.

In theory, this security event should not have any impact on this site.

However, at around the same time, it appears that this site’s memory consumption has soared. I’m trying to understand why.

The next few days will be rough as I seek to figure out how to fix this. I apologize in advance.



In the meantime – how will Burbed’s terrible uptime impact the real estate market in the Real Bay Area? Discuss!

Comments (12) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:49 am

12 Responses to “Apologies for the downtime…”

  1. PKamp3 Says:

    “How will Burbed’s terrible uptime impact the real estate market in the Real Bay Area?” – the true impact will be the effect on the number of kittens handed out to potential home buyers. If I didn’t see it on Burbed, where would have seen it?

  2. madhaus Says:

    Somewhere out there is a house that isn’t being Burbed and Perturbed due to our downtime. That house is going to sell for far less than it would have, lacking the earlier front page exposure.

  3. gallileo Says:

    How will it affect real estate prices?

    Every agent in both the RBA and not so RBA gives a big sigh of relief and stops double-checking their copy and taking nicer pictures.

    The quality of listings therefore fall, and prices in the non-RBA fall. Of course, nothing anyone does lowers prices in the RBA. In fact, the only possible affect is to increase their rate of growth. Therefore, prices in the RBA grow at 8% for the next ten years, instead of the paltry 7% we all know happens every year, without fail and without excuse.

  4. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Well, I was around for Server Crash Saturday and Java Junkpile Sunday …. I guess everyone else was!

    Sometimes hackers will use a site or a computer to run a “virtual machine” that sends out spams, brute-force cracks passwords, all kinds of uses of computing power.

    And sometimes, as Tsutomu Shimamura found at The WELL, the bits are just spending a lot of time before going out into the big scary world, running around in a big circle.

  5. SEA Says:

    “Still licking his wounds from a disappointing loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney is moving on to Florida, trying to score some political brownie points in the Sunshine State by bringing up the housing crisis that has virtually gutted America’s middle class.”

    Mitt Romney should promise to expand the RBA to Florida.

  6. madhaus Says:

    Let us not forget what Mitt Romney originally had to say about the slew of foreclosures that came with the whirlwind of “creative finance” mortgages:

    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney suggested he doesn’t support foreclosure relief for the millions of Americans struggling with underwater mortgages, untold numbers of which have been the victims of fraudulent lending or foreclosure practices.

    In a filmed interview with the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper serving the hardest-hit foreclosure state in the union, Romney criticized President Barack Obama for not foreclosing on American families fast enough.

    “Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom,” Romney said when asked what he would do to jump-start the floundering housing market.


    He still wants the foreclosures to roll through. Does he really think these f@cked Floridians will vote for him for telling them “That’s tragic” when they’ve lost their homes?

    “This is cascading throughout our system and in some respects government is trying to just hold things in place, hoping things get better,” Romney continued. “My own view is you recognize the distress, you take the loss and let people reset. Let people start over again, let the banks start over again. Those that are prudent will be able to restart, those that aren’t will go out of business. This effort to try and exact the burden of their mistakes on homeowners and commercial property owners, I think, is a mistake.”

  7. SEA Says:

    Let’s be honest: The only thing “that’s tragic” about the housing market is a shrinking RBA.

  8. nomadic Says:

    #6, that’s right! The Republicans keep saying there are too many laws, too many regulations. Just foreclose everybody and sort out the rest later… hey, isn’t that how the banks have been proceeding anyway? Like that article you once posted about the bank foreclosing on the wrong house, or a house that the buyers paid cash for?

    I’m wondering who Romney is referring to here:
    This effort to try and exact the burden of their mistakes on homeowners and commercial property owners, I think, is a mistake.

  9. Divasm Says:

    Perhaps the memory consumption is soaring because this site is now hosting a Portal to Hell…

  10. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Just start shooting bankers, or if you’re anti-gun throw ’em into wood chippers. Banker compost grows good crops!

    I really hope to see the day bankers are pursued the way Nazi camp guards are.

  11. Frustrated Says:

    Man, whoever manages this site must be incompetent. This place seems to be down more frequently than up. WTF?

  12. DreamT Says:

    #11 – He/She must not get paid enough, so makes do with outdated knowledge.
    Have you donated to Burbed lately?

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