December 01, 2018

drive failure affecting mail

The hard drive hosting mail suffered a hardware failure around 1:30 am (Mountain Time) on Saturday, December 1. We were able to restore data from the previous backup and mail delivery should be working again now. Impact:

  • You may have lost messages delivered to your inbox during the window between that backup and hardware failure. Messages moved from your inbox to another mail folder were not affected.
  • Mail sent between the hardware failure and us getting back online would have bounced back to the sender or been queued for later delivery.

Let us know if you notice any further problems.

Posted by tim at 09:31 PM | Comments (0)

May 09, 2018

Let's Encrypt

I switched our SSL certificates over to Let's Encrypt. This should fix the recent problems with macOS and iOS complaining about the certificates we generated with our own CA. This covers: Let me know if you hit any problems or have any other SSL vhosts you'd like to switch over.
Posted by tim at 11:17 PM | Comments (0)

June 05, 2012 outage notice

We're going to take the server offline tomorrow to add a new backup drive. After nearly 4 years of continuous operation, we've finally run out of space and need to upgrade.

Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 3:00 pm PDT
Duration: about 20 minutes

All services including email and web hosting will be offline during this upgrade. Incoming email should be queued on the sender's side and delivered once we're back online, so nothing should be lost or bounced. We'll post a notice at if something goes wrong.

Posted by tim at 09:46 PM | Comments (0)

January 29, 2011

DNS glitch

Our domain registration was messed up for some time over the past day. You may have noticed hosts resolving to the wrong IP addresses. In particular, you probably couldn't connect to It's fixed now, but may take a day for the DNS update to completely propagate.

Sorry for the inconvenience. On the plus side, any mail sent during that time should have been queued on the sender's mail server and will be delivered soon.

Posted by tim at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2010

WordPress upgraded to 3.0

As some people know, we have WordPress installed in a central location in case anyone wants to use it and not worry about having to maintain it themselves. Not many people do.

I've upgraded our installation to the new 3.0 release that came out a few weeks ago, along with all the themes and most of the plugins. Everything should still work as before, but please do 2 things.
1. Upgrade your database by going to yoursite/wp-admin/ and clicking the upgrade button.
2. Look around your site for anything not be compatible with 3.0 yet so we can fix it.

Version 3.0 brings some interesting new features, like cooler navigation menu options. Check out the release notes here. Apparently they merged WordPress MU, so it should be easier to manage a multi-site installation like that runs an ancient version of MovableType. Maybe we should migrate, but nobody seems to blog anymore here anyway. Oh well, I just thought I'd mention it.

Posted by tim at 04:51 PM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2010

mail delivery delay

There was a problem with mail delivery between about 13:00 and 22:30 today. Due to a ClamAV update, the mail server queued messages instead of delivering them. We jumped through the requisite hoops to upgrade and it should be working now. Let us know you run into further problems. We don't think any messages were lost or bounced back to the sender.
Posted by tim at 11:22 PM | Comments (0)