slog slog slog
extended downtime hasn't happened yet but is going to.suffice it to say, it's happening (finally). The box has been successfully flattened (cf. Tokyo/Dresden 1945) and there are a number of happy new CLEAN
ext3filesystems now. And it boots with a modern bootloader. And it can talk to the network. And /home is back. And various other things. So yay, so far.
At the current rate things are going, I don't think I should promise anything being back up before the end of the day.
Update 3/5 7am: well,... only missed that one by about 7 hours. But we are back on the air! And that is most likely it (knock wood) for the long downtimes and general flakiness -- at least until the next windstorm or something.