Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Power Outage

 Power went out at around 9am and latest update from PSE is that they're working on it and they're thinking maybe 11am.  

We'll see how this goes (there seem to be widespread scattered failures; we've had a lot of rain)

Update:  (10:30am) yay, back up.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Debian 10.0 (buster)

There's a new Debian to upgrade to as of beginning of July, and, having reached a lull in various festivities, this will be happening sometime in the next day or two.  Ideally, the installation scripts will  just do their thing and there'll just be a few minutes of downtime to get the new kernel running, but I've been surprised before,

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Power outage

Power went out around 9:30am.  Puget Sound Energy is guessing it'll be back by 11am.

Update (10:20am):  ... and back up.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Network Maintenance Outage

Tech support says

There is a maintenance outage that could last till 6am at the latest, local time, this is affecting authentication connection.

and since things went south at around midnight, I'm guessing this has nothing to do with the street work.

Update (1:13am): ... and we appear to be back on the air.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Street Repaving, Part Deux

I have not heard any jackhammers yet
there are now jackhammers.

Construction signs claim grinding will begin in earnest on July 27 and will apparently be done by August 1.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Debian 9 and Street Repaving

So Debian 9 ("stretch") has been released. Since this has been out for about a month, and I'm not seeing the sun blotted out by plumes of smoke and ash or other signs of unsuccessful upgrades elsewhere, and I seem to have successfully upgraded a similarly configured VM with no apparent ill effects, I'm going to assume this one works and will be biting the bullet sometime tonight in the wee hours.

Also as a heads up, they're getting ready to repave our street, with possible resulting unintended consequences for one or more of the various utilities we depend on.  Trucks have been moving about all day; I have not heard any jackhammers yet, but give it time (I'm guessing Monday).

Friday, November 04, 2016

new modem needed

so apparently CenturyLink is doing some kind of upgrade in my neighborhood which requires that I get a new modem. And of course rather than just sending me a notice, they have to do this thing where they put me behind some kind of proxy where every page I go to gets me to this notice that I need to talk to somebody about getting a new modem and in the meantime click this box to restore your internet service for the next 12 hours.

Except that clicking the box does not work and I can't order a new modem until customer care opens tomorrow morning. Tech support has no way of removing or disabling the notice and escalation has gone home for the day.

I'm getting ping responses, I'm able to ssh around to places and view https: webpages, and it looks like DNS queries off my servers are working, so whatever they're doing with outgoing connections only involves port 80. But I can't tell what's happening with incoming TCP connections (thank you stanford's telnet block and unfortunately "downforeveryoneorjustme" doesn't have an https version), though everybody being idle for 4+ hours on LambdaMOO and no incoming mail received since 9:02pm is not a good sign.

Update: (Friday 11am): Got through to the daytime tech support.  Oh yes, your modem is totally compatible with the upgrade, we'll take you out of the walled garden now.  And today's tech-support says last night's tech support should have been able to take care of it.  Aaaaargh.

Things seem to be back.
(next lookout is November 14 when the actual work is supposed to be happening)