On Sunday, Monday and part of Tuesday, there were some difficulties with
the Telecom Digest re-director.
John Levine, a friend of many years of the Digest has since the start of
the web back in 1994 served as 'webmaster' and been in charge of
re-directing calls to the URL 'http://telecom-digest.org'. One of his
computers receives all incoming calls to the Digest web site, and
points, or re-directs those calls to our REAL home, which is at
http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives. John said the computer which
does that job (not only for me, but apparently other web sites as well)
crashed, went dead, and refused to answer any calls. I found out about
this Sunday night, and notified John in email. The answer I got from
John was that he is in Quebec all this week, but he wold get someone
else to reboot the computer. Nothing happened all day Monday, but I
was busy with some other work and did not notice it until late Monday
night. I sent him a reminder request, and he responded early Tuesday
saying the computer was apparently dead.
Again, I spent all day Tuesday doing flood relief work here in
Independence and did not worry about the Digest. Now I get home
this evening and note that the re-director is again working as it
should. A note from John indicated that:
> if you get this message then my band-aids worked.
So indeed, it seems they did work. *Thank you, John.* So as just a
reminder to all of you, the _preferred_ address to reach the Digest
is http://telecom-digest.org but in the event that address draws a
blank (as in cannot find the page; or address does not resolve or some
similar kind of stalling, then feel free to use the alternate address
(and my real home) which is http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives
which is a 'direct address' at MIT to reach me. All that happens with
http://telecom-digest.org (or .com or .net) is that you are
transparently re-routed over to massis.lcs.mit.edu and the
telecom-archives directory therein. Please make a note of this in the
event you get stalled again for some reason.
There is presently some difficulty getting the Digest out each day to
the mailing list as well (same machine also handles that part of it.)
I trust mailing list readers will see this message one way or another.
Thanks for passing the word along.