And the Skeptical Raptor has returned from internet hell


For fans, haters, and those looking for information, you probably knew that this website and blog wasn’t working for the last 7 days. Obviously, we’re back.

I won’t give you the long story, but the short one was that I was stressing out the servers for the old web host, because so many people were reading my articles. It’s one of those good news/bad news situations. Daily, I had issues with the website going down, because I temporarily exceeded limits of the servers. My website emails me when it disappears from the internet, and I was getting 50 a day.

I tried to stick with the old web host for as long as I could, but they finally had enough, because there were so many hits here, it was impacting performance on other websites that they hosted. This host were really good people, but they focus on small websites, not like my monster. To protect their server, the old web host locked out portions of my website, which wasn’t fair, but I was violating their terms of service for number of hits. I was over by a 1000X.

So, in one day, I had to find the best host for my needs, determine if they had a good rating (they did) amongst users, pay for it all, transfer my website, then….WAIT. The internet doesn’t work very efficiently, as I’ve found out. Lots of people and things get involved with domain names and transfers. Lots of secret codes need to be emailed. And then you wait.

Now, while I was waiting, I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t run tests. I couldn’t write articles. I just waited. It was like a vacation, except checking with the new web host every hour to see what was going on. I think they were annoyed.

Finally, today, the domain name officially transferred, then…problems. Too numerous to mention, but finally it all worked.

There will be lots of new articles. And we’ll have fun. I’m actually redesigning this website to be even more efficient with new graphics, but I think I’ve done enough this month. If you run into any problems with any links or anything whatsoever with this website, just comment here, or send a tweet to @skepticalraptor.

OK. Time for a little siesta or something.

The Original Skeptical Raptor
Chief Executive Officer at SkepticalRaptor
Lifetime lover of science, especially biomedical research. Spent years in academics, business development, research, and traveling the world shilling for Big Pharma. I love sports, mostly college basketball and football, hockey, and baseball. I enjoy great food and intelligent conversation. And a delicious morning coffee!

11 Replies to “And the Skeptical Raptor has returned from internet hell”

  1. At least your host acted responsibly! My chorus host LOST their documents and have had a lot of trouble getting them back – meanwhile I am hosting a page for downloads.

    Technology is treacherous, but where would we be without it?

  2. Well that was a bitch-to-brag if I ever saw one. I’m glad to see you have gotten your problems sorted out and look forward to more posts.

      1. I self medicate all the time. My ibuprofen is self medicating, replicating a similar schedule that was RX only in the past. My proton pump inhibitor is also self medicating, dividing by 50% the RX dose to good effect.
        I’ve also been known to self medicate ethanol, to legendary levels, with no withdraw symptoms.

        On a more serious note, the DNS system is known to be robust, failure tolerant beyond the root server level and absolutely glacial in updating globally any change of domain.
        DNS (Domain Name System) looks up the human friendly name, then provides the IP of the server of that desires source in the domain (mail, web, FTP, whatever can all have a different IP in that domain and might actually be a physical server or virtual server (it’s even more complicated in some areas, but that would require a rather lengthy treatise on things internet)).
        Seven days isn’t really surprising, only slightly eyebrow raising. But then, my experience has been US DoD and Fortune 100 corporations, but do know, erm, reality.
        So, glad to see you’re openly available again!

        1. Seven days is about average, I was told. Actually, it was probably closer to 5 days, but there was a 2 day delay in getting it started because I had an old email address with the registrar, and I didn’t get the confirmation. Fixing it took like 5 seconds.

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