The Great WordPress Outage of 2010

As an old timer, I remember the heady days of yesteryear. Unless we remember the past we are doomed to repeat it. Today’s bit of regurgitated kibble is an ode to The Cloud. Over three years ago there was an event known only as “The Great WordPress Outage of 2010.” I hope you enjoy reliving the past as much as me!

Shouts from the Abyss

Yesterday during the Great WordPress Outage of 2010 we huddled around our computers and used Twitter to keep in touch.

Today WordPress confirmed the news: The outage lasted about 110 minutes, affected 10.2 million blogs and deprived those blogs of about 5.5 million page views.

The outage was blamed on the actions of an unidentified “datacenter provider.”

Why is it that whenever anything in the world of technology goes wrong it is always the fault of some “datacenter provider?”

What a nebulous term. Who could these people be? Are they the same ones who make Soylent Green? Are these the people that thought Jay Leno at 10pm would be a good idea? Are they the ones responsible for the sequel to Phantom of the Opera?

And why is their identity being protected? The WordPress announcement about the outage only refers to this “datacenter provider” in the most mysterious…

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