Strange Interruption

climateaudit was not really hijacked. The domain registration was scheduled to expire on Jan 31, 2007. An invoice for this was sent in December 2006. My credit card had rolled over since the previous payment. So when the server attempted to process the domain registration, the payment was refused. They notified me and I sent new credit card particulars and settled the invoice on Jan 7, 2007, but the process got interrupted, and on Feb 1, the site got lost in cyber-space. I heard about problems last night but I got the site OK. It turns out that DNS changes, whatever they are, propagate through the internet at varying rates and so different people could see different things depending on locations. Nothing could be done until accounting people arrived at work in Vancouver at about 11 am Eastern time. They sorted it out quickly. For a whlie, it was working all right in Vancouver but not in Toronto, but it’s working here now. I presume that it will take a while to sort out around the world. Sorry about this.

When I look at posting information, not everyone seems to have been affected. During the past 2 days, about 170 comments have been posted and, at least one comment was posted per hour except for one crash for about 3 hours due to our more usual operating problem – traffic overload.


  1. Posted Feb 1, 2007 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    Before page appeared it looked like hijacked CA. I thought Environmental Media Services got the control 😉

  2. Gaudenz Mischol
    Posted Feb 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

    Now its Lubos page which is down…

  3. Posted Feb 1, 2007 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    Dear Steve, it’s now working in all domains where it didn’t work in my testing last night. I was looking forward you would become a guest at the Reference Frame for some time but as Gaudenz #2 correctly noticed, it is my blog that has been hijacked by the consensus now. 🙂

  4. John Lish
    Posted Feb 1, 2007 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

    It was weird, especially the replacement climateaudit offering weather reports for Amsterdam…

  5. Geordie
    Posted Feb 1, 2007 at 9:04 PM | Permalink

    Thank God your back, I didn’t know what to do with my 1 hr. prep period at work anymore. I almost got something done until I found a crossword to do.

  6. Posted Feb 2, 2007 at 12:14 AM | Permalink

    I thought that since funding from Evil Exxon dried up, you had to shut down your site!!!

    I’m sure that’s what Steve Bloom and company must have been thinking. Someone should check over at TeamClimate to see if anyone has said something like that.

    PS. If you read this, I mean no disrespect to you Mr. Bloom. You were the only Climate Audit critic I could think of as I typed this. I respect that at least you are curious about the arguments presented here, even if you agree with none of them.

  7. Posted Feb 5, 2007 at 4:20 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for your site. I just found it a few days ago. I do notice that it was unreachable intermittently today, and suspect that you don’t have the best of Internet hosting service. If that is indeed the case, I’d be glad to help, and I’m sure many others will too. If the slow speed is caused by a whole lot of people being interested in the site, that’s great news; but, if it’s someone purposely hitting the site to slow it down, that requires a different response.

    I’d like to know if I can help.

    Thanks again.

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