Apologies for the service in the past week, but I think the excuses may be valid.
We had a two-and-a-half day outage when the home town (Gloucester, UK) of the webhost (fasthosts.co.uk) got flooded. Although the server hardware wasn’t affected, electrical power to the town became sporadic, and the ISPs supplying connectivity for fasthosts couldn’t fix the connections for a day.
A few days later, Anthony reports that his pictures server galleries.surfacestations.org is under Denial of Service attack. Obviously somebody hates auditing of the surface record badly enough to try to push his server off the Internet.
At almost the same time, CA appeared to go down. Although we were initially tempted to connect the event with Anthony’s problem, it became quickly clear that the real problem was that climateaudit.org’s DNS entry had been reset back to its previous IP address when it was being hosted by webserve.ca. So my server was fine (I could reach it), but nobody could see it because the DNS entry for http://www.climateaudit.org pointed to the wrong server (which was why auditblogs.com didn’t go awry even though its on the same box)
Steve put in a call to webserve.ca to change the DNS entry back and we’ve been sorted out.
I blame global warming.
Update: Today we’ve had the fun of a router at the webhost going down twice, so that the server is up, but can’t reach the Internet. This is no fun.