Well, welcome back.
The operating problems have resulted either from an increase in volume, or a DOS attack or both. Any time that we’ve tried to open up the site, the site has been knocked over. This has been true even on the weekend. Even after the climateaudit IP address was pointed away from the server, the hitting of the server continued unabated.
Notwithstanding this, you’ll notice a few comments over the past week. For most of the week, the site has been in partial lockdown as any attempt to open up has ended with the site being swamped. For the most part, anyone who’s been able to see the site has the server as me (e.g. my neighbor, bigcitylib) or John A in England or Anthony in California.
During this time, instead of my usual fairly quiet circumstances, I have had my 15 seconds of publicity and have been very busy particularly with Canadian radio talk shows. By contrast, there was virtually no Canadian coverage of the Hockey Stick although there was extensive international and American coverage.
I seem to have got onto the Canadian radio talk show play list for a day or two. At one point today, I could be heard simultaneously on two different Toronto talk shows (one taped, one live). The story seems to have got traction here, not because of American coverage, but because of an article in The Toronto Star, a very liberal and Liberal paper, entitled “Red faces at NASA over climate-change blunder: Agency roasted after Toronto blogger spots `hot years’ data fumble”. This story then got linked by the Drudge Report.
Today I taped a segment for CBC Toronto at 2 pm, taped a segment for CBC national radio at 2.30, appeared on John Moore CFRB Toronto at 3.30, – all of which required pre-interviews with producers during the morning, was interviewed by Marcel Crok from NWT Holland at 4 pm. Oh, yes, I also was on Calgary radio last Friday, Minneapolis radio today and interviewed by a U.K. newspaper on the weekend. Tomorrow I’m scheduled on Washington radio at 7.20 am, for John Oakley (AM640 Toronto) at 8.15, then CTV national television is coming to my house for an interview at 10, another interview at 11.30; plus I’ve got about 3 more radio invitations I haven’t coordinated yet. And about 5 requests that I haven’t responded to yet – just in: a magazine in Brazil, television station in US.
I think that the “NASA” error is hitting some hot buttons. One of the calls came from a reporter who was in Florida covering the space shuttle and was intrigued with the idea of a “Toronto blogger” identifying an error for NASA. He didn’t know Hansen from Hansel and Gretel.
On blog operations, we’ve received suggestions that we should have re-located to blogspot. Blogspot uses “Blogger” software, while this site has been constructed in WordPress and a changeover is not something that is really very practical at this point.
Adding to the difficulties, about 2 weeks ago, John A asked me to start the process of finding new technical support for CA; his efforts had been all volunteer and he had pressing personal and work obligations. Needless to say, instead of being able to accommodate this request, we were immediately hit by a deluge of problems. Despite his request, John A has worked long hours to resolve matters without a whisper of complaint, all on a voluntary basis and without complaint or compensation.
We’ve re-located to a server in California with Anthony Watts’ able assistance. I am grateful to Anthony for his help in re-locating the website, but especially to John A both for his present efforts in re-locating the website and for his past efforts. I hope that the re-location will enable me to accommodate John A’s request to spend far less time on CA. I would particularly appreciate it if people would recognize John A’s efforts by making deposits to the PayPal jar; such contributions will be forwarded to John A as an honorarium rather than used for other operating expenses. I’m sure that John A would also appreciate a few kind words from readers who have benefited from his efforts.