Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Fire in the Hole

Visitors to Oregon Live today got to read this:

Welcome to OregonLive.com. Due to a power failure we're experiencing technical difficulties. Full service will be resumed as soon as possible. We expect to have all of The Oregonian's content and archives available tomorrow. -- OregonLive.com

One of our readers tells me it was a fire in New Jersey - so much for locally run.

Another reader wrote in today to tell us about the new look for Vancouver's Columbian newspaper website, which is very appealing. I'm also liking the new look of Salem's Statesman Journal's website, especially the section for Education.

Today's incident shows how Oregon's largest daily may have lots to crow about, but its website is, as Niedermeyer said in Animal House, "worthless and weak."

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least The Oregonian is better than the Omaha World-Herald. My God, that's frightening.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 2:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So... well, now we know that their tech people are completely incompetent.

If you're going to run nearly a dozen mission-critical corporate sites, you put them on at least two failover server farms in multiple places in the world.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 2:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"mission-critical"?????
Oh, please!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 7:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I thought it wasn't possible for the O to make their website less searchable!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 7:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty lame criticism.

Where a website is hosted is immaterial. What matters is where the content is created.

To the best of my knowledge the content for Oregon Live is created at 1320 SW Boradway.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's content on Oregon Live??

Where can I find it? I've been looking for years, and only find links to classifieds.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 8:32---
most of the content is created at the New York Times, L.A. Times, and the wire services. 1320 SW Broadway is the sinkhole where they are collated.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a completely different highly related note, 'softening up' stories have moved sporadically in the last couple weeks using threat-code phrasing of the fashion "...solar flares could cause computer (or internet) outages ..." 'at any time,' or 'unannounced.'

Ha. Truth is that 2005 is a low point in the 11-year sunspot activity cycle.

And for future reference, news department computer sources should bookmark this beautiful beautiful website: Prop.HFradio.org -- propagation data for hi-frequency radio .

You'll need it later. Now is when to rehearse.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Martin said...

And they are still down today. What infingcredible incompetence. But that should be news to no one.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 1:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's worse in New Orleans, where NOLA.com is down from the same server. Too bad we missed BurboCam during the storm.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest, the fire-impaired O.live site looks better than it has in years!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oregonlive is not produced at the O; their team's in a different building. Even so, the commenter above is correct. It really doesn't matter where a server is located (mine is in San Jose, but I'm not) but where the content is created. Unfortunately for Oregonlive, the content creation is hampered by its parent corporation. The folks there are generally okay, though they didn't hire me. And I would have been great. :)

Actually I'm doing a lot better on my own...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 6:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oregon Live was down?

I feel the same way about that as I did when Elvis died.

How did anyone notice?

Thursday, July 07, 2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMO, Oregon Live sucks. I quit trying to use it when that crap comes up wanting demographic information just to read an article. Furthermore, I refuse cookes, so then this crap comes up saying I either have to take their stupid cookie or enter the info every time. I think this was around 2002-ish, and I haven't been back since. They can take that cookie and do what the Limp Bizkit song says to do with it.

Sunday, July 10, 2005 1:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was pretty well know that the staff at the Oregonian and the staff at OLive hate each other and resent the others existance.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 10:16:00 PM  

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