Feb 282014
 

html_status_code_502_azureAzure wasn’t having one of its best days yesterday. The mess started around 07:30 local time, and lasted until almost 16:00. In other words, our sites were down for the full duration of the business day!

The following table contains the ‘explanations’ Microsoft shared with the public during the downtime:

time (UTC)
seriousness
status
06:35AdvisoryAn alert for Web Sites in West Europe is being investigated. It has not been determined if this is customer impacting. More information will be provided as it is known.
08:15AdvisoryWe are experiencing an issue with Web Sites in the West Europe sub-region. A very small number of customers may see intermittent timeouts or slow response when attempting to access sites. We are actively investigating. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation.
08:15Partial Performance DegradationWe are experiencing an issue with Web Sites in the West Europe sub-region. A very small number of customers may see intermittent timeouts or slow response when attempting to access sites hosted in this sub-region. We are actively investigating. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation.
09:15Partial Performance DegradationEngineers are actively investigating the issue. A very small number of customers may still see intermittent slowdown or timeouts. Further updates will be published within 2 hours.
11:15Partial Service InterruptionEngineers are currently evaluating repair options. A subset of customers may experience interruption to web sites hosted in West Europe. Further updates will be published within 2 hours.
13:15Partial Service InterruptionEngineers are continuing to evaluate and implement mitigation options. A subset of customers may experience interruption to web sites hosted in West Europe. Further updates will be published within 3 hours.
14:53AdvisoryThe repair steps have been successfully executed and validated. Full Web Sites functionality has been restored in the West Europe sub-region.

  • No mention of the cause. If they’d told us what the problem was we could have made a guesstimate ourselves on the duration of the downtime, and temporarily moved sites elsewhere.
  • No mention of how many sites/customers were affected by this. ‘a subset’ & ‘a very small number’ are as vague as one can get

And if all of this wasn’t bad enough, around 18:00 excrement again came in touch with ventilation devices! And this time both the West Europe & North Europe regions were affected. In other words: all hosting Azure has in Europe.
Again little/no explanations were shared:

time (UTC)
seriousness
status
16:50AdvisoryAn alert for Web Sites in West Europe is being investigated. It has not been determined if this is customer impacting. More information will be provided as it is known.
18:10Partial Performance DegradationSome customers may experience intermittent time out errors or slow response when accessing their web sites. Engineers are actively gathering monitoring and alerting details to troubleshoot Web Sites in the West Europe sub-region. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation.
19:07Partial Performance DegradationThe repair steps have been successfully executed and validated. Full Web Sites functionality has been restored in the North Europe sub-region.

This one lasted ‘only’ 2 hours. Resolved around 20:00.

This morning I did some Googling and came across even scarier rumours: While repairing whatever caused the downtime yesterday apparently Microsoft has restored old(er) versions of files, without informing the customers involved!
I can not confirm whether or not this actually happened, but fact is that several of our site-indexes were corrupt and needed rebuilding…

At the moment of writing, 24+ hours after the incidents, there is still no explanation whatsoever (believe me, I have Googled!) for what was the cause of this monster outage. And when I don’t know the cause, I wonder… What are the chances this will happen again, and when?

Feb 052014
 

Cyanogenmod logoAre you unable to send SMS text messages after upgrading (to) Cyanogenmod? Here’s something you should check! (This fixed it for me after installing Cyanogenmod 11 on my Nexus 4)
Open the Voice+-app. As it mentions, ‘Voice+ enables all apps to send SMS messages through Google Voice’. Well… this apparently doesn’t work for everyone. So if you have trouble sending SMS via your Messaging app, disable this. After I did that, I was able to send SMS again! :cool:

(Not sure which versions of Cyanogenmod this applies to. Applies perhaps also to other custom roms, or even to stock roms. Probably only for people outside the USA)

Nov 262013
 

GothenburgWell, in a matter of speaking…

I’ve been exercising on a daily basis on my WaterRower since the end of September. First 3 minute intervals, then 4 minute intervals, and since the 15th of November I’ve been doing 5000 meters/day.
All of this slowly begins to add up. If I’d actually been moving, as the crow flies, I would have arrived in Gothenburg (or Göteborg, as the natives prefer to call it) today. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

Nov 242013
 

Adam SandlerTroy GarityWere these guys separated at birth as well? Since Adam Sandler is the more well-known of the two, I’ll state that Troy Garity looks like Adam Sandler (and not the other way around).

These 2 snapshots don’t really do the likeness justice, but if you happen to catch Troy Garity in a movie or TV series (like Boss, Elementary, or Sunshine), or an interview, you’ll understand what I mean. It’s the sound of his voice, the way he speaks, and the way he looks. The whole package!

Oct 232013
 

Berghaus Voltage jacket, with hood up and hood downI’ve been looking for a while now for a decent replacement of my aging rain jacket (I’m not sure what brand it is, but it has held up well over the years.). After seeing some suggestions in the T3, I eventually ended up at Fjellsport.no. Under rain jackets they have a wide selection, among which I saw the Berghaus Voltage. The description of this rain jacket looked pretty good, but since this is just ‘sales babble’, I Googled the product to see how much of it was actually true. Turns out… all of it! :cool:
I even came across a video review by the good people of Cotswold Outdoor:

Qualities which especially matter to me are waterproofness (duh!), and breathability. Since I’ve had the jacket in my possession for only 24 hours, I can’t judge these myself yet, but first impressions are good!

Friday I’ll be off to London. If the weather will be as expected, it should give me a good chance to test out the jacket some more, both in sun and in rain.

For people within Norway I can definitely recommend shopping at Fjellsport.no. Placing an order via their site is quick and painless, and anything ordered (that is in stock) before 15:00 will be shipped on the same day.
For people outside Norway: They’re for sale at Amazon US & Amazon UK. Or directly at Berghaus, of course!

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