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October 27, 2005

My first Widget


When — not if — I buy my next Apple computer, you can be certain of one thing: the very first Widget I will acquire will be WatchMouse.

It's free, it was just went live 17 days ago and in my opinion any blogger who doesn't have it is missing the boat.

From the website:

    About WatchMouse Site Monitor

    Checks your company site or personal website every 5 minutes and alerts you in case of problems.

    • Checks your website from 16 monitoring stations worldwide for errors.

    • Warns you immediately or after 2 to 5 consecutive errors.

    • Pauses when your own computer is not connected to the Internet.

    • Shows the hourly availability of your website over the last 72 hours.

Perhaps you've noticed that in recent weeks and especially the past few days bookofjoe has been erratic in terms of the timing of posts.

The standard schedule here, 7 days a week, is that posts go up one minute after the hour (actually, they are timed to go up then but appear 16 minutes after the hour for technical reasons beyond my control), from 9:01 a.m to 4:01 p.m. Eastern Time.

There have been major problems with my blog host over recent weeks and these outages have resulted in mistimed posts and inaccessibility from time to time.

There is nothing I can do about this problem except deal as best I can.

There is no point in replying to the hundreds of emails I get about late or nonexistent posts, etc., since I have a blog to get up however I can manage and any time spent dealing with a fait accompli means that much less time and energy to apply to bookofjoe.

Thank you for your patience.

If you'd like a more detailed explanation of the problems, here is a mea culpa from one of the founders of TypePad, my blog's hosting service.


We now return you to our [ir]regularly scheduled programming.

October 27, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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no sh**. Typepad just ate a draft I thought I had saved, after about 30 minutes of work. The third time that has happened in the last week. I am smoking. !@#$%^&!

Posted by: riannan | Oct 27, 2005 2:47:36 PM

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